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Video: Pioneer AVIC-Z3

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Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

Ken and Zak, Crutchfield car stereo experts, take a look at the Pioneer AVIC-Z3 in-dash receiver's navigation capabilities. They also demonstrate how you can store music on the internal hard drive.

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Zak: Hi, I'm Zak.

Ken: And I'm Ken. Today we're going to be looking at the Pioneer AVIC-Z3 navigation receiver. Now this navigation receiver is built around a 30-gigabyte hard drive. That's great — you don't have to put in navigation CDs, or SD cards — you've got 20 gigs of hard drive for navigation. Now if you do the math, that leaves us 10 gigabytes — what are we going to do with those?

Zak: Well, this is really great. You can take your store-bought CDs, and rip them straight onto the hard drive. It's got Gracenote built in, and what that does is it pulls, you know, artist, album, info like that, and puts it on there too.

Ken: Well, sure, I've used Gracenote when I'm online, but you say this is built in, the database is right in there, right?

Zak: Yep, right out of the box.

Ken: And Gracenote showed up. How many CDs could you hold on the hard drive?

Zak: Roughly 200.

Ken: That's a lot of music. Sure enough, here we've got the album there, oh, and it's starting to record already.

Zak: Yeah.

Ken: Let's look around a little bit. Let's see if we can find a library. Sure enough, there she is. And now, have you put anything in the library already?

Zak: Yeah, there's some other stuff on there, and it's great 'cause, you know, you don't have discs laying around the car.

Ken: Nice, and, sure enough, here it is, since it's a touchscreen, I can just hit it and play whatever songs I want.

Zak: Yep.

Ken: Now, of course, it is a navigation receiver, first off, and it's got some pretty neat features with that. As we see here, we've got a microphone, so you can use this for voice commands, I'll show you how. Let's say you're parked here at Crutchfield, near the Charlottesville airport, and, you know, you're getting ready to go some place, so let's give it a voice command. Let's say we want to look for something. "Vicinity search." Are you interested in going out to eat?

Zak: Chinese food.

Ken: Chinese. I had Chinese last night but I could go for that again."Chinese restaurant." And it's doing its thing, looking around for Chinese, and sure enough, it found one. So we could set that as our destination, take the car out of Park, and away we go, Chinese food coming.

Zak: That's really great, Ken. Can you tell it to do anything else?

Ken: You can — the same software that it uses for that navigation can be used with voice commands for the music library, so you've got 200 albums in there, that's a lot of music, well you can search by album, artist, genre, composer, by using voice commands.

Zak: That's really great. If I've got ten gigs of music on there, it's going to be tough to find stuff sometimes.

Ken: Well, it can be, yeah. I mean, it's one thing to have a hard drive to hold the music, but it's even better if you have a way to find what you want, and this thing can do it. And there it is, the Pioneer AVIC-Z3 navigation receiver.