Saturday, April 30, 2022

Pioneer SPH-10BT In Skoda Yeti

what infotainment upgrade for skoda yeti?
When I installed the Xtrons Infotainment system four years ago I believed it was the perfect Skoda Yeti stereo upgrade.
Well I was wrong! For me, this Pioneer SPH-10BT is.

As it happens I was perfectly happy with the Xtrons

Then, last week, the 7" motorised screen stuck half way while it was on its way out. Nothing I did made any difference.

And a nagging voice in my head kept saying: 'bin it, bin it, don't try to fix it, bin it'

And I gave in and I binned it.

xtrons head unit not working
my car hifi head unit wires are a mess

I'm definitely a fan of single DIN head units with removable faceplates, like my Xtrons had.

Double DIN units seem like sitting ducks to me - too tempting for all the low-lifes πŸ‘Š

And, like my Xtrons I prefer to have Android powering my head unit, especially good for maps, navigation etc.
So with these prerequisites in mind I set about chasing down my next Infotainment system.
And there it was... 

a new, innovative idea from Pioneer: the SPH-10BT

pioneer removable front car stereo
Click to view the Pioneer SPH-10BT on Amazon
An evening of reviews later and I ordered it.
It arrived fast...

how to install pioneer sph-10bt in skoda, vw or seat car?
So what's special about it?
  • built-in robust swivel phone cradle embossed with 'Pioneer'
  • detachable faceplate with protective case also embossed with 'Pioneer'
  • Android (and iPhone) compatible
  • works as a stand-alone radio or music player via USB or Bluetooth
  • also works using the Pioneer Smart Sync App
  • separate microphone for calls is included
  • USB Quick Charge
  • FLAC via USB (important to me)
  • parking sensors input (more about these further on)
  • steering wheel controls input
  • OBD2 connector support
  • tremendous sound quality when using the Smart Sync App

And so much more I'd be here all day 😰

are one din car stereos better that two din?
Let's get installing...

easy to install pioneer sph-10bt in car
do not forget to bend the car radio locking tabs

The phone cradle can be pushed in and hidden, or not - it's up to you

It swivels, too.

is the pioneer sph-10bt a double din?
car head units with a phone cradle
Fuse is included.
And important!

always connect a fuse on a car hifi system
reinstall skoda, vw, seat infotainment
convert double din to single din car stereo

And out of nowhere I have already got finger prints all over the phone cradle 😑

These WILL be wiped off before the end of the day, believe me!

don't get finger prints on car infotainment system
Now let's update the firmware via USB.
I already downloaded it from the Pioneer website this morning.

how to update pioneer sph-10bt?


self install a pioneer car hifi system
And so now my mobile, with its stored music library or streaming App like Spotify, etc. IS the stereo system.
Navigation is off course Google or whatever App I choose.
Message alerts. Phone calls.

Everything going from my phone into the Pioneer

And the sound is truly amazingπŸ‘Œ

I am using my phone to take the pictures so I can't show the App.
As for the included microphone...

connect microphone to pioneer car stereo
where is the best place to put a microphone in car?


It's now four days later.

Pioneer produces a parking sensor kit - ND-PS1 - especially for the SPH-10BT

I ordered it two days ago. It arrived this morning.
I have installed it on my Yeti. 
I didn't take any pictures of the installation thanks to me being in a mad rush to meet someone this afternoon.

I'm so very happy with my new infotainment system πŸ˜ƒ

installation of pioneer parking sensors in car
can i retrofit parking sensors to skoda, vw, seat?
skoda yeti rear plastic bumper view


It's now 11 months later and I figured out how to take a screenshot while my phone is using the Pioneer Smart Sync App...

take a screenshot while connected to smart sync app
audible beep plus visual display from pioneer parking sensors
Thank you for visiting.
And feel free to stay tuned for more Yeti modifications I have planned.
Here's the Pioneer SPH-10BT if you want to check the price...

sph10bt pioneer radio

Click to view the Pioneer SPH-10BT on Amazon
And the accompanying Pioneer ND-PS1 parking sensors kit...

pioneer parking sensors where to buy?
Click to view the Pioneer ND-PS1 parking sensors kit on Amazon
Need something else for your Yeti?

Just a heads up: many of my posts contain affiliate links of products I have bought for my Yeti.
If you buy something from one of these links, you will not pay a penny more.
I will get a small commission, although not every time.
The extra pennies help me to pay the annual cost of the domain name.
I thank you for your support.

See the Parking Sensors & App in action on the Skoda Yeti dot-net YouTube channel

testing pioneer stereo and parking sensors youtube

In His Own Words...

Featured Post

Pioneer SPH-10BT In Skoda Yeti

When I installed the Xtrons Infotainment system  four years ago I believed it was the perfect Skoda Yeti stereo upgrade. Well I was wrong! F...