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Great piece of equipment you'll love it
Pros: All the RCA output
Cons: Gets fairly warm when used
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Item #: 13080PRS
You'll find plenty of good CD receivers on the market that offer solid sound quality, active displays, and lots of features. But if your sights are set on achieving ultimate sound quality, you need to look beneath the surface for a receiver that's built for SQ from the ground up. Pioneer's DEH-80PRS CD receiver goes well beyond most receivers with the quality of its internal components and architecture.
Pioneer starts with audiophile-grade components — components like a set of three Burr-Brown® 24-bit D/A converters, one each for the lows, mids, and highs, along with beefy, high-capacitance power supply capacitors that keep your sound clean and focused even when you push your system. A 4-layer circuit board design reduces internal noise by shielding vulnerable components with copper foil.
The DEH-80PRS utilizes a 28-bit binary floating-point digital signal processor, which provides incredibly precise control of the receiver's signal processing and tuning. What's this mean to you? You can adjust the time alignment and other acoustic parameters without degrading the original signal — the sound stays accurate and real.
The DEH-80PRS boasts plenty of built-in power, and you can adjust the output with a comprehensive 16-band EQ that lets you set the left and right channels independently. But you'll really want to hook this receiver up to external amplifiers for its true genius to shine through. The DEH-80PRS boasts a sophisticated 3-way active crossover network that allows you to amplify and adjust the lows, mids, and highs separately. This unparalleled control ensures the most accurate sound reproduction — perfect for building your ultimate SQ dream system.
For further refinement of the sound you can use the receiver's Auto Time Alignment feature to get the perfect stereo sweet spot. You can also connect the supplied microphone to the receiver and it'll automatically adjust the equalization to your vehicle's interior.
This receiver's style keeps up with its performance. The clean, uncluttered design features a fold-down face with a crisp 3-line full-dot LCD display. And you can choose from over 200,000 colors for the display and buttons — you won't have any problem matching the colors to match your dash (or your taste).
In addition to CD playback, the receiver is ready to handle your digital media. Plug in your iPod® to one of the two rear USB inputs, and you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to access your playlists, with handy tools like Alphabet Search to help you find the song or album you want in a snap. For your other music sources, you'll find front and rear aux inputs and an SD card slot, too. You can control Pandora® Internet radio when your iPhone® is connected, and Pioneer's App Mode offers display and limited control of many other music apps.
Although you won't want anything disturbing your listening session when you're behind the wheel, it's nice to know that the DEH-80PRS offers built-in Bluetooth for the safety and convenience of hands-free calling. You won't fumble for the phone when a call comes in — just press a button and talk like your caller is sitting next to you.
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.
iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
iPhone® 5 Note: You'll need to update this Pioneer receiver to enable Bluetooth control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 devices. This update requires a laptop with Bluetooth running Windows 7.
Great piece of equipment you'll love it
Jeremy, Nashville, TN
Great piece of equipment you'll love it
Pros: All the RCA output
Cons: Gets fairly warm when used
Great sounds and features.
Cons: None yet.
I've been a car audiophile since the early 90's. My 1st great head unit was an Alpine 7909. It set the standard for all hi-fi head units since. Today, Alpine doesn't even offer anything that comes close to what did 25 years ago. Fortunately, I can easily say the DEH-80PRS has, at least, equal sound quality as my 7909 had for a third of the price! In searching for the right head unit for my needs and ears. It quickly became apparent to me that I was going to have to either sacrifice sound quality or the modern functionality that many lesser head units have today. I think I made the right decision with buying the DEH-80PRS. The DAC's this thing has gives music a warm and full sound quality, even lesser compressed audio files. It is lacking with the modern features you would expect today. Mainly Bluetooth audio and android support. It does have Bluetooth audio but will not display song title etc... The display is dated. Do update the firmware even if you don't have an iPhone.
Pros: Amazing sound quality!
Cons: Features and display is what you would expect from a 5 year old head unit.
I could not be happier with this radio or any other one for that matter. Crutchfield did it again. Service,delivery and price.
When I choose this HU 3 years ago, it was because of the built in DSP and its ability to run in a 3way configuration. At first I was running a JL audio 700/5 with infinity kappa components & a single alpine type R12" sub. The sound was amazing, I thought. Since then I have upgraded to focal ES 165kx2 and Arc audio KAR series amps and two alpine Type R 12's each in a sealed enclosure. Now this HU really has blown me away how good it sounds, especially with a CD playing. I have never used in front/rear/sub configuration so I can't comment on it but I believe you will be hard pressed to find a HU that sounds better than the DEH80PRS with an outboard DSP, anywhere.
Pros: The sound quality for the cost is unbeatable
Cons: After 3yrs of using, none
I loved this deck. It has all the features that I needed and none that i do not want. Pioneer make excellent products.
Pros: Bluetooth,hands free, graphic eq
Out of the box this head unit does not sound any better than a lower priced unit. However, spend some significant time digging deep in the audio menus and you will be rewarded with audiophile quality sound. What worked for me is I adjusted each set of speakers playing them separately until their was no bass distortion at the listening levels I liked while remembering the HPF settings. Next I powered up the subwoofer, set the HPF at the amp, then tweaked it in between adjusting the head unit and the amp adjustments.
Pros: Fantastic sound quality. You can adjust the highs, mids, and lows all separately. Just what I wanted!
Cons: It will not sound good unless you invest the time to read the instruction CD very carefully and spend significant time fine tuning the adjustments.
I cannot give a honest review at this time,but I will tell you how its gone so far.It installs in the dash like most aftermarket H.U's but thats about it for "normal" This unit operates on a 3-way network principle,no front,rear,and sub,its Higs,mids,and low frequency.So if you dont have a powered inclosed subwoofer,your going to need 2 amps to get the tone quality it says it can deliver.At this time I have it operating in the standard mode of front and rear because I dont have a subwoofer.In this mode it sounds like any other H.U. in my opinion,and it isnt anything I woulld brag about.I think my Pioneer DEX 7500 HD I took out sounded better and it was a 100 dollar radio.I guess because its a unit made for the "audiophile"it doesnt have an HD feature which I think really sucks.The manual comes on a CD,I dont know why,and if you dont have a laptop that runs windows you cant take it to the car to try to work through the zillions of setting and adjustments it has.Once I get a sub and figue out how to set it up I will give a review of the promiced SQ it states it can deliver.You better know what your doing when you buy this unit.
Cons: very very difficult to install and set up and cost alot of money for what its delivered so far....I'll get back to you later,I mean I've only been trying to get it to sound right for two weeks.......
I bought this due to the great reviews it had by other customers. They were right the sound quality is excellent out of this head unit. This unit will not clip until it hits 59 out of 62 on the volume range which allows for clean hard hitting power straight from your head unit to your amp.
Pros: Sound Quality, Ease of Installation (Thanks to Crutchfields wiring harness), usb connections and enough preamp outputs, great crossover options to clean the sound going to your highs mids and lows
Cons: Display seems to be dated, Not really easy to figure out all of the functions without the cd so it's not a plug and play
I've installed this unit in my last 2 vehicles and I love it. Love having all of my songs on the digital media. I can keep my cds in the house.
Pros: Don't have to bring my cds in the car, have most of my library on digital media, no disk jumping
so i have owned this head unit for a few years now and first thing ive noticed is my bass is less punchy and my mids and highs less loud before and after setting up the auto eq with time correction i didnt swap out to the old unit because Bluetooth and ipod compatibility to high then a year after the faceplate has gotten a mind of its own usually if i leave it up when on its going into random menus and screwing everything up every once in awial i can get back in and fix things this has been a bad experience.
Pros: lots of color options, ,hi mid low preouts , ease of use, memory card can save some options would like to see radio stations saved though.
Cons: when lose of power radio stations are lost, poor signal strength from preouts.
Best sounding hu I've purchased. I have it hooked up to 2 L7 and two JL 1000.1 amps and my neighbors hate me. Crisp highs slamming lows what else can you ask for
I've had this deck for a while now and feel like I can give it a proper review. It took a while to learn how to use the different features and navigate through them, but after a few weeks I started to get the hang of it. Its definitely not a simple to use radio but the benefits of the tuning capabilities make it worth the extra effort. I have mine running fully active and after learning how to use the level matching, separate l/r eq, and time alignment features, I have a Very Good sounding system now! The auto eq does an ok job for most, but if you want it to sound incredible, learn to do it yourself. Overall, I am very satisfied with this unit, imo the only other deck that competes with this one is the P99 which cost over 3X as much as the 80prs. Well worth the money!
Pros: Tuning capabilities, clean signal, looks
Cons: Hard to navigate, build quality could be better
The previous model, the DEH-P880PRS, had two separate knobs one of which was a dedicated to controlling the volume when turned. It was simple and easy to use while driving as you could do it quickly and without looking. With this model if you are not in the top menu, turning the knob doesn't change the volume. Let's face it, audiophile or not, changing the volume is the most common adjustment the driver will make; why would you make it more complicated? Another annoying change took place prior to the previous model. The more recent models have two "static" custom equalization settings. They also have preset equalization curves, such as bass boost, which are not static because the intensity of the curve can be increased or decreased. In the older model now going on 15 years ago (I think it was DEH-P9000R) the intensity of the custom curve could also be adjusted up or down. Adjusting the custom curve all the way down would bring it to flat. Although this older model only had one custom curve, the up/down adjustment essentially gave you more than two custom curves. Moreover, it is much more pleasing to the ear to make the adjustments this way rather than switching between flat and custom 1 or custom 2 because the when you switch curves there is an interruption in the music.very annoying. There is no gap in the sound when changing the intensity.
Pros: Fantastic abilities to tweak sound
Cons: Should have a separate volume knob like prior model did. Pioneer also had a better custom curve years ago which had the ability to increase or decrease the intensity of your custom curve.
Installed this in my '08 Miata to replace the muddy sounding non-Bose factory system. No amp and left the factory speakers in. After I did the Auto EQ/Time Alignment programming I amazed. Everything sounds very clear even with the top down. The bass output is better than in my previous Miata with Bose system. The menus are a little difficult to navigate and I wish you could go either direction when selecting sources. I was able to adjust the colors to math the red-ish buttons and orange display of the Miata. Overall, a very good stereo.
Pros: Great sound, advanced features, makes the factory speakers sound great.
Cons: Menus are difficult to navigate at first, display is hard to see in bright light.
This radio will not disapoint you, one of the nicest head units I have used, alot of advanced option with a lot of adjustment. But still every easy to use and just looks dang good. I installed it with stock speakers first, the sound quality was very good with stock speakers. I then hooked up pioneer stage 4 components and really made the system come to life.
By far the best HU I have ever owned! Installation was fast and easy with all new mounting hardware and harness supplied by Crutchfield. Norman answered all of my questions over the phone and pointed me to this receiver - this after being badgered by local "Alpine only" dealer. The sound is spectacular - cymbals, snare, guitar, vocals and piano all at their proper frequencies. Woodwinds, brass and strings perfect! Auto TA/EQ did not sound good so I reset the sound mod and used 16 channel EQ. Bass slope is easy to use and attenuated the unwanted frequencies at around 100k. I have no amps or component speakers other than a powered 13 year old 8" Bazooka. Running on HU power only - is clean and imaging is studio quality. Running 13 year old Infinity 8x6 Kappa 2 way in front with stock in rear door. This unit replaced 13 year old Pioneer of similar quality when CD player failed. My immediate reaction after install and preliminary eq was that this thing kicked major ***. It took a few days to get things dialed in. Blue tooth phone and player is flawless paired with iphone5. Unit has major "coolness" with option for simulated vintage VU meter (love the color change too). Crutchfield service was impeccable. Unit was delivered on day promised.
Pros: Superior sound quality with studio grade imaging! Easy to use once it's learned and full of options. Great value for budget audiophile car sound without getting into expensive amps and components.
Cons: No cons!
Such a great unit, especially if you want to use it for a simple active crossover network.
Pros: Great quality Amazing features Priced within most budgets
Cons: Because if the number of features the menus are quite extensive, it can be easy to get confused within them.
This is a seriously impressive deck. I'm using the 3 way network mode currently. I've got an alpine 50x4 RMS for highs and an alpine 125x4 rms for mids. These are two 6.5 inch infinity kappa component sets. There is also an infinity 1300x1 rms powering 2 infinity kappa perfect 12s. All is nestled in a 2000 GMC Sierra xcab behind factory grills and under the rear seat. I will say that it takes a moment to get the hang of the settings menu but once familiarized, it is a breeze. Auto eq and time alignment worked remarkably well. It provided a great starting place. Bluetooth and iPod interface are also very easy to use and navigate. All in all this is a fantastic hu if you plan to build an active setup. The faceplate is deceiving considering what is lurking behind it. It allows me to have a fantastic system hidden in a daily driver without the worry of someone breaking in to steal it. I highly recommend.
Coming from the DEH-9400BH, this is an incremental improvement over an already excellent head unit. In my wife's car, Chrysler Pacifica, we seemed to have a time adjusting the 5 band EQ of the '9400 to her liking. The 80PRS is a very similar head unit, so there wasn't much learning curve, and having the 15 band Stereo EQ was what I was going for to get her "peaky" car environment under control. After twiddling around with the EQ I decided to try the Auto EQ. Lets just say I'm a believer. It flattened out all the peaks and gave us a good level ground to adjust the sound to our liking, and the time alignment is amazing.
Pros: Sound quality. The best you can get for under $400. 5v preamp outputs make the noise floor disappear, 15 band EQ and time alignment are downright amazing... It's worth it simply for these features alone. The Burr-Brown DACs and the highly adjustable 3 way crossover network built in make this a steal. To get these features normally you'd have to spend at least a grand in external EQs and Crossovers.
Cons: This radio isn't for everyone. It's simply the best value in a true audiophile headunit. If you're looking for something simple to use with your iPhone or mp3s, look elsewhere. This headunit means business. About the only gripe I have, I will say I'm not a big fan of every function being buried in a menu :/ But it does keep the faceplate looking really clean and sharp.
A review from a bass heads point of view. I run a pretty complex setup, 3 way active front stage plus sub. I kept it in standard mode since my amps control the crossovers. Hertz HSK XLs and JL ZR800s up front powered buy 800 watts of JL Slash amps. Digital Designs 9512s in the back powered by a Digital Designs modded M4. Roughly 6000 watts of clean power and I use it all. The auto EQ did not work for me at all. I tried it with the sub amp up and down, it's just to much for it to blend. I have a RTA and did it manual. It also did not get my TA right, once again it's just to much. I did it manual. Basically it took me a few days to dial it in and I was hating it the whole time. I ended up turning auto EQ off and resetting the deck. Luckily my car has always sounded very good with little to no EQ, due to months of equipment searching and proper placement. Do I like it? I don't know yet. It's better then the Alpine CDA-117 it replaced in sound but not function. Looks has to go to the pioneer. Mine worked with the iPhone 5S right out the box, no update needed.
Bought this about a year ago and love it, took awhile to figure out the little speaker thing that plugs in the back but I disconnected it and everything went smooth
Pros: Cool features, nice sound
Cons: Kind of hard to figure out at first
Made my factory stereo sound so much better. I now have a lot more detail. Waiting to get focal and run active front stage.
Pros: Awesome sound quality with factory setup and great foundation for aftermarket speaker upgrades
Cons: None so far
Absolutely perfect stereo. I have owned everything from cd and tape players to pure media players and this is absolute perfection, before you start getting into the super high end SQ decks of course. Easy to install as most decks are, although this one has better preamps and the "highs -mids-lows" option as well as the "front-rear-bass" configuration. Bluetooth built in...no satellite radio but I've never used it so its not a big deal for me (I'll stick to the vastness of the internet podcasts and radio services). Auxiliary and 2 usb ports as well as an sd card slot that I don't use but I could see where it could be really cool to keep favorite songs on there at all times. Bluetooth streaming is seamless...I have the Moto-X and whenever I get into the car, it just pairs up on its own and starts playing Pandora its awesome, virtually no noise, no hissing, no popping, just beautiful clean sound. The EQ is freaking awesome and a sinch to set up especially after having a good foundation to adjust from with the auto eq it does for you. The menu took some getting used to but after the first set up, you'll have it down. Also, although this is a dot display, its not like a regular old cheap dot display you see in some buckets. It looks deep, crisp, and clean and the density is one of the highest ones ive seen, really HIGH QUALITY.
This head unit is so clear it's hard to tell how loud the music is. I've got 2400 watts rms and I couldent believe how much of a diffrence this head unit made. You don't hafto use the head unit in 3 way network mode.
Pros: Really clear
I actually ended up returning the whole system as I was not satisfied by the sound quality and performance output. Because there are so many other components and factors, I am not sure of this head unit was a contributing factor to the failure or not. So I am not sure what "star" rating to give it. It could have been many other things. I researched and tuned the system for a full week. Even though I spent a lot of money thinking I would get an extremely great sounding audio system, It did not sound all that much better than the factory bose system. At least not for the price I paid. I can say, that this head unit sounded great when I hooked it up directly using its internal amp. It has tons of adjustable perimeters, It looks really cool, and has lots of expandable features.
Pros: Looks, very adjustable, very expandable and high quality sound.
Being an Eclipse and Alpine fan historically I have over the past few years been switching over my vehicles to Pioneer for the iPhone/MP3 ease of control. The interface is much more subtle and quicker than the other two brands mentioned. This unit in particular replaced a newer Pioneer unit from last year and it's night and day when considering the sound quality and adjustment control using the parametric EQ. There are some limits to customization on the display and I'm not really into the flash side of mobile audio but the simply setting works fine and when the signal runs through 6 channels of Alpine amplifiers into Focal separates and JL Subs. totally changed the overall system. I'll keep this baby
Pros: Fully adjustable, complete control over EQ and incredible processing for crystal clear sound. You couldn't pay me to take it out
Cons: Pioneer always gets really close on the volume knob design but doesn't quite hit the mark. This is the closest yet but could be 70% as big and that would make adjustments much easier.
Sounds great. A little counterintuitive on the controls. Some functions seem easier on the remote control and some seem easier on the head unit. the instructions that came with it didn't explain use of the remote control.
Pros: Sounds great. Lots of great features.
Cons: A little counterintuitive on the controls. Some functions seem easier on the remote control and some seem easier on the head unit. the instructions that came with it didn't explain use of the remote control.
This head unit is just incredible. I have it hooked up to 2 MB Quart Reference series 640.4 amps. 1 of them is running at 4 channel mode to Pioneer components in the front and Polk audio 4X6 plate speakers in the rear. The rms output is around 80 watts per channel x 4. The other amp is bridged to 2 channels and running a pair of kicker Solobaric 10s in a sealed enclosure. The output there is 320X2. I am completely blown away by the sound quality. I am stunned by how clean and clear the sound is without even a hint of "hissss" on the quiet parts of the music. I did spend some time tweaking the 16 band equalizer And I have the subwoofer output turned down and crossed over at 100 htz. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. As for people saying it's a very hard head unit to learn, I say nonsense!! It's menus are plentiful but very easy to learn. I highly recommend this head unit as the brains for any amplified system. Love it
Pros: Everything, but most of all, the sound quality. I have a very discerning ear for my music and even I was shocked by the new details in songs that I have heard many times before.
Cons: None. Period!
Very nice stereo with more features than I can figure out.
Pros: Lots more than I can list...
Cons: My con is that the install kit contained everything except wire nuts, which the install instructions said I would need. So I'm sitting in a truck, with the dash apart, windows open, parts everywhere, and no wire nuts! I say, charge me $5 more and include them. Other than than, great stereo and install. Could've been done in 10 minutes.
i am a real person who purchased this hu through crutchfield even though their price is not the cheapest you can find. i did this because crutchfield is literally the only consistently reliable customer service that i have ever dealt with, which makes their prices worth paying for. this is the only affordable hu with time alignment, 3 way active crossovers, 16 band equalizer and striking aesthetics. there is not a better choice out there for a daily driver than this hu as far as functions and aesthetics. this is the ultimate upgrade because you will likely never need anything more than what this hu can provide. pioneer makes fantastic and user friendly hu's and I recommend them to everyone. I am in no way endorsed by the company, I just appreciate affordable quality and will give credit where it is due.
I have installed and won trophies with car systems I've installed in IASCA competition. Not a novice. Installed this in my Wife's Mach I. It is the most difficult head set to operate I've ever seen. She hates it. It also has a functionality problem. When she uses her Ipod Touch the unit always wants to bring up Pandora. Even if it's not playing Pandora when she plugs the Touch in or turns on the head unit. You can use the Touch to bring up I-Tunes and I-Tunes will then play through the head unit but the Pandora display stays up on the screen with an error message and you have no control over the Touch from the head unit or any sort of ITunes display. The "band" button does nothing and if you cycle through the inputs it goes right back to Pandora when you bring up the Touches USB input and the cycle begins again. This is especially stupid since the Touch isn't even connected to Pandora. It has no phone/internet capabilities. Very disappointed in this product. Unfortunately it is now past 60 days so I'm going to put her Alpine unit back in and use this one as a paperweight.
Pros: It makes noise.
Cons: It has MAJOR flaws. Hard to use. Not user friendly AT ALL.
This unit sounds great and has a ton of user controls for a single din unit. As with most single dins, it is a little complicated to use as they pack a ton into that tiny screen. This unit has the most source inputs I've ever seen & I was particularly drawn to rca inputs to retain Sync. I only have two beefs and only one involves the unit. The Auto EQ and time alignment features are not very impressive. I ran them several times with the mic in several locations and they always created a mix that was way too heavy in the back speakers. It's asking a lot for a built in unit. I think the really cheap mic has a lot to do with it but I bagged that and went through the arduous process of eq"ing" myself. I'm also a little annoyed at Crutchfield's ride suggestion software which for some reason says that this unit does not fit in my f-150 but every other single DIN does....well it fits just fine and thanks for the extra headache of buying something because this wasn't offered. This is a standard size single DIN unit and if that size fits your application this unit fits..regardless of what the suggestion software says.
Pros: Solid sound, great user control, a ton of source inputs,
Cons: Auto EQ & TA is a little off and the mic is kind of cheap. Crutchfield's product advisor says this doesn't fit in my vehicle, which is stupid as it is a single DIN the same size as every other single DIN produced. Trying to find this unit and get accessories for it was a complete pain.
looks good, sounds great. a little tricky to use but it does have a lot of adjustments
Pros: quality, lots of adjustments, sd card slot
Cons: doesn't turn down quick enough
This head unit replaced a high end flip screen Pioneer unit that the gears for the flip screen went out on. It also needed to mate well with my amps and other components of my existing system. The sound quality on this unit SURPASSES my previous head unit. It has the crispness and clarity of high end headphones with the addition of sub woofer that headphones lack. The hands free phone function is also exceptional. It pares very well with ALL the functions of my android razor allowing me to use the hands free function to it's fullest.
Pros: Superior sound quality. Great hands free phone function.
Cons: Owners manual on disc. It's information can also be a little difficult to decipher.
This is not as easy to install as you might think. And the technical support, though the wait wasn't bad, were not much help getting the heater cable unhooked in order to remove the old radio. Yes, they supply all the parts (I think, I've yet to finish the installation), but there is a lot of splicing. There are no easy shortcuts. I'm taking it to installer after spending several hours trying to unhook the heater cable in my 2008 Subaru Outback. And the "Master Sheet" they send you refers to the extra connectors that they send you and their instructions. I finally gave up on the phone support as he had never installed one of these in my model car and relied on photos that he sent me via eMail.
Pros: It will probably be nice.
Cons: ...if I can ever get it installed. Better to buy from a reputable company that both sells and installs their equipment. Crutchfield can't install it for you unless you live in Virginia.
The DEH-80PRS has a great sound and many options with which you can adjust the sound to your own preference. To me the manual for the radio could be better, I had to call Crutchfield's tech department to figure out a couple of items. The Tech from Crutchfield was great and took care of my problem. I really like that the unit offers USB, SD, and ipod hookup and control, all work great. The CD player in the unit also sounds great but I imagine I'll be using mostly ipod and SD's to hold all my music. I'm very satisfied with with the unit and glad I picked this one instead of a cheaper unit (you get what you pay for!) Highly recommend the unit.
Pros: Great sound - many music options from which to choose - looks great in my truck - The adapters that Crutchfield sends are great, it would have taken three times as long to install the unit without the adapters and wiring harness Crutchfield gives you!
Cons: Owners manual could be better and explain things in simpler terms Overall menu on the unit is kind of complicated and takes some time to get use too. Once you learn it you're ok. Would be nice to have some sort of re-set buttons to recall favorite radio stations. You can save your favorites but it's not as easy as having buttons.
This head unit really brings the excitement back into car audio sound quality. I've had this unit in my car for about 4 months now. Here are some things I learned about it: -The graphic equalizer seems to really perform, if you know what you're doing, small tweeks can make an incredible difference to the sound quality. Like most people have said, initially I thought it sounded just okay, but then in my case I just took the 8khz down a couple notches to smooth out my MB Quart tweeters, and the result is amazing, most music really comes to life now with just this minor tweek. -The onboard amp wouldn't cut it for my power hungry speakers, sound quality is way better once I hooked up an amp. For some reason on this deck, I have to turn my amp gains WAY up (like 3/4 to max) to get the best sound quality and volume level. Initially I had some noise when I did this, but then discovered that my RCA cables had intermittent faulty connections on the grounds. Found this with an ohm meter and pulling slightly on the cables. Once this was fixed, it is noise free, and then sound quality improved even more. -I have found that 192K WMAs sound really good to me on this deck. Sounds better than playing MP3s at higher rates to me. -90% of my music sounds better on this deck than any previous deck I've had. 10% of my music sounded better on an old school Alpine I had in a previous car. Could be car acoustics difference, or any number of reasons for that. I'm happy with 90%.
Pros: Sound Quality. Amazing amount of useful features and flexibility. Price is great considering what you get.
Cons: Nitpicks: can't turn off the key beep, faceplate is polished and can reflect sunlight easily (but I think problem is particular to my car mounting angle). Slightly difficult to operate and understand, but the manual is very well written and can guide you through it all.
I couldn't understand why the sound quality was lacking.Great speakers and good amp so I started over with the head unit first.As soon as I listened to the first few seconds of CD I knew I hit the jackpot.That was with no adjustments of sound control and this unit has a lot.Get ready for a big improvement!Enjoy
Pros: Sound Quality ,versatility
Cons: None to worry about
Great unit everything you need for top sound reproduction.The clean lines of the faceplate show Pioneers quality in today's market.Nice real world sized remote to.
Pros: Dual USB,Triple RCA's,Nice color changes options, Great EQ options and adjustments if you are into that.
Cons: The manual could be printed bigger print "I know old school" idea but I still like to have a manual in my hand.
First, let me say how great Crutchfield is. I ordered the p99rs by accident and I was able to send it back in exchange for this one and was refunded the difference...I love these guys! The 80prs is awesome! It has a calibration mic, auto time-alignment and auto eq just like their home receivers do. It can run a component speaker set without the need for the passive crossovers so you can tune them to your liking. It has several USB inputs, bt, pandora, mp3 playback, 5v pre-outs; I mean the list keeps going. Long story short, I love this receiver and highly recommend it. It can be confusing to use at first because of all the features but you'll get the hang of it.
Pros: Has almost everything.
Cons: Can be a little difficult to use at first and the manual only comes on a disk.
I bought this unit to replace an aging Panasonic CDQDF583U, which replaced an Alpine and a Kenwood unit on my 25 year old ADS / US Amps /JL Audio system in my 96 Ram 1500. The system originally was powered by a Pioneer DEH 66 and Pioneer 1/2 DIN graphic equalizer in my 77 Mercedes. Old stuff, but great sound. The Panasonic sounded good, but not great, and it was getting sensitive to road shock and the graphic was dying. When I first installed the DEH-PRS80, it was a significant improvement in sound quality. I was a little skeptical, but used the auto-equalization feature to see if there would be an improvement. The auto EQ was nothing short of amazing. The system sounds better than ever. Superb clarty and spatial positioning. The auto EQ appears to reset the baseline EQ for all the selectable EQ settings. My only issue is that with a variety of music sources, I generally like a little more bass than the auto EQ provides, and some tracks need a little less bass boost. There is no quick access to adjust the subwoofer output. That requires slogging through the menu and is not something you want to do while driving. On the plus side, one of the two 'custom' EQ options offers the abilitiy to set up EQ and level for each input source individually...a big help with making the XM receiver sound better than it is. As with most removeable face units, the controls and faceplate don't feel solid to the touch, but the controls are easy to use.
Pros: Great sound. Auto EQ really works. Backlighting can be adjusted to match vehicle lights. Decent display legibility.
Cons: No easy way to adjust subwoofer level 'on the fly'.
I purchased this on 12/23/2012. At first I was not that impressed. I installed and played a song with default settings. I have Pioneer 6 1/2 TS-A1604C components up front and Scosche 5 1/4 3 way for rears. Far from top notch speakers but way better than the stock in a 2003 L200 Saturn. The fronts are amped from a Boss CX600 4 channel 75 watt rms X 4. Haven't hooked up the rears to the amp yet. The gain for the front is adjuststed so I don't blow the speakers as will the rear even less when connected. Gain set at about 70% rear will be 60%. After spending a lot of time learning how to fine tune this head unit and tuning it to the speakers I have it is phenominal. Can't imagine with a midrange set of speakers. I'm not a big base person. Can't stand hearing cars coming up the road that you can hear way before they get near your house. To me this drowns out the rest of the music. This head unit with the speakers I have tuned to my liking puts out more than enough base for me. You wouldn't think but especially the 5 1/4 3 way Scosche's in the rear. It sounds as good as my Onkyo TX-NR609 home set up. I was thinking about maybe getting a small sub set up but I'm not so sure it will be of any benefit. My ears are ringing when I listen to music at 45 out of 62 volume setting. The amount of features you get with this head unit for the price is amazing.It is well worth your time to learn how to use all the features. Vinny in little Rhode Island
Pros: Phenominal sound quality for the price. As good as much more expensive head units. I like having my music collection on 1 usb stick and not carying a bunch of cd's around. usb music sounds as good as cd's.
Cons: Some say the build quality. I have no problems with it for the price.
Only one word can best describe this receiver....AWESOME! No regrets at all
Pros: Total control over shaping the sound of your music. Excellent receiver. Best I've ever owned hands down!
I am currently building a system in my 2012 Nissan Frontier crew cab, with 3-way Focal Polyglass components in the front. While waiting for my Stage 4 amp to arrive and building the A-pillars for the Focals, I thought I would install this to see what it could do for a factory speaker set up with no amp. Definitely impressed, sounded far better than I expected it would, it actually sounded better than some far more expensive set ups that I have heard. I have had several decks over the last few years and in terms of sound quality, functionality and customization it blew every single one of them away. List of previous units (Alpine CDA 117, IDA-X305s, INA W900, Kenwood DDX 719, Eclipse 5435, 726E and Eclipse CD 7200). The only downfall is the build quality. The finish looks cheap, the buttons feel cheap it looks cheap, but at the end of the day I would buy it again over anything else out right now based on sound quality and flexibility. I was planning on running an Audison BitTenD sound processor, but now I am having a hard time justifying that, having just installed one in another vehicle there is not a whole lot more that the BitTen can do. The Bluetooth works great, the sound quality from the other end is far above any of the head units listed above and it connects every single time I turn it on (iPhone 4S). I have had major issues with the Alpine and Kenwood units in terms of connecting to the phone and sound quality.
Pros: Sound Quality Flexibility 2 rear faced USBs (and more inputs) Auto T/A and EQ which gets you right in the ballpark Screen and button lights that could match most interiors Simple to use (even being my first Pioneer unit)
Cons: Build quality Cheap build Looks cheap Feels cheap Buttons feel like they will fall of Lack of build quality on exterior Did I mention it feels cheap
First of all I want to thank all of you for taking the time to write a review of this product. It helped me in my decision on which cd player to buy. I'm very picky . Sound quality is what I was looking for. Second I want to thank Crutchfield for doing all they do. Customer support,fast shipping and great prices. This cd player has amazing sound. Installed perfectly in my 2004 Nissan Altima. Found out during the install that my car had all Clarion speakers,6x9's in the back and components with tweeters in the front. Man do those babys sound AMAZING now. I'm running those off the deck,for now,and I have two 12" jackhammers with an 800 watt pioneer amp in the back. My subs sound so AMAZING! I cannot stress the word,amazing,enough. I'm glad I spent the extra money and bought this baby. I also have a Kingston 1tb usb powered hard drive in the glovebox with all my tunes on it. Works like a charm. Sounds amazing. I had to use a special program,called guiformat,to format that big of a drive in fat32 format. Windows 7 won't let you do fat32 format. Bluetooth on my LG Android works flawlessly. Pandora even sounds amazing. Radio also.
Cons: not one
This unit is great, specially the sound quality, however, after using it for almost half a year, I've found some disadvantages that are making me franticly looking for a firmware upgrade from Pioneer - Let's say you switch audio source and the new audio input is really loud and you want to lower the volume quickly, you can't.. You will notice the volume control is optic and if you turn the knob too fast, the unit is not capable of detecting the change in volume.. You have to turn it down slowly or the unit won't react.. very annoying. This is very simple problem to reproduce - After I upgraded from iPhone 3Gs to Iphone5 I lost all the capability to control the music from my phone.. It is really discouraging from using my phone as a music source. -If I turn the car remotely through the starter and then I get into the car, the unit will never connect with my phone through BT.. I have to either shut down the car/restart or go to the BT menu in the phone and force the connect - If you are driving and you are changing the source of audio, you can get easily distracted while the source changes (it is not shown instantaneously).. A couple of seconds looking at the display can be dangerous.. , wouldn't it be better to forget about the animation and quickly change the menu through selection, or a tone/beep or voice signal to guide you through the menus? I won't go back to my stock unit, but it Pioneer can fix some of these problems, then I am prepare to give it 5 stars..
Pros: - Would make any stock setup sound way better.. The sound quality of this unit is awesome - Many audio source inputs - backlight customization matched my vehicle perfectly
Cons: - Volume knob not very responsive. You have to turn it slowly for it to respond - Bluetooth lacking unit control on newer iPhones - Can't trigger iPhone siri through a simple button on the unit.. come on Pioneer! - Menus are a bit distracting - mechanism that latches the unit seems fragile for daily removal of the unit - Searching FM radio stations is painful..
I tried several decks before this one. The learning curve and build quality were not nearly an issue for me as some of the reviews I read before buying. The versatility is exactly what I was looking for; most things can be customized. I'll never go back to anything less than a 16 band EQ after this, either.
Pros: SOUND quality, tweakability, 16 band EQ, clean look
Cons: Not so much a con- but I tried the auto TA and EQ for my vehicle, but ended up going with all of my own settings anyway. Understanding so much of settings are based on personal sound preferences. It did help me get acquainted faster with the product.
This receiver is awesome! It is easy to install and to set up. The choices of colors Are cool and can match the interior display. Set up is easy and the sound is great
Pros: Easy set up the sound is good and install was easy
Cons: Had to print out operation manual from CD that was given or shipped with receiver this made it somewhat difficult to set up
This headunit is wonderful. I installed it in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma. Connectivity is very similar to stock with blutooth and all... I love the SD card capability! I converted my whole flac library to 320 MP3 and filled a 64 GB card with it. The ability to have my whole library on one card and just always in my deck is awesome. Navigating the SD is as easy as you make it when you organize the folders on your SD. I personally broke it down by genre then artist and it takes me less than a minute to find what I want. The remote is also nice to keep me from reaching for the knob. The sound quality over the stock head unit is what I was looking for, clean crisp and clear, it got rid of the muddiness the stock unit was putting out. The stock speakers are holding up ok for now but could do the 80prs better justice... I am an audiophile from the headphone world so i needed all I could get in sound quality from a deck and the 80prs delivers. Functionality is good but takes some time to get used to how the menus work. Once figured out, it all makes sense and flows well. The Auto EQ and TA worked nicely to get me close to the right setup quickly.
Pros: Excellent sound quality Good navigation function Auto EQ and TA is nice Depth at which you can go into tuning SD card slot Ability to link with phone for pandora/ slacker radio
Cons: None for me
I just went on a 3000 mile road trip with the unit freshly installed. I had plenty of time to get acquainted with this unit. I am running this in a fully active 3 way set up with Hertz components and an image dynamics idq sub. I am all about sound quality and was told this unit is a must for sq lovers. I must say that this unit has a huge learning curve and you must be patient with it. I had to run the auto eq and ta several times to finally get it right. (a quiety enviroment was a huge factor). I was not satisfied with the results initially. In fact, I was on the brink of returning the unit and going back to my old alpine. To cut things short, I messed with a few settings such as the asl, crossovers, speaker level, and sound retriever and things suddenly opened up! Notes and musical detail were flawless! Beautiful sound and stage everywhere! This unit is a must for SQ lovers. I have not even bothered with connecting the blue tooth. I am too busy enjoying my music. If you are looking for an sq unit with good value, this is the one. Please note that there is a learning curve with all of the menus and audio features. If you are patient with it, you will get phenomenal results. The audio tuning possibilities are endless and will suit ANY car audio set up and environment. Build quality could have been a little better as the buttons sometimes do not respond on the first request.
Pros: Amazing sound, great CD player, and DSP.
Cons: Build quality could be better. Unit has a learning curve and you must be patient to get the results your ears want. I have all of my music mostly on my ipod in losless format. The unit might not support it as I had to use sound retriever to open up the sound.
After exchanging a very "buggy" JVC KDX50BT for this Pioneer I am a very happy camper. I'm not much of an audiophile so I'm not using any amps or subs, just the HU thru a set of 3-way Polk DB690's in the back and some 2-way Alpine SPS610's in the front. After playing with the settings and trying out the way-cool auto timing and equalization I'm happy to say that my '05 Hyndai Sonata sounds better than ever. Great sound, an almost ridiculous amount of customizing options/settings and the flexibility of dual USB/Aux has left me very impressed. I did notice that the trim-ring that came with the dash kit doesn't allow the front fact to fold down all the way. Not much of a problem for me since I don't intend to use the SD card input but it could be an issue for some. Also, the owner's manual is on a CD. I printed it out booklet style and referred to it frequently while learning how to use the HU (be patient and read the manual...it'll pay off in the long run.) About my only real gripe--and I'm having to really try hard to come up with one--is that you have to delve several levels into the menu system to pause the iPod. Kinda crazy if you ask me. This is a top-notch unit that deserves better than the likes of someone like me but I'm gonna keep it just the same. Who knows, maybe some day I'll get the courage to add an amp and REALLY put this thing through its paces! Can't end w/out thanking Crutchfield for making everything easy, even the exchange. They're the best!
Pros: Sound quality, flexibility, expandability, almost unlimited configuration possibilities, value.
Cons: Learning curve for menu system, no printed owners manual, no one-touch pause.
So I ditched my iPhone and needed BlueTooth audio to get digital sound into my car stereo, so I thought I'd give this a try. And the result? I'm blown away. AMAZING good sound. Even with the crossover flat, and with no processor attached, this Pioneer 80PRS BLEWS AWAY my Alpine iDA-X305S with the Imprint PXA H100. SIXTEEN band built in graphic EQ for further sound customizing. BTW the Bluetooth audio streaming sounds just as good as an iPod. The twenty second Bluetooth connection time is a little annoying, but at least is better than the 30+ second connection time on the AVIC Z140BH. The built in SD card supports 32GB SD cards for a cheap built in mass storage device that sounds amazing and works fast. This head unit sounds like a thousand dollars to me. I'm 35 years old, been an audio nut all my life, I've owned about 6 or so 1DIN's and I haven't been this excited about a head unit ever. I'm hearing all the detail, even from my streaming internet radio stations (TuneIn, Songza, Last.FM, Pandora, Slacker, Soundcloud, Spotify etc). Its feeding a JL 500Watt/1 amp driving a JL 12"w3 sub and a JL 300Watt/2 amp driving some Dynaudio 1" silk dome tweeters and old Danish made Peerless 8" door mid-woofers. If you want great sound and you are addicted to the ever increasing internet radio, (necessitating good bluetooth streaming or an iPhone) this is your 1DIN.
Pros: AMAZING good sound. With no processor attached, this 80PRS BLEWS AWAY my Alpine iDA-X305S with the Imprint PXA H100 audio processor. SIXTEEN band graphic EQ for customizing. DUAL USB so you can connect two USB devices (iPhone, iPod, USB memory, etc) Built in SD card reader. Built in BlueTooth. Totally customizable display colors and brightness (great for trying to match the interior look of your car).
Cons: Build quality feel & looks are a little lack luster, but I'm totally cool with that for the price and the sound quality and features.
Well a funny thing happened on my way to buy a new head unit for my 2003 Toyota Tundra. While reading reviews and comparing units I solicited the crutchfield rep to help me decide and this unit never came up... long story short I bought the Kenwood Excelon x995 and hated it! I honestly did not know that you had to drop a little more coin for something to sound half way decent. So what I like better about the Pioneer is absolutely almost everything. I really don't have much to compare this unit to except the stock unit and the Kenwood and I must say that if you can afford it buy it and skip over all of the rest of the units. Now I don't understand the complaints on how complicated the menu is. If a goof like myself can figure it out... well except the radio controls are pretty much an over complicated mess. Radio connectivity is awesome way better than stock which was way better than the Kenwood which was a joke. I find it hard to praise the Pioneer without comparing it to the Kenwood and even though it is only slightly less expensive it is positively horrid in sound, control and function. The Pioneer shines by comparison in range and depth of sound that fills the trucks double cab. The midrange is alive with sometimes shocking voices and intense percussion. You can definitely get your ears into trouble with this unit.
Pros: Super easy set up. TA/EQ set up a breeze with the mic. My speakers are the Polk DB651s and they sounded positively rich and powerful with the 80PRS even at low volumes. I like the volume increments as this unit sounds so good you can fine tune the volume depending on what you're listening to and your mood. Pandora sounds great. CD's sound awesome. Radio sounds pretty darn good. Sounds great right out of the box with minimal fussing around. A lot of options for customizing your sound.
Cons: It is a little plasticky. But from other models that I've seen It's not too bad. Radio should let you scroll through all stations without sub bands, too frustrating.
Would be straight 5s except for the moronic lack of being able to make quick adjustments such as mute pause bass treble stop etc. without going through menus!!!!!!
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Lack of quick safe adjustments while driving
Overall, if you can afford this unit, go for it. I got a deal on a scratch and dent I couldn't refuse, this will be a deck I keep for a long time. I've been a loyal Pioneer Receiver guy and I'm glad I went with this purchase as a long debate, between the competitors. Fairly easy to setup, sucks the manual isn't on paper but I was able to find the PDF, downloaded it to my iBooks and was able to read it on my iphone in my car. Definitely start out with the Auto EQ and TA, turn the radio OFF, press and hold the EQ button and follow the on screen instructions, be sure to plug in the Mic first. I can't comment on the Bluetooth Calls quality as I don't drive and talk period, but I am solely using the BTA part and it works great via Spotify, iPod, and Pandora. Tho the pause doesn't work and I can't seem to skip songs with my "steering wheel controls" but this may not be the fault of the radio itself. Definitely takes a bit to get use to the menus but its by no means that hard, but there are some "not so bright" people out there so I can understand the negative reviews on that part. If you have any sense of logic it really isn't that bad to learn. But by no means will it be easy to change audio settings on the fly while driving.
Pros: Pros: Great sound quality, I'm an average user but can tell the difference in good sound and bad. This is definitely night and day over stock and a noticeable improvement over the cheaper models. 2 USB Ports in the back, I can't use a front one due to clearance issues with a radio cover on my convertible. Tons of Sound Adjustments!! TA and 16 band EQ!! can't stress enough how awesome this is. The HPF filters also have a ton of adjustment.
Cons: Auto tuning probably works well in a fully enclosed car. It didn't seem to work well in my S2000 convertible. Granted I live in an apartment complex right now is wasn't that quite but i was in a garage with the top up. It was able to complete the setup but I had to end up using manual adjustments for both the EQ and TA settings. Definitely feels cheaper than the previous 4 Pioneers I've owned. Buttons are a bit loose, volume knob sticks out to far, some buttons are only on the remote.
SO far, I am fairly impressed with the sounds quality of this deck. I am building my system in stages. This along with some Hertz High Energy (HSK 165.4) components powered by a Bulter Audio Tube Driver Blue 275 compromise my first stage. I did try the auto setup with Time alignment and auto eq. the time alignment was off saying my left speaker was 51 inches away (it is 23") and I did not care for the EQ setting at all. Once I tweaked the distance and set the EQ myself, things opened up and started sounding much better. I've been doing higher end car audio for a WAY long time (early 80's) and this deck is tough to beat for the price. The menus are a little bit difficult to negotiate at first but they aren't terrible. I was able to color match the keys and display almosyt exactly to my vehicle as well giving a factory install look.
Pros: cost, sounds quality (that is REALLY all that matters to me)
Cons: doesn't do everything in the world but I wasn't interested in NAV/DVD/app stuff. Play my music, hands free calling and iPhone adaptation (which this does just fine), "busy" menu system
I love this head unit! It was absolutely worth the price, as the next step up (Stage 4 from Pioneer) is just overkill on attention to detail and price. The DEH-80PRS was my final choice after being bullied around at my local shop with their weird Alpine worship. I honestly don't understand the brand hype by some people. Pioneer was really the only choice for me since their head units could plat back lossless wave (WAV) files. The Alpines can't. Not only that, this head unit has an insanely good built-in DAC. For digital music quality, there was really no other choice than Pioneer for me. That said I was still impressed with this unit's other features. Also, don't listen to Pioneer's advice of using only Pioneer brand USB cables. That's a line of BS. Use good quality, third-party USB cables and you'll be fine. One is included with the head unit, but I still rolled my own for specific lengths and ends.
Pros: True 4v RCA outs (maximized an Audio Control EQ without any voltage boost). Digital playback quality is epic. Two USB ports. Number of customizable frequencies of the EQ is HUGE! I can completely wipe the 20Hz range since my subs only do 28Hz (30Hz) at their lowest. That means I can boost 12kHz while dumping 20kHz. The automatic timing adjustment works great too: made things much less muddy. Also being able to change the key illumination separate from the display illumination is a plus.
Cons: Clumsy face removal: it's a PAIN! I also don't like the fact that the main volume control missed registering rotation clicks if you spin it too fast. That means you can't change the volume as fast as you might like. Even my stock system was faster. Those were my two biggest complaints. Other annoyances... setting a custom EQ is not intuitive. Worse, your custom EQ setting is lost if you disconnect the battery. Display limitation: can't show folder/song at the same time as track length.
Sound right out of the box (without changing anything) is way better than the stock stereo (2000 GMC sierra). Cant wait to actually mess with the EQ and dial it in. I just installed this stereo so time will tell how well it holds up and sounds. Bought the unit from Crutchfield so everything needed to install was included. I pre soldered and heat shrunk the wirieing harness (provided free). Once that was done I would say within 20 - 30 minutes I had the entire unit installed. That includes running the Mic wire for the Bluetooth phone hookup, mounting it and haveing the entire truck put back together. It was a very simple install.
Pros: Install instructions are great and was installed in no time at all. This is greatly due to the installation kit provided for free by Crutchfield. Lots of color choices to choose from. Knowing I bought this from Crutchfield I will have a lifetime of product support. 2 USB ports, memory card slot, comes with mic for Bluetooth phone, comes with mic for time alignment. Looks good in the truck. I just hope the build quality proves to be tougher than it appears.
Cons: Have to scroll thru a lot to get the source you want to use. Operation instructions are on a cd. So unless you have a laptop to bring out to your vehicle or you print the instructions out, good luck. Build quality seems kind of cheap / flimsy.
This unit replaced a Pioneer DEH-P880PRS Premiere HU (880). The 880 was fantastic. So why replace it? Because USB implementation was lousy. That's really the only reason I went with the new DEH-80PRS (80). I didn't want to sacrifice Sound Quality (SQ) and I didn't have to because Pioneer trickled down much of the high level SQ circuitry into the 80. However, the 880 was built much better. The 80 is made of cheaper plastic. The 880 faceplate opened slowly yet gracefully, and it closed automatically. The 80 flops open, and doesn't close automatically. You have to push it closed. The Menu system is essentially the same, but with the necessary additions. Problem is that it's dated and cumbersome. Some items you'll use regularly are 3 or 4 clicks deep into the menus. The display is about the same size as the 880, which some people feel is too small. It is rather small by today's standards, but people buy this kind of unit for SQ rather than eye candy. Overall a great product.
Pros: Sound Quality. USB implementation. Sound and EQ adjustability.
Cons: Build Quality. Menu System
I have had aftermarket decks and subs since 1990 in my car. This is the best deck I have ever owned by far. It sounds great even in normal mode with only a Sub I can crank it as loud as I want and no distortion. Also you can do active mode without external amps might try that
Pros: sounds great especially after auto eq set up and a little tweeking. SD card awsome It also charges my rim while it plays off SD or radio. Don't buy a 200 dollar deck save for this one worth everypenny Does warn to use at least 50w speakers with it I put in aftermarket 50 watt pioneers
All around this is a great HU. I was torn over this and the x996, and took the plunge. I previously owned the Asteroid (I wish more radios fill the full 1DIN size like the Asteroid, nothing like it!) and found the SQ on that unit to be very good compared to my old Alpine, but this one blows it away. Even before setting up any of the EQ it sounded "strong". The AutoTA/EQ is super easy with the provided mic, I just hung it over my head rest, hit start and waited outside my car till it was done. I've done this manually before on a clarion and it's a pita!! This was easy and the TA is accurate, just follow the manuals instructions. I've fine tuned my amps after doing the auto tune and it sounds amazing. The EQ setting are easy to navigate, and the built in filters work great. I wish I could install the Kenwood x996 to see how it sounds because the only gripe I have about this radio is the display. It is very clear, in the sun and the dark, and the unit looks better in real life than the images that Crutchfield uses (use better pics guys, it doesn't actually look so two toned...there are other images online that look more like it irl), but the display is still something reminiscent of a 90's radio.. Your paying for SQ on this HU, not a pretty display like some others, though I really want to see a side by side of the DEH-80PRS and the Kenwood x996. Still haven't tested the phone mic, but the BT connected easily to my Evo4G. USB/SD/CD works great ofc. Pleased with my first Pioneer
Pros: SQ, ease of intuitive menus, fantastic EQ and filters, Dual USB @1A, SD slot, 5V Preouts, oh and SQ! The source button works fine as well (the other reviewer must have a shaky finger..), no jumping or skipping over other sources, though it would be cool to use the wheel to scroll through them after you press source, or an option to allow it.
Cons: The old fashioned look of the display (but there are 2DIN touch screens if that's all you want), re indexing on each restart for your USB/SD device, according to the manual. If you set the tagging this occurs, and I have seen it with a 4GB flash drive and it was disruptive. I will be plugging in a 160GB HD I have so we will see how long it takes to index. Normal List view works fast. There's an Update section, but only for BT acc. to the manual? No firmware/software??
I was persuaded by Crutchfield's sales person to choose this piece of junk. The radio does look good in appearance when the radio is off! (at it's best, off) The display is so small that when driving it is hard to read and dangerous. My biggest complaint is when selecting the "source" the head unit would skip over what I wanted to listen to. Then I would have to source all the way through the selection and back to what I wanted to listen to. I thought it was a defect in the unit. So they sent me another one only to find out that the new on did the same. Then the Pandora, and USB functions. If I would unplug my Iphone and go into the store, plug it back in turn the car on my USB or Iphone would not be audible. I would AGAIN have to source all the way through the selections. Then the microphone set up feature. What a joke! the Auto EQ time position function sounded terrible!I The volume knob, you have to turn that thing for days just to make a small volume change. The manual EQ, don't try adjusting it when driving. Not worth the money, shipping NOTHING! .
Pros: Works and looks great OFF!
Cons: Horrible operations all around! Over priced for OFF operations.
I am really impressed by the features of this deck. I had a previous motorized deck from Pioneer that died. The sound quality is great. I am familiar with the functions of this head unit coming from a similar head unit. The controls will take a some learning to getting use to but it has it all bluetooth, ipod control, Auto eq, time alignment. You can even match color display to your interior lighting. You will not be disapointed.!
Pros: 5 volt outputs, crossover, Auto eq and Time alignment..Burr-Brown DAC's
Cons: Controls can take a bit of learning to get a hang of.
If your goal is sound quality then this is the one!
Pros: Sound quality
First thing I have always had Alpine or Kenwood decks never once went with a deck from a manufacturer that you could buy at Wal-MArt.But this Pioneer is awesome.The controls are pretty easy to get used to and the sound quality is amazing. Now it replaced the factory unit in my '02 Toyota Spyder ,and I have not upgraded the speakers yet but the difference in sound is like night and day! Both mine and my wifes iPhone paired easily and the sound quality on the calls is very good.The install kit was free but it is a little flimsy. I would definitely consider another Pioneer product in the future and of course Crutchfield has the best support if you need to use it.
Pros: Multi color display , Two rear usb ports so You can hook up an iPod and iPhone or whatever you want. Sound controls Galore this is truly an audiophile grade Receiver without the high price tag.
Cons: At $350 the build quality of the display is not bad but of course everything can be better,especially the hinge mechanism.
I just finished upgrading the crappy factory Bose system in my Infiniti I30, and I'm totally blown away by the fact that this unit is <$400. Getting the EQ set just right to get a flat response is almost too easy with the Auto EQ function, and paired with good speakers the sound quality is amazing (I've got Polk DXi 6500 components in the front and they rock). Plus you can customize the Time Alignment with a few clicks and scrolls to get the soundstage exactly where you want it. Once I get my sub & amp hooked up I'll probably be constantly looking for excuses to take long drives. If you're looking for a top-shelf head unit but don't want to go for a full deadhead with multiple external amps, this is the one you're looking for.
Pros: Amazing sound quality (when paired with decent speakers), solid construction, very in-depth sound controls for sound tweaking (auto-EQ, Time Alignment, etc), solid and reliable Bluetooth, and good looks. Multicolor display rocks, very elegant and doesn't have that "carnival on your dash" look that some other decks seem to have.
Cons: This goes with any deck with built-in amps, but it's a little low powered; be sure to pair your 80PRS up with efficient speakers. Also, the menu system is a little on the byzantine side, but once you learn it it's useable - and having an uncluttered face makes it all worth it anyway.
Love the Deck, sounds great.
Pros: Plays WAV files, 16 band EQ
Cons: Contrary to Crutchfield Salesmans assurances, I cannot get a hard drive larger than 100GB to work.
The sound from this unit is like " Ear Candy " to my ears. I-pod controls work great. I am now a Pioneer fan for life!
Pros: It has more features then any other high price brands head units.
Cons: Wish it did not have flip down face to load a C.D.
Installed into a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada, Now I'm a Alpine Man, but after watching the review here on Cructchfield I give Pioneer another go, I had a old Pioneer DEH-P8MP that I just hated, the head unit didn't sound good, it was very touchy with playing CD's, CD's that was slightly scuffed would skip where's in the Alpine that I had would play CD's that where unplayable in the Pioneer, all I have to say is Holy Cow this DEH-80PRS has brought me back aboard the Pioneer train, this deck is just Awesome with a bit of Epic mixed in, this is what a Head Unit should be, turn your vehicle into a studio reference room or a obnoxious street banger this Head Unit really can do that, the Auto EQ/TA works, I had to adjust very little to get the sound I like, I went out and brought a 32Gig USB thumb drive put like a few hundred albums on it thousands of songs and I still have like 10gigs left and their is still a USB 2, SD card slot and a CD this thing eats MUSIC and spits it back at you with such detail and clarity this deck does not distort at max volume, I guess I will be the 1st person in the world to put a ring on my head unit and marry it, while it's making love to my ears I will be feeding it 2000 watts from a mono block amp and a high current 4 channel with a JL 10W7 for good measure, if you plan on getting this Head Unit don't skimp you will be doing your self an injustice, give this Head Unit proper amplifiers, speakers, woofer it will not disappoint.
Pros: Head Unit does not distort at max volume checked with a DD1, more than enough inputs for portable Music 2 USB slots, a SD Card Slot, CD, Auto EQ/TA with included Mic, adjust ability, can set Cross Over, Slopes, Levels, too much to list here, nice bright display, ability to change to any color, searching for music is a snap, the 16 Band EQ <3, Sound Retriever is really Good, on Alpine it would be like the Media Expander I usually don't like those options but Pioneer Pull this one off and I do use
Cons: I have taken a star because, the Build Quality I was not real impressed with touching the buttons feels cheap and if you press too hard the Head Unit contacts can become misaligned causing the display to briefly stop working, when the Sun is out high above the glare is substantial in my 02 Bravada reading the display becomes difficult, this is just a nick pick but their is far more sound adjust ability in Networked Mode than in Standard I would of like if Standard had Networked adjustments.
best HU i have purchased so far. i chose this over kenwood kdc 996
Pros: everything in this HU is great
Cons: nothing so far
the audio quality is just superb auto eq works perfectly alot of eq's. its just amazing i got this headunit over the kenwood x996!
Pros: audio quality
First off I just want to say I am so glad crutchfield is an east coast based company, making free shipping just as fast as overnight with none of the cost!!! I can't believe how amazing this head unit is. I used to have a JVC KD-900 which featured 1 24bit Burr-Brown DAC which was amazing but being a JVC the head unit kept dropping my bluetooth or even having other problems which were very annoying. This Pioneer 80PRS is just amazing. Its everything I thought it would be. I set the sound stage up for the driver seat and its just amazing music to my ears. Not to nag but another review said dont use it with stock speakers because one weak link will ruin your head units amazement. Well I can say they are dead wrong. I have a 05 Subaru STI with the stock speakers and after adjusting the filter to kick out any bass below 63hz it was music to my ears. Flat EQ and a gorgeous detailed sound that anyone can appreciate. Sure I still need a sub to fill in the bass but whatever that can come later when I also get after market speakers so I can go louder.
Pros: 3 Burr-Brown DAC's and Pioneer Craftsmanship
Cons: None that I can see. It may take a bit of use to get used to the controls and how everything works (menus) but its not really a con worth deducting a star for, once you play with it for a few minutes you get the trick of it and its breezy usage, like all other Pioneer products.
ok sonically unless you spend a $1000 on the big brother pioneer or a headunit a separate processor.. you cannot get a better sounding more flexible unit. menus are a pain to navigate thru and learn but one you get use to them it's ok.. but could be a lot simpler.. there is a lot of options on this unit so it's hard to get the menu's perfect.. manual is so so.. not enough info for experienced installer.. have to to figure out how some of this stuff works on my own or call pioneer...
Pros: sonically kicks butt and is very flexible tuning capabilities.. makes 3 way actives
Cons: kinda cheesy plastic feel and manuals suck.. crossover points for a 3 way system could be more flexible.. midrange options needs a 800 hz point for those using dome or smaller 3" mid drivers
Installed in my Porsche 911. Was able to divide out my high, medium, and lows. Easy to use phone. Amazing sound. Installers love this deck for ease of install and programing. I was able to almost perfectly match the deck color with the interior of the car.
Pros: Sound, phone.
Cons: Some of the menus are hard to navigate - like programming radio stations.
First let me say this to all the others looking at head units. Guys & Gals. This is NOT!!. Repeat This is NOT! the head unit you match with factory speakers. First off its a huge waste of money on your part. Now if your planning on upgrading your whole system a little at a time this is not the head unit to start with. That being said. The resolution this head unit is capable of is impeccable. Like my home system you will learn good recordings from bad ones provided the rest of your system is up to the task. Very simple install. Now maybe its my age being a car installer of the 80s this deck has alot of settings and I don't feel the menu is the best it could be nor are the directions to these settings. Eventually you will figure it out. In my 99 Intrepid without a subwooofer I used the auto alignment/EQ feature, which would have been spot on had I had a sub in the trunk because the rears and fronts in my car were tuned almost flat, which took alot of the bass out. So I will add a seperate sub. I have extra amps lying around. My current US Amps TU4360 Tube/Hybrid which I consider to be one of the best doesn't offer daisy chaining so going strait to a powered sub won't work. my other amps do though. This replaced my Excelon X794 which by itself is one heck of a head unit.
Pros: Sound Quality. Parts used. Build Quality. Every Feature you could want at this price or higher. If you have a good setup and don't want to spend $1200 on the top of the line deck this is the H/U for you
Cons: A little difficult to setup. Will show how good your system is or how bad it is. Guide is on Disc
I started out researching this product because I wanted to "go active" as they say. For the money this unit is gold. Sound tweakers delight this magic box is. About the SQ, this thing is an amazing unit! I have Event 20/20 monitors as my daily listeners at home. This unit, powered by 100w x4 +1x300w Cadence F100-5 5ch amp and Focal 165vb comps upfront .Im running the HU in network mode I will admit the sound comes pretty darn close. The way the Pioneer unit performs auto TA and EQ is fantastic. In fact when I powered up the unit for the 1st time and connected the EQ mic I ran the Auto EQ/TA and it correctly determined that my RF Focal mid was wired out of phase and when the wiring was corrected, it created my EQ and TA settings in 5 mins. When i turned the unit on and played the THX intro sound clip I found the settings were at 95 % accurate to my tastes. The auto installers never seen an HU like this and were slack jawed as I turned the volume up to crisp, clean almost 3D like imaging. Although I have had the unit for only 1 day I cant imagine how much better this thing will sound once i tweak it to perfection. The bluetooth audio is very good. I was able to play Pandora on my Android phone immediatley after pairing which was a painless process. I know there are other HU's out there that perform similar tasks and are "active" but I got to admit this Pioneer has them beat. I picked a winner! You can too.
Pros: This is the best HU I have ever owned. the auto EQ/TA is a marvel to behold and it assists in getting your settings for xrossover and EQ close to perfection. Just tweak to your tastes. The Bluetooth calling has good voice quality and pairs quickly and painlessly. The BT audio is wonderful. Its not CD like quality but Its good. the inputs are way more than i would ever need 2 USB inputs and RCA to 3.5 ithat uses the 24bit Burr Brown D/A converters in the HU and NOT your MP3 player.
Cons: None. I will post an update after a month or so. Please see my setup : Amp: Cadence F100-5 5 ch / 100wrms x 4 300wrms x1 1 (sub) / RF Rfk4x 4 Gauge Amp Kit / Audio cables: Monster MPC I306 6C-5M 6-Ch RCA / Dynamat: both front doors)
Went from the eclipse cd7200mkii to this deck. For me it was night and day. And I did not set it up active yet and this deck sounds great. Don't get me wrong the eclipse is a great deck but the pioneer tops it. Very happy with radio
Cons: Wish the faceplate was like the p99.
I've been through a lot the last few months trying to get good sound quality in my 2007 Xterra, and I finally got there with this head unit. My setup is simple: Boston Acoustics SR60 components (midwoofers in front doors, tweeters in dash) driven by an Alpine MRX-F30, and a Bazooka BT1014 subwoofer in the cargo area driven by a bridged Rockford Fosgate R125-2. I'm not running any speakers at all in the rear doors. I'm getting very high quality sound for a relatvely small investment. I have the 80PRS configured for 'Network' mode, which means the RCA outputs send separate high, mid, and low signals to my tweeters, mids, and sub. (I removed the crossovers from the BA components and am running each speaker off its own 50W channel from the Alpine amp.) Immediately after finishing the installation I connected the included adjustment microphone and let the deck run its auto EQ and time alignment. If figured out everything, including crossover points for all the speakers, and adjusted the levels to suit the interior of the Xterra. The end result was an amazingly accurate, nicely imaged stereo sound. The only thing I would change is switching to a more powerful Alpine amp later on. :) Sound quality is fantastic with all sources, and the bluetooth audio and phone functions are perfect. I will be buying another one for our car.
Pros: Sound quality, sound quality, sound quality. Plus bluetooth functions and all the extra convenience options (display backgrounds, colors, disabling internal amp, etc.).
Cons: Can't think of a singe thing.