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Our take on the Pioneer DEH-80PRS

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

It's all about the sound quality

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.

High-quality components

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.

Pioneer DEH-80PRS

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.

Unparalleled sound controls

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.

Classic styling and a pin-sharp OEL display

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).

Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Plenty of expansion opportunities

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.

Built-in Bluetooth®

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.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Details for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • audiophile-grade components and internal architecture
    • Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • detachable fold-face with 3-line full-dot LCD display, plus customizable display and key colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 16-band equalizer with separate left and right channel control
    • 3-way crossover network
    • Auto-EQ and time alignment (Auto-EQ microphone included)
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • App Mode offers limited control of music apps through iPhone connection
    • inputs: two rear 1-amp USB inputs, front and rear auxiliary inputs, SD card slot
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub — switchable to high, mid, low)
    Other info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 16
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Low-level-to-high-level harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Auto-EQ microphone (with attached 6.5' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector)
    • External microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 5 Self-adhesive cable clamps
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screws
    • 2 Face fixing clips
    • Operation's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Information to User sheet
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)
    • Operating Environment note for CD-ROM

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    Audio Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/Pandora App
    Disc/USB/SD Playback
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Burr-Brown 24-bit D/A Converters: Three Burr-Brown digital to analog converters are used - one each for the high, mid, and low frequency ranges; providing exceptional linear sound reproduction with wide dynamic range and faithful reproduction of the original source.

    4-Layer Circuit Board Design: Utilizing a four layer copper foil board with components mounted to both sides of the board allows for a circuit board with a much smaller footprint. The inside layers of the circuit board are dedicated to the power and ground supply traces, which allow for lower overall circuit impedance and greatly reduce noise.

    Full-Custom High-Capacitance Power Supply Capacitor: Custom-built capacitors in the power supply keep sound clear and consistent. Exclusive parts are developed and tuned for optimal sound quality through a thorough review of materials and repeated listening trials.

    Sound Master Clock Circuitry: Timing is everything. Pioneer's new Sound Master Clock generates waveforms that read and process digital signals with extraordinary precision; eliminating jitter. Finely detailed signals can be accurately reproduced as they were intended.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-80PRS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the DEH-80PRS are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the DEH-80PRS are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    Three 5-Volt Preamp Output: The Pioneer Premier DEH-80PRS features three 5-Volt preamp outputs (Front, Rear, and Sub). The Front and Rear preamp outputs feature fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. If you are using external amplifiers to power your car audio system, you can choose to turn off the head unit's amp for better sound quality.

    28-Bit Binary Floating-Point DSP: Handling a wider range of complicated calculations than a standard fixed-point DSP, Pioneer's 28-bit binary floating-point DSP along with the use of advanced programming technology allows for highly precise sound processing and tuning without degrading the source's digital signal.

    Audio Operation Modes: This unit features two operation modes: the 3-way network mode (NW), and the standard mode (STD).

    • 3-Way Network Mode (NW): This mode lets you create a 3-way multi-amp, multi-speaker system with separate speakers for reproduction of high, middle and low frequencies (bands), each driven by a dedicated power amp using the head unit's three 5-volt preamp outputs. The 3-way network mode provides network and time alignment functions; two functions essential for a multi-amp, multi-speaker system to enable precise control over settings for each frequency range. The 3-way network mode also enables low-pass, high-pass, level, and phase adjustments.
      • Time Alignment: The time alignment function lets you adjust the distance between each speaker and the listening position from 0 to 160-inches.
      • High-Pass Crossover Filter: The HPF cuts frequencies below the set frequency (1.25, 1.6, 2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0, 5.0, 6.3, 8.0, 10.0, or 12.5 kHz), letting high frequencies through to the connected speakers.
      • Low-Pass Crossover Filter: The LPF cuts frequencies above the set frequency (25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz), letting low frequencies through to the connected subwoofers.
      • Mid-Pass Crossover Filter: This allows you to set a LPF frequency (1.25, 1.6, 2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0, 5.0, 6.3, 8.0, 10.0, or 12.5 kHz) and HPF frequency (25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz) to allow only a specific range of frequencies to played through the connected speakers.
      • Slope: You can adjust the HPF/LPF/MPF slope for each speaker unit connected - LPF Slope (-36, -30, -24, -18, or -12 dB/oct), MPF (-24, -18, -12, -6, or 0 dB/oct), and HFP (-24, -18, -12, or -6 dB/oct).
      • Level: You can adjust the level of each speaker unit connected - High Frequencies (-24 to 0 dB), Mid Frequencies (-24 to 0 dB), and Low Frequencies (-24 to +6 dB).
      • Phase: You can switch Phase (Normal or Reverse) for each speaker unit's input signal.
      • Mute: You can mute each speaker unit (filter. When a speaker unit (filter) is muted, no sound is output from that speaker.
    • Standard Mode (STD): This mode lets you create a 4-speaker system with front and rear speakers using the head units speaker outputs, or a 6-speaker system with front and rear speaker and subwoofers using the head units preamp outputs.
      • Subwoofer Output: This unit is equipped with a dedicated subwoofer preamp output which can be turned on or off. You can adjust the Phase (Normal/Reverse), LPF (50/63/80/100/125/160/200Hz), Slope (-18/-12/-6dB), and Level (-24 to +6 dB) of the unit's subwoofer preamp output.
      • High Pass Filter: The head unit features an independent High Pass Crossover Filter for the Front and Rear speakers. You can set the High Pass Filter for the front and rear speakers from 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, or 200 Hz. You can also adjust the slope of the HPF to -12, -6 or 0 dB/oct.
      • Speaker Level: You can independently adjust the output level of the front and rear speakers from -24 to 0 dB.
      • Mute: You can mute front and rear speaker units separately. When speakers units are muted, no sound is output from those speakers.

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

    Auto TA (Time Alignment) w/ Auto EQ (Equalization): The Pioneer Premier DEH-80PRS comes with a wired set-up microphone for automatic time alignment and equalization to make setting up your vehicle's car stereo system simple. The supplied microphone plugs into the front-panel 3.5mm port on the face-plate and should be placed in the center of the driver's seat headrest facing forward (stop the car in a place that is as quiet as possible, close all doors, windows, and the sun roof, and turn the engine off). The auto-time alignment is automatically adjusted for the distance between each speaker and the listening position. The auto-equalizer automatically measures the car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates the auto-equalizer curve based on that information.

    Equalizer: The Equalizer lets you adjust the equalization to match your car's interior acoustics characteristics as desired. There are 5 Preset EQ curves & 2 Custom EQ curves (via a 16-band digital EQ) to choose from.

    • Preset EQ: You can select from the following Preset EQ settings - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Super Bass, Custom 1, or Custom 2.
    • L/R Independent 16-Band Digital EQ: The L/R Independent 16-Band Digital Equalizer (20Hz, 31.5hz, 50Hz, 80Hz, 125Hz, 200Hz, 315hz, 500Hz, 800Hz, 1.25kHz, 2kHz, 3.15kHz, 5kHz, 8kHz, 12.5kHz, and 20kHz) is excellent at overcoming in-vehicle frequency response peaks and troughs. With fine tuning adjustments at 2/3 octave steps, tailoring the frequency curves to generate a flat response is possible in any type of car.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. Hear the detail, warmth, and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3/WMA/AAC files stored on your USB/SD memory device, iPod/iPhone, and portable media players. By restoring data (especially higher frequencies) that tends to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever technology enhances audio reproduction nearly all the way up to 20 kHz frequencies

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.

    Digital Attenuator: When listening to a CD or other source on which the recording level is high, setting the equalizer curve level to high may result in distortion. You can switch the digital attenuator to low to reduce this distortion.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The DEH-80PRS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Phone Pairing: Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer DEH-80PRS.

    Hands-Free Communication: The DEH-80PRS supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The DEH-80PRS allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the DEH-80PRS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included external microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth).

    Note: The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone. The external microphone must be installed for Bluetooth hands-free communication.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DEH-80PRS will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The DEH-80PRS also supports audio streaming of music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or music player, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Note: The Pioneer head unit requires an optional Bluetooth firmware update (HW05-SW01.27.20) to enable Bluetooth AVRCP control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 device. If you do not own an iPhone 5 or iOS6 device, there is no need to install this update.

    iPod/Pandora App

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS's rear-panel USB port can also be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU50 / 130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The DEH-80PRS supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.

    iPod Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.

    Note: There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'App Mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen. The head unit's LCD will only display the text - 'App Mode'.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-80PRS using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer CD-IU50/CD-IU51 iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS.3.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer DEH-80PRS will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 2/20/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    MusicSphere: Pioneer's new proprietary MusicSphere technology allows you to enjoy your music in a new way by creating unique mood-based playlists via iTunes for your Apple iOS device. When installed on your Windows PC, the MusicSphere iTunes plug-in software will analyze the entire music library and create specialized playlists based on various musical attributes such as feeling (bright, energetic, gloomy, relaxing calm), rhythm pattern, beats per minute (BPM), year of the song and/or date added to the device. Additionally, through the MusicSphere, you can select preferred parameters of your music to create a "DJ Playlist".

    Note: You can download MusicSphere directly to your Windows PC from the Pioneer website.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The DEH-80PRS is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting a portable audio source, such as a MP3 player. The head unit also features a rear-panel stereo RCA input for connecting a permanent audio source.

    Disc/USB/SD Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The disc slot is located behind the head unit's fold-down face plate.

    SD Card Slot: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is equipped with a hidden front-panel SD-card slot located behind the unit's fold-down detachable face plate. The head unit's face plate must be detached to access the SD card slot. The DEH-80PRS supports SD (up to 2GB) and SDHC (up to 32GB) memory cards. It also supports microSD and microSDHC memory cards with a SD-card adapter.

    Dual Rear-Panel USB Ports: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is fitted with two rear-panel USB (type-A) ports and includes one 5' USB extension cable to connect up to two USB portable audio players or USB flash memory devices. The connected USB device must be USB mass storage class compliant. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub.

    Compressed Audio Playback: The DEH-80PRS supports playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC audio files stored on CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs, as well as USB devices and SD/SDHC memory cards:

    Media Type CD-R-RW Disc USB Storage Device SD/SDHC Memory Card
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, and Joliet FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3 (8-320 kbps) , WMA (48-320 kbps), AAC (16-320 kbps), WAV (8-/16-bit) MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (48-320 kbps), AAC (16-320 kbps), WAV (8-/16-bit)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders, 999 files 1500 folders, 15000 files

    Song/Artist Information: The unit is compatible with CD Text and ID3/WMA/AAC Tags; and will display artist, folder, file, and album name.

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA/AAC folders and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB/SD memory device, so you can easily access your music. The Name List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Repeat & Random: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS offers Repeat (disc/track/file/folder) and Random (disc/folder) playback modes.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Off Eject: When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

    Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    Radio Functions

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a RDS FM broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS in-dash CD receiver features a manual fold-down faceplate with detachable face security. The manual fold-down face helps to prevent dust from gathering on the unit's CD mechanism. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. No face case is included; an optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Large Full-Dot LCD: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS features a 3-line full-dot LCD which makes it easier to see what is playing in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3, WMA, AAC, and CD Text-encoded discs, HD Radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone. The contrast of the display can be set between 0 and 15.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 27 preset colors (White to Rose), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red, Blue, and Green brightness levels), or scan through various color settings (All/Warm/Ambient/Calm/Custom).

    Ever Scroll: When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, or Spanish.

    Entertainment Displays: You can enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following; Background Visual, Genre, Background Picture (1/2/3/4), Spectrum Analyzer (1/2), Level (Indicator/Meter), Simple Display, Movie Screen, or Calendar.

    Calendar/Clock Display: The Pioneer DEH-80PRS provides time, date, month, and year display. You can choose to have the head unit display the calendar and clock even when the unit is powered off (your vehicle must be running or in the accessory position).

    Engine Time Alert: This setting allows you to measure the length of time that elapses from when the head unit is turned on and display the amount of elapsed time per set period (15 min., 30 min., or Off). There will also be an audible alarm. This function is handy if you are listening to the radio with the vehicle' ignition is in the accessory position, and the engine off.

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. You can turn the dimmer on or off. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit. You can also choose to turn the head unit's LCD and button illumination off while your music still plays.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-80PRS comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. The mute button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90% (function that cannot be performed from the front panel). In addition, the remote provides answer/end phone controls for Bluetooth.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    3 out of 5

    Bring back separate volume knob, bring back adjustable custom EQ curve

    Written By Richard C, East Greenbush, NY on Thursday, October 23, 2014
     
    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.
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    4 out of 5

    VERY NICE sounding unit!

    Written By 00Sebby, Knoxville, TN on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    worth every penny

    Written By s, Michigan on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!

    Written By John, Ventura County, CA on Sunday, September 07, 2014
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Brandon, Utah on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    impressive

    Written By Anonymous, Skiatook, ok on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Not your average Head Unit

    Written By Steven P, Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
     
    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.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Step up from the 117

    Written By Derek, Portsmouth, VA on Sunday, May 11, 2014
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice equipment

    Written By Josh, alliance Nebraska on Friday, May 02, 2014
     
    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
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-80PRS

    Written By Anonymous, Midwest city ok on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Best Deck I Have Owned

    Written By OmarZ, Watsonville, CA on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    clarity

    Written By Lucas, chicago on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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    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
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By Matt, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit!

    Written By Chris L, Richmond, VA on Thursday, December 26, 2013
     
    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-80PRS

    Written By Anonymous, Aguanga, ca on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible head unit

    Written By Steve, Barnegat on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
     
    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo, loaded with features

    Written By Sean from Chicago, Chicago Illinois on Saturday, August 31, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Superb

    Written By scroogeMcDuck, Tampa, Fl on Monday, August 12, 2013
     
    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.
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    1 out of 5

    Problems with Ipod Touch

    Written By Bullitt, Houston, TX on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound..auto eq...meh!

    Written By krause63, Sandy, UT on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    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.
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    Pioneer DEH-80PRS

    Written By Anonymous, jackson ms on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    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
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    Excellent Sound Quality

    Written By Graywolf, Monroe, UT on Monday, July 08, 2013
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    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.
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    Very tough to install

    Written By John B., Wareham, MA on Monday, July 08, 2013
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    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.
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    DEH-80PRS

    Written By JBK, Pittsville, Md on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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    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.
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    Finally sound quality is back

    Written By Dirkv, Fremont, CA on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-80PRS

    Written By T.W., Ohio on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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    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
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    Pioneer DEH-80PRS

    Written By Matthew, Pittsburgh Pa. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Best HU I've owned!

    Written By SirDom, Monterey, Ca on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Incredible sound quality

    Written By RickH, Sarasota, FL on Saturday, April 13, 2013
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    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'.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent sound quality

    Written By VinnyinRI, Cranston, RI on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-80PRS...incredible!

    Written By Mike, Dolton, IL on Monday, March 04, 2013
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    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!
    Cons:
    Nothing!
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    The almost perfect single Din

    Written By JamesC, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 03, 2013
     
    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
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    AWESOME SOUND!

    Written By jamesb, Galesburg,Illinois on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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    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.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    not one
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    3 out of 5