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Pioneer CD-UB100 USB Adapter

Connect your USB device to select Pioneer CD receivers

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This handy USB adapter allows you to connect a thumb drive, portable MP3 player, or any device with a USB connection to your compatible Pioneer CD receiver. The adapter plugs into the back of your Pioneer receiver, and includes a cable with a USB input that you can route to a convenient location. Warranty: 1 year.

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  • USB adaptor module
  • 59" USB cable with female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB type-B connector on other end
  • 10' IP-Bus cable
  • Power harness with 3-pin molex plug on one end and a 5' bare-tinned ground wire and 10' bare-tinned power wire on other end
  • 2 Velcro strips
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • "Additional Information" note

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Features

Overview: The Pioneer CD-UB100 USB adapter makes is easy to expand your vehicle's listening library by connecting the adaptor between a compatible Pioneer head unit and a portable digital player or USB memory device to gain convenient access to digital music files that have been compiled and edited on a PC, then transferred to the portable device.

Note: The CD-UB100 is not compatible with any iPod models.

Compatibility: The CD-UB100 is compatible with Pioneer head units featuring an IP-BUS input to control and listen to songs on a portable audio player with a USB interface. The USB adapter is currently compatible with the following Pioneer IP-BUS head units:

  • Pioneer IP-BUS head units featuring the Function button operation or Soft Key operation:
    • DEH-P9600, DEH-P960MP, DEH-P7700, DEH-P760MP
    • DEH-P6800, DEH-P6700, DEH-P670MP, DEH-P660,
    • DEH-P5850MP, DEH-P5800MP, DEH-P580MP
    • DEH-P4900MP, DEHP4800MP, DEH-P4700MP, DEH-P490MP, DEH-P480MP, DEH-P470MP
    • DEH-P3900MP, DEH-P3800MP, DEH-P3700MP, DEH-P390MP,
    • DEH-P2900MP, DEH-P26, DVH-P580MP, FH-500MP
  • Pioneer IP-BUS head units featuring the Multi-Control operation:
    • DEH-P9800BT, DEH-P8600MP, DEH-P80MP, DEH-P80RS, DEH-P8MP, DEH-P1Y
    • DEH-P7800MP, DEH-P7900BT, DEH-P790BT, DEH-P780MP
    • DEH-P6900UB, DEH-P6800MP, DEH-P690UB, DEH-P680MP
    • DEH-P4900IB, DEH-P5900IB
  • Pioneer IP-BUS head units featuring touch panel key operation:
    • AVH-P7600DVD, AVH-P5750DVD, AVH-P5700DVD
  • Pioneer IP-BUS head units featuring navigation and touch panel operation:
    • AVIC-D2, AVIC-N2, AVIC-N3, AVIC-N4, AVIC-N5, AVIC-Z1

MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Pioneer CD-UB100 is compatible with the following audio file formats:

  • MP3: MP3 audio files encoded in MPEG-1, 2, 2.5 Audio Layer 3 format with a bit rate of 8 kbps to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR and a sampling frequency of 8 kHz, to 48 kHz (32, 44.1, 48 kHz for emphasis). The unit is also compatible with ID3 tag version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.
  • WMA: WMA audio files encoded by Windows Media Player Version 7, 7.1, 8, 9 or 10 with a bit rate of 5 kbps to 384 kbps (CBR), VBR and sampling frequencies of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz
  • AAC: AAC audio file encoded by iTunes version 6.0.5 and earlier with a sampling frequency of 8 kHz to 48 kHz and a transmission rate of 16 kbps to 320 kbps.

Playback Options: You can control the following playback modes of your MP3 audio files from your head unit when using this adaptor - Play, Repeat, Random, Scan, Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind. There is no sound during fast forward or rewind.

Text Display: You can display the following text information on your compatible head unit when using this adaptor with your portable MP3 player - Play time, Folder name or number, File name or number, Artist name, Track title and Album title.

File Name List: When used with a compatible Pioneer head unit the CD-UB100 lets you see the list of file names or folder names on your head units display and select one of them to playback.

Battery Charging: When a USB portable audio player having battery charging functions connects to this unit and the ignition switch is set to ACC or On, the battery is charged.

Installation: The CD-UB100 is designed to be a hide away unit with its 10' IP-BUS cable and 59" USB cable. The unit comes with two velcro strips to secure the unit in place. The IP-BUS cable plugs into the CD-UB100 and into the changer port on back of your compatible Pioneer head unit. The USB adaptor's power harnesses' ground wire should be connected to the chassis of the vehicle while its yellow power wire should be hardwired to a constant lead. The CD-UB100 supplied USB cable connects to the USB port of the USB adaptor and then your portable MP3 player plugs into the USB female type-A port on the cable.

Reset Button: There is a reset button located to the left of the USB port. You will need to use a pen tip or other pointed instrument to press the Reset button. You should reset the unit's microprocessor during the following events:

  • Prior to using this unit for the first time after installation
  • If the unit fails to operate properly
  • When strange or incorrect message appear on your head unit's display

Connections

Front Connections: The following connections are located on the front of the unit.

  • USB Port: USB Type-A connection for the supplied USB cable which connects to your portable MP3 player

Rear Connections: The following connections are locate on the rear of the unit.

  • IP-BUS In: IP-BUS connection to connect between your head unit's IP-BUS input and this adapter using the supplied IP-BUS cable
  • IP-BUS Out: IP-BUS output to allow you to hook up a Multi-CD changer to this unit and your head unit.
  • Power Supply: Contains a Yellow power lead that should be connected to a terminal that always supplies power regardless of ignition switch position and a Black ground lead that should be attached to metal portion of your vehicle's body.

Specifications

Pioneer CD-UB100 Specifications:

  • Power Source: 14.4 V DC (10.8 V to 15.1 V allowable)
  • Grounding System: Negative type
  • USB Type: USB 2.0 full speed
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 95 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 95 dB
  • Channel Separation: 90 dB
  • Number of Channels: 2 (stereo)
 
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4 out of 5

Ub-100 on a Pioneer Avic-D3

Written By Claudio, Palm Coast, Florida on Thursday, December 10, 2009
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I really wanted to give this 3 stars, but if does what it say it does. This item is a great add-
on if you you do not has USB in your head unit. The main reason why i got this was
because my nav unit is also flawed by not giving you full use of the NaV controls unless
the NaV disk is in.This play all my mp3 flawlessly my only gripe, like the rest before me,
is the id tagging only having 8 charecters suck. Some of my songs have the artist name
in the song title so it will say for example Green Day on all the song in that album.Also
my nav unit was not in the list of compatible head units so I dont all the features like
folder name, just song names.If a cheap 5 dollar china fm tranmitter can scroll 30
chareacters there is no reason for this not too! But all in all i am some what happy with it
it play my mp3s with out taking up my cd drive so yah.
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1 out of 5

Don't use with new head units

Written By Clyfton, Crestview, Florida on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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I recently purchased a Pioneer DEH-P610BT which has only been on the market a few weeks. It has front USB and I wanted rear USB too. Unfortunately, the only way to get rear USB is with CD-UB100. I read the reviews and there just wasn't enough info to make a decision so I tried it. I'll give away the ending first ... I ended up returning it. The problem is ... any head unit will treat the CD-UB100 as an external device ... so the head unit just ends up being a dumb terminal ... losing any advanced features or functionality. Here are the CONs (there are no PROs):
- the new head unit has a feature called SOUND RETREIVER which enhances compressed audio ... this feature is DISABLED when played through the CD- UB100 (unacceptable).
- contrary to the instructions, I was not able to display the mp3 file name. I don't need to see the file name for every song, but I do if I want to know what a particular song is (unacceptable).
- this stupid thing comes with NO mounting hardware ... not even a bracket or a place to screw it into the under side of a dash. They expect you to velcro it to something (tolerable).

Bottom line ... only buy this if you have an older head unit with no USB and want to add USB. Pioneer needs to come out with something newer to go with their newer head units.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The End of a of CD Case

Written By Cliff, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, May 25, 2009
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The product worked great after tweaking a lil bit. I hooked up a 250 GB hard drive which did after doing a couple things to make it work. First I had to format the hard drive to fat 32 instead of windows NTFS and then the supplied usb cable needed to be shorter in order to work with my hard drive. It sound like a little bit of trouble but not too bad at all. Just google for formatting of the hard drive and use the USB cable that come with your device should be fine. Like the title saids "the end of a cd case" because right now I have about have of my music on the hard drive which is about 8,000 song organized by folders. Highly recommended if you love a lot of music like I do. I the deck I have is Deh p7900BT.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Worked better then expected

Written By Robert, Oglesby, OK on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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I connected this to a DEH-P835R, which is about as old as it gets for being IP bus equipped. I bought the head unit in 1998, says a lot about Pioneer in general huh? Anyway, the CD-UB100 worked just fine with it and will display the first eight characters of the track title once set to do so. One down side is I can't figure out a way to make it display the folder name instead of a number when looking through the various folders, seeing Rammstie or Rob Zomb would be a ton better then always seeing USB F02, so if you have a massive collection it could get confusing, though as soon as the first song in the folder starts to play the songs name pops up. Navigation can be a bit slow with the more limited interface of this older head unit, but it beats a CD changer in the trunk by a wide margin. Being CD-UB100 won't recognize partitioned drives it doesn't see the 2 gig SD card that is plugged into my freebie 256 meg MP3 player. This upgrade to one of the older IP-bus head units is perfect for people with smaller music collections that want a very cheap upgrade to finally ditch CDs. For folks that insist on the burden of having a 1500+ songs in their mobile collection I'd recommend a new head unit with a built in controller to make navigation feasible. The CD-UB100 has been the best bang for the buck out of anything I have ever added to my system.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By Roberto, BHC, Arizona on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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My head unit does not have an usb port. That's why I purchased this item which allows me to connect an mp3 player or Flash drive.

Flash drive makes it a lot easier... just plug it and play it -
up to 250gb :)
It is awesome not having to juggle any more cds.

This unit is very easy to hook up. no problems at all.

The only minor con I have is that it only displays a few characters on the head unit.
Unlike mp3 players where you can read the artist, song and even album info.

Overall, this is a great product and I am vey please with it.
I'm sure I will enjoy it for quite some time.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-UB100 USB Adapter

Written By JUAN, San Luis AZ on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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This is a Great product, Only wath you can expect from Pioneer
Very easy to install, Plug and play installation, just connnect the power and the IP bus conector to the back of the head unit and is that easy.
It can be used with any pioneer head unit as long it has the square blue conector in the back, it doesen't matter if is a very old or new head unit, it will work.
I use it with my Ipod also, and several other USB devices and it work perfectly it's fully compatible.
I't's a great choice for a non expensive upgrade to your sound system, and if you change your head unit for an other pioneer, just make shure it has the IP bus connector and you are good to go.
I'm very satisfied and I higly recomend the USB Adapter to everyone.
If you don't have it, Buy one NOW!! The Crutchfield tem wil help you to install it..
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

No more CD's

Written By Phil, Newport, VT on Monday, February 02, 2009
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I was looking for a way to use a USB connection for my external hard drive with my Pioneer deck without buying a new one. I found this adaptor that uses the iP bus on the back of the deck. It was easy to hook up and works fairly well. You have to make sure the external drive you uses at least FAT 32 file system. The only complaint is that it takes about 30 to 40 seconds to read the files on initial start-up, but the convience of not needing any cd's in my car out-weighs that. It's a great buy if you dont want to upgrade your deck!
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3 out of 5

Pioneer CD-UB100 USB Adapter

Written By Nick, Portland, OR on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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Pros:

It plays MP3's off of flash drives and hard drives, that's it.

Cons:

If you were expecting it to have the same look as when playing an MP3 disc, you are mistaken (as I was). I have a DEH-P7800MP that has an awesome OEL display with a 2x32 character scrolling display. I would think that this would be something to be taken advantage of when creating a product like this, but it is not. All I get is an 8 character, non-scrolling display... pretty worthless. I'll be keeping the unit because it is my only option for the moment, but I am sadly disappointed in the overall look of the product. It shouldn't be that difficult to make it act exactly like an MP3 disc... all of the functionality is already there.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This is it

Written By dozer, Inman KS on Sunday, May 18, 2008
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This thing is perfect for what I wanted. Dont have a bunch of CD all over.Easy to install 1 2 3 your done. All my music I put on flash drive. The best thing sence sliced bread.I bought the scrach&dent and could not find any thing wrong
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By david, Minnesota on Sunday, February 24, 2008
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This is a great product that does what it is supposed to do! Hooked this up and everything works on the first try! I am using a 2.5" laptop hard drive with an IDE to USB adapter and it works great! There is a second or two delay when switching between certain mp3s, though. The manual said there may be a delay when starting playback of audio files encoded with image data, and I know I have some files that are like that, so I'm going to get rid of that image data and try it again.



One thing that is left out in the description here is that the USB device you are hooking up MUST be Mass Storage Class compliant to work. This is most likely why other reviewers are having problems with their mp3 players. In other words, when you hook up your mp3 player to your computer to transfer files, it should show up similar to a USB drive, you shouldn't need any special software or drivers. If your mp3 player did require you to install such stuff, then I can almost guarantee you will have problems with this adapter.



Anywho, back to this. It supports up to 15,000 files, in up to 500 folders, on up to 250 GB. It, however must be formatted in FAT, which most USB devices are anyway, so that shouldn't be a problem. Has a pass-through IP-Bus so you can also hook up another IP-bus unit. I had a CD-RB10 on my old Pioneer and can still use it as an auxillary input on this! All in all, I am very happy with this product and would highly recommend this.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

MP3 adapter

Written By nathan, Machesney Park, IL on Friday, January 18, 2008
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I purchased this adapted with the understanding that I would be able to use my MP3 player to play on the radio. After installing this unit I have had problems with it working correclty. Customer Support sent me another unit to try to fix my problem, but I got the same results. It does not read the MP3 player, it will hook up to a hard drive but does not show play list on the display making it pretty useless. I am now using the USB port to run my hard drive after trying three hard drives I contacted Tech Support again and they told me exactly which hard drive was used in making the instruction video on your website. Finally it works, but I am not able to return the CD-UB100 because in order to remove this unit from my truck I would need to remove my seats, dash, carpet, etc. So I have decided to keep it and maybe find a use for it someday; in the meantime it is in my truck uselessly!!!
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3 out of 5

Good idea, not compatible for all

Written By Peter, Rochester, NY on Tuesday, June 05, 2007
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NOT recommended for DEH-P9800BT; appears incompatible with pre-5G/Nano iPods.

I bought this unit with very little detailed information about head-unit/iPod compatibility and how it differs from the CD-IB100II (see my review). I was hoping the UB100 would overcome some of the IB100II deficiencies.

Problem 1) Deal breaker - It would not play from my 4G iPod (also does not work with 2G Shuffle - not expected, but worth a try; 5G/Nano may be fine).

Problem 2) Minor inconvenience - The UB100 is newer than the 9800BT, so it is recognized but shows up as 'EXT' (rather than 'USB') and has some minor control limitations.

Problem 3) Trivial - I couldn't get it to play at all from a USB flash drive (3 songs on it: 1 each MP3, AAC, iTunes Protected AAC), although I didn't spend much time troubleshooting the flash drive issue since my main requirement is iPod connectivity.


Rating: 3-stars as an attempt to be 'neutral' - I can't enter a review without a rating and I don't want to skew the average too much. I am not surprised that it didn't work for my application (I almost expected it wouldn't) but I am slightly disappointed as the 9800BT is still considered the flagship model in its line and only iPods released after late 2005 seem to be compatible. This is likely a great product when paired with the right equipment (just not mine).

Kudos to Crutchfield - they waived S&H, and, as always, a hassle-free return process.
8 out of 13 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Add on

Written By Pat, Upper Darby, PA on Friday, February 16, 2007
 
This is a great add on for those who have a lot of music. I connected a 60 gig portable hard drive with about 5,000 songs. Depending on the head unit you are using, (I have the DEH-P860MP) you are limited in functionality. But for the most part you can track forward, backward, pause and have random. You can elect to have the song or artist or folder name in view. If you take the time to organize your music into proper folders, you can easily navigate through your music. The one downside is if you wish to have the song title scroll through the unit's face, you have to do select the feature with every song,the Ever Scroll feature does not work. It's nice have everything in one spot and really no need for time consuming MP3 cds. One upside is there is an extra Bus port on the unit to allow for a pass through of a cd changer or AUX input. In my case, my Sirius tuner. Enjoy.
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