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Pioneer DEH-33HD

CD receiver

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Overview

Our take on the Pioneer DEH-33HD

Pioneer puts HD Radio™ right where you want it — built into the tuner of the DEH-33HD CD receiver. You'll enjoy the unparalleled sound quality and extra features that distinguish HD Radio from regular broadcasts. And this stylish receiver covers almost every other base in the digital media ballpark too, with simple controls that can whip through your music files and menus in a flash.

Pioneer puts HD Radio™ right where you want it — built into the tuner of the DEH-33HD CD receiver. You'll enjoy the unparalleled sound quality and extra features that distinguish HD Radio from regular broadcasts. And this stylish receiver covers almost every other base in the digital media ballpark too, with simple controls that can whip through your music files and menus in a flash.

HD Radio sounds better
You'll hear the difference when you tune in a station that's broadcasting HD Radio signals — FM broadcasts approach CD-quality sound, with no static or audio distortion. But that's just part of the story. You'll also have access to the additional programming offered on the extra channels broadcast by HD Radio stations, choices that aren't available to regular radio listeners.

Great versatility
The DEH-33HD also includes auxiliary and USB inputs on its front panel, so you can enjoy your music from a variety of sources. And it's compatible with your iPod and iPhone — just plug them into the USB port for direct control.

Pioneer's famed MOSFET amplifier delivers high-fidelity performance with plenty of "real world" power. You'll experience better sound when you listen to your MP3 and WMA files, as the Advanced Sound Retriever reverses the compression process to add back some of the sonic info that's lost in the digital conversion.

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.

Excellent all around HD radio, nothing to spectacular about any one feature but the fact that it has them all (HD, iPod, Mp3 CD, Aux and USB) for a great price in a very selective fm radio is amazing.

Neofelis, Clarksville, TN

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What's in the Box:

  • HD Radio/CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (CXE3669)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
  • 2 Extraction keys
  • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
  • Face fixing screw
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • detachable face with 10-character OEL display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 3-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass filter on preamp outputs
    • 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
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
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    Reviews

    Pioneer DEH-33HD Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    78 Reviews

    Excellent HD Radio

    Written by: Neofelis from Clarksville, TN on July 10, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent all around HD radio, nothing to spectacular about any one feature but the fact that it has them all (HD, iPod, Mp3 CD, Aux and USB) for a great price in a very selective fm radio is amazing.

    Pros: Excellent reception (even in back woods Kentucky), HD "links" quickly and fills with analog when needed

    Cons: Integration could be better, it's red and white and does not dim at night

    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: JMcD from Chattanooga,TN on July 6, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just installed the radio yesterday, july 5th. Was easier than I thought it would be. thanks to crutchfields master sheet instructions/ illustrations made it all possible. Radio sounds fantastik and looks great. Have'nt had time to see what all it could do, but I'm sure it's fine. Good buy for the money.

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    Dont buy it for the HD RADIO

    Written by: JoeyD from NY on June 7, 2012

    2000 Toyota RAV4

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit but the unit broke in the first two months.Not to mention the hd radio fades in and out and I live just miles from the station.The hd radio sounds good but there is a "blending feature"that pioneer added to there radio,makes it so when the hd signal is weak it goes automaticlly to standard radio.So the whole time you drive,youre just hearing standard and hd radio mixed and it sounds bad.Other reviewers have said the same thing but I dismissed it because I live close to the radio station I listen to.unit now turns on and off by itself.goodbye poineer,Hello sony!!!!

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    Good product for the money

    Written by: Chase from Salt Lake City, UT on June 3, 2012

    2006 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bought this stereo to replace the broken stock stereo in my wife's G6. Installation went smooth and the product seems well constructed. My wife is not super tech savy and the stereo is perfect for her. It has all of the functions she wanted: (USB, AUX, HD radio). It is very easy to use and understand, however I will say that the integration with her iphone is not very intuitive and somewhat clunky at times, but it is not really an issue. Overall this is a good product for a good price.

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    Installed on Madza B2200 ext. cab

    Written by: charlydic from Tacoma WA on May 8, 2012

    1995 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For the value, you cannot beat this product. I was looking for HD radio & front USB output mainly. It was either this unit or the Dual. I chose this one because it came with all the free gear and has RDS. Installed it in about 2 hours. Main problem was getting an old Panasonic unit out without the right tools. I cut my hand and wanted to break the old unit, but I didn't and will probably sell it on Ebay. The new Pioneer unit sounds great. I read about the complaints of it being hard to use. I found it just like all aftermarket units in functionality. So, I was set the clock and turned off demo mode pretty quickly. Still learning about the HD radio. Have not tried the USB yet, but will soon.I will probably look through the manual tonight.

    Pros: Value, RDS, HD radio, USB

    Cons: A lot of button presses to view the RDS, but what do you expect from a single DIN.

    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: DennisG from Connersville Indiana on May 7, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Like the unit just fine as far as sound and quality. I'm just not impressed with the radios ability to pick up as I was told it would. I'm in a tough location I realize.

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    Great Value

    Written by: John P from Cherry Hill, NJ on May 2, 2012

    1998 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great stereo value. Little difficult to figure out the buttons at first but it is still a go.

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    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: Anonymous from 02903 on May 2, 2012

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    i like it

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    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: 1995 Firebird from ST. Paul, Mn. on April 28, 2012

    1995 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Pioneer DEH-33HD is an excellent value for the budget-minded person. Easy to install and ever better to listen to as you cruise down the road with your new "sounds" blazing. I hooked up my stock speakers and they sound good. Will most likely purchase new speakers in the future. One cannot go wrong with this stereo decision!

    Pros: Easy to install and the lighted display is great!

    Cons: None yet...

    Great upgrade

    Written by: MattG from Huntington beach Ca on April 26, 2012

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Awesome upgrade. Sounds is way better then my stock radio.

    Pros: The Ipod hook up works great. Easy installation. Looks good and sounds good. I would recommend

    Cons: The HD radio goes in and out sometimes. It doesn't bother me though.

    Top Notch Pioneer

    Written by: Papi John from Nashua,NH on April 18, 2012

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Crutchfield customer support was awesome. they helped alot and i saved a buch compared to local retailers. life is good

    Pros: Good price some nice options &Features, sound and HD A +

    Cons: Hard to use, even with manual. took me a bit to figure out the hd radio.,

    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: Anonymous from Tulsa on April 4, 2012

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Thank you for the kit and confidence to install it myself and save.

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    Keep looking

    Written by: davino from Kansas City, MO on February 18, 2012

    1998 Volvo V70 GLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Crutchfield support delivery and support was fine. bought two of these. Installation in the Volvo was pretty simple. After looking at the instructions for the Acura, I bailed on it and took it to a pro. $75. Main problem - Pioneer is no Apple. The user interface is deplorable. Read the manual several times and experiment with settings until you get a feel for it. It just doesn't make sense. From setting balance to changing iPod functions. The remote is silly unless you want someone in the back seat in control. You need to point it at the thing to work so mounting on console or something is a no go. The main knob is too small and slick and there is no mute button on the unit, just the remote. Red lights and moving lights are never welcome in the drivers view. The HD radio in blend mode constantly switches between the HD and FM bands with a very noticeable gain/volume change when it does.

    Pros: General good sound quality

    Cons: see above.

    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: felipe west from chicago, il on February 16, 2012

    2002 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    i like the sound and power, but it is kind of hard to figure out how to use, even after reading the manual. i've had two other pioneer stereos, and this is by far significantly harder to use. i will probably return, and get the hd ready jvc instead.

    Pros: hd radio, more power than stock, usb and 3.5 mm inputs

    Cons: hard to use, even with manual. took me a bit to figure out the hd radio.,

    Love It

    Written by: AzTeamRoperChic from Tucson, Az on February 13, 2012

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am partial to this unit because I love Pioneer units, but this one is great. I put it in my old 97 Powerstroke and it works amazing. I am always afraid of the skipping factor since my truck is older and doesn't ride like newer truck but this unit has not issues with skipping.

    Pros: nice clean look, great sound, easy to use

    Cons: Nothing yet.

    HD Pioneer

    Written by: Radio Tech from Charlotte, NC on February 1, 2012

    1999 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Lot of features! 100x better sound and options than factory radio. I found it easy to install and it has a lot of room for future upgrades. HD is fair, it really depends on the HD content in your area. Cheap USB door on front... kinda ripped that off :(

    Pros: Features, sound and HD

    Cons: Quality of buttons and faceplate feel cheap.

    i like it

    Written by: jacob from Ga on January 31, 2012

    2005 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Got it for a good price. Only two sets of preouts but the rear can be used for a subwoofer out.

    Pros: good price some nice options

    Cons: could have more pre amp voltage but for the price not much of a con

    Godd product with some compromises

    Written by: BillC from Mount Pleasant, SC on January 19, 2012

    1999 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The receiver sounds good and has enough power for me. It is equal to or better than the stock unit it replaced in my 1999 Nissan Altima. The main reason I swapped out was the fact that the stock unit did not have an aux jack. This unit added that and the usb port as well as an extra compartment to store stuff (the old unit was a double DIN). The Pioneer has HD radio, which I thought I would use and don't. It works well with my Ipod Touch for listening to podcasts through the usb port. That is the main thing I use it for. I would use the aux jack to listen to music because the interface is more difficult to use to find a song or album. It works great for podcasts and playlists. If I used it more, I would probably get to learn it better. The usb port does charge my iPod while I am listening. I tried to use the usb port to listen to music and podcasts on my Android phone. It was very frustrating and I gave up and used the aux port. This unit does not retract the antenna when you are listening to modes other than radio. Because I seldom listen to radio, I installed a separate switch retract the antenna. For what it is, it is a great unit and I would recommend it to someone looking for an inexpensive replacement.

    Pros: Great sound USB Port HD Radio Generally easy to use

    Cons: Antenna does not retract when you switch from radio mode.

    Nice upgrade from OEM

    Written by: Bob Mc from So. Jersey on January 17, 2012

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Replaced my OEM AM/FM cassette in the old Ram, so I guess anything is an improvement. But this sounds at least as good as my VW's touch screen. Installation was no-brainer from back in the day when I would need to fabricate everything. Replaced the speakers too, so all went together nice. It is a little difficult to adjust, one dial navigates down through the menu's, but most aftermarket seem to have left simple back in the seventies. HD nice around Philly, most stations have no commercials, USB nice feature to have.

    Pros: good sound and quality

    Cons: complex controls to adjust

    Great Radio. Read the manual. Then read it again.

    Written by: Chew in DC from Washington, DC on January 4, 2012

    1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Good. I put this into my daily driver / and not a show car and my concern is for fidelity, clarity and not "booming bass" and on these points, the Pioneer 33HD works great. It can do / read every format I want it to and at a reasonable price. This is the reason I gave it such high marks on most of the attributes. The only downside is also where I lowballed it ... . The Bad. UI & Ergo. Only late model BMW drivers can understand such poor UI design. Instead of having buttons dedicated to specific functions, most of the buttons on the dash are multifunction buttons that change based upon what mode the radio is in and whether the radio is "on" or not. If you buy this radio - you will both love the flexibility and sound & hate the maddening buttons and finger twisting you need to get to where you want to go. Even reading the manual won't solve all your problems (I'm a voracious manual reading freak and my questions weren't answered, I can only imagine the frustration other non-readers will feel) - and to top it off, some questions, such as setting the time, require you to go to the website and watch a video FAQ (I kid you not) to learn how to do it. Oh and don't think of trying to change any settings while driving ... seriously ... I don't want to be hit by any other 33HD users while on the road :-P

    Pros: This head unit has it all, CD/FM/AM/MP3/HD/USB/iOS+App mode. Great sound quality.

    Cons: The UI and ergonomics.

    Excellent stereo with great input options

    Written by: Robert from Charlotte, NC on December 30, 2011

    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I would revise two things about the installation instructions. First, they tell you to connect the wiring harness to the stereo unit before removing the DIN sleeve, which is just making work for yourself: do it the other way around. Second, they never explicitly state to put the trim ring back on after you take it off. It looks a lot better if you do. :-)

    Pros: USB/aux/iDevice input options

    Cons: The display is *really* bright.

    DEH-33HD

    Written by: Anonymous from central Illinois on December 28, 2011

    1992 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great service. Didn't have to wait long at all for technical assistance.

    Pros: Great sound even from the factory speakers, much better than the factory radio. Much better FM reception. I like being able to use a USB thumb drive. Some minor modifications of the mounting adapter was required to make it fit properly.

    Cons: Manual has very small print and is not clearly written. Luckily the colors of the radio wires and the adapter pigtail matched so I didn't have to try to figure out the Pioneer schematic.

    Stick with Pioneer

    Written by: Phil from St. Louis on November 21, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I've had several Pioneer in-dash units since the time of cassette tape. My mistake when I recently purchased a non-Pioneer unit when I thought it had newer and superior features. Not only did that unit not meet expectations, the faceplate lights were dying out. This is my first in-dash unit that has HD radio. FM quality was already good before HD, but I was impressed with how much of an improvement there was in AM quality. I am puzzled that HD reception does not seem stable, even in open areas. I may look into special HD antennas as I am using the factory installed car antenna. The only downside of this unit is the menu navigation. Not intuitive at all. I mentioned there is no custom equalizer setting, but it may just be that I haven't found it yet. It is not clear what buttons on the faceplate should be used when navigating the menus. I must have kept pressing the wrong buttons as I repeatedly wound up at the menu start.

    Pros: HD Radio. USB MP3 capable. Actual button radio station presets.

    Cons: Menu navigation confusing and tedious. No custom EQ setting. HD reception fades in and out even in open areas.

    Lousy controls mar decent unit

    Written by: Dave B from St. Louis, MO on November 20, 2011

    1998 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This player does the basic job as a tuner and CD player but it is the most annoying car radio I have ever used. There is almost nothing to like about it. The buttons are too small and too dark to even see the buttons at night, much less be able to tell what they do. The volume knob has a hundred settings or something, far more than are audible, requiring multiple rotations of the dial to change the volume. Why??? The menu structure is inscrutable. It is almost impossible to change the balance or fader control without consulting the manual. This is from someone who work with electronics a lot and usually has a good intuitive feel for how things work. There is an annoying animation on the right side of the dial that is impossible to turn off. The single most annoying thing though, has to be the automatic strongest station preset tuning feature. It is very easy to select the BSM function by accident when scrolling through the menus and zap all of your presets are changed. Others have mentioned the long time lag when changing from analog to HD, but it is also annoying that when I use the right arrow to tune up from the final HD subchannel to the next station frequency, the left arrow takes me to the analog station instead of back to the HD subchannel I just left. IN other words, it goes 90.7.1, 90.7.2, 90.7.3, 90.9, 90.7.1.

    Pros: Easy installation

    Cons: User interface Tuning speed Lighting Controls

    Solid

    Written by: dman from OC,CA on November 13, 2011

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    4/5

    Pros: Nice sound quality. Installed cleanly in Toyota. iPod controls are easy to use.

    Cons: functionality of controls is subpar. The single most non-intuitive controls for an electronic equipment I've ever used.

    Good Value

    Written by: paulw from Chino Valley Arizona on November 13, 2011

    2001 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Looks good, sound good, fits good. Overall I would recommend this unit.

    Pros: Sound quality. Fit. Appearance. Large volume knob.

    Cons: Volume knob is not knurled making it somewhat slippery. Buttons are hard to identify in daylight. Power antenna is up in CD and AUX mode. No dimming capability.

    My wife is happy, so I am happy

    Written by: Ben from Muskegon, MI on November 5, 2011

    2001 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Unit was on sale so we got a lot of radio for the price. Big improvement on reception and sound clarity over the Honda radio, even using the stock speakers. Needed the aux-in so we could hardwire the Sirius tuner--much better than using the FM transmitter. My non-techie wife thinks it is easy to use, so that is what matters

    Pros: Value and quality

    Cons: Nothing for the specs and price.

    Smoooth

    Written by: Thumbo from Peoria,IL on November 3, 2011

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This radio and the kit worked perfectly in my Vibe. I like the way it looks and its capabilities. The system has everything I wanted and needed. Little difficult to learn but the online videos help a lot.

    Pros: This has everything I need. All the bells and whistles.

    Cons: Little clumsy to learn how to set and operate. Always takes some thought.

    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: Randy from Pittsburgh, Pa on October 25, 2011

    1997 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Analog reception is poor compared to the stock unit I replaced. Blend is so slow and laggy when switching between HD & analog it reminds me of an old CD player driving on a bumpy road and dealing with the few seconds of silence while it figures itself out. HD radio is great but I might have been happier with a high end stock unit from the junkyard.

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    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: AllenF from Metairie, LA on October 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased to replace factory head unit in a 2002 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab.

    Pros: Pros: Has a lot of features

    Cons: Cons: Hard to understand some of the manual Function buttons are small to select TUNER,CD,AUX etc The smooth knob made it very hard to adjust vol, going down the road,[ Yes you could used the supplied remote control] Lose some of your fader controls if you connect a Sub to the outputs on the unit Hard to see display in bright sunlight Returned unit to Crutchfield and waiting on delivery of an Alpine CDE-123 NOTE: Check the listing of the HD Radio Stations in your area and areas you travel in, with all the hype about HD Radio you may only have a few stations.

    Great VALUE

    Written by: Jim from Kalamazoo, MI on October 13, 2011

    I purchased this unit to replace my OEM 6-disc changer that failed. I was drawn to it for the iPod/iPhone/USB interface with the primary intent to get a nano-usb flash drive and dump my iTunes collection on it for endless hours of my favorite songs. . . mission accomplished! The user interface (controls) are a bit cumbersome, but with some repetition it becomes easier to operate. I immediately noticed an improvement in sound quality even though I kept my stock speakers. **Pioneeer has some useful tutorial videos available on this unit to make using the controls easier to understand. The installation instructions are vague, with the exception of the "existing stereo removal" portion which was very accurate and detailed. I called Crutchfield support and a Tech picked up right away and answered a few of my installation questions. For example, none of the instructions described NOT using some of the existing harness connections because they would not be needed for the new unit-so you just ignore those connections and everything works fine. All of the mounting kit and connection kit parts that were ordered for my specific vehicle made installation smooth, but be prepared to do a few "wire-to-wire" connections that do not simply connect with a harness. Everything about this purchase has met/exceeded my expectations, thanks to Crutchfield!

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    New to HD!

    Written by: Jack from Gaithersburg, MD on September 26, 2011

    Just bought the Pioneer DEH-33HD and really like the crisp sound through my '96 Honda Accord's factory speakers! The radio was easy to install. I was up and running in less than 45 minutes. Your customer service is second to none!! Thank you Bill Crutchfield!!

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    Awesome Tuner!

    Written by: Dan from Gloucester, MA on September 16, 2011

    1993 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I namely bought this for the HD tuner, USB in and RDS and it has definitely delivered. The tuner is very selective, meaning when I'm next to an FM translator at 101.5 that I pass frequently, I can still hear 101.7, one of my favorite stations that is only 2kw and at least 30 miles away. The digital AM is amazing since I can pick up WBZ-AM all though my 80 mile commute and it sounds like FM. The USB in is awesome too since I can dump a song that I have stuck in my head onto a flash drive, then hop in the car and go. I also have an Olympus 710m Voice Recorder that I can plug directly into the USB port on the radio to listen to class lectures, audio books, or study guides that I have recorded for myself. (This was my excuse to buy the radio in the first place!) The interface takes getting used to, but it makes sense once you do. HD radio is inherently flawed, so you can't blame this radio on that one. The broadcast engineer for the radio station needs to tune their audio so the switch from HD to Analog isn't terrible. This means both the audio itself (many HD stations sound 'brighter') and the timing, since it takes a second for the transmitter to encode the digital signal, so the analog has to be delayed enough so the both signals come out at the same time. So if this is a problem, complain to the radio station, since HD radio isn't that popular yet, the station engineer might not even know there is a problem.

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    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: Mark from N.E. Pa on September 14, 2011

    1995 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, I'd like to say the shipping was super fast. Installation was easy, although I did not use the wiring adapter that they sent because I did not use the car's amplifier. I installed this in a 95 Celica and it was very simple using another company's adapter to bypass the amp. Yes this radio is a bit complicated and the instructions are vague, but there are several good videos on youtube that helped a lot. The sound is much better than stock. I replaced the stock speakers with aftermarket ones and this radio makes a big difference. I bought this for the HD radio feature, but I really don't hear any difference in sound, just the fact that a station might have 2 broadcasts on one station. Overall I'm happy with this model, expecially since I took advantage of a great sale that was going on.

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    Works Great

    Written by: Bob from Texas on September 14, 2011

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great. Used the included adapter kit and harness to replace the factory CD in my F150 pickup. Sound is excellent. Takes some playing around to get used to the controls but overall very easy to use. I just plug a USB thumb drive in the port on the front and put it on shuffle and I have commercial free tunes for days.

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    Written by: Mark from Tampa on September 7, 2011

    1998 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice fit for a Boxster. Sounds much better than factory radio. More features also. Very easy installation, less than 30 minutes Only negitive is the manual. Very poorly written and therefore hard to set up features.

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    2002 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: Sumo from Annandale, VA on September 7, 2011

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the stock radio with this Pioneer head unit in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler about 2 weeks ago. This is the first Pioneer deck that I have owned and I like it quite a bit. The HD radio is a nice novelty but I don't use it very much. I mainly play music through the iPod usb connection on the front of the deck. The Pioneer controls for the iPod are ok, but I prefer controlling them with the iPod itself. The sound is clean and it has enough power to drive 4 polk audio speakers at speed with a soft top. I think this is an excellent deck for the price. If you aren't going to add multiple amps and don't need bluetooth I'd recommend this deck. The only minor annoyance is that there are 3 graphics on the deck that continually move. I confirmed with Pioneer that they don't represent anything and are just there for looks. The red buttons and white display work just fine for me. They do get a bit washed out in direct sunlight but it's not a concern for me. I am looking to upgrade another car and will be purchasing another Pioneer.

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    Written by: KP from Indiana on September 3, 2011

    2000 Chevrolet Prizm
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the radio for the USB, HD and RDS. Installation in 2000 Prizm was easy, used the harness sent from Crutchfield and soldered the wires then heat shrink. The radio adapter needed some plastic removed as indicated in the instructions as well as the top trimmed so the car trim would snap in around it. So far it performs as expected and sounds good with stock speakers. Selecting songs from the USB drive doesn't seem to be alphabetical, but some other random organization. The HD seems to fade in when it locks on. I notice a difference, but it's not significantly better. Reception overall is better than the stock radio.

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    Written by: Richard from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2011

    1995 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Radio is great, sounds great with the complete package that I bought that was recommend by Crutchfield which included the speakers, Trim rings, wiring harnesses remote to mount on the streering wheel and the DIN adapter mounting brackets. Everything fit prefect . Thanks for your experience and hours of dedication to put together packages like this for easy installation and eliminate the Headaches of trying to find all the right pieces to make the change over and installing. Thanks Again. I will recommend to all my Friends what you have to offer.

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    Written by: RobinC from Madison, NC on August 29, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound, good looks, fairly easy to use. Still have not totally figured out how to get the HD stations....owners manual is no help to me for this problem.......fairly easy install thanks to Crutchfield...definitely not for the weak.....but the dash board adapter was a bit of a pain....

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    Great performing unit / Far too complicated

    Written by: NeilS from Livermore, Ca. on August 28, 2011

    2002 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Typical great performing Pioneer unit. Far too complicated for intuitive use. Multi function control is not easy to use. I have been installing automotive sound systems for 31 years & am very happy with Pioneer components. Unforunately ALL the manufacturers have overly complicated their head units in the past decade. Look for a unit with as few options & features as possible. Get just what you need; you won't be sorry.

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    Written by: CjAlex from Columbus,OH on August 22, 2011

    2004 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great power, nice sound, interface could be less complicated.

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    Novice Car Stereo Installer

    Written by: Anonymous from South Jersey on August 18, 2011

    1999 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound, power, HD and reception all great. IPOD through USB is a little clunky, but it works and charges at the same time. Well worth the cost in features and value.

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    Written by: Theiss from Las Vegas, NV on August 15, 2011

    2001 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio plays well. Only complaint is the "mute" is only available on the remote controller, not on the radio itself. Peculiar and not very useful since I don't advocate using the remote while moving and their isn't any real need for it in a car (Porsche Boxster) with two seats.

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    Written by: BradV from Cleveland, OH on August 12, 2011

    Great value. Loaded with features for the money. Easy install with Crutchfield's free antenna adapter, wiring harness, and dash-panel adapter. Sounds great to me, but I had no complaints with the factory unit. User Interface could be better - it is not very intuitive and it is difficult to read button labels - but after a couple of days I have most everything figured out. However, I pity my wife the next time she has to drive my car. Manual is not very well written and printed very small, do your eyes a favor and download the PDF. Totally useless display animations (as far as I can tell) on the right and lower left of the display. Only real complaint I have is that when playing from USB in random mode, hitting the next button skips to the next song in disk order, not a random next song. If I don't feel like listening to a particular album (or artist), I have to skip forward all the way through to the next. Really minor complaints overall. My only requirements were an AUX input so I can listen to podcasts from my BlackBerry (I was using an FM transmitter with the factory unit) and RDS, which I grew to love in my factory unit, but most receivers don't have. The added bonus of USB input, HD radio, and iPod control make this a steal, in my opinion.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Ann Arbor, MI on August 10, 2011

    1999 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The instruction booklet is inadequate, confusing. I suppose that this radio works, but I am unable to test all features due to the poor owner's manual.

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    Love HD radio, love the features of this HU

    Written by: JW from Seattle, WA on August 10, 2011

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I live in an urban area and the HD radio is awesome. Takes approx. 5 seconds for it to switch from analog at which time you often hear a "skip" in the audio and then all the static vanishes. It's hard to say if the analog radio has more static than my factory unit; I believe I had learned to tune out the static from my analog factory radio. The ipod control function is pretty good. I spent about an hour in the drive way with the manual in my lap, getting to know the ins and outs of this head unit, and a week later, I can navigate the various options relatively easily. I've owned Kenwood, JVC and Pioneer - while I had features and "nit-picks" with each one, I'd be hard pressed to say any one is superior to the other. I'm very pleased with the features, sound and options of this unit. Get the time to know the unit's functions and menus and I don't think you'll regret purchasing this unit. My biggest complaint is that the lights don't dim with the headlights (but as it's night-vision-friendly red I don't find it a real problem).

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    Great Improvement over Factory Radio

    Written by: Scott M from Jefferson, WI on August 9, 2011

    2007 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Suffered with the factory "fleet vehicle" radio in the 2007 Impala for years. Not even RDS. Decided to try this Pioneer, but not mess with the factory speakers because removing seats and trim panels is a pain. Also, wanted single DIN instead of factory double DIN for use in my other vehicles when Impala goes away. HUGE IMPROVEMENT! The factory sound is improved by about %150, the AM now sounds like FM (when the signal is reasonably strong), the HD is great, and the USB is a real treat - no CD's to fidget with. Installation was a breeze, including the GM chime adapter, and the DIN adapter assembly with cubby hole looks and fits perfect. As usual, can't say enough about ordering from Crutchfield.

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    Works as advertised.

    Written by: Anonymous from N. California on August 6, 2011

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Directions were fairly easy to understand, though the remote isn't consistent with the controls on the radio - requires a bit of trial and error to get used to, but all seems to work as advertised. This is my first radio install, so I may not know what I am missing, but all went well. When I had a couple a skips on the CD, the radio did well to recover quickly.

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    Good For the Price but ....

    Written by: Glenn from Orlando, FL on August 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this unit provides good sound. Would be better if I changed out my stock speakers. but.... The manual is terrible The Menu is bad No HD indication so you know if you are listining HD or not No way to dim the red buttons or the display at night The Balance and Fader control are done together with one setting and after many tries and trying to read the maual, I am still guessing how to adjust the fader. The manual says somthing about setting the Subwoofer (which I don't have) to either SW or FUL or else you cannot adjust the Fade. Tried both, Turn the knob one way and the number goes up or down until you get to zero then the letters change?????? Example: "If you switch to REAR-SP:SW, you can connect a rear speaker lead directly to a subwoofer without using an auxiliary amp. Initially, REAR-SP is set for rear full-range speaker connection (FUL). 1 Press M.C. to display the setting mode. 2 Turn M.C. to change the output and press to select. REAR-SP-PREOUT 3 Turn M.C. to change the setting. REAR-SP: FUL-SW PREOUT: SW-REA ! Even if you change this setting, there will be no output unless you turn the subwoofer output on (refer to SUBWOOFER1 (subwoofer on/off setting) on this page). ! If you change this setting, subwoofer output in the audio menu will return to the factory settings"

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    Great unit

    Written by: Beth from Bowling Green, KY on July 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    im very pleased with the unit. I installed it myself, I only had to make one call to technical support and they were phenomenal. The Pioneer manual isn't as organized as it might be but after a week or so, I had all of the controls down.

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    Great Radio for the money!

    Written by: Len B from Spring City Pa on July 29, 2011

    2003 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money this radio is a great buy! With HD radio what a diffrence! nothing bad to say about this one other then the 2 small buttons for band and clock are small...

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    Pioneer DEH-33HD

    Written by: Kenneth from Calhoun Falls, SC on July 18, 2011

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy as pie to operate, simple controls. Love the USB drive on the front of the unit and how easy everything is to work. Picks up station great in my area, (most station are at least 60 plus miles away) and this baby pulls them in like they are next door. Music through the USB drive is unbelievable to say the least! It's crisp, clear and you can get a thumb/flash drive and carry all of your music with you. I have a 4gig thumb drive with well over 500 songs loaded at CD quality and still have nearly 1 gig left! I LOVE IT!!!!

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    Written by: John M from Cocoa Beach on July 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love my new radio. Sound is great. I bought a memory stick with 8 gigs and only used 3 gigs for 49 albums.The HD radio is the reason I bought it. Thanks to the great guys at Crutchfield Support for walking me thru the procedure to load stations. The owners manual was not real clear or I can't read well. My favorite right wing talk station is AM and is poor quality, but on HD radio is FM digital and clear and clean.

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    my whole mp3 library on a micro usb drive

    Written by: Dave from Newport Beach, CA on June 29, 2011

    2005 Dodge Magnum
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Finally have my whole .mp3 library on a single micro usb drive. Replaced the head unit because the music cd's were skipping but now I don't have to swap disks. The micro drive plugs in the front and just looks like it's part of the unit - barely sticks out. Up / down button navigates folders which are organized the way I want to listen to them. New speakers, amp, 7-band equalizer, and this head unit sounds really good in a Dodge Magnum. Thanks to Crutchfield support, youtube, installed this myself and learned a lot about car audio on the way. Tried many built-in tunable settings in the head unit combined with the 7-band equalizer and found the right mix. Pros: RDS - You can see the song title & artist on a very clear large display that scrolls. Visible with sunroof open (bright) and at night. Cons: Very small buttons and no backlight when it's off making it hard to push the on-button in the dark.

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    DEH-33HD Review

    Written by: Michael R. from Tulsa, OK on June 20, 2011

    First, let me say that the DEH-33HD has great sound. The factory default put more sound to my rear speakers than my front speakers which was an easy tweak. Now let's get into the install details. You should add the "Posi-Products Connector Kit" for $6.49 (current price) to your order from Crutchfield. That way you can make solder free connections between the Crutchfield supplied wiring harness and the wiring harness that is inside the DEH-33HD shipping carton. The Crutchfield installation instructions are top notch. I connected my wiring harness, preassembled the Crutchfield dash kit, gave my local aftermarket car stereo shop $49 to pull my old radio and install the DEH-33HD and I was done. Well almost done. I printed out the Pioneer web site owner's manual which is substantially easier to read than the Pioneer furnished manual, went to HDRadio.com to get a list of my local HD stations, went to radio-locator.com to get a list of all of my local radio stations and I was ready for the programming part. You will need first to program the main menu. This wasn't hard but it also wasn't easy. One thing you must do in the main menu is turn the demo menu off and set the clock. I quickly learned that you can't mix AM and FM stations in the same memory bank. I never could get the display scroll to continuously scroll forever but that's no big deal.

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    Everything I hoped it would be

    Written by: T from Philadelphia, PA on June 16, 2011

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had two concerns about buying this system. 1) I never even considered installing a stereo myself until I visited this site and was not sure I would be able to do it. 2) I needed to replace a broken speaker and was not sure if this would have enough power to handle the new speakers I would be getting. Installation turned out to be so easy I could not believe I almost paid some $130 to install a stereo and two speakers. Using the steps I received with my order I installed the stereo & speakers in about two hours...Could have been quicker but I really took my time. As for enough power to handle my new Pioneer TS-A6874R speakers, more than enough. Once you play around with the settings, you can get this thing to rock...no amp needed. Only had this thing for two weeks but I am very pleased and would highly recommend. My only minor complaint, the manual is worthless. You just have to play with it for about a week to figure it out.

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    Great unit

    Written by: DaveS from San Anselmo, CA on June 16, 2011

    2007 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm enjoying this unit as a replacement from the stock in my 2007 Escape. iPod/iPhone input works great, and you CAN play the sound from any music apps you might have (Pandora, MOG, etc.) Wiring and the install is fairly easy with the extras Crutchfield gives you. Sound quality is good and the unit "feels" solid. As others have mentioned, the manual is terribly disorganized, but everything is there (even the instructions on how to set the clock and turn off Demo mode) so just give it a complete read, it's not that long. The only reason I give it 4 stars is the red lights on the preset buttons that show the numbers are impossible to see during the day and the menu system is a little clunky and takes some getting used to. But now that I know how to use it, it's fine. If you're looking to replace your stock stereo with something that will work with your iPhone, this is a fine choice.

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    A CAN'T MISS!!!!

    Written by: Maddox from Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2011

    I just purchased this Pioneer DEH-33 HD to Replace a factory Head Unit for my Honda Odyssey 2003 and......"Im Very Impressed" This Receiver gave my Factory Speakers a "POWERFUL SOUND" that I never heared with the Honda Radio! The "LOUDNESS" feature has 3 Levels....... I would recommend this Unit, HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Written by: Crutchfield Customer from NJ on June 11, 2011

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this head unit as there was a 10% sale if I purchased the speakers that I wanted to get anyway so I got this head unit. So far I'm very pleased with this head unit. Works much better than the OEM head unit on my 2004 Toyota Corolla. Having HD Radio and access to my iPhone 4 music is really nice. Not giving it a 5 because it could be easier to use. There are different entry points for menus and sometimes menus don't act the same way (depending on what menu you are, if you turn the main dial, it may change a setting or it may change to another setting, very confusing).

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    2000 dodge durango

    Written by: Gerald from Salem, Or on June 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Tech support is awesome. I didn't have a place for the gound wire because of plastic. Tech support told me were to connect it and it helped alot. The reciever is great awesome sounds on the basic setting Now have to get speakers to handle the bass.

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    Excelente sonido!!!

    Written by: Jesus M. Osorio-Melendez from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico on June 2, 2011

    1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with the Pioneer CD Radio installed in my 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara. It was a very easy installation, thanks to the accessories provided with it. Great sound! I recommend it. Thanks Crutchfield team.

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    Written by: Norm from Chicago, Illinois on May 30, 2011

    2007 Kia Rondo

    All I can say is Crutchfield and Pioneer ROCK!!! Install was a breeze, sound quality is over the top. Put this unit in my wifes 2007 Kia Rondo, effortless install with the install guide. Seen some reviewers hackin on the manual, its all in there no problems. Thanks Crutchfield I am now a super star in the wifes eyes. Yous are the best!!!!!!

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    Written by: Rob from Texas on May 24, 2011

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Chose this model for the features and price. Installed easily, very happy so far with the unit. Would recommend it!!!!!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Fort Worth, TX on May 12, 2011

    2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very quick install with the provided kit. Great sound with a nice compliment of features. It was a good choice!

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    Written by: TP from Blacksburg, VA on May 2, 2011

    Great head unit! With the Crutchfield-provided installation gear, installation was a breeze in my 2007 Caliber. The sound has punch, and although the manual is doo doo, the head unit has plenty of features. CD quality is amazing...orders of magnitude better than my stock HU. I haven't been able to test out an HD station yet, but regular FM and AM reception are still slightly better than before. iPod sound is great, especially with the "sound retriever" function turned on. Also, you don't have to buy the "iPod adapter" that they advertise to be able to control the iPod, a regular one will do the trick. Because the manual is so awful, there is definitely a learning curve to controlling this beast. (Pioneer, if you're looking for a new technical writer, shoot out an email :p) After a couple weeks of using it, I've pretty much got the features down. Great head unit, great price...especially with all the included goodies from Crutchfield.

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: ChrisK from Superior, CO on May 1, 2011

    2002 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound quality and the features of this receiver are great and way better than what my OEM receiver can give. The controls are a bit confusing at first but the manual give a clear direction on how to do things. The only down side of this receiver in my opinion is that the radio sensitivity is lower than my OEM receiver.

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    Written by: Dave from Tucson, AZ on April 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Pioneer DEH-33HD to replace the stock CD-receiver in my 2001 Toyota 4Runner. I primarily use the radio for AM and AUX input, with the AUX input being the primary reason for purchase of a new CD-receiver. The AM radio reception is slightly better than the stock CD-receiver. The CD player quality is significantly better. The AUX input works as expected for playing my Sony MP3 music. I seldom listen to FM, but to me it sounds okay. I have only briefly listened to HD stations and they sound okay. While installation was not difficult, it isn't trivial getting access behind the dash to replace the CD-receiver. How to information can be found on the internet. I would recommend having access to a soldering iron. I bought some black caulk to seal the very small space between the CD-receiver and the tray that is installed below the CD-receiver. The old CD-receiver had two antenna inputs. The new CD-receiver has only one. So one antenna was left disconnected. AM reception is slightly better than on my old CD-receiver. I have not tested FM reception capability. The pre-purchase assistance from Crutchfield was excellent. The website is excellent in providing information to help decide which product to purchase.

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    All you need at a great price

    Written by: Josh from Colorado on April 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I consider myself a gadget guy, and an early adopter. Even with this said I did not feel like dropping hundreds of dollars on a unit for my truck. My few requirements included line input (AUX) and HD radio built in (it's 2011, why not?) I have had Bluetooth capability in one of my vehicles before and it is nice but I don't find it necessary. I may come up with some clever replacement later. Why this unit?: I had looked at a comparable JVC unit for a little less, but after talking to some folks that have more experience in car audio I went with Pioneer. Worth the price difference and with Crutchfield free install gear this unit gives you a huge bang for the buck. To me, line/sub outputs, USB interface are all nice extra features. Install: My vehicle is very basic (Base 2000 Silverado extended cab), with the provided kit and harness, the whole process quick and easy to do myself. I opted to solder the wires and heat shrink them for a clean, high quality install. The Pioneer documentation is complete, however it does read like true technical documentation, dry and cryptic at times. My high rating is due to the overall value of the unit, (along with Crutchfield's free gear). Perfect replacement for a stock AM/FM/Cassette setup. If you want to do-it-yourself, you can't go wrong.

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    Written by: L from North Detroit, MI on April 4, 2011

    1999 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well it was wonderful sound, just not user friendly. I had to place my Sony CDX-420U back in for the reason this took too much time to learn and became distracting during the drive. Especially the crumby seek and local features. HD is cool, however took too long to link. My Sony did the same thing with much better seek feature and the USB was more organized. The displays of the two during bright sunshine did the same. One of the biggest reasons for the purchase. It will work better for my desktop stereo.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Scott on March 9, 2011

    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent and reliable Pioneer quality, sounds great, nice power, I like the controls.. very pleased.

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    Nice iPod Control & HD Radio Built In

    Written by: tomt from Oak Park, MI on March 7, 2011

    1994 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far I'm very happy with this Pioneer. I upgraded from a JVC that had no direct access to radio presets, which I ended up missing. To the other reviewer about the Pioneer scrolling across the screen ... that's DEMO mode, and can be turned off by using the big dial. Just push and and hold till the menu comes up, then let go & turn through the options you need to change ... Clock, Demo, Aux, USB, etc. I agree the manual can be a little confusing, but so far I was able to figure out most by myself. I especially like you can still control the iPod at the iPod when plugged in the USB. Our Ford factory stereo does NOT allow this. You just have to hit the iPod (4) button on the Pioneer to toggle through the control modes.

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    found the clock finally

    Written by: found the clock on this radio from Duluth,Ga on March 2, 2011

    Finally found out how to program this radio for the clock. Jeez.. I upgraded from my factory F-150 stereo from 1994. But the radio always showed the clock and when I would drive to work in the AM I could see if I was late to work..so the clock was important in heavy traffic. I will give FORD that credit for a working man's truck. This radio is set to default to a "Pioneer demo mode" and U have to turn off the demo mode. This is not in the manual, be for-warned. Why they did that to frustrate us U.S. working class folks, I have no idea. NOW..I am happy with the radio.. it plays MP3 tunes from your flash thumb drive and it has horsepower and it sounds fantastic and shows the clock while tunes are playing.The HD tuner is working..locks in the HD channel and I get clear as all get out sound.

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    Written by: Brian T from Brighton,IL on March 1, 2011

    Just received this unit. Ordered Friday arrived Tuesday just as I was told. From start to finish I took out the stock stereo in my 2003 F-150 and installed this one in 40 minutes. I couldn't believe how simple it was. I almost bought a different unit but called and talked to a rep. ( Thank you Scooter) and told him I wanted HD and be able to play my iPhone 4 through it and he suggested a couple different brands and this was one of them. I couldn't be happier with this unit. After the install I took a few minutes to read the operations manual (glad I did) and found how to set the clock, it is in there. Last and one of the most important things that isn't advertised is the fact that it "does" play Pandora through the USB cable. Thank you Crutchfield ( especially Scooter) for putting this package together with everything you need start to finish.

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    Written by: ken from Duluth,Ga on February 24, 2011

    1994 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used the crutchfield sales advisor to suggest a radio upgrade for my Ford F-150. My only requirement was I wanted HD radio and did not want to spend time trying to figure out what works with my F-150. The sales advisor scored 100% and picked the right radio that fit my F-150 perfectly as well as the (4) speaker upgrade. I was sent all the correct adapters and instructions. Without the correct adapters your screwed and I avoided that. Cruthfield has this process figured out. I never installed a radio and (4) speakers before so I had no experience, but crutchfield sends you the correct parts and that is critical. Radio works fine but the instruction manual by Pioneer is very poor and leaves out critical steps, for example, to make the clock stay on after the radio is turned off.

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    instruction manual terrible

    Written by: frustrated from duluth, GA on February 22, 2011

    The manual is terrible. This radio apparently has all kinds of functions but I can not get even one to work. I want to see the clock but after pressing scroll buttons, function dials, press this, press that..for (2) hours ... no clock, no nothing. I can not even find the scan function to find radio stations. U turn the knob to find a station and the volume LED lights up and stays on! Then.. Pioneer scrolls the words PIONEER across the LED so U have to watch their *commercial* on your radio for the rest of your life. SO yea...now I have spend hours online to try to figure this radio out. WHY? where is the clock?? manual is terrible..who at Pioneer decided to keep everything secret??

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    Written by: augie from brooklyn,ny on February 10, 2011

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    radio looks great in my saturn vue,sound is a big improvement over stock radio..directions made installation easy..only complaint is programming the radio..having trouble with the fader/balance settings,need a little more patience.a good product for the money

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    Written by: Victor from Anderson, SC on January 28, 2011

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    This receiver replaces a failed SONY in a Honda Civic. Installation was a breeze with the installation kit and help line. The unit is attractive and simple to operate. It sounds great and has many features. I live in an area where most FM stations are located 30 miles away. This unit scored high for reception and does well in this regard. It has several levels of sensitivity that are easily adjusted. It also has a built in HD Radio tuner. Even in my area, I am able to get about 8-10 HD stations with more on the way. HD Radio is commercial free and crystal clear. The unit tells you what song is playing, who the artist is, etc. and it is easy to choose what info is displayed. If you want to connect an MP3 player, this unit handles that well. Your MP3 player can be controlled by the player or the receiver. It has a USB connection also, so that you can use a flash drive in place of CDs. The unit is extremely easy to operate. The SONY it replaced was not. The only issue I have is that the manual gives no info on how to operate the unit. It does not instruct on how to set the clock. Fortunately, that is available online. If you are looking for an inexpensive receiver with good sound and HD Radio, I highly recommend this unit.

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Pioneer DEH-33HD manual

    • HD Radio/CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (CXE3669)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-33HD is an AM/FM CD receiver that can play MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files on CD-R and CD-RW discs, as well as from a portable USB device. It has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a front-panel USB input for your iPod/iPhone, or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. The DEH-33HD also offers a built-in HD Radio tuner so you can listen to digital AM/FM stations. The DEH-33HD is equipped with a MOSFET 50 x 4ch (Peak) amplifier and two pair of preamp outputs. In addition, the Pioneer DEH-33HD includes an IR remote control for wireless operation.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    White OEL Display: The DEH-33HD features a bright white OEL Display (1-line/10-Character) that can display upper- and lower-case characters. This display makes it easy to read and cycle through song titles, artists, and other texts.

    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.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the Source button turns off audio output, but the clock display remains on. When the Clock Display has been turned off, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the clock button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-33HD 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-33HD 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-33HD 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)

    3-Way Rotary Commander: The Pioneer DEH-33HD features a 3-Way Rotary Commander for easy control. You can scroll through your music and audio settings with greater ease using the 3-way rotary commander.

    Sound Retriever: The Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Sound Retriever effect.

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-33HD is equipped with a 3-band EQ with 6 preset EQ settings: Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom, and EQ Flat. The Custom band can be adjusted as follows:

    • Bass: +/- 6dB at 100 Hz
    • Mid: +/- 6dB at 1 kHz
    • Treble: +/- 6dB at 10 kHz

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.

    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.

    Dual 2.0-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-33HD features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs (Front & Rear/SW). The unit's rear preamp output can be configured as a fading rear-channel output or a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the subwoofer output is activated, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Radio Functions

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-33HD's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-quality sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

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

    Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD 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 analog and HD 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.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-33HD supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on, CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name, plus comments. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are recognized by this unit.

    WAV File Playback: The DEH-33HD offers playback of audio WAV files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs. The head unit supports 8-bit and 16-bit LPCM (Linear PCM) WAV files with a sampling frequency between 16 to 48 kHz.

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

    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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    Front-Panel USB Input: The unit's front-panel USB type-A input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant.  Up to 8 directories, 1500 folders, and 15000 files per USB device are recognized by this unit. The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name.

    • MP3/WMA Files: MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported.
    • WAV Files: 8-bit and 16-bit WAV (LPCM) files with a sampling frequency between 16 to 48 kHz are supported.

    Note: USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Pioneer DEH-330UB's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU50, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The DEH-33HD supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: 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 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically.
    • Link Search: 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 can 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.
    • Random & Repeat: You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.

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

    iPod/iPhone Charging: The head unit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-33HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of October 2011):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 5.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 5.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 5.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y

    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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-33HD is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. AUX must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-33HD comes with an IR wireless remote control (CXE3669). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio.

    Mute: The mute button of the remote control allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90% (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

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