Overview: The Pioneer
DEH-P2900MP AM/FM/CD receiver features a Mosfet amplifier, Super TunerIIID,
Satellite Radio-Ready controls, iPod compatibility, two sets of RCA preamp
outputs, a front auxiliary input and CD-changer controls along with a detachable face.
The DEH-P2900MP delivers a full 22 watts x 4
channels RMS and 50 watts x 4 channels peak. 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.
IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features
Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection
of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In
addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path
interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital
processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo
separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM
lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6
of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can
store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM
Local Tuning: Local seek tuning
lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for
good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM.
The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower
settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, 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.
Note: When playing
compressed audio, there is no sound on fast forward or reverse.
Digital Speedread2: The
DEH-P2900MP is equipped with Pioneer's Digital Speedread2 CD mechanism, which
provides fast performance, especially for reading and playing discs with
MP3/WMA/WAV files. It also shortens the audio gap between files during random
AGC (Automatic Gain Control):
The CD mechanism has a built-in Automatic Gain Control, which adjusts 7
different settings each time a CD is inserted to prevent the disc from skipping
EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P2900MP is equipped with a 3-band parametric EQ with 6 preset EQ
settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 6dB at 1dB intervals.
Features of the Easy EQ include:
- Selectable Center Frequencies:
- Low: 40, 80, 100, or
- Mid: 200, 500, 1k, or
- High: 3k, 8k, 10k or
- Preset EEQ Settings:
Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom, and EQ Flat
- Selectable Q Factors: 2
Narrow, 1 Narrow, 1 Wide, and 2 Wide
Selectable Loudness Levels: Loudness compensates for deficiencies in the low and high frequencies at low
volumes. You can choose from three levels of
- Low: +3.5dB (100Hz), +3dB
- Mid: +10dB (100Hz), +6.5dB
- High: +11dB (100Hz), +11dB
Auxiliary Inputs: The
DEH-P2900MP is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for
connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player, DVD, or VCR.
A second auxiliary device can be connected to this unit when an optional adapter
is connected to the IP-Bus connector on the rear panel. This auxiliary input
(known as AUX 2) must be turned on. See below for
more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.
2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In
addition to the front panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can
connect a second auxiliary component by
connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The CD-RB10 lets you connect one auxiliary
component, and the CD-RB20 lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD
changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit.
Subwoofer/Rear Channel Output: The pair of subwoofer preamp outputs and rear
speaker outputs can be set to "Full" for full range output with full fading
capability, or a non-fading "Subwoofer" output. This allows you to either use
your 2nd set of preamp outputs or rear speaker outputs for a pair of full range
rear speakers, a subwoofer or both. It also enables you to connect the rear
speaker leads directly to a small subwoofer without an external amplifier,
either to dual 4-ohm voice coil sub, or bridged into a single voice coil, 4-ohm
sub. The bridged output is 70 watts max. You can select from the following
settings for the rear speakers and preamp outputs.
- R-SP:Full: When the rear
speakers are set to "Full" you can hook up a pair of full-range rear
speakers to the CD player and set the subwoofer preamp output to the
- P/O:Full: subwoofer
preamp output used for full-range speakers
- P/O:S/W: subwoofer
preamp output used for lowpass subwoofers
- R-SP:S/W: When the rear
speakers are set to "SW" you can hook up a subwoofer directly to the rear
speaker leads of the CD player. In this mode you cannot adjust the subwoofer
Note: The Subwoofer
preamp output must be turned "ON" to use it either as a full-range or
subwoofer output in order to hear any audio from that output.
Subwoofer Settings: When the
Subwoofer outputs are set to "Subwoofer" you have control over a built-in low-pass filter,
phase adjustment, and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, 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
High Pass Filter: If you do not
want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker outputs, you
can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff
frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only frequencies
higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.
Bass Boost: The Bass Boost
function raises the level of sounds lower than 100Hz. You can select a desired
level of bass boost between 0 and 6.
Front Image Enhancer (FIE): The
Front Image Enhancer attenuates mid- and high-frequency sounds from the rear
speakers at selectable crossover points, so that most of the vocals will come
from the front speakers, giving you better image staging. You can select from
the following cutoff frequencies: 100Hz, 160Hz, and 250Hz.
and BMX Functions: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "BMX" (Bit Media
eXpander) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the CD player. Each
function may be set to one of two levels or off.
The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortion caused
by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high
volumes. The "BMX" function controls sound reverberations to give playback a
Rough Search: You can switch
the search method between fast forward/reverse and "Rough" in which the unit
searches every 10 tracks. If there are less than 10 tracks on the disc, the unit
will jump to the last track.
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.
10-Character Display: The
DEH-P2900MP features a black background with a white 1-line, 10-character LCD display, which takes advantage
of MP3, WMA, iPod, XM Radio, and Sirius, plus CD Text-encoded discs. This large
display makes it easy to read the song title, artist, and
other text used by these sources. CD Text, iPod and Satellite Radio Artist, Song
and Station information will be displayed with 8 larger characters for the names
and 2 smaller characters for the track number.
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 not been turned on, 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 be 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.
Detachable Face Security: This
unit features Detachable Face Security. One face-fixing screw is supplied for
making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Note: No face case
is included with this unit. Optional soft face cases can be purchased for this
unit. Part numbers 142FC2C or 142DFC2N.
Remote Control: The DEH-P2900MP
comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5719). The remote allows you to control
the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust
the audio. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about
90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel. In addition, the
head unit has a 3.5mm minijack on the back panel for connecting an optional
wired remote control, such as the CD-MR70 or CD-MR80 (130CDMR70 or 130CDMR80).
External Device Controls
Satellite Radio Ready: You can
connect and control an external satellite radio tuner. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM) Pioneer XM receiver. In addition, it is
compatible with the XMDirect XM Radio package (item # 700XMPIONE). For Sirius, you can connect
the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio tuner (130SIRPNR2). A subscription to XM or
Sirius, plus the proper antenna is required in order to receive satellite radio
programming. The satellite radio tuners connect via the IP-Bus connector on the
back of the head unit.
Optional iPod Adapter:
The Pioneer CD-IB100ii iPod adapter (130IB100ii) allows you to play and control
your iPod, iPod mini, or iPod nano, and view album, artist, and other
information on the head unit's 8 character display. You can scroll to the left
of the text information by pressing and holding down the Display button. The
adapter allows you to perform multiple search functions, including playlist,
genre, artist, and album searches. While connected, the iPod adapter also
charges the iPod's battery. The adapter works with all "Dock Connector"-equipped
iPods, and connects to the head unit via the IP-Bus connector.
IP-Bus Changer Controls: The
DEH-P2900MP is equipped with IP-Bus control, which allows you to connect and
control other Pioneer components. You can add a multi-disc CD changer, a
satellite radio receiver, an auxiliary input adapter, or an iPod adapter.You can
add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it from the head unit.
The unit feature the following CD-changer features.
- ITS (Instant Track
The ITS function can be used to program automatic playback
of up to 99 tracks per disc for up to 100 discs. With changers sold before the
CDX-P1250 and CDX-P650, up to 24 tracks can be stored in the playlist.
- Direct Disc Selection: You
can directly select discs 1-6 by pressing the corresponding button number on
the front panel or remote. Discs 7-12 can be selected by pressing and
holding the corresponding button number, such as button 1 for disc 7, etc.
- CD Track Scan: The
beginning of each track on the selected disc plays for about 10 seconds
before moving onto the next track and continues until you make your
- CD Text
Display: When used with a CD
Text-compatible Pioneer CD changer, this unit will display the titles of CD
Text encoded discs that are played in the changer. When playing a CD Text
disc on a CD Text compatible changer, you cannot switch to the Disc Title
Input mode. CD Text disc titles, artist names and track titles longer than 8
characters may be scrolled once to reveal the entire string of text by
holding down the Display button.
- CD Sound
Quality Adjustment: Using the "COMP"
(compression) and "DBE" (dynamic bass emphasis) functions, you can adjust the
playback quality of the changer. Each function may be set to one of two levels
or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio
signal to eliminate distortions caused by the imbalances between the loudest and
softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "DBE" function boosts bass
frequencies to give your music a more full sound.
For these functions to work, they must be supported by the Pioneer CD