Want a stylish in-dash stereo that will handle your media with ease? Pioneer's DEH-P4000UB CD receiver allows you to connect and control a variety of media devices, including your iPod®, through its built-in USB input. The vibrant display renders 16 characters for artist and title information, while the user-friendly control knob makes it easy to access menus and scroll through your files.

And Pioneer keeps the entertainment options coming. The receiver plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files that you've burned to a disc, and it includes a front auxiliary input for easy connection of optional audio sources. You can also add a satellite radio or CD changer to the dedicated input. Connect Pioneer's optional Bluetooth® adapter and enjoy the convenience of taking calls through your stereo.

The amplifier delivers plenty of power for accurate sound from your speakers, with built in high- and low-pass filters to optimize speaker performance. Pioneer's Easy EQ offers six preset sound curves for quick fixes, plus adjustable bass, midrange, and treble controls for custom tone shaping. If you want more kick from your system, use the stereo's three sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with 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, WMA, and AAC files — except rights-protected files)
    • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) 16-character display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 3-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • inputs: auxiliary input (front), USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
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    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Wireless remote control (CXC8885)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • Rear support screw
    • Rubber bushing
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 59" USB extension cable (has male Type A USB on one end and female Type A USB on the other end)
    • Operation Manual (English/French)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty sheet (English/French)
    • Manual changes sheet
    • Additional Information sheet
    • Note on removing plastic tag
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Organic EL
    Key Button Color Green
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear and Optional Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-P4000UB is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can also play MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC files on disc as well. It has a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a rear panel USB input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include Bluetooth Audio and Bluetooth Telephone (when the optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter is connected), XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (with an optional satellite radio tuner and antenna), and a multi-CD player. See section below on External Device Controls for details on compatibility.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the DEH-P4000UB 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-P4000UB 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)

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-P4000UB 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.

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

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

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

    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.

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files encoded by iTunes recorded onto CDs, however files purchased from the iTunes Music Store (.m4p file extension) are not compatible. Tracks recorded at transmission rates of 16-320 kbps are playable on this unit.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When Advanced 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-P4000UB is equipped with a 3-band parametric EQ with 6 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 12dB at 2dB intervals. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Selectable Center Frequencies:
      • Low: 40, 80, 100, or 160 Hz
      • Mid: 200, 500, 1k, or 2k Hz
      • High: 3k, 8k, 10k or 12k Hz
    • 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 loudness:

    • Low: +3.5dB (100Hz), +3dB (10kHz)
    • Mid: +10dB (100Hz), +6.5dB (10kHz)
    • High: +11dB (100Hz), +11dB (10kHz)

    List Button: The List button on the front panel allows you to the track title list, folder list, file list, preset channel list, or disc title list, depending upon the source. Once the List button is pressed, you can turn the multi-control knob to view each item on the list. To select the highlighted item, you can press the multi-control. This allows you to quickly make selections from most any source.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-P4000UB 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. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 10-character name. 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. Both Aux 1 and Aux 2 must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source. 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. The 10-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    Subwoofer Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a 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 to -24).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer 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.

    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.

    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.

    Disc Naming: You can use the disc title input feature to store up to 48 CD titles in the unit's memory. Each title can be up to 10 characters long.

    OEL Display: The DEH-P4000UB features a black background with a blue Organic EL 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 and cycle through the song title, artist, and other text used by these sources.

    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.

    Function Confirmation Tones: The receiver emits an audible beep tone each time a button is pressed. These function confirmation tones cannot be turned off.

    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 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. When the unit is off but the ignition is on, the button illumination will light up when the vehicle's headlights are turned on.

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. You can turn the dimmer function On or Off. The orange/white illumination wire must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for this feature to work.

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. 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 (item #142DFC2C) can be purchased for this unit.

    Remote Control: The DEH-P4000UB comes with a wireless remote control (CXC8885). 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. The head unit also 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). In addition, the PAC SWI-PS steering wheel remote interface is compatible with this head unit.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Interface: The DEH-P4000UB can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports only iPods with a standard Dock Connector. (Please see compatibility list below for your model and software version.) You can connect the iPod using the unit's USB input (a dock connector to USB cable, such as the one supplied with your iPod, or the optional 130CDIU50, is required). When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself. (This function only works on iPod classic, iPod touch, and 2nd and 3rd generation nano only. You can still change songs from the head unit, even when you are controlling the iPod manually.) You can perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, and album searches. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The DEH-P4000UB is compatible with the following iPod models:

    • iPod video (5th generation)
    • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
    • iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
    • iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
    • iPhone/iPhone3G

    USB Input: In addition to connecting an iPod, the rear panel USB input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant.

    Optional USB Adapter: If the head unit's built-in USB input is being used, you can connect a USB adapter (130CDUB100, sold separately) to the IP-Bus port to playback audio from a portable audio player that features a USB interface. This USB adapter features a IP-Bus pass-through for daisy chaining another IP-Bus compatible component.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control an external satellite radio tuner from XM or SIRIUS. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (item number 130P920XM) Pioneer XM receiver. For Sirius there are two options; connect the SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and the CD-SB10 Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRPION), or use the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 130CDSB10) and the SIRIUS dock-and-play adapter (item number 607SCVDOC1) along with a compatible portable SIRIUS radio. 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.

    HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P10HD HD Radio tuner (item number 130GEXP10H), allowing you to tune available HD Radio stations. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The GEX-P10HD connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    Optional Bluetooth Adapter: In addition, you can use this unit to control a CD-BTB200 Bluetooth adapter (130BTB200, sold separately) for your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone or Bluetooth portable audio player. The Pioneer CD-BTB200 Bluetooth Adapter allows you to make and receive calls wirelessly and hands-free on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone through this Pioneer "Bluetooth Adapter Ready" head unit. The CD-BTB200 comes with a microphone for making and answering your calls. You can hear the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The unit connects to the head unit via the supplied IP-BUS cable, and has an IP-BUS pass-through for daisy chaining another component.

    Optional TV Tuner: You can use this unit to control an optional Pioneer TV tuner (sold separately).

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: 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 Selection) Programming: 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 selection.
    • 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.

    Note: For these functions to work, they must be supported by the Pioneer CD changer.

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    Can't beat the price, good performance.

    Written By Steve, New Cumberland, PA on Thursday, February 18, 2010

    Awesome purchase for the price. I've always had good luck with Pioneer head units and this is no exception. I wanted to upgrade from the stock radio in my truck and I went to Crutchfield's website.

    The DEH-p4000ub was on their home page, so I looked into it. I didn't want to deal with the expense of an ipod, so the thought of plugging in a flash drive seemed like the way to go. I bought a 16GB Flash drive, loaded it full of songs and that was that. The unit performed very well. The controls were a little difficult to get used to.

    As for as Crutchfield, the package came earlier than predicted and included everything except an antenna adapter. No complaints on that, I got one locally.

    So yes, I would recommend this unit or the newer versions. And after dealing with Crutchfield, I have been singing their praises. Thanks again guys.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Jeremy, Wichita, KS on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    1. no phone-interrupt wire
    What??? I didn't know anyone would make a car stereo in the last 3 years that didn't have this feature.

    2. defaults to usb (if plugged in)
    When the stereo is powered on, it auto-detects the usb port looking for a device, and if detected, auto-plays. Extremely annoying, to say the least.

    3. not enough power for some usb devices
    Apparently the stereo outputs a max of 0.5mA to usb devices. Not enough to spin up my Passport external usb drive.

    4. reads files in order they were copied to usb
    It physically reads the folders/files from the drive in the order they appear on the device. I.E. the music files are most likely not going to be in alphabetical / numerical order, which is great if you like random play, but sucks when searching for anything.

    5. folder/file search defaults to beginning
    Even if you're halfway down your list of songs, the file search feature starts from the beginning, instead of from where you currently are.

    6. skipping during random play is not random
    If you don't want to listen to the current song and you skip to the next song, it doesn't pick a random song, it skips to the next song on the hard drive (i.e. if you are listening to song 3 in folder 5 during random play and skip ahead, the next song played is song 4 in folder 5 - not very random).

    Great for the price

    Written By tiller, MS on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

    First off this is a wonderful head unit, it would have my four stars the only problems with it is minor. It took me awhile to get used to where all the controls are (audio settings, and all options)there are few buttons so it takes awhile to get used to. Also when hooking up my mp3 player to it's front aux jack, only my right side speakers played the music. This angered me and I couldn't solve it

    Great for Price Performance

    Written By Mr. Moore, Detroit, MI on Monday, March 16, 2009

    Installed Receiver ~a year ago, and I love. I mounted it at a 90° angle, and CDs play awesome, even with the two subs all the way up. Also, the USB and AUX ports work great, I have an 8 gig flash hooked up to the USB and it preforms great. The only quark I notice is that after a while the seek position will change and rewind a few seconds when the radio is powered off and powered back on. So, you cut the car off or take the face plate while your favorite song is on, and when you cut it back on it starts playing ~10 seconds before the part it stopped on. By no means am I frustrated by this, but just thought some people might like to know. No reason to go with the more expensive models if you dont need bluetooth right-away, b/c this model takes a pioneer bluetooth add-on for use with it in the future.

    Install note for '03 Silverado

    Written By Ron G., Midway Ga on Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Overall a good Receiver unit. Just installed in my son's truck this afternoon. He is happy with it, so it is great. As with most aftermarket units, you have to like unreadable face panel controls. Install information given by Crutchfield is not quite accurate for the '03 Silverado. Their information indicates that you must "Cut out the metal rear support bracket to make room for your new receiver". That is not true, it fits in there fine.

    great upgrade for my '04 ram

    Written By doug, new jersey on Thursday, February 05, 2009

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    i went to a local store to have an after market stereo installed in my '04 ram with the infinity system in it. after they took my truck back and an hour and a half later the installer informed me that they didn't have the correct wiring harness for my truck. needless to say i was not happy. so i got my money back, went home and got rite on the crutchfield site and ordered the same stereo (pioneer DEH-P4000UB) and the correct harness. the harness was pricey but it was half off because i bought the head unit too. the install kit and the antena adaptor were free along with instrcutions on how to take my dash apart. i could not be happier with how much better my system sounds with this head unit matched up with the infinity stock speakers. thank you crutchfield for your great site and service.

    Good Value

    Written By Edwin, Hattiesburg, MS on Monday, February 02, 2009

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    I bought the P4000UB as a birthday present for my wonderful wife. (yes, I'm trying to get some points here). She loves her Ipod, but the factory radio in our 2002 jeep had no Ipod connection. The sound quality with the new Pioneer was dramatically better. As usual, Crutchfield provided great written instructions. The fit of the bezel is very good.

    I did have problems with the initial programming of the Pioneer. The first thing you have to do is turn off the demo mode. This is the second time I have been bitten by this on a Pioneer radio. Actually it was my wife who read the instructions and suggested that it might be in demo mode. It would be nice if the unit did not come from the factory in demo mode, since 99.99% of the units are not going to be used as a demo.

    I plugged the communications cable to the radio on the XM module to the in connector instead of the out connector. This was stupid on my part, since the connectors are color coded. Actually after hours of trouble shooting this problem and did I mention that I am an electrical engineer, it was my wife who asked "Are you sure you have that blue thingy plugged into the right hole". This info might be helpful to another stupid person out there, who might do the same thing.

    After correcting these two errors everything worked perfectly.

    Fun Radio

    Written By Michael, Houston, TX on Thursday, January 29, 2009

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    Bought this for my wife at christmas. She loves it. Works great with her ipod. The crutchfield instructions, install kit and wiring harness worked perfectly.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Matthew, Hotlanta on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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    I loved how slick and simple the aesthetic of this unit was. Its screen is very well-lit, which was important in my Civic (as its dash faces upwards). But there's an ergonomic penalty for such a clean, simple interface:

    1.) The Rotary Commander dial is overly sensitive to up/down/left/right commands *in comparison to* "enter" commands (pushing the button straight in). So while you mean to push the button in it will OFTEN slide in a different direction.

    2.) You cannot get immediate-access to many minor features - so if you enjoy fine-tuning settings on your HU often you will become quickly agitated with this.

    That complaining aside I love having USB (provided extension cord runs to my glovebox for a USB Thumbdrive or iPod hookup - totally discrete) and my wife loves having a 'pretty' HU in her Civic. :-)

    Poor Controls, Good Sound

    Written By Michael, Lincolnville, Maine on Saturday, January 17, 2009

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    Let me start by saying the DEH-P4000UB is a good unit for the money: Good sound, including settings specifically designed to add life to MP3s. Lots of features, and a solid radio tuner (which was a priority for me).

    But the user interface is miserable! Want to go to a different radio preset? Since there are no buttons, you have to scroll through them. So instead of getting to the next station in the press of one button, it might take three or more.

    That's just the beginning. Everywhere you want to go, you have to drill down through menus and scroll through selections. Nearly every action uses the multi-control knob with nearly no dedicated buttons. Good luck keeping your attention on your driving while trying to change "loudness".

    Another gripe is that some of the head unit's iPod controls change the settings in the iPod. So, if I hit the repeat feature on the head unit, the only way I can turn of the repeat function is to unplug the iPod, go into "Settings" on the iPod, turn that feature off, and then reattach the iPod to the USB connector. I'm tempted to play the iPod through the AUX instead, and simply control the iPod from the iPod's own controls.

    You get the idea. This is a nice sounding unit, but when I want to add a radio preset, or change the sound shape, and I end up telling myself, "It's just not worth it," something's not right.

    Nice Radio! Crutchfield instructions are great!

    Written By Joseph, Charles Town WV on Friday, January 16, 2009

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    I bought this radio with the XM adaptor as a gift for my daughter for
    Christmas. My daughter and I installed it into her 1999 Honda Civic. The
    installation went very smoothly thanks to Chrutchfield's excellent install kit
    and wonderful instructions. The radio looks great in the dash. The
    removable faceplate is a good idea (she lives in Philadelphia). The reception
    and sound quality is excellent, better than the stock radio. The radio has
    nice features including iPod. My daughter is very, very happy. I am a long
    time customer of Crutchfield and I continue to be impressed with their
    friendly service and technical knowledge. I did have a couple of technical
    questions that were answered correctly and competently. Thank you
    Crutchfield for another satisfying purchase.

    Great for Iphone

    Written By Matt, Tulsa, Ok on Friday, January 16, 2009

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    I got this stereo because I'm already pioneer loyal but also because of it's ability to work with Iphone. It will even charge the phone and you can use all other phone abilities while it is plugged into the stereo. You can even still recieve calls. It will cut out the music for the call to come in and thwn start back up where it stopped after the call. It works much better than a fm transmitter. You don't have to search for a radio station that will work and sound quality is less static. I had some problems with getting the stereo to work at first but Crutchfield just sent me a replacement for free and it has worked great ever since. Very afforable for what you get.

    Fantastic Deal!

    Written By John, Fantastic Product! on Thursday, January 08, 2009

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    I just received my Pioneer DEH-P4000UB yesterday. Its safe to say that it was a quick install into my 1997 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT.

    The total amount of time that it took was about 30 minutes, due to the crimping. Overall, pretty easy. I am not an electronics wiz at all. It was easy because all you have to do is match up the colors and crimp them together.

    The sound quality is fantastic. It was a huge upgrade from my factory head unit. The multi-control knob really isn't that bad. Before I bought this, I read plenty of reviews saying that the multi-control knob is tough to get used to. Its really not. I figured it out in about 5 minutes.

    The manual that comes with CD Player is a little confusing. At first I couldnt figure out how to get my iPod to start working (its a 2nd generation nano), so I called the crutchfield tech support line and I had it working within 30 seconds. All I had to do was reset the iPod by holding the top part of the circle and the center button at the same time.

    What really caught my eye about this product was the expandability. It is ready for HD hookup, Satellite hookup, it has an AUX hookup, USB/iPod hookup, and (3) 4 volt Preamp hookups for subs or whatever.

    Anyway, this product is a fantastic deal for the money. Honestly, I really do love it, and anyone who is looking for great sound quality and not looking to spend all their cash, this is the way to do it. I plan on buying Pioneer again in the future.

    Simple Radio for Excellent Sound

    Written By Cobra_AH1Z, Amarillo, TX on Tuesday, January 06, 2009

    I received this for my Silverado. The simplicity of the product is outstanding. Even better, the IPod list appears through the stereo instead of having the track through the IPod itself. The remote makes it so easy to use. The sound adjustments provide the best mixes in sound. I would suggest this product to anyone.

    Beware Ford Owners!

    Written By Chad, Richmond, Mi on Saturday, January 03, 2009

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    First, let me say that this head unit far exceeded my expectations. Loading the USB drive through the music/ITunes folder on my PC was painless and
    quick. I can't say the same for removing my Ford 6-disc factory stereo in my '02 Ranger. The DIN keys blew right past the release tabs and caused me to go "gamma ray" as I was literally bending the keys in an attempt to pull out the old unit. When I called Crutchfield for advice, I was told,"Ford stereos are a little... different in their stereo mounts. Just keep shaking it from side to side while pulling and it should come out." Oh, I pulled and shook from side to side, and the part surrounding the stereo the contains the CC vents & 12v outlets started to pull off! In the end, I went with it and took out the two screws out above the CC knobs and pulled the whole part off to get at the old unit from behind and depressed the release tabs by hand to get the old unit out. (which was MUCH EASIER than using those
    irritating DIN keys). Overall, I'm very happy with my new unit. It is simple to use and the mounting bracket looks good in the dash. But, installation
    would've gone much faster and a bit smoother if I had gotten better info!


    Written By David, Aurora, IL on Sunday, December 28, 2008

    This is the my best buy i have ever made for one of my vehicles. The Pioneer DEH-P4000UB is amazing. the manual is a little hard to read but, you only need it to figure out how to do a couple of things like Presets, it is easy to figure things out on your own. This is my First Pioneer product and will be buying from pioneer again.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Dan, Texas on Sunday, December 21, 2008

    I received this unit as a birthday gift for my 2000 silverado pickup along
    with alpine speakers. the system ROCKS

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Chris, West palm beach florida on Thursday, December 11, 2008

    plays nice and puts out more than enough for any after market car speakers

    good product

    Written By Ben, Athens,WI on Friday, November 28, 2008

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    I Never put in a car stereo before but this was so easy anybody could put it in the instructions were easy to read and everything was exactly right for my car

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Joely10, Boise, ID on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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    replaced factory stereo with it and it sounds amazing along with the pioneer speakers i have in my jeep.

    really easy to install. i did have one problem with figuring out where one wire went and i called crutchfield and somebody picked up right away and told me exactly where it went and i had it hooked up and blasting music in no time!

    Works with Iphone 3G!

    Written By Thomas, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, November 20, 2008

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    This unit WILL work with the Iphone 3G (with software version 2.1)! I am using my original Apple USB charging cable, and when first connected each
    time, the Iphone balks, tells me it needs to be put into Airplane Mode, and I tell it "no." It then charges and plays just like you would expect, allowing me to take and make calls as it normally would. Whether it works with the Pioneer USB-Ipod cable, I don't know.

    One gripe that I haven't been able to figure out: the Ipod immediately starts playing - the Pioneer automatically plays the Ipod as soon as it's connected despite me having all other control over my Ipod. It's especially bothersome when I'm using Pandora internet radio on my Iphone and the Pioneer immediately jumps into the Ipod to play music from it instead. If I could find a way to stop it, I would, but I can't find that in the book.

    Another small gripe: with my 160gb Ipod, when clicking back through menus, a small amount of distortion will crackle for a moment through the
    system. I've never encountered this anywhere else, so I can't imagine how this setup is picking up any interference that would cause this that others have not.

    Other than those few gripes, I am extremely happy with this - very good sound, excellent Ipod integration (even if you choose to stick with the head-unit control) and a lot of features. For the price, it's pretty much impossible to beat it.

    Lots of functionality at this price

    Written By Rocko, Maine on Saturday, November 15, 2008

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    Replaced a factory stereo with this H/U in a 2004 Subaru outback. Fits fine (excellent instructions, wiring harnesses make everything a snap).

    Positives: lots of functionality - iPod sounds great with the sound-enhancement technology; use the Aux-in for a SkiFy2 XM H/U, and that appears to have eliminated the ground loop whine.

    cons: In the subaru, the dimmer doesn't dim that much. might be the subaru (I've seen postings that Scooby send a negative charge rather then positive).

    And yes, the multi-function knob will take some getting used to.

    Nice stereo

    Written By Ted, Casper WY on Sunday, November 02, 2008

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    This Pioneer is a very nice unit, Its pretty easy to figure out, and mind you, I am NOT a high tech type. Its one of the few that will charge a 4th generation Ipod Nano.

    After going to my local shop and finding a number of unts that would playback the Nano, but not charge it, I decided to call Crutchfield. My advisor, immediately knew of the problem and guided me in the right direction. And of coure, he was 100% correct. This unit charges the Nano and works seamlessly.

    It sounds very good with even the factory speakers. I am absolulely pleases with it.


    Written By daryl, Brooklyn, ny on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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    im only 20 and this is my first installation of any car audio...i studied for a while and this head unit has the best stats for the price. i wanted to do this myself so when i need to remove it i dont wanna pay anybody...i brought it from crutchfield because of the price and it come with a dash kit along with the adapters and instructions for my honda's dash and speakers =), if i brought anywhere else i still would need to pay for kit($20) and adapter($10) plus installation...now when im rdy to install a amp for sub to go along with my new pioneer speakers i kno exactly what to do...o ya use the remote, using the knob is very distracting

    4000UB is a great choice

    Written By Chad, Lakeport, California on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    First of all, crutchfield made my installation so simple. The free wiring harness and reciever bracket made installation a breeze. The step by step instructions were very easy to follow.

    The 4000UB is very advanced for its price. The equalizer settings and all the different subwoofer settings are really impressive. The deck is very powerful too. Pair this deck with 4 pioneer speakers and you are set. I took advantage of their rebate if you buy 4 speakers with the deck. It took me about 45 minutes or less to install the deck. Tedious crimping is to blame but its cheaper than paying to have it done.

    I would recommend this reciever to anyone. The ipod hookup is a little hard to get used to but after a week or so i mastered it. It works great with my ipod Touch and Iphone so dont worry.

    Couldnt be happier, thanks crutchfield!


    Written By robs, Baltimore, MD on Monday, October 13, 2008

    This is a great product!

    Anyway, many people on here are angry that you cannot control the ipod while using the USB.


    IMPORTANT: Push and hold the RDM/Ipod on the head-unit button while the ipod is connected. It will let you switch control to the Ipod from here.

    Awesome head unit! girlfriend loves it. Thanks!

    Good product.. confusing navigation at first

    Written By Marcos, San Juan, PR on Sunday, October 12, 2008

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    Good product with great sound and well integrated with the IPOD. My only complaint is the somewhat confusing navigation which takes a while to get used to...

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, October 08, 2008

    I just bought this Pioneer DEH-P4000UB included free bracket and adapter cable for my 99 Honda accord, I finished the installation in couple hours, the wiring diagram is clear, I sent the email to Crutchfield service for one wire I left out, they reply the answer instantly in second, thanks to good service. The price of this unit is worth the money, other place you have to buy separately the adapter cable and bracket of the $40 cost and tough to call help for the service. This unit put out the very good sound so I like it so much the following week I bought an other one for my 99 Acurra.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By aka120, Starkville, Ms on Sunday, October 05, 2008

    While this head unit is very powerful, and provides many things that a SPL competitor or SQ competitor would need, and works well in a daily driver, it is not for everyone.

    The EQ lets you fine tune your sound and crossover frequencies @ the head unit giving you complete control over your output resulting sound. This is great and I believe every stereo manufacture should implement this into their head units!

    And the preamps, oh yea, its all you need, 3 preamps for a high, mid, and sub amp application, and the preamp volts are rated at 4 volts! Again, this is something i believe every stereo manufacture should implement into their head units.

    As for the multicontrol knob, i pretty much agree with all the other comments posted, its not the best design, and difficult to use to edit settings. This means, you should set all your fine tuning and adjustments before driving.

    Dont use the USB connector to connect your Ipod, use the line in aux so you can control the Ipod. Use the USB connector for a flash drive or mobile HDD.

    Other than the inconvenience with the multicontrol knob, it is still a very powerful and feature rich head unit. All in all, it is a good buy, but if you dont need a highly adjustable EQ, and 3 sets of preamp's rated @ 4 volts, then you might want to look elsewhere for a headunit

    Awesome unit for the price.

    Written By Edwin, Chicago,IL on Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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    I' ve installed this unit in my 2006 Impreza wagon. It fits in nice and works very very well with my Ipod. Its sounds good with the factory speakers after disconnecting the tweeters. The built in Ipod feature is what I enjoy the most and it is worth the price. Installation was under 30 mins. I got the usb connection because of the color otherwise it will work with the white ipod usb connection. Believe evrything explaned about this unit in the video.

    Dependable with Good features

    Written By Jonathan, Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, September 27, 2008

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    Pioneer is of course a dependable brand. The sound that this receiver provided to my factory speakers was a definite upgrade (add that to my new kicker speakers with no amp added) and it sounds great. The installation was easy with Crutchfield instructions.

    My only complaint about this product is that the volume knob does not turn the volume up and down very well; the face plate is a little difficult to put on (defnitely harder than my Sony Xplod was); and you can't do anything if you don't use the remote (I know it doesn't sound like a big deal but it's annoying and you can't just go straight for the radio if you don't like a song, you have to go fish for your remote. I have to keep mine in the compartment below the receiver because I am always using both of my cup-holders).

    Great unit

    Written By SteveO, Chicago Illinois on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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    Bought this for my F-150 and was able to install it without too much problem. We were unsure about the wiring but a call to customer support cleared up everything and the unit went in quickly. It sounds great and works with my friends iPod. Older iPods require a software update and the error message on the radio was right on target!

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By brendon, Knoxville, TN on Monday, September 01, 2008

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    I really liked this unit, but it didn't work for me for one reason. There is no pause or mute button on the front panel. When I get in the car I want to be able to search for music in my ipod without having to listen to what I had on the day before or what my ipod was last on. The only way to do this is to pause or mute the playback, and the only way to do that is to go into the menus or to use the remote. And I don't like using the remote since it is not convenient for searching the ipod. With the dial you can scroll through fast, whereas with the remote you have to go one by one. Alpine and Kenwood have pause on the panel.

    Excellent Value

    Written By Alex, Macomb, Michigan on Sunday, August 24, 2008

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    This headunit is awesome. The built-in ipod control alone is well worth the price, but the intuitive display is just an added surprise. The custom EQ settings are fairly expansive, and there are endless ways to set-up the headunit to your liking. I found the clock impossible to set at first, but if you read the instructions, it says that you first shut the unit off, THEN click the multi-control button to access the menu in which clock is included among other options. The clean look has gotten many complements, my dad thinks it is the sickest headunit he's ever seen, and its not even all that expensive. If this is the price range in which you are looking for a headunit, the Pioneer DEH-4000UB is by far the best choice, and even beats out more expensive models in terms of options.

    good unit

    Written By ptm, arizona on Friday, August 22, 2008

    This is a good eceonomy unit. Sound quality is very good, display is alittle small.

    Good inexpensive unit

    Written By Brian, Garner, NC on Sunday, August 17, 2008

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    Good: Inexpensive, works with my 160GB iPod classic, good sound. Really not a bad headunit, only two small things which I'll detail below. Otherwise everything is just fine with it.

    Bad: No quick way to pause music, there is a pause buried in the menu and one on the wireless remote but since I have a steering wheel remote I'd much rather not have three different input methods depending upon what I want to do. No quick-scroll through the iPod interface when trying to select artists.

    Pretty Good, minor flaws

    Written By Will, High Point, NC on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    The Good: Crutchfield's legendary customer service: Keith helped a couple of times with minor EBDAS issues [ error between dash and seat ], which helped. Ease of install. Unit itself is well constructed, solid, and does what it's supposed to do, and sounds good while doing it. Not immaculate sound, but that's not why you're buying an inexpensive head unit.

    The not so good: The head unit itself is reputed to support iPhone 3G, which was a big reason for this particular purchase, since it was specifically recommended for supporting iPhone 3G by Crutchfield cust service. Unfortunately, after some testing, it only will power or charge the iPhone3G, and cannot control it(you can allow iPod control instead, which works). This isn't a big deal to me, but to some, it could be a show stopper. Other iPods seem to work ok [ at least my 2nd gen Nano worked ok, haven't tried the wife's iPod Classic 30Gb ]. The navigation issues that some have cited with the main control knob will require a little getting used to, but honestly, RTFM! [ Read the fracking manual! ].

    Quibbles: The attached usb cable on rear of unit is quite short, so you're almost forced to use the supplied USB extension cable, which did not charge my iPhone, and I had to use only the attached USB. This may be an iPhone issue, or just improper pinouts on the USB [ or crummy wire ].

    Overall, inexpensive, and provides lots o bang for buck.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Scott, Bellingham, WA on Saturday, August 02, 2008

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    Sounds great and has a lot of options. Installation into my '02 Ford Ranger was very easy thanks to Crutchfields master sheet. My only complaint is with the built in ipod controls. It won't allow you to play your ipod through the usb if your ipod is not 5th gen or newer. I have an ipod mini and a video ipod and neither one will work since they are 2nd and 3rd gen ipods. But if you have a newer ipod, I would recommend this unit.

    Works great - finicky about hard drives tho

    Written By Anthony, Johnson City, TN on Thursday, July 31, 2008

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    Purchased this unit and had it installed in my Accord in under 30 minutes. The multi-control knob takes some getting used to as does setting the presets, but the remote takes a lot of hassle out of dealing with the knob.

    The USB connector worked great with my iPod and thumb drive, however, it was much more selective about working with a used 2.5 in laptop hard drive I had laying around. Although the hard drive was formatted in FAT32, met the power spec (and all other specs) required by Pioneer to work with the USB port, the deck just wouldn't recognize it as a valid USB unit.

    Calling Pioneer in the morning to see if I can get of list of drives that will work as it beats paying a heap of money for an iPod larger than the 4GB nano I use on rare occasions.

    Overall a good unit - just a little quirky about the USB port.

    ps To set the clock, you have to begin with the power off to the unit and then follow the instructions in the manual.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By jay, chicago,il on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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    the unit is really good..excellent sound but the settings are hard!!!i hvnt
    yet figured out how to set the FM channels..otherwise evrything is good so

    this site is awesome!!excellent people to do business with and they send
    you evrything to install the unit... all you have to do is take out the factory
    installed one and put the new one in by matching up the wires!!!

    Really a Great Product

    Written By misterdent, Mount Vernon, Ky on Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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    First off, i would like to say that I have not been disappointed with anything that has ever come from Crutchfield. Their product support is among the best I have ever encountered. My order arrived on time and with everything I ordered. The head unit works flawlessly although I am still getting used to the controls, but that is my fault and not the product's. This unit for whatever reason will not work with my Creative mp3 player. After extensive research with both the Crutchfield and the Creative support group no clear answer ever appeared. My solution was to drop all my music files onto a 16Gb flash drive. As a side note; Pioneer specifies that any flash drive must be at least 50mb to work. I tested mine with a 128 Mb just to see what would happen and it worked flawlessly. I now keep my flash drive with my keys which gives me all my music at my fingertips and it is a lot easier to stick in my pocket than is my mp3 player. All in all I have been very satisfied with my purchase.

    Instructions dificulty

    Written By Bill, Big Piney, WY on Sunday, July 27, 2008

    The stereo works great, however it took several readings of the manual to understand basic functions. It was not written in a way that a non technical person could read and perform the functions immediately. My wife would package it up and send it back if she had to rely on the manual.

    GMC Sierra

    Written By John, New London, PA on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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    The unit installed quickly and seamlessly thanks to the harness and antenna adapter supplied by Crutchfield - Thanks!

    I love the fact that I no longer need an MP3 player or iPod. Just plug a memory stick into the USB connector and you're good to go! No batteries, no recharging...

    Multifunction control took a bit of getting used to and no preset buttons on the faceplate. You have to scroll through presets by pushing UP or DOWN (Multifunction or Remote) or by pushing the List button, selecting the preset channel by rotating the multifunction and then pushing it in or to the right. Three step process... I've gotten over it... :-)

    I like everything else about the receiver though and am happy with the purchase.


    Written By Moondoogie, Niagara Falls, NY on Sunday, July 20, 2008

    I got this unit for my birthday, a couple of days ago. I have been playing around with it and love everything about it. It took me a while to understand how to use a lot of the features. The only thing I am having trouble understanding is how to set the clock?? The manual is very unhelpful...and this is why im only giving it a 4/5

    P.S. If anyone who has this receiver knows how to set the clock could you please include it in your review! Thanks SO much.....


    Written By rex, Dallas, TX on Friday, July 18, 2008

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    What a great Head Unit. I upgraded from a stock radio in a 07 Accord and
    the sound improvement was phenomenal. My sound is such much louder
    than before with clearer highs and improvement in bass. Over all I am VERY
    happy with this Head Unit and would purchase it again. The price point vs.
    features on this unit is great. I would like to address a few things many of
    the other reviewers have pointed out:

    * Multi-Control: A little squirrely at first but I like it now just fine

    *Menu: Horrible for the first 10 minutes, 2 days later, I can bang through it

    *Installation: Took me four hours to install

    *USB/IPOD control: I have a 2nd gen iPod Nano and it worked great right
    off the bat. Several people had trouble hooking up Hard drives - I had 2 old
    laptop hard drives laying around (2.5", the standard PC Hard Drives are
    3.5" and require too much power and will never spin up) and neither would
    work correctly at first even after I had formatted them to FAT32 (download
    a program called fat32format.exe). I removed the 4 foot extension cable
    that came with the radio and WOLLA - both Hard Drives spun up and
    started playing music - even the newer 40gig model that had specs on it for
    0.8mV rating and the radio USB port only puts out 0.5mV. So there must be
    a power degradation that happens with an extension cable

    Conclusion: Great radio. I would recommend it to all my friends but not my
    friends wives

    Great Deal for the price

    Written By Jeff, Connecticut on Friday, July 18, 2008

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    This headunit is great for the price. I bought it because CDs were getting easily scratched in my car so i wanted to play directly through my ipod. Works great and sounds/looks good. Also thanks to crutchfield for getting it to me in 2 days will all the gear i needed to install it in my 2001 civic that night

    Great Easy-To-Use Receiver

    Written By Alan, Florida on Friday, July 18, 2008

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    This is a great head unit. A very easy install with the kit and instructions Crutchfield sent. Its one knob function is easy to get used to, even if you arn't comfortable with it, there is still a remote that makes everything even easier than it already was.

    Yeah Baby,Yeah!

    Written By htownmmm, Hagerstown,Md on Thursday, July 17, 2008

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    I ordered on a Saturday and the unit was in my hands on Monday(way to go Crutchfield!). I ordered online and w/o the benefit of speaking to an advisor-not very smart as it turned out. The install in my Chrysler 300 Touring(6 speaker system with amp but
    no navigation) went easily. I turned it on and nothing, zip, zilch, nada!

    Why did this happen you may ask? I ordered the wrong interface which my vehicle needed-see above and ordering w/o talking to an advisor! Phoned support and in conversation, Steve recognized that I
    did not have the correct interface. I received the correct interface on Tuesday and crimped all wires together according to included instructions and voila! less than an hour in prep time-total time for install was 1 hour 45 minutes.

    I was able to set my presets in less than 10 minutes.(Step 1- dial up your station first. step 2- press list. step 3-press and hold list so preset channel number shows. step 4-change preset
    channel number to the one you want 1-6. step 5- then press and hold; your station is now programmed! Using the remote makes this much easier.

    Crystal clear sound, beauty, and a reasonable price add up to a great experience. My 300 has never sounded better- the 6 speaker Boston Acoustics no longer are muddy-details are everywhere!


    Not BAD!

    Written By Sasha, Canal Winchester, OH on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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    I bought this radio because I was looking to use XM -- so I bought the XM digital tuner at the same time. I had a friend install it, and everything sounds wonderful! This stereo replaced my factory stereo and to my surprise sounds at least 100% better! I'm noticing things in song tracks that I've never heard before!

    Now, as for the controls, yes, keep your manual handy. It took forever for me to figure out some of the basics such as clock setting, etc. because I didn't understand how to get to that function list -- but the power has to be off to get it (didn't seem logical). At any rate, I'm not getting used to the multi-function button. Like another user mentioned, it's impossible to scroll through long lists of iPod music, but remember, that's not the purpose for which I bought this stereo, so for me, the fact that I can connect my iPod to it is a bonus for me. The iPod ROCKS on this stereo. The XM is not as clear as the tuner/radio itself, but beats the reception that I got from the FM receiver unit I had before. So, for a minimal investment, I now have a functional multi-media system in my little Subaru!!! Thanks, Crutchfield!

    2005 chevy classic

    Written By B, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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    The stereo works and sounds great. I love how clean the front of this radio is. There isn't 20 buttons messing up the look of my deck. The included remote is a little big if you've ever owned a jvc deck w/ remote but it's still acceptable. You don't need to get the additional ipod addapter for your ipod to work, just plug in the usb adapter that came with your ipod and you are ready to rock.

    Went in easy with a wiring harness adapter and mounting kit. I recommend a wiring harness adapter that has a speaker with it so you still get your door chimes and idiot light warnings. Just so you know, if you have a 2005 chevy classic you have to use a mounting kit listed for a 2004 classic. DO NOT USE the 2005 malibu kit IT WILL NOT WORK.

    Great Sound Quality but not true to specs

    Written By Krishna, Mountain View, CA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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    I bought this receiver about 3 months back, and have liked it for the most part. The iPod sound quality when connected via USB is phenomenal. CD Playback audio quality it great as well

    Few gripes made the deck lose out though:
    1) No way to fast scroll through the iPod
    2) I was told that you can transfer control to the iPod but this just DOESN'T work. I have tried several iPod firmware revisions with no luck. I have a 5.5g iPod. Later they tell me that it works only with the Nano. This was extremely disappointing, since the reason I picked this deck over several others is because of the ability to transfer control to the iPod while still getting digital output via USB

    Overall: Great sound quality, but doesn't live up to the feature claims.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Jason, Norfolk, VA on Monday, July 14, 2008

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    For the price, this is a great stereo to use with your Ipod. Sounds great,
    controls take a little getting use to, but other than that it is good item to

    It was easy to install in my 06 F-150, and everything I needed came in the
    package from Crutchfield! It took about an hour and half, but I didn't rush
    and wanted to make sure I did it right. It only took one day to get to me,
    and this was using standard shipping, I now will get all my car audio from

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By josh, Maryland on Friday, July 11, 2008

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    I hate that this head unit does not have push button presets. Feels like the knob is going to break pushing up and down or side to side. Also, the menu is terrible as you have to scroll through way too many things to get to such things as bass boost or the highs and lows settings. Overall, I regret buying this unit. Going back to Alpine.

    2008 Aveo installation

    Written By fosterrc, Detroit, Mi on Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Using the supplied parts kit and instructions, installation was very easy -
    pop out two side covers, remove 4 screws. and that's it. I watched tv while
    soldering the wires between the Pioneer pigtail and the one supplied for
    my Aveo. The radio sounds great with the stock speakers, much better
    than with the oem radio. The all-in-one control will take a little getting
    used to, but I bought the radio in the first place because of its uncluttered
    look, and I expected control navigation to be a little tougher than some
    other radios. Don't throw away the manual, you will need it close by! A
    small cheat sheet of radio functions that I could keep in the car would be a
    useful improvement to the manual. About USB. I would have preferred the
    USB connector to have been in the front of the radio, but I was able to
    route the extension cable and attach it to a convenient location. I put
    about 12 albums as mp3s on a 4gb USB stick and It has worked just fine
    with almost instant switching from folder to folder, and track to track. The
    display shows album and track names while playing. Overall, I couldn't be
    more pleased with the installation and with the radio itself.

    No regrets at all...

    Written By Vikram, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 03, 2008

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    I just installed
    this receiver
    yesterday by
    following the
    provided by
    Crutchfield and I
    got it right the
    very first time. No
    issues at all. But
    since it was my
    first time
    installing an after
    market receiver, it
    took a little bit to
    get used to the
    basic concept and
    then got all the
    wiring done with no
    problems. Took a
    little over an hour
    since I took my time
    to make sure I get
    it right.

    I tested it right
    away. The radio
    tuner works great.
    It searched for best
    radio station in the
    area and saved them
    in memory. Sound
    quality it great too
    - loud and clear. CD
    playback is of
    similar quality. I
    hooked up my iPod to
    the USB port and it
    recognized it right
    away and started
    playing with it in
    no time. It does
    take a bit to get
    used to the controls
    and the remote, but
    once you do it's a

    I have no regrets
    what so ever for
    buying an after
    market receiver for
    my car. This was my
    first, but I will
    definitely be buying
    more for my future

    The standard
    shipping was free so
    I chose that - it
    took around 8 days
    to get here. And UPS
    didn't update their
    tracking information
    so I didn't know
    what was going on.
    But Crutchfield did
    their job and
    explained what was
    going on whenever I

    I got everything
    done for about $175.
    I had compared
    prices at other
    stores but none of
    them came close to
    this price. If you
    added the
    installation cost
    and wiring harness
    cost the cost of
    this receiver it
    would have come to
    about $240 to $250.

    Incompetent iPod controls ruin the unit

    Written By John, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, June 30, 2008

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    It comes with a USB
    extension and a nice
    clean display
    without the gaudy
    controls of some
    brands, but nothing
    else is good.

    There's no way to
    scroll quickly
    through any long
    list of albums,
    songs, playlists,
    etc. This renders
    the unit useless for
    anything other than
    shuffle play. You
    probably have 1000+
    songs on your iPod,
    and to scroll a list
    you must either spin
    the wheel over and
    over or press down
    again and
    again--annoying at
    best and infuriating
    at worst. Holding
    the down button
    scrolls down just
    one song and then
    stops no matter how
    long you hold down.
    For an album or
    artist that begins
    with C, D, E... it's

    Pioneer confirms
    this is "proper"
    functionality and
    that NONE of their
    models offer
    Ludicrous; had I
    known this, I
    wouldn't have bought
    it. I'm stuck with a
    $170 iPod shuffle
    accessory; not
    exactly what I had
    in mind when I
    bought it!

    Further, the display
    is so low-res that
    you can't see more
    than a few words at
    a time. Can't see
    album and artist at
    the same time--be
    prepared to press
    display many times
    whenever you want to
    see who's playing.

    The lack of
    combined with a
    low-res screen means
    the iPod's UI is a
    much better
    experience. Connect
    the iPod through the
    accessory jack on
    the front, and use
    the iPod's controls
    to find your song.
    You'll spend less
    time looking away
    from the road! Do
    not buy this.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Kyle, New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, June 26, 2008

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    I have to say, for the price tag, I was not expecting such a clean unit. I haven't even upgraded my rear speakers or put a four-channel amp on my coaxial speakers yet, and the sound quality is phenomenal. The USB input feature is a must have! I would recommend this unit for entry level on a budget and also multi-amp high end setups.

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Doug, Oglesby, IL on Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    After a few days of owning this reciever, I can say I pretty much love it. The multicontrol knob was extremely annoying the first time I used it, because I would try to push it while driving and hit a bump which caused me to push it sideways instead of straight in. After having it a few days I finally got used to the knob and now I actually like the way it is set up. It has a ton of EQ settings and sound settings that let you adjust the sound to your liking, and it is Ipod ready. I love the fact that it has the USB port though. I wired up a 15GB hard drive from an old laptop using a rosewill usb to IDE and SATA adapter I had laying around. I read some other reviews that have problems powering a hard drive, and I think I know what the issue might be. In the manual it says the usb port on the reciever kicks out 500mV of power. On desktop hard drives, they are bigger and require somewhere around 700-800mV. This could cause the hard drive to function irregularly due to not having enough power. Most laptop hard drives I have seen use around 500mV, which is perfect for the power output of the USB port of this reciever. Usually the power requirements of hard drives should be listed on their labels. Check this out before you install one! So far I have not had any issues, and I am attempting to wire in a desktop hard drive that is much bigger.....I'll post another review if I can figure that one out. Overall this is a solid reciever at a great price. Buy it!

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By Al, Lorton, VA on Monday, June 23, 2008

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    I bought this receiver for the IPOD and XM radio controls. Unfortunately both are cumbersome to learn and remember. Once you change a setting
    for presets, It's very difficult to get them back the way they were.

    The manual isn't alot of help. I bought the Sony for my second car and it's much better. Wish I hadn't thrown the box away for the Pioneer!

    Es un tremendo radio

    Written By hector, San Sebastian, PR on Sunday, June 22, 2008

    Es un tremendo radio
    y mas por el precio.
    Es un radio de
    sonido espectacular
    y muy conveniente
    con sus conecciones
    (aux y iPod). Es
    sencillo de

    May not be ideal for a minivan

    Written By James, Mercer Island, WA on Monday, June 16, 2008

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    While this headunit might have been good for my convertible, the distance from the driver's eyes to the neat-but-tiny buttons make it hard to navigate through the controls on our Mazda MPV. The knob needs to be grippier (rubberized or serrated) to be effective. Otherwise, the sound is great, the features make sense, and the placement of the controls are acceptable, even for a column-shifting minivan.
    The abundant set of features are great, but there are some iffy assignment of features in some cases that may not make sense to the average user, only to a developer or engineer.
    Would I buy this deck again? Probably, but we'll see if I can get used to the sometimes akward menus and very detailed tweaks. I admire the Pioneer brand, and this is probably my 5th or 6th deck from them.

    not easily impressed

    Written By shad, Longbeach, Wa. on Sunday, June 15, 2008

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    I bought this receiver along with the xm satellite radio tuner, and couldn't be more happy with my choices. installation was a snap with the guide that crutchfield provided. At first I was a little intimidated by the multi-control but as usual, once I sat down and read the instructions everything made sense. the sound is awesome, the control is simple, and the product is amazing. I have been showing off the receiver to anyone who will listen, and you have found a long time customer with me. Next, speakers, amps, etc...

    Pioneer DEH-P4000UB

    Written By wkjr1942, Hawkins, TX on Sunday, June 15, 2008

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    I studied the features of the DEH-P4000UB carefully before purchasing it. The features that sold me on this unit are the USB connection and the manufacturer; I have always had excellent service from Pioneer. I wanted the USB connection in the rear so that it would not be subject to being hit and damaged. I keep my music in my glove compartment out of harms way. No more CD's or tapes to manage. My only concern was that it might be difficult to operate, but it turns out to be intuitive and easy. It sounds get; I love it.

    Good sound, too hard to use

    Written By Dave, Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, June 03, 2008

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    The sound on this unit is excellent. But I would not buy another one. I've
    had it for 3 months now. It is unnecessarily hard and even dangerous to
    use as it requires significant attention to do things that used to be easy.

    While you couldn't hook an iPod onto the Pioneer unit I had 10 years ago, it
    did have DEDICATED knobs for volume, bass and treble control, and
    buttons for loudness and presets. I could easily operate these features -
    by feel - without even glancing at the radio.

    I'd like to meet the guy at Pioneer who thought the new Multi-Knob control
    was an improvement. Every feature you want is several levels deep in
    menus. You must pay WAY too much attention to make even simple

    The knob is sensitive, so as you go down the road trying to make
    adjustments, a bump causes you to bump the knob which takes you down
    a menu path you didn't want.

    Worse, if you are fiddling with the menus when the stereo starts blaring,
    good luck turning the volume down! That trusty knob you just turned down
    adjusted your subwoofer crossover frequency, or whatever. You have to
    escape out of all menus before you regain control of the volume.

    You should know that when hooked up via USB, your iPod's controls are
    disabled - you must use the handy Multi-Knob. Need I say more? Rather, I
    hook-up my iPod with AUX input and control the iPod with the iPod, which
    works well.

    Summary: good sound, too hard to use.

    Nice Unit

    Written By Ron, The Woodlands, Texas on Monday, June 02, 2008

    I bought this unit after my Jeep factory cassette radio went out. It took me less than 30 minutes to remove the old radio and install this one. The directions were OK but the customer support was outstanding. I bought the unit to play my iPod and listen to the radio, I really did not care about the CD. I feel that the controls were intuitive and easy to learn. The hardest part was setting the clock, but then again my VCR clock flashes! After the install I had thought I may need new speakers but mine sound great. I will probably get new ones later but this radio makes the factory ones sound awesome. If you are looking for a reasonably priced replacement and you like your iPod, this is the one for you. It also made my dash look nice as well.

    After using it, I don't like it

    Written By joey, Rockville Maryland on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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    I have had this
    radio for a couple
    of months now, and
    after using it for
    awhile, I don't like
    it after all. I
    first reviewed it as
    good, but it is
    really too hard to
    use for me to rate
    it highly. The one
    button approach is a
    real pain to access
    all of the menus and
    sub menus. You can
    not use this radio
    while driving, not
    even to change to a
    preset radio station
    because everything
    requires several

    I have not been able
    to achieve any kind
    of good balance with
    this unit, and it
    seems that the
    accessory plug in
    the front to does
    not even respond to
    settings changes.

    The base is way too
    loud and if there is
    a way to fix it,
    finding that is too
    difficult and
    requires two

    I will eventually
    get rid of this
    radio and go to
    something that is
    easier to use and
    sounds better. The
    installer was great,
    and he seemed to
    like the radio, but
    he was a real
    audiophile. As far
    as I am concerned,
    keep shopping for
    something else.


    Amazing stereo

    Written By Kelly, Occidental, CA on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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    This pioneer stereo made my stock speakers sound even more amazing than they already did! The controls are different but they really arent difficult to use. I've had a few different stereos in the past and this is definitely my favorite. The price isnt bad either. The installation guide was a big help as well!

    Muiti-control knob -- be afraid. Be very afraid.

    Written By Tim, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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    The sound of this unit is awesome. I installed it in my 1978 FIAT 124 spider which is an open top car. The previous HU was a Pioneer KP8000 cassette deck which I purchased from Crutchfield in 1979. A few years back, the deck died, so this CD player is a whopping upgrade.

    That being said, beware of the dreaded "multi-control knob." I believe Pioneer "improved" this design until they ruined it.

    It took me 45 minutes to set the clock, and an additional 30 minutes to set the station presets.

    I found the multi-control knob MOST user unfriendly. It's nearly impossible to press the knob in without getting: in+up, in+>, in+v, etc. Other than this major source of frustration, the sound is fantastic. There are enough contours to satisfy any interior -- including one with the sky as a headliner.

    This was the seventh system I've purchased from Crutchfield since 1979, and I'd recommend them to anyone. Great support. Vast knowledge. World class follow-up.

    Amazing and easy to use

    Written By Evan, Allen, TX on Monday, May 19, 2008

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    I put this in my honda accord. It took 30 minutes for install, my first one ever. People say that the controls are confusing, maybe its because I'm a teenager, but u had no problem.

    Hard to beat for the price

    Written By Jeff, Texas on Monday, May 19, 2008

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