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Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

CD receiver with MP3/WMA/AAC playback

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by Ken Nail
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

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

You'll enjoy amazing sights with Pioneer's DEH-P5900iB receiver, courtesy of its Organic Electro-Luminescent (OEL) display. This technology yields an incredibly bright display that you can read at wide angles and in almost any lighting conditions. Pioneer loads the display with animated screensavers, and includes a multi-line text readout for your artist, song, and track information.

Check out the wide variety of entertainment options. The DEH-P5900iB plays discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files, and features a rear auxiliary input for connecting a portable music player. You can add optional adapters that allow you to control and charge your iPod® with this versatile receiver, or to hook up thumb drives and other USB devices. You can also add a Pioneer satellite radio or CD changer to further expand your choices.

The built-in amplifier delivers the power you need to make your speakers sound great. Pioneer's Easy EQ includes six preset sound curves, plus seven adjustable frequency bands for custom tone shaping. Building a full system? Use the stereo's three sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers, then adjust the built-in high- and low-pass filters to maximize performance from your speaker setup.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with multi-line display
    • blue OEL display with screensavers
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 7-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter
    • compatible with optional Pioneer iPod cable
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • optional USB input for Windows Media devices and USB storage devices (no iPod control)
    • auxiliary input (rear)
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    50-15kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    1 Year
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Optional
    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Wireless remote control (CXC5717)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • Rear support screw
    • Rubber bushing
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Front panel holders
    • 2 Face fixing screws
    • Operation Manual (English/French)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty sheet (English/French)
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety
    • "About Demo Mode" sheet
    • Note on removing plastic tag

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    Features

    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-P5900IB AM/FM/CD receiver features a Mosfet amplifier, Super TunerIIID, Satellite Radio-Ready controls, a built-in iPod interface (optional CD-i200 adapter required), three sets of RCA preamp outputs, a rear auxiliary input and CD-changer controls along with a fold-down and detachable face that features an entertainment OEL display.

    Mosfet Amplifier: The DEH-P5900IB 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.

    7-Way Rotary Command Knob: The 7-Way Rotary Command knob is like a musical joystick. With one central dial you can actually control 90% of the unit's functions and features. Scrolling through your MP3/WMA files and folders is easy and fast. In addition, when controlling an iPod, the operation is easy to learn because it is similar in all respects to the actual iPod.

    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): 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 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.

    Note: When playing compressed audio, there is no sound on fast forward or reverse.

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files encoded by iTunes version 6.0.6 and earlier. Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) refers to an audio compression technology standard used with MPEG 2 and MPEG 4.

    Digital Speedread2: The DEH-5900IB 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 playback.

    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-P5900IB is equipped with a 7-band graphic EQ with 7 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 6dB at 1dB intervals. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Preset EEQ Settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2 and Flat
    • Adjustable Frequencies: You can adjust the following center frequencies between +/- 6dB in 1dB steps - 50Hz, 125Hz, 315Hz, 800Hz, 2kHz, 5kHz and 12.5kHz.

    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)

    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.

    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).

    Compression 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 fuller sound.

    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.

    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.

    Auxiliary Inputs: The DEH-P5900IB is equipped with a rear 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. This auxiliary input (known as AUX 2) must be turned on, and a 10-character name for the input can be stored in memory. See below for more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.

    2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the rear 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.

    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.

    3-line, 16-Character Display: The DEH-P5900IB features a black background with a blue 3-line, 16-character (each) 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.

    Entertainment Displays: The DEH-P5900IB features 16 different entertainment displays to choose from while listening to your music. You can choose from the following display modes.

    • Background Visual 1 or 2
    • Background Picture 1, 2, 3, or 4
    • Simple Display 1 or 2
    • Level Meter
    • Visualizer 1, 2 or 3
    • Spectrum Analyzer 1 or 2
    • Movie
    • Entertainment Clock

    Multi-Language Display: For added convenience, this model comes with a multi-language display, which can show information in three different languages - English, French, or Spanish. Using the Rotary Command knob, allows the user to change default language for all screen displays and menus.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    Brightness Level: You can adjust the level of brightness of the display from 0 to 15. When the dimmer is functioning, the brightness level can only be adjusted from 0 to 10.

    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.

    Reverse Mode: When the Reverse Mode is activated, if you do not perform an operation within about 30 seconds, the screen indications start to reverse and then continue reversing every 10 seconds until the unit is back to its main screen display.

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

    Telephone Mute/Attenuator: Sound from your system is muted or attenuated automatically when a phone signal is received when you have hardwired your mobile phone system to the mute wire of this unit.

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features a "flap-face" front panel with 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. Two face-fixing screws and holders are 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-P5900IB comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5717). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, directly access stations and presets 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.

    iPod Interface: The DEH-P5900IB features a built-in iPod interface when used in conjunction with the optional Pioneer CD-I200 iPod adapter cable (part # 130CDi200, sold separately) 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 display. The adapter allows you to perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, and album searches. While connected, the iPod adapter cable powers and charges your iPod. The adapter cable works with all "Dock Connector"-equipped iPods, and connects to the head unit via the receiver's proprietary iPod input cable. When the ignition switch of your vehicle is set ACC or ON the iPod's battery is charged while the iPod is connected to this unit. In addition while the iPod is connected to this player, the iPod itself cannot be turned on or off; the iPod will turn off about two minutes after the ignition switch is set to Off.

    Note: You cannot operate the iPod Equalizer on the Pioneer CD player. You cannot set Repeat to off on the iPod when using this unit. Even if you set Repeat to off on the iPod, Repeat is changed to All automatically when connecting the iPod to this unit. This unit also does not support software versions prior to iPod update 2004-10-20.

    Optional USB Adapter: You can also use this unit to control a USB adapter (CD-UB100, sold separately) to playback audio from a portable audio player that features a USB interface. The CD-UB100 allows you to listen to songs by connecting a USB portable audio/player USB memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. This USB adapter plugs into the IP-Bus port on back of the radio and features a IP-Bus pass-through for daisy chaining another IP-Bus compatible component.

    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.

    AV Controls: You can use this unit to control an optional Pioneer TV tuner (sold separately) or an optional single or multi-DVD player (also sold separately).

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: The DEH-P5900IB 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 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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    1 out of 5

    Poor quality

    Written By Jules, San Francisco on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
     
    I was excited about the ability to plug in an auxilliary device, and what appeared to be lots of control built in. I am so sorry I wasted my money on buying this and spending an inordinate amount of time installing it before I realized how poorly made and designed this unit is.
    My observations:
    1. The rotary control is cheap and inaccurate and makes setting things a hit-or-miss event. It is also terrible for controlling volume - it is not linear and if you need to turn the volume down quickly, you cannot.
    2. The menus are so abstract and the user interface is so bad that I just gave up on trying to customize my sound or many other things.
    3. The overall feel of the buttons and the flip front are cheap.
    I recommend that you do not buy this and I am inclined to never buy another Pioneer product (but I have been a fan for years.)
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    3 out of 5

    Easy Solution for iPod integration, UI Needs work, Remote needs overha

    Written By Travis, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, May 06, 2008
     
    I bought this deck due to the price and integrated iPod feature among the overall expandability of the deck. It works with iPod's great right out of the box but navigating the iPod playlists takes some patience as you cannot get to what you need very quickly. If you have a lot of music on your iPod navigation can be downright aggravating. Example: if you want to listen to an artist that starts with an "M" then you will start at "A" and turn the joystick over-and-over-and-over again to finally reach the "M"s. Not sure why a better solution to this couldn't have been figured out.
    Sounds great, installs really easy.

    Oh, but the remote on this thing is terrible. Just abysmal. Not made for driving as there are nearly 20 buttons that are all the exact same size, so you cannot feel any differences forcing you to look at the remote. Pointless.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By Anonymous, Florence NJ on Saturday, January 26, 2008
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    This radio rocks it has so many features. I love it, I can't wait to add more to it !!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Good power and cool graphics

    Written By Todd, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, January 17, 2008
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    The stereo has very good power and clarity. The lack of sound insulation and vibrating window cranks in my Ranger keep the unit from reaching it's potential. The options available to customize the display graphics are pretty cool. I chose the left and right channel power meters. The needles of the meters follow the audio, which I think's a nice touch. The only thing about the unit that I don't like is the somewhat cumbersome way that the radio presets are selected. Once I get used to it, it won't be so bad though.
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    2 out of 5

    disappointed

    Written By Paxton, new york on Sunday, December 02, 2007
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    i had high expectations for this receiver, it being pioneer and all, but i was very disappointed when i hooked it all up. i had a Panasonic CQ-C9700U in my old car but according to crutchfield, it wouldnt fit in my new car so i had to buy a new receiver. i chose this because of the price and "good" reviews.

    the whole joystick idea was good, just pioneer didnt get it right. it was very difficult to get around especially when you are driving. although the mini joystick on the remote was cool.

    i didnt like the 3.5mm aux input. i was hoping for (like my panasonic had) rca inputs.

    i did like the display, very bright and easy to read. since its not LCD, it is not affected by cold weather. the background choices were rather bland.

    if youre on a budget and looking to get a factory replacement, this should do. but if youre like me, and what a full upgrade and quality, spend another $100 or so and get something else.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By wesside02, Norris City, IL on Friday, November 16, 2007
     
    I recently purchased a Alpine 9883 Model HU. I installed it and absolutely hated the output/performance of this HU. I sent it back and purchased the Pioneer 5900 series. WOW what a difference. Everything sounds better than it EVER has. Props to PIONEER, for the small amount of extra money i spent, it was worth every penny. I would definately recommend the Pioneer over the Alpine.
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    2 out of 5

    good at first, bad later on

    Written By kingklick47, Upton.MA on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
     
    i have had this deck for about a year and at first it worked great. I had it wired up with no amp or subs, but when I decided to add the amp and subs to it, it sent very bad signals to my front door speakers. I rewired the harness and the same ting happend. I dont know why this happend but it disapointed me.
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    5 out of 5

    Satisfied

    Written By Lee, Lynchburg, VA on Monday, November 05, 2007
     
    I just bought this for my new truck and it really brought the factory speakers to life. My other truck has had the same pioneer head unit for 10 years and I've never had a minutes trouble out of it. I hope this one will last me as long as it has. I also bought the sirius satellite radio unit for it and I have to say that sat radio is awesome! Now I've got to buy a couple subs and a amp to take full advantage of the receiver! The customer service at crutchfield was also great! Thanks>
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent iPod control

    Written By bohrerclancy, Portland, OR on Thursday, November 01, 2007
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    I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla LE. I am extremely pleased with this unit. This is the first time I've ever been able to afford an aftermarket stereo and I couldn't be happier. The included wiring kit made installation a cinch and although I was initially worried about the iPod interface, my fears were quickly put at ease after using it for the first time. The deck is very easy to use and the AUX input is fantastic if you have a Plug and Play Sirius unit rather than the in-dash Sirius receiver. The ability to change the input levels from the CD, satellite, AUX and iPod inputs is also a nice touch. I'm not sure what the complaints are about the Pioneer interface or the display. Compared to the factory deck, this thing is phenomenal.
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    4 out of 5

    GREAT STEREO BAD INTERFACE

    Written By sam, Arlignton, tx on Wednesday, October 24, 2007
     
    This stereo is really cool, has alot of features and sounds and looks great. I will agree with all the others reviewers that the interface is terrible. Its like they have tried to make it hard. Although once you learn how to use it, its fine. But the first few days you will keep discovering new things. There is a pause button on the remote by the way. The button that says pgm(can be programmed to anything) by default is programmed to pause. I hope their new stereos have a better interface. Hey so if you are smart and thing you can learn stuff fast then this is a great deal since it is cheaper and is as good as some other more expensive stereo's.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW Great Unit

    Written By Bane, ChiTown on Friday, October 19, 2007
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    i installed this unit for a Chrysler Crossfire. I have to say it sounds unbelivable compared to my Infinity Factory unit. There are so many options on this unit to improve the sound. Display is nice and bright blue. I also would like to say that crutchfield has the best Tech support people. I had to call couple of times because i ran into some problems and there was no wait at all and they are so patient. I'm glad i discovered Cruthfield they saved me so much money and they send me all the extra parts needed for my installation. Thank you again Crutchfield you are the best
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    5 out of 5

    Awsome Head Unit For The Price!

    Written By chris, Pittsfield MA on Saturday, October 13, 2007
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    well first off i want to say that for the price this thing cannot be beat. it is an amazing head unit and worked perfectly for my install in my 05 chrysler 300 get this if you on the edge about ti its worth it.. made my stock speaker sound upgraded instantly and thats with the volume half up so soooooo worth it
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    2 out of 5

    Shocking User Interface

    Written By pdxtomct, Portland, OR on Friday, October 05, 2007
     
    I bought this deck due to the well-known quality of the SuperTuner, plus the fact that iPod connection is easy. I installed the deck briefly. As another reviewer says, the display is rather crude...not quite up to the quality I expected. The text is difficult to read unless you set the graphic background to Simple. But I could deal with those shortcomings.

    The truly awful thing about this desk is the user interface. Pioneer has built almost all the controls into the main joystick [my term, not theirs]. You are forced to select radio stations, iPod tracks, playlists, etc., using the joystick. Most deck setting are also accessed via the joystick. Unfortunately, it is completely unintuitive. There's just no consistency to how the thing works. Pioneer deserves a solid "F" for coming up with such a lousy interface. I removed the deck instantly when I realized there was no way I would be able to live with it for any length of time.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Brandon, Rockledge, FL on Saturday, September 22, 2007
     
    This is a really good product. It has a lot of really good features that I have found usefull. Installation was really easy and the directions that they give u showed everything step by step. From taking your radio out to matching the wires and everything.
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    2 out of 5

    Loyal to Pioneer prior to purchase of 5900iB

    Written By Joseph, Memphis, TN on Thursday, September 20, 2007
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    Pros: Amazing CD sound quality. Excellent radio reception. Sound functions are great as always with Pioneer.

    Cons: OEL display is too busy and the display text is too small. The best option is to turn off the fancy display backgrounds, which defeats the purpose of paying for the fancy OEL display. The menu interface is shockingly unintuitive and this surprised me, because I have owned two Pioneer receivers before this. I never thought that upgrading to higher end Pioneer would result in encountering such a major design flaw. Lastly, and serving as just one example of my last point, you must dig through the aforementioned unintuitive menu system to find the pause button. No longer is the pause button on the remote, either. Multifunction wheel can be hard to control, making said menu system even more tedious to navigate.
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    5 out of 5

    Upgrade old stereo

    Written By Michael, Springfield, Illinois 62702 on Sunday, September 16, 2007
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    Upgraded my old factory truck stereo to the New Pioneer DEH-P5900iB from Crutchfield and what a world of difference it made , easy to install took about maybe
    two hours to remove and install the new unit . Ive upgraded my speakers with the Pioneer TS-G4641R . took a little more time to set the stereo than to install it . other than that im satisfied and happy with my selection of choice ,. Thanks Crutchfield
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By Mason, Brentwood CA on Wednesday, September 05, 2007
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    I already had a Pioneer deck installed (deh-1800) and decided to upgrade for Ipod connectivity. Install was incredibly simple as all the wiring was done for the previous HU, Unplug the old, plug in the new, I was done in 20 minutes.

    This unit sounds excellent and has more than enough juice to make my Polks shake. I found the controls and menu interface to be no more confusing than any other HU I've had. Browse the manual before you get started and you should be fine. The Ipod controls work perfectly and the only flaw is the scrolling between artists can take some time to get to the bottom of the list.

    I can't wait to get my subs installed and take advantage of the High pass filter and really turn up the volume.
    This is a great HU with plenty of features, a very good buy.
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    5 out of 5

    Looks and works great

    Written By Cam, Pickerington, OH on Friday, August 31, 2007
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    Installation was a breeze, thanks to Crutchfield's install kit. As for the radio, once I got used to the radio controls which were a bit confusing initally, navigation is pretty simple and the iPod control has worked flawlessly. Being able to access the iPod interface from the unit while the iPod stays in the glovebox is a huge plus. Overall, this unit has worked great, looks great, and has really enhanced the audio quality in my 2006 Escape Hybrid. While the stock speakers sound much better than they did from the factory radio, I can't wait to switch them out with Infinity Kappa series speakers soon.
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    5 out of 5

    ADJACENT CHANNEL RECEPTION!!!!

    Written By Bruce, Plano, TX on Thursday, August 30, 2007
     
    Supertuner IIID blows all previous Supertuners away!!! There is a new adaptive IF technology. NO more filter mods! Right out of the box, mine has supurb adjacent channel rejection - far better than anything I could achieve with all my filter swaps. What it seems to be doing - when I am on a strong local signal, it widens up the IF and give great separation. But - when I tune to an adjacent - its "blend" function has already kicked in and the distant station is in mono. So it also squeezes down the IF bandwidth and bring in first adjacents, with NO CROSSTALK, from the local.
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointing Interface

    Written By Tom, Manalapan, NJ on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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    First, I have to say that the unit sounds great, and that's pretty important. But I had to return it anyway for a number of reasons. I really hated the menu system/interface. Setting up and finding radio presets was a chore for me. I didn't like the jog wheel feel, and I couldn't read the tiny writing on the buttons along the bottom. Next, I didn't care for the display. The various animations were too busy and interfering and I just turned them off. But I still found the LCD readout pretty poor. The time indicator was too small for me to easily read also. Finally, the steering wheel interface converts my Mazda's Preset Up and Down functions to Seek Up and Down - yeech. So I lost a valuable function on the steering wheel and my only recourse was a very tedious one on the jog dial. So here's a unit that looks great on paper (and sounds good), but really made me unhappy. Crutchfield was fantastic about taking the unit back, exchanging it for a different one and paying for all the shipping.
    2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    OVERALL EXCELLENT RADIO

    Written By Skip, CORNWALL, NY on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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    EXCELLENT SERVICE FROM CRUTCHFIELD, DELIVERED QUICK. THIS RADIO IS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE RADIO THAT CAME WITH MY DODGE PICKUP. BALANCE, FADE, VOLUME CONTROLS ARE MUCH MORE PRECISE. CD'S ARE EASY TO OPERATE AND SOUND GREAT. RADIO COMES WITH THE BRIGHTNESS SET TOO HIGH BUT YOU CAN DIM IT DOWN. AT FIRST THE USER INTERFACE IS COMPLICATED BUT EVEN AN IDIOT LIKE ME CAN READ THE MANUAL AND USUALLY FIGURE IT OUT. ONLY PROBLEM I HAD WAS SETTING THE CLOCK. WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF THE EXTREME AUDIO GEEK, THIS RADIO WILL SATISFY MOST EVERYBODY. IT GETS FOUR STARS ONLY BECAUSE I HAD TO RE-READ THE MANUAL A COUPLE OF TIMES TO LEARN THE FUNCTIONS OTHERWISE IT'S A FIVE STAR.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By Mike, Herndon, VA on Sunday, July 29, 2007
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    A very simple product to learn to use, (you should read the manual first just in case). I opted for the iPod adapter cable and haven't really listened to CDs on it yet! I have a 2005 Jeep Unlimited so I bought speakers also, a must in a Jeep! The sound is not as good when compared to a car but it's MUCH better than factory. Overall installation was a great experience that only took about an hour (for both the Pioneer and speakers) and there are no control issues with the knobs and no lag time with the iPod & adapter. This stereo is a must buy on both an economical and quality level.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome unit in need of a few tweaks

    Written By Ryan, Suttons Bay, MI on Monday, July 23, 2007
     
    I will start by saying this is an amazing unit with a lot of nice features. I have had this HU for about a month now in my 1998 Honda Accord Ex and it made my factory speakers sound 10x better. The basic controls are pretty simple but the advanced controls take some time to learn. The remote is very helpful and I use it all the time. The main thing I use on this HU is the iPod interface which works very well. I like the simple look it has. But now the cons... The display gets really bright at night. It starts with a black background and blue lines then changes to blue background and black lines and is very distracting. The dimmer does work if hooked up right (in my car I had to hook the Hu harness' dimmer wire to my car harness' illumination wire) but it doesn't dim it enough. The other thing I cannot stand is the lack of a percentage search. I update my playlists frequently so it is fine for that but if you want to find a song when you have 3,000 it takes a while. Overall this is a really nice HU that needs a few changes to make it excellent.
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    3 out of 5

    Great sound but terrible user interface

    Written By Eric, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, July 15, 2007
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    I have to say first and foremost that I recommend the unit overall. However, it's not perfect. I switched to this unit after trying the Alpine CDA-9883. I liked the Alpine except that the tuner wouldn't tune in my favorite radio station. The FM sensitivity on the Alpine is inferior to the Pioneer (smaller number is better regarding the FM sensitivity spec). The Pioneer tunes in the radio station just fine. However, the Pioneer tries to dump all functional controls under one big knob. I don't like that at all. It's very difficult to drive and control this unit. For example, if you want to do something simple like pause a CD, you have to dig through a menu to do it. On the Alpine, you just push the pause button. It will take you time to figure out how use this thing as the user interface is not at all intuitive and the manual reads like it was translated to English. Based on other posts, some clarification is needed. You CAN dim the display - a must as the default display setting is very annoying and too bright. I personally don't need disco show on my dashboard which includes inverse video (default setting). Also, you CAN disable things like the AUX outputs. But, you better be willing to dig into the manual. My unit doesn't save my XM presets. According to the factory, it should. Therefore, I'm waiting on a replacement. I plan to use IPOD but haven't purchased one yet. I MUCH prefer the user interface on the Alpine. But, I need the tuner in the Pioneer. The sound quality is great. I'm using Boston speakers and a factory sub. But, if Alpine had better FM sensitivity, I would have stuck with it. My rating is 3 due to its usability problems.
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    5 out of 5

    Solid

    Written By snakkis, Austin, TX on Friday, July 13, 2007
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    I just installed this on my FJ Cruiser and so for I'm very impressed with the options, sound quality and iPod controls (very fast). I have this connected to two sets of Polk speakers and a powered Bazooka tube. It was easy to install with the harness that Crutchfield supplied. Highly recommended!
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice head unit!

    Written By mntwins, Minnesota on Friday, July 06, 2007
     
    I am really enjoying this head unit! It works for what I need, it has a learning curve, but what HU doesn't! For the money you get a lot out of this HU. It has great options that allow you to customize your music to how you like to listen. The sound filters help keep my smaller speakers safe from those low notes, and allows a sub to do what it is supposed to do! Overall, if you want a good HU for under $250 this is one you should consider!
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By leo, hyattsville maryland on Friday, June 22, 2007
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    I just installed this unit so far sound better them
    my tree years old alpine unit also looks better
    I have not yet connected my Ipod to It because first I am trying
    to learn all the details of this unit but all.
    can say is this unit is rocking my infinitis cappas and my two 12 mtx subs powered by a 80by 4 channels profile amp
    amd 600by 2 channels profile amp
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By fuzzyping, Westminster, MD on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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    After quite a bit of research, I settled on the Pioneer 4900. However, it only cost $40 extra for the 5900 which included the $30 iPod cable at no charge, so I chose the 5900. Good thing, too. The screen on the 5900 is incredible, and the controls are very good. The iPod features work great. Scrolling through the menu is very quick, although it could be a tad faster (a-la adaptive-speed iPod scroll wheel). I'm still getting used to finding the functions and hidden features, but most tasks seem relatively easy to navigate. It would be nice to disable the AUX source if it's not in use; there may be a way to do this that I haven't found yet.

    I ran into a small obstacle while installing the unit in my 2002 Toyota 4Runner. A quick call to Crutchfield tech support got me pointed in the right direction. Turns out that the Toyota factory stereo plugs into a factory amp mounted behind it. The harness adapters for the Pioneer need to plug into the harnesses behind the amp, not the harness coming out of the amp. Once I realized the harnesses I needed were hiding behind the amp, all was good.

    Great receiver, you won't regret it!
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer rocks!

    Written By Ray, Brooklyn, NY on Friday, June 08, 2007
     
    I was going to order the Pioneer 5900IB, but instead got it for my birthday and WHAT A PRESENT IT WAS! I went with Pioneer because they were my first head unit for a car. Since this was the first time I ever installed it, it really excited me but was scared at the same time because I thought I was going to do something wrong and screw it up.

    But with the assistance and master sheet from Crutchfield, it was a breeze! I just couldn't believe how easy it was to just match up the color coded wires, strip, and then use connectors to cap them off. After I finsished connecting the wires, I went to put back the negative battery and then turned on the ignition. Well once I saw the Pioneer name light up on the display, I almost passed out because it was an error free job. Then I had to put in the pocket and head unit.

    I had to manuever the pocket a bit until it went in. It's a little loose, but I"ll fix that along with putting electrical tape on the wires. That was something I still have to do.

    I just love this head unit! It's just like my former cd player, but the only differerence is you can listen to your ipod through it. I had no problem at all using the features for the ipod. And that goes for the head unit as well. The displays are really cool also.

    Rush, U2, Pink, some dance music, and Steppenwolf sounded awesome. But after making some adjustments, when I played Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, IT SOUNDED AWESOME even at 90% volume. ANOTHER HAPPY CUSTOMER!
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    5 out of 5

    Sirius & iPod in-dash = awesome

    Written By Justin, Chandler, AZ on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
     
    I bought this for the 2 line display, Sirius, and iPod. I was not disappointed. The audio tuning levels are incredible. I don't have to mess with it and it sounds great, but I CAN mess with it, and it sounds even better. The iPod cable is a must-have. It reacts quickly and accurately with my 4G nano. The ONLY problem I have is more with the Sirius PNR2 than this stereo. It does not send a 2-line display, so there is no option for viewing both artist and song name. The feature works just fine with the iPod.

    This thing looks great, sounds great, and Crutchfield made it fit perfectly into my 2004 Dakota. Highly recommended.
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    5 out of 5

    wicked

    Written By jeeperzkreeperz, fl on Sunday, May 20, 2007
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    this stereo is without a doubt the best i've ever bought. I have had several alpines, a jensen, sony xplode and the factory stuff that came with my vehicles, all of them in the $250 and under range which the pioneer falls into. the wiring harness and pulling apart the dash were the longest parts of a fairly easy install. the seemingly infinite equalizer controls and 4v. preamp outs powered my 250 watt kicker amp (yes im under-powering the sub) to a 12" bass tube allowed me to adjust the sound perfectly. With the ipod cable the music is indistinguishable from cds'. In my f-250 the stereo is almost 3' away, so the remote is great. the multi control radio dial is a little tricky at first but a cool way to control the whole unit. It's definately the best radio for the money.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Jeff, Colorado on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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    Great radio for the money. I installed it in about a half an hour. Installed my ipod and xm radio with aux 1. Display is bright, but it does dim with the headlights if you hook it up and select the option in the menu.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo!

    Written By K Daddy, Dallas, TX on Sunday, April 22, 2007
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    This stereo is great! It has tons of extra features and it looks fantastic installed! I added the iPod cable and Sirius to it and they both work great! I don't know what those other people were talking about when they said the iPod response time was slow. I have had a great time using my 60GB Video iPod with this stereo! It works just like the iPod! I love it! And the Sirius receiver is exceptional as well! It even tells me when the Dallas Mavs are playing if I'm not tuned to that channel! I installed this myself with the Master Sheet provided by Crutchfield, but I ran into a pretty big problem so I called the support line. The tech support was outstanding! My friends can't believe I was able to install all this stuff myself! This was my first purchase with Crutchfield, but it will not be my last! Thanks for the help and the great product!
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    5 out of 5

    Looks amazing - sounds amazing

    Written By Simon, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, April 02, 2007
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    I just got this in the mail today and installed it over my lunch period I was so excited ^_^

    Settings are awesome, I'm able to customize my sound so much more; my aftermarket speakers haven't arrived yet but this deck is bringing more sound out of my factory speakers (can't wait til my Pioneers are installed!).

    Still need to monkey with the dimmer to hopefully boost the brightness for the daytime (little hard to see)

    Remote = easiest way to cycle through settings

    Only complaint I have is the Shim the deck slides into doesn't really have a secure way of fitting into the harness that came with my order (for a Toyota Corolla 2003)

    I will keep coming back to Crutchfield - great instructions, fast shipping

    Summary: I would get this deck - the amount of control you have over your sound is AMAZING!
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By Daniel, Milwaukee, WI on Friday, March 23, 2007
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    Great unit for the price. I've had it now for a little under a month and it's very straightforward, user-friendly and sounds great even with factory speakers. Only complaint is the slow response of the iPod interface -- it takes a while to get through lists, but finely-tuned playlists solve the problem.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer is the best

    Written By pivit, Houston, TX on Monday, March 19, 2007
     
    This headunit is the best. I have it for about a month,and is great. I like the screensavers, and the "cool blue" display. I have this thing connected to 4 Pioneer 6x8's, and two pioneer 10's, powered by pioneer 1000watts. I also have my PSP, connected to the HU. The one draw back, was that it didn't come with a case for the face. No biggie, I just ordered a soundkase carrying case from Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deck

    Written By Dave, Denver, Co on Sunday, March 18, 2007
     
    Just bought this and love it. Too bad people don't read directions because you can change the brightness of the deck (pg. 26) and use the auto dim when the headlights are turned on (pg. 26). Sound quality is great and the 7 band equalizer lets you tailor your music. Ipod interface is easy although a little slow with 2,100 songs. Overall a great deck.
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    2 out of 5

    Not The Best...

    Written By Rolo, Del Rio, TX on Friday, March 16, 2007
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    This unit is great because of the features it has for the low price. On the other hand, your CD's can't be scratched at all in order to listen to a complete song without it skipping.
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    3 out of 5

    Not the best iPod option...

    Written By Pete, Norwalk, CT on Monday, March 12, 2007
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    I installed this unit in my '06 VW Passat without problems and decided to return it 1 week later. My frustration came with 2 main factors. 1)Overly bright buttons and keys/dial which are NOT dimmable and do not auto-dim when the headlights are turned on. 2)Very slow iPod interface....with several thousand songs it takes FOREVER to spin the dial to get to the bottom third of the song list. (Alpine's specialty)

    I opted for the Alpine 9885 unit and WOW what a difference....
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    4 out of 5

    Great deck! Very happy with purchase

    Written By Andy, West Lafayette, IN on Monday, March 12, 2007
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    I found that the multi-control knob was extremely easy to use and the remote has its own version which works out great! The similar Alpine unit is close to the same functionality with its knob but you have an additional button to press "enter" instead of just pushing the knob in.

    Since I bought this mainly to connect my iPod, I was comforted to know that I would easily go with the 1/8" Aux In (no addl special cable needed unlike the Alpine) if the iPod control didnt work out so well. However, I found that the iPod control was very easy to use with my 30Gb iPod. The functionality of the control is nearly identical to the iPod itself except for the fact that it doesnt remember where you were last so everytime you hit the "list" button to bring up the iPod, it starts out with Playlist/Artist/Album/etc. Not a big deal really. One thing that you should know is that when scrolling through artists/songs or whatever, the display has 3 lines of information. This wasnt very obvious from the pictures and manual. The scroll rate is reasonable but it would be nice to be able to skip through your lists like with the Alpine units (it does % chunks though your lists). I found this to be good enough for my size iPod and also the fact that most of my music is entire albums where as if you had a lot of singles, etc, this might get a little irritating and you might choose to stick with the AUX input and use the iPod display to control your music selection.

    I did not find the blue knob to be too bright at night like some complain.

    Overall I gave this 4/5 because there is no abilty to quickly skip through your lists and because nothing is perfect
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By Steve, Renton,Wa on Sunday, March 11, 2007
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    Came with everything I needed for a very quick and easy
    install! Sounds great by far better than the OEM radio.I also added 2 small Tweeters to the doors which enhanced the sound even more. Thanks Cruthfield!
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    3 out of 5

    Not great for Sirius

    Written By Todd, Florida on Saturday, March 03, 2007
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    Nice unit but I bought it because Crutchfield's hands on research said "The DEH-P5900IB features a black background with a blue 3-line, 16-character (each) Organic EL display, which takes advantage of MP3, WMA, iPod, XM Radio, and Sirius..." The 3-lines of text is what I was looking for so I could see Song and Artist info at the same time. This unit will NOT do that. One other thing I didn't like about the display was it turns bright blue every 30 seconds or so and then goes back to normal. Very distracting to me even in the day. If there is a way to turn that off I could not find it. It's a shame because I liked everything else.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By T. Scott, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, March 03, 2007
     
    I have this unit installed in my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, it is driving four 5 ¼’’ Boston S55 speakers. (To the person out there saying my Jeep has 4x6’s in the dash, there are ways around that do your research.)
    The instructions and included installation accessories from Crutchifeld were excellent; anyone with a little mechanical aptitude should be able to do the install with ease.

    The unit itself is sturdy and the display is excellent with one slight issue, I found that with the top down in bright sunlight it can be a little hard to read but it’s not a deal breaker for me.
    All of the functions take a little time to get used to but no more than with any other headunit. The EQ is part of the reason I selected this product and I wasn’t disappointed, you can perfectly tailor the sound to your vehicle and musical preference.
    22 watts of RMS power is nice especially with the road noise associated with a Jeep.

    If you are looking for a solid receiver with a good feature package and power, look no further.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall a great head unit.

    Written By Bryan, San Ramon, CA on Sunday, February 25, 2007
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    I installed this Pioneer head unit in my Jeep Cherokee. Overall I have to say it is a great unit. I haven't tried the ipod adapter cable yet, but I plan on ordering it soon. I almost didn't buy it because of another review complaining about it being too bright and having no dimmer control. I decided to buy it anyways and found it will indeed operate with the dimmer control on my vehicle, you just have to enable the option. It doesn't dim all that much, but I don't find it to be too distracting while driving at night even with it mounted high up in my dash.

    The only problem I have with it is I bought it primarily to use with a Sirius satellite radio tuner. Unfortunately when in the Sirius mode, it will only display one line of text. I am still thinking of returning it because of this, but it seems that all of the Pioneer head units have the same limitations. I guess I am used to the Kenwood head unit I have in my other Jeep that will display 2 lines of text, like the song title and the artist. On the Pioneer I have to repeatedly press the display button to change what info is displayed if I want something other than just the song title. Not fun while driving at 70 mph on the freeway. Seems to me that is one of the benefits of subscribing to satellite radio, and this unit takes away some of that capability. It will display 2 lines of text when playing MP3 discs though, and the list function works great when you have over 120 songs on one disc. Makes finding a particular song a breeze.

    It does have some quirks and limitations, but overall I do like it.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice One Brotha!

    Written By Jason, The World's Most Beautiful Beaches on Thursday, February 22, 2007
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    I have owned Pioneer headunits for the past 15 years and so its always my first choice. I almost went with a Alpine, but this model had all the features I wanted.

    I am still learning about how to use it. One thing so far is the searching through the files can be a little difficult, not as quick as the I-pod click wheel. Would be nice to allow the click to still be used along with the integration to headunit. Also, can not view movies on the I-Pod with it connected to the cable ... would be nice to be able to view a movie on the screen and have the sound come through the speakers (of course only when car is parked) ... I realize I could still do this buy using the headphone plug and an auxillary input to the headunit but .......

    Overall this deck is the bomb!
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    5 out of 5

    Great product!

    Written By Michael, Kansas City, MO on Thursday, February 15, 2007
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    This head unit is excellent. The iPod control is the best feature. You control the iPod from the head unit almost exactly like you would from the iPod itself. All you need is the one cable for the iPod (Pioneer CD-I200 iPod adapter cable part # 130CDi200), the adapter is already built in to the head unit. The sound is excellent, has room for expansion (2 subs, 2 aux, more), and looks very cool! Everything is controlled from the knob on the face, which takes getting used to, but doesn't take long. I would buy this product again!
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    4 out of 5

    Very good iPod control

    Written By Stan, San Diego on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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    I was leaning towards purchasing an Alpine unit, the 9883 0r 9885 but they're new models with no estimated date for receipt.

    So, considering that the Pioneer unit puts out 22 watts vice 18 on Alpine, Pioneer has built-in aux port for my Skyfi 2, FM sensitivity is better than Alpine unit, I decided to give the Pioneer a shot. I installed it with a set of Infinity Kappa 682.7cf for the front speakers of my 05 Ford F150.
    The iPod controls work very well, allowing you to select songs, albums, artists, genre, playlists, etc similar to the iPod. The remote control is very functional as well and I use it frequently.

    My only complaint is that there is no way to quickly scroll through a list if you have a lot of songs. I have a little over 4000 songs on my iPod and it can be frustrating to scroll,artists, albums, songs, etc. You must scroll 1 song at a time, one press of the multicontrol per song.

    Sound quality is excellent, equalizer is nice, and control functions are intuitive.
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    4 out of 5

    Great, but hard to get used to.

    Written By Ryan, Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
     
    I just had my stereo installed today and it is great. I love the way it looks in my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. The blue lights make it look so sharp. It is so smooth.

    Pros: This stereo looks great and sounds even better. The sound quality is amazing, i almost can't believe it. It even makes my ears hurt a little. I have 4 infinity 6x8's which really put out some good bass. The ipod feature is really nice. It sounds just as good as a cd does. It is really easy to search through the ipod menus.

    Cons: It can be confusing at first to search through the menus, but it is very easy to get used to. Thats all for the cons in my opinion.
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    5 out of 5

    Best head unit i've ever owned

    Written By Brad, Provo, UT on Saturday, February 10, 2007
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    great radio, in my opinion. the ipod control feature is one of the main reasons why i bought it and it works flawlessly, though the menu scrolling could be a little faster. the sound quality is also incredible, in my opinion. the 7-band equalizer gives a much higher level of control than previous 3- or 2- band radios i've owned in the past.

    The installation went almost perfectly in my 01 hyundai sonata... i had a small problem, so i called crutchfield and they helped me get it straightened out. also, make sure you have wire crimps before you start. =/
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    5 out of 5

    Finally

    Written By P. Jess, Haymarket VA on Thursday, February 08, 2007
     
    I had to wait for a head unit that had an AUX input and also had Ipod Controls built in. this unit has it all. Add the Ipod cable and you are ready to roll. I have a Sirius radio hooked up to one of the AUX inputs and the sound is incredible compared to the "old" FM transmitter hook up. No more static now.

    Installation was a breeze.

    As usual, Crutchfield hit the nail between the eyes with their installation guidelines. Not a problem at all.

    The sound is great. The features are great. The Control Knob takes some getting used to, but once you learn it, it is a cinch to use. The Ipod controls are exactly like an Ipod's so scrolling or searching is not a problem. I have yet to figure out how to scroll/search from the current Artist/Song that is playing on the Ipod. When you begin the search, the Ipod takes you back to your artists with the letter A. Not a problem if you have only Aerosmith, but when you have bands from A-Z and 5000 songs, it can be time consuming.
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    5 out of 5

    First Time Install

    Written By Joe, NJ on Monday, February 05, 2007
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    This unit has everything I was looking for, especially the iPod adapter built in. All you need is the wire and you're set.

    The sound is great especially coming out of my factory speakers (I bought a pair of Pioneer speakers for the front doors that I haven't installed and can't wait to hear the music coming out of those). It has a lot of features and things to play with, from the equalizer to the background.

    I just had to wait about the entire month of January for it to come in since it is the '07 model. Other than that I'm happy with this product. The instruction were clear and told you everything you need to know. Can't ask for a better installation except for my car's cooperation when it comes to screws.

    Thanks Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Head Unit

    Written By dan, Pittsburgh on Saturday, February 03, 2007
     
    Crutchfield is the best! This was the first time I installed a head unit and the master sheets made it simple. I have a 03 explorer and the adapter kit fits perfect. I researched alot of units and found the pioneer to be the best for expansion. The bluetooth and usb combo is hard to come by but this unit has it. The only expansion option lacking id HD Radio, but i figure by the time there are a decent ammount of channels I'll be upgrading anyway. Currently there are only 6 HD channels in my area and 3 are public radio...who cares! I added the Sirius unit and now have more channels then i know what to do with.

    You wont be dissapointed with this unit!
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    3 out of 5

    BRIGHT as always

    Written By Tim, Texas on Friday, February 02, 2007
     
    This unit is FANTASTIC in all the areas that Pioneer is known for. Built tough, sleek, and excellent audio controls.

    I've said this so many times since they started putting the blue ring of light around the volume knob. PLEASE allow the dimmer to dim that light AS WELL AS the display! At night this thing is rediculously bright especially if you have it high on your dashboard. Again the dimmer DOES NOT dim the blue ring of light and it is miserably distracting!! Pioneer, again as I said last year, PLEASE for '08 make it adjustable!!
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Radio - Great I-Pod Interface

    Written By Gabe, Anaheim, CA on Friday, February 02, 2007
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    Wow Pioneer finally got the I-Pod interface right. I had a deh-p7700 with the exteral I-Pod box (Pioneer CD-iB100), and that sucked. It was slow and took forever to navigate through all the artists on my 30G I-Pod.

    This I-Pod interface is so much better, its built into the radio and its controls are similar to how an I-Pod would function. Going through the artists my 30G I-Pod now is fast, its awesome.

    I also have Sirius radio hooked up, and it took my 2 year old Sirius reciever.

    The display is much better than my previous Pioneer, much sharper. The 4V pre-outs are nice as, compared to the 2V I had previously, I have 3 amps. The sound quality is good, especially at this price range.

    Over all its a nice radio, I can not give it 5 stars as I have had better radios, sound quality wise.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P5900iB

    Written By John, Union NJ on Thursday, February 01, 2007
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    Great stereo. Display is super clear no matter how bright the sun is. Control easy to use. Ipod integration is awesome. The 3 line display makes it easy to search and find specific music on the ipod.
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