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Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

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Item #: 130DEHP680
 

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by Tim Sprinkle
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.

Pioneer's DEH-P6800MP CD player lets you bring your iPod on the road without giving up a bit of control. Just connect Pioneer's optional iPod interface adapter, plug in your iPod, and take control of your whole music library right from the radio's motorized, slide-down faceplate. The adapter allows you to use the large Rotary Commander knob to fill in for the iPod's Click Wheel, while artist names, and track information, and even menus show up on the stereo's lush, multi-line Organic EL display.

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The DEH-P6800MP can also control an optional satellite radio tuner, and play back your MP3- and WMA-loaded discs. It can even handle the AAC files you've created in Apple's iTunes software. If AM/FM radio is more your speed, you'll be amazed by clarity and power of Pioneer's Supertuner IIID+.

You won't have to worry about sound quality with the stereo's powerful built-in amplifier on hand. Pioneer's Easy EQ gives you five preset sound curves for a quick sound fix, plus you can adjust 7 different frequencies for more fine-tuning. Everybody can take turns running the show with the included remote control.

Building a bigger system? Use the three sets of preamp outputs to connect your amplifiers and subs. The DEH-P6800MP's onboard high- and low-pass filters help maximize system performance. Have a portable player? Connect it to the front panel auxiliary input.

Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET50 amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • slide-down, motorized, detachable face with Organic EL display
  • CD, CD-R, and CD-RW compatible, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (not compatible with songs downloaded from Apple iTunes Music Store)
  • Supertuner IIID (18 FM/6 AM presets)
  • Easy EQ (5 preset curves, 2 user settings, and a 7-band graphic EQ)
  • loudness (3 levels)
  • front auxiliary input (Note: this input takes a nonstandard, 2.5mm sub mini jack)
  • three sets of preamp outputs
  • high-and low-pass filters for improved speaker performance
  • iPod-ready (CDIB100 adapter required)
  • satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
  • remote control
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 94 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 8 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 50-15kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.2 volts
Display Color Organic EL
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 7
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input Front
USB Input No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready Both
HD Radio Optional
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
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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
  • Wireless remote control (CXC5717)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Extraction keys
  • Rear support screw
  • Rubber bushing
  • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Installation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet (English/French)
  • Warning sheet concerning installation safety
  • Note on removing plastic tag
  • Sheet about the Demo Mode

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Features
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Features

Deep Blue OEL Display: The deep blue OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) display features incredible brightness, clear readability, wide-angle viewing and full-motion 3D graphics. Because OEL creates its own electro-luminescent light, its brightness is resistant to washing out in sunlight. The display is 160 x 48 pixels.

Entertainment Display Modes: You can choose from the following Entertainment Display Modes:

  • Background Visual/Picture: In Background Visual mode, you can select one of the following background visuals: Background Visual 1 (random hexagonal shapes), Background Visual 2 (rotating wavy lines), Background Picture 1 (hurricane), or Background Picture 2 (wires and plugs), Background Picture 3 (pistons), Background Picture 4 (rows and stacks), Background Picture (camels), or Entertainment Off (black background).
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Level Meter
  • Level Indicator
  • Sound Pulse Meter
  • Battery Voltage: The battery voltage is displayed digitally and on an analog meter.
  • Entertainment Clock: In Entertainment Clock mode, the unit displays the clock with a moving pendulum in the background.
  • Movie Screen: In Movie Screen mode, you can select one of the following movie screens: Movie Screen 1 (surfing with swimming dolphins) or Movie Screen 2 (Formula 1 auto racing). Movie Screens are like screen savers, and occupy the entire display a second or two after a button is pressed.

Ever Scroll: When Ever Scroll is set to On, CD text or iPod information scrolls continuously in the display. When turned off, the information scrolls only once.

Display Brightness: The display brightness can be adjusted from 0 to 15.

Auto Dimmer Feature: When the Dimmer Feature is activated, the display will automatically dim when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The orange/white wire labeled "Illumination" must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the Dimmer Feature to work.

Demo Modes: This unit has a Reverse Demo Mode and a Feature Demo Mode. In Reverse Demo Mode, if you do not perform an operation for a period of 30 seconds, the display begins reversing colors. It continues reversing colors every 10 seconds. When the unit is turned off with the ignition on, the Feature Demo Mode is activated. The Feature Demo Mode displays the unit's different features and capabilities using moving graphics. Both demo modes can be temporarily canceled with a single button push, or turned off in the Initial Settings menu.

Rotary Commander: The large rotary knob on the front panel is a 7-way control that can operate about 90% of the unit's functions and features. The knob can be rotated clockwise and counterclockwise, pressed in, and tilted up, down, left, and right. This feature allows you to easily scroll through files and folders on your MP3/WMA/AAC CDs as well as a connected iPod (via the optional iPod adapter).

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.

Digital Speedread2: The DEH-P6800MP 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.

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.

iTunes AAC Playback: The DEH-P6800MP can play CDs with AAC files ripped using Apple's iTunes Media Player Version 4.8 and earlier. This unit can play AAC files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. AAC files with a transmission rate from 16-320 kbps are supported.

Note: This unit can play "unprotected" AAC files ripped into iTunes, but it cannot play the "DRM-protected" AAC files downloaded from the online iTunes Music Store.

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.

Front Panel Auxiliary Input: This unit has a 2.5mm sub-mini jack auxiliary input located on the bottom edge of the motorized front panel. This AUX 1 input must be turned on in the Initial Settings menu before it can be selected as a source. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 8 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 also be turned on, and an 8-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 front panel sub-mini jack 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 8-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P6800MP is equipped with a 7-band graphic EQ with the following center frequencies: 50Hz, 125Hz, 315Hz, 800Hz, 2kHz, 5kHz, and 12.5kHz. In addition, there are 6 preset EQ settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and EQ Flat. You can adjust the equalizer curve of the Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, and Natural presets between -6 and +6. With Custom 1 or Custom 2, you can independently adjust the level of each band from -6 to +6. The Flat preset cannot be adjusted.

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)

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.

Subwoofer/Non-Fading Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs. This output can be turned on or off. When turned on, this output has a selectable 18dB/octave low-pass filter with a cutoff frequencies of 50, 63, 80,100, or 125Hz, phase adjustment (normal/reverse), and output level (+6 to -24).

Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Output: The rear pair of preamp outputs are located on a 6" pigtail, and can be set to full range output with full fading capability, or a non-fading output. When the rear preamp outputs are set to "Subwoofer", the rear speaker outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer. This enables you to connect each rear speaker lead directly to a small subwoofer without an external amplifier or to a dual 4-ohm voice coil sub.

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.

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.

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.

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 not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. The unit's button illumination is only on when the unit is on.

Detachable Face Security: This unit features a motorized "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 are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. A hard plastic face case is included with this unit.

Muting/Attenuation: Sound from this unit is muted or attenuated automatically when the signal from a device with the mute function is received. Sound returns to normal when the mute/attenuation signal is canceled. The muting feature must be turned on in the initial settings. You can switch between muting or attenuation, whichever you desire. Note: The yellow/black wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the cell phone or other automatic muting device.

Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P6800MP comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5717). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. In addition, the numeric keypad on the remote allows you to select tracks and radio presets directly. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel.

Optional Wired Remote Control: 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). You can also plug in the PAC SWI-PS adapter (127SWIPS) to interface the factory steering wheel or rear seat radio controls of many vehicles to this receiver. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to find out if your vehicle is compatible with the adapter.

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 Adapter Ready: The Pioneer CD-IB100ii iPod adapter (130IB100ii) allows you to play and control your iPod, iPod mini, or iPod nano, and view album, artist, and other information on the head unit's display. The adapter allows you to perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, and album searches. While connected, the iPod adapter also charges the iPod's battery. The adapter works with all "Dock Connector"-equipped iPods, and connects to the head unit via the IP-Bus connector.

TV Tuner/DVD Control: You can connect and control with this unit an external TV tuner, or a single or multi-disc DVD player, through the IP-Bus connection. It is compatible with the Pioneer GEX-P5700TV TV Tuner (130P5700TV), the SDV-P7 single disc DVD player, and the XDV-P90 6-disc DVD/CD changer.

CD Changer Controls

IP-Bus System Controls: The DEH-P6800MP 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.

CD Changer Controls: You can add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it from the head unit. It is also compatible with Pioneer's 50-disc changer.

  • 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.
  • Disc Title Memory: Titles of up to 8 characters each can be entered into memory for up to 100 discs.
  • Disc Title List: This feature allows you to display disc titles that you have entered. From the list, you can select a disc for playback.
  • 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 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 to reveal the entire string of text.

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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5 out of 5

Third Times a Charm

Written By Isaiah, Hilo, HI on Friday, February 23, 2007
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I gotta say dat dis iz much betta than I expected it fo be cuz I had 2 decks befo dis one. Da ferst one was one Kenwood, which wasnt dat bad, but it ste missin da high end sounds dat I like alot. Afta dat I got a Sony deck, which was pretty cool cuz it could change colors and stuffs and da highs was pretty aight, but den da DSO feetcher kinda wen mess wit da highs at louder volumes, so den I had fo cut out da DSO wen lisning loud. So den I wen try out dis Pioneer, and I jus hafta say that dis one is da one. Da mane ting I was goin fo was da 7-band EQ, which makes everyting sound way betta. Da EQ bringd out da highs, and let me say dat it definetlee bringd out da lows! Wit a sub all you gotta do is boost up da low frequensees, witout even raisin da "bass" and it will more den just fill out da low end. And on top of da frequencee increes, wit da "bass" increes, there is also a "subwoofer" increes. My little 8" Ported Assassin sub pounds jus as much as my old seeld 12" sub. And da "loudness" has 3 setings, low, medium, and high, wit every one enhansing da low and da highs. I jus gotta say dat dis one is awesome! Oh yeah, da display is nice to!
7 out of 95 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Ray, Elkhart , Kansas on Monday, February 05, 2007
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Man This is one of the best sounding units I've heard in a long time . Has very good Bass lots of things you can set to make it sound better . I also put Infinity 6012si in the front and JBL - GT0927 6x9's in the back and man it will blast you out . You got to get this one .
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer 6800mp Top shelf

Written By 8track, Huntsville,Al on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
 
This CD mp3 player is just awesome, amazing, and very smooth. Display and audio adjustments are premier with this unit. The 7-band EQ gives you the ability to dial into your custom sound enhancement for your listening pleasures. Bought my 6800mp last summer'06, I love how it plays a mp3 cd with a 150 songs or more and you can have folders and sub-folders,the only thing I recommend is to keep the faceplate out of freezing temps.Other than that this head unit is destined to be a "Classic".

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5 out of 5

Greatt Head Unit!

Written By Tabisola, San Dimas, CA on Sunday, January 28, 2007
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After one of my co-workers referred me to Crutchfield, Not only did I find it a better deal but it came with a free installation kit! Which was very helpful. I like feature that automatically opens the face of the unit so that you can remove it for security. Overall this head unit is GREAT!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great all around head unit

Written By kylerm04, Dayton, OH on Monday, January 22, 2007
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One sentence.... I love this head unit...


Thats all it really takes to sum up this review, I've had a pioneer since 2002 and have never had a problem at all. Great features, great styling, awesome compatibily and functionality. It does everything I need it to do and more.

Crutchfield had incredibly fast shipping and very helpful customer service(I used the wrong screws) I highly reccommend getting this head unit. Crutchfield also had the best price. I think I've said enough, I've got my point accross
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW Amazing Head Unit

Written By Korey, Barnum, MN on Saturday, January 20, 2007
 
Wow this is an amazing head unit. I just got it installed in my 2000 Kia Sephia, and for a crapy car it really makes it sound alot better. I also have it hooked up to my two 12in. Kicker CompVR's with 450 watts running to each one, and boy they pound at the back of your head. I would really recomend this unit, definately worth the money. With the right speakers this thing will really turn heads in your direction! WOW!
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5 out of 5

Awesome Head Unit

Written By Trevor, Toledo, Ohio on Friday, January 05, 2007
 
First off this is seriously the best head unit ive ever owned........Ive had quite a few in the past and this one takes the cake with ease.

The display is amazing with tons of options and features which yes, can get confusing but if you just mess around with it for a lil bit and read the manual you will be breazing through in no time. The sound quality is exceptional and the durability of this unit is very nice.

all in all if you can find a better cd player for the money then go for it, but I doubt there is much better out there for the price.

Get it and you wont regret it I swear!!!!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Simply wonderful

Written By Scotty!, Oklahoma on Wednesday, January 03, 2007
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This head unit has been excellent. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield's packaging. I.E. Complete wiring harness / and mounting kit. Had a problem with wiring harness on my model of truck, but Crutchfield’s excellent staff shipped out the correct one with no problems at all. If you are looking at buying this or any other CD player, or car stereo component, then do not hesitate to order from Crutchfield. Crutchfield has excellent service, good packaging, and good prices. You might find it cheaper, but you will not get it cheaper with everything it comes with from Crutchfield.

Pros: This is an excellent CD player, and AM FM radio controls. Those are the only two features I am using as of now. No problems using anything, excellent clarity, and the changeable backgrounds are sweet.

Cons: Only two, #1 is the remote is the only good way to control this beast. The knob on the face is almost impossible to use with any real accuracy. Hard to get in and out of different menus using main control knob, the remote is much easier. #2: it may have too many features, if that is a problem. Once you set it up it is very easy to use and navigate using the remote.
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3 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Adam, Rittman, Ohio on Saturday, December 30, 2006
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I'd agree with most other reviewers that this is a nice stereo for the money and installation was well documented by Crutchfield. However, I can only give it 3 stars because the iPod interface (which is almost the only way I listen to music) has a few flaws.

For one, the on-screen display for iPod music supports several variations: Artist / Album, Song / Album, etc. *but* it is missing a critical one: Song / Artist! I cannot imagine how this is not some sort of engineering mistake.

Second, I have a very large collection of music on my iPod and, while I believe that the wheel control is probably better than any other head unit for iPod navigation, I still find myself spinning that wheel for quite some time if I am trying to get to an artist that begins with the letter M for example. It moves through the list a bit on the slow side. I wish they had some way to jump through the list faster if you spin the wheel faster.

Also, navigation of the iPod menus is not great if you are currently playing a song. All you can really do is go forward a track, backward a track, or press list to return you to the main menu. So if I was listening to an album by a band and want to go back and listen to another album by the same band I need to go back to the main menu, find the band again, and pick the different album. This combined with the slow scrolling wheel can be frustrating.

Lastly, if you want to pause music, you have to press the dial in, select Function, roll the dial to Pause, and then press the dial. This is a pain if you have a phone call come in and want to quickly pause your music. A pause button would have been nice
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5 out of 5

Put this in a 1999 VW Golf III Wolfsburg. Pretty easy!

Written By Todd, Ashburn, VA on Thursday, December 28, 2006
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1999 VW Golf III

I'd give this unit and installing it 4.75 stars, but I had to round up! :)

I ended up getting this Pioneer, iPod adapter, and XM module from Crutchfield. Put it all in yesterday. Took about 5 hours to do it all, with a run to HD for a connector, and a lunch break mixed in. Crutchfield's instructions and the little tools and wiring harness they sent along made it pretty easy to do. Now I have one very happy daughter!

Biggest problem I had was stuffing all the extra wires in behind the radio!

And Pioneer rocks! Everything worked perfectly on the first try, and she and I agree: It *does* sound better than the stock unit did, and we used the same stock VW speakers.

The display has adjustable brightness, but the lights around the buttons and knob do not -- as least as far as we can tell. They are bright, but not a reason to skip this unit. I would get this HU again.

Crutchfield is awesome. Had they not provided the instructions about popping out the vent control panel, I would have spent an additional hour figuring out how and if I needed to do it all. We actually had fun putting it in, and it was what some may consider an intensive install, with the iPod and XM units in addition to the HU.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By John, Allen, TX on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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Solid, clean sound, with numerous features including extremely flexible sound shaping options that set the upper end Pioneers apart from competitors. You will be wasting money if you don’t pair this unit with quality speakers as you really do get what you pay for. I mostly use the remote as it puts most everything at your fingertips. It is safer as well as you can keep your eyes on the road. I don’t use an Ipod so the remote also overcomes the hindrance of an Ipod-oriented control approach on the faceplate. The glowing blue faceplate lights are on the bright side as noted in other reviews. I don't understand why Pioneer didn't tie these indicators to the vehicle dimmer signal like they did with the plasma display (which already has a brightness adjustment anyway). There are various plasma display options which I don’t care about – I just set it to display useful information full time. This unit is worth the money for its performance, features, and appearance.
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5 out of 5

Sound. Soul. Vision and Precision!!!!

Written By Djones, Birmingham, Ala on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
 
Okay!?!? I truly can NOT say enough wonderful things about the DEH-6800! It's a great Head Unit. I've got this jewel installed in my '92 CAMARO RS and it ROCKS! The controls are fantastic....THE COMMANDER knob may look a little odd to SOME at first glance being that there are no traditional preset buttons OR seek/track buttons. But when you're driving down the highway and have the ease & safety of pushing the same control knob to change a song/mp3 folder/file and turn the volume Up/Down all in the same movement!?!? Good feature really in a sports car. I've read other reviews from people that LOVE the 6800's features but hate the brightness of the display?!?!? Or the REVERSE mode of the display.....if they only READ the manual you can turn the reverse lighting mode OFF! (I'll agree the REVERSE lighting display is annnoying!!! I'm crazy about this head unit but not crazy in the literal sense......I KEEP my 6800 with the reverse set to OFF cause it bugged me.) You can also set the DIMMER for when your headlights are on AND even MANUALLY adjust the brightness of the unit so PLEASE BUY THE UNIT....ooops it's sold out?!?! Guess that America agrees this is a awesome piece then huh? Crutchfield RE-STOCKS...then buy it! (LMAO) The Pioneer 6800 is awesome I love it and so will YOU! Read the manual and learn the remote control -DJ
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4 out of 5

Great budget radio

Written By George, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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Altogether a good radio. Good tuning, good ipod integration, fair CD controls. The flaws are that the dimmer works on the screen, but not on the super-bright LED's in the controls. It is very distracting at night. The entertainment background on the display is more like a screensaver.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield and Pioneer

Written By Shane, Livermore, Ca. on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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I purchased this unit for my 2006 WRX. It fits great and the instructions included in the box were awesome. The install took about an hour. 45 minutes to crimp the wires to the harness and about 15 to do the actual installation into the car.

It looks great in the dash and the sound is just so much better than factory. Next step is some decent speakers to replace the stick ones.

The only thing that might bother me is how bright the unit is. I actually like it, bright lights, flashing lights, they all rock, but after awhile I have noticed that it sticks out a bit much, but I can live with that.

I would buy this head unit again.
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3 out of 5

WHOA !!! THAT IS SO VERY BRIGHT !!! OUCH !!!

Written By Greg, Tampa, FL on Thursday, December 14, 2006
 
Won't drag this out, but if you are at all sensitive to bright lights eminating from your dash, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy this head unit. I actually came on the review board here today to see if anyone else noticed this major flaw. What makes it worse is that each of the chosen displays REVERSE field. While the sound is great, the brightness is enough that I wish I had not purchased this unit.
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4 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By dreamstream, concord, nh on Sunday, December 10, 2006
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I found these customer reveiws very helpfull in deciding to purchase this unit, so heres my 2 cents.
put one in my ford f150 and my wifes vw jetta along with the pioneer ipod adapters. install in the 150 was cake. found nice place behind glove box to stash the ipod adapter. vw is real tight behind unit, tough to get those wires stuffed in but doable. stuffed ipod adapter in center console. very happy with unit. blows the factory units away, even the monsoon. factory speakers sound great. the ipod adapters are great makes using these very easy, scrolling through files is a little slower than the infamous thumb wheel but ok. fm reception is as good or better than factory. an overall great unit. love eq flexability. i have no problem with brightness of display, set it on a low key nonanimated graphic and watch the road!
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4 out of 5

Nice...but missing some easy to use features

Written By Eugene, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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This unit is well made and installs easily. The display is bright enough to see even in direct sunlight and has several options like a screensaver. The unit has fair power but the sound is not as clean as some of the CEA certified units. I am afraid with the massive number of features, some of them are hard to access with the few buttons located on the face of the radio. The steps to get through the menus can be tedious at times and a front panel mute is not available. There is an attenuation control on the remote though. I got the optional Ipod controller and it works well...much better than the one on the Clarion unit I also have in another vehicle. I may give this unit higher marks the longer I live with it, but for now the control menus are still a negative issue.
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4 out of 5

DEH-P6800M

Written By ruudboy, PLANO, TEXAS on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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Its been three weeks since I bought the P6800 and I must say im very impressed. I have it on my 02 jetta and im not having any brightness issues contrary to what some reviews state. . You can't have this unit without the Pioneer CD-IB100II Interface Adapter for your Ipod, its a must get.The subwoofer controls are great and so is the multicontrol even though the learning curve is kinda high. Overall this unit is for you if your looking for a fair priced unit with all the features you could wish for in a fair priced unit. With crutchfield it was business as usual, I made the order and they delivered fast with everything I needed.
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5 out of 5

Go Pioneer and Crutchfield!

Written By Koolwilly, Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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Ordered Sunday nite came Tuesday evening! Great Radio a little different to work but not hard to learn. I was going to order the DEH-P77DH, I have one in my car which is a few years old but still one of the best out there! The only reason for not going with it was that it still does not play MP3's. So I went with this 1 din unit. Crutchfield sent everything that was needed to fit in my 1.5 din faceplate for free, and it looks great! Took longer to join the wires than to install the radio. I do'nt know if it matters but the 2.5mm aux input accepts a 1/8 to 3/32 adapter, so I did not have search the net for one like some others. Nice sound plenty of power & bass and I am still using factory speakers. Have not used at night yet so can't comment on radio brightness. Good buy I even got the Ipod hookup for free!
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5 out of 5

Great for Ipod

Written By TheMan7521, Ohio on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
 
This is my first car stereo install and let me tell you it was very easy. I even installed the ipod interface right into my glove box. Everything looks prfessionally done.
The Head Unit is great I only use it to play my ipod with about 3500 songs. As long as you have playlists it is easy to navigate and the remote makes a world of diffrence while driving a standard. Next step is to install the subs, where as this unit has a sub hook up where you can turn on and off your subs without an external switch. It is a great item and I got a free ipod interface from customer appreciation week.
Crutchfield is great.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By JCliff, Litchfield, NH on Thursday, November 23, 2006
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i purchased this product after reading most of the reviews of all of the people that had purchased it before me. i decided to give it a shot because it had some awsome reviews. let me tell you, if you are interested in a pioneer cd player this is the one for you. it is such an amazing product, it is very easy to get through all of the menu options with just the one center knob. i absolutely recommend this deck to anyone that is looking to get into car audio and doesnt want to spend a bundle. awsome product, awsome quality, awsome buy!!!
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3 out of 5

2003 Acura CL

Written By Todd, MA on Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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I first installed the 6800 in my 2003 Acura CL types S (without NAV). Initially, i loved it. The display is very nice and the sound is excellent. I also installed with it the Pioneer CD-iB100ii Ipod Interface and the PAC SWI-PS steering wheel controls adapter. The Ipod interface is awesome with this unit. There are 3 lines of text when you are browsing through the ipod and 2 lines when a song is playing. There is a slight delay if you try to browse through the ipod really fast but i did not find it to be a problem with normal use whatsoever. Now for the BAD. I do not recommend this cd player for this car (or any like it). Because of where it is positioned and the angle at which it is positioned the screen is way to bright at night. The screen is basically aimed directly at the driver and at night this thing looks like the holy grail. It was very distracting on a dark road at night. The only other issue i had with this deck was that it will not show you the artist and song title at the same time when playing the ipod. This would be the most obvious option for me and when listening to a mix cd that i did not create myself it would be extremely useful. I also had some humming noise coming through the speakers with this deck but do not think it was at fault. Long story short, i upgraded to the 7800 and could not be happier. It's hard to believe but the screen alot better and full color of course. Also, all of the problems with the 6800 are fixed. The 7800 has much less lit up and what is lit up is a darker blue and is much less bright. Because the track time is fixed on the screen of the 7800 it has more options for displaying song/album/track information.
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3 out of 5

Overall great once you get the bugs out

Written By smarc1214, Tallmadge, OH on Sunday, November 19, 2006
 
The unit itself is outstanding. The sound is terrific. I also found that Sirius doesn't quite work right. I can't get the function control that switches views to work. I called Pioneer and they just said that I was correct, the function button doesn't work on any of their units with Sirius. So you can't switch from song title to button number. This isn't a big deal because if you quickly switch to the next channel and back the button number is displayed for a few seconds. Since I was able to fix the brightness problem, and I have a workaround for the function button not working with Sirius, I am very happy.
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4 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6700MP Replacement

Written By Jess, Saint Louis MO on Monday, November 13, 2006
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This was purchsed as a replacement to a DEH-P6700. I found that the DEH-P6700 was a great unit and was very easy to learn my way around the controls. The optional Steering wheel remote control worked well with the 6700 but not all features of the factory provided remote for the 6800 were available on the Steering wheel remote. The 6800 sounds great and offers more sound enhancement options. The controls are a little more difficult to figure out unlike the 6700. Overall very satisfied with the replacement.
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5 out of 5

Excellent head unit

Written By obrandt, Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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I recently purchased this new head unit after finally giving up on my factory head unit in our 2002 Toyota 4Runner. The Pioneer DEH-P6800MP is an excellent choice. I installed this about a week ago now, and I absolutely love it. Looks, sound, and integrated iPod controls.

Don't let the brightness of the display scare you off. In my opinion this is a non-issue. I would imagine your personal opinion of the display brightness may vary depending on where the unit sits in your dash. In my 4Runner, it sits pretty far below eye level and it isn't distracting at all. Again, for me it's a non-issue.

I'm also big iPod guy (i.e. never use the tuner, and only use the cd player when I forget to charge my iPod). I don't know about the rest of you, but I ALWAYS forget to charge my iPod. There's nothing worse than having to ride in silence b/c your iPod gave out on you. The radio just isn't an option. Why spend $50 to buy one of those car iPod chargers and a cassette adapter or a FM transmitter, and have all these cords and bulky adapters plugged into your cigarette lighter? Get yourself the Pioneer CD-iB100ii iPod Interface along with this head unit, like I did, and you're definitely good to go. I installed both in less than an hour and a half.

I now have the iPod interface installed in the dash, and connect my iPod in the glove. No visible cords or bulky adapters and I have full control all through the Pioneer DEH-P6800MP. To top it all off, my iPod now charges while connected! Next up...new speakers. :)
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3 out of 5

Good value with a few nits to pic

Written By donahue, Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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I decided to replace the factory unit in my Ford F350 and I wanted an inexpensive unit that had front AUX input and would play MP3 CDs.

I read the reviews and was concerned about the units brightess. My concerns were realized when I drove out in the country at night with no moon or any other lights. I have already started to get used to it but I would be nice to be able to dim the buttons instead of just the display.

I have only two other nits to pick:
1. In random mode, selecting the next track selects the next track in order instead of the next random track. Bummer.

2. There is no pause button the main unit. To pause the unit quickly you must use the remote. Selecting pause on the unit involves several pushes and clicks using the function selector which means it is basically useless. The remote is your friend. Learn to use it.

Overall, for the price, it is a nice unit with great sound and features, even with my stock speakers. Speaker replacement is next.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Head Unit for a Great Price

Written By Sam, Manchester, MI on Saturday, October 21, 2006
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I originally purchased this head unit mainly because I wanted to have XM radio and my iPod hooked up directly without having to use FM modulators. After installation, though, it turned out to be worth much more than that, and I like it so much better than the factory CD player on my Corolla.

Pros:
-The AUX port on the front makes it incredibly easy to connect your iPod without having to use an FM transmitter. Make sure you buy a connector cable with a 2.5mm input jack though.
-XM connected to and controlled by the head unit is smooth and easy to use.
-It's really easy to control the power going to the subs.
-The control knob gives the unit a really streamlined look without tons of little buttons. It's not clunky or awkward to use like some have said.
-The blue display is really nice. Some say it's way too bright, but I find that even at night it isn't at all distracting.

Cons:
-The faceplate has to be open to access the AUX port in the front. It doesn't make anything harder to use but it also doesn't look that good.
-Because of the multi-function control knob, there is a relatively high learning curve. Keep the instruction manual with you and you'll be fine.

Overall I love it and it's perfect for my needs. And Crutchfield's service was amazing; it came with free shipping and I still received it in 2 days.
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5 out of 5

Best bang for the Buck

Written By Harley, Portland OR on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
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I couldnt resist the price on this unit. Initially, I wasnt impressed with the sound and was a bit puzzled about the controls, but now that its been in use for about a week, I have the controls down and the sound is dialed in. I do not think you can top this system for this price.

At first listen, I was convinced I needed a subwoofer setup because even using the "powerful" equalizer curve, it sounded like there was no bottom end. This was before I found the separate Bass settings and the separate Loudness settings. Lets just say that there is no longer any need for any sort of powered subwoofer. This stereo and my JBL speakers put out all the volume and bass my ears can stand.

Also, the ipod controls are super easy to use and maintain the same process you use on your ipod, however, you can safely just tuck your ipod away. I chose the glove box for mine.

The dimmer feature does make the display face dim when you turn on the lights, and you can adjust it from a brightness of 1-15... I have mine set on about 10... but it doesnt dim the control lighting which is very bright. I hope Pioneer takes care of that in future models. It isnt dangerously bright, but it is a little annoying at night.

Crutchfield sent me all the exact harnesses I needed for a quick hookup, and two different times I called with stupid questions which they quickly answered without even laughing. Both times it was late at night.

I have found specific products for less money at other locations, but I doubt they would provide the support both before and after the sale that Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

awesome power

Written By Matt, hanover, pa on Saturday, September 30, 2006
 
i replaced my factory cd/cassette with this pioneer and i love it. i never knew the factory speakers could sound so good. 1 hitch though i used the steering wheel interface unit so i can use my radio controls from my steering wheel and the chart that was included was a little hard to understand and i didn't get programming the device right away, but crutchfield tech support helped me out and it works 100%, thanks crutchfield ! and pioneer of course.
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5 out of 5

The best I've used

Written By Jadus, Arizona on Friday, September 29, 2006
 
WOW! I have gone through alot of head units in the past 5 years due to vehicle changes and I've mainly stuck with Pioneer. This is in my 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and is powering 4 Pioneer TS-A6981R 6x8's and it sounds pretty nice. The separate Sub controls are great and really come in handy. Great OEL that really illuminates the interior. Great all around Head Unit.
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5 out of 5

Better than I expected

Written By chiefbrett1, kansas on Thursday, September 28, 2006
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I love this head unit. I was a little nervous about how bright it might be but its not to bad, not enough to bother me. Some also said that it is a little complicated to use but I have not had to open the manual on anything. Awesome looks and graphics, doesn't matter if I don't have a full color screen. This is my second Pioneer head unit and so far I would not consider anything else.
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5 out of 5

better than a Bose Head deck

Written By Selwyn, Houston on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
 
I replaced my Bose Headunit on my Maxima, with this stereo and used the existing Bose speakers. The sound is amazing and detailed. There are so many Sound customizations. You do not need to pay more than $300 to get a great system. This is it. I also have the Ipod connection which is a seemless and most worthwhile investment. Listen to the other reviews and you will see why Pioneer Rules!

p.s. The screen is not that bright! contrary to many reviews
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5 out of 5

Excellent Replacement

Written By AzJose, Chandler, AZ on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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I got this unit to replace an old Sony Xplode unit. I wanted MP3, iPod and XM in one unit. The 6800mp does that and more. I like the features of having IP-bus links to attach components, very nice.

Installation with all the provided hardware from Crutchfield made installing a snap. Took maybe 1 hour to install everything. The longest part was crimping the wiring harness together.

Setting up all the presets and such was easy once you learn the way thru the menus. I figured I would fumble thru it, but reverted to the manual, reading the manual would be highly recommended, lots of stuff to know.

For the price, can't be this unit at all.
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5 out of 5

Just As Good As The DEH-P8600MP

Written By Yves, Hillside, NJ on Monday, September 25, 2006
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Don't let those more expensive head units fool you, the only reason that makes those other models cost more then this, is the display. My friend has a DEH-P8600MP and we have identical sound systems and I heard no real noticible difference in quality.

I am not really interested in pretty displays as much as I am in sound quality and this definitely gets the job done. Even on a stock system this headunit makes the bass and clearity come alive.

My only beef with it is that the Radio Tuner is controlled by the turnknob instead of having individual preset buttons but other then that, this is definitely a great buy and I am happy with my purchase.
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4 out of 5

Consistent With Pioneer

Written By Jason, Minnesota on Friday, September 22, 2006
 
I finally installed this deck about a month and a half ago, and wanted to give it a test run before coming to any conclusions about it.

To begin with, this is my 3rd pioneer deck i've owned, and so far so good. The OEL display is nothing new at this point, but still looks good and definitely beats the old "analog" look.

As far as shaping your stereo sound, this deck like most pioneers gives you plenty of options for the price, beating most competitors in my opinion. 7-band EQ, seperate subwoofer controls, high pass/low pass filters, pretty much all you need for starters. I also have the IPod adapter hooked up and i cant help but say it is a MUST have. It is so nice, i dont even carry CD's in my car anymore, no need. Why waste the money from buying a CD changer when you can just go and spend the $50 it takes and get the adapter. With my 60gb ipod, it is MORE than enough to get me through the day.

But it looks and sounds very clean. My ONE and ONLY gripe about it is that it is far too bright at night, some reviews say its not, some would definitely agree with me...but in my own opinion its far too bright, even at its lowest brightness setting and the dimmer on. the screen itself dims but the buttons dont, which is kind of a pain. but thats it really, and i'm pretty picky when it comes to stereos. I'm running two Xplod amps and two Xplod subs with it and it sounds great, makes my drive so much more enjoyable. For the price, you cant beat this deck, look at all the other 200 dollar decks out there, and none compare.
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5 out of 5

I Love It !

Written By chadeaux36, Humble, TX on Saturday, September 16, 2006
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This is a great all-around head unit for the price. I have no complaints at all. The sub controls work great, the display is nice, and it was a major upgrade (sound wise) from my stock unit. Even with my stock speakers my system sounded much better after I installed my Pioneer. If you can afford it, consider the deh-P7800mp... but if not then get this one and don't look back!
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5 out of 5

9-14-06

Written By burdine07, essex,MO on Friday, September 15, 2006
 
i got this last night and i just sat in my car going through all the great features it has the sub control was perfect and it was so easy to use this has to be the best cd player i have ever bought.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Roberto, Chicago on Monday, September 11, 2006
 
I recently installed this unit in my Lancer ES and it sounds exceptional. Being able to control an I-Pod from the stereo is an outstanding idea. I absolutely love this head unit. For the being too bright I'm sure that it's a small price to pay for all the features this unit has to offer so that definitely can be overlooked. This is such a great stereo that my skeptical wife also enjoys it. The price also was what sealed the deal for me. This is my first Pioneer head unit and I am very happy with my purchase. Also thank you very much Crutchfield for all your hard work and help to get me through this simple install. You guys make installing your own items a breeze. As for the shoppers looking for a great deal and you are on a budget this head unit is definitely a great buy!!!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Blair, Kohler, WI on Monday, September 11, 2006
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This stereo is awesome! I installed it in only hours in my 99 Cavalier. It is awesome for the price!
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5 out of 5

Order it!

Written By James, Maryland on Saturday, September 09, 2006
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I have always used Pioneer head units and this is the best one yet. It looks great and performs even better. The 7 band Eq is great for tuning over the typical 3 band Eq. I love the display and I think it looks great day or night, some people have said its to bright but I don't think so. Best of all, crutchfield had it to my door less than 24 hours after ordering it, thats with free standard shipping!
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4 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Graham, Tyler, TX on Friday, September 08, 2006
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I've owned pioneer hu's for the last 10 years and have never had a problem with them. This one is no different. The only thing i would change is having preset numbers instead of the rotary commander knob. I've read people having problems using it and that's not the problem. It's just a preference thing. The only other problem i have is i have a Jeep Wrangler and with the top down it's hard to see the display during the day. But for sound quality/adjustablility...it's great.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Xavier, Decatur, GA on Thursday, September 07, 2006
 
This receiver is definately the best receiver in its price range.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Chris, baton rouge, la on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
 
This CD player is great. I absolutely love it. The features are awesome. The graphics are really kool. Be careful, don't stare at em' to long, might get into a wreck. Sometimes at night I just go sit in my expedition and turn it low and listen and look at this thing. I have two 6x9's in my back doors, a 12" sub in a ported box, and a punch p2002 amp. This stuff all works great together. I am a bass-head so I am looking to buy some Kicker subs and amp on Crutchfield. But I wont change this deck for a very long time. This Cd player is bad, all my friends love it and a few got the same one. Nice job, Pioneer. P.S. No problems with brightness!
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5 out of 5

Great sound for the price

Written By Brian, Oregon on Friday, August 25, 2006
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Everyone has great things to say about this unit, so I'm just going to let everyone know that it fits perfectly in my 2001 Jetta. I had the factory Monsoon indash 2" receiver/tape unit with the optional 2" dash mounted CD player (making this a 4" tall unit combo). The sound from the factory system was ok, but this Pioneer unit really sounds nice; with the factory speakers and factory amplifier it sounds entirely different. One thing you'll notice is that the default sound settings aren't all that impressive, but as others have mentioned, make sure to scroll through the "Audio" menu to optimize to your vehicle (the difference in selecting "High" in the "LOUD" setting will blow you away). At the same time I also purchased the steering wheel controller (PAC SWI-PS) to use my factory stereo controls. It plugged right into the back of the CD player and in a matter of minutes I had everything working flawlessly.

I also have to give kudo's to Crutchfield on their service. Its not often that I'm impressed with online retailers enough to mention them, so hats off to you! I used the chat session to talk to a technician to verify the fit for my vehicle. They described all parts (and even gave me the part numbers for all the accessories that I might need). Equally impressive to the service are the instructions that they supply; I've never seen such spot-on detail. I'll be recommending Crutchfield to anyone looking for audio equipment. Thanks again
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5 out of 5

Great in all aspects

Written By Phil T., Rochester, MI on Sunday, August 20, 2006
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1. Sound Quality; The radio reception is clear and clean. I have alpine speakers in the front door panels and in the back I have sony speakers which add to making this HU even better. The highs are incredible. The 7 band equalizer is a great way to customize your sound. Also, I like the fact you can see how strong your radio signal is on the HU.

2. OEL Display; I have read some reviews and they have said the OEL is too bright at night. To me it's just fine. Even with the brightness on the max (on 15) its still not a problem for me. Also, the OEL is easy to see in the daytime. I thought without having buttons on the HU would be a big problem but using the remote makes using the radio easy. Using the remote makes it easy to change channels and program stations on your HU. Also, I love all the graphics this pioneer HU has. I never get tired of them.

3. Bass; I do have a Kenwood KAC 628 amp hooked up to this HU with the amp powering two 12 inch subwoofers. If you like bass you will like this receiver. Bass from radio stations are very powerful just like the bass from cds. You can control your subwoofer from the HU which is another good thing about this receiver. You have bass coming from 3 things: Your equalizer, bass boost, and your subwoofer. The bass is so strong from my subwoofer I have to put my equalizer and bass boost at minimum levels or else the bass will be too strong.

This is a great HU in all ways (sound and display). I would highly recommend this HU. Also, if you need help with setting up this HU all the Crutchfield advisors are friendly and very helpful.
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4 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Vanderhoff7, Newfoundland, NJ on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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This is a great HU!Some of the other reviews talk about the Rotary Commander being hard to work with & it being to bright,this is not true.After reading the Manual and sitting in my driveway working with all the functions and features it was real easy.You can really put the 7 band EQ to work. Set up took some time but its worth it with 4 speakers, 2 amps, 2 subs, ipod and sirius .When setting your sirius and FM stations use the supplied remote its easy and quick.

I also got the Pioneer CD-SR100
steering wheel mount remote and that is easier to ajust almost everything on the player then touching the unit.

Crutchfield is top notch with everything I would never shop anywhere else!!

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5 out of 5

This is a sweet head unit

Written By Patrick, DeSoto, Missouri on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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For the price this is the unit. This is my second Pioneer and it has way more features than I thought it would. It is very easy to program the Eq to your favorite type of music. It has a high pass filter that keeps the lows out of your smaller speakers.
The joystick control is a lot sturdier than I thought it would be. Sounds great too! With some component speakers, this thing really rocks hard!
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5 out of 5

High value head unit

Written By Evan, St. Peter, MN on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
 
Awesome head unit for the small price. Hard to find a unit with this many features and one that looks awesome with its many display options for that price. I am very happy with the unit installed in my truck. The screen is not too bright as others say and it is adjustable. I have it hooked up to an amp and 10" sub and it provides great controls for those add-ons. The 7-band EQ is great to fine tune the audio. The list button comes in nice when playing mp3 cds so you can see all the songs on the disc by simply scrolling through them like an iPod. Overall I would recommend this head unit to anybody because of the endless display features, ease to use, variety of functions and low price.
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5 out of 5

Nice Head Unit

Written By Bill, Florissant, CO on Friday, August 04, 2006
 
I replaced the factory radio with this head unit. For my last truck, I put a DIN and a Half (CG) Pioneer DEH-P77DH. This time, however I went with a normal DIN size for better option choices. Glad I did. In addition, because I had a Pioneer HU before, the learning curve was small.

This is my first mp3 capable player and it is a handy thing to put so many songs on one CD.

The sound is great. I am adding a RF 100-watt RMS amp, yet the unit does pretty well without adding an amp. I just want that little bit extra. I am also adding a Bazooka 6" 200-watt SW. Trucks are hard to get good sound in without tuning the sound system and this time I'm getting all the foam baffles and Dynanmat materials to dampen the annoying door vibrations.

Pros: Great sound, pre-outs for all speakers, nice to look at. Good remote.
Cons: The lighting is a bit bright in the dark (no street lights), but not a deal-breaker. Still looking for a way to adjust lighting on controls.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By The Martin Family, Ohio on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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This receiver is awesome. The features are great, the menu's are nice, and the display is bright and interesting. The only drawback is I cant figure out how to random play and skip tracks randomly, it will play random but not skip randomly. So I really give it a 4 and 3 quarters but other than that this receiver is great.
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5 out of 5

GREAT HU, LOTS OF FEATURES, AND PRETTY LOOKING TOO!!!

Written By Jose M, NEW YORK, NY on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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I will start by saying that the DEH-6800MP is a great head unit. I bought this unit to replace the original (factory) head unit on my Nissan Quest. I installed the unit about two weeks ago and so far I haven't had any complaints. I must say that I have to disagree with at least one comment I read here about this unit. The reviewer said that in this unit sound quality was not a priority with Pioneer. The sound quality is great. Just like with any other car stereo you buy these days, you have to tweak it to your personal taste. I have to agree that this is not a plug-and-play stereo. If you want to take advantage of most of the features on this unit, you have to read the manual (at least go through the Table of Contents, and see what your interests are). Also, learning how to use the stereo wasn't difficult at all. It only took me about 1/2 hour to get to know all the menus.

When it comes to the display, yes, it may be a bit bright at night but it's not as bad as some people describe it here. Reading the display is great day or night. And the graphics are excellent.

Installing the unit was a breeze thanks to Crutchfield's mastersheets, installation kit and plug to match the original in the car. Called support a couple of times just to make sure that I wasn't criss-crossing any cables and as always, support was great. Crutchfield: You guys are great!!!

My conclusion is that this is a great unit. Sound, looks, everything. Again, just get familiar with it and you will not be disappointed.
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4 out of 5

Very nice head-unit

Written By Chris, Santa Rosa, CA on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
 
i installed this unit today and i must say that this is an extremely good deck. i had alpine type r speakers (SPR-17LP) matched with the stock unit, but now with the pioneer deck,those speakers sound very very nice, i was extremely impressed; this deck made a great difference. bass is deep and strong, at same time it has an elegant treble. sound is very well balanced with this deck. it is also loaded with useful features and i like the ease of control.

the only bad thing is that the dimmer isn't very good.
when i turn on the headlight, only display dims but the lights on the control doesn't dim at all. it is very tiring for eyes at night, especially when i drive around dark streets.

overall, this unit is very nice, packed with features but the problem with dimmer force me to give 4 stars only.
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5 out of 5

pioneer deh-p6800mp

Written By rob, brooklawn nj on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
 
I am very satisfied with the radio.It was shipped in a timley matter. and best of all when I had some problems hooking it up I called your tech support and the were great ,they walked me threw everything and fixed all my issues. Thank You for a great bussines.
The radio sounds great in my ford explorer it realy made my factory speakers come alive.

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5 out of 5

A head unit loaded with features and easily worth the price.

Written By Glenn, St. Cloud, MN on Monday, July 24, 2006
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This is a head unit that is loaded with useful features, and has great flexibly to allow you to tune the sound from the drivers seat! I replaced the stock head unit in my 2004 Maxima with this unit, and am very pleased. My system is made up of: two Amps driving the interior speakers and driving the subs, all interior speakers(front and back) are Boston Acoustic, with two 10" Boston Acoustic subs in the trunk. The features on the P6800 that I really like are: the equalizer with 5 preset patterns and 2 you can custom set yourself, obviously MP3 allows me to record 15-20 albums on one CD, very cool graphics that keep the display interesting while the tunes are playing, and all the other features YOU can control and set. This unit does take some study of the owner's manual, but it's well worth it! Shaping the sound to your likes is one of the things car audio is about, this unit will do it for you!! Buy it!!!!
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5 out of 5

Fantastic sound!

Written By Michael, NW Florida on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
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I was concerned about sound in my car because it can only use 5 1/4" speakers. I bought nice speakers to replace the Nokia speakers that BMW installed and purchased a Pioneer 6800. After wiring the head unit, even my old speakers sounded great (even though one was broken). When the new speakers were installed, I was amazed at the lack of distortion from the 6800 at high gain. After the unit and speakers were installed, I drove home with the top down and had a better sound at 60 mph than I had with the factory unit with the top up and the windows closed.
As to Crutchfield, this was my first purchase, but wont be my last. Great information helped me decide on which unit and the installation book made it easy to install. Fast shipping, free accessories, and knowing there was tech help, if needed, makes Crutchfield really stand out. Only problem was the page for the 6800 seems to say that an additional warranty is available, but it wasnt. Small problem for such a great purchase experience.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Josh, Caledonia, MI on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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I loved how easy it was to install and how much better it sounds even with my stock speakers... thanks crutchfield... now to buy better speakers then see what it can do...
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5 out of 5

Excelent head unit

Written By Jesse, Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 16, 2006
 
This unit is freaking awesome like all Pioneer products.

The sound is great since it provides 22 watts rms per channel. It also has hi volt (4 volt) rca outputs for those who have amplifiers.

I bouht it to replace my factory cd player and i'm so happy with this unit !!!

My unit is moving 2 pioneer TS-D161R (260 watts pmpo, 60 watts rms) and 2 pioneer TS-D691R (350 watts pmpo, 80 watts rms) and the power is freaking awesome !!!!

The panel is not as bright as some people say, despite mi car is really dark because of the window tint...

In conclusion, this headunit rocks... BUY IT !!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Pimp

Written By Jaime, Del Rio, Texas on Friday, July 14, 2006
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First off, Crutchfield provides you with the dash kit, the DIN removers (for removing the factory radio), and a carriage (to hook up the head unit with original wiring). This is EVERYTHING you need to get this bad boy in and Crutchfield goes even further to include the intructions needed. Hats off!!
Now, for the head unit itself. It's a great upgrade from my JVC. Not flaming on JVC, but the sound quality is intense with the 6800MP. The 22 watts at RMS is more than enough to push my Pioneer 6x8 3-ways. The bass is also very brute. The backs of my seat in my Ranger vibrate at a little past half the total volume level.
The amount of features in this unit is incredible. 7 EQ curves are great with 2 custom settings. I have yet to try out the Ipod jack that is situated directly below the middle of the face plate. Also, the flip down screen is very smooth. When you turn your vehicle off, the unit actually goes into the eject position and beeps to remind you to remove the faceplate. Very smart, very safe!
The screen is also very bright. Gives your car that "show-quality" look from the inside. It may be too bright for country driving, but living in the city this is definitely no problem at all. Speaking of bright, the intense blue makes the screen videos and pictures come to life. There are quite a few stills and some movies as well as a spectrum analyzer and battery voltage meter. Each one is spot on and active.
The only downfall would be the learning curve of the system. 15 minutes of messing with it and it was all good. All in all, after I installed it myself, I'm glad I bought this unit. Grade "A," Number 1!
~Jaime
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By andy, New Berlin, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 13, 2006
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Well i did some research and the main advantage for this product was the aux input on the front of the screen, and not to mention ive had one pioneer deck in a previous vehicle.

I got around to installing it tonight in my 1500 silverado, very easy to do, used the supplied mounting brackets and such, took me about 30 minutes total, being that i had wired the harnesses together the night before..

so far its a great looking and sounding deck, much better than the stock system. Cant wait to see what it will do when i get my sub in
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3 out of 5

Don't drive at night with this deck on

Written By Sarah, Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
 
Pros:

- Good sound quality
- Loaded to the gills with features
- Extremely easy access to the subwoofer output features
- Fantastic 7 band EQ

Cons:

- Somewhat high learning curve; however this is mostly due to the immense amount of features
- Only 2 volt pre-outs
- EXTREMELY bright at night. During city driving, it is not that big of a deal, but in the country this deck is blinding even with the deck dimmed as much as possible. If you are at all sensitive to this sort of thing, this is not the deck for you.
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5 out of 5

Nice!!!

Written By cody, honesdale pa on Monday, July 10, 2006
 
Well alot of people say this unit is hard to figure out, and hard to control, but it really is not! i had it for 10 minutes and figured out the main basic functions. It sounds great it adds alot to the music. It also looks very nice too. Graphics are neat. I have it hooked to a pioneer 15 band EQ, and they work together very well! i am very very happy with this deck, and i am sure you will be too!
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4 out of 5

what happened to the a.m reception?

Written By richard, new york, n.y. on Monday, July 10, 2006
 
I bought this radio to replace my factory radio in my 2005 mitsubishi lancer. The sound quality was a big improvement over factory. The display in the head unit is great as i can set one design(I like the racing video) and my wife sets another when we use the car. This is my second pioneer radio, I have the deh-p3600 in my 1995 ford windstar, and I recomend pioneer radios to all my friends. One problem, I like to listen to talk radio and check the traffic conditions on news radio. All which are on A.M. The reception for A.M. radio is very weak. I went to several radio shops and they said it was the pioneer radio. My factory radio had much better A.M. reception. It is only a minor problem, but if your like me and listen to A.M. while driving to work, this may be a problem. As many of times I have avoided major traffic delays while driving my windstar to work becuase I was able to get the news radio channels on A.M. Over all this is very good looking and great sounding c.d. player.
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5 out of 5

Awesome experience

Written By Josh, Forest, Va on Friday, July 07, 2006
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I installed this unit in my car today and I couldnt be more satisfied. The unit sounds really great and it really makes my pioneer speakers in the back come alive. The graphics are also really cool. Ive never installed anything in my car before and it was really easy with the instructions I was given and the tech guys were helpful.

Some people are concerned about the click wheel controlling everything but you shouldnt be. They failed to mention that the wheel clicks forward back left and right so it makes it really easy to scroll through stuff. Another great unit from Pioneer.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By xhusker, Springfield, MO on Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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Awesome unit! I agree with others, I thought my factory speakers were junk until I replaced the factory stereo. Huge difference. I also have an ipod and the newest ipod hookup. Its the best combination I've seen. I've never had a problem with any ipod controls and the sound is excellent. My only gripe is the same as listed, the left side display is as bright as the sun at night, and only the right side can be dimmed. This install was in a '02 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 1500 and took me very little effort & time thanks to Crutchfield. Just an FYI, in my Dodge the display is a bit hard to read in the daylight. The front of this unit is quite shiny and reflective. Mostly due to the angle of the unit in the dash, and no sunshade or overhang above it. It's also a bit hard to read with polarized sunglasses on. The mount of the bracket & unit was perfect though. The remote works excellent at any angle too, and is always what I use to control my ipod and all stereo functions. Excellent unit.
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4 out of 5

Great Stereo

Written By Chris, TX on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
 
This is a awsome stero.Liked all the features it has plus the graphics.Only thing i didnt like was the bright blue light at night.Yes u can turn down the brightness but only effects the graphics side.The other side with the buttons and all stay very bright.I was amazed by the sound it has.A whole lot better the my old alpine.All in all,this is a great stero.
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5 out of 5

WOW

Written By Evilboi1, TX on Monday, June 19, 2006
 
I thought my speakers were crap but I got the stereo first and was going to get the speakers in two weeks. My factory speakers are great, the stereo I had was crap.. Can't believe how long I listened to bad sound... This is SWEET and will be even better with new speakers
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4 out of 5

Awesome Sound and Graphics and Features but WWAAYY tooo bright!!!

Written By Tim, Corpus Christi, TX on Thursday, June 08, 2006
 
Just put this baby in today and have been messing with it all day. The features are great! Auxiliary input right up front for the iPod or any other sound source. The motorized faceplate was a surprise for me, it really works well, when you turn you car off, it automatically slides down so you can take off the faceplate, great feature! For those who say that sound quality isn't good. Your not setting the audio options up right, for one, SET THE LOUDNESS SETTING TO HI! Then play with the seven-band equilizer till you find the right setting....it sounds beautiful! MP3 and WMA CD's play QUICK!! The display graphics are amazing too, even better than my last Pioneer, the 7700.

OK now for the one problem I have, this makes me give it 4 stars. Pioneer, you really need to fix this. When you adjust the brightness, make it where the buttons and volume knob lights dim too, not just the display. This thing is FREAKING BRIGHT! Its very very distracting at night! Like I said this is my only problem, the player is FLAWLESS otherwise. Pioneer is THE best brand for car stereos, everything else is junk!
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5 out of 5

I love this

Written By Mike, Wayland, MI on Monday, June 05, 2006
 
I got this deck a few weeks ago for my '94 Geo Prizm and I love it. It does everything a cd player should do and does it well, plus it plays AAC's come on what isn't to love about that. The control dial makes navigating through the menus very easy, but does take a little getting used to. The only thing that bugs me about it is that at night it is very bright. You can adjust the brightness and it does work with the dimmer, however I don't know if it's just my car but it doesn't fully dime just go from bright to blinding. Other then that I would strongly recommend that you buy this, you won't regret it.
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5 out of 5

This is the one, buy it, it's great...

Written By Chris, Bradenton, FL. on Saturday, June 03, 2006
 
As usual Pioneer does a great job producing an awesome stereo.... I went from a DEH-P4700MP to this!!! Wow, it's a night and day comparison. The 4700 is a great stereo, but this leaves it behind....

I don't know what the complaints are about on here about the sound quality? Maybe check your speakers, amps, or th +/- connections, because I have STOCK GM speakers and they sound like the Alpines I had in my other car. This stereo is very easy to work with, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, most of the controls are like all the other Pioneer upper end stereos. It took me 5 minutes to make it sound right, and customize it my way. The 7 way knob is the best idea they came up with yet, and the remote is great too, very easy to use. A 7 band EQ... That is nice... No more 3 band. Finally Pioneer gave us an AUX input, in a very wierd place, but hey at lease we have one besides buying a cd-rb10 aux connector. I love the blue OEL screen too.

Another review had a complaint about the lack of preset buttons, for one.... How could you not have seen there are none??? Anyways, the remote is so simple to use to change channels, there is nothing to it. You can use the remote or just the 7 way knob, push it in, turn to the channel you want, push it again.... Wow that is hard!

So I would recommend this stereo to anyone, you will not be dissatisfied at all, it's great.
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5 out of 5

very impressive

Written By pmac, Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, May 03, 2006
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Had this h/u installed in my 05 Nissan Altima 2 weeks ago and couldn't be happier. I was looking for something for my ipod and this is almost perfect. Navigating through the ipod menus to get to your music can take some time (or maybe just some getting used to) so it can be a distraction if your on the move. Other than that, the menu setup and main control knob work exactly as the ipod wheel. You do need the Pioneer ipod adapter which added about $100, but it's well worth it. I don't listen to the radio much so the cumbersome radio presets don't bother me.
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3 out of 5

Solid device, great display, but limited controls

Written By Seane, Tucson, AZ on Friday, March 24, 2006
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I bought this unit greatly anticipating its arrival and installation in my 2003 Toyota Tundra Access Cab. I had reviewed and researched the Pioneer unit in depth, only to be disappointed when it did arrive.

As usual from an item ordered from Crutchfield, installation was a breeze and after the installation of my Alpine CDA-9856 it was really easy. I honestly had to refer to the installation instructions a couple of times, not much more then that.

Once installed, and running, it started to go downhill. The display, the weakest link with the Alpine CDA-9856, is easily the strongest part with the Pioneer DEH-P6800MP. It is bright, clear and very easy to read in all light conditions.

But you can forget using the front accessible mini-input connection if you do have a Tundra or have to use some mounting kits. The frame of the kit blocked access to the connection and I had to dremel out space for it. Poor placement.

The multi-control knob is easy to use, but too much focus is put into a single control interface. I like the iPods simplistic, yet highly intuitive controls. The Pioneer tried to emulate this, but fell a bit short.

If you listen to radio, and enjoy quick preset buttons (i.e. 1-6 buttons), this unit is not for you. I was oblivious to this when I ordered this unit. To access a preset list you have to hit the list button, scroll through the list (hoping you get the right station the first time) then push the multi-control in.

To pause a CD or the iPod it is almost as bad. You have to push the multi-control wheel in, scroll to the appropriate sub-menu, scroll to pause then push to pause. The new Alpine units have an easy t
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3 out of 5

Nice features

Written By Troy, Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, March 23, 2006
 
This reciever is packed with cool features. Great adjustability and flexibility. Nice 7 band equalizer. Subwoofer direct menu feature. The display is pretty cheesy though. Sound quality is definately not a priority with Pioneer. I believe they are more interested in looks than performance. At this price point, the sound quality was a real disappointment.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By Griffin, Cleveland, MS on Monday, March 20, 2006
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Honestly, I was a little skeptical about this multi-function knob prior to ordering, but that soon vanished. I personally think that this function simplifies the whole process of picking and choosing your options and music. The remote is great once you become familiar with it. Keep in mind that I have only had this thing for 3 days.

Also, don't worry about not being able to see this radio. The organic blue display definately brings the cab to life. The graphics are just as good as the sound.

As always, Crutchfield was extremely easy to do business with.
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5 out of 5

Great!!!

Written By Frank, Victorville, CA on Thursday, March 16, 2006
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Fit right in my pt cruiser in 15 minutes. Great in every aspect for the price.. Cannot beat this reciever. Looks classy and not to flashy.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By jeff, hickory n.c on Thursday, March 09, 2006
 
i have used alpine almost exsclusive for head units for years and like the previous person said i think they have dropped their quiality over the years...i have also used kenwood excelon,clarion pro audio head units and have had no luck about 6 months after their warranties they malfunction. i went with pioneer this time because i have had 2 of thier home recievers and have purchased 2 pioneers for my parents for presents that are like 5-9 years old no problems!!!! sound quiality is just as good if not better than 400 dollar decks...u just have to work withthe eq's to make them sound that way..but just straight out of box it has a very good sound.as for pre out's they are 2.2v not 4v.
all in all great sound ..nice display all kinds of features in a 260 deck! and have been dealing with crutchfield for 20 years no problems ...great company...from c/s to t/s.
alot of companies today have forums so that they dont have to answer questions they just want your money.....crutchfield is different u can reach them anytime with questions...crutchfield rules!!!!!!!!
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5 out of 5

One of the best Values out

Written By SoundBombing, Vineland, NJ on Thursday, March 09, 2006
 
I done a ton of research on which HU to purchase as I always do. I came across this model and was blown away on how much it actually could do.

The iPod controller was a great feature. Espcially since you can select your songs right from the HU. Just throw the ipod in the glove box and listen.

Being able to chose which Sat. Radio company I want was also a good convience. On mostof the onther HU I looked up you had to choose which one of the companies you wanted before hand because they were either or.

When comparing to other models with the same feature I was looking at an increase of price of 100 dollars or so. Which didn't make sense to me at all.

Alot of the Alpine HU I looked at had similar features but the ones with the subwoofer controller where in the 350 range. And the difference in performance was minimal if any.

All in all the best HU on the market for the dollar. If your looking for alot of performance and tons of features this is the HU for you.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Performance and Value

Written By Jon, Atlanta, GA on Monday, March 06, 2006
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I will start this review by admitting that I am a die hard Alpine fan and have had Alpine in every car I have ever owned. Never did I think that I would go to another manufacturer. The reason I looked at this unit is because the Alpine 9857 is not out yet and I was not thrilled with the display on the 9856. In addition, I have found that Alpine is starting to skip some features (like 4 volt pre-outs) and their build quality is falling short of their older units. I know that mass retailers like Best Buy are carrying them now so I presume that they needed to lower prices and cut corners to satisfy that market. That said, I am absolutely happy with the features and performance of this unit. I have the IPod adapter hooked in to the radio and it is very easy to use and the display is excellent. Everything is very easy to read and is, at least somewhat, intuitive. This unit probably has more features than I will ever use but overall I am very happy with it. Also, Crutchfield is not only the best online retailer I have ever done business with, they are about the best of any electronics retailers I have ever dealt with. Very professional, courteous, and helpful and their prices are very competitive.
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2 out of 5

Pioneer DEH-P6800MP

Written By DaniJ, Nebraska on Monday, March 06, 2006
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This stereo is not for me. I've realized that I can't live without preset # buttons. In trying to make the functions simplier they just ended up being more complicated and distracting in order to control this thing. I hate that little knob! I'm not sure how well the other stereos do in it's xm controls but this unit has way too few xm options.
I do like some of the displays but the blue color does get old. It's the only available color.
I'm trading this in for a Kenwood.
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5 out of 5

Great Car Stereo!

Written By Vasha, Auburn, AL on Friday, March 03, 2006
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This is an excellent player - I bought it for the iPod connection and it is everything I hoped for. Navigation with the iPod connected is easy to learn and very quick. The screen is eye-catching and bold for a monocromatic (blue on black) screen, with nice graphics. The FM tuner pulls in distant stations well and is easy to navigate, but I do agree with another reviewer that it be better if you could go through all the presets without having to switch banks. I am a very happy customer overall.
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5 out of 5

great buy for the money

Written By steve, morrisville, ny on Sunday, February 26, 2006
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love it and would never buy anything else.
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3 out of 5

It's a keeper! pt.1

Written By Hydra, Slidell, La on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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Good HU that works well with my truck speakers and back seat powered Kenwood Sub. I'm very satisfied with the sound, around town, but will need a back seat amp to overcome road noise at 70+ mph cruise, over various interstate road surfaces, in my '06 Tundra. The highs are ok but the low end gets lost with the road noise, so no fault with the radio.

The tack listing function for my MP3 and AAC (iTunes 6.0) works very nice and is convenient to use!
I use my iPod direct to the front panel 2.5mm, I see no need to spend another 100 bucks on an adapter and put up with any issues with a given adapter. Of course your mileage will vary.

I would give this unit 5 extra stars if Pioneer had the USB connection! I could leave the iPod behind and use my 80 gig mini laptop drive and access it through the radio as a huge CD/DVD disk. My 80 gig USB drive is smaller than my iPod ;)

The FM has a much better sound than my stock low end Tundra Panasonic CD/FM unit. I do wish Pioneer would let us directly access the 18 presets without having to use the "band" key, like the Sony radios. If you only have 6 favorite FM stations, then no problem, you still need the band key to get to the AM stations.

I have to drive on dark county roads. The blue "control lights" were so bright, I was throwing a towel over the HU! Only the center display area auto dims, hello, Pioneer? I had to modify the front panel circuit board to cut down on the intensity of the blue non-dimming control lights so this no longer an issue with me. For those of you who never leave the city, no problem.
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1 out of 5

Let's take another approach

Written By TODD, Portland, Maine on Thursday, February 16, 2006
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Let me start off by saying that I wanted to love this car stereo. I am long time Alpine fan that just wanted a little more flash and an aux input mounted frontside - which I thought would be wonderful. I had a Pioneer when I was a kid - and really wanted to go 'home' to Pioneer. I did hours of research and ultimately wound up buying this HU. When I powered it up - it looked great. However - that's where the funs ends...

First of all - the unit's control layout is just bizzare. I mean - you have to press three buttons to use the pause function. It's a real blast trying to do that on the highway when a phone call is coming in or to talk to someone. Let's say you want to fine tune the sound ...... The Rotary Commmander is very easy to inadvertently push the wrong way - so that you can wind up starting a track over again in the middle of a song.

The Supertuner is horrible - I can't believe how many less stations I get versus my other HU. The signal to noise is very low compared to other units - and is very noticeable between tracks for CDs. It's not clean sounding. And the volume takes f o r e v e r to turn to a reasonable volume level.

The display looks great - although I do agree that it is slightly cartoonish - and gets old very quickly. The text is quite small too...

Again - I understand alot of people love this deck. But I love reading these reviews - and I think honesty is the key in writing them. I wanted to love this deck - I really did. But it's on it's way back...
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5 out of 5

GREAT FOR IPOD AND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING

Written By John, Owings Mills, MD on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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Okay, let me start by saying WOW! I just had issues with another head unit and got this one and am very pleased. This unit in conjunction with the iPOD adapter works GREAT. It displays the track & artist; I believe this is due to the release date of this model. The sound is crisp and clear and the bass is incredible. Don't think twice about this one, and don't buy it anywhere else. Anytime I have any issues, crutchfield is Always there to help.
Crutchfield is AWESOME!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer 6800MP

Written By no, Home on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
 
I bought this cd player about 4 days ago. The best cd player i have ever owned. I had a jvc lh-300 and was not satisified. I would never go with anything but poineer now. Its equalizer and everything so easy to use and sounds so great. I have to two kicker comp vr 12's and 2 amps never could hit harder. A+++
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5 out of 5

Good Buy

Written By bsballa88, Longview, TX on Saturday, February 11, 2006
 
Nice product. Easy to scroll through iPod. Pioneer couldn't have made it easier. Graphics were better than what I thought they were going to be. It has good sound quality. I would buy it again if I were to buy a deck. Definitely.
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4 out of 5

Great Unit, lot of bells and whistles

Written By Adam, Plainview, NY on Friday, February 03, 2006
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I installed the unit 3 days ago. This is my first time installing a car stereo. Crutchfield was great with assisting with installation, especially since my original unit was not factory, I had to hardwire/crimp the wiring directly to the car wiring, as opposed to the convenient harness send with the unit. Install took about an hour and 1/2.

The dial/joystick knob takes getting used to. If you are used to preset buttons, the remote is a necessity; especially when programming the presets. Once they're set you can scroll easily with the knob or use the preset numbered buttons on remote (which is easier to use). The blue organic display is awesome, with fun screen savers, there's even a battery voltage meter! I'm sure I would've given 5 stars if I were used to the features. I'm using my 93 Honda Accord speakers, and I'm very impressed the sound. The unit has given my car a new lease on life for me and will keep me at bay, from getting a new car.

Crutchfield is great and I whole heartedly recommend Crutchfield as well as the Pioneer 6800.
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5 out of 5

Brings out the best in your I-Pod Adapter!

Written By Chad, Sacramento, CA on Thursday, February 02, 2006
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The 6800MP is a great stereo receiver and cd player but it really shines when used to control I-Pod or Satellite radio adapters. Unlike some other Pioneer units, the 6800MP can control both at the same time. If you read reviews of the Pioneer I-Pod adapter you see it filled with complaints, this head unit proves that it was not a fault with the I-pod adapter but rather the other head units. The 6800MP is almost a literal representation of your I-Pod screen on to the display. Chosing artist, genre or playlist is easy, even with thousands of songs. The same goes for the Sirius adapter, the sound is as good as you can get with their bandwidth, and about the only complaint I have is that you can never have ARTIST and SONG TITLE on screen at the same time. This complaint also applies to the I-Pod adapter, but it is a minor one. The FM Tuner is awesome as is CD playback (which I do very little of, attach an I-Pod and forget about the CD). Overall I am totally satisfied with this head unit, the I-Pod and Sirius adapters from Pioneer!
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