Overview: The Pioneer
DEH-P6900UB AM/FM/CD receiver features a Mosfet amplifier, Super TunerIIID,
Satellite Radio-Ready controls, a rear-panel USB input (iPod controller with
optional adapter), three sets of 4V RCA preamp
outputs, a rear auxiliary input and CD-changer controls along with a motorized
slide-down-detachable face that features an entertainment OEL display.
The DEH-P6900UB delivers a full 22 watts x 4
channels RMS and 50 watts x 4 channels peak. Compared to conventional power
supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it
delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off
switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes
because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.
Auto-Flap Motorized Face: The Pioneer
DEH-P6900UB features a motorized face-plate that electronically slides down to
insert and eject your CD discs. The face is also detachable and comes with a
hard plastic carrying case to protect the removable face-plate.
If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within four seconds of
turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be
turned off in the menu, if desired. One face-fixing screw is supplied for making
the face non-detachable, if desired.
7-Way Rotary Command Knob: The 7-Way
Rotary Command knob is like a musical joystick. With one central dial you can
actually control 90% of the unit's functions and features. Scrolling through
your MP3/WMA files and folders is easy and fast. In addition, when controlling
an iPod, the operation is easy to learn because it is similar in all respects to
the actual iPod.
IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features
Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection
of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In
addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path
interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital
processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo
separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM
lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6
of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can
store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM
Local Tuning: Local seek tuning
lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for
good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM.
The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower
settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs
in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate
from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA
files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported. The unit is
compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name,
plus comments. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are
recognized by this unit.
Note: When playing
compressed audio, there is no sound on fast forward or reverse.
AAC Decoding: This unit will
playback AAC files encoded by iTunes version 6.0.6 and earlier. Advanced Audio
Coding (AAC) refers to an audio compression technology standard used with MPEG 2
and MPEG 4.
Digital Speedread2: The
DEH-P6900UB is equipped with Pioneer's Digital Speedread2 CD mechanism, which
provides fast performance, especially for reading and playing discs with
MP3/WMA/WAV files. It also shortens the audio gap between files during random
AGC (Automatic Gain Control): The CD mechanism has a built-in Automatic Gain Control, which adjusts 7
different settings each time a CD is inserted to prevent the disc from skipping
EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P6900UB is equipped with a 7-band graphic EQ with 7 preset EQ
settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 6dB at 1dB intervals.
Features of the Easy EQ include:
- Preset EEQ Settings:
Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2 and Flat
- Adjustable Frequencies:
You can adjust the following center frequencies between +/- 6dB in 1dB steps
- 50Hz, 125Hz, 315Hz, 800Hz, 2kHz, 5kHz and 12.5kHz.
Selectable Loudness Levels:
Loudness compensates for deficiencies in the low and high frequencies at low
volumes. You can choose from three levels of
- Low: +3.5dB (100Hz), +3dB
- Mid: +10dB (100Hz), +6.5dB
- High: +11dB (100Hz), +11dB
Bass Boost: The Bass Boost
function raises the level of sounds lower than 100Hz. You can select a desired
level of bass boost between 0 and 6.
Subwoofer Output: The unit has
a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter,
phase adjustment, and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you
can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or
125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6
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
Rear Channel/Subwoofer Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs.
When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the
rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.
High Pass Filter: If you do not
want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker outputs, you
can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff
frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only frequencies
higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.
Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets
you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume
when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM
tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from
-4dB to +4dB.
Auxiliary Inputs: The
DEH-P6900UB is equipped with a rear panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for
connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player, DVD, or VCR. Once
AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to
any 10-character name. A second auxiliary device can be connected to this unit
when an optional adapter is connected to the IP-Bus connector on the rear panel.
This auxiliary input (known as AUX 2) must be turned on,
and a 10-character name for the input can be stored in memory. See below for
more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.
2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In
addition to the rear panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can
connect a second auxiliary component by
connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The CD-RB10 lets you connect one auxiliary
component, and the CD-RB20 lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD
changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 10-character name of the
connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you
cycle through the sources.
Rough Search: You can switch
the search method between fast forward/reverse and "Rough" in which the unit
searches every 10 tracks. If there are less than 10 tracks on the disc, the unit
will jump to the last track.
3-line, 16-Character Display: The
DEH-P6900UB features a black background with a blue 3-line, 16-character (each) Organic
EL display, which takes advantage
of MP3, WMA, iPod, XM Radio, and Sirius, plus CD Text-encoded discs. This large
display makes it easy to read and cycle through the song title, artist, and
other text used by these sources.
Entertainment Displays: The
DEH-P6900UB features 16 different entertainment displays to choose from while
listening to your music. You can choose from the following display modes.
- Background Visual 1 or 2
- Background Picture 1, 2, 3, or 4
- Simple Display 1 or 2
- Level Meter
- Visualizer 1, 2 or 3
- Spectrum Analyzer 1 or 2
- Entertainment Clock
For added convenience, this model comes with a
multi-language display, which can show information in three different languages
- English, French, or Spanish. Using the Rotary Command knob, allows the user to
change default language for all screen displays and menus.
Ever Scroll: When the Ever
Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on
the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll
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.
Track Title List: The Track
Title List lets you see the list of track titles on a CD TEXT disc and select
one of them to playback.
Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock
Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the Source button turns off
audio output, but the clock display remains on. When
the Clock Display has not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button
turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off
you can view the clock display be pressing the clock button. The clock will then
remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On you can select between
the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.
Brightness Level: You can
adjust the level of brightness of the display from 0 to 15. When the dimmer is
functioning, the brightness level can only be adjusted from 0 to 10.
Dimmer: To prevent the display
from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's
headlights are turned on. You can turn the dimmer function On or Off.
Reverse Mode: When the Reverse
Mode is activated, if you do not perform an operation within about 30 seconds,
the screen indications start to reverse and then continue reversing every 10
seconds until the unit is back to its main screen display.
Function Confirmation Tones: The receiver emits an audible beep tone each time a button is pressed. These
function confirmation tones cannot be turned off.
Sound from your system is muted or attenuated automatically when a phone signal
is received when you have hardwired your mobile phone system to the mute wire of
Remote Control: The DEH-P6900UB
comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5717). The remote allows you to control
the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, directly
access stations and presets and adjust
the audio. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about
90%. In addition, the
head unit has a 3.5mm minijack on the back panel for connecting an optional
wired remote control, such as the CD-MR70 or CD-MR80 (130CDMR70 or 130CDMR80).
CD Changer Controls
USB Direct Control: This unit
features a rear-panel direct USB connection that allows you to connect and
control portable audio players that feature a USB interface. This unit can
playback WMA/MP3/AAC files from your USB audio players or other USB Mass Storage
Class compliant devices. The unit's USB port is attached to the rear of the
chassis by a 7.5" pigtail. The headunit also includes a 59" USB extension cable
for added convenience and placement options.
iPod Control: You can connect
and listen to songs on an iPod that features either a Dock Connector or USB
interface (a iPod Dock Connector to USB Cable is needed for Dock Connector type
iPods). The DEH-P6900UB is capable of controlling your iPod nano (software
version 1.3 or later) or your fifth generation or later iPod (software version
1.2 or later) when used with the optional CD-IU50 (part # 130CDIU50, sold
separately). The operation of the headunit's control over your iPod is designed
to be a close to the operation of the iPod, itself, as possible for easy
operation and song search. The unit will display the iPod's text information and
allow you to browse your iPods songs by Playlist, Artist, Albums, Songs,
Podcasts, Genres or Audiobooks using the headunit's 7-Way Rotary Command Knob.
The DEH-P6900UB can also control previous generations of iPod with an optional
Pioneer iPod adapter (CD-IB100II, sold separately).
Note: You cannot operate
the iPod Equalizer from the headunit. You also cannot set the Repeat mode of
the iPod to off when using this unit.
Satellite Radio Ready: You can
connect and control an external satellite radio tuner. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM) Pioneer XM receiver. In addition, it is
compatible with the XMDirect XM Radio package (item # 700XMPIONE). For Sirius, you can connect
the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio tuner (130SIRPNR2). A subscription to XM or
Sirius, plus the proper antenna is required in order to receive satellite radio
programming. The satellite radio tuners connect via the IP-Bus connector on the
back of the head unit.
Optional Bluetooth Adapter: In
addition, you can use this unit to control a CD-BTB200 Bluetooth adapter (130BTB200, sold separately)
for your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone or Bluetooth portable audio player.
The Pioneer CD-BTB200 Bluetooth Adapter allows you to make and receive calls
wirelessly and hands-free on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone through
this Pioneer "Bluetooth Adapter Ready" head unit. The CD-BTB200 comes with a
microphone for making and answering your calls. You can hear the other party
through the vehicle's speaker system. The unit connects to the head unit via the
supplied IP-BUS cable, and has an IP-BUS pass-through for daisy chaining another
AV Controls: You
can use this unit to control an optional Pioneer TV tuner (sold separately) or
an optional single or multi-DVD player (also sold separately).
IP-Bus Changer Controls: The
DEH-P6900UB is equipped with IP-Bus control, which allows you to connect and
control other Pioneer components. You can add a multi-disc CD changer, a
satellite radio receiver, an auxiliary input adapter, or an iPod adapter.You can
add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it
from the head unit. The unit feature the following CD-changer features.
- ITS (Instant
Track Selection) Programming:
The ITS function can be used to program automatic
playback of up to 99 tracks per disc for up to 100 discs. With changers sold
before the CDX-P1250 and CDX-P650, up to 24 tracks can be stored in the
- Direct Disc Selection: You
can directly select discs 1-6 by pressing the corresponding button number on
the front panel or remote. Discs 7-12 can be selected by pressing and
holding the corresponding button number, such as button 1 for disc 7, etc.
- CD Track Scan: The
beginning of each track on the selected disc plays for about 10 seconds
before moving onto the next track and continues until you make your
- CD Text
Display: When used with a CD
Text-compatible Pioneer CD changer, this unit will display the titles of CD
Text encoded discs that are played in the changer. When playing a CD Text
disc on a CD Text compatible changer, you cannot switch to the Disc Title
Input mode. CD Text disc titles, artist names and track titles longer than 8
characters may be scrolled once to reveal the entire string of text by
holding down the Display button.
- CD Sound
Quality Adjustment: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "DBE" (dynamic
bass emphasis) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the
changer. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off.
The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to
eliminate distortions caused by the imbalances between the loudest and
softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "DBE" function boosts bass
frequencies to give your music a more full sound.
For these functions to work, they must be supported by the Pioneer CD