The Pioneer DEH-P6900UB CD receiver not only offers a wide variety of built-in entertainment options, it leads the pack in ease of connectivity to external devices. Pioneer's "uBus" USB direct control system lets you plug in a wide variety of external USB devices without an adapter — including direct control of your iPod®.

The DEH-P6900UB also plays discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files, features a rear auxiliary input, includes controls for a satellite radio or CD changer, and offers the convenience of hands-free cell phone use with an optional Bluetooth® adapter. And, whatever you're playing, the built-in amplifier delivers the power you need to make your tunes rock.

Pioneer's Easy EQ offers seven adjustable frequency bands for fine-tuned tone shaping, or you can switch between six preset sound curves with the touch of a button. Building a full system? Use the stereo's three sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers, then adjust the built-in high- and low-pass filters to maximize performance from your speaker setup.

You'll love the Organic Electro-Luminescent display, an incredibly bright, blue screen that you can read at wide angles and in almost any lighting conditions. Pioneer loads the display with animated screensavers, and the multi-line text readout makes it easy to read artist, song, and track information at a glance. The handy remote lets you adjust your receiver safely while you're rolling down the road.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with multi-line display
    • blue OEL display with screensavers
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 7-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • USB input for iPod, PlaysForSure WMA devices, and USB storage devices
    • auxiliary input
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness with 10A fuse on power lead
    • Wireless remote control (CXC5717)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 59" USB cable with female USB type-A plug on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end
    • Plastic face case
    • 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)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty sheet (English/French)
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety
    • "About Demo Mode" sheet
    • iPod compatibility correction sheet
    • USB compliant sheet
    • "Additional Information" sheet
    • Note on removing plastic tag

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    Features

    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.

    Mosfet Amplifier: 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.

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

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

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

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name, plus comments. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are recognized by this unit.

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

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

    Digital Speedread2: The DEH-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 playback.

    AGC (Automatic Gain Control): The CD mechanism has a built-in Automatic Gain Control, which adjusts 7 different settings each time a CD is inserted to prevent the disc from skipping

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-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 loudness:

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

    Bass Boost: The Bass Boost function raises the level of sounds lower than 100Hz. You can select a desired level of bass boost between 0 and 6.

    Subwoofer Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Compression and BMX Functions: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "BMX" (Bit Media eXpander) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the CD player. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortion caused by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "BMX" function controls sound reverberations to give playback a fuller sound.

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    High Pass Filter: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker outputs, you can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    Auxiliary Inputs: The DEH-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
    • Movie
    • Entertainment Clock

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

    Ever Scroll: When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

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

    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.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the Source button turns off audio output, but the clock display  remains on. When the Clock Display has not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display be pressing the clock button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

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

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. You can turn the dimmer function On or Off.

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

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

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

    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 component.

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

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: The DEH-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 playlist.
    • Direct Disc Selection: You can directly select discs 1-6 by pressing the corresponding button number on the front panel or remote. Discs 7-12 can be selected by pressing and holding the corresponding button number, such as button 1 for disc 7, etc.
    • CD Track Scan: The beginning of each track on the selected disc plays for about 10 seconds before moving onto the next track and continues until you make your selection.
    • CD Text Display: When used with a CD Text-compatible Pioneer CD changer, this unit will display the titles of CD Text encoded discs that are played in the changer. When playing a CD Text disc on a CD Text compatible changer, you cannot switch to the Disc Title Input mode. CD Text disc titles, artist names and track titles longer than 8 characters may be scrolled once to reveal the entire string of text by holding down the Display button.
    • CD Sound Quality Adjustment: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "DBE" (dynamic bass emphasis) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the changer. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortions caused by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "DBE" function boosts bass frequencies to give your music a more full sound.

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

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    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By dmeaty, Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    A user / owner has to read the manual to know how to operate all features to fully appreciate the unit

    A Near Perfect Addition

    Written By Dennis, Longview, WA on Sunday, January 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a wonderful unit that has greatly enhanced my factory-installed audio system. I wish I had made the improvement sooner. It has an easy to read display and the unit is quite user friendly. The USB connection for my I-Pod works flawlessly and it is a cinch to locate desired music. The fact that you do not have to buy an adaptor to use an I-Pod is a major plus. The ability to use my vehicle's factory-installed steering wheel controls is also a major plus (you do need to buy an adaptor unit for this function). The sound is exceptional and the range of adjustments that you can make in the sound allows the user to find the best sound for their particular vehicle.
    My only disappointment with this receiver is that the 12 disc CD changer for this receiver does not play MP3 discs. Nevertheless the receiver easily controls the CD changer and displays the titles of discs (limited to 9 character) as entered manually by the user. The only other shortcoming is that entering and saving of the frequency for new radio stations is somewhat awkward.
    Overall, this is a wonderful receiver that will improve the audio quality of most stereo systems. I am very pleased with the purchase.


    Best For USB/MP3/iPod users

    Written By Bryan, Lexington, KY on Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This review is for people who care how easy it is to access songs, which was my #1 factor when choosing a HU. I care about sound, but who cares if I have the best sounding system when I wreck and die while spending 5 minutes selecting a song. I needed to squash some of the myths in previous reviews. I spent some serious time using this unit in a B&M store as well as others before buying.

    CONTROLS
    The controls for navigating folders are very easy. Despite previous reviews, the knob does push in to select (with one caveat). Simply press "List" and the folders pop up and are very easy to read with a 3 line display. It selects the currently used folder. L goes up one folder in the directory tree (easy if you have folders for artist with subfolders for albums. R plays the selected song or opens the selected folder. U/D goes to the previous/next item in the list, be it a list of songs or a list of directories (held down will scroll). The knob can be pushed in to play the selected song or the 1st song the selected directory (the caveat is that if you select a directory that has no songs it will error "no songs in selected directory"). The knob can also be used as a wheel (like the ipod) to quickly navigate prev/next in the list.

    This set of controls was tested on CD w/ mp3, USB w/ mp3, not the iPod. However, the clerk states he has used it with the iPod and the controls are exactly the same.

    SOUND
    I am still using my factory speakers so there is only so much to be said here. However, the options w/i the menu system are much better than most I tested. See the "hands on section" on the Crutchfield website.

    COMPARISON (other models I was considering)
    Alpine CDA-9885 or 9883: OK, the percent search was cool, but the rest of the iPod/mp3 navigation was no good. All the end folders are put in a single list of folders only one deep to scroll through. So forget about organizing folders by artist and album. In addition, there is no pushing the knob in to select a song, you must push the select button instead. Also there is no customizable EQ, just bass, treble and a few minor tweaks beyond that.

    Sony CDXGT610UI USB and CDXGT710 CD w/ MP3s. Even worse navigation! All the songs in all the folders were placed into a single list. Great if you only have 10-15 songs. (can someone say regular cd?) It took forever to sort through and play a song at the end.

    Bottom line:
    This was very easy to use for CD and mp3's and likely for iPod compared to many others I tried. It has a USB built in (which can control and charge newer iPods) and an aux built in (rear). You can use the aux for older iPods or any other MP3 player. Or you can buy an iPod cable to use older iPods (does not use the USB port)

    How I tested
    My test cd and usb was organized with Artists in the root dir and Album titles in each artist dir. Total size was about 700 MB on CD and 900 MB on USB. Total of 3 artists, 19 albums, 197 songs (w/ a few less on the CD ;-)

    Good and works with 250GB hard drive!

    Written By Ryan, New York on Thursday, December 06, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good unit, looks nice has good controls (for the most part etc.) The reason I bought it was for the built-in usb connection. First I used it with my ipod.



    Ipod - it works good in terms of playing songs, reading the drive okay and everything, but finding songs is a pain. There is no auto-scroll feature on the unit, you have to turn the dial or click down to move it. So if you have a large library on your digital player, you will be spending a lot of time turning the joystick. In my opinion it was pretty stupid on Pioneer's part not to have an auto scroll funtion. The other problem is that whenever you hit list, it goes back to the main menu of the ipod. So if you are on an "F" artist, and want to go to a "J," you have to start all the way from the top again. Another poor design feature. You can make playlists and the such to help with this problem, but in my opinion it just doesn't cut it.



    But, you can hook up a 250 GB hard drive to this unit. If you read the other reviews, people have trouble with the unit reading the hard drive (Some people said it wouldn't work with a drive this big). The problem is that the unit does not provide enough power to the hard drive. So just get a usb power adapter for your car, a usb y-cable so that you can put one end into the power adapter and the other into the unit, and your problem will be solved! I recommened passport units as they are already formatted correctly (see other reviews about this). This way you can organize your music the way you want to - put it into folders alphabetically or whatever and it is much easier to scroll through your music.



    Overall, a good unit. Definitely needs some improvement for the next model if they want to attract more digital music users, but a good start.

    Nice

    Written By Fred, Lafayette, LA on Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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    I really like this unit. Of course, the USB input is the best part. No problems with a 4GB flash drive. I also like the display, and I have finally gotten used to the "joystick knob thingy" that controls most functions of this unit.

    My Creative Zen works!

    Written By mark, Edison NJ on Friday, November 09, 2007

    I got this deck for my 06 Pilot mainly because of its USB capability. I've had Pioneers before and never had any problem with quality and sound so I decided to go with this unit. The kit that came with it was perfect for my Honda and installation was a breeze. I have it hooked up to an Alpine amp and I couldn't be happier with the sound. It's a big improvement for the stock headunit using speaker-level inputs on the amp. Also, I found out just a while ago that I can use my Creative Zen Vision M 30 gb with this unit. I set the maximum 16 gb of the Creative as removable disk and transferred some mp3s to it. This unit reads the Creative like a regular external hard drive and charges it too! This unit combined with Crutchfield's great service...perfect!!

    It does the job!

    Written By Steve, Eldorado, IL on Thursday, November 08, 2007

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    I bought this to use with my Zen V Plus 4 GB mp3 player, but could never get an answer if it would work or not. It didn't. Loaded up all my songs on my 4 GB flash drive and I'm completely satisfied. It took awhile to get it set up the way I wanted, but love the way it sounds compared to the Sony that I replaced. Well worth the money and as always, installations was a snap thanks to Crutchfields.

    Great Receiver!

    Written By Sean, Broomfield Colorado on Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    I have been traveling with this unit in my dash for about 6 months now and have nothing but nice things to say about it! The USB port is an awesome feature to have! I have plugged an I-pod nano, thumb drives and I now have a 160GB Maxtor One touch 4 drive attached to it now with approx 7000 tracks on it! I have read a few reviews about how hard it is to set up a hard drive to this unit. Truth is it is not that hard. Here's how to do it. First format the drive to a FAT32 format, drop all of your music to the drive in MP3 format, Plug it in to the receiver and wait about 30 seconds for the drive to boot up to the receiver and you are good to go! Only problem I had with the hard drive upgrade was that the receiver alone did not have enough power from the USB port to self power the drive. The Maxtor drive has a dual cable to power the drive from an external source so I hooked up an extra cigarette lighter socket under the dash and purchased a USB power adapter and was off and running. (Connect lighter adapter to the blue amp turn on wire from the receiver to power the drive down when not in use.)

    The menu on this receiver is easy to use once you read the manual and understand how everything is laid out within the system. It has full subwoofer control, a seven band EQ with 5 preset settings and 2 custom settings, Satellite radio capabilities, High pass filter, 3 sets of outputs, (F,R,S) and many other useful features. Another feature I like is Pioneer's IBUS system that allows you to chain additional components and have them controlled by the receiver. (IE: Satellite radio, Multi CD changers, Bluetooth adapter, etc.)

    Overall this unit is easy to use and is an excellent addition to any vehicle! I have always stuck by Pioneer products over the years due to the ease of use and reliability of the products that they produce. I would recommend this receiver to anybody!

    Perfect for USB fans

    Written By Keith, Upstate, NY on Saturday, October 20, 2007

    This radio was purchased for my 95 Wrangler Sahara Edition.

    The big selling point of this radio was the USB connector. It comes with a 6' long rear connect usb cable. I ran the wire to a handy spot and plugged a 6gb usb drive to it and out came sound. Its that simple. It was able to read all the ID tags associated with my mp3 as well as my wma's. They key thing for using the USB function is to organize your music is a nice file format structure..ie Genre-Artist-Album. This will make your life much easier to browse thru your music collection once you attach a usb device to the radio. I also suggest labelling your music files appropriately..ie Artist-Song title so you can make good use of the scrolling text feature to see whats currently playing.

    The sound quality is as good as you are going to get using the onboard amp with the head unit. Its not bad and its not great either. The custom 7 band EQ function will help out a lot when it comes to tweaking your sound in your vehicle and that can make all the difference in the world. The joystick function of the radio is nice since you dont have to fiddle with numerous buttons on the face of the head unit.

    All in all this is a solid radio with lots of nice onboard features with the ability to purchase additional add-ons to complete your audio fun.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB Receiver

    Written By Stephen, Plant City, Fl on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    The Pioneer DEH-P6900UB is an excellent choice!
    I guess this sounds familiar- but the USB capabilities is what sold me on this particular Brand/Model. I have always been a Sony fan, but seems I have had blinders on with what else is out there. The Pioneer is attractive, has lots of customizations(toys) and sounds great!

    Another Feature that sold me on the Pioneer, was the intergration of the XM radio module that is 'plug and play' to the head unit. I had the whole system set up in a couple of hours, including hiding the wires!

    Advice- Get used to the remote... It is a time saver, plus allows use of some nice features without scrolling around in menus on the head unit. One feature I like is by pressing ENT on the remote will trigger the different screen savers on the fly for your different moods.

    I bought a 120GB hard drive, but had too many problems formatting it to FAT32, so bought a 8GB USB Thumb Drive (solved all my problems), and all my music only fills 1/3- So after all I didn't need all that space anyway!

    Crutchfield made installation a snap with the speaker wire harness built just for my Isuzu Trooper. Speakers fit right in factory holes. The radio also came with the wiring harness adapter. Again -- like magic! I also purchased the 'DIN pocket' to fill the hole where my factory CD player used to be. It all fits and looks like factory!

    In my opinion, but unless you REALLY have a lot of music, skip the Hard Drive thing all together, and get a Thumb drive. Save some head aches! This setup would be a good choice for your audio needs!

    Great unit - a few precautions about usb support

    Written By bongobrian, Ann Arbor, MI on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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    Overall, I'm very happy with this unit but I just wanted to give a heads up about few things to others considering purchasing this deck.

    Come to find out, this unit only supports Generation 5 and above ipods. Mine is a generation 4 (30gb ipod photo) which does not work natively with this unit. There is another adapter that you must purchase for older ipods, which I believe, goes for about $50 (other than the usb cable). I'm not sure on that actual product number as I have not purchased this adapter yet, so check with Crutchfield to find out which one you need.

    I also wanted to mention that if you're planning on using a usb hard drive, such as an external laptop hard drive, don't bother buying anything larger than a 60gb. The Pioneer documentation says it supports up to a 250gb drive but after talked with a Crutchfield tech, they found that Pioneer will only actually support up to a 60gb drive for this unit. For practical applications, anything larger will not perform very well. I am going to exchange my 250gb for a 60gb drive, or perhaps just a really large thumb drive.

    as a side note, I didn't have any problem at all loading up a usb thumb drive with music folders and having it work first try with the pioneer.

    Finally I just wanted to comment on the overall quality and performance. I'm quite impressed by the sound quality of this unit. I already had an older pioneer installed, and I must say that this new one blows it out of the water. I wasn't expecting such a big difference. I also really appreciate the amount of control you have over customizing the sound. The 7 band EQ, High and low pass filters, and sub woofer controls are all very nice features.

    Bottom line it's a great little receiver with tons of features for the price. Highly recommended.

    Excellent deck if you need USB input and external amp connections

    Written By Joel, Anchorage, AK on Monday, September 24, 2007

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    After much research, I finally settled on this deck and Im very pleased with it. The critical features for me was a USB port that would support a bus-powered hard drive and quality pre-outs for external amplification.

    This deck has 3 pairs of pre-outs, 1 front, 1 rear, and 1 sub. All are 4V, so audio quality should be better than many of the other options out there. Although each pre-out can have a filter applied to it, I dont believe the internal amp can be disabled. I was looking at a Clarion that had this feature and a USB port, but I couldnt find any reviews that discussed that deck in more detail.

    And of course, the most important feature for me, USB support, is fantastic. I have all my songs on my home computer, organized by file/folder name, so I wanted a deck that worked this way as well. Sure enough, I just dragged & dropped all my music to my 60GB laptop hard drive in a USB enclosure and it all worked. The drive was formatted FAT32 and can be powered over the USB port. I just put the drive in my glovebox and Im done! Plus, I can always use the drive at any computer to add other music or regular data.

    Navigating the hard drive is also easy. Select the USB source, then press list to show the root folder of the hard drive. Scroll up or down, and press right to go deeper into a folder level. Pressing left will bring you up a level. Once a song is selected, pressing the dial in will start playing that song. From there, click left or right to skip back or forward a track.

    As for the other features of the deck, they all work about how I expected. The overall user interface could be a little better, but I had no trouble navigating without

    kenwood a lil better

    Written By turtle, chicago on Friday, September 21, 2007

    i just recently bought this deck in replacement of a an older kenwood. It does more stuff than my old kenwood but mine still gave better sound quality and the new ones offer more stuff so KENWOOD Exceleon would be better for the same amount of money.Pioneer is still good just not as good as KENWOOD.

    Great deck!

    Written By Phill, Daytona, FL on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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    Baught this to replace stock deck, and it was a great choice. The sound quality is very good, and there are a lot of features. The USB on the back is much better than plugging your mp3 player to the front of the deck. I ran the cord up between the front seat and the middle console. Works great. I would recommend this deck to anyone and everyone.

    Very nice unit

    Written By Jason, Marietta, GA on Saturday, September 15, 2007

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    I had an older Eclipse head unit in my Jeep Liberty that was on the fritz so I decided to do research on a new head unit. This was the only unit that met all my criteria. 4V preamp, 7-band EQ, USB compatible, and in my price range.

    This radio has not disappointed me, my research paid off. After the easy install I immediately noticed more clarity in my music. I think the built-in high pass and low pass filters combined with the 4V preamp make the difference.

    As far as the USB compatibility, I have no complaints other than its not compatible with my 4th generation IPOD without the additional cable. Not a deal breaker for me, I simply hooked up my 8GB thumb drive and it works great. Takes about 10-15 seconds to read the drive.

    If I had to find something negative to say about the unit it would be the dimmer on the display. I have it set to the dimmest setting and it is still very bright, but again, not a deal breaker.

    I would definitely recommend this unit. It has little quirks here and there but overall it is a great head unit for the price.

    A nececessary improvement

    Written By Finger, Hickory, NC on Thursday, September 13, 2007

    I just purchased this and am very happy. The install was very easy. I was concerned about the wiring, because I have never installed a head unit before, but it was no problem. Pretty much just match colors and your good.
    The only complaint I have is that it is a little hard to get used to. Some of the settings are changed from random buttons by holding them in. Then other settings are in different menues.
    I do really love the high pass filter. No more funny noises from my door speakers. Also now my subs sound a lot cleaner.
    I also got the iPod adapter, which works flawlessly.
    In comparison to other products in this price range, the Pioneer has a lot to dish out.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By Tapp, Hattiesburg, MS on Thursday, September 13, 2007

    I would have given this a 5 star if it weren't for the USB harddrive hassles. I want to focus primarily on the USB function since everyone else has summed up the other features. I don't own an Ipod so I use an external harddrive for Mp3 listening. I have been using a 8GB flash drive and the stereo has been working perfectly. I filled up this drive and wanted something bigger so I purchased a 120GB mini.

    I was initially dissapointed since this drive wasn't even recognized by the Pioneer. I since started reading from your great informative reviews and realized this drive is formatted NTFS. I then formatted it in FAT32. BTW, if you are using a WinXP and have a friend that uses a Mac, get the friend to format your NTFS drive under MSDOS on the Mac and bingo you're FAT32 and don't have to worry with installing a Partition Magic type program.

    Well, I then tested the reformatted drive and it just sat there with "format read" on the screen. I then bought a Scoche USB/"ciglighter" adapter, installed the Y-USB and VOILA! I've got music! A little bit of a hassle but man 120GB and I can load everything on 1 drive.

    Nice features but terrible internal amp

    Written By Jeremy, Escondido, CA on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    I'm sure not many people expect to get excellent sound out of a head unit alone. Most buy amps, speakers and subs to build a complete sound system. I, however, have never intended to spend 4 figures on a sound system for my car. It just hasn't been and isn't a priority.
    I was in heaven when I still had my Alpine CDA-9853. The glide touch grew on me and the Media Expander made my sound system absolutely epic to the point to where I didn't want to listen to music in other people's cars. I was spoiled by only needing a $400 HU to power the OEM "premium" Camry sound system I have. All well and good until it got stolen a month ago.
    2 weeks after that I get this head unit because my cds were stolen too and I really wanted to move away from disk swapping. This unit looked the part, as it's better known than the '07 Kenwood Excelons which seem to have more features.

    I regret this decision, but am mindful enough to know -why-. This head unit, able to decode WMA 9 Pro and 320kb\s AAC files, index 25,000 files and 2,000 folders on a USB HDD isn't capable of standing alone with its lame amp and absent sound processing ability.
    I looked at the specs on the amp and noticed that Pioneer rated the amp 22RMS between 50hz-15khz, which is much narrower than the human hearing range. I also noticed that the S/N ratio on this unit is 94db...9 db less than I'm used to. So now despite my accessible music collection it all sound terrible....especially on flat EQ. I decided to take a larger risk by going with the impressive looking Kenwood Excelon 991. When it's installed I'll be the first, it seems, to have a review online.

    Sounds good and looks even better

    Written By Wheelhorse424, McKenzie AL on Saturday, September 01, 2007

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    This is an excellent radio. I replaced the stock receiver in my F150 Larait supercrew with this model. It has so many features. I have a Rockford Fosgate amp that is 20 years old, with no low pass system. With this receiver, I can send the lows to the 2 ten's under the rear seat. It sounds awesome. I replaced the fm modulated Roady2 XM radio with the pioneer xm. It all was a breeze to install. Looks good too.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By Cliff, SE, PA on Saturday, August 25, 2007

    Very good radio. I am very happy with the service received from Crutchfield, and the support materials that they supplied. The harness and the mountig plate for my 2007 Focus were very helpful, and appreciated. My only complaint about the radio is the slightly quirky interface with the iPod. A way to pause the iPod without having to bury down into the menus of the radio would have been nice, and a mute button on the faceplate would have been nice, especially when you can mute from the remote. Sometimes it's not practical to get the remote to mute the radio. Don't believe all the hype from the sales advisors about having to use the Pioneer cable to be able to control your iPod. I have complete control of my iPod through the radio controls with a standard iPod sync cable.

    Now, I will need to get a nice sub for the car so that I can use the high pass feature of the radio to get the bass out of my stock speakers. The unit puts out more than enough power for the stock speakers.

    Not Bad

    Written By O, Haltom City,Texas on Sunday, August 19, 2007

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    Seems to have everything it advertises although I am still learning the features. The only small (very small) item I noticed is the wiring harness had pre-cut wiring insulation on power wires and dimmer wire but not on any of the speaker wires. Would have made life just a little easier. But a very small inconvenience.

    Another excellent Pioneer product

    Written By DC, Madison, AL (Huntsville area) on Saturday, August 18, 2007

    This Pioneer receiver replaced the factory receiver in my 02 Jetta TDI. Other than a couple questions regarding the wiring harness connections that Crutchfield tech answered clearly and professionally, connecting the wiring harness was straightforward. But the radio area in Jettas is a very tight fit to begin with, so making the extra harness and antenna adapter fit was the biggest challenge but got it to work using some good old ingenuity and perseverance.

    Contrary to many reviews, I found this receiver a piece of cake to use, and the user manual explained the things I couldnt figure out. The multifunction knob does a good job and after a while the operation becomes second nature. Sound quality is better than the factory receiver, and offers many more audio adjustments to fine tune the sound. Even with the factory speakers, it sounds great.

    The display is bright, which I don't mind at all. The instrument lighting in the Jetta looks like a cockpit anyway, so it fits right in. The font is a bit funky but readable.

    I got it for the USB input so I can get rid of messing with CDs and the CD changer in the trunk. The USB works great and I ran the supplied USB cable into the glove compartment, where I'm using a 4GB flash drive. WMA files at 128kbps sound fantastic.

    The included wireless remote works nicely and makes it easier to access many functions than with the multifunction knob.

    Complaints: (1) I wish Pioneer had an all black version so it'd blend in with the rest of the array in the dash center console where everything is black. (2) It always reverts back to the beginning of the list when you press the List button.

    Perfect

    Written By ressb, Southern California on Thursday, August 09, 2007

    I bought this because I wanted something fully compatible with the Pioneer Bluetooth adapter. I figured the USB was just a bonus.

    Incredible. I bought a little 8GB USB memory stick, copied all my MP3s to it and now I've got 5 days of music at my fingertips whenever I want it. With the List button it's easy to move from one folder to the next, the unit reads the MP3 info and displays it, and I've tweaked the sound until it's just what I want. Lots of tuning controls - a surprising number for a stereo at this price point. The only thing it doesn't really offer is time delay between channels to compensate for the speaker distance to your ears, but I've never seen that in a head unit that costs less than $1,000.

    The six preamp outputs let you hook up front, rear and two subwoofer channels. I'm only using front and rear because this is installed in a convertible. I mated it to a 4x125 watt amp and some Infinity speakers and I'm very happy with the results. The Bluetooth adapter I've got it connected to is fully integrated into the head unit and I can dial, answer the phone, it even displays caller ID info when someone calls me.

    Best bang for the buck I've ever gotten out of a stereo head unit. And, seriously, check out the Pioneer CD-BTB200 to go with this. It's a great combination.

    MP3 Playback options lacking

    Written By James, Portland, OR on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    I purchased this unit strictly for the USB input, planning to connect 4GB+ flash drive with enough music to satisfy my needs. I dont own (or have a use for) an iPod, so keep that in mind as you read this review.

    I came from a JVC-KDG820, which only supports up to 4GB flash drives. That was starting to get full, so I wanted to have the ability to have more music at my fingertips. The JVC was absolutely perfect except for the size limitation- one touch access to folders 1-6 (it supports up to 12), and the ability to play randomly inside one folder or from all folders. This was a big deal for me, but the Pioneer could only play randomly from ALL folders. I checked the manual and even called Pioneer support, but the feature wasnt there. Frustrated that I was limited to a 4GB flash drive to have all the MP3 playback options I wanted, I went back to the JVC. When I did, I immediately noticed a few other things:
    1) The face on this Pioneer is clunky when removed, the JVC is much smoother
    2) The digital display is much blockier on the Pioneer, the JVC is much easier to read. It also has different color options, and displays more of the mp3 tage (artist/title).

    I just found out that the next-gen model is out, the JVC KD-G830. It supports up to a 10GB flash drive, and while they tweaked the appearance of the face a bit, the buttons and display are same as the previous model. So the JVC KD-G830 it fits all my needs.

    Be sure to weigh all the options of the receiver youre looking at, some may look nicer in pictures but are far more functional and user friendly when its installed in your car for daily use. Its my third JVC in-dash receiver, Im happy!

    USB is exactally what I wanted.

    Written By Joshua, Hampton, VA on Friday, August 03, 2007

    Overall, this unit is a great deck. I have owned a few Pioneer units and thusfar, I have been very pleased. But this unit is especially good. The USB port on the back is a lifesave for music fans with a ton of music. There are no real insructions on how to get it working with a portable hardrive. Biggest thing is to get power to your drive. I happen to have a spare 2.5" enclosur with a 40GB drive from an old Compaq laptop. When to plug it in using the USB extension provided by pioneer and another cable to fit my hardrive, and what do you know didn't work. So I did some research and found the file system on the drive has to be FAT32 the power for the drive if using USB has to be less then 3 feet or you loose too much power in the cable. So with those 2 things in place, it works beautiful. I am running the hardrive straight off the deck. As long as the drive uses less then 500mAh, you are good to go. Hope this helps anyone looking at this deck. IPODs just don't do it for me. I had looked into getting one for this exact purpose, carying all my music with me and being able to browes with the deck was important to me. So the harddrive sits in the glove compartment and I have all my music.

    Nice

    Written By Alex J, Spring Valley, NY on Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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    Overall a good stereo. Great sound and good sound quality. But I did feel that the build quality was off in a few places like the included trim ring. It pops off so easily. It hasn't popped off while driving yet, but if it does it will be subject to some hot glue! And I don't like how everything is put through the multi controller. Its too much work while driving.

    Wow...

    Written By Adam, Iowa on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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    Well to start off... I had a cheaper JVC recaiver in my Chevy S10 Blazer... When I put this in it was like... I dont know how to say it... BIG CHANGE... This receiver has controls to control the sub if you have one or your regular speakers... It was lit beautifully with its nice display and Multi-Control Wheel... The iPod features was mainly what I was after and after the deal I got from Crutchfield, there was no better choice... They work like a charm... It might take a little while to get everything down... Once you get it, its very simple and easily used... I was going to get the DEH-P5900iB instead, but I thought for only $20 more I didnt have to go through the trouble of many cords and as an added plus it can hook up other things like flash drives... Great receiver... and great service from Crutchfield answering all my questions... Definitley will buy from Crutchfield again... BUY THIS RECEIVER!

    Can't beat the USB!

    Written By bmihlfeith, Columbia, MO on Saturday, July 07, 2007

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    After hours of research and trying to find the best option to go CD-less I decided on this unit. I needed something to handle large media devices, since I've got about 30GB of music.

    I needed something to play all of my music which I had transferred from CDs to MP3s. I did not want to buy an ipod or other mp3 player, so this was my best option.

    I have a 80GB portable hard drive, 2.5" 5400 RPM. It has two USB plugs, which was what I was looking for so it could have a separate power supply. Many others will not work due to the power draw (>500mA.) I hardwired in the USB power and other USB and it works great. It does take about 15-20 seconds at startup, but after that you're good to go.

    The other options are great, with lots of aux options and outputs for amps.

    I wrote this because I was unable to find any info on which hard drives were compatible (without buying it and trying it myself.)
    Hopefully others can use this in selecting a hard drive that works with this head unit. I'm not sure which other drives work, and neither does Pioneer. I really think it would help customers.

    You really can't go wrong with this unit, especially for the price. Lots of options are great as others have commented.

    Crutchfield as usual has been great, my first order was place in 1988!

    Great Head Unit!

    Written By Aaron, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, June 18, 2007

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    I bought this unit for my wife to use with her 60 gig ipod video. She has nearly 2000 songs performed by hundreds of different artists stored on it. We use the USB port to connect the ipod and the interface is pretty quick. One of the nice features about this unit is that you can scroll through the ipod using the dial, instead of having to continuously push a button (like a lot of the other units I looked at). Another nice feature is that when you scroll through the ipod menus, it displays 3 lines of text. I guess it would take a little while to scroll through the list of artists in order to get to the end of the alphabet, but my wife usually picks a playlist that suits her mood or uses the shuffle mode. The only complaint that I have is that the screen is hard to see when it is sunny out.

    Plenty of features, not quite as advertised

    Written By Joe, Lake Hopatcong, NJ on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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    This head unit has lots of features for the tweaker. The 4v preouts are a nice feature if youre running amps. There are *plenty* of audio settings you can play with, including 3 different levels of Loudness.

    First, the reason I *didnt* give a 5-star review:

    The product description says: "USB input for iPod, PlaysForSure WMA devices, and USB storage devices."

    I found out later from Pioneer that it will ONLY play devices that are formatted as FAT32. So my PlaysForSure WMA device (Zen Touch) does not work.

    In good news, I found an 80GB USB-powered portable hard disk that works just fine.

    Other notes:

    The display is attractive, but can be cluttered. I like the fact that I can have the clock displayed at all times but still be able to see track information at the touch of a button.

    Controls are thorough but complicated at times. To change certain settings (like the demonstration mode that comes on by default) you need to turn the head unit OFF and get into the settings menu.

    For most operations its easier to use the remote. It has buttons to directly get to some menu items that require 2 or 3 clicks to get through using the faceplate. The remote itself is well-laid out, and the joystick works well.

    The 7-band EQ is really nice, and besides the built-in EQ settings you can create 2 custom ones. Theres a button on the front that conveniently allows you to cycle through the EQ settings.

    Overall, I think its an excellent head unit for the money. It's got quirks, but no worse than any other I've used.

    Very nice upgrade for my Tundra

    Written By limestang, Austin, TX on Tuesday, June 05, 2007

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    I purchased this unit to replace the factory radio in my 2006 Tundra Crew Cab. I've had previous experience with a Alpine unit, but liked the combination of features the Pioneer offered. The display excudes quality, and the controls are straight forward and easy to use. I added the optional Sirius receiver, and everthing hooked up and worked the first time. I am not using this system with an Ipod, instead I am using the USB cable that came with the system - It works great as well. I don't regret my purchase, and am looking forward to maximizing the sound quallity by replacing the factory speakers. Hope this helps!

    great but not flawless

    Written By Michael, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    When I looked into getting a new head unit, I approached this as a bigger task then I probably should have and did a lot of research.

    I looked for something: unobtrusive, as I don't like having fireworks going off in my car and I enjoy a classy look & functional, as the original reason to buy this was for to control my iPod.

    When it comes to looks, I think the higher tier Pioneer products take the cake. They are simple, you can set them so that they won't give you a seizure while driving, and they look classy. Functionality is also great. The USB cable stays in my glove box, so there are no wires hanging out, you can control everything on your iPod with it. So it has pretty good marks in that area too. But I did mention flaws, didn't I?

    The biggest thing that KILLS me is the operational beep. I will keep this PG and just say that I DETEST the operational beep, and according to the folks at Pioneer, you can't turn it off. If anyone out there knows of a trick or anything, please post it. I would be eternally grateful. This is honestly might be a deal breaker for me.

    The other smaller flaws include:
    1. The antenna will go up regardless of whether the tuner is selected or not. This maybe specific to my car though.
    2. The brightness is still a little bright for me, but Iam stickler about that.
    3. iPod controls are labor intensive, but what do you expect, you're in a car. Make playlists, and pay attention to the road.

    Great Head Unit, A Few Minor Complaints

    Written By RODNEY, Lancaster, PA on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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    I bought this unit because of the rear USB port that supports large-capacity flash drives. A front port might be more convenient for those with an iPod, but I don't want wires dangling off the face of my stereo.

    I really like the uncluttered look. The 7-way "Multi-Control" is a great feature. But I find it difficult to just push the button straight in without it thinking I'm trying to do something else instead.

    The blue display is nice - I like that it's not a garish color. However, it doesn't have enough contrast to easily read it when the weather is sunny (even if the sun is not shining directly on it). And for whatever lame reason, the Dimmer brightness can not be set more than 5 steps below the regular brightness. So it's not bright enough in the day, but too bright at night.

    The File LIST feature is very handy when playing from USB. But it could have been streamlined even more. It always starts at the beginning, so you have to scroll all the way to what you want, then drill down to a subfolder containing music before you can start playback. Then you have to manually exit the LIST mode if you need to immediately adjust the volume.

    The Owners Manual is so-so. If you look up a certain operation, the text assumes you're already in the correct mode. You have to page back and figure out the context to know how to get there. There is no useful explanation of the COMP/BMX features. And why are they available only when playing files from CD and not USB?

    Despite my petty complaints, I really like this head unit. Keeping a 8 GB flash drive in the glove box is a really convenient way to listen to my tunes.

    Great In All The Right Places

    Written By Jeremy, Saginaw, MI on Friday, May 25, 2007

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    This unit really exceeded my expectations in a lot of ways:

    1)The built in USB and AUX inputs will let you connect anything to your system. The have been a few nights when I've gone driving around with my girlfriend and she connects her Ipod to the USB and I connect my Zen to the Aux and we just play tracks back and forth. Very cool way to do it. I also have several 4GB memory sticks that I load up with music, and the unit does a great job catalogging them quickly for play. I did attempt to connect an 80gb 2.5" external drive to it and it didn't seem to care for that. I don't believe the USB bus provides enough power for that... There's a solution regarding a y cord and USB cigarette adaptor in another review that I'll have to try.

    2) The controls on the dial are quite intuitive. I was initially concerned about getting distracted using them while driving, but once you get the hang of them they become 2nd nature quickly. The only thing that has been kind of a cumbersome is the EQ control but in fairness to Pioneer, I listen to many types of music and probably need to tweak my EQ more than most people.

    3) The display is pleasant and track titles are easy to the read, but the track timer and track numbers are too tiny to read while driving, but oh well...

    My only complaint on this unit are that the display switches back and forth from a negative backgound (where it's dark, and the text is highlighted) to a postive type one where the background pixels are lit and the text and such is black. At night it can be waaaaaaaay to bright and I haven't figured out how to disable this, although I'm sure you probably can somehow.

    Great Head Unit!!

    Written By Ron, Nanuet, NY on Friday, May 25, 2007

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    I am old school and started getting Crutchfield catalogs when I was installing tape decks. I just wanted an upgrade to my standard Volvo S60 sound system. 2 things that were essential were direct iPod capability and an AUX In. This unit has both STANDARD. No extra expansion units or cords.

    I was sick of hearing my iPod through some wacky FM modulator that constantly bugged out. This unit has everything that I need and then some. It has great sound, easy to use controls, great control of the iPod and easy to install. I only wish that these connections were in the front of the unit. But that doesn't merit taking a star away from a great system.

    Now that I sprung for the Head Unit I learned how really crappy my rear speakers sound. Out they go.

    Works With 20GB Hard Drive In USB Portable Enclosure

    Written By mqf, Oak Lawn, Illinois on Sunday, May 20, 2007

    OK. First of all this unit rocks! I bought this specifically to replace my stock factory radio in my car among other things. However, the biggest selling point was the fact that it had USB capability. After some tweaking with the portable drives I finally was able to make it work.

    I bought a 60GB portable hard drive in an aluminum case. This one is powered by the USB so no drawing power from the lighter power supply which is unavailable for me anyway because I have my Sirius radio connected to it already.

    First attempt was one partition with 30GB FAT32 for music and 30GB NTFS for data. This does not work, of course since it was already stated in the manual that partitioned drives do not work. Message is "No Device".

    I tried connecting my 20GB MP3 player via USB, powered the MP3 player but I still got the "No Device" message. Weird because I thought it was a power issue ...

    Next I removed the 20GB hard drive from my MP3 player and transplanted it to the aluminum portable case. Connected it via USB, turned on ignition to ACC and it still said "No Device". However, I started the car and -- Voila! -- it said "Format read"! I waited about 15 seconds and it was able to read all the MP3 fodders and M3U playlists in the USB drive.

    Im ecstatic! I only have about 3GB left in my USB portable drive but 16GB+ of music is a lot to listen to!

    Although this unit can supposedly read the recommended powered 250G

    Better than I expected for once.

    Written By Lapres_3, New York on Saturday, May 19, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used this to replace the stock stereo in my 06 GTO. The stock stereo has some tone issues, i didn't want to go through and replace all the speakers, so i figured an after market head that had and equalizer would fix it. It did, fantastically. With some effort, and some listening tests i was able to make the system sound great.
    Regarding MP3 CDs; Unlike one reviewer here, mine is great at reading scratched cds with MP3s on them. I have had no problems so far. Its much much faster at gathering data from the cd as well. Pop in a disc, 2-3 seconds later the first song will play.
    The USB works better than I expected, I have 30gb drives in enclosures, they work flawlessly the first time plugged in. (Fat32 of course)
    Note, i was in the market for a USB car stereo for a while now, I would take these drives to stores and try to power them up, they would never work on the store demo units, i was expecting the same of this unit. I am VERY pleasantly surprised.

    Most of the visulations are silly, but i like the mini spectrum analyzer that sits in the upper right corner. The DSP running it lags behind the music a couple hundred milliseconds, so it doesn't display "real time" spectrum information.

    CONS: 'Random' can't be easily toggled on and off. Pause is buried in menus. Basically, it has buttons for things i don't need, and buried the stuff i need in menus...

    Just Superb

    Written By Dennis, St Louis on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    The tuner's sensitive and convenient and it sounds great. The menus take some reading and getting used to but after a day or two they become second-nature. I use a 4GB jump drive; 53 hours is plenty and no moving parts. It recognizes .M3U playlists so I can load up with 4GB then create some auto playlists for different moods. Crutchfield's service was exemplary, as always. Great receiver, happy camper!

    Nice reveiver, a few complaints though.

    Written By David, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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    Like everybody else, I bought this receiver because of the usb iPod control. I have always liked Pioneer products, and I do like this receiver. It sounds great with my iPod, even through my factory speakers. I do have one complaint though that I wasn't aware of when I ordered this HU. When using the usb connection for my iPod, I found that I can only control my iPod through the receiver. I CANNOT control anything through my iPod when it is connected through usb. This is a problem for me because I have over 500 cds on my iPod. The scrolling feature on the receiver is very slow. If I wanted to get to the bottom of my playlists it would take me a few minutes, with my iPod it would take seconds. Its very frustrating. There is no search function either, so you HAVE to scroll to find what you're looking for. The only way around this is to spend some extra money and connect my ipod through the aux. input, which I'm not looking forward to. I like this receiver, but I would love it if I could have control with my ipod, or even if there was a search function. I'd only recommend this if you don't have a lot of music on your ipod. With 5,000+ songs it is very impractical.

    Hard Drive that works and quick review.

    Written By azmcrae, Scottsdale, Az. on Thursday, May 10, 2007

    First off this deck is one of the absolute best at its price point and really doesn't have any competition for features and abilities.

    That said,
    I tried Multiple drives
    The only one that I found which worked (after formatting to FAT32) is
    the 80 Gig. 2.5" Simple Drive.
    I did try the 120 Gig. version but it just needed a little bit more power and couldn't get past the reading format portion.

    Read time at startup takes about 5 seconds and seeking isn't the fastest.
    But play back and next track selection is normal.

    And 80 gigs rocks!!!!

    (higher capacities or faster rpms, above 5400, are just too much of a current draw it seems.)

    I hope I didn't get a one off as it does have a Samsung drive in it (some companies use different sources.)

    Sorry for the rambling.

    Even Better Than Advertised

    Written By alexander, Minnesota on Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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    I just received this player and it is actually BETTER than I thought it would be. I purchased this, like everybody else, for the USB connection. I have an 80 gb iPod video and was tired of using the iPod controls to browse. It caused me to have to look down far too much. With the USB port, this player read my iPod instantly and the browsing is exactly the same as the iPod's screen so you dont have to learn new controls. The menus take some getting used to but it is actually quite nice to have such few buttons. Also, the sound quality is far better than the factory player that came with my Escape. This is an all around great player for anybody looking for a way to control their iPod without a ridiculous adapter or paying a ton of money. HIGHLY recommended!!!

    Slick and Fully Functional

    Written By Stephen, Beaverton, OR on Monday, April 30, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    PROS: The unit has a simple yet functional faceplate with a minimum of buttons which leaves it less cluttered. The buttons are larger and spaced apart further than most units which means you wont hit the wrong button very often. The motorized face is a nice touch (only one button to eject a disc instead of hitting a faceplate release button, and then eject).

    The connectivity options are outstanding. The USB/iPod interface is fantastic, navigation is easy thanks to the joystick control. I keep a USB stick of my most listened to albums in the glove box, along with a stereo jack for the auxiliary input (for my Creative ZVM).

    Internal amp easily powers 2 pairs of Infinity speakers to deafening volumes. Sounds great.

    CONS: Fortunately most of the "cons" are options that can be turned off, such as "reverse mode" and the "entertainment" displays. If youre like me, youd just rather have a simple display of information instead of a bunch of dolphins swimming around, which is possible by selecting "Simple" display. Unfortunately you cannot display just a simple clock while listening to the unit (only while power is connected but the unit is not turned on), the time is displayed VERY TINY in the top left of the display.

    The display is incredibly bright. You can set the brightness between 0-15 with the dimmer off, or 0-10 with the dimmer on, but the difference in brightness between 0 and 15 is minimal. With the dimmer on, and the brightness set to "0", the unit is still very bright, especially at night. Also, there is a apparently maximum difference of 10 units between daytime and dimmer mode.

    Who needs a cd player?

    Written By Josh, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, April 22, 2007

    I bought this deck to replace my in dash 6 disc changer in my 2001 Acoord. I bought it mainly for the ipod conection.

    Cons: The only con on this deck that I can find is it has trouble playing mp3 discs. Maybe it was the disc, but I had allot of skipping with this one.

    Now for the reason you should go get this deck now if you have an ipod. I have a 4th gen ipod that I wanted to use with the Pioneer DEH-P5900iB. It worked fine on the display model and was about to purchase, when the sales associate suggested I look at the Pioneer DEH-P6900UB. Glad he did. He told me that the P5900iB had some lag in the transfer from the ipod to the deck and that you pretty much had to unplug the ipod and preset it to get it where you want. Pain in the butt. Not so with the usb on the P6900UB. It works FLAWLESSLY. There is no lag tim and you control everything form the head unit. I absolutely love it. Now for the catch. When I hooked up my 4th gen ipod to the usb, it said 'No USB'. Called Pioneer and found out that this deck ONLY works with 5th gen or higher ipods. So if you plan on getting this deck and don't have a 5th gen ipod, look at getting a new ipod too. I did and I am thrilled with the ease of use and the sound. The sound from the ipod is better than from any cd. I would defiantly recommend this deck to anyone looking for a seamless ipod integration.

    Over-all.. a good product

    Written By Mr. Self=Destruct, Illinois on Thursday, April 19, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    as like everyone else's reviews.. i purchased this unit for the usb connectivity as well as to replace a stock head unit. The only reason my review is 4 stars is due to having some issues with putting an external hard drive with this unit.
    To save you all the time of reading my near-epic adventure of constantly reformatting with different file systems (why read the manual right :S) I ended up getting a 40 gig drive, in an ams enclosure to work flawlessly with a fat32 file system. Originally i had a 160 gig drive, in a cooler master external enclosure.. and that most definetly did not work. This deck says its rated at up to 250 gig drives, but I kind of doubt that. It will NOT read an NTFS file system.
    I just ordered an 80gig drive and i'm gonna see if maybe i can bump it up.. I will update if it works. Also, the enclosure I used got it's power externally, due to wanting to avoid the usb power bus issue that a few others had encountered. If you use a 3.5" vs. 2.5" enclosure, you'll have the external psu, while with the 2.5's i had a rough time finding ones that arn't powered by the usb bus. anyways.. hope that helps someone down the road with an install of this thing.

    Extra power for large USB hard drives

    Written By byrd, Gloucester, VA on Monday, April 09, 2007

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    I just received my new DEH-P6900UB, and wont install it until tonight. Ill post my review once Ive had some time using the new unit.

    I thought, however, that Id chime in with my 2 cents for those wondering how to power those large, more power hungry hard drives. Obviously, since I dont even have the head unit installed yet, I havent tested this, but this is what Im planning on doing once I purchase a Segate 120gig USB drive. Follow the advice at you own risk!

    Obviously you need a way of getting more power to the hard drive. Many USB hard drives come with a USB "Y" cable. One side of the “Y” is for Data/Power and the other is for just Power. You’ll need to run an additional 12V power/ground pair from your vehicle to the location of your USB hard drive. This could be quite simple or quite difficult depending on your vehicle. You can then connect in a new cigarette lighter receptacle (purchased from most auto parts stores) to the end of these wires. Once you’ve done that, you just need a 12V Cigarette Lighter to 5V USB power adapter. (like this http://www.addonics.com/products/power_adapter/aacaru5v2a.asp). This will give you the additional 5V power side of the USB "Y" cable that you should need to get that extra power to the drive. Plug the USB connector from the Receiver into the Data/Power side of the “Y” cable, and plug the USB connector from the newly installed adapter into the Power side of the “Y” cable.

    Again… Follow the advice at you own risk! Good luck! If I get the new hardware and hook it all up before anyone else does, I’ll share my results.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By Floyd, Lufkin, TX on Sunday, April 08, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace my factory unit, which died on me. After reading the reviews of others, I decided on this receiver. Installation was a snap, thanks to Crutchfield's easy to follow instructions, and I was pleased with the price and availability over several national chains, which did not have it in stock yet. I bought this unit primarily for the USB connectivity, as I plan on eventually converting all my CD's to the mp3 format and hooking up a hard drive. However, I don't yet have an external drive to hook up, so I am still relying on my CD's. Therein lies my problem. After several hours of use, the deck started skipping. Even on brand new CD's with one or two very light surface scratches, it skips in the same part of the song over and over, so I know it's not due to vibration. I don't have subwoofers, and even though I have Infinity Kappa speakers in the doors, they aren't amplified. I love everything else about this unit. It looks good; I like the functionality; and it's definitely the centerpiece to a quality sound system. Despite my experience with CD's, noone else seems to have the same problem as me, so I will recommend this unit.

    Possible Solution for External Hard Drives

    Written By J, Reserve, LA on Friday, April 06, 2007

    I bought this stereo to replace a 4 year old Pioneer DEH-P3500. There was nothing wrong with my old one, I just felt it was time for an upgrade. The USB port was the main reason I chose this stereo. I am not a fan of the iPOD and have been waiting for Pioneer to release a stereo with USB for while now. It does take a few minutes to get used to the menus with the way its all set up but once you go through everything, its fairly simple.

    The only complaint I have is that the USB port is only rated for 500 mA. This is not an issue with my 1GB flash drive but 500 mA is not enough to power my Western Digital Passport 120 GB HDD.

    Too Cool

    Written By Alan, NY on Monday, April 02, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, I bought this to replace my factory radio that was having trouble reading burnt CD's, the USB support was an added plus.

    Installation was a breeze, Crutchfield’s install package answered every question I came across. UPS dropped off at 3:30 and I turned it on at 5:00.

    I popped in the most troublesome CD I have and it played flawlessly. You will find out quickly though that the USB support makes the CD redundant. While the USB did not read an old SanDisk Cruzer I had lying around it recognized a more recent one and also a 4GB Corsair both of which played without issue.

    Even though I chose not to install new speakers, the sound is noticeably improved, I mean surprisingly so.

    Stereo setup does require reading a little of the manual to become familiar with where to find all of the functions, but in a few minutes you’ll be up to speed and very pleased.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By Thomas, NY on Saturday, March 31, 2007

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    Great product.

    I would also like to know how people are powering thier external HD's. Ive got it to run my 1 gig flash drive, but so far have not been able to provide power to my Maxtor One touch 120 gig

    Best of many I've tried!!!!!

    Written By Kevin, Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, March 31, 2007

    I've tried the Kenwood USBs, and played around with the Clarions in a local store. None of them compare to this unit!!!!

    I bought two Kenwood models first, one for each of my cars, and I've now returned both of those in exchange for this Pioneer model.

    First, it does everything that all the other CD receivers do in it's class so I won't go into much details on that front. I bought this for the USB input and that's what I've been playing with and testing out.

    The navigation of this device is second to none. I plug in a 20Gig 2.5" Hard Drive that I have installed in a coolmax USB enclosure and it reads the drive for about 10 seconds and starts playing. To navigate the drive, press LIST and you are presented with the directory structure and can scroll up and down through the folders by simply turning the volume control. Pushing the control left and right and up and down allow you to drill down into the child folders until you get to the tracks you want where you then just push the control once and it starts playing.

    Random play on my entire 20gig drive has no delay between songs.

    Best yet, you can do all the above navigation with the remote which is actually pretty easy to use.

    Sound is great. Better than I expected.

    I'm pretty picky about my car stereos and I'm a long time Alpine customer so this switch was hard for me. I'm now wondering why I didn't switch earlier!!!!!

    Great Stereo

    Written By Dave, TN on Thursday, March 29, 2007

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    This is really a great sounding stereo. I love the usb input. I am having a problem figuring out which external hard drives are compatible with this model. I tried my 60 Gb Seagate hard drive using a Vantec external usb 2.0 case, but the head unit doesn't recognize it. The hard drive light flashes, I just don't think it's getting enough power. It is formatted using fat32 and there are no other partions. It's a 5400 r.p.m drive, I'm thinking a 4200 would be better, less demand for power. According to Pioneer, it can handle a 250 gb hard drive. My 1 gb flash drive works flawlessly. To any of the people that have gotten it to work with an external hard drive, what type or model are you using. Pioneer doesn't seem to have any info on the ones that are compatible. If your looking for a cd player that has usb functionality, this one will be hard to beat.

    Pioneer DEH-P6900UB

    Written By Bill, Ocean West (CA) on Monday, March 26, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent receiver in every way imaginable. It's fairly easy to use and the sound is incredible. It works with iPod & USB devices, so you'll no longer need to carry a buch of CDs with you. If you're an XM radio fan (like me) be sure to get the Pioneer XM radio as it integrates easily with the receiver. Kudos to Pioneer & Crutchfield.

    excellent design, features, AND price!

    Written By Steve, Columbia, MD on Friday, March 16, 2007

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    I recently purchased a similar USB enabled model from Clarion and exchanged it for this Pioneer unit. In contrast to the Clarion, the DEH-P6900UB is a delight to use and listen to. The built in iPod controls alone save you $100 because you don't have to buy a proprietary adapter. While the USB port functions great with an iPod or a standard jump drive, I use an external 30GB USB hard drive which is working wonderfully. The screen is bright and easy to read, the controls are easy and intuitive. The sound is fantastic with my Pioneer speakers, even without an amp. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, and Crutchfield got it to me quickly and with very polite service.

    USB function is great.

    Written By scottvk, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

    I have only had this stereo for about a day but because there are no other reviews yet...I thought I would tell you what I know. The unit performs exactly as expected based on the details and description. Unit sounds excellent. The 7 band EQ provides very distinct tones. You can store 2 custom EQs in addition to the ones provided. The USB cable comes out the back and I have it hidden in my glove compartment. The USB port will also work the IPOD so there is no reason to get an separate IPOD cable as long as you have the USB cable that came with you IPOD. Navigating through the Artists, Songs, playlists, etc. is very straight-forward and the response time is very fast. I also tried it with a 200 MB thumb-drive and it worked fine. If you ripped or download your digital songs using the higher quality settings, then the sound will be great - as good (if not better) than the CD version. The remote works great as long as you are pointing it toward the unit. It does take a little time and reading of the manual to understand fully how to navigate through the unit's menus (like changing the EQ settings) so be patient with yourself (and the unit). For the price, this unit is nearly perfect in features and performance. You would have to step up to a DVD touch-screen unit to improve on the functionality that you get with the DEH-P6900UB.

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