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Pioneer DEH-P90HDD

CD/MP3/Hard Drive Receiver with CD Changer Controls

Item #: 130DEHP90H

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Winner of the prestigious Innovations award at the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show, Pioneer's DEH-P90HDD CD/MP3/Hard Drive receiver lets you bring a copy of your entire music collection (up to 200 discs worth) on the road! Just rip your audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs onto the built-in 10-gigabyte hard drive — it's that easy. You could drive from New York to L. A. and back again without hearing the same song twice!

There's also a MagicGate™ Memory Stick® slot (Memory Sticks optional). It lets you play Internet music files you've transferred onto a MagicGate Memory Stick from a PC or portable audio device (but you cannot rip MP3 files onto the hard drive).

To help you cruise through your collection, the comprehensive Gracenote CDDB® library of CD titles (over 220,000) is preinstalled on the hard drive. (You can download periodic updates at and upload them by CD-R, CD-RW, or Memory Stick). Disc names, artist names, and track titles are assigned automatically to incoming music, based upon this database. And Auto Playlist sorts your music into categories so you can find songs at the touch of a button.

This in-dash wonder gives you the convenience and sound you've always longed for. Digital signal processing gives you a larger-than-life soundstage and enhanced bass, while MOSFET50 power delivers the crankability your music deserves. You can play your home-burned CD-Rs and CD-RWs of MP3 files, too (although they can't be ripped onto the DEH-P90HDD's hard drive).

XM Satellite Radio controls provide access to the world of 21st century radio. Add an optional XM tuner, antenna, and subscription, and you'll start enjoying over 100 channels of digital music, news, and entertainment nationwide!

  • fold-down detachable face
  • Supertuner III
  • Organic EL display
  • 10-gigabyte hard drive stores music from audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs — cannot record from Supertuner III or optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Gracenote CDDB automatic titling
  • digital signal processing
  • plays MP3 files on CD-R or CD-RW (cannot rip MP3 discs to hard drive), plus audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • XM Satellite Radio controls (XM Radio subscription, tuner, antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD changer controls
  • MagicGate Memory Stick slot (Memory Stick not included — cannot rip MP3 files to hard drive)
  • front/rear/subwoofer preamp outputs
  • wireless remote
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 94 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9 dBf
  • 1-year warranty

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/Hard Drive/Changer controller receiver
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (has in-line 10-amp fuse/noise filter/and two 1k ohm fuse resistors)
  • Power box
  • 38" Power box cord
  • CXB6860 Wireless steering wheel remote
  • 1 Outer holder
  • 1 Inner holder
  • 1 Rubber belt
  • 2 Machine screws
  • 1 Allen wrench
  • CR2032 Lithium battery
  • Microphone with attached 80" cord
  • 2 Extraction keys
  • 1 Release pin
  • 1 Rear support stud
  • 1 Rubber bumper
  • 1 Metal rear support strap
  • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • 1 Fixing screw
  • 1 Machine bolt
  • 2 Hex nuts
  • Operation Manual (English/French)
  • Installation Manual (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "About the Demo Mode" note
  • "Information for updating the Gracenote CDDB database" sheet

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant ---
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 50-15kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.2 volts
Display Color Organic EL
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 13
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready XM
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

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General Features
Music Server Features
Memory Stick Player Features
Changer Controls
Installation and Operation Notes

General Features

Organic EL Display: The OEL display features incredible brightness, clear readability, wide-angle viewing and full-motion 3D graphics. Because OEL creates its own electroluminescent light, its brightness is resistant to washing out in sunlight.

Display Brightness: The display brightness can be adjusted from 0 to 31.

Display Form: This unit is equipped with two basic displays, Form 1 and Form 2. In Form 1 mode, the unit only displays text information and the source icon, whereas Form 2 mode adds a selectable wallpaper background. In each mode, you can select different Entertainment Display modes.

Entertainment Display Modes: You may select one of the following 5 Entertainment Display Modes:

  • Movie Screen: In Movie Screen mode, you can select one of the following 5 movie screens: Movie 1 (Formula 1 racing), Movie 2 (swimming dolphins), Movie 3 (moving light pattern), Movie 4 (robots), or All (cycles through all of the movie screens sequentially). 
  • Spectrum Analyzer: In Spectrum Analyzer mode, you can choose from 4 different level meter display patterns.
  • Automatic Sound Levelizer: In Automatic Sound Levelizer mode, the unit displays the Automatic Sound Levelizer effect level.
  • Background Visual: In Background Visual mode, you can select one of the following 5 background visuals: BGV 1 (two 3-dimensional Rubik's cubes in motion), BGV 2 (moving light pattern), BGV 3 (moving squiggly lines), BGV 4 (two moving grids), or BGV 5 (two 3-dimensional spheres in motion). Note: The Background Visual mode is not selectable when the unit is in Form 2 mode.
  • Background Still Picture: In Background Still Picture mode, you can select one of the following 12 background still pictures: BGP 1 (trees), BGP 2 (3-dimensional shapes), BGP 3 (Formula 1 race car), BGP 4 (nature scene), BGP 5 (textured pattern), BGP 6 (textured pattern), BGP 7 (mountains), BGP 8 (sea shells), BGP 9 (swimming fish), BGP 10 (windsurfer), BGP 11 (snowboarder), or BGP 12 (two rows of dots). Note: The Background Still Picture mode is not selectable when the unit is in Form 2 mode.

Wallpaper Patterns: You can choose from three different wallpaper patterns. Note: The wallpaper patterns are not displayed when the unit is in Form 1 mode.

Demo Modes: This unit has a Reverse Demo Mode and a Feature Demo Mode. In Reverse Demo Mode, if you do not perform an operation for a period of 30 seconds, the display begins reversing colors. It continues reversing colors every 10 seconds until a button is pushed. When the unit is turned off, the Feature Demo Mode is activated. The Feature Demo Mode displays the unit's different features and capabilities using moving graphics.

MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the provided sets of preamp outputs.

Soft Key Operation: As you navigate the head unit's menu system, the "soft key" functions change as indicated on the display. These multipurpose "soft keys" help to eliminate faceplate clutter.

XM Satellite Radio Tuner Compatible: This unit can control the optional Pioneer XM tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner will allow you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio programming features up to 100 channels of digital-quality music, news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming. XM transmits these channels from its studios directly to consumers nationwide via two high-powered commercial satellites. For monthly subscription fee, you can receive the XM signal in your car and home using small car phone-sized antennas and XM-capable radios.

Compatible with Optional TV Tuner: This head unit can control an optional Pioneer TV tuner (not supplied).

Easy EQ Curves: This model has "SUPER BASS", "POWERFUL", "NATURAL", "VOCAL", "CUSTOM 1", "CUSTOM 2" and "FLAT" preset EQ curves. The "CUSTOM" curves are ones that you create and store in memory; a different "CUSTOM 1" curve may be set for each source, and the "CUSTOM 2" curve is one that will be the same for all sources.

13-Band EQ: The EQ allows you to adjust the following frequencies: 50Hz, 80Hz, 125Hz, 200Hz, 315Hz, 500Hz, 800Hz, 1.25kHz, 2kHz, 3.15kHz, 5kHz, 8kHz, and 12.5kHz. Each frequency can be adjusted from -6dB to +6dB in 1dB increments.

Digital Signal Processing: The digital signal processing includes Sound Field Control, Octaver and BBE sound. Sound Field Control incorporates four programs that reproduce the typical sound field of a studio, club, concert hall, or dome. The Octaver feature emphasizes the bass, allowing you to choose one of two levels. BBE sound processing technology makes the music sound live. The highs are clearer, naturally brilliant and more finely detailed. The lows are tight, well defined and harmonically rich. 

Position Selector: One way to assure a more natural sound is to clearly position the stereo image, putting you right in the center of the sound field. The Position Selector function lets you automatically adjust the speaker's output levels and inserts a delay time to match the number and position of occupied seats. The result is a natural sound regardless of where you are seated. You can select front seat left, front seat right, front seats, or all seats.

Time Alignment: The time alignment lets you adjust the distance between each speaker and the listening position to match the type of car. You can choose one of the five following types of cars: sedan, wagon, minivan, SUV, or custom. Custom is an adjusted time alignment that you can create yourself.

Auto-Equalizer: Using the supplied microphone, the auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates the auto-equalizer curve based on that information.

Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL): During driving, road noise in the car changes according to the driving speed and road conditions. The Automatic Sound Levelizer monitors the road noise and automatically increases the unit's volume level, if the road noise becomes greater. The sensitivity of this feature can be set to one of five levels.

Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function prevents radical leaps in volume when switching between sources. To use this function, you compare the volume level of the sources (AM, CD, CD changer, AUX) to the FM level, then you adjust the source level to match that heard when listening to FM. Since the reference level is based on the FM volume, SLA is not possible on FM.

Subwoofer/Non-fading Preamp Outputs: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, this unit has one set of non-fading subwoofer preamp outputs. When set to "On", the subwoofer outputs may be set for normal or reverse phase, 50Hz/63Hz/80Hz/100Hz/125Hz low-pass output, and the level is user-selectable from +6 to -24.

High-pass Filters: When you don't want sound in the subwoofer frequency range output from the front and rear speaker and preamp outputs, you may activate the built-in high-pass filters. For the front and rear high-pass filters, you may independently select a filter frequency of 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz or 125Hz.

Tuner: This receiver is equipped with Pioneer's proprietary Supertuner III, which provides excellent AM and FM performance.

MP3 Playback: This unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats.

CD-R/CD-RW Skip Function: Some CD-R/W recorders allow you to assign skip ID tags to tracks that you never want to hear. When a track has been assigned a track skip ID, compatible units will recognize the skip ID information and skip over that track. This player recognizes track skip IDs, so CD-R and CD-RW discs with skip ID information will be played back as intended.

Disc Title Memory: Titles of up to 10 characters each can be entered into memory for up to 48 discs. When a compatible changer is connected, titles of up to 10 characters each can be entered into memory for up to 100 discs in the changer.

Optional Aux Input: When used with item 130CDRB10 (sold separately) or item 130CDRB20 (sold separately), this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source, such as a portable CD or MD player. When item 130CDRB10 is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to this unit. Item 130CDRB20 allows you to connect an optional Pioneer CD changer and an auxiliary source to this unit.

Dimmer Feature: This unit is equipped with a wire that Pioneer calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit receives power and the dimmer feature has been turned on, the display will dim to a preset level. Note: When the power and constant wires are connected and the illumination wire is supplied with voltage (when you turn your lights on), the button illumination remains on even if the unit is turned off completely.

Cellular Mute: This feature mutes or attenuates the unit's audio output when a cellular call is received, then restores the level once the call is over. To use this feature, you must have a cellular phone with a muting output that can be connected to the muting input wire (yellow/black lead) of this unit.

Warning Tone: If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within 5 seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Music Server Features

10GB Hard Drive: The DEH-P90HDD has an internal 10GB hard drive that allows you to store up to 200 CDs. 

Digital and Analog Recording: You can digitally record from the built-in CD player to the music server. Recording from sources other than the built-in CD, such as a changer or an auxiliary source (using an optional adapter), will be done in analog. Note: MP3 files cannot be recorded onto the music server.

Built-in CD Recording: When recording from the built-in CD player, you can select the following modes:

  • Disc (disc recording): will record the disc you are listening to from the current track to the end of the disc

  • Continue (continuous recording): continues recording from the interrupted disc recording to the last track of the CD. (Even when a track other than the interrupted one is selected, recording will be performed from the interrupted track.)

  • Track (one-track recording): you can only record the track you are currently listening to

Multi-CD Recording: When recording from a connected optional changer, you can select the following modes:

  • Track (one-track recording): you can only record the track you are currently listening to (not from the beginning of the track)

  • All (all tracks recording): you can record all tracks from the one you are listening to until you stop recording (No rewind to the beginning of track or disc.)

Selecting the Recording Quality: When recording, it is possible to select the sound quality. The larger the recording bit rate number, the higher the sound quality, although the total recording time will be shorter. You can choose a setting of 132 kbps or 105 kbps.

Automatic Title Retrieval Function Using Gracenote CDDB (for encoding only): When music is recorded on the music server from the built-in CD, information such as the recording artist and track name is retrieved from the Gracenote CDDB database and displayed. The database can be updated by downloading information directly from Pioneer's website.

Playlist Files: Playlist files are lists of information on groups of tracks, containing such details as recording date, digital/analog and location. For every track, the playlist will contain the date of recording, whether it is digital, and the artist's name.

Playlist Mode: The playlist mode uses playlist files that group tracks according to the recording conditions at the time of recording. The mode allows you to play back only desired groups of tracks. The custom playlist mode allows you to create playlist files to record and playback your favorite tracks. You can create six custom playlist files.

Titles: The playlist file title, track title and track artist's name can each be up to 20 characters for entry into the music server.

Track Title List: The track title list lets you see the list of track titles in a playlist file and select one of them for playback.

Repeat Play: There are three repeat play ranges for the music server: one-track repeat, playlist file repeat and playlist mode repeat.

Random Play: Random play lets you play back tracks in the playlist file in random order.

Scan Play: When you select playlist file repeat, scan play lets you hear the first 10 seconds of each track in the selected playlist file. When you select playlist mode repeat, scan play lets you hear the first 10 seconds of the first track in each playlist file.

Memory Stick Player Features

MagicGate Memory Stick Slot: This unit has a MagicGate Memory Stick slot (Memory Sticks optional). It lets you play Internet music files you've transferred onto a MagicGate Memory Stick from a PC or portable audio device.

Formatting the "Memory Stick": When this unit cannot read an inserted "Memory Stick", the "Memory Stick" must be formatted by this unit. Formatting a "Memory Stick" erases all data stored on it.

Track Title List: The track title list lets you see the list of track titles on a "Memory Stick" and select one of them for playback.

Repeat Play: Repeat play lets you hear the same track over again.

Random Play: Random play lets you play back tracks on the "Memory Stick" in random order.

Scan Play: Scan play lets you hear the first 10 seconds of each track on the "Memory Stick".

Pausing "Memory Stick" Playback: Pause lets you temporarily stop playback of the "Memory Stick".

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is compatible with Pioneer IP-Bus changers.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: pause, direct disc access, disc intro scan, track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, all disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

ITS (Instant Track Selection) Programming: The ITS function can be used to program automatic playback of up to 99 tracks per disc for up to 100 discs. With changers sold before the CDX-P1250 and CDX-P650, up to 24 tracks can be stored in the playlist.

Disc Title Memory: Titles of up to 10 characters each can be entered into memory for up to 100 discs. 

Disc Title List: This feature allows you to display disc titles that you have entered. From the list, you can select a disc for playback.

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 10 characters may be scrolled to reveal the entire string of text.

CD Sound Quality Adjustment: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "DBE" (dynamic bass emphasis) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the changer. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortions caused by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "DBE" function boosts bass frequencies to give your music a more full sound. Note: For these functions to work, they must be supported by the Pioneer CD changer.

Installation and Operation Notes

Power Box: This unit has a power box that must be mounted separately using the supplied power box cord and self-adhesive hook and loop fastener. The hook portion of the fastener is adhered to the bottom of the power box. The 2-3/4"x2-1/4" loop portion of the fastener must be applied to the mounting surface. The power box has the following dimensions: W=2.641", H=1.162", D=3.469".

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Time Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns off audio output, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain on. When the Time Display has not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. This unit's illumination and clock are "keyed" only when the Time Display has been turned on. When power is supplied to both power wires and the illumination wire is not receiving voltage, nothing illuminates if the Time Display has not been turned on and the unit is off. Note: When the power and constant wires are connected and the illumination wire is supplied with voltage (when you turn your lights on), the button illumination remains on even if the unit is turned off completely.

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