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by Tim Sprinkle
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

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

Today's car stereos can be about more than just music. Take Pioneer's DEH-P9800BT CD/MP3 player, for instance. It's packed with all the high-end audio features you'd expect from Pioneer — like MP3, WMA, and AAC file playback, digital sound processing, and a 16-band equalizer. But this stereo also comes loaded with a built-in Bluetooth wireless receiver that allows you to use your cell phone hands-free without installing any extra gear.

The Bluetooth connection lets you place and receive calls without taking your Bluetooth compatible cell phone out of your bag — one quick setup when you first install the stereo ensures that your phone will initialize automatically from then on.

Use the included microphone to ask the DEH-P9800BT to dial a number for you, while Auto Answering allows you to pick up calls without taking your hands off the wheel. Download your phone book into the stereo so you can scroll through and even search contacts right from the dash.

The striking, full-color display on the DEH-P9800BT's motorized faceplate will ensure that everything looks great, too. Customize the display with your own images using the included software, or just let the bright, crisp screen show off two lines of track and artist information in style.

If MP3, WMA, and AAC file format playback isn't enough for you, add Pioneer's optional CDIB100 adapter to control and charge your iPod right from the stereo. The same connection can also handle a satellite radio or Pioneer CD changer, and you also get an auxiliary input for any other external source you might have in mind.

Three sets of preamp outputs send a powerful signal to your external amps and subs. You even get a full-function remote so your passengers can control playback from anywhere in the car.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET50 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 — except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • slide-down motorized face with customizable full-color Organic EL display
    • Rotary Commander control knob
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Digital Sound Processor with 16-band graphic EQ and time alignment
    • loudness (3 levels)
    • Auditory User Interface
    • 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • Bluetooth receiver built in (includes hands-free microphone)
    • compatible with Pioneer iPod adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • auxiliary input (rear 3.5mm mini jack)
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:
    • Supertuner IIID
    • seek tuning
    • clock
    • CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
    • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 94 dB
    • FM sensitivity: 8 dBf
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
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    50-15kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    5 volts
    Display Color
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    Organic EL
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    16
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Wireless remote control (CXC5715)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness with in-line 10-amp ATM mini fuse
    • Preamp output harness
    • Bluetooth microphone with 13.5' cable attached
    • Microphone mounting bracket
    • Two sided adhesive pad
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • Rear support screw
    • Rubber bushing
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • 5 Adhesive backed microphone cable clips
    • Operation Manual (English/French)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty information (English/French)
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety
    • Sheet about the Demo Mode

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    Features
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    Features

    Full Color OEL Display: The full color OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) display features 65,000 colors for incredible brightness, clear readability, wide-angle viewing and full-motion 3D graphics. In addition to the built-in images and graphics, you can download software from a special Pioneer website that will allow you to edit and create your own graphic displays from JPEG, BMP, or PNG images. Because OEL creates its own electro-luminescent light, its brightness is resistant to washing out in sunlight. The display is 256 x 64 pixels.

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

    • Standard: moving lines and boxes with changing background color
    • Visualizer: In Visualizer mode, you can select one of the following backgrounds: Visualizer 1 (palm trees swaying), Visualizer 2 (bubbles), or Visualizer 3 (moving bars with changing colors), Visualizer 4 (rotating starburst), Visualizer 5 (passing scenery from a vehicle), Visualizer Random (repeating Visualizers 1-5)
    • Level Meter: dual VU meters
    • Spectrum Analyzer: vertical 13-band spectrum analyzer
    • Vehicle Dynamics: Vehicle Dynamics 1 (Battery voltage, Tachometer, and Level gauges), Vehicle Dynamics 2 (analog and digital tachometers with moving pistons in the background), Vehicle Dynamics 3 (digital voltmeters and tachometer)
    • Movie: looping 8-second movie clip
    • Clock: clock and date displayed
    • Slideshow: rotating slide show with different transitions
    • Custom: more pictures and animation can be downloaded from Pioneer's website, you can also download software and use your own pictures and video to create displays

    Multi-language Display: The screen displays and menus can be displayed in English, French, or Spanish.

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

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

    Burr Brown D/A Converter: The DEH-P9800BT uses a 24-bit Burr Brown digital-to-analog converter for superb sound.

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

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

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

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

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band.

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

    iTunes AAC Playback: The DEH-P9800BT can play CDs with AAC files ripped using Apple's iTunes Media Player Version 4.8 and earlier. This unit can play AAC files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. AAC files with a transmission rate from 16-320 kbps are supported.

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

    Rear Mounted Auxiliary Input: This unit has a 3.5mm mini jack auxiliary input located on the back of the unit. This AUX 1 input must be turned on in the Initial Settings menu before it can be selected as a source. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 8 character name. A second auxiliary device can be connected to this unit when an optional adapter is connected to the IP-Bus connector on the rear panel. This auxiliary input (known as AUX 2) must also be turned on, and an 8-character name for the input can be stored in memory. See below for more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.

    Time Alignment/Seat Position: The receiver has a built-in DSP (digital signal processor) with time alignment for optimum imaging. You can select the Time Alignment mode depending upon the type of vehicle: Sedan, Wagon, Mini-Van, SUV, or Custom. When custom is selected, you can enter the distance from your seat to the front left, front right, rear left, rear right, subwoofer left, and subwoofer right speakers. After the selection is made, the DSP aligns the output of each speaker so the audio reaches your ears at precisely the correct time. For best stereo image, you can also select a seat position of front left, front right, front or all.

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P9800BT is equipped with a 16-band graphic EQ with the following center frequencies: 20Hz, 31.5Hz, 50Hz, 80Hz, 125Hz, 200Hz, 315Hz, 500Hz, 800Hz, 1.25kHz, 2kHz, 3.15kHz, 5kHz, 8kHz, 12.5kHz, and 20kHz. There are 5 preset EQ settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, and Flat; plus Custom 1 and Custom 2. You can adjust the equalizer curve of the Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, and Natural presets between -6 and +6. With Custom 1 or Custom 2, you can independently adjust the level of each band from -6 to +6.

    Loudness Levels: Loudness compensates for deficiencies in the low and high frequencies at low volumes. When activated, Loudness applies +10dB @100Hz and +6.5dB at 10kHz.

    BBE: BBE can reproduce sound very close to the original through phase compensation, high-frequency delay, and amplitude deviation during playback. It makes your music sound like a live performance. You can set the level of BBE from -4 to +4.

    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.

    High Pass Filter: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the speakers, you can independently turn on the High Pass Filters for the front and rear outputs (front and rear have separate crossovers). The HPF has a selectable cutoff frequency (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz,100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, or 200 Hz) and slope (-6dB, -12dB, or Pass). Only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers. You can also vary the output of the front and rear channels independently from 0 to -24.

    Subwoofer Output: The unit has a dual RCA subwoofer output which can be turned on or off. When turned on, this output has a low-pass filter with selectable cutoff frequencies (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz,100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, or 200 Hz), phase adjustment (normal/reverse), output level (+6 to -24), and slope (-6dB, -12dB, or -18dB).

    Rough Search: You can switch the search method between fast forward/reverse and "Rough" in which the unit searches every 10 tracks. If there are less than 10 tracks on the disc, the unit will jump to the last track.

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

    Auditory User Interface (AUI): Confirmation tones alert you to what the receiver is doing without you having to look at the display. The AUI has 4 different sounds (for ON, function, select, and, when used with the Bluetooth wireless technology, a ring alert.) You can adjust the volume of the AUI from 0 to 12.

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

    Disc Naming: You can use the disc title input feature to store up to 48 CD titles in the unit's memory. Each title can be up to 10 characters long. If a CD changer that supports disc title is added, up to 100 CD titles can be added.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the Source button turns off audio output, but the clock display remains on. When the Clock Display has not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. The unit's button illumination stays on if the illumination and accessory wires are powered.

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features a motorized "flap-face" front panel with Detachable Face Security. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound, and the face will fold down. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. A hard plastic face case is included with this unit.

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

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P9800BT comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5715). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. In addition, the numeric keypad on the remote allows you to select tracks and radio presets directly. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel.

    Optional Wired Remote Control: The head unit has a 3.5mm mini-jack on the back panel for connecting an optional wired remote control, such as the CD-MR70 or CD-MR80 (130CDMR70 or 130CDMR80). You can also plug in the PAC SWI-PS adapter (127SWIPS) to interface the factory steering wheel or rear seat radio controls of many vehicles to this receiver. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to find out if your vehicle is compatible with the adapter.

    2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the rear mini-jack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The CD-RB10 lets you connect one auxiliary component, and the CD-RB20 lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 8-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth: The DEH-P9800BT has Bluetooth hardware built in to integrate with Bluetooth enabled cellular phones and audio players. Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls, and listen to a Bluetooth audio device.

    • Phone: Up to five phones can be registered with the DEH-P9800BT, three user phones and two guest phones. It can be set to automatically connect to a registered phone whenever the phone comes within range. Once the phone connection is made the head unit stays in phone standby mode, and is ready to receive calls while you listen to other sources. A phone EQ curve is used when making and receiving calls. You can dial out using your phone book or call history, dial directly using the numeric keypad on the remote, create a list of up to ten preset numbers, or use voice activated dialing if your phone is so equipped. You can answer incoming calls manually or automatically, or set the unit to automatically reject all incoming calls.
    • BT Audio: In addition to Bluetooth phones, the DEH-P9800BT supports Bluetooth equipped audio players. You can connect wirelessly and listen to the player, and in some cases control the player as well.

      Note: Not all Bluetooth-enabled phones are compatible.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control an external satellite radio tuner. The head unit is compatible with the Terk XMDirect/Pioneer package (700XMPIONE) or the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM) Pioneer XM receiver. 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.

    HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P10HD HD Radio tuner (item number 130GEXP10H), allowing you to tune available HD Radio stations. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The GEX-P10HD connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    iPod Adapter Ready: The Pioneer CD-IB100ii iPod adapter (130IB100ii) allows you to play and control your iPod, iPod mini, or iPod nano, and view album, artist, and other information on the head unit's display. The adapter allows you to perform multiple search functions; including playlist, genre, artist, album, or song searches. You can switch between the following displays: Album title, Song Title, Artist Name, Artist Name with Album Title, Song Title with Artist Name, Song Title with Album Title, and a Simple display. While connected, the iPod adapter also charges the iPod's battery. The adapter works with all "Dock Connector"-equipped iPods, and connects to the head unit via the IP-Bus connector.

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

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: The DEH-P9800BT 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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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Brian, Ukiah, CA on Friday, August 08, 2008
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    I installed this into a VW Jetta 2002 with the factory Monsoon system. I would highly recommend getting it from Crutchfield because they provided everything needed for a smooth install. Well worth it !

    One item I did note, while the description says that the unit is an exact fit - and technically it was - I did have to cut the back bracket to make room for all the wires and connections. I installed this with the Pioneer XM radio option as well as the CAN steering wheel interfaces. Both worked fine.

    The interface of the Pioneer takes a little time to get used to, especially if you have always had the traditional radio buttons to push. But once you figure it out, the unit is very configurable. I most like the display and the graphic equalizer - something that I missed with the factory stereo.

    Overall great job Crutchfield - thanks for the excellent service.
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    5 out of 5

    The Best Radio

    Written By Albert, San Juan Puerto Rico on Sunday, August 03, 2008
     
    It`s Simple, I`m Musician, this is the best sound you can found in a radio.
    the blootooth, work very nice.
    i strongly recomend this radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Total Control

    Written By Anthony, Wayne, NJ on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
     
    I baught this head unit about a year ago and it has never failed to impress me... the controls took some getting used to but after some time it was easy...the different styles of backgrounds are awesome...now heres the part that impressed me the most, once you enter the audio menu the head unit gets amazing, front and rear frequency, front and year output control, complete control of a subwoofer... every aspect of a sub can be fine tuned through the head unit....the bluetooth is incredible and the head unit was able to take control of my KRZR and even import any audio i had on my phone...i cant wait to try it with my iphone on the 11th...i dont have anything to add about either the xm or sirius add on's because i havent used either but i know i wouldn't be dissapointed ... ill never need another head unit WORTH THE MONEY FOR SURE
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    2 out of 5

    what phone book

    Written By Ernie, CT on Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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    Voice dial where are you isnt that what bluetooth is about hands free, you can hear the faint cry of the "who would you like to call" coming though the speakers even though the tech guys say it doesnt, you turn the volume all the way up and sit in the driveway you can actually hear it OK but on the road it is worthless. Other then that it is a nice radio great sound
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    inconsistent performance

    Written By Peter, Connecticut on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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    This unit has been
    infuriating since it
    was installed. The
    BT phone connection
    is temperamental at
    best. Sometimes it
    works and sometimes
    it doesn't. Phones
    which have been
    registered just
    disappear from the
    list. Other phones
    connect sometimes
    and don't other
    times.

    The controls are
    counter-intuitive
    and confusing. Its
    downright dangerous
    to try and change
    anything while
    driving because the
    controls require
    several steps.

    There are much
    better units out
    there for the price
    of this one.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love this head unit!

    Written By CatSnak, Lakeside, CA on Thursday, April 24, 2008
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    Installed one of these in my '04 F150 and love it! the BlueTooth feature is a
    life saver while driving. The unit was easy to install and has great sound.
    Backed it with an Alpine amp and 4 Infinity Kappa 6x8's and I am very
    pleased with the results!
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    5 out of 5

    Killer Head Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Lumberton, Tx on Thursday, April 03, 2008
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    This is the first
    Pioneer unit I
    bought since the
    original Supertuner
    series. It's
    fantastic! I listen
    to '60's, '70's, &
    '80's rock &
    country. Weird
    combination but I do
    listen to both. I
    have it connected to
    a PR4.50 amp
    and Infinity
    speakers in my 2001
    Silverado 2500HD. No
    thumper but good
    clean sound! The
    bluetooth works well
    with my LG Voyager
    cell phone. I don't
    know why anyone
    would complain about
    the display when the
    main thing is the
    function and sound.
    Anyway, Thumbs up to
    Pioneer for the
    electronics and
    Crutchfield for the
    low price, free
    shipping & free
    installation
    hardware!
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    2 out of 5

    Can't deliver for the price

    Written By beartard, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 13, 2008
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    I bought this
    receiver from
    Crutchfield for two
    features: Sirius
    and Bluetooth. One
    out of two ain't
    bad, as they say.
    The bluetooth
    feature is flawless
    and performs just as
    expected. It still
    amazes me to have a
    call come through
    like it does
    sometimes. Sirius,
    on the other hand,
    is subpar. When
    using a Sirius
    Connect adapter, I
    found I lost many
    features of my
    standalone Sirius
    unit. Some things I
    could understand,
    but not being able
    to display both the
    artist and the track
    title on the screen
    at once is a glaring
    interface problem
    that is only a sign
    of how poorly
    thought out Pioneer
    is with its user
    interface.

    Another issue for
    anyone planning on
    using this receiver
    for Sirius is the
    adapter or
    translator box that
    connects the radio's
    bus to the sirius
    connect bus. I've
    had it freeze on me
    several times,
    requiring either the
    removal of the fuse
    or ripping apart the
    dash to unplug its
    power and reset it.
    When asked about
    it, a Pioneer tech
    support guy "uh
    huh'd" me on
    everything I did to
    fix the problem, as
    if wanting to
    complete my
    sentences for me,
    but told me that it
    was not a known
    issue.

    The OEL display is
    pretty, but not very
    useful. Pioneer's
    software for
    creating your own
    displays is
    Windows-only. It
    also limits you as
    to what you can make
    yourself. Certainly
    nothing coming close
    to the bells and
    whistles of the
    defaults. As
    mentioned before,
    there's so much
    real-estate on the
    screen, but it's
    cluttered and bits
    of information seem
    to be thrown all
    over the screen with
    no real thought.
    With some sources
    (like Sirius) the
    real deal breaker
    was having a big,
    open screen with
    incomplete
    information on it.

    As for accessories,
    I had planned to buy
    a USB adapter and an
    HD-Radio tuner for
    the headunit.
    Unfortunately, both
    these units are
    newer than the radio
    itself, so there is
    limited
    functionality. It
    would be nice to see
    a greater
    integration.

    Overall, Pioneer
    seems to love
    "spacey" interfaces
    with lots of lights,
    yet spartan
    controls. Features
    like preset stations
    can not be created
    or selected without
    the remote control.
    The radio packs a
    lot into a standard
    package, but for the
    price, I would go
    for a cheaper
    receiver that "felt"
    better when it came
    to setup and use.
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    5 out of 5

    An awesome head unit

    Written By nikolay, Moses Lake, WA on Thursday, March 13, 2008
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    I have purchased this unit one year ago from Crutchfield , and it is been installed into my Semi-Truck. Everything works perfect with the most clear sound I ever heared before. This is the best head unit I ever had .
    A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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    2 out of 5

    poor user interface

    Written By Andy, Merrimack, NH on Saturday, March 08, 2008
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    I really wanted to
    like this receiver.
    It has all the
    features I wanted,
    XM, Blue Tooth, iPod
    interface and it
    sounds good.
    Unfortunately, the
    user interface is so
    poorly designed that
    it's difficult to
    setup and operate. I
    had to dig through
    the user's manual
    every time I wanted
    to do something
    other than changing
    stations or the
    volume. In
    many cases, I had to
    take my eyes off the
    road to look at the
    display to verify
    that I really was
    doing what I wanted.
    I agree with the
    other comments about
    not being able to
    read the display
    during certain times
    of the day because
    of glare. I ended up
    returning this unit
    getting an iPod/XM
    interface for the
    factory radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Ipod and Razr phone

    Written By Robert, Los Angeles on Thursday, January 24, 2008
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    This unit is very good. Easy installation. The instructions for operation and connection to a phone is complicated, but I was able to connect to my Razr phone and transfer my contacts (one by one, and not all at once). However, I must manually connect my Razr phone each time I get into the car. I think this is more the fault of Motorola not the Pioneer unit. Connecting the phone can be streamlined by making the smart key a short cut to connection. Also, the ipod connection is great. But if you want to control the ipod thru itself make sure to get the correct adapter. One puts info onto the pioneer display, but the ipod has to be controlled by the receiver. The other simply puts the music to the unit. It's up to your preference. I like controlling my ipod thru the ipod. I'd definitely recommend
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    4 out of 5

    Takes a little time

    Written By Stephen, Alabama on Friday, January 11, 2008
     
    It's definitely a great radio but it takes some getting use to. I've had it installed 3 days in my 04 Ranger and I'm just now getting it fine tuned to the way I like it. I highly recommend getting a pro to tune this radio for you unless you have a good ear for sound. Otherwise it will not sound good at all. Also get you some aftermarket speakers so you can use the radio to its full potential. If I could do it over, I would have gotten the 7900.
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    5 out of 5

    07 Tundra....GREAT!

    Written By Bradley, Bristol, TN on Sunday, December 30, 2007
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    buy this unit. it is amazing. may take a while to learn how to work it, but its worth it, and every dime. the colors are amazing, sound is great. i love how you can surf through songs with one click and it lists the songs on even normal CDs and MP3 cds. the bluetooth is great, clean and crisp. my phone doesnt do well with the BT Audio but its all good. buy this unit. great all around, nothing is bad about it.

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    4 out of 5

    Not for a Grand Cherokee

    Written By Greg, Chesapeake, VA on Friday, December 21, 2007
     
    Installed this thing in my 99 Grand Cherokee. It sounds good and the bluetooth hands free works very well. The downside is that it will only drive 4 speakers, so I only get sound out of my rear door speakers and my dash tweeters. Still sounds good, but not as good as my factory stereo... Finding a replacement to my factory 6 channel 180 watt amp is expensive and not really worth doing.

    Also, the controls are poorly placed. In order to use the control knob from the drivers seat, your hand blocks the screen display. Poorly thought out.

    All in all, a good stereo, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
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    2 out of 5

    BROKE WITHIN A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

    Written By ken, ocala,FL on Thursday, December 06, 2007
     
    WELL......
    I HAVE TO SAY I HAVE ORDERED FROM CRUTCHFIELD SINCE 96 AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PLEASED. I LOVED THIS UNIT AND THE SOUND CONTROL. FOUR MONTHS IN THE RADIO PLAYED BUT THE FACEPLATE WENT BLACK.


    WHEN I CALLED THE TECH SUGGESTED CLEANING THE CONNECTIONS OF THE FACEPLATE , I THOUGHT HE WAS RIGHT. THEN OFF AND ON THIS HAPPENED FOR OVER 6 MONTHS ! LAST WEEK THE DISPLAY STARTED TO FLICKER!
    NOW NO DISPLAY NO CONTROLS AND I REALLY LOVE PIONEER , ALWAYS HAVE.
    CALLED AND CRUTCHFIELD SAID IT HAS BEEN OVER THE ONE YEAR WARRANTY.
    I EXPLAINED THAT I CALLED ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITHIN THE YEAR WARRANTY BUT TO NO AVAIL!
    I STILL PLAN TO PURCHASE FROM CRUTCHFIELD EVEN THOUGH I FEEL THEY SHOULD HAVE REPLACED THE VALUE [OR A PORTION OF THE VALUE] OF THE RADIO SINCE I CALLED ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITHIN A YEAR ORIGINALLY.



    I HAVE READ REVEIWS SIMILAIR ABOUT "BURNING OUT OEL" BUT I FOUND THAT THERE IS A FIBER OPTIC CABLE BEHIND THE FOLD DOWN BRACKET THAT WAS GETTING PINCHED SINCE IT FOLDS DOWN AND UP EVERYTIME YOU TURN YOUR CAR OFF. MAYBE I WILL ORDER THE FIBER OPTIC CABLE FROM PIONEER AND DO IT MYSELF BECAUSE THIS UNIT DOES HAVE GREAT FEATURES......



    BUT I WILL NO LONGER BUY PIONEER BECAUSE OF THIS!
    SWITCHING TO ALPINE AND STILL ORDERING FROM CRUTCHFIELD.
    =[
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    5 out of 5

    Great system

    Written By Fred, Houston, TX on Tuesday, October 09, 2007
     
    I've had this installed in my Tahoe for about 10 months and can't say enough great things about it. It has a great built in EQ and 3 preamps with in system control (level, slope, etc) of each preamp location. Hook it up to a couple amps and you really take advantage of the way you can tune the response. The bluetooth works great with my Blackberry and with the uploaded phone listing I don't have to even take it out of my pocket, just get close with the radio on and it connects. With the organic display I've uploaded my own photos and made a custom screen saver. I have the iPod controls hooked up and it works perfectly. My 60gb iPod works great, but the new 160gb iPod classic doesn't display the information correctly - it does still play and control it.
    My only wish would be HD FM radio display of tracks and artists.
    You'll love this
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    4 out of 5

    A car stereo equipped with what I need

    Written By Gabriel, Houston, TX on Friday, October 05, 2007
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    After countless reviews and comparison of other products, I decided to give Pioneer a try and I have to say I was impressed with its performance. The installation was a little difficult (first timer) but I managed to install the radio successfully with the help of the Crutchfield Team. The system gives you great sound and manable controls. Bluetooth pairing was a snap, but understanding the features and setting the profile took some time. In short, the pioneer radio is great if you want it all, but expect to spend 2 solid hours to fully understand the functions.
    Background Info:
    I have had the radio for 3 months
    Installed onto a Honda Ridgeline 2007 with factory speakers (great sound even though there factory)

    Pros:
    Bluetooth - Pairing is easy. Placed the mic on the Instrumental Panel of my Dash Board, perfect fit. Able to transfer my contact over from my cell phone to the radio
    Sound - Bass, Treble, Equalizer Great Sound.

    Cons:
    Function Control - Not userfriendly, spend a heck of time to understand the functions control of each category ie, Audio, Tuner, Phone etc. etc.
    Price - A little to high for what I paid for.
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    3 out of 5

    User unfriendly, defective microphone

    Written By Lisa, Irvine, Ca on Thursday, September 27, 2007
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    Crutchfield stands behind their products, so let me start on a positive.

    I couldn't use the microphone on my BT unit..people said they couldn't hear me and it universally sounded like 'I was in a tunnel'. Installer, Pioneer and Crutchfield all agreed it was a defective unit. They shipped me a new unit the next day and the installer agreed to redo the install for $20 [I had purchased an install card]...hopefully Crutchfield will cover this cost.

    Secondly, for some reason the fit-kit for my Jeep was not included so the installer had to 'rig' the installation. Crutchfield has resolved this by sending me a new kit for reinstall.

    In general, I find this unit attractive and cool, but very user unfriendly. It is very hard to make audio adjustments, the BT was a nightmare to get connected [maybe due to defective unit], the screen flickers and changes colors [this does not appear to be part of the 'entertainment' options]. I especially am unhappy with the radio tuner...while it works, it is much too difficult to figure out how to seek, scan, program. Perhaps the unit is too sleek...a couple more simple knobs would have made things easier.

    Overall, I am pleased with Crutchfield's friendly service, but I am not yet sold on this product. Buyer beware and look out for others with similar technical issues.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose,CA on Sunday, August 26, 2007
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    This stereo has a lot to offer,So much so I may purchase a second one for wifes mustang (if it fits)
    Just remember read all install before and during installation, This stereo has alot going for it...Gary
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Duane, Stockton, CA on Monday, August 20, 2007
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    The unit has all the bells and whistles, and the installation was a piece of cake with the included harnesses and bracket. I must echo other reviews and state the manual is somewhat complicated, as are the multitude of adjustments and options. But, I have plenty of time to educate myself. The display also creates such glare that it is difficult, but not impossible, to read. The Bluetooth connection for my RAZR V3c cell phone works very well, but after several attempts and eventual contact with Motorola, I learned that I cannot upload my contact list automatically - Motorola prohibits it, proprietary mumbo-jumbo. All in all an excellent unit - not for those seeking thumping base to injure the ears, but very clean sound.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Cecil, Arlington, Wa (north of seattle) on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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    The DEH-P9800BT is great I got it for my CRX but installed it into my Toyota Avalon which had a DEH-P7900BT. The Eq.in the system is great you can adjust it to give your system great clean quaility sound. great looking color display, the blue tooth works great.
    Pioneer has always been my #1 and will always be. great product.
    My only con. it did not come with the Ipod adaptor like the DEH-P7900BT
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer 9800BT Nice Stereo

    Written By flybigrc, St. Louis , MO on Monday, July 16, 2007
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    Installed in my 2004 Corvette to replace the stock Delco, but kept the Bose speakers. I found the install of this unit a breeze. Although there was a note about removing a bracket I did not have to modify anything. One error in the wiring diagram. The Red Wire from the harness had to be connected to a fuse. Tech support helped me out in 5 minutes, so that was great. The bluetooth is great and no issues with connection or sound. I was able to transfer my phone book with no problems. The iPod connnection is staight forward and since I use playlists its very convenient. The displays are very cool. The Audio adjustments are a bit complex and with my BOSE speakers I am still playing with the right setting. Overall if you want bluetooth and a nice interface for your iPod this would be a good choice.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Veronica, Simi Valley, CA on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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    The DEH-9800BT is a great unit and easy to install! I love that I can connect my mobile phone via Bluetooth and the unit will automatically switch to Telephone mode, pausing whatever I am playing at the time, and automatically switch back to the music source when I'm done talking. I purchased & installed Pioneer's optional iPod adapter, CD-iB100II, with it so I have virtually my entire music library controlled through the head unit. And I love-love-LOVE the OEL display ;-)
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    3 out of 5

    Great Idea, Poor Implementation

    Written By Miguel, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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    Amazing display, but highly glare prone, useless in the day, a major issue when the phone is ringing considering BT was my reason for purchase! Pioneer has to know about this and should offer a solution, a revision should be provided or I'm back to Sony. This is a hazard while driving if you have to bend over and down and use your hand to block the sun to see the display!

    Next, as a sound engineer, design engineers need to scale back on the dependency of DSPs. You can't get GREAT sound without turning on most of the filters, the sound then becomes so over processed that it really doesn't sound that good anymore. I played with Time Alignment and even measured the exact distance from my speakers to my headrest, however it shifts the sound too far front for my taste.

    The menus are not intuitive, if you're playing a CD and you're on track 35 and you want to see what is on track 50, the LIST mode starts you back at 1 so you have to dial all the way through to get to where you are and then to where you want to go, I have several MP3 CD's with 200+ songs and to have to go all the way to 1 each time is a total killjoy. One other thing about the CD interface, if you set to Random, the unit will play randomly, however if you manually skip songs, it goes to the next track, not a random track.

    Finally a poor manual geared towards features and not function. Example, you can't assign a Custom EQ to the CD player and a Preset EQ to the XM, but you can assign Custom 1 EQ to both inputs and each can be customized to taste, this is not documented at all. and drove me nuts while trying to figure out why the curves were differen
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    5 out of 5

    Ridiculously Awesome

    Written By Jude, Normal, IL on Wednesday, May 02, 2007
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    I just installed this unit yesterday and I am blown away. I got it because I have an Ipod and XM radio and I wanted to combine those things with bluetooth capability. Everything works like a dream.

    My only downside is that because there are so many functions that it is a little confusioning at times but since I have only had it a day, I am sure I will pick it up.
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    5 out of 5

    MY BEST

    Written By Philadelphia, Phila on Monday, April 16, 2007
     
    This receiver is the best I have EVER owned...

    I have owned many top of the line Alpine receivers, many Pioneer top of the line receivers, and this measures out to be the best!

    Without a doubt after installation, I couldn't wait to turn on the little monster.....

    Graphics are great, and I can even add more straight from pioneers website!

    I have yet to use the bluetooth but I will be as soon as I get a Bluetooth phone.
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    3 out of 5

    Disappointing iPod functionality

    Written By BB, Seattle, WA on Monday, April 09, 2007
     
    While the deck sounds great and has lots of features, I was displeased with some of the user interface design choices.

    - There is enough room on the screen for showing three lines of data for the song currently playing. Unfortunately, you cannot show Track/Album/Artist at the same time. Why cycle between different combinations of the above when you could just display all three?

    - Scrolling through lists of artists is beyond painful. With 400 artists, you must hit a button 200 times to get to an artist in the middle of the alphabet! Or, you twist the multi-control knob which is almost as tedious.

    - As above, scrolling through songs to find one song among thousands is so tedious that no one would bother.

    - If you return to the artist/album/song selection, it always goes to the letter "A". This makes returning to an artist to find another song a painful experience if it is in the middle of the alphabet.

    - The multi-control knob has ridges that, after trying to move among selections (see above), leaves my finger and thumb sore. Also, it is too small! Holding the knob down to scroll would help greatly.

    - The placement of the screen is such that, when your fingers are on the multi-control knob you cannot see the screen. Put the knob on the right!

    - There are too few controls on the face. It is awkward to have to wade through so many menus for routine operations. For example, why not have buttons for station pre-sets or to get to AM/FM with a single button? Or a dedicated volume knob? I dont believe that someone could step into my car and be able to get to a radio station without training; it is not intuitive.
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    4 out of 5

    almost most there

    Written By corwin, henderson, nc on Sunday, April 08, 2007
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    Almost there, frist I love it. only thing to make it better would be to scroll song title and artist. instead of one or the other. but thats the only thing I can find thats lacking. it scrolls slower than my fingers would like but thats the channel surffer in me . it's fast enough if you have even a little pations. (i don't). buy it you'll be glad you did. I know I am
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    5 out of 5

    9800BT

    Written By James, Houston, TX on Sunday, March 11, 2007
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    I exceeded my 1700 charater limit so I will start over with the cliff notes version!!
    I bought this unit last November(2006) and needed to put it through its paces before I could give a review on it. What I have found is that Pioneer has come out with a unit that is very functional and stylish.

    Bluetooth operation: my motorola V330 would not auto connect, had to connect manually which is not a big deal. Switched to T-mobile Dash (HTC-629 smartphone) and it works much better than the motorola. Auto connects and callers say they can hear me better.
    Callers complained of my voice sounding faint and echo at times. Mic placement cured most of it as did keeping the volume under 45 on the unit. It also improved when I switched to the Dash. Several calls to Crutchfield (great cust. service) and Pioneer (poor cust. service) helped some. I was offered a new mic from crutchfield, but I think road noise, mic placement and the phone were the major causes... Most people said they heard me just fine.

    Ipod controller: works great a little slow to scroll at times but not as slow as some seem to make it out to be. navigation is easy and it keeps my ipod charged.


    Bluetooth Audio: Its nice to stream music from phone or other device to the unit wirelessly via. bluetooth.. less clutter in the car is always a plus.


    Display: nice bright screen. washes out in direct sunlight making it hard to see. Features like batt. charge indicator and tach display are nice. my windows are tinted and that helps alot. this varies by mounting location in a particular vehicle too.

    Overall... 5 stars. priced right Hint: use crutchfield coupons saved m
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By David, Fort Gordon, GA on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
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    The unit is wonderful, far exceeded my expectations. I purchased the unit with the Pioneer Ipod adapter and use it with a Motorola Q smartphone. Installation was straight forward with everything I needed included in my package from Crutchfield. It does take a while to tweak, and I have only been using it a couple days so I am still playing with it. Depending on what features you desire you may not need all the features this stereo has and may be able to come out cheaper with another Pioneer, and separate Bluetooth Adapter. But I would not trade mine...
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent functions and sound, flawed user interface

    Written By Mario, San Carlos, CA on Sunday, March 04, 2007
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    Ive had this unit in my car for about 5 months now. Overall, it is very good. Installation is straightforward, and the Crutchfield instructions were excellent.
    The sound quality is excellent. There are too many ways to tweak the sound (some not well explained in the manual), but the default settings are pretty good. Tuner and CD operation are good, but I dont use these much; I play music from an external hard-drive player (Omnifi DMP1) through the AUX input.
    Bluetooth phone operation is good; calls are clear both ways. Having it mute the music and answer incoming calls totally hands-free is a luxury that I could never give up now. Ive never had it drop a call, but it does occasionally disconnect then reconnect for no apparent reason (as indicated by the phone and the BT indicator LED). My phone is not capable of transferring its phone book by BT, and there does not seem to be an alternative method for entering phone numbers, other than capturing them from the call log into one of 10 presets (and even this requires the remote).
    My biggest complaint is around the display and controls. There are many different display backgrounds, but only one will display the time. Almost all displays show some animation, which I find distracting, especially at night.
    The controls are not at all intuitive, and it took quite a while to get comfortable with them. Trying to do something out-of-the-ordinary often requires reading the manual. Im a geek with high tolerance for this; my wife would never put up with this level of complexity for no reason.
    Overall, Im happy with the unit. I love the hands-free phone operation and music sounds great. I wish it were easier to use.
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    5 out of 5

    My 9800

    Written By DPrevot, Shreveport, LA on Thursday, February 22, 2007
     
    I got my radio about 3 months ago and I've been addicted to it ever since. I read on here that the bluetooth on the radio didn't automatically find your phone if you were using a 1.1 bluetooth phone. I used to have a Sony Ericsson s710a and it worked fine. I guess it's all in the settings of the radio. Oh...and the radio is outstanding. I don't know what else to say. When you load your own pictures on it that makes it even better.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Jason, Santa Rosa, Ca on Monday, February 19, 2007
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    This stereo is everything you need all wrapped into one! The bluetooth feature is the main reason why I got the stereo, but all the features make this thing AWESOME!!
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    5 out of 5

    Husband is Lovin It

    Written By hawkeyeholmes, Iowa on Friday, February 09, 2007
     
    This is a great deck and what a great price. I went to other stores, and they didn't even stock this deck. In other stores the 7800 is going for almost as much as this one on here. Everything included and free shipping. Way better deal here. I am very happy it sounds great, looks sharp. Bought it for my husband hes like a little kid in a candy store over it. I love the Bluetooth compatibility, its very easy to use and setup. Wouldn't change a thing. Only thing is if you don't install it yourself make sure whoever does doesn't forget to install the mic.
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    5 out of 5

    Full Featured

    Written By Mark, Olympia, WA on Saturday, February 03, 2007
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    I bought this unit and the iPod and XM modules for it back in Sept for my wife's car. I liked it so much I bought one for my car with iPod and XM. The Bluetooth is great. Back when we installed the unit in my wife's car, we did have an issue with her cell phone auto-connecting via Bluetooth. She always had to do a manual connect. My phone would always auto-connect on her deck. Her cell was a Motorola and mine is a Nokia. We moved her to an LG and the problem was solved.

    PRO: Highly configurable, while it has an amazing amount of options and settings, once you have it dialed in, the controls become pretty intuitive. Great sound.

    CON: If it has a display for FM radio text information, I haven't figured out how to make that appear yet. Good display everywhere else (XM, iPod, CD). That's a real nit. I'm also hoping that Pioneer was thinking far enough ahead and are working on their own HD FM module for this.

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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By yakleo3, Albany, NY on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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    When I saw this, I was instantly in love with it. Great display, great features, great sound quality.

    Then I got it here, including shipping, handling, wire harness, and dash kit, I mean what a price!!!

    Installing it was the interesting part. I have a 2006 Camry, so I was a little scared of scratching/scuffing anything. The pannels easily popped out. Four screws holding the existing stereo in. Took those out, pulled out the stereo, unplugged all the wires.

    Here's where I screwed up. I should have taken the wiring harness inside, soldered it, to the Pioneer harness, and then plugged one side into the car, the other into the deck. Instead I sat in the car in the cold with strippers and wire nuts and electrical tape.

    It was my first deck though, and the first thing I ever did with a car.

    Anyways, routed the microphone wire underneath my steering wheel, mounted the microhone on top of the steering wheel. Placed the ipod adapter into my glovebox. Assembled the dash kit, slid the deck into it, plugged in the mic, harness, antenna, ipod adapter.

    On the ipod adapter, there's a port labeled in, and one labeled out. For some strange reason it's the one labeled as in that's the output going to the deck(Thank you Crutchfield tech support for figuring that out), otherwise you get no sound.

    Phone quality is great, sound quality is great, love the remote, display, features, etc...

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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By camaro305hp, Portland, OR on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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    This is a pretty good unit, but Im not sure its quite worth the hefty price.

    First of all, the sound quality is excellent. There is also no shortage of audio tweeks you can perform in the function menu. So many, in fact, that I just set the EQ to a smiley face, and left the other settings alone.

    ipod interface is pretty good. Its kind of slow on the scrolling, but what can you expect? Ive learned to use playlists which makes navigation using the deck much easier. Some have said you can not see Artist and Song Title at the same time, but that combination is available to me.

    Phone calls via the deck have been superb. No complaints, the sound is crystal clear, and nobody has complained about hearing an echo as long as i keep the volume down.

    I do have a few gripes about the unit.

    First of all, why cant i see 3 lines of text on the display when listening to my ipod? Itd be nice to see Artist, Song, and Album. Theres plenty of screen real estate to show all 3.

    And why does the display scroll the text when the text fits on the screen? There is room for 24 characters, so why are my 10 character song titles scrolling? This unit cant be smart enough to not scroll text that fits completely? It wouldnt even be so bad, but while scrolling, it just pushes everything off the display to the left before bringing any part of the text back from the right.

    The blue lights on the left of the face look a little cheap for this deck, and they dont dim with the main display when headlights are on.

    This deck WILL NOT auto-sync with a motorola phone, but I can get it to sync with just a couple button pushes after starting the c
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    5 out of 5

    this is a really good radio

    Written By lucky, Chicago il on Thursday, January 11, 2007
     
    this is pimp everyone that sees it wen my phone rings wants to buy it off of me sounds good looks good and it looks high tech i would really recomend the bluetooth feature is so cool
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    5 out of 5

    Good sound and great features

    Written By Cory, Little Rock, AR on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
     
    This receiver sounds good after you spend a lot of time adjusting the settings but its well worth the time you put into it... its features are also terrific the bluetooth works great... while ipod control and mp3 playback sound very good and load fast... nice screen makes it easy to see and put custom slideshows for screen saver
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Fred, Texas on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
     
    This is a great radio, I picked the model DEH-P980BT which is pretty much the same, but has a few more options like 5 volt pre amp outputs for your amps.
    I had it installed by my local shop so they could wire up a couple amps at the same time.

    The blue tooth features are really nice and easy to use once it's all setup. I’m using it with a Blackberry Pearl and I had to find a setting in my phone (not the radio) to allow it to automatically connect rather than manually connecting each time. I've transferred my phone book to the radio and love the hands free capabilities. Now I don’t have to take my phone out of my pocket, it calls, dials and connects all from the radio. I'm still playing with the voice dial function, but it seems to be working – I just need to read up on how to use it.
    I have the ipod control module and it works flawlessly with excellent sound quality. It won't play songs encrypted/purchased from iTunes - which unfortunately is normal for all ipod control systems.
    I'm still playing with all the crossover controls and EQ controls to get the sound just right, but it sounds great right out of the box and has several good preset EQ settings that you can customize or create 2 of your own.
    Make sure to spend the time to run through all the settings. You can disable the faceplate warnings and other annoying default settings. I recommended this radio to anyone interested in a great sounding stereo with hands free calling.
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    5 out of 5

    Exceptional

    Written By Malik, Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
     
    This deck has every feature you need in a receiver and then a few extras I dont even use. The bluetooth amazes everyone who sees it, and I have nextel and it even lets me chirp through the car too! I dont even have a separate mid-amp yet, and my speakers are coming through loud and clear. The clarity is unmatched, and the visuals on the screen are awe inspiring. I'd recommend this deck to anyone who can afford it!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Unit, especially when paired with iPod and XM modules

    Written By budf15, Montgomery, AL on Saturday, December 02, 2006
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    I bought this radio a couple weeks ago with the intention of installing it myself. I also bought the GEX-P920XM XM radio module and the CD-iB100ii iPod module. Overall Im extremely happy with the setup, although I ended up having it all professionally installed. I have a Maxima with a Bose system which adds a degree of difficulty to the install so I elected to punt and let the pros do it.

    PROS: This unit seamlessly integrates the XM radio and iPod control with nice 2 line text displays. XM will show either channel name and artist, channel name and song title, or just channel name. You can easily switch between the modes with one push of a button. For iPod, it also shows 2 lines of text with any combination of artist, song title, or album, including artist and song title together, which I had read in many places wasnt possible. The speed of the iPod control is very good and seems no slower than the latest Alpine full speed cable. I tried them both side by side at a local store and saw no real difference. The bluetooth phone function is also great. Everyone I call says the call quality is superb. My Motorola e815 from Alltel easily links with the Pioneer and Ive transferred my phone book over to it with no problems.

    CONS: Not much to report here but Ive only been using it for a couple weeks. Gripe 1: must manually link phone to radio every time. I think thats a phone issue not a radio issue. Gripe 2: if you want to browse around the playlist, artist, or album youre currently playing, you have to start at the top menu each time... frustrating but not a deal breaker.

    Buy it, youll love it
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    3 out of 5

    good extras but...

    Written By josh, las vegas nv on Saturday, December 02, 2006
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    this is a direct replacement for the 9600 from last year. thought it was great until my GF put in salt shaker by the Ying yang twins. every (and i mean every bass note) the cd skipped. i normally keep the bass down unless its a deep bass song such as this one... this was the first real bass song i have listened to since the switch from the 9600... and every song that has bass makes the cd skip. bad..

    i don't know what i am going to do now. i suppose ill be looking into a kenwood or something.. i have owned only pioneer for the last 10 years. but it seems every year they take a step forward in technology and 2 steps back in funtionality...
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome head unit

    Written By Peter, Rochester, NY on Sunday, November 12, 2006
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    I have had this unit 5 months now, and very happy with it.

    PROS: Sound is excellent, control/UI are the best I have ever used. Coupled with the CDX-P1280 (12 CD) and the CD-IB100ii iPod Adapter, I am never without music! The iPod control cable and a cable from the rear-mounted aux input routed into the glove box (See my review of the CD-IB100ii for iPod pros/cons). Display is wonderful (info, color, brightness). Phone signal/battery/numbers come up on display.

    CONS: My VZW/Moto RAZR V3C doesn't automatically connect to the head unit. Each time I turn on the car, I have to use the head unit UI to connect to my phone. This means that I don't often establish the connection unless I will be driving a reasonable distance or expect to use the phone (not a big deal on a long trip). I also cannot transfer my phonebook, which is annoying. I attribute most of the issues with the VZW/Moto firmware as it cripples some Bluetooth functionality. But, it is possible Pioneer could have better implemented the handsfree profile since a Bluetooth ear-piece automatically initiates a connection with the phone successfully. While no echo in car, if volume is too high during a call, echo can be heard by caller (turn down vol to resolve).

    Overall, the unit is awesome and I enjoy using it every day! Highly Recommended!
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing !

    Written By tarik, Chicago, IL on Friday, November 10, 2006
     
    OK so I read all the reviews and waited about a month to finally get this thing. One of my factorey 6 1/2 speakers in my 04 civic were blown too...so I replaced the two front speakers with polk db650s at the same time I installed the 9800bt...The difference in sound quality is night and day from factory...I've got the ipod in the glove box, blue tooth setup, and use the tuner and cd player of course...using the unit without the remote is a bit tricky at times, but why not just use the remote I say...screen looks amazing...very quick and easy to access my ipod songs...only downside(and this sounds like it is a phone limitation) is that I must hit the connect button from my deck every time I get in the car with my motorola V330 cell phone...wish there were some type of list of "phones which automoatically connect to the 9800bt"...but I doubt there is...overall this deck is the best I've ever had...last was an Alpine...5 stars all the way....
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    5 out of 5

    BLUETOOTH Bliss!

    Written By Yingling, Orlando, FL on Monday, November 06, 2006
     
    When initially connected to my RAZR V3 (Cingular) phone, callers were indeed hearing an echo of their own voice. I was a little upset but figured this could be resolved over time with proper microphone placement. I ended up mounting the mic in the center of the dash next to an A/C vent. I was actually able to resolve all echo and interference problems by fading all sound to the rear speakers while in Telephone mode. Luckily this does not change the audio fade settings for any other audio mode. Callers no longer hear the echo and state the calls sound clearer than when I use the cell phone by itself!

    The only cons with this setup are a result of the phone itself. When starting the car the RAZR will not connect to the Pioneer automatically, I must go into the Bluetooth settings and tell it to connect to the Pioneer hands free device. Not a huge problem, just not as autonomous as I had hoped it would be. I have also setup a Nokia 6682 with the 9800BT and it receives a prompt asking to connect to the deck when the car is started. Blackberry 7290 is the only phone I've used that connects automatically when the deck is turned on. At least I know it's possible and can start looking for a replacement to my RAZR.

    Rating of deck features (scale of 1-10):
    Bluetooth Functionality: 10
    Bluetooth Sound: 10
    iPod Controls: 9
    iPod Sound: 10

    Well done Pioneer!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit!!! Won't regret it!!!

    Written By Melvin, Bronx, NY on Saturday, November 04, 2006
     
    I've had this unit for about 3 months and its been a blessing. Especially after being pulled over and ticketed for driving while using my phone. The Bluetooth feature works great with my Moto I870. It doesn't auto connect but all i have to do is push the multi-funtion button on the unit 2x and that's it. Can't complain bout that. Phonebook transfer was quick n easy. Calls are clear. Person on the other end hasn't complained bout any echo as mentioned in other reviews. I have the mic on the driver side a-pillar. Music turns off when a call comes in and persons picture is displayed on unit screen.Everyone who gets in my car (civic sedan EX 2001) says WOW!!! when they c family pictures slideshow on the display. This unit has so many features its incredible. Go get it!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Just works!

    Written By jlink, Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, October 27, 2006
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    After a pleasant afternoon installing this head unit, I turned it on and everything worked perfectly, no problems whatsoever. I also saved over $200, compared to the price quoted by a local installer for the same unit.

    Some here have commented on an echo problem with cell phone transmission. I set the microphone at the top of the driver side door pillar and get prefect transmission, according to the person on the other end. "Hands free" means exactly that. My cell phone simply needs to be "on" when I turn on the head unit. After that everything is automatic. I hear the ring tone in the music when a call comes in, then the unit turns off the music, picks up the phone, and the conversation begins, very clear on both sides. After the caller hangs up, the music resumes. My hands never leave the sterring wheel, my eyes never leave the road. When I leave the vehicle, the cell phone automatcially returns to normal function.

    Many head units have an almost uncountable number of adjustments that let you improve what you are hearing. This one has them all. Plus, it has a number that make a large difference in the automoblie listening environment. BBE and BMX art two that stand out. The flexible electronic crossover is another. I use a 12 db slope on the main speakers and an 18 db slope on the subwoofers. You can choose from 6, 12, and 18 db on either side, mix or match.

    Finally, the display is awesome. 65,000 colors makes for a dazzling display, charcters are clear and easy to read, and it is BRIGHT.
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    5 out of 5

    Almost Looks & Sounds as Good as What it mounted In Ha, Ha,

    Written By jasonc, Fishersville, VA on Friday, October 06, 2006
     
    What can I not say about this receiver BT works great with my cell (nokia 6255i) connects every time I get in. Can't transfer phonebook though, does have caller ID. I've downloaded the OEL software for downloading pics into stereo make sure you read the manual. You can input like 8 pics and turn them into a slideshow. Can be a really cool show for the interior of your vehicle Reads my mp3 cd Great i replaced the factory speaks with kappa's sounds great I always use my wireless remote (can even answer calls with it) A Big Thanks to Crutchfield (harrisonburg,va) awesome I've been shopping there for almost 10 years..
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Sound Quality, Features & Value

    Written By Mark, Dothan, Alabama on Thursday, September 28, 2006
     
    Purchased this unit for my 2006 Tundra, not my first choice but it worked out. The microphone was installed just below the driver's sun visor and looks very integrated.

    The sound quality is excellent, controls above average and the Bluetooth capabilities are excellent except for the person on the other end of the conversation. The in car sound is crystal clear and has no reverb however the recipient hears an echo of themselves no matter the type of phone they are using. I am considering mounting a small square of foam rubber behind the microphone on the windshield to see if it is caused by reflective sound.

    I plan on ordering another unit from Crutchfield for my Accord since Honda saw fit to not include MP3 or Bluetooth in the car and the factory cost makes the choice easy.

    On the MP3 capability, it is exceptional, the list feature is very user friendly and all features can be accessed from the remote.

    The display as others have said is clear even in sunlight but it does seem to attract dust, which hinders the viewing in sunlight. Also upon researching the OEL technology I found that there may be longevity issues, but in 5 years I will probably driving something else, for now I plan on using the least active of the displays and disabling the color change (rainbow) effect for the background.

    Overall I am happy with the unit and its ability hence the purchase of the same unit for the other car, just wish the BT Audio feature would be useful sooner than later.
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    4 out of 5

    XM, Bluetooth and Color Screen

    Written By goldie, Portland, OR on Friday, September 15, 2006
     
    I only listen to XM, so thats my experience. Overall, it works as most other SAT head unit.
    You can store 3 bands, 6 stations ea, but when scrolling, you do not automatically jump to the next band.
    The stereo has is a LIST function to visually see all the presets and be able to select one. This does not. Pre Pioneers customer service, their stereos are ONLY compatible with the Pioneer tuners and DO NOT work w/ Terks tuner, and would have to get the Pioneer tuner to be use XM. Not true, but could be why that feature doesnt work.
    My experience with this stereos Bluetooth has been iffy. Not sure if thats due to Pioneer or my cell (Moto RAZR). Sound quality of the caller thru the speakers has been great. Some callers have gotten an echo (even with the 'echo cancel' feature on) if I had the volume too high. Also some have said the call broke up at times.
    The problems I've had with the BT is some times the RAZR disconnects saying the BT signal was too weak. Could be an issue with the phone.
    Biggest problem is RAZR will not transfer data to it. The feature to transfer your phonebook into the stereo, to be able to place a call directly from the stereo, and get the complete caller ID when a call comes in. But, you need to first upload your phonebook. Still displays the calls number, but no name. Unless I havent found it yet, dont believe you can manually create the phonebook.
    The screen is great! Even in the sun it is still readable. Can make photo slideshows using the OEL software from their website. It's ok, but the timing isnt adjustable and a little fast.
    Overall it is a great stereo but disappointing that all the XM and BT features are not avlb.
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    5 out of 5

    Brilliance in the form of a CD Player

    Written By sk0t, Erie, PA on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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    Well, I got this today... 2 of them actually *one for the lady and one for me* and they are exactly what they say they are and more.

    Give or take some Bluetooth issues, I am impressed. The sound is great, and the ease of use is not too complicated.

    Some of the features go above and beyond...which is what a CD player of this magnitude (and cost) should do.

    My personal opinion: SPEND THE $$$ and GET IT!
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    4 out of 5

    Great Deck, but blueooth option a little tricky

    Written By gregory, Indianapolis IN on Monday, September 11, 2006
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    Ok...first of all, i am a Pioneer Fan. They make good products. I actually updated my deck from a Pioneer 7800DT (note, not to be wrong, but the deck seems to have a problem with the RCA Jacks). Anyway, purchased it from Crutchfield (excellent service as always). Sound quality a 5 (was familiar with how to set it to my likng, as the 7800 has similar controls) whether it is w/an Ipod (adapter) or CD. Have it hooked up to 2 alpine amps, w/Infinity reference speakers and a Rockford Fosgate P1 10". The only small gripe...the bluetooth isn't as easy to use as the Car Kit I had in the car (especially loading #'s into the deck, getting your phone to connect and stick, etc). With several sound tuning options (if you are not as finicky as I am, the presets will work for most people) as well as the time alignment options (grab the tape measure! I set up my audio options so it seems everything is coming at me), you can get your system sounding fantastic.

    All around, a good purchase, and a recommended one.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Brian, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
     
    Let me start by saying I paired it with a PPC-6700. Despite previous reciews, and being a bit nervous, I was actually able to send contacts to the radio. But, you have to do it one contact at a time. Otherwise, the radio is amazing. The sounds is outstanding and the screen is clear.
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    5 out of 5

    Flawless

    Written By Fred, Ocala, Fl (Currently Kuwait) on Friday, September 01, 2006
     
    Absolutly. Incredible. Reciever.

    I will admit that I was a bit scepticle of the Bluetooth features of this reciever, but boy was I pleasantly surprised. The Bluetooth linked effortlessly with both my Motorola V3x and the owners Nokia. In-call sound quality is excelent, the features are mind boggling. Personalized ringtones are transmitted, phonebooks worked, all status indicators for the phone are displayed. Bluetooth streaming audio is fantastic; you can even control the media player on the Bluetooth device through the reciever (track forward/back, play/pause, etc). This, my friends, is an amazing thing!

    As to the rest of the player, it is top notch as well. First of all, I liked the fact that the reciever is not the same old raw metal finish; it is black. Small detail, but I liked it. I was also impressed that it has a built in cooling fan, though that meant you must leave clearance in the rear for it to function as intended (airflow). The outputs are fantastic, with excelent control of the built in crossovers. Faceplate controls are few, so that gives it more room for the screen, which is also a delight in all lighting conditions. Speaking of faceplates, this is the best removable faceplate that I have ever seen! once in its down position (as if recieving a CD) , slide it out to disconnect, and the faceplate carrier moves back to its closed position. Press into place to install. Its that simple.

    So, the breakdown;

    Pros:
    Flawless Bluetooth operation
    Best faceplate ever installed on a mobile reciever
    Well controlled, multiple high powered outputs
    Auxillery inputs
    Excelent sound quality

    Cons
    Aux input is 3.5mm plug
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    5 out of 5

    Really Cool CD Player

    Written By Dave, Kansas on Saturday, August 26, 2006
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    Well, I have to say that I have been well pleased with this stereo. My iPod works with it and it is great to have all that music sitting in my glovebox and to control it through this stereo. the only thing i dont like much is that it takes awhile to load the songs and everything but thats just a technical thing. the phone part works great too. mine doesnt automatically connect to it each time because you have to manually turn the bluetooth on my phone. but mine has bluetooth 1.1 and i get signal strength, caller id, and everything else. i have the razr v3c. so that made me happy to know that it ended up working. the faceplate slides off very easy, especially compared to my pioneer stereo before this one. i highly recommend this stereo to anyone..your friends will most likely like it more than you though! so be prepared.
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    4 out of 5

    not for verizon wireless phones

    Written By neal289, southern MD on Friday, August 25, 2006
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    Unfortunately I am exchanging this head unit do to compatability issues with my phone carrier. I have a RAZR V3c with Verizon Wireless. 9800BT is a great unit but thanks to Verizon Wireless bluetooth profiles it CAN NOT accept phonebook entry transfer, nor can they be manually input directly to the head unit (hence 4/5 stars). After speaking to Poineer, Motorola and Verizon I learned that Verizon surpresses the OPP bluetooth profile necessary for address book transfer on ALL of their phones. This is due to their Get It Now service, if it wasn't supressed they can't charge for data and photo uploads to the phone and between phones. There is no way to make this happen, unless maybe, you happen to hold a few PhDs in digital communication transfer?? Also, the phone would not auto connect when the head unit was powered off and back on. Not sure if this is a verizon thing or not. The profile would remained registered but I had to manually connect every time I got into the vehicle and start it up.
    Other than these two critical functions all the other displays transferred: battery indicator, signal strength, phone number, etc.
    Personally I just couldn't deal with having to connect every time and not having the phone book. An incoming call shows up as the number only, no name. If you're like me - I can't remember a single number stored on my phone, so the ability to avoid or answer is lost.
    The radio reception was far better than my stock (Ford) radio and the sound was also excellent.
    I wish I could have used this one, but will need to wait until my cellphone account expires and I can get a new carrier to justify the cost. I'm going with Pioneer though.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Josh, Foster City,CA on Friday, August 04, 2006
     
    This deck is so amazing I originally had the Pioneer

    DEH-P6800 which had a lot of cool features but this

    model the Pioneer DEH-P9800BT has all of those features

    and offers a whole bunch more. I have three 12'' JL

    audio W6 subs that are obviously powered by a JL audio

    amp but the tweets and mids are powered by the deck and

    it seems to have held up its end enough to where the sub

    isn't overpowering the mids and tweets. The bluetooth

    mic is mounted above the steering coloumn where the tach

    and speedometer is and I talk normally but the windows

    have to be rolled up or else its hard for the person on

    the other line to hear you. I have asked people how do I

    sound when Im talking to them and they said that it

    sounded a little computerised but besised that its fine

    I lovethe technology its so amazing I would recemend

    this beautiful deck to anyone... peace
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Danielle, Newport News, VA on Sunday, July 30, 2006
     
    I bought the 9800BT and I love it. The features on this radio are great. I have a ipod and sirius adapter with this deck. The bluetooth works great, I just love the way it pauses the music when there is an imcoming call. It was really easy to sync with my Palm Treo 650. I have this deck hooked up with a 1000 watt Amp with 2 12". It really thumps.
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    5 out of 5

    Even better than I had expected!

    Written By Mark, Warner Robins, GA on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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    Wow, what a great control unit. What sold me was the bluetooth capability of the phone (even though my phone (Nokia 6230) is only BT 1.1 capable). Especially since you can receive calls and place calls through it. The 1.1 does not support phonebook transfer or some of the other BT features, but I'll be getting a new cell phone soon enough and will get one with BT 1.2 when I do. I've got the radio set on auto-answer for phone calls, and it works great, no need to find the phone or reach to the radio to answer calls. The calls come through crystal clear on my end, and I've only had one person say anything about an echo on the other end, and they said it was very slight, nothing like most other hands-free units I've encountered.

    Some other things that impressed me with this stereo is the fact that the RCA plugs are on a separate connector. If someone had a system without an amp, they could leave it off entirely saving some room from having extra wires in the back. I also like the fact that it has an "off" setting for the subwoofer controls.

    The display is absolutely wonderful, and was one of my biggest worries since my stereo sits high in the vehicle and has lots of sunlight hit it. I have not had a problem yet with being able to read the display. Another cool feature it has is a guage display option (actually 2 options) that shows a tach, voltmeter, and sound level guage, so I can change the display to see whats going on.

    My one gripe is that the blue button and knob lights don't dim with the lights, just the display dims slightly. It's a minor thing though, and I got over it easy with all the other great features it has.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent bluetooth receiver

    Written By Wayne, Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
     
    While certainly not a cheap unit, this device is worth every cent. It basically has all the high-end features you expect in a Premier deck, but it also has bluetooth! So I wont bother talking much about the awesome sound quality, great color LCD that is very easy to read in ANY lighting condition, or the many extra audio features. :)

    Since bluetooth is of course the feature that sold me on the unit, lets talk more about that.

    I have it paired with my Sprint PPC-6700 PDA phone (latest firmware), and it works great. First thing to note that is your BT phone may not support all the features available. For example, the signal meter, battery level, and phone book transfer dont seem to be supported with my model.

    The PDA paired up just fine, and once "registered," the 9800BT will remember your phone. It also has an "Auto Connect" feature, that when enabled, will always look for your phone, and happily connect to it when its in range (within about 5-10ft). When the phone rings (caller ID is displayed), you press "Multi-Function," the music is muted, and your call is Live. Talk away! After the call is over, the music returns.

    This unit is installed in a 2000 Z71 Tahoe with exhaust and big A/T tires. So this isnt exactly a "quiet" enviroment. Which is why Ive been very pleased with the call quality. No static, no echo, and both myself and caller can hear each other just fine. If there is an echo, it is because I have the volume turned WAY up, and only the caller hears the echo.

    Overall, *most* of the initial setup is straight foward, but keep the manual handy for the BT stuff. :) So if youve got BT and want hands-free, I highly recommend this
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By sam, Tn on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
     
    first I would like to thank Crutchfield for their wonderfull customer service.
    I ordered alpine 9856 first but I had to return it since I didn't like the voice quality of features.
    then I got the 9800bt what abig diffrence in sound quality and features.I love the bluetooth but it dosn't connect automaticly it need to be set manual.
    u can arrange sound any way u like it.
    thanks pioneer.wonderfull screen.
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    4 out of 5

    almost perfect

    Written By seebordes, New Orleans, LA on Thursday, July 06, 2006
     
    this unit works almost perfectly it is a bit hard to figure out at first but as you play with it you will catch on quickly and it becomes very easy to use all the features this unit has are for the most part easy to use but the bluetooth phone works well it sometimes has an echo(if you trun the volume way up) but it is important to mont the mic in a good place ohter that that i've had some issues with my ipod adapter not working right but overall the unit works great good buy. after all it is pioneers first bluetooth unit you can't expect there to be no bugs at all
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    2 out of 5

    Not what I had hoped...

    Written By Gen, Virginia on Friday, June 30, 2006
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    The screen is difficult to read in daylight or glare conditions (to say the least) due to the curved plastic screen that covers it. Poor deign. The bluetooth does not work (so Pioneer says) with bluetooth PDA phones. The Treo 650 worked, but Pioneer was unable to get the echo to stop (even with volume reduction and echo "on") and those on the receiving end of a call were not able to hear clearly what was being said. The Treo 700P would not work with the unit at all. No RDS capability. You are not able to have both artist and title showing at the same time when using XM- you must choose one or the other...disappointing.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P9800BT

    Written By Ron, Hernando, MS on Saturday, June 24, 2006
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    This unit is great. The installation was a quick and easy using the harness and documentation provided by Crutchfield for my vehicle. I experienced two problems during the installation. Both were handled by the Crutchfield Tech Support group very quickly and professionally. This unit works very well with a Bluetooth equipped cell phone, but it must be Bluetooth version 1.2. Unfortunately, my phone had version 1.1 and the Auto Answer feature of the Pioneer unit would not work. Cris Baker in the Crutchfield Tech Support worked this issue for 2 days, but he was able to determine the cause of my problem. I replaced my phone and everything is working great! Good job Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet!

    Written By Tim, Corpus Christi, TX on Monday, June 19, 2006
     
    Just wanted to say that the remote does have a pause button, its the "pgm" button on the remote. The other guy who reviewed this unit said there wasn't one. Just wanted to make sure that people know that there is.

    My buddy has this unit and like the other guy said, its fantastic. I own the 7800 and its virtually identical except for the Bluetooth functions.
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    5 out of 5

    All that you can want plus bluetooth

    Written By Taylor, NYC on Wednesday, June 14, 2006
     
    Originally was looking at the Pioneer 6800 but decided to wait for the 9800. And Im so glad I did. Its got everything you want. Beautiful high res 25 letter display, track title and artist both displayed at the same time including folder jacket pic, customizable display to upload your personal pics and videos, 5V preouts, 16 band EQ and Bluetooth for phone and external Mp3 player (as long as its A2DP capable). Plus its very classy looking and easy to figure out.

    It doesnt have buttons on the face for radio stations but using preset buttons on the remote is even easier for that. Downloading pics and videos was easy, using the downloadable software and always surprises ppl when they see my pics and videos on screen. You can also change the display text color and how much CD info is to be displayed. You can list the mp3s in each folder, showing 3 at a time. You can also download your phonebook to the headunit for voice dialing but that depends on whether your phone is Obex capable. You dont need Obex for just calling and receiving calls. Callers say there is no static and no echo and the outgoing volume is good. The incoming sound is very clear and crisp and you can make it as loud as you want with the headunit. Except at loud volumes you may have some echo. The bluetooth audio is amazing!! You can pair your bluetooth mp3 player or cellphone and play it through the headunit. Just make sure your cellphone or player is A2DP capable for that. Having a bluetooth capable Ipod or portable Hard drive would be perfect.

    Ive gotten used to the rotary commander which I like. There is an ATT (mute) button on the remote but no pause button on the pause or remot
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