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Our take on the Pioneer FH-X500UI

by Ken Nail
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.

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Don't go small when you put a new receiver in your dash — fill up that 4" tall dash opening with Pioneer's FH-X500UI CD receiver. This sharp-looking receiver stretches out with a multi-color, dual-zone display that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music — like cruising down the road with your own personal DJ on board.

Pioneer FH-X500UI

Customize the display and button colors to match your car.

Play your music

Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to control your music files and playlists. If you're a Pandora® fan, you'll have control of your favorite stations from the receiver when your iPhone's connected. You can also use the USB input to tap into the music files stored on many Android devices, while the front aux input handles just about any other audio source. If you're into your CD collection, you'll enjoy stellar playback of your store-bought and home-burned discs.

You shape the sound

Pioneer's potent MOSFET amplifier delivers plenty of power, and the 5-band EQ lets you tweak the sound as much as you want. You can also switch quickly between seven preset equalizer curves to get the sound you're looking for during your drive. The two pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to add external amplifiers or a powered sub.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Installation Note:  Pioneer doesn't include a DIN sleeve with this receiver, as it's only needed for a small number of installations. We'll let you know on the way to the cart if you need to purchase a sleeve (item 130ADTV133) for your vehicle.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built in iPod control
    • Pandora control with station creation through iPhone
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons and 5-level dimmer
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 6 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

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    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer FH-X500UI CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer FH-X500UI. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's front-panel USB port supports Android OS 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean) as a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device. It also supports Android OS 2.2+ (Froyo/Gingerbread) as a Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; as of 8/27/2013. The receiver does not support Android OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Pioneer FH-X500UI supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA albums and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title. The Name List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information; including artist, song, and album name.

    Playback Controls: The Pioneer CD receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for disc and USB device playback. When a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the head unit will control music playback functions; you will not be able to control your music from the smartphone.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Off Eject: When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

    Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer FH-X500UI's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The FH-X500UI supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X500UI.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X500UI.
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Play, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. The App's Name (i.e. "AUPEO!) and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app).

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer FH-X500UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The FH-X500UI is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio

    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.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer FH-X500UI using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the connector cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer FH-X500UI will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Pioneer in-dash head unit utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The FH-X500UI is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the FH-X500UI are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer FH-X500UI features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When the head unit's preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125 Hz), select the filter slope (-6/-12dB), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Equalizer: The Pioneer FH-X500UI features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    High-Pass Crossover: When you don't want low-frequency sound to be heard through your front or rear speakers, you can simply active the head unit's HPF (high pass filter). By activating the HPF, only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output from the front or rear speakers. The high pass filter crossover can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160hz, 200Hz or Off. The slope level of the HPF can also be adjusted to -6dB or 12dB.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. Hear the detail, warmth, and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on your USB device, iPod/iPhone, and portable media players. By restoring data (especially higher frequencies) that tends to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever technology enhances audio reproduction nearly all the way up to 20 kHz frequencies

    Audio Level Settings: The Pioneer FH-X500UI CD receiver offers a variety of audio settings to tailor the bass, treble, and volume level to your preference.

    • Bass Boost The FH-X500UI features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.
    • Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
    • 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.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    Display Features

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 5 preset colors (White/Red/Amber/Green/Blue), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors.

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music. You can also choose which area's of the head unit's face illuminates; select Display, Display/Buttons, or Off.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remains on (you can press the "DISP" button to turn off). When the Clock Display has been turned off, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the "DISP" button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On, you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On/Off within the menu.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer FH-X500UI has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double -DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in  your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The FH-X500UI comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    Written By John M., Shelton, CT on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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    This is a great unit! I found it very easy to install myself. I have the unit in my Pontiac Vibe with the stock speakers. I am happy with the sound now but I ordered a pair of Pioneer speakers just to see the difference. I plan to get a component set for the front also when I can. Nice lights, Too!
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    5 out of 5

    I love this deck

    Written By Gruch28, New York on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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    I love this deck! I was using an iPod fm radio transmitter and it was awful... Now I can plug my iPod/iPhone in by USB or aux
    Pros:
    Sounds great and is easy to use
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    Not blue tooth
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    4 out of 5

    Nice radio got it for my uncles Nissan Frontier and he loves it.

    Written By WB, Wesson,MS on Monday, April 07, 2014
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    Excellent reciever for the price and I will be doing more business later.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the price.

    Written By Reddjakk, Proctor, Vermont on Monday, April 07, 2014
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    I needed a replacement for the original cassette/radio in my 2000 Honda Crv. Wanted a USB/ auxiliary jack with some pizzazz and a relatively brand name. This fit the bill to a "t". Installation was fairly standard no problem with harness, the Metra case, not so much, more on that in separate review. Sound quality is excellent, I listen to mostly hard rock/metal and the sound with original car speakers is very good, plan on getting 4 new speakers eventually and I'm sure the sound quality will be even better. The lighting display is very bright, I keep it on the default which cycles through all of the colors, very pretty lol. I think the build quality could be a little better, the volume knob which is very prominent seems to me to be kind of flimsy, as does the USB cover. Hasn't broken yet, but, I could see it happening. All in all very satisfied with the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer radio

    Written By Giovanni, Denver Colorado 80125 on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    Easy to install good
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Chad, Dacula, GA on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    Great full din stereo for the money couldn't be happier
    Pros:
    Aux port ease of use and sound quality
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Great price for a double din

    Written By Djp818, Los Angeles on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    I got this to replace my stock radio in my toyota yaris.
    Pros:
    It looks really cool with so many different color options. It plays mp3s from a USB stick i got a 32 gig one in there with thousands of songs on it.
    Cons:
    The display is hard to read in the daytime. Its not bright enough. The single knob for everything is not the greatest idea.
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    4 out of 5

    GOOD RADIO FOR THE MONEY

    Written By J.D.Mendez, Raleigh NC on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    Sounds much better than my Monsoon factory radio
    Pros:
    Very lightweight
    Cons:
    Does not have a dimmer
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    5 out of 5

    pioneer

    Written By tommy, mifflintown pa on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    I'm very impressed with the radio. Actually much better than expected
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    5 out of 5

    This deck is awesome

    Written By Jeff, Washington UT on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    I love this deck it fits very well in my car, the different colors are fantastic as well as the iPhone and pandora control.
    Pros:
    Illumination, sound adjustments, iPod and pandora control, easy to use and learn.
    Cons:
    Not Bluetooth, mixtrax I not ex actually what I thought it would be.
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    3 out of 5

    Good, not great

    Written By Nick S, San Diego, CA on Monday, March 24, 2014
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    I purchased this while looking at a similar model that had bluetooth. I messed up (my fault) and ordered this one, without bluetooth. I didn't realize I had ordered the wrong one until after I had it installed.

    For the 1 week that I had it in my car, I was definitely not blown away. I'm running high end Rockford Fosgate speakers in all 4 doors with an amp and 2 12"s in the back. The subs rock, but the Rockford Fosgate's simply didn't come to life. I tried playing with the EQ on the Pioneer to bring more highs and mids out of the door speakers. The 5 EQ options are factory set - as in you cannot adjust the lows, mids, and highs to your preference. I couldn't find a setting that met my expectations/preference.

    I've had awesome car stereo systems in previous vehicles, and this deck, in short, kind of disappointed. If you want a cheap upgrade from your factory stereo, this is a killer unit. But if you're a serious car stereo guru then hold out and spend the extra cash, this isn't gonna do it for you.

    Crutchfield was awesome on their end. I called them and told them I wasn't satisfied with the unit, they let me pick a different one out and only charged me the difference between the 2 units. Can't ask for much more than that. 12/10 customer service.
    Pros:
    Light options are kinda cool. Crutchfield customer service is awesome.
    Cons:
    Factory EQ settings/options kinda suck, you can't customize your own lows, mids, and highs. You gotta spend more money if you really want a better sounding head unit. I've always owned Alpine's, this was my first Pioneer. I'm gonna stick with Alpine from now on.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Tony, paulsvalley ok on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    This stereo fits perfectly in the Nissan Exterra. Took all of five minutes to install and wow it sounds great.
    Pros:
    Big sound and sooo cool to look at. Love the lights and sound effects.
    Cons:
    Expect to strip wire behind the factory plug to expose the (-) and (+) leads for the speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Rhonda, Richmond, KY on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    Love it, money well spent. Love the colors
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    5 out of 5

    nice

    Written By freddy, louisville ky on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    Great radio
    Pros:
    Has 5 band eq
    Cons:
    Should come with steering adater
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio for price!

    Written By Anonymous, Friendswood on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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    Awesome radio for the price! Dimmer switch not really dim. But can overlook it.
    Pros:
    Easy to install
    Cons:
    Dimmer is non existent
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    5 out of 5

    Imma so happy :)

    Written By Dave L, Erwin, NC on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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    What can I say? This receiver is a joy! Pioneer quality at a Crutchfield price!!
    Pros:
    Ease of installation and so many great features.
    Cons:
    I didn't buy it sooner.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Tshawns, Mississippi on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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    Heard about this company and decided to try them out, being I never used anything aftermarket. Made a good choice and hope to do business again. The workers was surprise it included everything they needed to installed. I love my radio. The sound sounds great, easy to use, great features..
    Pros:
    Easy to use Great quality Easy to install Sounds great even without new speakers
    Cons:
    Its easy to attract dust and fingerprints. Other than that, I am pleased
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    4 out of 5

    Radio

    Written By modell, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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    Great product, still learning how to use it.
    Pros:
    Easy to install
    Cons:
    Hard to understand programming functions
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-500UI

    Written By K20turboEM2, Pontiac, MI on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    Good enough for the price. Sound good enough and look good enough for a double bin receiver..
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo!

    Written By Stephen, Ft Bragg, NC on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    Can find no reason not to give 5 stars. Works as advertised. Colors are cool. Customization and install was easy. OE stereo on my 06 f-150 has 2 plugs, this stereo only has one. A quick call from the help desk telling me not to worry about the "extra"plug solved any confusion. NOTE: I did not need the antennae extension, and the connectors the sell u are only good for wire to wire, not for joining 3 wires together. Quick connects that snap together w/o any splicing work better, and are cheaper at the parts stores. Also I found that on my truck, the spacers on the installation bracket were too big. Once I removed them, the fit and finish look factory.
    Pros:
    Great looks, sound, and installation
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH X500UI

    Written By Heatem', richmond virginia on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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    Very nice deck....great power,easy to use. The only flaw with it is the display lights that really doesn't dim after pressing the dimmer button. Overall its a nice unit,it fits perfectly in my 06' Sierra after minor modification....plays very clean & you can dial it in to the exact settings that you desire....a plus for me!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI Review

    Written By Hector, Cocoa, FL on Monday, March 03, 2014
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    Radio was easy to install. Problem with switched wire. Wire is dead. Connected to constant wire until I can figure something out. USB does not work. Tried different USBs, i.e., 4gb, 8gb, 16gb, with all same results. CHECK USB.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By JimRN, Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    Easy install, sounds great with my factory speakers.
    Pros:
    Looks great, sounds beautiful
    Cons:
    Controls will take some getting used to
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    5 out of 5

    bsmith

    Written By bsmith, mt.airy nc on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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    good value good sound easy installation overall very pleased
    Pros:
    value quality
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Radio

    Written By Tazmeli, North Chicago, IL on Friday, February 21, 2014
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    Had this radio installed in my chevy equinox. I love how you can change the colors. Love how it sounds with my factory speakers.
    Pros:
    Love the ability to choose between many colors changes, love the sound, very easy too operate.
    Cons:
    None..love everything about this radio!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By C, Littleton, CO on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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    Easy to install and easy to use.
    Pros:
    Great sound, ease of use, cool colors.
    Cons:
    Display is a little dim in sunlight.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Hernan, Alvin,Tx on Monday, February 17, 2014
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    Very cool radio, just what I needed
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    3 out of 5

    Could be better

    Written By Anonymous, Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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    Could have been better for the price
    Pros:
    Better sound Nice look
    Cons:
    Not worth the money
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    5 out of 5

    sweet unit

    Written By Steve, Huntingdon, pa on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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    I installed this unit in my daughter's car it was simple and easy to do. With the wire harness and very good directions it was done in an hour.
    Pros:
    Easy to set up, colorful, great unit for the money.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Good, Solid Receiver

    Written By RickyI, Tennessee on Monday, February 10, 2014
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    I really like the features and sound of this receiver. I bought it to replace the factory stereo in my son's car. It is a noticeable upgrade in sound quality and features. I really like the ability to charge and control Pandora on my IPhone 5c. I wish there was some way to tone down the lighting. I have the dimmer enabled, but it is still a bit much.
    Pros:
    Very good sound. Pandora control.
    Cons:
    No big deal, but lighting is a bit much.
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    5 out of 5

    great great great

    Written By alabamAboy, Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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    great stereo at twice the price does everything i need it to do plus it looks great
    Pros:
    great sound
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By madvad, Estes Park, CO on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    This was recommended for a 17 year old girl. She couldn't have been happier. Great light display. Easy to use with great sound and function
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    3 out of 5

    Great Radio but I hate it.

    Written By Brian P, Michigan on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    Great sounding, easy installation. Absolutely horrible. This quite possibly could be the best worst product I have ever owned. I don't even know how to write a review like this. This rates 99 "atta boys" and 1 "aw crap" but the flaw ruins the stereo for me.
    Pros:
    Every thing you would like in a stereo at a great price.
    Cons:
    The main knob is used to control everything. It is near impossible to adjust the volume while you are driving. You reach up to change it and press ever so slightly on the knob and you are 8 menus deep into the programing. I want to hit it with a hammer. Hard. Often. And with great malice. A car stereo should not cause this sort of frustration in your life. Pioneer spent so much time making it look pretty that they ran out of time to make it functional.
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    4 out of 5

    Easy Install & Great Product

    Written By Josh, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    I love that I am able to plug in my phone to this unit and play my own music. It was very easy to install with the included instructions. It only took me about 1/2 hour to fully complete the install and the longest part was connecting the wires to each other.
    Pros:
    Love the color options. Very easy to install. Great features that allow you to connect phones in different ways.
    Cons:
    Every time I plug in my phone it automatically starts with song in alphabetical order, even when I have a song playing. You can change it from the phone but it is a minor step that would be better if fixed.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent product

    Written By MK, Tewksbury, MA on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    Changed my daughters Honda Civic original radio out for this stereo..WOW! Without even installing new speakers..the stereo sounds amazing...my daughter sat in the car for 3 hrs listening to it after I installed it..Well worth the money - I wasn't expecting so much out of this radio and of course the changing colors (which I didn't even know about when I ordered it) adds character.
    Pros:
    Great value..awesome sound. Easy to install. Easy to operate. and..it looks good.
    Cons:
    Don't have any yet..been installed only 30 days.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, Kentucky on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    Excellent radio with a lot of great features. The menus can seem a little daunting at first, but aren't too bad to learn. Well worth the money!
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, Decatur,Ga. on Friday, January 24, 2014
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    Fairly easy to install. Set up was simple, although I haven't set up Bluetooth yet.
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    5 out of 5

    FH-X500UI

    Written By Big Bill, Greenville NC on Friday, January 24, 2014
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    Great radio. A little confusing for the older generation. My sons love to change colors.
    Pros:
    Super easy to install.
    Cons:
    Confusing to operate with all this radio can do.
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    4 out of 5

    Your own personal DJ

    Written By Anonymous, Lombard, IL on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    I replaced the stock stereo in my 2003 Mustang GT with Mach 460 with this Pioneer and it fits in well with the other dash lights. Some people on here complain about the lights being bright, but they may not have realized that you can just set the color to stay a darker shade so it's not so distracting. In Mixtrax mode, however, it can be set up to strobe through the rainbow and auto DJ parts of songs or full tracks. In that mode, it is very bright and could be distracting for some drivers. Very slick looking overall and works well with my stereo. The adapter kit only comes with 2 plugs and the stock radio has 3... I'm not sure what the 3rd plug was for but I just taped it off and the stereo works great with just the two plugs. Great stereo for the price.
    Pros:
    Looks, price, loudness
    Cons:
    Bright lights in Mixtrax mode
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Jim W, Clearwater, FL on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    Factory radio in 2004 Matrix was giving up the ghost. This double-din had all the basics I needed to upgrade while needing a replacement radio. Went from 3 band to 5 band EQ, 3 level loudness control (none in factory unit), MP3 and tablet inputs on the front. Installation was a snap. The wiring harness/adapter was color coded perfectly. Even made the Polk Audio db651s door speakers (4) installed in 2007 sound that much better. Well worth the cost, which really wasn't that bad.
    Pros:
    Clean sound, very tunable to whatever speakers you may have, and plenty of power (for a 65 year old into Jazz, even with my HK mid bass and JBL/Dual powered Sub). Love the pause function for CD's, and the mute on the remote. Being able to set color of display and keys to whatever you want to match or accent your dash is rather clever.
    Cons:
    None that I can see, or hear ! ! !
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer fh-x500

    Written By fishweigel, Mandan, ND on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    Excellent stereo, lots of features, very good price. Excellent product support. Install was a breeze once I got the dash apart.
    Pros:
    Lots of features, good price, cool display
    Cons:
    Non so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Unit, funky lights

    Written By Sam, Waikoloa, HI on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    Installed in '01 Mustang convertible originally equipped with Mach 460, which is a miserable system to modify. The original head unit sounded pretty good, but didn't have any provision for an iPod. I also wanted a full-time clock display, which for some reason seems to be rare.

    The Pioneer slides right in, making up the harness wasn't a big deal, and Crutchfield includes all the parts. My research told me that I need to set the high-pass filter as high as possible to protect the mid-tweeters, and set the low-pass to keep highs out of the subs. It'd be nice if Crutchfield indicated this on the instructions, but it's not hard to find. I ended up with the HPF at 200 hz with 12 db/octave roll off, as high as the hpf on this unit will go. I set the subwoofer low pass at 125, gain at zero, 12 db/octave, but I'm still fiddling with that, some programs still distort due to too much low-mid to the subs. I may drop the low pass down to 100 or lower.

    The sound is great; much better than OEM, even with the OEM amps and speakers. I may at some point replace the OEM speakers and re-wire, but that's another exercise. The head unit does require a lot of menu-diving to make changes, the panel controls are minimal, it's really a set-and-forget deal. The display brightness can be annoying; pick the right colors! And I can't imagine anyone older than 6 being the least bit enchanted by "Mixtrax", a totally worthless "feature".
    Pros:
    easy install, good sound, full-time clock display, works well with Mach 460, with some fiddling. Great instructions. Very flexible in outputs, control options. Great deal at the price. Keeping it for sure.
    Cons:
    Mixtrax is worthless, not the least bit interesting or useful to an adult. Display dimmer that works would be nice. Bright light strips along edges of unit are annoying; who thinks up these things? Takes a while to figure out the menus. Crutchfield should provide some guidance on HPF/LPF settings for Mach systems (although, I've now done that...)
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    5 out of 5

    jjp

    Written By johnp, Santa Cruz on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    Very nice product for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, fort worth tx on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    Great
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Fit

    Written By Ken, Indiana on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    Put this unit in my 2011 Impreza and the sound quality is outstanding. Biggest issue now is that I want to spend more money on new speakers to further enhamce my listening pleasure !!
    Pros:
    Looks great, great Pioneer quality, easy to install, sound quality
    Cons:
    menus are a little cumbersome but not bad once you get used to them.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Keith, Wilkesboro NC on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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    I installed this unit to replace the factory unit. It fits great and sounds awesome! Well worth the money. Crutchfield is topnotch in customer service.
    Pros:
    Great inexpensive unit......Sounds more expensive!
    Cons:
    Display lights are a little bright, but you can match them to your dash lights!
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    5 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck!

    Written By Catalyst, Bend, OR on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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    Purchased this for my daughter's first car. She wanted iPhone integration to listen to her music since her generation gets all their content digitally. Install was a breeze. Typical of Pioneer's HUs, the navigation through menus was intuitive and I never had to refer to the manual either for install or configuration. She picked it up immediately as well. At this price point, it's hard to argue this is not a great bang for the buck solution.
    Pros:
    Ease of install Ease of use Appealing to those needing inexpensive iPhone integration
    Cons:
    A few more EQ options would be nice, but at this price - not really a deal breaker
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Terry, Greenville SC on Monday, January 13, 2014
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    I bought this stereo for my niece and she loves it. The installation instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Installation was a breeze. I took a little extra time to solder all the wires to make sure of a good connection.
    Pros:
    The display was very cool the way the colors faded into the next color. The sound quality is great.
    Cons:
    I can't think of any at this time.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Mark, Blue Springs, MO on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    Purchased for my young daughter and she loves it!
    Pros:
    Perfect fit for her Ford, great sound, and very colorful
    Cons:
    Can't think of any.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Anonymous, Waterford, Michigan on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    I've always loved Pioneers products but this one blew me away. It looks and sounds amazing and the shipping and price where ever better. I highly recommend this
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Stevie V., Lansdowne, Pa. 01/07/2013 on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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    Nice sounding unit for a good price. A lot of custom features, and a perfect fit for my 2006 Ford F-150
    Pros:
    decent sound for the price, fits in the dash well, easy installation with expert info from Marshall/Crutchfield
    Cons:
    too bright even with the dimmer on....tone it down Pioneer
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    5 out of 5

    07 tiburon gt

    Written By Polskatiburon, Hope Mills, North Carolina on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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    Great stereo! Took maybe thirty minutes to put in!
    Pros:
    Lots of options anything from changing the color to the normal audio options! Looks great and keeps the blue theme going in my car.
    Cons:
    Sticks out, kinda like it being flush. Not a very clear wiring diagram. The blue and the blue with the white line should be connected.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Deborah, Fayetteville, GA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Love this radio and was very easy to install.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Susan R, Englewood,Fl on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    I am very satisfied with dealing with Crutchfield. The product is great. I received it very fast. Didn't expect it so fast. This was a Christmas gift for my daughter. She is so excited and loves it. I give the Radio a 5 Star. I also give Crutchfield a 5 Star rating, for there prompt service. Also the ease of navigating through their web sight. I didn't have a clue how to buy this for her vehicle. But after visiting the web site it was so easy. Thank you Crutchfield!!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    FH-X500ui

    Written By Dvlishdan, Memphis, TN on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    Great radio easy to use and program
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    5 out of 5

    CD player

    Written By MarieW, Brinkhaven, Ohio on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Product was a gift and they are thrilled. Was easy to put in and the directions were very clear
    Pros:
    Sound quality is superb
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