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Pioneer KEH-P2030

Cassette receiver

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Our take on the Pioneer KEH-P2030

by Robert Ferency-Viars
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.

Factory tape deck on its last legs? Pioneer's KEH-P2030 cassette receiver will get your tunes up and running, with 4-way high power that gives your cassettes a robust, lively sound. You can jazz the bass to taste with 2 levels of loudness, or choose one of the five programmed BTB (Bass Treble Booost) settings to customize the tone.

Want more? You can easily add to your entertainment options, thanks to the built-in Satellite Radio controls. CD changer controls and a set of preamp outputs open up your options for even more system expansion.

Highlights:

  • detachable face
  • Supertuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • XM Satellite Radio controls — XM Radio subscription, Pioneer XM tuner module, antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD changer controls
  • source level adjustment — prevents radical changes in volume when switching sources
  • adjustable bass and treble settings
  • 5 stored Bass Treble Boost (BTB) settings: Dynamic, Power, Max, Custom, and Flat
  • 2-level loudness control
  • rear preamp outputs
  • clock
  • 17 watts RMS/40 watts peak x 4 channels
  • tape frequency response 30-16,000 Hz
  • tape signal-to-noise ratio 52 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11 dBf
  • 1-year warranty
 

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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17 watts
Peak Output
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40 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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50-15kHz
Preamp Outputs
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2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2.2 volts
Display Color
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Green
Key Button Color
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Green
EQ Bands
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None
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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No
USB Input
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No
Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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XM
HD Radio
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No
Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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11 dBf
European Tuning
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No
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • AM/FM/Cassette receiver (with 10A fuse inserted into chassis)
  • Face
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Sleeve release keys
  • Mounting screw
  • Rubber bush
  • Trim ring release pin
  • 2 Face fixing screws
  • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
  • Operation manual
  • Installation manual
  • Warranty sheet

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Features

Display/Button Illumination: All display indicators and readouts are displayed with light green illumination. The buttons are backlit with light green illumination.

Bass, Treble and BTB: This model allows you to adjust the bass +/-12dB at 100Hz and the treble +/-12dB at 10kHz. In addition to standard treble and bass settings, this model also has 5 stored BTB (Bass Treble Boost) settings: Dynamic, Power, Max, Custom and Flat. Custom is an adjusted BTB setting that you create. When Flat is selected, no supplement or correction is made to the sound.

Selectable Loudness: You can select a Low or High level of loudness compensation. The Low setting provides a 7dB gain at 100Hz and 4dB gain at 10kHz. The High setting provides a 10dB gain at 100Hz and 6.5dB gain at 10kHz.

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

Tuner: This unit is equipped with Pioneer's Supertuner, which provides outstanding AM and FM performance.

Best Stations Memory: BSM lets you automatically store the strongest 6 stations for AM and each of the three FM bands. The stations are stored under preset buttons 1-6.

Radio Intercept: The last station tuned in will play while the tape deck is in fast forward or rewind mode. This feature may be turned on or off.

Cassette Insert Auto Turn-On: When the unit is off and receiving power on both power leads, inserting a tape will automatically turn the unit on and begin playback.

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

 
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Pioneer KEH-P2030 Reviews

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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By Daniel, Anderson County Kentucky on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Good cassette deck.
Pros:
It does what I want it to do.
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

keh-p2030

Written By n.k, paterson,new jersey on Friday, January 03, 2014
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at night no light due no illumination connection,also to put stereo off for 4 seconds by pressing source key is onother thing,.stereo audio out put stooped 3 times.
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4 out of 5

Replacement cassette player

Written By Steve, Henrico , Va on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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Unit was easy to install with supplied kit and instructions . Sound quality is good , better than original ! Customer service was great !! Great replacement for oem unit in my 1995 Dodge Maxi-van .
Pros:
Quality unit . great sound quality .easy to wire into OEM harness with supplied kit.
Cons:
Not crazy about controls as I am old school and appreciate knobs rather than hard to read buttons scattered all over the face of unit .
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By John G., Spring Hill, FL on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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The fit into my 1988 Ford F-250 was 9 of 10, the instruction could be a bit more detailed. The sound quality and operation are very good, the fit a little loose, but it looks very good. This Pioneer is a lot better and easier than trying to get my original radio's tape player repaired. Highly recommended.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice stealth radio

Written By SgtFriday, Dallas, TX on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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I've had this model for about ten years now, or one almost exactly like it, if the details have changed. I have a CD changer and XM radio connected to it. Only problem was due to the XM antenna failing due to the lead-in being crimped by the passenger door. It has been a workhorse, looks like a dated stereo, and I can get XM, CD changer and AM and FM cassette radio. Slight inconvenience is having to hold a button pushed when you need to rapidly lower or raise volume. Fader access is a little difficult for me to remember and have to rediscover this feature once in a while. Buttons have held up long enough to make me wonder if they are ever going to fail. This is a good product, the sound is acceptable for my pickup truck, stock speakers, and the dependability and stealth looks are priceless. A great product.
Pros:
Dependable stealth.
Cons:
Some control inconvenience. Due to stealth, it isn't really cool.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Cassette head unit

Written By fred, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, December 03, 2012
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This unit is being installed in a convertible where it will be visible and easily accessible. It is subtle in appearance and should hide the actual use it has as teh controller for my 12-disc changer and amp/subwoofer/speaker setup. Excellent control unit to run the main focus of my system...AND...it looks like a dated cassette deck of little interest to would-be thieves.
Pros:
Stealthy appearance for the features it controls including satellite radio and the components in my system.
Cons:
NONE.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By Chris, Mt.Airy NC on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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OF course as always when purchasing through Crutchfield there instillation instructions for your vehicle is a must have !! My project went smooth as always couple hours from start to finish and I'm down the road listing to some great sounds from this receiver.
Pros:
easy to install with included instructions (any problems you may encounter Crutchfield is there to help you through if needed) Great sounding receiver with no problems at this time .The receiver that was removed was also a Pioneer and it has been in the truck for around 10 years am thinking .
Cons:
none at this time ( hoping it will preform as will as the last receiver did.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By grey ghost, fredericksburg, va on Saturday, November 03, 2012
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Overall Ok but see reservations below. Clearly inferior to the Factory unit.
Pros:
one of the few cassette players left
Cons:
buttons too small, display way too dim in daylight, reception of weak stations sub par, not as good as the routine factory Ford radio.
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5 out of 5

PioneerKEH P2030 stereo radio, cassette player.

Written By Anonymous, Salinas, Ca on Monday, September 24, 2012
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I am so pleased to find this replacement unit, for I am a dinasour with needing a cassette radio player. It replaces the unit that creeps stole from my truck. Almost the same model and a quality product. I am so pleased, and pleased with dealing with Crutchfield.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

keh-p2030

Written By rollingthunder6, columbia sc on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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I purchased this pioneer keh-p2030 as a replacement for my pioneer keh-p4020, which had worn out and which is no longer available. installation was a breeze, I was able to reuse the keh-p4020 sleeve and existing cabling. but i don't think the keh-p2030 is as good a product as the keh-p4020. for one thing, the tape player does not have the "music search" feature. with regard to the multi-cd player, one cannot sequentially select a disc by pressing the 'up' or 'down'. repeat play is awkward and there's no 'repeat play' indicator in the display when a track has been selected for repeat play. The display itself is very weak -- not visible at all in ambient daylight (but, to be fair, the keh-p4020 had the same problem) . BUT. i am pleased: i most emphatically got my money's worth. and dealing w/ Crutchfield is always a pleasure (i called in to inquire about this thing, esp. re: re-using the sleeve and cabling from the previous keh-p4020 -- which the guy told me would be do-able)
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By BayviewIsle, Dade City, FL on Friday, July 13, 2012
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Great sound, better than factory unit it replaced.
Pros:
Installation easy, even though I am not a frequent modifier of auto audio systems.
Cons:
A litle more info on how to run conrom cables from trunk to dashboard.
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5 out of 5

Does have balance and fade

Written By TW, Seattle, WA on Sunday, May 27, 2012
 
A review on this page questions whether this unit has balance and fade adjustment. According to the manual (available for download here), it does. You do have to press a button to put the unit into "FAD" mode, and then you can adjust both the front-rear fade, and the left-right balance. (Note: I have never owned this unit, just trying to cast light on the fading/balance issue.)
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4 out of 5

Good deal

Written By bruc56, Tennessee on Monday, May 14, 2012
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Sounds great. Good value for the money. Be sure to order all the installation stuff recommended by Crutchfield for your specific vehicle when you check out. I did and it was all necessary and very helpful.
Pros:
Good sound. No tape hiss. Fairly easy installation. Solder don't crimp when splicing in the wiring harness, you will be glad you did. Good value for the price.
Cons:
Does not seem to have an automatic head retractor to disengage the head when the car is off. This causes the head to stay compressed against the tape if you leave a tape in, which may damage the head over time, so have to remember to eject the tape when parking the car for a period of time. Does not have balance/fade adjustment, unless I just haven't found it yet. The four arrows look like they should be balance/fade adjustments but they have other functions.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Cassette Receiver

Written By Mark T, Fort Wayne, IN on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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A quality product at a great price especially since the selection of 'cassette' receivers on the market is now limited. Installation was a breeze and learning the functions was relatively easy. Sound is impressive and can be enhanced/changed easily by utilizing the numerous audio features of the unit.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By Jim T, Trout Creek, MT on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Very easy to install using the instructions and the installation kit(s) provided and purchased with the unit. Excellent unit to use if you have a lot of cassette tapes and I use a portable CD Walkman for the CD's until I get a CD changer, which will be soon.
Pros:
Easy install, sounds very good even with orig speakers still used, will accept a add-on CD changer that just plugs into the unit stocked by Crutchfield...
Cons:
None yet.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By John, West-Wyoming,Pa on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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couldnt ask for a good and inexpensive radio.. i am completely satisfied....
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By Andrew, Hatillo, PR on Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Very happy with this item. Easy install. No kit was needed. Features are very good. Can't beat the fast shipping and no cost from Crutchfield (Even way out here to Puerto Rico)! Nice price, too.
11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer KEH-P2030

Written By Frank, Rosalia, WA on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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The sound this stereo makes is awesome!!! Very nice!!!
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1 question already asked

I don't have owner manual how do you set the clock? [ Jim  Dec 05, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • 1. Press Source and hold until unit turns off. 2. Press and hold Audio until clock appears in the display. 3. Press to select the segment of the clock display you wish to set. 4. Press volume up/+ or down/- to set the clock. Press and hold Clock to turn the clock display on or off [ DALE C   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • Jim, I don't have the manual in front of me as it is in my camper 35 miles away closed up for the winter. I believe the following will help. On the left side of the receiver are 4 buttons arranged in a circle. Press and hold the top button and this will put you in the clock mode. I'm not sure about the rest but I'm sure you can figure it out from there. Earl B [ EARL   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • I need to find my book, will get back to you asap. [ PHIL   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • Go to crutchfields page for this item. Click on details then click what's in the box. It will take you to a gray box on the right side of the screen then click owners manuel [ CAMERON   Dec 06, 2013 ]

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