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Our take on the Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB

by Ken Nail

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.

Three-line display and a package of great features

The Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB CD receiver features a bright Organic Electroluminescent display that'll look great in your dash. Its high-contrast characters make it easy to read onscreen information, while the large control knob allows you to scroll easily through all your music files and menus. And, with all the features offered by this versatile receiver, you'll enjoy listening to it even more than looking at it. Best of all, Pioneer backs it up with a 2-year warranty.


Play what you want to hear

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This receiver plays all your store-bought CDs, along with discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. Connect and control your iPod® through the receiver's front panel USB input, or plug in a USB thumb drive loaded with tunes. When your iPod is connected to the USB input, the receiver bypasses your iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter, using its high-quality DAC to deliver your music files with the highest fidelity possible. Pioneer's passenger mode lets your passengers use the iPod's controls while it's hooked up to the DEH-P510UB, saving you from distractions.

Add satellite radio and tap into the wide variety of news, talk, sports, and commercial-free music that XM and SIRIUS offer. Hook up Pioneer's optional HD Radio™ tuner and check out the enhanced fidelity and extra programming from participating AM and FM stations in your area. Use the front-panel auxiliary input for other music players you may have.


Into great sound?

ASR Pioneer's Easy EQ 7-band equalizer gives you outstanding tone control for matching the receiver's output to your car's acoustics. If you're listening to your MP3 player, Advanced Sound Retriever circuitry replicates information lost when music is compressed into file formats, so you'll enjoy improved ambience and musical detail.

The built-in amplifier delivers plenty of power for accurate sound, with built in high- and low-pass filters to optimize speaker performance. And if you want to really get your system in high gear, you can use the three sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers. Rear panel


Optional hands-free calling

Drive safely by connecting Pioneer's optional Bluetooth® adapter. When a call comes in, your Pioneer receiver will mute the music and allow you to take the call on your compatible phone, without taking your hands off the wheel.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.


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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with 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, WMA, and AAC files)
    • detachable face with multi-line Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 7-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but Pioneer's optional connecting cable included — lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, front and rear USB inputs (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front and Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face case
    • Wiring harness
    • 1.75' USB/iPod interface cable (with USB Type A plug on one end and a standard iPod dock connector on the other end)
    • CXC8885 IR wireless remote control
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Operation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • "Note:" sheet

    Our Product Research Team

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    Features
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    Features

    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-P510UB is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can play MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC files on CD-R and CD-RW discs, as well as from a portable USB device. It has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a front-panel and rear-panel USB input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include Bluetooth Audio and Bluetooth Telephone (when the optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter is connected), XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (with an optional satellite radio tuner and antenna), and a multi-CD player.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the DEH-P510UB 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. The power output specs for the DEH-P510UB are as follows:

    • 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 (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-P510UB 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.

    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): 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.

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

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files encoded by iTunes recorded onto CDs, however files purchased from the iTunes Music Store (.m4p file extension) are not compatible. Tracks recorded at transmission rates of 16-320 kbps are playable on this unit.

    Sound Retriever: The Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Sound Retriever effect.

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P510UB is equipped with a 7-band EQ with 6 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 12dB at 2dB intervals. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Center Frequencies: 50Hz, 125Hz, 315Hz, 800Hz, 2kHz, 5kHz, 12.5kHz
    • Preset EEQ Settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat

    Selectable Loudness Levels: Loudness compensates for deficiencies in the low and high frequencies at low volumes. You can choose from three levels of loudness:

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

    List Button: The List button on the front panel allows you to track the title list, folder list, file list, preset channel list, or disc title list, depending upon the source. Once the List button is pressed, you can turn the multi-control knob to view each item on the list. To select the highlighted item, you can press the multi-control. This allows you to quickly make selections from most any source.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-P510UB is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player, DVD, or VCR. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 10-character name. A second auxiliary device can be connected to this unit when an optional adapter is connected to the IP-Bus connector on the rear panel. Both Aux 1 and Aux 2 must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source. See below for more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.

    2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the front-panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The optional CD-RB10 (sold separately) lets you connect one auxiliary component, and the optional CD-RB20 (sold separately) lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 10-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    Three 4-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-P510UB is equipped with three 4-Volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear speakers are fading with high-pass crossover filters, while the subwoofer output is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter.

    • Front and Rear Preamp Outputs: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker preamp outputs (or speaker outputs), you can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.
    • Subwoofer Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

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

    Bass Boost: The Bass Boost function raises the level of sounds lower than 100Hz. You can select a desired level of bass boost between 0 and 6 (Gain: +12dB to 0dB).

    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.

    OEL Full-Motion Display: The DEH-P510UB features a black background with a 3-line, blue OEL full-motion display, which takes advantage of MP3, WMA, iPod, XM Radio, and Sirius, plus CD Text-encoded discs. This display makes it easy to read and cycle through the song title, artist, and other text used by these sources. The OEL display also offers 3D full-motion screen savers.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select from English, Spanish, or French.

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

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

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

    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 been turned off, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the clock button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. You can turn the dimmer function On or Off. The orange/white illumination wire must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for this feature to work.

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within four seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone sounds. You can turn off the warning tone. A face case is included with the unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P510UB comes with a wireless remote control (CXC8885). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel.

    Steering Wheel Control: The PAC SWI-PS (127SWIPS, sold separately) steering wheel remote interface is compatible with this head unit.

    External Device Controls

    Dual USB Inputs: The unit's rear-panel USB type-A input (attached by 7.5" pigtail) and front-panel USB type-A input allow you to connect a USB portable audio player and/or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant (256MB to 250GB). This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC files stored on a USB Mass Storage device in FAT16 or FAT32 file system 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, along with AAC files with a bit rate from16-320 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, 500 folders and 15,000 files per USB device are recognized by this unit.

    iPod Interface: The DEH-P510UB can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports only iPods with a standard Dock Connector. You can connect your iPod to one of the unit's USB inputs using the included CD-iU50 cableor the one supplied with your iPod. When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself. (you can still change songs from the head unit, even when you are controlling the iPod manually). You can perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, album, and alphabetical searches. The head unit will also display your iPod's music file information, including Play Time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The Pioneer DEH-P510UB is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) N N N N N N N
    mini (1st/2nd gen.) N N N N N N N
    video (5th gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch* 1 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    *Note: You will need to reset your iPod touch if you have downloaded software version (v.3.1.2). The head unit will read "Error 19" if your iPod touch is not reset. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Optional USB Adapter: If the head unit's built-in front-panel USB input is being used, you can connect a USB adapter (130CDUB100, sold separately) to the IP-Bus port to playback audio from a portable audio player that features a USB interface. This USB adapter features a IP-Bus pass-through for daisy chaining another IP-Bus compatible component.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control an external satellite radio tuner from XM or SIRIUS. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM, sold separately) Pioneer XM receiver. For Sirius there are two options; connect the SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and the CD-SB10 Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (700SIRPION, sold separately), or use the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (130CDSB10, sold separately) and the SIRIUS dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1, sold separately) along with a compatible portable SIRIUS radio. 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-P20HD HD Radio tuner (130GEXP20H, sold separately) allowing you to tune available HD Radio stations. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The optional HD Radio tuner connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    Optional Bluetooth Adapter: In addition, you can use this unit to control a CD-BTB200 Bluetooth adapter (130BTB200, sold separately) for your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone or Bluetooth portable audio player. The Pioneer CD-BTB200 Bluetooth Adapter allows you to make and receive calls wirelessly and hands-free on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone through this Pioneer "Bluetooth Adapter Ready" head unit. The CD-BTB200 comes with a microphone for making and answering your calls. You can hear the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The unit connects to the head unit via the supplied IP-BUS cable, and has an IP-BUS pass-through for daisy chaining another component.

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: You can add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it from the head unit.

     
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    1 out of 5

    malfunctions before a year is up

    Written By jeanette, richmond in on Sunday, May 23, 2010
     
    had this in my 2005 civic si for not quite a year it w with as great to start off with. Had it paired with the pioneer premier speakers and worked great. one week speakers sounded blown checked connections everything alright and then a week or so after i sent speakers off for credit since they have been discontinued now the radio is not working properly. The radio back-light screen keeps going in and out and and now the ipod control isn't working right. It will read format read error then play for 10 seconds and come up another error and the advisor at cruchfield tells me that the radio is at fault for the speakers which may be but not when you test the speakers in another vehicle. Overall this was great at first now i just want my money back to get something that will last and not break within a year atleast they have a good warranty on the product 3 year on radio and 2 year on speakers. But they want me to send radio in so they can test it.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Anonymous, Gainesville, FL on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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    I purchased this unit after returning the Alpine CDA-105. The Pioneer has superior sound tayloring flexibility with the 7-band equalizer, three loudness settings, several bass boost settings, etc. Also, the display is nice in that it has 3 lines of information. You can show a clock and still see everything you need to know for the tuner, IPOD, etc. Even at low volumes, the sound quality was superior to the Alpine due to the ability to squeeze extra bass sound out at the lesser volumes. Plus, Pioner has a feature called "sound retriever" that enhances the high frequncies that are cut off during file creation for IPOD type music files. It really makes a difference. I will agree with the other commenters that the multi purpose knob takes some getting used to and a few more buttons on the face of the unit would be nice, but other than that, the unit is very good. Also, the remote control is great, easy to use, and more handy than I thought it would be. If sound quality and option flexibility is what you are after, then this is a great unit.
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    4 out of 5

    good sound control

    Written By kelvin, herndon va on Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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    i just got the head unit last week and it is put togeather great. if you want more control over your sound this unit is for you . 7band eq ipod contols and sub controls. With 2 usb inputs i use one for my ipod and one for my iphone. i love this unit
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    3 out of 5

    Not Bad, but could be improved

    Written By Daniel, Delmont, PA on Monday, October 12, 2009
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    Interface leaves much to be desired. Takes WAY too much eyes off road
    time. Not very intuitive either. Multi toggle (joy stick) is very difficult to make
    sure it goes the direction you want it to. It is especially difficult to push
    straight in without moving it right/left/up or down.
    No way to turn off unused inputs, so you must scroll thru all each time.
    Only one color for display and backlighting- not every car has blue lights.
    Sound good, functions work as advertised. Readable display, but wish it had
    32 character XM display instead of 16 (not a fault of the rcvr, but the XM
    module) and wish it displayed all 4 XM info lines at once instead of needing
    to scroll. Also, this is the 3rd Pioneer I have had in the same car in 10
    years. They just don't last all that long. 1st one was 6 years- not too bad.
    2nd one was 3+ years- too short. I keep coming back to Pioneer as I
    have a XM and AUX mounts in the car and don't want to change all that too.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound, No Preset buttons

    Written By Jack, Northridge, CA on Friday, August 21, 2009
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    Sounds Great, but as many have posted for this and other , wish it had preset buttons, as having to look at the screen while driving is not the safest.

    Love the USB in the front! Very convenient and eliminates the need for a cd changer.

    Also wish that car receivers had the ability to save all settings after a power loss (i.e. battery change). The factory stereo does this with a memory computer, but it seems it would be simple to put this technology in after market receivers.

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    3 out of 5

    Good sound, LOUSY interface

    Written By mixerman23, Burbank, CA on Sunday, August 09, 2009
     
    This unit sounds quite good - custom 7 band eq allows you to compensate for speaker/car deficiencies very effectively. iPod interface is nicely done. Good bang for the buck. BUT - the user interface is really lousy. Far too easy to accidentally push the multicontrol when you're just trying to change the volume, or to acidentally trigger one of the up/down/side/side controls when trying to push straight in - really kind of sucks. Also, the knob feels very flimsy, and is hard to get a good purchase on.

    Install was easy, and looks perfect in my 2000 Honda CRV. I threw out the cheap plastic frame that Crutchfield sent and used the existing frame - had to make a few mods to the stock plastic drawer underneath the stock radio to hold it in place with the new unit, but fairly easy to do.

    This would be a five star unit if the multi-control was better/different.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound. Great support

    Written By Lee, KY on Friday, July 31, 2009
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    Installed with the iPod contol to the center armrest. Note that the included USB iPod adapter is not long enough for this. Be sure and get the USB extension. I used a USB extension I had laying around, but even with the connection taped, it pulled apart slightly, and the iPod would not work. Had to pull apart the console again to get to my connections. Maybe the optional Pioneer extension locks together better.

    The option to turn off or on the amp is a useful feature. I installed into a Pontiac Vibe that I did not realize had a separate speaker amp, so I did not at first connect the wires for the amp.... Crutchfield support quickly found my problem.

    The OLED is great to see in direct sunlight. Too bad the letters aren't bigger. I would like the option to change font size, and opt for 2, or even 1 line for bigger letters.

    The joy stick is a little tricky, esp when moving or on a bumpy road. Best to use the remote.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, but do your research

    Written By Michael, Amarillo, Texas on Sunday, June 14, 2009
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    I bought the DEH-P510UB deck for my 97 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab pickup and paired it with four SPS-600 Alpine speakers and a XM tuner. I am very pleased with the finished product. It has a great look in the dash and sounds incredible. Installation was easy with the Crutchfield directions, but I am a fairly handy guy when it comes to stuff like this.

    I rated this product with five stars because I did a lot of research before selecting this product and knew I would like or be ok with all the features. However, I can see where some people might not like certain features of this deck like the multi control button or the selecting of favorite stations and etc. So my recommendation is to do your research and understand your likes and dislikes when it comes to the features before making your purchase.

    Bottom line is that this is a great looking and great sounding unit. I am very pleased with this purchase and would do it again in a heartbeat. And what can I say about Crutchfield? They are the best and I would not order from anyone else.
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    3 out of 5

    Very good, but annoying joystick

    Written By andy, Chicago, IL on Friday, May 29, 2009
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    Likes. The control for a subwoofer is great. The Ipod control is great! The 3 line display is great, I like to control the songs and see what I'm listening to through the head unit. I didn't think I would like it that much more, but I do. I like the way it plays usb flash drives, but it is better through the Ipod. I like the usb input from the back and the front. I thought I would love it prior to buying the unit. It's still nice to be able to plug a usb drive into the front, but if I were to do it over again, I could live without the usb in the front.

    Dislikes, who designed this freaking thing? The joystick is worthless. It is so frustrating to use if the car is moving. I don't read many user manuals, but I had to read this one cover to cover. Setup is OK once you figured it out, but not very intuitive. You need to turn off the radio to change a lot of the settings. The FM and AM presets are terrible. Whatever happened to the 6 buttons on the bottom of the receiver? Here you have to screw with the dumb joystick.

    Overall, I like more than I dislike. I use the remote a lot so I don't have to screw with the joystick. The Ipod control is great, sub control great, and I like the 3 line display. I just wish they had gone with something other than that stupid joystick.

    Crutchfield was great with installation support and manuals. Thanks.
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    4 out of 5

    Almost perfect

    Written By James, Maryland on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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    This headunit is great in almost every way. It sounds great, has lots of adjustment and looks good. I bought this mainly for Ipod control and it does that great, three things tho.
    1) The screen and menu are kinda hard to see and navigate while driving, some what dangerous.
    2) The random shuffle seems kinda crazy sometimes, it never plays the same song twice but it will play the same artist back to back or a bunch of the same music for a while. I listen to almost everything (mostly rap) but also rock and country. I just wish it would break it up a little more, maybe I am just picky.
    3) The clock is very small, unlike any pioneers I have had in the past.

    These few things would not keep me from buying it again but this is a review so, you know the deal. I have always used Pioneer headunits and always will. I am not going to say they are better than brands that cost a lot more because thats probably not true. They do offer great bang for the buck. Hope this was helpful!
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound, Not Very Well Designed

    Written By Greg, Marietta, OH on Saturday, May 16, 2009
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    Like most of the other reviewers I was not impressed with the Multi-Control
    Knob. It is not the greatest design out there, that is for sure. It takes a
    long time to find your way thru the menus. Good have been a much more
    user friendly design. While on the subject of design, the curved face plate
    is not a great fit in a retangular hole! I could not use the trim piece to
    square it up with my installation. 08 Ford Escape. It does not look real
    bad, just a little disappointing for the money.

    The good news is it sounds great! Installed with a pair of Polk Audio
    speakers (MM571). This unit really puts out the music with no additional
    amp. I will be installin an amp and subwoofer in the near future.

    If you can get past the Multi-Control Knob and the diffacult user interface a
    great sounding piece.
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    2 out of 5

    very disappionted!!!!!

    Written By jake, evansville, in on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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    i did ALOT of research on this HU. it looks great, has a TON of features, and operates flawlessly......problem: had the HU hooked to Jl VR components, JL VR 6x9's and a JL G4500 80x4 amp. the HU made the JL speakers sound absolutely horrible! they were all professionally installed, every level, gain, etc. was right. sound was very weak for these high end speakers. no depth!.....sent the deck back, and installed a JVC Arsenal A805, what a difference! I don't know what the problem was, but the JVC definitely solved it!!
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    2 out of 5

    Good sound, difficult user interface

    Written By Ben, Central CA on Monday, May 11, 2009
     
    The "Multi-Control" knob/button/joystick that controls most of the functions is almost impossible to use in a moving vehicle. To select an item after scrolling to findit, you must push the Multi-Control directly forward, not allowing it to go at all right or
    left, up or down, or it will select another item on the
    list.

    This is how you change pre-set radio stations, by twisting the Multi-Control until you get to your
    desired station on a list, then pushing forward. Hit a bump when twisting or trying to push, and you start again, and you must look at the screen while
    you're doing it.

    The display has a constantly dancing pattern as a kind of background. Not only is this highly distracting from the road, but it makes the actual information on the
    page impossible to see! Choosing from a list, as above, gets even more acrobatic. So far, I haven't found any way to remove the dancing pattern, other than to turn of the display entirely. There's an obscure reference to "changing the entertainment" in the manual, didn't
    seem to help, but I'll try again.

    Selecting music from a USB device requires the same
    combination of careful twisting and pushing, straining
    to see the data on the screen.

    Marginal-area FM reception is not great, despite the
    FM sensitivity stats.

    I wonder if the engineers actually put this in a car
    and used while they drove - maybe they're just really
    good with joysticks, but I'm not so much.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB

    Written By Jerry, Milford, NY on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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    Unit seems to have excellent sound quality and many audio adjustments that can be made to suit your liking. The I-pod interface through USB connection is an awsome feature!! Plug and play and your entire i-pod collection is controled through your stereo with the handy remote. Wish the display had more room for information. I also wish I could have the clock and date as a background display instead of just the factory options they give you. With that being said I do believe it is an awsome unit for the $. If your looking for a direct hook for your i-pod to car you will not be dissapointed with this set-up. The front USB allows you to put MP3's on a small jump drive and just plug it in and your ready to go !!! (another awsome feature!) Pioneer got it right with this product !
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome deck

    Written By Anthony, Navarre, FL on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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    I bought this CD player to replace my factory radio and it sounds great! I like the ease of the rotation knob and menus. My one complaint is that the pause button is only on the remote. The receiver has a pause button that is embedded deep within the function menu and a pain to get to. Other than that, awesome deck!
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