Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

CD receiver

Item #: 130P5200HD

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Pioneer has jumped into future of radio with the DEH-P5200HD CD receiver. Its built-in HD Radio™ tuner brings you the unparalleled sound quality and extra features of digital radio broadcasts. This heavy hitter covers almost every other base in the digital media ballpark too, and its large control knob allows you to whip through all your music files and menus in a flash.

The HD Radio advantage
You'll hear the difference when you tune in a station that's broadcasting HD Radio signals — FM broadcasts approach CD-quality sound, with no static or audio distortion. But that's just part of the story. You'll also have access to the additional programming broadcast on secondary or tertiary channels by HD Radio stations, choices that aren't available to regular radio listeners.

Once you connect your iPod® to the DEH-P5200HD, you can enjoy the convenience of iTunes® tagging. If you hear a song you like on an HD Radio station, just press a button on the receiver to "tag" it. Song information is saved to your iPod — simply connect your iPod to your computer and go to the Apple iTunes store to buy the song whenever you want.

Whatever else you want to play
The receiver plays all your CDs, even MP3, WMA, and AAC files that you've burned to disc, and you can use the USB input for a thumb drive packed with music files. Plug your iPod into the USB input, and you can use the Pioneer's controls to run the show. Once connected, the receiver bypasses your player's built-in digital-to-analog converter, using its own high-quality DAC to deliver your music files with the highest fidelity possible.

The sound's the thing
Pioneer's Easy EQ 5-band equalizer gives you extra control over your sound. And if you're listening to your MP3 player, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever circuitry reverses the compression process to fill in some of the information lost when you created your files, especially in the higher frequencies that add sparkle 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 ride rocking, you can use the two sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers, speakers, and subs.

Extensive options
Add satellite radio and tap into the wide variety of news, talk, sports, and commercial-free music that XM and SIRIUS offer. When you're driving with friends, you can use the front-panel auxiliary input to plug in the MP3 players they brought along.

Keep your hands on the wheel when talking on your mobile device 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.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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.

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.

Product 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)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with 5 preset tone settings
    • Advanced Sound Retriever improves the sound of compressed music files
    • 6-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, front USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info:

    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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    Who Designed This?!

    Written By PT-1, SoCal on Friday, December 09, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This thing is nearly unusable for all the impossible to understand buttons with un-intelligible labels. There's literally NOTHING intuitive about its design, interface or operation. When you're driving and want to change something, having to take your eyes off the road to find some tiny little button (that gives no feedback when you push it) is downright dangerous. It's not good, and it's going in the trash ASAP.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By Phil, NC on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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    Great radio for the price, replaced factory in 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. Made factory speakers sound great!! Lots of sound tweaking options, I only wished it was easier to 'quickly' adjust bass and treble. Fastest way is with remote.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By Bigyash, Mississippi on Saturday, May 14, 2011

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    Like most of the features on this unit. Was afraid the display would be hard to
    see in bright light but, even on very sunny days, it is easy to see. Only
    giving it four stars because of the control knob and the red button lights. The
    knob sticks up like a mushroom - it is very narrow and feels flimsy. It takes a
    bit of getting used to when adjusting the volume. The contrast of the red label
    lights against the highly polished black plastic makes them hard to see. And, of
    course, the highly polished plastic shows finger prints and dust like crazy.
    The mounting bracket Crutchfield supplied for a Ford Ranger was marginally OK.
    Had to fiddle with it to make it work and there is no way the rear support in
    the kit could be installed. Was able to remove a module at the bottom of the
    dash and install a cushion at the rear of the radio but this should have been
    part of the kit. Crutchfield service and shipping, as usual, was excellent.
    Always a pleasure doing business with them

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By DebM, Knoxville, TN on Monday, April 18, 2011

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    Got my new head unit (stereo) for my truck. Had no problems installing it. Plays
    awesome, now I have to learn what all the buttons do ::grin:: - Directly
    connected up to my already existing Sirius Satellite box.


    Written By Russ D., Northern Arizona on Monday, April 18, 2011

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    I have to admit i was never a believer in a better reciever giving better sound. It
    seemed that better speakers with an average reciever was just as good. Wow
    this Pioneer surprised me, it made the car sound as good as it looks. And
    when using the sound features on this radio it improves even more, love this

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By Steve M, Boxford, MA on Saturday, April 02, 2011

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    Installation took less than 15 minutes, all the Crutchfield documentation made
    it extremly easy for the novice to understand. The Pioneer Radio itself is
    excellent, although programming and remote control operation requires a
    good read on the owners manual. I am very pleased with the whole experiance
    with Crutchfield from ease of ordering online to the prompt delivery of the

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By ALguy, Huntsville,AL on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit- great sound with easy installation. The only thing missing from
    my previous Pioneer receiver is the ability to access categories (e.g. News,
    Talk, Sports, Pop, etc.) on XM. Maybe it's in there and I just haven't found it yet.
    The USB works great with a thumb drive - I got one of the mini versions that
    doesn't stick out far from the unit as I was worried about accidentally breaking
    off a longer USB stick. Like most folks, my biggest complaint is the volume
    knob -- it takes some focus to change the volume without changing stations or
    skipping tracks because the knob doesn't stick out very far. Keep the remote
    handy - it will make everything easier. Overall, an excellent product that does
    everything I need with only a couple minor issues.

    Nice Radio

    Written By Mr. B., Michigan on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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    Received this Stereo on March 24, 2011, and installed it the next Day. Was
    easy to install with included install kit. I have some experience with installing
    radios and settings on the Pioneer systems so everything went well. I have
    seen some reviews about the Stereo not having a Clock. Well if you read the
    Owners Manual it tells you how to set it and turn it on or off. It takes about a
    minute or two for it to come up after you change radio stations or you put in a
    CD but it's there. The MC Knob is very slim and tight to the Radio for BIG
    Fingers like mine but over all it is a great Radio.

    Too bad I'm not 16 years old...

    Written By KWICK, Chandler, AZ on Sunday, March 20, 2011

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    Installation was a snap. If you happen to have a Hyundai Accent, to get the vent
    panel off, it's easiest to cut out the storage boxes and pull out from the back
    side. Prying it up like the instructions say will damage the dash or bezel.

    The stereo works great. Too bad I'm not 16 anymore...the controls are
    incredibly complex to remember. Give me a volume knob on the left, stations
    knob on the right and a "Loudness" button and I'd be very happy :-) I'll have a
    nephew teach me the rest.

    Great deck!

    Written By Stephen, Mount Holly, NC on Friday, March 04, 2011

    Love this stereo! Sounds great and easy to use. I don't find the wheel as annoying as some others do.

    I can't figure out how to shuffle songs using a USB drive. Even if the shuffle indicator is on, the songs still play in sequential order.

    Also, the scrolling function works fine for titles/artist names using USB, but for some reason they only scroll once when I use XM.

    Great radio...

    Written By CoreyG, Perrysburg, OH on Friday, February 25, 2011

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    I bought this radio a few weeks ago and so far it has been great. I have my
    Sirius subscription and everything all together now, so my car isn't cluttered
    with wires and extra tuners. Only complaint I could possibly have about this
    radio would be about the volume knob. The knob is too hard to handle and is
    pretty much used for everything....including the satellite radio, but I knew
    about the issue before I bought the radio.

    But the knob issue can be solved easily by remember that the remote is your
    friend....basically controls everything and even has a mute button, so you can
    instantly turn the sound off instead of turning the volume down.

    If you decide to buy this radio you won't regret it.

    There is a clock!

    Written By Am, NYC on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    First of all, there is a clock. It tells you right in the manual how to set it. I have to say I
    like this radio, but I don't really have one to compare it to. It was installed in my 2002
    Nissan Sentra and installation took about an hour. The main control knob is a pain and
    for this reason I'm not sure I can recommend this radio. I have very slim fingers and it's
    still hard to grab and control. I don't know what I would do without the remote! I bought
    this radio so I could have all of my music with me on a usb flash drive since I don't have
    an mp3 player. It reads the drive by date modified instead of alphabetically which can be
    frustrating. I have to use a program to sort the drive. I have heard other radios just read
    it alphabetically and had I known this I may have skipped the Pioneer. As for the HD
    radio, I can defintely hear the difference. CDs sound/play well. The display is crisp,
    clear and easy to read. The face does not detach easily and I wonder about constantly
    pulling the usb in and out of it. I use a USB and it reads fine. I'm pretty much
    at 3.5 stars. For me and my small fingers, it's a 4 but for the average person I have to
    give this radio a 3.


    Written By Bishop, Ft.worth,tx on Monday, February 21, 2011

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    Let me start off by saying THANK YOU Crutchfield.You made my car stereo buying
    experience exceptional.I"ve never had sooo much fun putting together a system like the
    one i have.It has been years, over TWENTY that i had even considered looking.So when
    i started doing research,you(crutchfield)kept showing up.And one more thing,your
    advisors Buzz and Sam were the best in helping me choose the right choices for my
    vehicle,again THANK YOU.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By BobG, Denham Springs, La. on Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    Delivery was prompt and the price was right.
    Only issue I have is the Volume Knob is not out far enough and hard to grasp.

    Updating 1998 BMW

    Written By Dan, Atlanta on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    This radio really made an improvement the sound system. I also got the XM/Sirrus
    decoder which fit nicely in the glove box. My only compliant is the operating
    manual is difficult to use and understand. Great value.

    Very Nice

    Written By wquill, Dover,Oh on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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    I grew up with Pioneer so that is why I continue and I haven't been disappointed yet. I will
    say technology has come a long way. The DEH-5200HD is a very nice unit. Crutchfield
    makes it to easy with installation. Once we had it in the auto it looked great. Some
    people were complaing about the manual having such small print. Well this is true but
    let me tell you a little secret. You can go to and look up your unit and
    download the manual from there and it is very reader friendly. It does take some time to
    understand the controls but like I said ... technology has come along way. Crutchfield is


    Written By Lee, norfolk va on Sunday, January 30, 2011

    put this unit my wifes pt cruiser,,,nice unit for the price... ours displays the time,, one thing we were looking for in an new radio


    Written By Mike, Roanoke, VA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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    Pretty good stereo overall but there is no built in clock.

    Every stock radio I've seen has one, so when you replace with this model better be aware you are going to be without a clock.

    My Intro To HD Radio

    Written By Josh B., Kingston, TN on Saturday, January 22, 2011

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    This is my first HD radio and I am impressed! Installed this in a 04 Ford F150 only took
    about 45 min. from start to finish (it took more time to learn all the new buttons). Tech
    Support was so helpful with my questions and the chat sessions to help figure out what
    I needed is a HUGE help! Thanks once again Crutchfield, you guys are the best!!

    P5200HD as advertized

    Written By DarC, Houston, Tx on Friday, December 03, 2010

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    I bought the radio for the iPhone/iPod interface and the HD radio. Both work well and the
    sound is excellent. The number of options takes some time to get familiar with. The
    instruction book is a little confusing. The initial setup is not covered until 3/4 of the way
    through the instructions. it would have been nice if the info was placed near the beginning.
    There is a base control but no treble control. Both would have been better.

    Almost just right

    Written By Jim K., Seattle, WA on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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    I've always stuck with Pioneer head units, they've always
    stayed at the front of the pack for their price point. I've even adopted to
    their menu structure, even though I still struggle to negotiate through it while
    parked (forget about it while driving).

    However, one thing that seems to get worse as time goes on is the design of the
    volume knob, which also happens to be the master control knob used in the bulk
    of operating the stereo. It seems to be only usable by someone with the fingers
    of a slender 7 year old girl. It's really too bad, because it nearly makes the
    head unit frustratingly unusable. The remote serves not only as an alternative,
    but almost as a necessity. Previous models were similar, but I think this one
    has gotten smaller and slicker, and I think it will continue to be Pioneer's
    Achilles heal when being reviewed by users. I can't say I'll stick with Pioneer
    when the time comes for my next car stereo, which is a shame.

    If you choose a Pioneer unit, do yourself a favor and get a steering wheel
    control interface. May as well factor that into the price of your decision,
    without it you may end up with buyer's remorse.

    New HD / CD / iPod Receiver Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By GregS, Parker, CO on Monday, November 15, 2010

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    I am very happy with my new HD receiver. The reception is awesome and controls are
    fairly intuative for an old guy (almost 50). I am excited to have the USB connection and
    use my iPod often and really like it. I do wish there would be a rear USB connection so
    that a more permenant / clean install cable can be installed for a remote store/location
    for the iPod. The only feature I assumed the unit would have, but does not - is a clock,
    but if it came down to a clock or channel information being displayed, I would vote for the
    channel info that scrolls across the display. OVERALL GREAT UNIT - and easy install.
    Now I might have to purchase updated speakers.....

    DEh 5200

    Written By Nissan Frontier 2001 S/C, Visalia,California on Friday, October 01, 2010

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    This unit has a pretty aggressive lookl. HD radio built in is awesome loving it, Ipod Control and USB drive feature is the best of it. A lot of people saying about it reads the songs backward but i think that how it is. Just put your songs by folder when u store it in your flash drive (e.g love song, hiphop, and rock). I did it by genre and it was awesome. Its only one push to look for songs. the up and down on the cursor are for folders and the right and left are for the track of your songs. Its pretty neat and organized.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By IsaacB, Poconos, PA on Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Positives: Installation a breeze. Tech support is excellent. Great sound from CD and radio,
    looks good, loaded with features, usb port in front a big plus. Negatives: preset buttons are
    rocker type and small; can be awkward when trying to preset stations. The controls are not
    the easiest to use while underway. Small writing and very sensitive to the touch make
    adjustments impossible underway. The navigation of settings is confusing at times. All in
    all a good buy for the $$$...

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By mitcha, marion nc on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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    Amazing reception of radio stations nice features. Excellent value when purchased from
    crutchfield every thing you need to install comes with it very simple to wire. everything fit
    perfectly .

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By joselito, los angeles,ca on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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    very good radio lot of funtions will recomend good price

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By BILL, Austin Arkansas on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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    Would Give it five stars only menu function a little complicated
    Other than that Great sound WORKS as advertised

    Nice features

    Written By PJ, Chicago, IL on Friday, September 17, 2010

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    Bought this radio to upgrade the stock in my '97 Camry. First, the Crutchfield tech staff
    was excellent. Answered questions prior to ordering and before installation with
    patience and detailed instructions.

    Installation was easy, took about an hour. Nothing tricky.

    The radio fits the dash okay. Had to tweak the trim piece to make it fit with the bezel in
    my car. If this were a new car I would not be real happy with the fit, but then again I might
    have taken more time adjusting the trim piece.

    Features are great. Lots of presets. HD is a big upgrade in my metropolitan area. The
    push buttons are small, but once you know where they are they are fine. Sound is an
    upgrade over the old radio, despite the 13 year old speakers being driven.

    Things I don't like: 1. The knob for controlling volume is used for tuning, but you don't
    twist it, you push it from side to side like a joy stick. I wonder when/if this is going to
    break. 2. The knob does not stick out very much making it hard to grab.

    good CD, lost FM stations

    Written By Gordon M, Lakeport, MI on Monday, September 13, 2010

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    The CD player is great, however, I lost two favorite FM rock stations from Detroit. How do I tune in stations for better reception? Is there a clock anywhere?

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By RichB, Lunenburg, MA on Monday, September 06, 2010

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    Great Service. I was replacing an OEM radio in my motorhome and the staff
    helped me find the right kit to replace the existing radio.

    The Pioneer was great, good reception, great sound quality from radio and CD.
    The ride is a bit harsh and the CD plays through every type of road surface. The
    HD Radio is very noticeable when stopped, not so much while underway, but in a
    very quiet car the sound quality can be appreciated.

    Setup to get the best sound took a bit of time, but once set it sounds great.
    The controls are not the easiest to use while underway. Small writing and very
    sensitive to the touch make adjustments impossible underway. The remote is much
    easier to use than the head controls. I also received the wheel remote which
    has all the controls and is right at my fingertip.

    I have an older iPod so the front mount mini-plug input was nice, I will be
    getting a newer iPod so I can use all the controls.

    Very nice HD and XM receiver

    Written By Tom A., Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, September 03, 2010

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    I like this radio a whole lot more than the Sony that had previously. This unit is more tunable
    for sound mix and very easy to use and operate while driving (Shhh).

    Good sound, but iPod navigation is troublesome

    Written By Daniel F, San Jose, CA on Sunday, August 29, 2010

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    Bought it replace the stock CD player in my Focus 2007. The sound is much better, with
    clear treble and excellent bass. The feature to improve the compressed Ipod sound is
    also very good. However, controlling the Ipod is kind of hard. It is very complicated to
    drive while pressing the M.C. button on the unit, which requires precision. And the remote
    control provided with it (so we can control the unit without removing hand from the
    steering wheel) is missing the Search button and the "turn" feature in the M.C....
    The navigation itself is not intuitive. One could say: how about controlling the Ipod from
    itself? That does not work on generation 5 Ipods, which is what I happen to have.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By MustangFan, Chantilly VA on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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    Replaced a MACH 460 head unit with this one and it made a HUGE difference in my 2002 Mustang GT. The supplied wiring harness made it real easy - just splice the wires per the diagram - all wire colors matched - and pop it in the dash.

    Once you get the setup correct the sound is very clean and the bass is unreal using the stock amps and an iPod as input. Just make sure you set the rear speakers to "full" and the preamp "on" (there are two places to turn the preamp on in setup) to get the best sound. Its a little confusing with that part of the setup. There are plenty of equalizer bands to tweak the sound for your car. Volume control on unit is touchy while driving - sometimes you get volume or hit a bump and you get settings. I use the remote now and that works a lot better.

    Not that impressed with the HD radio - I guess I expected more variety and a greater impact on the sound - so far though its just not there - its not the radio's fault. I think the HD marketing is bigger than the actual HD broadcast.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By kicker49, rockwall, tx on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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    bought this to replace stock unit. it was easy to install with included adapters and instruction. sound great and the hd radio is the only way to go. installed with alpine mpr 300 amp and infinity kaapa speakers in front and back.

    All around good experience

    Written By Mike, Seymour, CT on Sunday, May 30, 2010

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    I ordered this along with the GEX-P920 XM receiver to replace the factory radio and
    Audiovox XM radio in my 2001 Tundra. Installation was very easy with Crutchfield's
    instructions and adapters. I am extremely pleased with the unit and the XM receiver. This
    was my first order from Crutchfield but definitely not my last!

    Still coming back after 25 years

    Written By GizmoWizard, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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    I bought this DEH-P5200UB to put in a '91 Previa that came to me with a big hole in the dash where the stock radio had been. Crutchfield's Previa-specific instructions were very helpful during installation - I'd have probably broken stuff without them.

    This was not my first Crutchfield purchase. I bought a Craig Powerplay from them back in the mid-70's for my '61 Chevy Bel Air, and its whopping (for its day) 12 watts of power made it quite the bodacious drive-in rig.

    The P5200 sounds great, looks great, and so far, seems easy to use. I bought a DEH-P6800MP about four years ago (also from Crutchfield, of course) that is still installed in another car in my fleet, so I'm familiar with the toggle-knob control paradigm. I wish the P5200 had a rear USB, which accounts my docking it one star in the rating. I'll get a right-angle adapter. (hint, hint... Offer this as an accessory).

    Things have come a long way from the Craig Powerplay. I know that Crutchfield will keep up, and I'll keep coming back so long as I can still hear music.

    Great Tuner for the Price and Looks Great at Night!

    Written By sshark74, Seattle, WA on Friday, May 07, 2010

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    I wanted to change the stereo in my 2002 Corvette from the stock unit and retain the speakers and Crutchfield had components to do it. I installed this Unit and as usual Pioneer was sensational. I can control my Ipod from the head unit with no issues, HD radio is superb. I have other cars with Satellite Radio, but the crystal clear sound of the HD Radio with this unit Rocks! The install was average, a few things they forgot to tell in the instruction sheets, but I was able to figure it out. A good deal for the money.

    The display looks great at night and the sound is superior to the stock deck. I'd suggest this unit if you want a low cost unit that looks and sounds like it cost more.


    Written By BG, Hampton Roads, VA on Thursday, April 29, 2010

    I ordered this for my 2005 Honda S2000 and am very pleased. I had it professionally installed since I am not allowed to play with tools. This model was recommended by the installer who was also did a great job because he soldered and shrink wraped all of the connections. Contrary to what I had been told, there was NOT a small gap around the edge of the HU and the flip up door that hides the receiver on the Honda did NOT have to be removed, which was also a great bonus. For $20 more than the the next lower model you get HD radio which is so nice!
    So far I have been VERY happy with this unint especially after replacing the factory speakers with the speakers recommended by Crutchfiled.
    The controls are a bit complicated but I am sure I will have them mastered in another day or two.

    Pioneer DEH-P5200HD

    Written By Nelson, Sarasota FL on Thursday, March 18, 2010

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    I returned this deck today. I had it in my car for 2 days and hated it. The sound was pretty
    good but not easily adjusted the controls are not very intuitive. The joystick control was
    the most aggravating part. When adjusting the volume it wasn't linear, you run past
    several clicks and the volume doesn't follow. Also its way to easy to navigate past where
    you want to go with it. Adjusting the bass and treble is just about impossible. It has great
    preset EQ settings and memory for 2 custom ones. You can't adjust bass or treble on
    the fly. Some music may be more bottom heavy and you just want to ease up on the
    bass but you can't do that without navigating through all sorts of menus. The display
    was clear and easy to read but the red buttons are not. You can't see what any of them
    say, the lettering is way too small and the red makes them blend together. When I tried
    taking the faceplate off it felt like I was doing something wrong and was going to break it.
    The only pluses I cand think of are that you can control the iPod from the deck or iPod
    itself and the sound quality was pretty good. Crutchfied has a great return policy so back
    to the drawing board.

    The Best Ever!!!!!

    Written By Kenny, Waldorf,Md on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    As expected from crutchfield and pioneer!! The best sound i've heard come out of my speakers and subs in a long time. The clarity is just as good as alpine but without the price tag! HD radio works like a charm and the front usb port is a plus too. Well plain and simple you should enjoy this radio or you should save up your money and get it. It's worth every penny!

    Good Sound, Easy Control

    Written By Joseph, Littleton, CO on Sunday, March 07, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like most people, all of the music on my iPod is in compressed (AAC) format. This unit makes it sound almost as good as if I were listening to it on CD's. The controls are easy and intuitive once you take a second to learn them. Being able to control the songs from the iPod, the stereo, or the remote means that anyone in the car can be the DJ, without being in the driver's way or reaching.
    The built-in HD radio is nice, but one of my favorite features is the iTunes Tagging. It doesn't require any thought or process: just press the tag button, and it automatically transfers the name of the selection to your iPod whenever it is hooked up next. This is especially helpful with Jazz and Classical Music, when you might not be able to recognize vocals right away and the name might be something obscure or hard to remember.
    This was the first stereo I installed myself, and with Crutchfield's included kit, it went super-smoothly. I had only one small question about the connection, and I called and had it answered immediately and thoroughly.

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (CXE2758)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 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)
    • Limited Warranty Information (Eng/Fre)

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.2 volts
    Display Color OEL White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Front/Opt.Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-P5200HD 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 USB input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. The DEH-P5200HD also offers a built-in HD Radio tuner so you can listen to digital AM/FM stations. 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. In addition, the DEH-P5200HD includes an IR remote control for wireless operation and offers factory steering remote control compatibility (optional adapter required).

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. You can turn off the warning tone. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    OEL Display: The DEH-P5200HD features a black background with a 1-line, 12-character white OEL 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.

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

    Dimmer: The headunit's display brightness can be set to High or Low for day or nighttime driving.

    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 Multi-Control button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-P5200HD 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.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the DEH-P5200HD 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-P5200HD 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)

    7-Way Rotary Commander: The Pioneer DEH-P5200HD features a 7-Way Rotary Commander for easy control. You can scroll through your music and audio settings with greater ease using the 7-way rotary commander.

    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-P5200HD is equipped with a 5-band (100Hz, 315Hz, 1.25kHz, 3.15kHz, and 8kHz) EQ with 5 preset EQ settings: Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, and Flat. There are also two Custom modes which allow you manually adjust the headunit's 5-band EQ from +/- 6dB.

    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.

    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: 0dB to +12dB).

    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.

    Dual 2.2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-P5200HD features two pair of 2.2-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear). The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as a dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer output 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.

    Radio Functions

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-P5200HD's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio in the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-quality sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    iTunes Tagging: The headunit's built-in HD Radio tuner offers iTunes Tagging. It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your iPod connected to the headunit. iTunes Tagging gives you the ability to "tag" your favorite HD Radio songs and store the information on your connected iPod; without having to scramble for a piece of scrap paper in the car. Then later you can connect your iPod/iPhone to your PC and preview or purchase the "tagged" music at the iTunes Music Store. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.

    Note: iTunes Tagging is supported by the following iPod/iPhone models -  iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Supertuner IIID 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.

    Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is "Off", reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.

    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 level 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.

    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.

    Disc Playback

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

    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.

    Note: When playing compressed audio, there is no sound during fast-forward or reverse.

    Name/Track Title List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA/AAC folders and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Track Title List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    Front-Panel USB Input: The unit's front-panel USB type-A input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and/or WAV 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, AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 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, 1500 folders, and 15000 files per USB device are recognized by this unit.

    Note: USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or on.

    iPod Interface: The DEH-P5200HD can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports select iPods with a standard Dock Connector. You can connect your iPod using the unit's front-panel USB input (a dock connector-to-USB cable, such as the one supplied with your iPod, or the optional 130CDIU50, is required). 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, or album searches. You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song, all songs, or specific folders. The headunit 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-P5200HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Software Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 4.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 3.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 4.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-P5200HD 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. AUX must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source.

    2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the front panel mini-jack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The optional CD-RB10 (130CDRB10, sold separately) lets you connect another auxiliary component 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.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    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.

    Remote Control: The DEH-P5200HD comes with an IR wireless remote control (CXE2758). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. The mute button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90% (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

    Steering Wheel Control: The PAC SWI-PS steering wheel remote interface (127SWIPS, sold separately) is compatible with this head unit. The SWI-PS interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles with a Pioneer head unit with wired remote capability. The SWI-PS is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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