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by Ken Nail
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

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

You'll enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth capability and wealth of playback options with Pioneer's FH-P8000BT CD receiver. And it fits perfectly in the double-size opening found in many dashboards.

This versatile receiver plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, controls a satellite radio tuner, and features a USB input, built-in iPod® controls, and a rear auxiliary input. 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. The Sound Retriever feature livens up flat-sounding music files by restoring information lost in compression, and you can use the 7-band equalizer to find the perfect tonal balance for your music. And you'll be able to make and receive calls through the stereo, without having to fumble around for your Bluetooth phone.

The receiver's clean design keeps operation refreshingly simple. The easy-to-use Rotary Commander interface locates your favorite songs or changes system settings with a touch of a button and a twist of the large control knob. System information, menus, and song titles show up bright and clear on the cool blue, 3-line LCD display. The 10-key wireless remote offers extensive fingertip control over your system while you drive, or you can add an optional adapter to control the receiver with your factory steering wheel controls.

Connect amplifiers and subwoofers to the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs to build a high-powered car audio system. High-pass and low-pass filters let you adjust the range of frequencies you send to your speaker setup.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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

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.

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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 (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files)
    • 3-line display with blue LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 7-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • Sound Retriever for improving sound of compressed music files
    • low-pass (preamp outs) and high-pass (speaker and preamp outs) filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • Bluetooth built in
    • 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 satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: rear auxiliary input, rear USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other info:

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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
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Organic EL
    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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    Adapter required
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear/Opt.Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius or XM
    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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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless Remote Control (CXC9115)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Trim bezel
    • 59" USB extension cable (has male Type A USB on one end and female Type A USB on the other end)
    • Microphone with attached 13.25' cord (terminated into a right-angle 2.5mm sub-miniplug)
    • Plastic visor clip for microphone
    • Double-sided tape (1/2" x 7/8')
    • 8 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 8 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Operation Manual on CD-ROM (English/French)
    • Quick Start Guide (English)
    • Quick Start Guide (French)
    • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty sheet (English/French)
    • Information to User sheet
    • Operating Environment sheet
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Overview: The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is a double-DIN, AM/FM/CD receiver that can also play MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC files on disc as well. It has a rear panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a rear panel USB 2.0 Full Speed input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. The receiver also has built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology for the playback of Bluetooth Audio devices and pairing with Bluetooth Telephones. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (with an optional satellite radio tuner and antenna), and a multi-CD player. See section below on External Device Controls for details on compatibility.

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

    Display Features

    Blue OEL Display: The FH-P8000BT features a black background with a three-line blue Organic ElectroLuminescent (Organic EL) 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. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

    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. When the unit is off but the ignition is on, the button illumination will light up when the vehicle's headlights are turned on.

    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.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the FH-P8000BT 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 FH-P8000BT 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 FH-P8000BT 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.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When Advanced 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 FH-P8000BT is equipped with a 7-band parametric EQ with 7 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 12dB at 2dB intervals. A Custom1 curve can be created for each source, while a Custom2 curve can be created that is common to all sources. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Center Frequencies: 50, 125, 315, 800, 2k, 5k, and 12.5k Hz
    • Preset EEQ Settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom1, Custom2, 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)

    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 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.

    High Pass Filter: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear 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.

    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 (+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.

    Radio Functions

    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 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.

    Note: The unit will only display 8 characters at a time, and will scroll up to 16 characters.

    Disc Playback

    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.

    List Button: The List button on the front panel allows you to the track 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.

    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.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    iPod Interface: The FH-P8000BT can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports only iPods with a standard Dock Connector. (Please see compatibility list below for your model and software version.) You can connect the iPod using the unit's USB input; a dock connector to USB cable, such as the one supplied with your iPod, or the optional 130CDIU50 (sold separately) is required. When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself (some iPods cannot be controlled in this manner). 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, and album searches. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model functions (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Software Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    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 N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.1 Y N 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 N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G N/A N N N N N N N
    3G N/A N N N N N N N
    3GS N/A N N N N N N N
    4 N/A N N N N N N N
    4S N/A N N N N N N N

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

    USB Input: In addition to connecting an iPod, the rear panel USB input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. USB Memory between 250MB and 250GB that are formatted in FAT32 or FAT16 are compatible.

    Auxiliary Input: The FH-P8000BT is equipped with a rear 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 rear panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The CD-RB10 lets you connect one auxiliary component, and the CD-RB20 lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 10-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Solution: The FH-P8000BT is equipped with Pioneer's new Built-in Bluetooth Solution. You can make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver. When you're not utilizing hands-free calling, you can use Bluetooth Wireless Technology to control and listen to a Bluetooth audio player.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones are compatible.

    Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip.

    Phone Pairing: Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible cell phones can be registered to this head unit. You can transfer your entire phonebook at a single time to the head unit, which can memorize up to 3600 different numbers (400 persons x 3 contacts x 3 phone types).

    Echo Cancellation: The receiver offers three levels of Advanced Echo Cancellation to keep phone calls sounding loud and clear.

    Bluetooth Audio Players: In addition to supporting Bluetooth's Hands-Free Profile (HFP), the head unit also supports Bluetooth's wireless Audio Streaming Profile (A2DP) and Bluetooth's Audio Control Profile (AVRCP). These features allow you to wirelessly transmit music from your Bluetooth compatible cell-phone or portable audio player to the FH-P8000BT so you can listen to your stored music files through your vehicle's audio system.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The FH-P8000BT comes with a wireless remote control (CXC9115). 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%.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

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

     

     
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    Still Bangin

    Written By jw, Jackson, Ms on Sunday, December 01, 2013
     
    Still bangin since '08.If you can find one new in box or just scratch and dent, disregard it's year model. It still competes with newer units.
    Pros:
    -3 preamps -BT compatible with Jelly Bean and iOS whatever -Loss of remote does not functionality of playing music
    Cons:
    -Loss of remote does interrupt functionality of making and receiving phone calls -Faceplate scratches easily so be careful
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    5 out of 5

    2010 Subaru Forester

    Written By MikeP, Millsboro, DE on Sunday, September 23, 2012
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    Thanks to Crutchfield, installation went well. Worked first time. Looks really nice in the dash. Nice sound quality. Blue tooth links up immediately. We have an LG cell phone and had trouble pairing the phone. Crutchfield walked us through it. Works great. Rear usb allowed us to put our ipod in the glove box and eliminate the front wire. Much cleaner look
    Pros:
    Blue tooth; rear usb
    Cons:
    Owner's manual can get confusing.
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    2 out of 5

    iphone mess

    Written By attila, Seattle, WA on Monday, September 03, 2012
     
    Just a bit of warning about this unit. Since apple updated its iphone OS it will initially connect its audio bluetooth and play all the music you want. However, after that it will no longer play any audio, but it will let you use the telephone option with no problem. So it pairs with the phone, but loses its audio function. The way around this is to select the nokia connection then on the phone while its trying to connect select the radio's name option under the bluetooth. Seems like you have to do this every time..bummer.
    Pros:
    Nice options for the money
    Cons:
    Won't connect to iphone correctly after initial connection
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic, great value for money

    Written By Curtis, Cape Cod, MA on Monday, August 13, 2012
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    Great head unit. All the features you could need, and at a great price. The bluetooth is crisp and clear, sound quality is awesome. The only issues are that its control scheme, while intuitive for the most part, isn't 100% easy to use. Although the remote does make it easier, with shortcut buttons for audio/eq/function adjustments. The other thing is it took me having to use google to finally figure out how to adjust the clock - as the manual comes in a CD form, and my laptop doesn't have a CD drive...

    Overall its a great produce, and once you get past the mildly confusing initial setting adjustments its simple to operate.
    Pros:
    Looks great - flush and stock feel. All inputs in rear to avoid messy clutter coming from dash. Clear Bluetooth sound. Great audio sound.
    Cons:
    Initial setting adjustments can be a bit cumbersome. Installation takes a little longer than anticipated.
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    5 out of 5

    pioneer stereo

    Written By raye, kentucky on Saturday, August 11, 2012
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    the stereo is great my only problem was programming the stereo.
    Pros:
    nice sound
    Cons:
    hard to program
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By KS, Long Island on Monday, July 16, 2012
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    What a great radio! Sound is clear! Would recommend to all!
    Pros:
    Sound Quality is awsome!
    Cons:
    Sometimes it can be tough to program but figured it out.
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    3 out of 5

    Hard to program

    Written By Lincoln, Sonora Ca. on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
     
    It is very hard and confusing to program. ...granted I am an old guy, but I am computer literate and i had another pioneer receiver in my old car, which was great. It just shouldn't be this difficult. Im sorry i bought it for this reason.
    Pros:
    everything except the programing
    Cons:
    Programing
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    4 out of 5

    better sound than stock

    Written By meep, No. Al on Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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    I wanted a unit that focused on sound quality and reliable performance. BT was a must, iPod control a must. Quad outputs to interface to the oem JBL output stage required.

    I have always found pioneer to have a natural presence in the high frequencies, without much digital or harmonic noise, and this unit is no exception. The unit sounds breathless and at ease. There is perhaps a bit of distortion at the very upper end, but at this level it's hard to tell if it's the equipment or the recording. But I'm being picky--- it sounds very good, certainly better than the oem toyota (panasonic).

    As others have said, the simple face blends better with the oem dash. I don't want my dash to look like a circus drawn in vibrant crayola. It would be nice if the backlighting could be something other than blue. Typical pioneer interface-- menu-heavy, but not bad once you're used to it. Passengers (spouses) are not going to adapt well to it.

    Bluetooth calling is excellent. Transmission SQ is slightly better than my iphone's built in speakerphone mic. Easy to understand the caller through the vehicle speakers. No problems pairing.

    BlueTooth audio- can't get it to work. I'd be ok if all I can get it to do is push from the iphone thru the deck, sans controls. no go, won't connect.

    ipod control. hard to beat apple's interface. but this is usable. SQ is great. Picks up where you left off. It did lock up the ipod classic when connected overnight. this will be a deal-breaker.
    Pros:
    Sound Quality, BlueTooth SQ, Ipod integration (cabled). Uncluttered appearance, rich feature set. Usable EQ.
    Cons:
    iPod has already frozen while connected. streaming BT audio doesn't work with iphone 4. you're stuck with blue backlighting. a few more buttons would be helpful for easier access. multi-function wheel will be the first thing to wear out. limited backlight dimming--- and the alleged downloadable FW update isn't available on pioneer's website. Earlier pioneer units (and cheaper ones) let you change the EQ frequencies. this one does not. The manual reads like English is not the primary language.
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    3 out of 5

    User interface could be improved

    Written By Tin Gold, Cerritos, CA on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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    Installed this stereo in my wife's 2001 Camry. Installation went smoothy without a hitch and it looked good. Unfortunately, had to remove and return this stereo because it required too much attention to operate. It wasn't as intuitive to operate so the (not so clear) manual had to be studied. Operation of the center knob was the only control that was easy to use. The buttons surrounding the knob are too flush with the front panel and made operation with long finger nails very difficult. The legends on the other buttons were too small to read so the location and function basically had to be memorized. The front panel lighting dims when the headlights are turned on but doesn't dim very much. At night, the panel lighting is too bright. Bluetooth pairing with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Skyrocket phone was easy. For phone calls, a nice feature was that the left/right balance can be adjusted so that the other person's voice can come from the right front speaker. This setting is saved only for phone calls so when you hang up the phone, the balance goes back to the original stereo setting. Calls are otherwise clear except a slight alternator whine can be heard by the person on the other end. Stereo sound was great and the sensitivity of Pioneer's super tuner was excellent. Might have kept this stereo if it had a more intuitive and fingernail friendly user interface.
    Pros:
    Great sound, Sensitive FM tuner, Able to set a separate balance setting for phone calls, Bluetooth pairing was easy and connects up on quickly after the ignition is turned on.
    Cons:
    Panel lighting is too bright a night, Button legends are too small, Buttons are not fingernail friendly,
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent radio

    Written By pioneer fh-p8000bt, pr on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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    Excellent radio with very good sound. I recomend it.
    Pros:
    Excellent radio with very good soud.
    Cons:
    No have botton to memory station.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Written By RJ, Chelsea, MI on Saturday, June 30, 2012
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    This unit is as inexpensive as it gets if you want a rear USB port and direct connect for an iPod. Pioneer makes excellent equipment. I have several AVH-4200 touch screen units in my other vehicles, and this unit is not nearly as easy to use as those. Example, it takes three moves to make the iPod go to "Pause", and good luck setting the clock without the manual. That's not at all intuitive. But the cost differential more than makes up for this. Using the remote does simplify the ease of use. If you are on a low budget but want rear USB, this is the unit I would recommend.
    Pros:
    low cost, rear USB, works with standard iPod cable, good sound quality, looks nice.
    Cons:
    Too many steps to get to "Pause" for the iPod, setting the clock isn't intuitive.
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT BUY

    Written By rob, antioch,ca on Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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    i installed it in my 07 silverado and it sounds great. i love the 3 RCA outs works great with my 5 channel amp i'm still trying to figure out all it does. some things are not clear in the 80 page manual. having the ipod/iphone link is awesome i can control it all with the remote. happy i bought it
    Cons:
    instuctions for operation a little long
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    5 out of 5

    Great, solid radio. Quality and functionality over gimmicks.

    Written By zemonn, Dayton, OH on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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    This is the second car I've purchased the Pioneer FH-P8000BT for. The first was a Toyota 4Runner. I loved the functions, simplicity of design, and build quality. Also, the fact that the iPod audio is decoded in the head unit avoids issues with iPod amps. Bluetooth works great, as do all the functions. When I sold the 4Runner and bought a van I found myself missing the radio and so bought another one for our van. Even though it's been years since I bought the first one, I still couldn't find another stereo that matched the quality...and that really says something. Also, I purchased ooth Pioneers (for the 4Runner and most recently for the Sienna) through Crutchfield and found their manuals and installation gear to work great. This is why I will stick with Pioneer and Crutchfield for an end-to-end stereo solution.
    Pros:
    High quality sound. Nice list of solid features. Clean install. Really can't beat the value of this radio if you want a quality product.
    Cons:
    If you want more of a flashy interface or are looking for DVD playback/Navigation this radio is not for you.
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    4 out of 5

    fit my needs perfectly

    Written By R0b0con, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, April 30, 2012
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    Great, simple unit to get decent pre-outs and some advance functionality in a double DIN without drawing too much attention.
    Pros:
    simple and easy to use, good sound quality, love the streaming bluetooth functionality.
    Cons:
    display doesn't seem to dim much at all when lights are turned on.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Mike, Long Island on Sunday, April 29, 2012
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    Very pleased with the radio for the most part. The price is absolutely right and the fact that it was made specifically for my car was even better. Installation was seamless using the factory radio brackets and the cars original trim piece without cutting, or modifying. Running the wires for the bluetooth phone mic and the usb cable was the annoying part. It takes time to figure out how to route them from behind the stereo to someplace usable without drilling holes in plastic or having to remove multiple trim panels. Truthfully I was expecting the AUX port and USB to be in the front of the radio, not behind buried inside the dash. Small inconveniences but inconveniences nonetheless. Works with iPod or iPhone and controls/charges the device. Also downloads your phone book to the stereo.
    Pros:
    Stereo is very easy to use and install, comes with plenty of extra options and is XM satellite ready. A great buy for the money and fits exactly into a Toyota Avalon dash without a modifying kit.
    Cons:
    The plug ins for the bluetooth mic, the USB cable and two auxiliary ports are in the rear of the radio. You have to install them when you install the radio and then figure out how to route the wires to the front of the paneling neatly without drilling holes in plastic or leaving them just hanging out on the floor or draped across the dashboard.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By Dave, Clifton,va on Friday, April 20, 2012
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    Easy install, sounds good, looks good and works well with my iPod and octane Bluetooth phone. Like the fact I can turn the display off at night. It comes back on when a change is made.
    Pros:
    Cool
    Cons:
    The manual could use a little help.
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    5 out of 5

    A Happy Camper

    Written By Paul, Washington on Monday, April 16, 2012
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    After deciding to finally upgrade my stock stereo (after tape/CD player went out lol) I did alot of looking. Looking at features, cost, accesories and the most inmportant...customer reviews. After compounding mounds of info....this unit stood out. It has all the features I was looking for. From the pre-outs to the aux/usb inputs. The bluetooth is a major plus for this unit, especially for the price. Plenty of cord for the mic which was nice. No need to limit yourself on where you want to put it. I love the 7 band eq along with seperate sub control, that is priceless. It makes finding the right sound balance that much easier. Getting to know the controls took about 2 hours of exploring to get the hang of it.. It did take me longer to set the clock then to set up my cell phone. :) I love the sound quality this unit has, even with my stock speakers. I can say that Pioneer hasn't slacked off on quality the last 20 yrs since I had my last one. Gotta give props to Crutchfield for having all the nessesary wiring and spacers for an easy install and very nice fit. The also sent along diagrams on how to replace my stock speakers!!! SWEET!!!!!!! :)
    Pros:
    Pre-outs, bluetooth, audio adjustments, looks, USB/AUX inputs, best bang for the buck
    Cons:
    ummmmmmmmmm......Crutchfield didnt send a rep over to install it for me :)
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    4 out of 5

    Solid & Safe Choice for Low End OEM Replacement

    Written By DaveN, Detroit, MI on Monday, March 19, 2012
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    After resolving some issues with the GM-LAN-03 that was needed to hook this into my 2010 Chevy HHR, my experience has been really positive. I listen to a wide range of jazz - from pure acoustic to fusion - and the sound is very good. Now the weakness in the chain are the factory speakers, which are next on the replacement list.

    After spending time working for OnStar, I came to appreciate the convenience and safety of hands free calling. The Bluetooth feature with the audio mic mounted on my steering column works perfectly. I hear the who I am talking with over the speakers and - best of all - they can hear me more clearly than when I used a Bluetooth headset.

    A lot of my music collection goes with me on an iPod nano. I have my Pioneer set-up with the USB cable routed to the glove box. I just plug in my iPod, close the glove box, and use the head unit controls to locate artists, songs, and playlists. When I switch to another source and come back the iPod, it picks up where I left off.

    A major buying criteria was to get a unit that I could plug an XM receiver into. The GEX-P920XM took about 15 minutes to figure out, route the antenna wire, and plug the XM box into the head unit with a single cable. I think it sounds just as good, if not better than the myriad of XM receivers I had on my GM company cars.

    On the downside the controls take a bit getting used to. I'm still finding golden nuggets in the operations manual. That said, I'm very happy with my choice.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth hands free calling, plug-in XM radio support, iPod controls, and great sound.
    Cons:
    The user interface takes a bit of getting used to. RTFM (read the freakin' manual).
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    3 out of 5

    Decent mid-level head unit

    Written By JoeF, CoSpgs on Saturday, March 17, 2012
     
    I bought the 8000BT last year because my car has a double-din opening and I'm not concerned with DVD or nav features. I've use Pioneer decks for about 15 years, so I stuck with Pioneer. For basic radio/cd playback, the 8000BT is solid. I also have used the bluetooth feature for phone calls and streaming music from my Android phone. Call quality is good - I can hear the other person, and I haven't had any complaints from the person on the other end. I found shortcomings of the 8000BT in 2 areas: sound adjustment and USB playback. Compared to a factory deck, the sound adjustment of the 8000BT is a big step forward. Compared to my 5 year old, single DIN Pioneer DEH-780MP, it's a huge step back. My older Pioneer has 15 EQ bands to the 8000BT's 7. The 780MP has time alignment which is totally absent on the 8000BT. A few years ago, Pioneer dropped its Premier line and cut a lot of features from their remaining decks. The 8000BT shows this. Fortunately, Pioneer is adding those features back to some of their 2012 head units. For USB playback, the 3-line display of the 8000BT is just adequate for selecting folders/tracks. When turned off, then back on, the 8000BT doesn't resume a track in the same spot - it skips back some amount I haven't been able to determine (perhaps a percent of the total track time). My biggest problem with USB is that the 8000BT doesn't correctly sort folders alphabetically. It seems to try, but still lists block of folders out of place.
    Pros:
    4V preamp out Bluetooth 7 band EQ is good (not great)
    Cons:
    3 line display is minimally functional for scrolling/selecting from attached USB doesn't know the alphabet doesn't measure up to Pioneers older or new head units
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT in 2007 Tundra

    Written By D. J, Smyrna, Tn on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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    Had ordered in dash navigation but sent it back because I just had a bad feeling about it and I have a hand held Garmin which works fine. I am so glad I did. This is a great addition to my Tundra. started by replacing the stock speakers, and dash tweeters, with Infinity. This made somewhat of an improvement but system still sounded muted due to factory stereo. I knew I needed a new head unit, but was hesitant because I liked the way the factory radio looked. After MUCH looking and delay of purchase I finally got this unit due to many positive reviews and I knew I was safe buying from Crutchfield because of good return policy. Got a Kicker sub and made custom box for under back seat and mono amp for it. Had both of these fully hooked up and wires run three weeks before I bought the Pioneer. The wiring was pretty straight forward (had done it once before), just take your time and follow paperwork provided. The kicker was the glossy black dash kit that came with it, as I was worried it would not match my existing dash...perfect match! i am actually happier with this new look than the factory radio I replaced. Love the bluetooth feature and Ipod hidden in glove box now. This Pioneer really sounds great. As I was installing my wife said the sub really sounds good and I told her I dont have it connected yet. When i did...BOOM! It is true it does take a lot of time getting used to main control knob. Also, mostly operate with remote control now and I think is safer
    Pros:
    Appearance, sound quality, features, sound retriever function for Ipod, modestly priced, blue tooth, display can be turned off easlily for night driving
    Cons:
    Only blue light display, does not dim very much for night driving, remote has to be directly in front unit to pick up signal,
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT in 2006 Sante Fe

    Written By Josh, Albany, GA on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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    So far one of my favorite receivers. It has a great look to it but also a kind of stock look to it. So I feel better about getting it especially for the fact it might not be as flashy and might deter theft. The sound controls will over whelm you at first because this unit allows you to control all the aspects of sound going to your speakers. The remote buttons are small but for the most part a nice remote control. It does take time to learn the total iPod control as well as using the blue tooth so make sure you read the manual. But after working the controls you will have crystal clear sound stock speakers or not. And if you don't like messing with thous kinds of things than you have 7 different band equalizers you can use. I installed the unit with 2 sets of sound ordnance speakers, and 2 15's and a 2400watt amp. I love the sound I'm getting, I cannot distort the low's over my high's. It is absolutely perfect. Not to mention the blue tooth is really nice as well. Worth 300 bucks so get it. iPod control is worth getting it too.
    Pros:
    Blue tooth, ipod control, sound quality, and coolness.
    Cons:
    Gotta read the manuel
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT IN 2004 RX8 WITH BOSE

    Written By ROBERTS,D, VIRGINIA BEACH,VA on Thursday, February 23, 2012
     
    Great radio i have used sony radios in the past in my own vehicle but have envied the sound of pioneers in my friends cars. This radio has all the great features the 7 band eq allows you to adjust lows, mids, and highs and specifically tells you what frequency you are adjusting. The bright blue display looks great at night although i must say that actually font for buttons could be larger. I have used the bluetooth feature and well i have the microphone behind the radio never even bothered routing it and my wife ssays she can here me fine. So i must say the bluetooth is great. I am currently using this radion on a 2004 rx8 which had the original bose system. This system comes with 9" subwoofers in the front doors the only reason i upgraded is because my cd player stopped working. Now the i have ipod use and a cd player. The ipod feature is great but it isnt recomended gor the iphone and i agree you can't navigate anything but the music with the unit. So for ipods it is great you can search playlist,artist, or song from the unit. Which is great with a 100+ gigs of music.
    Pros:
    Great sound great bluetooth good eq good ipod control
    Cons:
    features are difficult to find(must read owners manual) not iphone friendly font on buttons too small
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Written By Jay B, DYT Ohio on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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    Awesome radio I highly recommend to anybody Bluetooth phenomenal
    Pros:
    Everything about it
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Written By David, Memphis, TN on Monday, February 13, 2012
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    A little hard to see, small graphics on the unit but not the display. The remote is easier to use than the buttons/functions on the unit but the remote does not light up so night time use is a little distracting.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Written By Smokinjoe, Maryland on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    Awesome sound, to me any stereo has to have a way to tweak the sound to the way I like it. While most brands boast a whole 2 or 3 band eq (whoopie!!!), Pioneer puts a 7 band graphic in most of theirs (thank you!). On top of that there is a Sound Retrieve funtion that really does put life back into mp3s. Bluetooth music streaming is the best out of any other stereo I've had. The sleek styling comes at a price though, alot of features are hidden and for the first time in a decade I HAD to use the manual. Oh well I learn fast. All around great unit.
    Pros:
    A2DP, 7 band eq, great sound, great looks
    Cons:
    some features hard to find w/o manual, love blue but would be nice to change backlight color
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    4 out of 5

    Great features for the price

    Written By Anonymous, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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    So far, very pleased with this stereo. Large wealth of features for the price. I will review the features I use most frequently. Sound: The sound quality is excellent paired with my four Pioneer door speakers and twin JL subs and amp. It has a few preprogrammed EQs and two custom user EQs but I typically just leave it set flat. In iPod mode, it has a "Sound Retrieve" function that enhances the sound, which works quite nicely. You can turn this on or off. Interface: I don't listen to the radio often, so the lack of presets doesn't really bother me. It took a little while to figure out the dial, but it ended up being quite intuitive. Friends do tend to have trouble manipulating the controls, if you don't explain them. Bluetooth: Paired flawlessly with my Droid phone. When it downloaded my phonebook, it also downloaded all of my Facebook contacts, many of which had no phone numbers. After I went in to my phone and changed the preferences to show only contacts with phone numbers and reset the phonebook on the stereo, this was fixed. Call clarity is great, only time I had anyone complain on the other end was during the pouring rain. My microphone is mounted above my rear view mirror. iPod control: Intuitive interface and great sound quality. The rear USB port is awesome, because I was able to hide the wire and leave the iPod in the glovebox. It does have a search function, which is nice with 2000 songs on your iPod.
    Pros:
    Great price for features Bluetooth is excellent and pairs flawlessly Rear iPod input, unit charges iPod, iPod can be left in glovebox out of sight. iPod control is similar to actual iPod. Great sound quality.
    Cons:
    Controls are a little confusing at first, especially to guests in the car. Display can be a bit bright at night, especially on dark roads, but the display can be turned off by holding the "clock button" for a few seconds. The display will come back on when you make adjustments and turn itself back off when you are done in this mode. Cannot see clock and iPod song titles simultaneously, you must toggle the display using the "clock" button.
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    3 out of 5

    Tuner reception

    Written By MikeB, Huntsville, AL on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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    I always love pioneer products, but this purchase might have been a mistake.
    Pros:
    It sounds wonderful, and is easy to use once you get the hang of it.
    Cons:
    Radio stations seem almost impossible to pick up now. At first I thought that I just didnt plug in the antena, but after checking it several times, its just the tuner sucks.
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    5 out of 5

    A great fit for my needs!

    Written By ShaneB, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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    The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is an excellent way to bring home all of the features of a luxury sound system, for an economical price. It was the perfect choice for my daily driven 2010 Honda Fit. The finish is nice, and complements the OEM look of the rest of the interior. I was able to route my usb drive through the back of the receiver to a hidden location in my upper glove box. The HD radio is clear and was simple to install. My favorite feature is the hands free phone talking. I would have never thought that an advanced feature like this would be so easy to install or simple to operate. The power and sound that go to the speakers are also of high quality, and are easy to modify with the equalizer. I have driven with this for 6 months and have never had a single issue with the system malfunctioning. Although this receiver has worked well for me, I have to agree with other users about the fact that initially it is a little complicated to navigate through the menu options. The main dial functions for most of the navigation around the menu and takes some getting used to. Also, although I enjoy having multiple options for tuning my system's sound, display, and play functions; some users might find the system overly complicated. I cannot speak about bluetooth audio streaming or the XM features as I have not tried these yet.
    Pros:
    Recommended for: Someone seeking a feature packed sound system for a reasonable price.
    Cons:
    Not recommended for: Someone looking for just a simple way to play cd's or listen to the radio.
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    5