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Our take on the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

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.

Packed with features
Check out the features you'll find on Pioneer's DEH-P8400BH CD receiver — Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for the best in radio sound, and Pioneer's MIXTRAX for DJ-style audio and visual effects. When you add in iPod® controls and a great-looking variable-color display, you're looking at a receiver that'll bring safety, convenience, and superb sound to your car.

Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

Bluetooth for safety and convenience
Pioneer's DEH-P8400BH mutes the music when a call comes in and displays the incoming number or contact name. Just press a button and talk — no fumbling for your phone. The receiver stores your phone book if you like, so outgoing calls are easy too. If you've got music on your phone, use audio streaming to send it to the receiver, with no wires to get tangled up.

HD Radio for unparalleled radio sound
HD Radio's sonic advantages are impressive — FM broadcasts that are near-CD quality, with AM that's as good as what you're used to on FM. And if your local HD Radio station employs multicasting, this Pioneer allows you to tune into multiple channels on the same frequency, so you'll have more entertainment choices. Plus, the iTunes® tagging feature lets your save song info when your iPod's connected, so you can purchase the tracks you like later.

Pioneer for great sound
At the heart of this receiver, the built-in amp delivers plenty of power for strong sound. You'll also find an impressive collection of sound-shaping controls. Pioneer's Easy EQ 5-band equalizer lets you adjust the sound to your car's interior, while the Advanced Sound Retriever reverses the compression process to give you more high-frequency sparkle and musical detail from your digital audio files.

Play your music and streaming sources
The DEH-P8400BH plays all your CDs, including those with MP3 and WMA files burned onto them. 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 iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter, using its own high-quality DAC to deliver your music files with the highest fidelity possible. When you plug your iPhone® into the USB port, you'll be able to take charge of your Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver. And this Pioneer's 1-amp USB port will charge your devices in record time.

Choose colors to match your car and your taste
The bright dot-matrix display displays all system information clearly, and you can adjust the display and control colors of this receiver separately, with thousands of possible combinations on tap. The DEH-P8400BH will blend right in, whatever the color of your car's control surfaces and dials.

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 Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

iPhone® 5 Note: You'll need to update this Pioneer receiver to enable Bluetooth control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 devices. This update requires a laptop with Bluetooth running Windows 7.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • detachable face with dot matrix LCD display, plus customizable display and key colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • 5-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • App Mode offers limited control of music apps through iPhone connection
    • compatible with satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and rear-panel USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front/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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    XM
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano7Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/N
    Touch
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    Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • External microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 5 Self-adhesive cable clamps
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)
    • Correction note

    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.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. If the front-panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. 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.

    Large Full-Dot LCD: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH features a 3-line, full-dot LCD which makes it easier to see what is playing in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3, WMA, AAC, and CD Text-encoded discs, HD Radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone. The contrast of the display can be set between 0 and 15.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 27 preset colors (White to Rose), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red, Blue, and Green brightness levels), or scan through various color settings (All/Warm/Ambient/Calm/Custom).

    MIXTRAX: MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX takes the music from your USB-connected iPod, iPhone, or other flash memory device and plays it back with added transitions and effects, creating a virtual DJ inside the DEH-P8400BH head unit (not compatible with iPod/App mode). The in-dash receiver's cool Club-Style Illumination function enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effects. As MIXTRAX begins, lights on the receiver start pulsing to the beat of the music, livening up your in-car entertainment. You can choose among six patterns of lighting color variation.

    Note: The MIXTRAX feature automatically turns the unit's Sound Retriever function Off. MIXTRAX includes a illumination feature that when switched on changes the illuminated colors in time with the audio track. If you find this feature distracting while driving, please turn this feature Off.

    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.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, or Spanish.

    Entertainment Displays: You can enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following: Background Visual, Genre, Background Picture (1/2/3/4), Simple Display, Movie Screen, or Calendar.

    Calendar/Clock Display: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH provides time, date, month, and year display. You can choose to have the head unit display the calendar and clock even when the unit is powered off (your vehicle must be running or in the accessory position.

    Engine Time Alert: This setting allows you to measure the length of time that elapses from when the head unit is turned on and display the amount of elapsed time per set period (15 min., 30 min., or Off). There will also be an audible alarm. This function is handy if you are listening to the radio with the vehicle' ignition is in the accessory position, and the engine off.

    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 on or off. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

    HD Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with 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 near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    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 HDRadio.com 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.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio or RDS FM broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.

    Supertuner IIID: 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 analog or HD 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.

    XM Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control Pioneer's GEX-P920XM XM tuner (130P920XM, sold separately).

    Note: A subscription to XM, plus the proper antenna is required in order to receive satellite radio programming.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The DEH-P8400BH is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) allowing to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Phone Pairing: Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH.

    Hands-Free Communication: The DEH-P8400BH supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The DEH-P8400BH allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the DEH-P8400BH, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included external microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth).

    Note: The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone. The external microphone must be installed for Bluetooth hands-free communication.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DEH-P8400BH will be able to control basic playback features; such as Play, Pause, Stop, Previous track, and Next track. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Note: The Pioneer head unit requires an optional Bluetooth firmware update (HW05-SW01.27.20) to enable Bluetooth AVRCP control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 device. If you do not own an iPhone 5 or iOS6 device, there is no need to install this update.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    Rear-Panel USB Port: The Pioneer head unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 5' USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory device that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. Your USB memory device must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. Up to 8 directories; 1,500 folders; and 15,0000 files per USB device are recognized by this unit. You can search for MP3, WMA, and AAC music files by category - Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. Once you have selected a category, you can search the list alphabetically (A-Z). The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name.

    • MP3/WMA Files: 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.
    • AAC Files: MPEG-4 AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 kbps and encoded by iTunes (not containing DRM protection) are supported. The unit's USB port is not compatible with Apple Lossless.
    • WAV Files: 8-bit and 16-bit WAV (LPCM) files with a sampling frequency between 16 to 48 kHz are supported.

    Note: USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. This unit cannot recognize USB devices via a USB hub.

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH's rear-panel USB port can also be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU50 / 130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The DEH-P8400BH supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.

    iPod Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.

    Note: There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'App Mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen. The head unit's LCD will only display the text - 'App Mode'.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer CD-IU50/CD-IU51 iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS.3.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer head unit will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-P8400BH is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. AUX must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source.

    2nd Auxiliary Input (optional): In addition to the front-panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector (AUX 2). The optional CD-RB10 (130CDRB10, sold separately) lets you connect an additional auxiliary component via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on, 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. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are recognized by this unit.

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 kbps (encoded by iTunes) recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

    Note: The AAC file (.m4a) must originate from iTunes. The AAC file must also not contain DRM protection. Not compatible with Apple Lossless.

    WAV File Playback: The DEH-P8400BH offers playback of audio WAV files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs. The head unit supports 8-bit and 16-bit LPCM (Linear PCM) WAV files with a sampling frequency between 16 to 48 kHz.

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

    Repeat & Random: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH offers Repeat (disc/track/folder) and Random (disc/folder) playback modes.

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

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

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

    Audio Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-P8400BH 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-P8400BH 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-P8400BH 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)

    3-Way Rotary Knob: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH features a 3-way rotary knob combined with a 4-way lever for easy control. You can scroll through your music and audio settings with greater ease using the 3-way rotary knob and 4-way lever.

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

    Preset EQ: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH is equipped with seven EQ presets. You can choose from Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2.

    Graphic EQ: The DEH-P8400BH's two Custom EQ modes (1 & 2) let you adjust the head unit's 5-band graphic EQ (100Hz, 315Hz, 1.25kHz, 3.15kHz, & 8kHz). You can adjust each band between +6 to -6.

    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).

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    Three Pair of 4.0-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Crossovers: The DEH-P8400BH employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

    • High Pass: The head unit's 12dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
    • Low Pass: The subwoofer preamp output features an18dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Pioneer DEH-P8400BH lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Rear Channel Speaker Output: You can choose to use the rear channel output (speaker and preout) for full-range speaker or subwoofer. If you select "subwoofer", you can connect a 4-ohm subwoofer directly to each rear speaker lead, or a 2-ohm subwoofer to one of the rear speaker leads, without using an external amplifier.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P8400BH comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. The mute button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90% (function that cannot be performed from the front panel). In addition, the remote provides answer/end phone controls for Bluetooth.

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

     
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

    Written By Jeff, Harlingen, TX on Friday, October 04, 2013
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    Great stereo for the money , hard to read display .
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer great as always!

    Written By Bob W, Shrewsbury, MA on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    Pioneer has tons of features and adjustments for the money. Bluetooth, CD, and HD Radio and USB work amazing. Came with a nice USB wire which I didn't expect and had already ordered separately. Nice display, great sound, great build quality!
    Pros:
    Tons of features!!! Pioneer quality. Many display colors. 4V out. USB input wire allows my to put all my music on one tiny cheap USB flash drive and not worry about theft of an iPod being left in the car. Bluetooth phone sounds good to me.
    Cons:
    The main volume knob is a little slippery and could use a rubber/notched/textured feel to better grip the knob. Difficult to see the clock unless you set it to be huge which then blocks all other info unless you hit "display" to briefly see track, artist, album info. No biggie. Bluetooth phone sounds bad to people I am talking to.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit.

    Written By DrL916, Pasadena, TX on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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    Bought this head unit to replace my factory one. Has great sound, Bluetooth works great, and so many options as far as display color. Perfect for what I needed.
    Pros:
    Great sound, changeable display and button colors, USB and Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    A little difficult to navigate the menus at first.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy and Simple Install

    Written By Pete, Maryville, Tn. on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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    This was a simple and relatively easy installation. The wiring harness made the execution of this radio swap enjoyable. The hardest part, though fun, was learning the radio control features. Radios are not the simple instruments they once were. Crutchfield mad this purchase simple and pain free!
    Pros:
    Price and easy wiring harness hookup. FANTASTIC sound quality.
    Cons:
    There is a learning curve on use of the product. Play with it in your driveway before taking a test drive. Otherwise, you will be too distracted.
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound remote flakey

    Written By BobN, memphis on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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    Sound is great. Wish it had good old fashion preset buttons. The remote will work one moment the a couple minutes later won't then another few minutes and it works again. Reception is not as good as my stock stereo in my 2000 Nissan Sentra. There are 3 stations that I regularly listen 2 that will not pick up on a scan and if manually tuned are very weak.
    Pros:
    Sound and looks
    Cons:
    reception and remote control
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneers DEH-P8400BH CD Reciver

    Written By Bykeracer, Cudahy WI on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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    I started using Pioneer car stereo equipment in the early '70's and they have not disappointed me to this day. DEH-P8400BH CD receiver was exactly everything I was looking for to replace the "premium sound system" factory installed in my ford escort.. it has the wow factor with almost unlimited variable color displays, 6 channel preamp outputs, HD bultin, Sirius satellite ready, wireless remote. I could go on and on........but let me just say that with my rewards points and it being on sale I payed a little over $100.00 for a car stereo comparable with the next 4 top models costing as much as $260.00
    Pros:
    It is just what I wanted.........................
    Cons:
    Nothing, absolutely none
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer

    Written By aag007, Tucson, AZ on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    bt is beautifullllllllllllll and the display
    Pros:
    BT & USB
    Cons:
    nOOOOOO
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer HD receiver

    Written By Larry, Florida on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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    Quality and sound are very good. HD function not straight forward. MATRIX only works through USB connection that is located in the rear of the receiver and requires the cable be installed and available from your installed location in the front. A front USB would be a great addition. Sound quality is great and EQ works OK. The controls are not that straight forward and are very difficult to adjust and tune while driving. If you push the wrong button at the wrong time you will screw up your other setting when all you wanted to do was search or change stations. It would be nice to be able to lock your Audio settings and have a scan function to find stations while driving from city to city. Dimmer circuit doesn't seem to be supported nor does dual antenna inputs that are Toyota standard.
    Pros:
    Radio has great sound quality and has a knob to control volume. Phone BT works great for multiple phones.
    Cons:
    Finding HD stations not that forward. Setting your local stations difficult while driving. Display characters small. No SCAN function. Searching while driving through different cities difficult while driving. Microphone could be BT wireless to make hidden installation easier and make transfer from passenger to driver useful. Almost have to had second person to operate Radio. HD fades out in weak signal areas. Does NOT support dual Toyota antenna connections. Does not support dimmer circuit with
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Martinpc, Nebraska on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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    This unit replaced a stock infinity HU for my Dodge Dakota. It is much easier to use that my previous Pioneer deck in another vehicle and functions better than another JVC I had. All the basics are there and as good as anything I have used. I DID have to watch a couple of videos (on their site) to figure some functions out, but that's no big deal for me. The mix/dj function is embarrassingly juvenile.

    The only real downside for this unit is the Bluetooth calling feature. I just haven't been able to make clear calls with it. This might just be the problem of driving a truck with a higher noise floor, but it would be nice to get a little better call quality. Other than that, it has been a great purchase.
    Pros:
    Lots of functionality Not too costly Color changing display
    Cons:
    Mix/dj Bluetooth call quality
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    5 out of 5

    Nice features and price

    Written By Gerald R, Crofton, MD on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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    Love the feature set, and the display option capability. Sounds great, HD radio works very well and I was also surprised how much better it worked when connected via Bluetooth to my iPhone 5....better than when connected to my Ford Sync system with much better and more responsive controls. Lots of controls and it takes a few moments to figure out the logic but well worth the effort
    Pros:
    Great feature set, HD Radio, BT, and great controls for iPhone and Pandora
    Cons:
    Takes some time to get accustomed to the controls
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    5 out of 5

    awesome receiver!

    Written By Hey, middletown NJ on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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    I'm very pleased with this receiver. Bluetooth works like a charm, HD radio sounds great, I love the ipod hookup where It's controlled with included remote. Very easy hookup and install with included wiring harness, all you need is butt connectors. The only thing if I had to complain about is that it doesn't include a case for the removable face. I've only bought alpine prior to this purchase, they've all included a case. No big deal. This receiver is highly recommended.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, hd radio, best bang for the buck.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Works great!!!!

    Written By Christian,, Anaheim, CA. on Friday, August 30, 2013
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    Great head unit!! Easy wire up, looks good, amazing sound, a lot of features.....6 pre-outs makes it easy if your running an advanced sound system! GREAT PRICE FOR THE WHOLE BUNDLE (head unit/ dash kit/ wiring harness) local stereo shops told me they couldn't compete with what I payed.....
    Pros:
    Bluetooth works great, way easier than trying to find my earbuds or putting the phone on speaker! A lot safer...... This head unit has many features and you can adjust your speakers in many ways!!
    Cons:
    A little overwhelming adjusting all the features, but after reading instructions and getting used to it, it works really well.....I don't have any cons.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome!

    Written By Jimmy, Meriden, CT on Thursday, August 29, 2013
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    It's got everything you need! Best bang for the buck
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect For What I Needed!

    Written By SGF, Chicago on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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    Needed a new head unit for my 2001 Mirsubishi Montero Sport. Because of the Infinity System, I needed a unit that had Front and Rear PreAmp Outputs. I also needed Bluetooth Calling and a Detachable Face, and wanted USB Charging for my phone. This unit had it all, at a great price, and with everything I needed to install it from Crutchfield for free. Can't beat it.
    Pros:
    Front and Rear PreAmp Outputs Great Sound. Bluetooth Calling Detachable Face USB Charging Great Price
    Cons:
    USB Port on Back. But with a little work, you can feed it to the front.
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    5 out of 5

    Absolutely love it!

    Written By Uncle Herb, NJ on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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    I love this head unit. Just installed in my 97 Cherokee XJ and as usual Pioneer meets and exceeds expectations. 52 watts of crisp, clear, and loud. 3 sets of pre-amp outputs for your RCAs in the back make installing a couple amps for your speakers and sub a snap. . Radio Tuner is great. My first HD radio and all I can say is WOW. I hope HD broadcasting becomes the industry standard. You can hear the difference on those stations that broadcast in HD. The Bluetooth works flawlessly, connects easily, and streams EVERYTHING from your phone. Most stock units I've come across with BT always seems to have problems connecting and recognizing devices. The illumination options are insane. This wasn't a major selling point for me but its really cool. You can set the keys and display together or separately to every color of the rainbow and every shade in between. For the price this thing is boss. Saw it for a lower price online from a big box store but that didn't include the mounting bracket, wire harness, wiring instructions, free two day shipping, and excellent customer service that only comes from Crutchfield. Pull the trigger, you won't be disappointed.
    Pros:
    - 52w - 3 sets of RCA pre-amp outputs - Strong Tuner - HD Radio - Flawless Bluetooth - Insane Display options and looks nice - Aux in the front - Long microphone (for BT hands free) and USB cords included - Easy Install thanks to Crutchfield - Fast and free shipping - Best Price/Value (when you factor in harness, mounting plate, and shipping)
    Cons:
    -USB connectivity in the back. This was ALMOST a deal breaker. I'm driving an old school Cherokee XJ so there were no established USB ports already set under the console to hook into. I needed my head unit to let my charge the phone on the road. I ended up using a dremel to make a couple holes in my console trim to mount the usb and BT microphone. A couple 3/8" grommets for the microphone and a couple O rings from home depot and some glue and it all looks flush and stock.
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    5 out of 5

    Tricky setup, then easy to use

    Written By Jake, Roy, UT on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    The initial setup of this unit wasn't very intuitive. I had to refer to the manual several times. Once I got past that, it has been easy to operate since then. Sound quality is good, and HD radio is a nice feature. Connections are all straight forward. The lack of preset buttons may be a turn off for some, and although the display is clear, it is small. This is worth buying just for the Bluetooth calls and streaming. Everything comes through loud and clear.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, HD radio, 3 sets of high power pre amp outputs, customizable display
    Cons:
    Setup is not traditional
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    5 out of 5

    EXCELLENT PRODUCT AND SERVICE

    Written By Gray C, Claxton, GA on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    This unit sounds great in my 2007 Ford F-150! Props to Crutchfield for supplying me with a great product and the info to put it in. I haven't done an installation in about 15 years. I installed this unit in under 30 minutes. It looks and sounds great! And what an awesome price! Thanks!!
    Pros:
    Easy to install with the supplied kit. Great unit with all of the features that I need. Sounds and looks great!
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Overall Good Product

    Written By TonyR, Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    Overall a good product Sounds great with factory speakers in a 2001 Volvo V70. Pandora app is a bit finicky. Iphone has to be plugged into USB cable for it to work. Gets a read error every now and then and
    Pros:
    No tiny buttons like most models Bluetooth works awesome Microphone works great Easy install Easy to use
    Cons:
    Pandora app is a bit finicky. HD Radio stations cut out if signal is weak
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    4 out of 5

    installed in acura rsx type s

    Written By Don O, San Diego CA on Friday, August 16, 2013
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    I installed my p8400BH along with the PAC soem-4 a week ago. I was replacing the stock Bose head unit that had started to malfunction after nine and a half years of heavy use.

    Tricks in installing: The only difficulty I had in installing the unit was with the PAC soem-4. After installing, everything sounded great until I started up the motor. I had RF interference on three of the channels. I troubleshot that down to having run the power feed among the speaker wires. I went ahead and separated it out and zip tied it away from the speaker wires. At that point, I had three clean channels and one channel that still had RF interference. I ended up using more zip ties and building a wire harness of sorts, that held the power wire about three inches away from the speaker wires. That seemed to do the trick.
    Pros:
    Rear USB: so I now have the equivalent of about 400 CD's on a single thumb drive in my glove box. HD radio: so most of the time, as long as reception is good, I see artist and song name in the display color coordinated: I matched the RSX type-S display lighting multiple backgrounds: The unit comes with a multitude of backgrounds. I played with the giant clock, but went with a animated background so I could display song and artist data all the time.
    Cons:
    According to the manual and the description, you can play either random songs or random folders. The folder option does not seem to exist in the menu system, at least as described in the manual. If you want to play complete folders, randomly, it can't be done.
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    5 out of 5

    great head unit

    Written By jose, Lake Geneva, FL on Monday, August 12, 2013
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    Very happy with this unit. Sound great and and is easy to use. Great expandability options.
    Pros:
    HD radio, Bluetooth, nice and easy controls.
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    3 out of 5

    Lots of Features for Price

    Written By Aaron, Denver, CO on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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    Nice unit. Have not had time to set everything up yet. Display is crowded and hard to read in bright light. Good value for the money
    Pros:
    Lots for features for price
    Cons:
    lousy AM reception. Display hard to read
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    5 out of 5

    jaci

    Written By jacinto, 5755 nina way sacramento ca 95824 on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    Is the best stereo I bay
    Pros:
    Is nice and easy to us
    Cons:
    Is fine
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice unit

    Written By PatF, Midwest on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    Has everything I wanted: Bluetooth, IPhone connection, Accessory connection, Removable front face.
    Pros:
    Works like advertised. Sounds great!
    Cons:
    A little hard for us old timers that were used to listening to under-dash Supertuners. I'm slowly picking it up though.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

    Written By Anonymous, ATHENS, AL on Friday, July 26, 2013
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    Takes a little getting used to but after you figure it out it is a great unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Sound rewarding

    Written By Rag, San Bernrdino,Ca on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    Excellent stereo head unit, easy to install fit 2007 versa good.Without reading instruction figure out how to use audio settings,Bluetooth and set the time. I would highly recommend this unit.
    Pros:
    Easy to settings.
    Cons:
    Have not found any yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice radio for the price

    Written By SR, So cal on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    I'm happy with it just alot of things on it
    Pros:
    HDTV radio and bluetooth
    Cons:
    Too many functions
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    4 out of 5

    Great buy

    Written By Bigdog, Visalia, california on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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    The high signal output to amps makes amps work so much better. Lots of features.
    Cons:
    Controls feel cheap feel like have to be gentle with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy with the Radio and Crutchfield

    Written By JR, New Cumberland, PA on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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    I had seen this unit at another retailer and they wanted more money and the installation was crazy money. And they told me I would have to replace my cars speakers. The Crutchfield rep checked and told me no---I should be fine. I used the installsheild installer and had the radio in my car in less than a week over 4th of July! Radio is awesome, the sound quality on the phone is fantastic. AND I saved almost $400.
    Pros:
    Price, ease of installation with their installers, quality of call sound, and the radio sounds great! Bluetooth for the phone is great, AND the fast charger is sweet.
    Cons:
    None. The experience was better than I expected. And I will be getting another one for our other car soon.
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    4 out of 5

    Typical Pioneer

    Written By Texasmxstar, Blossom, Texas on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    This is typical Pioneer product. Good quality, great price and easy installation
    Pros:
    Good sound quality with lots of extra goodies
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Best value to update a 1997 E320

    Written By 97 E320, Irvine, CA on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    The best value unit if you want HD Radio and Bluetooth. By getting the updated in-car technology, I'm hoping this helps me put off buying a new car for another year. The keys they provided easily removed the factory unit. A call to Crutchfield support helped me figure out I needed to connect the pink wire on the harness to activate my antenna amplifier so that I could get AM stations. The unit fits well in the dash of my 97 E320. No front trim kit is needed. I was concerned that the antenna adapter did not fit snugly into the unit's antenna connection, but the reception quality seems to be fine. I recommend this unit. The HD Radio sound quality is good.
    Pros:
    HD Radio and Bluetooth. Reception better than my factory deck. Customized button and display colors actually useful. Install was fairly straightforward in my E320.
    Cons:
    The screen could be bigger. Glare during the day remedied by setting the display to black and white. I've had to experiment a bit to get the Bluetooth call volume higher. Does not work with factory CD changer (but no aftermarket units do).
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    4 out of 5

    DEH-P8400BH Great Sound

    Written By Kevin B, Auburndale, FL on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    I know it is a little older system but what a great price point. I saw this system at a local retailer and it was $30.00 higher plus you would never get support like you do from Crutchfield. I rated the system a 4 only because of the Mixtrax gimmick. Totally just a toy and nothing more. The sound is fantastic and I love the HD. Super easy to install and the color variations are awsome
    Pros:
    Great Sound, Modern Styling and Tremendous Value
    Cons:
    MixTrax is a gimmick at least for me
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit for the money, does everything I want it to do

    Written By G8rs Fan, Charlotte, NC on Friday, July 05, 2013
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    I have had so many head units in the past 10 years that I didn't have too high of expectations for this one, only because it was so much more simple than my previous ones, but I have to say that this does just about everything that I need it to do, and at a great price.

    Pros: -Pandora integration (see one con for this below) -Great sound quality -Lots of audio adjustments -Easy to use (directions leave a bit to be desired) -Built in bluetooth was a plus (including BT audio) -Lots of input options, front panel, back panel (with adapter) -Detachable face (see comment in cons too)

    Cons -Pandora offers a lot of display options, but can't get artist and track title together, unless you also have station name -"Forks" for removing head unit are very flimsy (what happened to the nice ones back in the day Pioneer?) -Detachable face requires pressing release button twice to release -Track up/down rocker seems flimsy

    Overall I am VERY pleased with this head unit. I am used to ones that have a lot more features, but since I bought a ragtop jeep I needed something a lot less showy, and this filled the bill, especially with the face detached. Another great product from Pioneer.
    Pros:
    -Pandora integration (see one con for this below) -Great sound quality -Lots of audio adjustments -Easy to use (directions leave a bit to be desired) -Built in bluetooth was a plus (including BT audio) -Lots of input options, front panel, back panel (with adapter) -Detachable face (see comment in cons too)
    Cons:
    -Pandora offers a lot of display options, but can't get artist and track title together, unless you also have station name -"Forks" for removing head unit are very flimsy (what happened to the nice ones back in the day Pioneer?) -Detachable face requires pressing release button twice to release -Track up/down rocker seems flimsy
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    2 out of 5

    Returned the unit.

    Written By RAM1950, Nashville, TN on Friday, July 05, 2013
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    The install was fairly straight forward. At first I was unhappy with the reception but I have since learned that you need to attach the blue wire on the antena adapter with the blue and white wire on the wiring adapter. (This is not something you discover in any of the instructions. I discovered it by reading another review.)

    I was aggravated to have to find a Windows 7 laptop to upgrade the firmware in order to use an iPhone 5 but even more aggravated to discover that the laptop also have to have bluetooth. (Which the one I found did not have.) By this time I was seriously thinking about sending it back. Oh, Pioneer will do the upgrade for you for extra $. Fortunately, I started the next paragraph before I went that far.

    My real problem came with the operation of the unit. The people who mentioned how complicated and unintuitive this unit is to use were being kind. The owner's manual is almost helpful once you get out a magnifying glass to read the micro print. Alas, almost is not near enough with this unit. The frustration of dealing with trying to learn how to operate this was enough to get me to thinking about a return, but once I discovered that selecting a preset station required a minimum of three buttons that was it. Life's too short. I spent an extra $30 on a double DIN unit with HD and Bluetooth and couldn't be happier.
    Pros:
    Cheapest Bluetooth/HD unit.
    Cons:
    Old firmware needs to be upgraded and this cannot be done by a Mac or Windows unit without Bluetooth. The manual is poorly written in tiny print. Controls are unintuitive and even the most common functions require multiple entries.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound, Minor Inconveniences

    Written By CallmeMike, Elkhart, IN on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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    Overall, this is a good head unit for the money. Considerably better sound than the factory system in my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My choice was made on price, Bluetooth capability, hands-free cell capability, and Pandora app integration. Using an iPhone 4s, things work as described, for the most part. Installation was easy once I got the right harness. I originally ordered the unit with the wrong harness because I didn't realize my vehicle had the Boston Acoustics sound system in it. Crutchfield handled the exchange quickly and accurately. Upon installing the unit with the correct harness, I discovered, with the help of Crutchfield Tech Support, that the CAN interface with the new harness was defective. Exchange was again handled very efficiently, and ultimately the unit was installed quite easily and worked great. My biggest complaint is that for some reason, even with a great cell signal and no other apps interfering, Pandora will just intermittently pause for no apparent reason, and occasionally the head unit will not display the track information from the app. There is apparently a sequence to hooking up and turning everything on that must be followed to get everything to play together nicely. But for the price, the sound is great with my factory speakers, and the hands-free feature for cell calls is outstanding and has worked perfectly for me for the month I've been using it. It works perfectly with Siri on my iPhone, and the call quality is good both ways.

    Pros:
    Great price, great sound, all the features I was looking for and everything works as described, very easy installation, very customizable display (colors, backgrounds, etc.), rear USB port that is powered and will charge my devices, microphone cable and USB cable supplied are plenty long and decent quality, picks up my cell phone via Bluetooth instantly when the unit powers on.
    Cons:
    Clock display is VERY small, almost unreadable from the driver's position, no sleeve for removable face
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    5 out of 5

    Great value for a full feature head unit

    Written By TCQ, Waxhaw, NC on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    This is an extremely full featured head unit for the price. I had an issue with "USB error" with the first unit, but Crutchfield customer service was great and replaced it quickly with a new unit that works great.
    Pros:
    - Great value (HD radio, bluetooth, iPod connectivity) - Great sound - Customizable colors
    Cons:
    - Only 1 bluetooth device can be programmed in memory - Radio station numbers for programmed channels not displayed - Busy background, but can be changed
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    5 out of 5

    Works and looks better than advertised!

    Written By Erik G, Pensacola, FL on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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    Installed and it immediately worked great. Instructions walked me through selecting the LED colors and setting up the bluetooth. I can now listen to music and take phone calls without disrupting my driving.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth connectivity, USB or audio cable
    Cons:
    Not an old school Double DIN
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    5 out of 5

    Replace OEM Radio in 2006 Honda Ridgeline

    Written By e_piph_a_ny, Los Angeles on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    Exceeded my expectations. Bluetooth connection to Droid Razr M was easy and very functional. Experiencing HD Radio makes me want to listen to FM radio all over again. Interface to iPod Classic was good but can be improved. Radio user interface was puzzling at first but YouTube tutorials were definitely helpful.
    Pros:
    Pros listed above, host of different background displays, color changes to key and background.
    Cons:
    The clubbish lighting interface was somewhat juvenile. Presets were defaulted to the FM bands in groups of 6 (limiting)
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    5 out of 5

    2004 Sienna LE

    Written By Gabriel, Bayside, NY on Monday, June 17, 2013
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    The system reads the address book in my phone and displays. The microphone can be clipped on a visor or placed behind a steering wheel. USB capability is very nice.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, USB, various color
    Cons:
    stiff learning curve
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    5 out of 5

    Back in the game.

    Written By D, North Star, MI on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    Good sounding stereo, easy to operate once you get used to the interface.
    Pros:
    Lots of customization.
    Cons:
    Hole for cd slot could be hidden. Required windows 7 with Bluetooth to update firmware to use with iOS 6 devices for hands free calling.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Choice

    Written By John, Smyrna, TN on Friday, June 07, 2013
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    Great choice for my Expedition. The HD radio sounds great and streaming audio from my iPhone 5 via Bluetooth works flawlessly. This unit is very user friendly and has all the features I need.
    Pros:
    HD radio, Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    corolla install

    Written By evans, sarasota florida on Friday, May 31, 2013
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    I bought this single din unit for my wife's corolla, the factory unit had several problems with both the AUX and the on/off/volume control. I would first like to state that I received the best customer service that I have ever gotten from a company, that remains true for both the selection process of the unit, the addition material sent later on for wiring, and deconstruction the console. I had never installed a head unit before and the directions that came with the head unit for wiring and the console were flawless. After having used the unit for a while I will say that I have bean very satisfied with it.
    Pros:
    Many features that my wife wanted- wireless, bluetooth, rear-mount USB, HD radio, cd, mp3, display with both color and contrast control, etc. The mounting hardware put it write into the dash so it sets Flush with the surface and doesn't look out of place, nice and clean. The wiring harness was blessedly easy to understand and perform, just strip and twist, then just plug into the factory harness with nothing needing to be left out rewired or moved.
    Cons:
    wish the mounting armature was a bit more substantial the one I took out was metal and the universal mounting bracket was rather thin snap-together plastic. that all being said it worked just fine and everything lined up the way it needed to. The main lever and volume control are a little hard to use when underway they work just fine but I'm afraid I'm going to hit a bump press something to hard without meaning to and break something, the remote takes care of this issue just fine.
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    5 out of 5

    sweet

    Written By johnny, tampa fl on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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    great cd player
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

    Written By julio, orlando,fl on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    it excellent and the best sound ever.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Streo

    Written By Michael, Southern California on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    I have a Pioneer system in my vehicle and like it very much. When I needed to buy a system for my daughter I chose this Pioneer model. It offered a lot of great features - Bluetooth, iPhone integration, Pandora, HD Radio - for a great price. Installation was a Breeze. The sound is great even out of my daughter's stock speakers. I was especially amazed at how great HD Radio sounded on the system.
    Pros:
    Great features for a great price - Bluetooth, iPhone integration, Pandora, HD Radio
    Cons:
    No voice dialing. I couldn't find any way through the stereo to activate Siri so you could dial by voice. Also, if you've never used a Pioneer car stereo before there is a bit of a leaning curve. It is not the simplest of stereos. It does offer a lot of powerful settings though.
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    5 out of 5

    Radio

    Written By Chicago, Chicago on Sunday, May 19, 2013
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    Awesome is all I can say. Clean sound, great graphics. Lots of features
    Pros:
    lots of power, great features.
    Cons:
    none.
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    3 out of 5

    Good deck, wish it were smarter...

    Written By Jeremy P, Turlock, Ca on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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    This is a good deck, but I wish it were smarter. I have to carry two bluetooth capable phones, which allows me to have my music on more than one device and require hands free for both. This deck does not make it easy to switch between the devices.

    The menus are VERY clumsy and navigating them is annoying at best.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth audio & hands free, price, 3 pre-outs, pandora controls
    Cons:
    It's not very smart, MixTrack is useless to the average user.
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