The Bluetooth® advantage

In this day and age, you really can't afford to be driving with one hand as you talk on the phone, or squinting at your iPod to find the next song. Pioneer's AVH-X2500BT DVD receiver brings all the advantages of a touchscreen receiver to your vehicle, along with the convenience and safety of Bluetooth. You'll enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from compatible phones and other Bluetooth devices. Once you've driven with a Bluetooth receiver, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Sweet touchscreen controls and video playback

Pioneer kicks touchscreen control up a notch or two on this receiver, as Touch Slide technology adds a new dimension to fingertip control over many functions. Want a new EQ curve? Just draw it on the screen with your finger and you've got it. And you can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview.

You can also change the receiver's appearance to match your dash by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. And when you're ready to get the party started, MIXTRAX will liven up your time on the road. This feature creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™, adding special effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your music.

The receiver's 6.1" LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — that sure makes those long road trips go faster. You'll be able to view video content from your iPod or IPhone (video playback requires CD-IV202AV cable kit and other adapters with iPhone 5, plus a firmware update — coming soon — from Pioneer) with the addition of a Pioneer CD-IU201S cable. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera.

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Advanced App Mode lets you access many popular apps from the receiver.

Advanced App Mode

Pioneer has added the smartphone integration technology developed for their acclaimed AppRadio receivers to their DVD receiver lineup. Advanced App Mode integrates your iPhone into your driving experience — it lets you launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, social media, and other apps at your command. The simplified app menu on the Pioneer's big touchscreen is much easier to see when you're driving, so you can put your phone's apps to work safely. Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable is required (also requires CD-IV202AV cable kit and other adapters with iPhone 5). You can learn more and see the latest compatible apps here.

A firmware update is available from Pioneer that will provide enhanced iPhone 5 compatibility to enable AppRadio Mode. However, due to an unforeseen communication error with the Pandora Internet radio app, audio playback and display of metadata from Pandora are disrupted. If you use Pandora and don't intend to use AppRadio Mode (also known as Advanced App Mode) at this time, please do not install this update. Pioneer is working on an update to allow for both Pandora and AppRadio Mode, to be released at a future date.

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.

Ready to roll with your mobile devices

When you connect your iPod to the rear USB input cable, you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to access your playlists. Handy tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search to make it easier to find the song you want fast. Android users aren't left out in the cold either. Many Android phones support the Pioneer Connect app, which lets the receiver access music files when your Android is plugged in via USB.

If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone to the receiver with Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable and take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs, DVD and CD discs full of MP3 or WMA music, or USB storage devices loaded with files.

Because great sound matters

The receiver's powerful built-in amplifier does a great job, delivering crisp sound at impressive levels, while the 8-band equalizer offers plenty of ways to tweak the sound to your liking. Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information. For those looking to build a system, three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amps, and this receiver offers an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required, not included).

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • Pandora Internet radio control for iPhone and Android
    • Advanced App Mode for smartphone integration
    • five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
    Expandability:
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • playback and control of Android media files
    • inputs: rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

    DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

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    Simply amazing

    Written By boxermachine, NE Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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    Unreal upgrade in my 04 4runner. Sound is the best I've ever heard. Imagaing, balance and power are first rate.

    Pros: Easy install, a remote was included and the install kit was top quality.

    Cons: While the radio reception was good, it was not up to the ;level of all the other features.

    Really Great Unit

    Written By Bob S., Tampa, FL on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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    Just installed the unit into a 08 Mustang GT500 with Shaker system. Install was flawless and looks like it should have been there the whole time. The unit is very loud with the built in amps with the shaker system and very clear. All functions works as expected and have no issues to complain about really that cannot be rectified. I highly suggest this unit as I replaced with Crutchfield's help another Pioneer unit Double Din 700BX that I did not like after getting a few days ago. I did not like its looks in the car or its sound.

    Pros: Great unit and easy setup Everything works as expected Sounds clear and loud in my speakers Good unit for price Bluetooth enabled

    Cons: To play videos from USB it takes a little too long for my taste to read the drive compared to music The cable that attaches (must buy extra) for app mode has hard time staying connected to Iphone4S with case on and is a little tender to the touch. I bought this aftermarket though and it does work with NAV and everything else after playing with.

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    Written By Larry S, Atlantic City, NJ on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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    I haven't installed a stereo in my car in years. Did this one with my son in his car. It went in real easy and has good sound. I like the bluetooth hands free feature for him when driving.

    Great product

    Written By Grant Y, Tifton Ga on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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    This is great unit for the price has many great features. Bluetooth feature was one of main reasons I bought this unit and it works great with my daughter's I phone.Also has ability to match dash colors or create something different. Very happy with this purchase.

    Pros: price,features for money

    Cons: haven't found any

    Christmas present for daughter

    Written By Darlene, Ponchatoula,la on Sunday, January 05, 2014

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    Wish you could have seen my daughter's face when she opened this up on Christmas! Priceless! She loves it!

    Outstanding

    Written By Juan, Houston, TX on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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    This unit was everything I had expected and more. Once you get pass the learning curve, this unit is fun it's easy to operate and pair with an amp it sounds good. BT/Pandora connects (Galaxy S3) without any problems and telephone/microphone works flawlessly .

    Pros: Ease of use and connectivity

    Cons: Wish it had a detachable

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    Written By Anonymous, Abbeville SC on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Great radio. Easy to install. Paired up with iphone real well.

    home install

    Written By Anonymous, media, Pa on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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    Installed in my mothers car. She has had no problems using it.

    Pros: Install was reasonably easy. Radio looks/sounds good. And is easy to use.

    Cons: Haven't had it long enough.

    Awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Virgin islands on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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    Everything about this product was awesome.. It was my best purchase. Well worth it...

    Great product for the price

    Written By GTS, Lynchburg, VA on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    Great unit and features for the price. I wanted a unit that offered bluetooth, pandora and the ability to connect a backup camera. This unit served that purpose at a very reasonable cost. The pandora function is great and easy to use. My phone automatically connects once I enter the vehicle and turn it on. Then I can control my pandora stations through the head unit without ever having to take the phone out of my pocket.

    Pros: Price, bluetooth, pandora, ease of install and use

    Sound-Lab

    Written By Sound-Lab, Arizona on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    I needed a nice double din fast and the pioneer just took the stage

    Pros: Very easy to use

    Cons: None

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    Written By sporticus, asheville on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    great value

    Great radio

    Written By Anonymous, Corpus Christi on Thursday, December 26, 2013

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    I like the radio but Crutchfield has THE BEST SERVICE. I called for help and in about 2 minutes the problem was solved.

    Cons: None

    Dissapointing

    Written By Sasan B, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, December 26, 2013

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    I am extremely disappointed in the 2500bt. Every so often, without indication or apparent cause this radio resets itself to factory defaults. Sometimes I can the car can be off for hours/ day before it resets itself. Apparently this is a discontinued model and the equivalent is almost $100 more. Not cool. Not cool at all.

    This isn't the first radio I've installed, nor the first thing I have soldered. All the connections between the radio harness and the Pac harness are soldered and continuity tested. Crutchfield rep told me that it will reset if voltage drops below 11.something. Seems to me that there is an internal voltage regulation problem on the 12v constant. I did a little research and I see I'm not the only person with this issue.

    Also, on a side note. I am actually pretty disappointed in Crutchfield. This was for my wife's 2009 Jetta Sportwagen and I received no instruction sheet like I have for other vehicles. I called and was told vehicle research hadn't been done yet on this vehicle. I am surprised that between 2005.5 and now no Jetta has been researched. Same dash as far as most people I contacted know.

    Pros: Everything that is listed in the specs.

    Cons: That it periodically resets itself.

    Great Unit for the price

    Written By John, San Diego, CA on Thursday, December 26, 2013

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    This is an excellent radio for the price. The Bluetooth is very clear on the other parties end when the vehicle is in motion. I love how I can leave my Bluetooth on my phone and leave the car and come back it will automatically re-sync and continue to play the music that's what turned me away from my alpine. The screen is very clear, the sound quality is good even without an amp set up for the surrounding door speakers.

    Pros: Easy to use, Convenient, Bluetooth, Pandora sync, Re-sync with device automatically, loads phone book, comes with remote

    Cons: None.

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    Written By Anonymous, Newark, De on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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    It needs more setting for iPhone, movies, etc.

    Pros: Bluetooth capability, pandora

    Cons: Hard to connect to be able to use the iPhone.

    Great unit. Worth price difference vs non-touchscreen.

    Written By Matt.C., Vancouver, WA on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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    Bought this for my son's car, a 2004 Mustang. Fits and looks great, and sounds even better. Display is great, touchscreen is responsive and works well--not as good as an iPhone but better than most other touchscreen interfaces. Overall the UI and ease of use is so much better than any car stereo I've ever had. However, the physical buttons on the left side need better feedback (crisper click or longer throw) and easier to read labels. Bluetooth setup was a snap, making and receiving calls is super easy, as is streaming music or playing via USB. Connecting phone with USB will charge the phone which is a nice bonus. DVDs look and sound really good, but probably won't be using that much. Had a hard time deciding between this and several non-LCD models. My first thought was, "Who needs DVD in their front seat?" But the big display, better song info and ease of phone use made the extra money totally worth it. Looks so much cleaner on or off, and put a huge smile on my son's face! Even bigger when he heard it. Easy to connect and install; Only difficulties coming from the oddities of the way Ford designed the "Mach" sound system, which the Crutchfield website and install sheet described well. You will need to connect a wire to the parking brake to enable DVD display, so a little extra work there. I did waste a half hour thinking I connected it wrong before I realized you have to engage the parking brake, release it, then engage again before it will display a DVD movie.

    Pros: Looks and sounds nice and clean Easy intuitive interface Easy Bluetooth phone use and music streaming USB interface in rear (clean in front, easy to route cable to glove box or center console) and it charges phone Upgrade options for GPS nav and backup camera

    Cons: A bit more expensive than I'd like. Pioneer should have a cheaper unit without CD/DVD disc player. Physical buttons could be easier to read and use, but easy to learn Silly parking brake procedure to use DVD

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    Written By Darrin, South Dakota on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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    Works well

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    Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, GA on Friday, December 06, 2013

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    Great unit. Easy install. Bluetooth works flawlessly.

    Pros: DVD, Bluetooth, Looks

    Cons: Can be a little tedious to operate, a little slow when controlling Iphone

    Great Unit

    Written By Jose, VA on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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    it is an excellent piece, great quality of sound, looks cool!!!!!

    Pros: easy to install, several screen and color options, BT works like a champ!!!

    Cons: I bought this unit without navigation because e I was told that I can hook it up to my I phone 5 and it is true but you need to expend some money and time setting up the cables trough the dashboard same as downloading upgrades for the unit, after that it will work but with just some applications you need to put in the phone, at the end I think is worth it to expend some more money in a head unit with navigation on it......

    Could be better

    Written By JessicaK, Wilmington, DE on Monday, December 02, 2013

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    We bought this unit to run iPhone apps through. I wanted to be able to play my playlists and run a navigation app. This unit does not do this well. We tried all of the compatible nav apps and it seems the apps cause the music to "skip" constantly like an old CD. You can play your playlist through bluetooth without the "skipping". It's only when you are using the AppRadio and running multiple apps that your music will "skip". This is very disappointing since it is the only reason I bought this unit. If you are looking for a head unit for this purpose; look elsewhere.

    Pros: Sound quality is better than factory stereo

    Cons: Does not do what it is meant to do well

    pioneer is king

    Written By wes, ladera ranch on Sunday, December 01, 2013

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    This isn't just a great value, it's a great receiver PERIOD. I've always been a pioneer guy, and this radio will keep me as a customer.

    Pros: Value, features, sound quality

    Cons: Time sensitive parking break sensor. If you are going to bypass the parking break, do it with a toggle switch. If you use a relay, the radio has a time sensor built into it. Once you switch to video the relay clicks too soon so you have to cycle the power to the receiver. It's not a big deal, but a toggle switch solves the issue.

    Great catch

    Written By MikeO, NJ on Sunday, November 24, 2013

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    Great audio, and it came with extras for the installation. Gave a nice facelift, and more functionality. Syncs with droid and windows based phones with no problems. Screen is easy to read and operate. Great buy.

    Pros: all of the above and some more

    Cons: none

    Nice HU for the money.

    Written By Dave C, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 21, 2013

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    I purchased this HU to replace the factory unit on my 2012 Nissan Frontier. I feel that I made a good choice. Installation was simple. Everything works great. iPod controls for my 5th gen iPod work flawlessly, and charge the iPod at the same time. Bluetooth setup was simple, and connects to both my Android phone, and my iPod. The touch screen works good. Very easy to use, but it does wash out in the sun a little. DVD picture is pretty good, as well. If I had to choose again, and had the same amount to spend, I'd get this one again.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Ease of use. Features. DVD Picture

    Cons: Screen washes out a little in direct sunlight.

    Great unit

    Written By Anonymous, Dothan, AL on Thursday, November 21, 2013

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    Head unit is what I wanted. I like the features. Back up camera works great. I put the bluetooth mic in the factory location and I have been told it's noisy. I have an idea to fix this tho.

    Cons: Bluetooth not as great as it should be.

    Great Product

    Written By Alex, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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    It was really easy to set up and configure. great background colors and themes. It is really easy to use and play with, and easy to wire and install with the included accessories.

    Pros: ease of use background colors features

    Cons: NONE

    Very easy to use!

    Written By JeffR, Pasadena, MD on Monday, November 11, 2013

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    I bought this receiver for my work van, a 2013 Chevy Express, and even though Crutchfield says it does not fit, it did fit without any modification needed. I am very happy with this receiver. I found it very easy to set up and use without really having to consult the manual. The touchscreen interface even seems more responsive than my Alpine ICS-X7HD. I ran the AutoEQ setup using the microphone that came with my home theater receiver and the results were excellent. Power output is very good. Since this is in my work van I am not running any external amps. I have it powering a pair of Phoenix Gold 6.5" seperates in the front doors and a very old Collins bass tube behind the seat. With the built in crossover I get excellent bass with this setup, suprisingly with just the built in amp. My only complaint about it is getting video to play is sometimes tricky. Even when everything is set properly (parking brake on - off - on) sometimes DVD video will not show up, only sound. I have had to stop & start the video at times to get it to play. Not sure why this is but it doesn't happen all the time and since I don't use it for video too much it's not really an issue.

    Pros: Excellent touchscreen interface layout. Excellent power output from the built in amp. Excellent built in crossover and AutoEQ

    Cons: Issues playing video occasionally. Would like the option of manual settings for time alignment as opposed to only the "Sonic Center Control"