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Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

DVD receiver

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Original Price: $349.99

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Overview

Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

Screen size matters — with a larger touchscreen, controls are easier to use and video content has more impact. Pioneer's AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver sports an expansive 7" screen with some pretty cool features. You can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview. Want a new EQ curve? Touch Slide technology allows you to draw it on the screen with your finger.

Go for the big screen

Screen size matters — with a larger touchscreen, controls are easier to use and video content has more impact. Pioneer's AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver sports an expansive 7" screen with some pretty cool features. You can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview. Want a new EQ curve? Touch Slide technology allows you to draw it on the screen with your finger.

Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

Everything looks better on a 7" screen.

Customize your display

You can customize the AVH-X4500BT by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. When you're playing music from your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™, Pioneer's MIXTRAX adds special audio effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your tunes. It's like having your own DJ on board.

High-resolution screen

If you're parked and ready for a movie, the WVGA screen plays DVDs and other video content in brighter, clearer detail than most other multimedia receivers. You can also keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen. You'll be able to view video content from your iPod or iPhone with the addition of Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable. If you have an iPhone 5, you'll need a Pioneer cable kit  to view video and access apps, along with a free firmware update from Pioneer. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera.

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.

Advanced App Mode makes your iPhone a working partner

Pioneer has added their AppRadio smartphone integration technology to this DVD receiver. Advanced App Mode integrates smartphones 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. You can see the simplified App menu on the Pioneer's big touchscreen with a quick glance when you're driving, so you can put your phone's apps to work safely (requires a Pioneer cable kit  with iPhone 5). You can learn more and see the latest compatible apps here.

If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone to the receiver with Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable, then take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls. When you connect your iPod to the rear USB input, 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. You can also play music files from many Android™ phones when your Android is plugged into the front-panel USB port — see the "Details" tab for more info on device compatibility.

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.

The Bluetooth® advantage

There's no advantage in driving with one hand as you talk on the phone, or squinting at your mobile device to find the next song. This Pioneer brings you the convenience and safety of Bluetooth, easily accessed through your receiver's touchscreen. 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. That makes the world much safer for you and the drivers around you.

Because great sound matters

The receiver's powerful built-in amplifier delivers crisp sound at impressive levels, while the 8-band equalizer gives you more options for tweaking the sound to your liking. Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information. Three pairs of high-voltage preamp outputs send a strong, clean signal to external amps, while 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.

Great receiver for the money. Easy to install and very nice loohing.

Adam, San Diego CA

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What's in the Box:

  • DVD receiver with motorized 6.95" LCD touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
  • Wiring harness
  • Remote control (CXE5116)
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
  • Visor-bracket
  • Two-sided tape
  • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
  • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" motorized touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora Internet radio control
    • Advanced App Mode: launch and control compatible apps from your compatible iPhone
    • 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 — optional adapters required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • playback and control of Android media files
    • inputs: rear A/V input, rear video output, rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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    Reviews

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    75 Reviews

    Might be old, but still a great head unit!

    Written by: AJ from Silver Spring, MD on September 24, 2014

    2003 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    I originally ear marked the 4100 model as "the one" I wanted to purchase when my stock system bit the dust. It took longer than anticipated for that to happen, and I'm kinda glad it did. Having BT built in and no longer requiring a SEPARATE unit is a nice touch, and I think the functionality of the Pioneer head units have come a long way in that time, as well. In the short time I've owned this unit, I've been impressed with all aspects of operation. Get in the car in the morning, start the car, put the phone in the holder, get everything situated, and my music is ready to play via BT connection. No more auxiliary plugs and wires, crystal clear sound, great volume, and very easy to use. CDs sound great as well. I have yet to try the DVD option out, but I'm certainly not worried about it due to how well everything else has worked so far. I connected the HU to an Alpine 4 channel amp and have plans of utilizing a similar Alpine D-class subwoofer amplifier in the future. Going from having a stock system that required turning the volume knob 3/4 to full just to hear the sound, to having plenty of GREAT music at a fraction of the volume range is tremendous. I'm excited to have this head unit in my car and can't wait to put it to good use on long car rides.

    Pros: Built in BT offers easy access to my music on my phone, 4V amp preouts provide lots of power to amps, easy controls, wired microphone for hands free calling, easy to setup and use.

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    Written by: Anonymous from las vegas on April 13, 2014

    2005 Honda Civic Special Edition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My first time to use crutchfield and im glad I did easy to order and all the free stuff that comes with order is awesome. I didnt have to order everything separately and free shipping. Plus you get free tech support i will be using them again.

    Pros: The reason I oreder the headunit was because of the 4v preouts and the equalizer function. Well the price was really good and the screen is very nice and colors are bright.

    Cons: The only problem I have with the unit is the screen position setting. My dash is slanted away from me and not in a straight up and down position. The stereo's screen only tilts upward and if adjusted I cant see screen. Wish they would have specified that before I purchased it.

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    Written by: Adam from San Diego CA on March 31, 2014

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Great receiver for the money. Easy to install and very nice loohing.

    Pros: Appradio

    Cons: None

    Love it!!

    Written by: Vanessa from orlando fl on March 22, 2014

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    I love my new stereo. I had to have it installed for me just because I didn't want to mess anything up but it's perfect. I'm going to buy another one for my boyfriends car. Works great with my Toyota Corolla and the blue tooth is so clear. I have a Galaxy note 3 and it pairs great with it. I sometimes have trouble with the pandora but I think it's the app not the stereo.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Madison north carolina on March 16, 2014

    2004 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great product extremely happy with the unit and the service fast shipping and easy installation with provided kit

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    05 mustang

    Written by: Paul S. from Kennett,MO on March 11, 2014

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    Install was much much simpler than anticipated. Will make you want to purchase better speakers all the way around. For the price an excellent upgrade from the Shaker 500 system. Set up was easy. Plug and play with the addition of the harnesses provided by Crutchfield. Not an electronic guru considered profesional installation, however, it was very, I mean very easy to install. One thing I like about this unit is I am able to add my own background photos. Most units for the pice don't allow this from the research i completed.

    Pros: Very simple set up

    Cons: You will want to buy better speakers !

    Meh

    Written by: Trktwo from Biloxi on March 9, 2014

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    Decent radio, I bought it to use with iphone 5. If that's your plan, don't do it. This is not the radio for you. Pioneer apps suck. I also bought the iphone 5 cord, and did the firm wear upgrade. I wish I hadn't. Waste of money. Screen resolution of iphone on pioneer screen sucks. Ugh

    Pros: Good sound Good looking unit Great tuner

    Cons: Iphone 5 connectivity sucks!!! Iphone 5 cable sucks and is incredibly bulky and poorly designed Iphone 5 cable is EXPENSIVE!!!!!

    Not Good with Galaxy S4

    Written by: Drksd6ix from Chino Hills, CA on March 8, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this radio for my wife's car so that she could use her Galaxy S4 hands free. The radio sounds fine, and the screen is very clear. However, if you want to use apps from your phone, you must have an iPhone 4 and must download a firmware update to use an iPhone 5. Pandora is the only app supported for Android phones. Our big problem with this unit was that it did not work well or consistently with the Galaxy S4. My wife was fed up and out of patience after three days. I called Crutchfield support and had no trouble returning the unit. While speaking to the technician on the phone, he suggested that we get the Kenwood DDX371 instead. Even though the Kenwood had a slightly smaller (6.1inch) screen, he suggested that we would have better luck with Android and the Galaxy S4. He was right. We love the Kenwood DDX371.

    Pros: Nice radio if you have an iPhone 4. Must upgrade firmware to use all features with an iPhone 5.

    Cons: Hands free is not very good with an Android Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    Written by: Nelson1248 from Albuquerque nm on March 6, 2014

    2007 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Great product easy to use and can add on navigation package! Love it!

    Pros: Looks and sounds great

    Cons: Works better for android than apple phones

    Great sound, finicky controls

    Written by: abbott from Alabama on March 3, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've had this installed in my 2007 Toyota 4Runner with JBL Synthesis 10 speaker system for a few weeks now. Movies work ok; the screen isn't the best resolution, but it watchable. Sound quality is very good, and worth the cost, considering I left my stock speakers. The touch screen is finicky. Sometimes I have to touch items 2 or 3 times, and despite the manual describing a touch panel calibration method, I never could get this menu to come up. It does take a few seconds to process files on my usb flash drive. To go into "music browse mode", which makes it easier to naviagate your files from the home screen, I have to go through several menus each time I restart the car. This is cumbersome and silly. Background and illumination are customizable, which is nice. Equalizer is very functional. Pioneer has a good reputation, but it has to be some of the worst customer service. I emailed a questions/complaint about the unit and got a generic email several days later, with a link to click on to "contact customer service in my region", which just looped me back to the same website I used to contact them. Rediculous. Anyway, I figured out the problem on my own, even though the manual was of no help. Bluetooth on my cheap android prepaid phone works very well and the sound/call quality is pretty good. This is one of the features that led me to choose this unit. I have the microphone attached above my rear view mirror. Overall, good unit could use some improvement.

    Pros: Great sound, bluetooth calling, equalizer works well, usb connectivity, decent radio reception, screen angle is adjustable

    Cons: Finicky and sometimes slow touch screen, slow to read usb flash, have to restart music browse mode when restarting vehicle, poor customer service with Pioneer

    Great radio

    Written by: Barry from Tulsa, OK on March 2, 2014

    2011 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    I love this radio. It is so easy to use and operate. I would recommend this radio for people who want maximum sound.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Aviano Air Base, Italy on February 23, 2014

    2008 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This head unit is a very good upgrade from my factory unit. The only issue I had with it was the install. The wiring harness that came with the unit did not have a very good break down of what each wire. It took the use of three different manuals to (radio manual, Haynes Audi manual, PAC Audi Can Interface wiring breakdown) get it wired in correctly.

    Pros: Awesome sound quality, look, and iPod interface!!! I would definitely recommend this head unit to others.

    Cons: poor wiring breakdown.

    Nothing Bad To Say

    Written by: Kent from Caroline County, VA on February 19, 2014

    2013 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I put this stereo in my 2013 Dodge Dart using the four factory speakers and adding 2 Kicker CompVR Subs and the sound is amazing. Also the video quality when playing a DVD is above what I expected as well. Also feature that allows you to tune the subs come in handy. I have to put it on negative 20 because of how powerful the kick of the Comp VRs are. If you want great quality for a great price, this deck is the way to go. Also I had to pose as if I was installing this deck along with other accessories in a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 because Crutchfield wouldn't allow me to order it for 2013 Dodge Dart. So if you have a 2013 Dodge Dart this will fit with only a few minor modifications to the inside of the dash. Its nothing major, just cutting some plastic with a Dremel and breaking off a weld with a pry bar.

    Pros: Price Build Sound Quality Video Quality Interface

    Cons: None what so ever.

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    Written by: PDM from Connecticut on February 11, 2014

    2009 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit for the price. The sound quality is fantastic. Streaming Pandora through a Droid Maxx, or phone calls, no issues.

    Pros: 7" Screen, Sound Quality, Bluetooth/Pandora

    Cons: If you listen to A.M. (yeah right, what's that) tuning not that great.

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    Written by: E.J.W. from Maryland on February 7, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit.

    Pros: Music functionality. Screen display. Mixtrax. Good sound quality.

    Cons: Mixtrax won't operate on screen with android phone. Cost. Size of screen.

    UNBELIEVABLE

    Written by: Mr. J from Augusta, Ga on February 5, 2014

    2011 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased this radio to replace my JVC in my 2011 Camaro SS. Amazing power and lots of bells and whistles. This is my first Pioneer head unit for any car I owned and I must say it is a great value. Only down side is that my JVC did not require a steering wheel control unit to operated with the factory steering contol, but this one did. I'm hearing bass that I have never heard before.

    Pros: A great multi-purpose radio for the money.

    Cons: Have to purchase steering wheel controller unit to work with factory equipment.

    New pioneer radio

    Written by: Brody F from Laurel,MS on February 5, 2014

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    This radio is awesome! I love it!! It's is very easy to use and sounds amazing!

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    Great product for the money!

    Written by: Anonymous from nj on January 31, 2014

    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Way better than similar items of equal or greater value. All my friends think it's pretty cool too.

    Pros: Style. Features. Ease of use. Easy fast shipping.

    Cons: None

    Very Good Unit

    Written by: Steve S. from Billerica, MA on January 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed in 2005 Kia Optima Lx. Purchased for my daughter to be able to receive phone calls via bluetooth while driving. Did a test run on the bench and all the capabilities worked. We did not purchase the special adaptor to allow Pandora videos to show on the display but just purchased a 3.5 mm and USB panel mount extension cable. This allong with the bluetooth gives her more than enough capability from the unit. Two days before I installed the unit in the car she managed to water damage her iphone and of course the bluetooth no longer works on her phone. That's another story.

    Pros: Ability to match dash lighting colors. Almost all functionality for iphone 5 without spending $200 for special cables and adaptors. A lot of capability.

    Cons: Manual a bit weak regarding installation wiring. Print a bit small.

    Great head unit

    Written by: Rb from Mountain view ca on January 21, 2014

    2001 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Installed this unit in my RV and it works great. Lots of great features, the Bluetooth works well with my iphone 5 and a surprising improvement in sound quality. The back up camera feature is nice and I like that you can switch it on while driving to check on my tow car.

    Pros: Great sound, nice features, easy to see display.

    Cons: Would be nice to be able to switch the backup camera input to mirror the image.

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    Written by: Matt from East Williamson, NY on January 19, 2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Very good unit for the money. So many features and setting to customize to your liking. Looked at a lot of double din head units and this was by far the best deal out there.

    Pros: Easy to use and supper simple installation.

    Cons: Getting the video to work was the hardest issue.

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    Written by: Eric H from Paso Robles, CA on January 6, 2014

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    This product meets the needs and style I was looking for in a new car stereo. The sound is great and the picture of the DVD is just like a tv at home. Syncing our phones was a snap and the ease of switching between users is as easy as a finger swipe on the screen. The only functionality issue that I have is that the "navigation" portion that was specified in the product details is actually from an app that you are required to download onto your phone instead of being an on-board GPS Navigation system. I guess I should read a little more carefully instead of glancing at the details before I make a purchase for a stereo with "navigation."

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    WOW!

    Written by: Chris from Charlotte, NC on January 6, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Unit is more than expected. Gave it to my son for Christmas and he was excited to see his old OEM radio in his xTerra replaced with this. Hardest part in the install was getting the old radio out and then removing the middle bar in the new template. Otherwise, it worked as advertised when I finally plugged it in. It was a perfect fit! And the sound quality is so much better compared to the old radio - and that is without replacing the current speakers. So really satisfied with the purchase.

    Pros: Perfect fit Great sound quality

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    Nice Radio

    Written by: Chad from Georgia on January 3, 2014

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Another nice unit from Pioneer. This is the 2nd "App-friendly" Pioneer that I have installed for friends/family, and neither have disappointed. Nice rich sound and super smooth iPod integration.

    Pros: Nice look & sound

    Cons: A bit tedious with the parking brake sensor (as always expected)

    Great gift

    Written by: SeakY from Lowell, ma on January 2, 2014

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great Christmas gift I bought for my husband, and he loves it

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    Nice radio

    Written by: Anonymous from Huntsville on January 1, 2014

    2007 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Works well and does integrate with iphone 5. Pioneer's iphone app is terrible though

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    Very Nice Unit!

    Written by: BobbyC from Pittsburgh, PA on January 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I am very happy with this Pioneer unit that I installed in my 2005 Honda Element. Glad I went with the 7" screen. Currently, I have an iPhone 4S, but will be upgrading to a iPhone 5 in the future. I did not purchase the additional cable required to run apps, since it looks like they won't run with the iPhone 5 anyway. That's OK -- no biggie for me, but that's why I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise, I am very happy with this purchase. Sound is outstanding!

    Pros: Great sound Easy install Nice look & visual quality

    Cons: Should have better integration for apps without expensive cable More complete integration for iPhone5

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    Written by: Ben from Miami,FL on December 29, 2013

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Best head unit for the money. Customizable,you can upload your own image as a background. Was able to work with my Iphone 5 and my wife's 5c with the lightning plug didn't need to update any software it worked instantly.

    Pros: Easy to use, huge screen, iphone 5 ready, Bluetooth automatically syncs, phone calls are loud and clear

    Cons: App Radio mode, volume/ skip bottoms are pretty small. Wish mirror Apps was included

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    Written by: Troy K from Richmond Indiana on December 28, 2013

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I love this radio unit works great. Easy to use, cool as heck, has a lot of features I like etc

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    Great Value

    Written by: jeff h from Memphis, TN on December 24, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I did a lot of research before deciding on this unit. For the money I think it is the best out there. There are some more expensive units that offer some extra features but this has all you could want and more. I was very impressed with the quality and ease of use with this unit. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a screen but is on a budget.

    Pros: Looks GREAT installed. Streamlined buttons really let the focus be on the screen. The touchscreen is very responsive and I have no complaints about it's use.

    Cons: I'm not crazy about the EQ setups. I have a 10" sub that I have always been happy with but have had one hell of a time trying to get a good consistent sound out of my door speakers and sub at the same time. My only other complaint is that the picture is very grainy, but once again you aren't buying a $700 screen so you shouldn't expect the same picture quality that you might get with one of those units...

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    Written by: Anonymous from Miami, FL on December 18, 2013

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Product was easy to install and friendly to work with. Please plan to convert your videos to the following codec: Divx-Movie. Then throw those .avi on a usb and play your heart on the unit.

    Pros: good sound, lots of features, iphone friendly.

    Cons: i wish it had a better display resolution. 800x480 is subpar for the amount of pixels are out there for a 7" screen. not so friendly with android, pioneer take note: android is here to stay. develop for it.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Grundy, Va on December 17, 2013

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great entry - level head unit.

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    Nice Head Unit

    Written by: Brandon from Jonesboro on December 14, 2013

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I really enjoy this head unit. I owned a flip-out type touch screen prior to this one and it is by far a better way to go. I installed this head unit into a sierra truck and it is a nice addition. I had to shave the Metra in-dash kit that it comes with because this head unit slants slightly down and out when in use. Also, is you want to listen to a CD, the face plate will push down and out so just be ready to trim the in-dash kit. Other than that, everything is working.

    Pros: Touch screen. Bluetooth Microphone for calls Sexy

    Cons: Had to trim the Metra Kit IMO, the volume buttons and the track selection buttons should be switched.

    Great value

    Written by: WildWillys from Bettendorf, IA on December 13, 2013

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great DVD receiver for the price. I bought it to attach a rear view camera and the 7" screen size is great

    Pros: Screen size

    Cons: I need to update the firmware as the FM song info does not update properly. I hope this addresses the issue

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT Radio

    Written by: Clark from Pensacola, Fl on December 13, 2013

    2001 Ford Excursion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    What a great radio for the money. A little difficult and tasking to install the updates to make the iPhone 5 work but once it all got loaded and installed correctly...it works great. Now the product is as advertised. I would recommend to a friend.

    Pros: A lot of features on this radio for a decent price

    Cons: setup is somewhat difficult

    avh-x4500bt excellent

    Written by: BillyW from Tuscaloosa, AL on December 13, 2013

    2010 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this for my 2012 scion xb, perfect fit, came with everything I needed to wire up. 4 Volt preouts, great eq, picture quality is great also. Very easy to use, big screen

    Pros: 4 volt preout, remote control included, 7" screen, priced great compared to units with less features that cost more

    Cons: none

    Don't use with the iPhone 5 adapter...

    Written by: Chris from Charlotte, nc on December 10, 2013

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I loved every bit of this radio after I installed it. Everything worked better than my research had led me to believe, and I really was in love with this head unit. Until I installed the iPhone 5 adapter/firmware update... If you aren't going to be cabling your iphone to this thing, read no further and buy it. My review is too long for this, so long story short, get the head unit. Don't get the iPhone 5 adapter for it

    Pros: Automatic Bluetooth link

    Cons: App radio mode, iphone 5 adapter, firmware update

    yea

    Written by: Rafael from clifton,new jersey on December 10, 2013

    2009 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    uao is an excellent Radio

    Pros: just excellent

    Cons: I will rate it with six stars

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Medford, Or on December 7, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a breezes to install, love the control setup, sound is just, everything is there.

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    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Chris from NJ on December 3, 2013

    2004 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A great upgrade to my car, use it everyday. I installed it in an 04 RSX and it looks very clean, one of the better looking head units I was able to find.

    Pros: good sound quality, plays nicely with spotify on android, good call quality via bluetooth, can make the colors match my dash lights, very little delay in UI.

    Cons: The bezel on the bottom with the buttons is not flush to the rest of the unit, I wish it was. And the buttons feel cheap, like small buttons with a thin piece of plastic composite glued on top. I'm sure this is how most head units are made but a plastic bezel with dedicated plastic buttons would have given the product a more premium feel and be more tactile to reduce distractions (looking over at the buttons) while driving.

    Pioneer avh-x4500bt

    Written by: Ryan.f from Williamsport, p.a on December 2, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this unit in my 2012 ford fusion. Very easy install. The 4volt preouts were a big thing I was looming for when shopping online for a headunit. This has all the features I was looking for and more. I've always loved pioneer headunit s, and this one is the nicest headunit I've ever owned. Input I recommend that you use crutch field because you get everything you need to install it for free, plus crutch field technical support is the best.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Great System

    Written by: Anonymous from MS on December 1, 2013

    2008 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great system, the sound is great and the touch screen is easy to use. The only issue I have is the Bluetooth takes a while to connect to my phone. I got a rear view camera to go along with it and it rocks. Great overall

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    good for discounted price

    Written by: dowburger from washington on November 28, 2013

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Would have given this unit 5 stars but it's not Sirius ready! It's an older Model, which the price does reflect.

    Pros: Easy navigation, has some buttons for volume and other controls. Great screen.

    Cons: Most head units for even the discounted price are Sirius ready, not this one.

    Great product

    Written by: Nic b from Mead WA on November 27, 2013

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This a great product, it has everything I've come to expect from Pioneer.

    Pros: This is very user friendly, the touch screen is great, much better than touch screens of the past and I think the sound quality is exceptional

    Cons: If there is one thing I could gripe about is the display is a little hard to see when the sun is hitting it just right, but that's about every head unit I've ever come across

    Love my new Pioneer Radio / AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: GinoB from Ontario, CA on November 5, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I just replaced my stock radio on my Mazda3 2008 with the Pioneer AVH-X4500BT. I dont know why i waited so long to do this... I love the sound quality and look of this unit. It has made a 100% diference in sound and look to my car. The FREE kit is excellent and just looks great on my dash. I had no problems in making it fit or made any adjustments, it just fit perfect. Again, I was happy to see this unit work and what it does... Also, I have an Iphone5 and this unit works excellent with it with no problems at all... I definetly recommend it for you Iphone5 owners. It recognises the music / Podcasts / Pandora with no problems... very fast!!!! In conclusion, I have nothing wrong to say about the unit or Crutchfield. I received the unit in 3 days / FREE SHIPPING...

    Pros: Great Radio, Easy to use

    Cons: None so far....

    iPhone and Android friendly

    Written by: Techeros from Jackson, MS on November 5, 2013

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I had a Galaxy S4 and the deck would connect via bt fine. However, the meta data about each song would not display nor would the album art. The iPhone 5s works via bt fine. Both phones connect automagiclly upon cranking the vehicle as expected. This is true for Pandora, Spotify and music stored on the iPhone. Connecting the standard iPhone usb cable provides the display with meta data and album art. The deck can control both the Android and iPhone using the back and next to advance to the next song (using Pandora and Spotify). Using Google Maps with the android will NOT pause the music and announce your next turn like the iPhone will. I understand there is an app to download and install, but ain't nobody got time fo that. ;) The user interface is much easier (IMO) to use than previous versions of this radio. This radio is very snappy and quick to react touching the screen. The sound quality, the display size and radio software make this a great upgrade. I'm very happy with my purchase.

    Pros: VERY easy to install, screen size, sound quality, bt music streaming

    Cons: none

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Central city KY on November 2, 2013

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product, easy to use and great videos quality.

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    Read This!

    Written by: Dave from Augusta, GA on October 28, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So to begin this review I will say I hate bad quality and prefer to install anything myself. I recently need to change an old double-din Kenwood Excelon receiver since it the CD drive was failing and the system itself was outdated. In addition to head unit, I have a 5-channel Kicker amp with affordable Pioneer component speakers. I did some heavy research before choosing this Pioneer receiver. I decided to buy this radio since it was very affordable and it had bluetooth and 4-volt preamps (they actually made a huge difference: I had to turn down the amp's speaker gain down dramatically). I own a Galaxy S3 and unfortunately the radio was not able to read its files regardless of installing the Pioneer connect app but I am using an old ipod as a hard drive instead. Fortunately the bluetooth works fantastic, it connects extremely quick as soon as I turn the radio on, even the bluetooth audio quality was impressive. As for radio quality it isn't amazing but I don't listen to radio anyways so an HD tuner was not on my checklist. The video quality when watching a DVD is better than I expected (specifically the smoothness of motion and the contrast of colors). Finally the settings and customization menus are the icing on the cake; plenty of options. A few options I enjoy were the Sound Retriever, button color, custom background, and the three options for Loudness. Overall if you are looking for a quality head unit for an affordable price look no further.

    Pros: Great Sound and Video; Affordable Price; Plenty of options in music and customization Menus; Easy Bluetooth; Simple Navigation of menus

    Cons: Doesn't support my Android phone via USB

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Curtis from Lake Mary, FL on October 28, 2013

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Really improved the sound quality of the factory Ford Audiophile system. Love the features of this unit.

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    Pioneer in dash DVD player

    Written by: Travisshai from Charlottesville, VA on October 26, 2013

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

    Display is a tad boring, could have better graphics for the display.

    Pros: Bluetooth capability, Large display.

    Cons: Display resolution, cannot mirror apps from phone.

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Jim from Bradenton, FL on October 26, 2013

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Good product

    Pros: Fits nice in the dash of my silverado.

    Cons:

    Pros and Cons

    Written by: CK808 from Hilo, HI on October 23, 2013

    2004 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit has strong and week points. Sounds and looks great, but the unit's safety features are irritating. It requires the e-brake switch to be engaged TWICE to play videos and make certain adjustments. An irritating warning message also comes on EVERY TIME a video is played. This unit would be much better without the security measures, but is still a decent unit. The interface is a little laggy, but nothing to be too upset about.

    Pros: Looks and sounds great

    Cons: Security features are horrible and irritating. Laggy interface.

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Franklin va on October 22, 2013

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love it

    Pros: Great

    Cons:

    Great unit, great price!

    Written by: Evauk from Ogden, UT on October 21, 2013

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've been a long time fan of Pioneer products and when I finally had the chance to upgrade to a full touch screen display, I was a bit cautious. With many low end and plenty of high end head units, finding the right one that did everything I need, was easy, until you start looking at extra features, brand name, etc. This unit more then met what I wanted, and beside some adaption issues, have loved this thing. Not much for cons plenty of pros. Would recommended for sure!

    Pros: IPod or iPhone use is really easy. The Pandora feature is especially nice to have when there isn't much for local radio stations. Remote is handy, but the unit is easily used w/o it. On sale its a great buy!

    Cons: The apps that wee available..are kinda pathetic. None of them that great. The background choices are plain. Haven't been able to just use a personal one. It looks sleek, but a top tilt out would have helped.

    Perfect Unit for a Budget Install

    Written by: Skip from Frisco, Texas on October 19, 2013

    2013 Nissan 370Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed this HU in a friend's 2013 370Z. Unit looks great and looks like it could have been a factory option.

    Pros: iPod video, Bluetooth, App integration... A lot of bang for the buck.

    Cons: Pioneer never has gotten their interface to run quite as smooth as Kenwood, but after a little learning curve, you get use to it.

    The best features combined with the best value

    Written by: Connor.B from Reno, NV on October 17, 2013

    2005 GMC Yukon Denali
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The 4500bt is everything I wanted and more. The bluetooth is amazingly clear. I have been in cars before with aftermarket bluetooth systems and have been unimpressed. The sound is clear and people on the other end have had no issues hearing me. I can talk at a reasonable level and not have to scream either. The head unit is in a 2005 Yukon Denali with a factory Bose stereo. It currently is hooked up to a 1200W Kenwood excelon amp and two fosgate P3 woofers. Another great bonus is the 4v preouts. The interface is easy to maneuver, and the variable color options make matching the display to the colors in your car easy. The adjustable angle of the head unit is also really nice. It helps eliminate glare almost entirely. The Pandora app is great too. I have an iphone5 and what has worked for me so far is using a 30pin cable and then using a 30pin to lightening adapter. It doesn't do video or anything but it allows all the stereo controls to work the iphone controls. The bluetooth audio is awesome. I can have my phone in my backpack with bluetooth on. Get in the car, play my music and use the phone all with my phone in my backpack sitting in the back seat! Sound quality easily gets 5 stars due to the Auto EQ option as well as a graphic 8 band equalizer.

    Pros: Bluetooth is amazing. touch screen is responsive. Easy to use while driving. Steering wheels controls interfaced perfectly with the crutchfield recommended adapter.

    Cons: Some people say the iPhone5 lightening cable is a con. I say get over it.

    Awesome head unit

    Written by: DB_Nerd from Waco Tx on October 8, 2013

    2012 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    At first i thought this was going to be a real difficult head unit to wire up but was super simple. Love how i can customize it to my taste and the full 7 inch motorized face is really sturdy. Has a built in amp so sound quality is AMAZING!! All my friends even my girlfriend complimented it and are wanting one. Found the best price at Crutchfield and super fast shipping!

    Pros: Really well built and sound quality plus easy to install

    Cons: Dvd picture quality not all that, does not work with iphone 5 without 30 pin adapter.

    Great Double Din

    Written by: Anonymous from San Diego, CA on October 2, 2013

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Fit great and looks great. Increased the sound quality by 100%.

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    This thing is Sweet

    Written by: Jland from petaluma ca on September 1, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This radio has a great sound to it, and it is easy to use. It has a pretty fast processor and the color changing features are cool. Its perfect.

    Pros: sound quality, easy to use, color changing, screen image, features.

    Cons:

    AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: rking from pikesville, Md on August 1, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It's one of the greatest investments I have made into my Z06 Corvette, replacing my nav screen with this DVD head unit was perfect for me, I now can play my music thru my Ipod Touch or Iphone and watch the music video while the music is palying and sounding very good with a very good picture, and being able to use blue tooth with all my devises, no issue so far, the GPS APP feature comes thru my audio system with turn by turn, sorry ONSTAR not needed any more, and using the phone thru the system is perfect hands free talking, while talking the conversation comes thru the speakers of the car and when the conversation is finished it goe's right back to playing and showing my music videos on this beautifull 7" screen and watching a movie in my car is better than being in a movie theater, sound and picture quality is excellent, man I love this Pioneer X4500BT, I would recommend this product to anybody that was interested in a DVD head unit

    Pros: Everything about it including the price

    Cons: None

    Great sound and effects, but kind slow

    Written by: Tyler D from Lake Charles, LA on July 27, 2013

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It is pretty impressive, but not exactly what I excepted.

    Pros: The easy use of features are nice, the sound is great, the video, and pandora option with phone calls are cool

    Cons: The problems I have are the radio is a little slow and glitches sometimes and is kinda slow to respond to even looking through songs, and I have some issues with changing my background pics and issues with it naming the tracks wrong.

    avh-x4500bt

    Written by: kenny from 8543 pedigo rd powell tn 37849 on July 22, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love this unit. Hade some other brands before love the pioneer.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Awesome

    Written by: Chad from Pensacola, FL on June 18, 2013

    2010 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love this thing! It's an amazing deck for the price!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Makes weird mechanical noise when display moves. No front USB

    Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

    Written by: Scott from Central Florida on June 11, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This radio was purchased to replace the Pioneer App Radio due to a upgrade from the Apple 4S to the 5.0. The advertisement and sales person I purchased from stated it is fully compatable with the Apple 5 which it currently is not. The only thing this radio does with an apple phone os allow streaming music via blue tooth. Even with purchasing all the cables, adapters, etc recommended by the sales person, the phone will not communicate with the head unit. In speaking direct with Pioneer, they do not have a date of when this will work. Pretty sad response considering the advertisement states this radio was designed to work with the Apple 5. If your looking for a head unit to communicate with your Iphone 5, this is not the radio to purchase at this time. Perhaps in the future once Pioneer develops a firmware upgrade which is currently non-existant ( June 2013)

    Pros: Nice looking unit, good control over audio side of radio. Nice product

    Cons: False advertising in that this radio is not compatible with the Apple 5 as Pioneer states it does. Sales staff at time of purchase stated phone works specifically and is compatible with Apple 5 phone. I could have kept the App radio and saved myself the money.

    Great product, lacks iPhone 5.

    Written by: ConnorP from SaintPaul, MN on May 2, 2013

    2007 Buick Rendezvous
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great head unit. I am very happy with the sound quality, and decent graphics. I wish there was an option to make the cover art full screen while listening to your iPods music. Even with the adapter that Crutchfield says to get, the Pioneer CD-IV202AV doesnt make your iPhone compatible, it says "incompatible USB". The apps won't work if you have the iPhone 5 until pioneer releases the update. (Expected this summer) Other than that I enjoy this unit.

    Pros: Nice look and good sound.

    Cons: Not compatible with iPhone 5 or iPad Mini yet.

    Doesn't work well with android phone

    Written by: Tom from CT on April 14, 2013

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

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (Epic 4G Touch). While I can get the bluetooth phone and streaming to work, but I just can't get the Pandora or the advanced app mode to work. I have also tried to connect via a USB cable, but it just gives me the incompatible note. There is also a problem with the volume going up and down between AUX, bluetooth, DVD and radio. Outside of the two big problems I listed, everything seems to work okay. The sound quality is excellent. For the price, I guess I can do worse. Still, I am not happy about the lack of support on Android. I also didn't get the help from Crutchfield like they claim they have.

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Can't connect to Samsung Galaxy S2, lack of support from Pioneer or Crutchfield

    love this unit also tricks to help

    Written by: alan from jackson nj on March 14, 2013

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice head unit for the money. Have seen people with some issues with getting things to work right. I have a droid have set it up with bluetooth got pandora control working on the radio have found that if you run through bluetooth audio mode you can listen to music and use your navi it inturupts on when you need to turn. Also for tje sound problems people have i added an amp and sub and turned my highs up on the speakers and my bass down and ajusted my sub to blend in right and it sounds amazing I also set my loud setting to high. I dont like the fact that you cant use app mode with droid they need to fix that. Hope this helps.

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    pioneer AVH-x4500 bt

    Written by: Cotyn from quantico va. on March 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This head unit is awesome i originally ordered the 2500bt but for 150 more bucks you get this. the face is awesome, it looks great in my silverado and powers the speakers well. i had the Bose and put alpine 6 1/2 inch in the doors and 12" Keenwood sub . it sounds awesome, i love the features of it, the Bluetooth works great. The iPhone hook up is awsome with the hands free calling ex.

    Pros: bluetooth, touchscreen iphone app capabilitys

    Cons: non so far

    Best head unit I have ever owned

    Written by: MarkG from Lacey, WA on February 27, 2013

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this unit as a upgrade for my 09' jeep wrangler. Love the touch screen and all the colors. It was a bit of a pain to install with the Jeep being so tight on space in the dash. The app radio part of the head unit is awesome. But I'm finding out all those app radio apps are not working due to the most recent iOS updates, so I hope they will be updated soon.

    Pros: Easy to navigate. Lots of choices to customize. Sounds great.

    Cons: Wish pioneer would update the firmware and apps that they use as a selling point for the head unit.

    Watch out iPhone 5 owners

    Written by: Jf from Palmer ak on February 24, 2013

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

    Will stream Bluetooth off iphone5 iPod but had to buy an old 30 pin iPod connector and a 30 pin to lightning adapter for it to stream pandora at all. Will not stream pandora through Bluetooth. It seems pioneer is working in a cable and requires two apple cables to get full functionality. Otherwise it's a nice piece. Wish the box would have said "not compatible with iphone5" on it.

    Pros: Sound/

    Cons: Iphone5 incompatibility

    Incredible

    Written by: Garrett S from Blacksburg, VA on January 30, 2013

    2009 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Like most of the other reviews of this product, it is absolutely incredible. However, when doing my research to purchase a proper double DIN head unit I couldn't really find whether it was compatible with the iPhone 5. I will assure you that the audio streaming (information displayed too) and phone calls do in fact work. I have heard problems with other head units controlling the bluetooth music and calls with the head unit, but with this the AVH-X4500BT I have no problems at all. I have an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1

    Pros: iPhone 5 compatibility (both bluetooth audio and calling)

    Cons: none so far!

    Great IPhone head unit

    Written by: MikeM from Evans Mills on January 19, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit. Installed in a 2012 Ford Raptor. Harness was a bit of a pain but over all worth every penny. This unit streams all music info Via Bluetooth. I didn't even realize it did that until after I used it. I bought the iPhone 201S cable since that's what it said it needed to use the pandora and other apps. But I just stream it over Bluetooth so I don't even use the cable. Now for advance App mode I use it and it works fine using the newest IPhone update 6.01. Awesome radio and Crutchfield rocks by getting it to me at the best price and in two days!

    Pros: Every bit of this radio is a pro

    Cons: Only has one USB on back

    Easy install/fast Bluetooth connection

    Written by: Kyle McKay from Tacoma, WA on January 4, 2013

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

    This was the first head unit I have ever installed it was intimidating at first, but now looking back at what I did, I only had to marry up 3 sets of wires. Everything else is plug and play. Bluetooth connects fast as soon as it turns on it is right there. App mode is a little finicky but when u pay for a $1 app vs a $300 navigation unit, it's not that bad.

    Pros: Fast bluetooth. Great display. Easy install. All around great unit.

    Cons: App mode (for iPhone) is a bit sluggish. But that is it.

    Double Din

    Written by: Chris from Boston on December 29, 2012

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    Radio was not hard to install and looks great. App mode is finicky but a nice add-in. Video looks great on this unit.

    Pros: 7" inch monitor Direct Pandora connect Mixtrax with Music

    Cons: No iPhone 5 support for app mode.

    Combersome operation, unreliable performance

    Written by: Anonymous from Carpinteria, CA on December 21, 2012

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    I installed this unit about one month ago and it has been the source of constant frustration ever since. Originally I was intereseted in the radio because I liked the ability to run iPhone navigation apps on the screen as well as listen to Pandora or my iPod. Both of these options will work on the radio but not simultaneously. In other words, if you want navigation, no music. Occasionaly, by accident, the music app will continue to play when I switch to the navigation mode. If there is a way to multitask it isn't mentioned in the instructions. Getting an app to run on this radio is very, very frustrating. The amount of button presses required to get the iPod, Pandora or any app for that matter is unnecessarily cumbersome. First a button press on the radio, then the iPhone, then radio again... then a blank screen on the radio and phone so try it all again. I'm sometimes 20 minutes into the drive before any music is playing. Unless I want some help navigating in which case I sit in silence until the nav voice tells me when to turn. When the music does start its always the first song (by alphabet) in your library so you better like it. I promise myself I'm going to return this heap every time I try and operate it... just haven't because I just spent hours installing it and dread undoing all my work. If you're looking for a safe and convenient way to access your iPhone apps while in your vehicle THIS IS NOT THE RADIO FOR YOU.

    Pros: The concept is really cool. Waze, Pandora and the iPod ocassionaly work pretty well... once you finally get them to operate.

    Cons: Not user friendly, glitchy operation, poor touch screen response. Trying to listen to music through an app, especially while using a navigation app, is ultra frustrating. After pressing a multitude of buttons and juggling my phone and radio I've on a few occasions been able to listen to music while a navigation app is running. This process is cumbersome and yields inconsistent results. This product has way too many glitches and quirks... especially for the price.

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    What's in the box?

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    • DVD receiver with motorized 6.95" LCD touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CXE5116)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 8
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (R), Compoiste (R)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/App Control
    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.95" TFT LCD Touchscreen Color Display: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT features a 6.95" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a paired Bluetooth device, or a connected component such as your iPod/iPhone or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    Motorized Display: The unit's touchscreen display is motorized. The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and eject your DVD/CD discs. The angle of the motorized touchscreen display can also be adjusted to five different positions to meet your viewing needs in the car.

    Multilingual Display: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT offers English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.

    Video Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for each source and the optional rear view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast), color (adjusts color saturation), hue (adjusts the tone of color), and temperature (adjust the color temperature).

    Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video:

    • Full: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions.
    • Zoom: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen.
    • Normal: A 4:3 picture is displayed as it is.

    On Screen Display Color & Background Adjustment: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background can be set to one of four preset still images, a moving image, a stored JPEG image, or turned Off.

    Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double -DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in  your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. 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).
    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 AVH-X4500BT.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-X4500BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AVH-X4500BT 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 AVH-X4500BT 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 AVH-X4500BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • 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, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for the phone number by alphabet search mode.
    • 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.
    • Voice Control: If your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone is equipped with the voice control feature, you can use voice commands to make calls.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to access these functions.

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

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The AVH-X4500BT will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Repeat/Random. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album Art. The AVH-X4500BT also supports audio streaming of music apps (metadata display and control will depend on music app). 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.

    iPod/App Control

    iPod/iPhone Connection: The Pioneer multimedia head unit supports both audio/video & app playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Select the appropriate cable for your model Apple device and media content.

    • Audio Only: Using Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone, you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music, podcasts, and Pandora Internet Radio on your iPod or iPhone through the Pioneer A/V head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; you will need the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to connect the Apple device to the Pioneer head unit. The head unit does not support direct connection of the Lightning-connector cable that comes with the iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
    • Audio/Video: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod/iPhone connector cable (130IU201V, sold separately) you can enjoy audio playback, plus video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone; as well as music or video based apps streamed to your iPhone. Not compatible with iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
    • Audio/Video + AppRadio: The Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (130IU201S, sold separately) not only provides audio/video playback, but also allows you to launch the AppRadio Mode on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.2+), for playback of advance applications (such as navigation and internet radio) on the Pioneer AVH-X4500BT. You can also access audio/video files and AppRadio Mode from your iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) using Pioneer's CD-IV202AV cable kit, an Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and Apple Lighting-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately); also requires your iPhone 5 be paired via Bluetooth and a Firmware update from Pioneer.
    Note: Video from your iPod/iPhone device can only be displayed while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen or from the iPod/iPhone's touchscreen, clickwheel, or downloadable app.

    • Head Unit: The Pioneer CD-IU201V (audio/video), CD-IU201S (iPhone 4/4S), or CD-IV202AV (iPhone 5) cable lets you search your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Rental, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook from the head unit's touchscreen; the CD-IU51(audio only) cable only allows browsing of audio categories. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). 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. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked in this mode.
    • iPod/App: The Pioneer CD-IU201V (iPod/iPhone), CD-IU201S (iPhone 4/4s), or CD-IV202AV (iPhone 5) cable is required for App Control mode. App Control mode allows you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The App mode also 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. In addition, you can watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+) or iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+). 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. The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged.

    Pandora App: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT supports the Pandora App via the Pioneer CD-IU51 (audio only), CD-IU201V (audio/video), CD-IU201S (iPhone 4/4S), or CD-IV202AV (iPhone 5) cable. The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X4500BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the proprietary Pioneer 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 AVH-X4500BT will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.

    • 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/iPhone Display: The multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, as well as metadata from Pandora and AppRadios; including Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'basic App mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.

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

    Advanced App Mode: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201S (130IU201S, sold separately) cable to connect the AVH-X4500BT to your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.2+) loaded with Pioneer's free AppRadio application from iTunes, you can enjoy full on-screen access and control of your calendar, maps, and more with an intuitive interface, formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. The same can be done with the iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) using Pioneer's CD-IV202AV cable kit, an Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately). Pioneer has teamed up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. The AppRadio app must be first launched from your iPhone, and the compatible app selected from the iPhone. You can then operate the app from the Pioneer head unit. Popular apps include (as of 1/31/2013):

    App Categories Application Description

    Music

    Aupeo! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs, genres, or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner". Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
    CarMediaPlayer: CarMediaPlayer allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your music library directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View function. When you're searching through your library, Alphabet Search allows you to select the first letter in the desired song, album, or artist name from the Pioneer receiver making it quick an easy to get to the music you want. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the Pioneer's touchscreen.
    Livio Radio: The Livio Radio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.
    Rdio: Rdio (from for $4.99 per month) gives you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist,/Album/Song information, as well as Album art.
    StreamS HiFi Radio: The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.
    gMusic: Google Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic offers full playlist editing, Last.fm scrobbling, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation.
    Mixtrax: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
    Navigation Apple Maps: You can view Apple maps on the Pioneer  head unit's touchscreen as you would on your iPhone. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    MotionX GPS Drive: The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone 4/4S (not compatible w/ iPhone 5). There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee with an additional $19.99 per year for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone.
    NavFree GPS Live: NavFree GPS Live is a free navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search, live searches via Google and Microsoft Bing, and many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating.
    My GPS USA: My GPS USA is the next generation GPS satellite navigation from the makers of NavFree. Full featured with voice guided, turn-by-turn satellite navigation with no hidden costs. It offers a HD live map display with 2D and 3D modes. You can navigate by pinching, swiping and touching. Full voice guidance is available in 12 languages. Multiple Routing Modes include - Fastest, Shortest, Easy, Pedestrian, and Economical Routes. You can even navigate from your Contacts.
    INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 per year) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the Pioneer head unit, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
    Extra Mile: Extra Mile ($1.99) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel.
    EC Touch: The EasyCar app is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.
    Waze: Waze is a cool social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.
    Driver Assist DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone, the DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Best Parking: Best Parking is a parking search engine that steers drivers towards the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports.
    Parkopedia: Parkopedia ($1.99) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.
    Utility CarBrowser: CarBrowser ($1.99) allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    Commute WX: CommuteWX ($0.99) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.
    Contacts: Access your iPhone's contacts. This function is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Calendar: Access your iPhone's calendar, so you can view important events and reminders. This functionality is bundles with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Photos: You can view photos stored on your iPhone. Access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshows. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Note: As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-X4500BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 1/31/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Mode Pandora App AppRadio Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1 Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1 Y Y** Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.1 Y* N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N