Pioneer FH-X520UI

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Fill the 4" tall dash opening in your car with Pioneer's FH-X520UI CD receiver. This striking receiver covers the space with a multi-color display that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music — like cruising down the road with your own personal DJ on board.

Pioneer FH-X520UI

Customize the display and button colors to match your car.

Plenty of music and media options

Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to control your music files and playlists. If you're a Pandora® fan, you'll have control of your favorite stations from the receiver when your iPhone's connected, plus you can create stations on the fly. You can also use the USB input to tap into the music files stored on many Android devices, while the front aux input handles just about any other audio source. If you can't live without CDs, you'll enjoy stellar playback of your store-bought and home-burned discs.

You shape the sound

Pioneer's potent MOSFET amplifier delivers plenty of power, and you can use the 5-band EQ to shape the sound for your vehicle. You can also switch quickly between seven preset equalizer curves to get the sound you're looking for during your drive. The two pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to add external amplifiers or a powered sub.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons and 10-level dimmer
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built in iPod, iPhone, and iPad controls
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    Audio Features:
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 6 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Disc & USB (Android) Playback
    iPhone/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB (Android) Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer FH-X520UI CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The CD receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer FH-X520UI. Basic playback controls included Play/Pause, FW/RW, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Song/artist information such as track, artist, and album name will also be displayed on the head unit. In addition, USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • MSC Playback: The Pioneer FH-X520UI's USB port enables playback & control of MP3/WMA/WAV music files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your older Android smartphone (w/ OS 2.2+ [Froyo/Gingerbread]) or USB thumbdrive device (up to 32GB) through the head unit.
    • MTP Playback: The FH-X520UI's USB port also enables playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+ [Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Pioneer head unit.
    Note: You cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Pioneer FH-X520UI supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB MSC/MTP device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8/16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA albums and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title.

    Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information; including artist, song, and album name.

    Playback Controls: The Pioneer CD receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for disc and USB device playback. When a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the head unit will control music playback functions; you will not be able to control your music from the smartphone.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Off Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

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

    iPhone/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer FH-X520UI's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The FH-X520UI supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X520UI.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X520UI.
    Note: 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 (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Play, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play 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. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name. Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked, so you can access music apps; other iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during this mode.
    • iPod Mode: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information and control basic playback functions from the head unit. You will not be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's music by category from the head unit or use Link Play in this mode.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Once you have selected the music app from your iPhone, you'll be able to listen to music from that app through the Pioneer head unit, view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD, and operate basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the head unit's front-panel control. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer FH-X520UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/26/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2/3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/Air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The FH-X520UI is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer FH-X520UI using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the connector cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) 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 FH-X520UI will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Shuffle Station List: You can listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.
    • New Stations + Delete: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also delete a station from your Pandora station list.
    • 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/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.

    Audio Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The FH-X520UI is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the FH-X520UI are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    4ch/2V Preouts: The Pioneer FH-X520UI features two pair of 2.0-volt preouts. The unit's Rear/SW preouts can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs. When the head unit's RW/SW preouts are configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125 Hz), select the filter slope (-6/-12dB), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Equalizer: The Pioneer FH-X520UI features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    High-Pass Crossover: When you don't want low-frequency sound to be heard through your front or rear speakers, you can simply active the head unit's HPF (high pass filter). By activating the HPF, only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output from the front or rear speakers. The high pass filter crossover can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160hz, 200Hz or Off. The slope level of the HPF can also be adjusted to -6dB or 12dB.

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

    Audio Level Settings: The Pioneer FH-X520UI CD receiver offers a variety of audio settings to tailor the bass, treble, and volume level to your preference.

    • Bass Boost The FH-X520UI features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.
    • Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone, and is not supported by USB MTP devices. The Advanced Sound Retriever function is disabled when MIXTRAX is activated.

    Display Features

    Two-Line Display: The two-line, multi-segmented LCD with LED backlight is 35% larger than previous models and offers improved visibility and legibility.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 5 preset colors (White/Red/Amber/Green/Blue), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors.

    Brightness Control: You can manually adjust the brightness (1-10) of the head unit's display to suit your viewing needs. You can also sync the receiver's illumination to the head units' clock or your vehicle's headlights. To dim the receiver's display automatically when the vehicle's headlights are turned on, you'll need to hardwire the orange/white wire of the head unit's harness to your vehicle's parking light circuit.

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music. You can also choose which area's of the head unit's face illuminates; select Display, Display/Buttons, or Off.

    Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remains on (you can press the "DISP" button to turn off). When the Clock Display has been turned off, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the "DISP" button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On, you can choose to have the clock display during playback of each source.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On/Off within the menu.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer FH-X520UI 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The FH-X520UI comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause playback, skip music tracks, change display info, and adjust audio settings. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

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

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    Great Stereo

    Written By Jose, California on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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    Great stereo for the price. Made my pioneer speakers sound way better than when i had the stock stereo. Really happy.

    Pros: Solid stereo

    Cons: none

    pioneer radio ,speakers and accessories

    Written By anthony b, locust valley,new york on Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    Excellent easy to install everything I needed was supplied and no missing pieces,very happy

    Pros: Professional install,very good sound from system

    Cons: Trouble setting functions on radio

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Written By Carguy, Ohio on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    Great stereo for a good price. Easy to install and easy to use. Sound quality is great.

    Pros: Sound quality, color display, screen animation, track info display, ease of use, iphone controls, easy installation.

    Cons: Haven't found any flaws yet.

    Good power, Ok tuner

    Written By Sanman, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    This 13 watt amp has more power and better quality sound than my jvc that was "rated" at 22 watts. Everything is perfect about this radio except I wish the radio tuner was a little better.

    Pros: Amazing sound and features.

    Cons: Tuner has room for improvement.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Written By Anonymous, Zimmerman, MN on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    very easy to install ordered as kit came with everything I needed

    Easy install/So far so good

    Written By wvman, West Vriginia on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    Pretty straightforward install. You can never go wrong with Crutchfield. Install instructions were great and unit replaced a 13 year old factory unit. Son loves that he can play his his music thru his iphone.

    Pros: Easy install, pretty easy unit to figure out controls.

    Cons: None

    Excellent Audio

    Written By Ross H., Statesboro, Ga on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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    Pioneer does it again. Great radio. great price with all the features I needed. Awesome sound control with a display that will keep your heart racing.

    Pros: Value, easy to operate, awesome visual display, sound quality, as well as, infinite adjustability on all audio output.

    Cons: n/a

    Great head unit for the price

    Written By Tracy, Santa Rosa Beach Florida on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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    This is a great head unit for the price. Makes my speakers sound amazing. Just does not have individual adjustment for bass and trouble.... The light show it puts on at night is truly amazing my kids love it.... I would recommend this head unit/remote for anyone on a budget

    Pros: I love being able to sync my iPhone to it

    Cons: No base/highs adjustment

    Love the look

    Written By Carrie, Spring Hill, FL on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    Great looking radio, love that you can let it run thru the colors and not set one specific color. Or if you choose you can set it to one color. I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler and they said it was a modified fit, well the modification was a mm cut, was basically nothing. Very easy installation

    Great product for the money

    Written By Brantley, Texas on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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    This is a great product for the money. Gave me all the features I needed without having to spend a lot of money. Looks and sounds terrific in my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500!

    Pros: Lots of EQ options, love the media plugins, the built-in amp provides plenty of power to push my door speakers and when coupled with my remote subwoofer makes for a solid overall sound.

    Cons: A bit of a learning curve to navigate the menus but I don't think there is a way around that.

    Great radio!!

    Written By Justin L., Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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    I installed this new unit in about an hour and a half. Had to call tech support just for knowledge of unused wires and they were right on top of their game. In a matter of minutes they easily explained which wires I wouldn't use and my radio was in and running flawlessly shortly after.

    Pros: Sound quality is amazing, display is bright and vibrant, easy to install even with a simple modification required.

    Cons: None

    Great value!

    Written By Mike l, 29936 on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    Took 15 minutes to install. Crutchfield made it simple with everything needed to do it yourself

    Pros: Looks great. Sounds awesome

    Cons: None

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    Written By Anonymous, Houston, Texas on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    awesome product

    Perfect

    Written By BrianP, Illinois on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    My kids Bose stereo died in their Maxima and we were looking for a good product with a USB port for their iphones. This fit the need perfect, all the accessories included were a huge help. Needed one phone call to confirm a wiring setup, but old out and new in, in less than an hour. I would recommend Crutchfield add the Bojo trim panel tools into the accessories when being bought. They were a lifesaver.

    Pros: Easy to install; kids love the look of the unit; easy to use.

    Cons: Wiring of power antenna was not very clear, but one phone call to Crutchfield cleared that up.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI CD receiver

    Written By eunicelouise, Starkville, MS on Friday, January 23, 2015

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    Excellent product. Very pleased.

    Pros: Took approximately one hour to be installed by an experienced but not professional electronics person.

    Cons: none.

    Elegant and functional

    Written By Nick, Nebraska on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    This is a solid and well functioning head unit for a great price. It has a built-in mosfet amplifier which works well to power most after market speakers. It has two pairs of rca preamp outputs, which is nice if you are adding an amp and sub to your system. Overall a good double din stereo receiver.

    Pros: Preamp outputs. Mosfet amp. Great price. Double din. Slick looks.

    Cons: No dedicated subwoofer preamp output. No hd radio.

    Awesome Stock Replacement

    Written By SirSquatchMan, Piedmont, MO on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    I bought this head unit to replace my Mach 1000 in my 04 GT. It was basically a color match plug and play. My father and I got this installed in about 30 minutes (I had to go find wirenuts) and turned it on. The most majestic of all melodies filled my ears when I heard the amazing quality bursting forth from my two 10's in the back. Never before had I heard such range of bass. This is a beautiful replacement for the crappy Mach 1000 6 CD Changer.

    Pros: AUX, USB, Sub Control, Color Variety, Bass Boost, Easy Installation

    Cons: Kinda hard to program

    Great receiver

    Written By GrantG, Tennessee on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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    Very satisfied with my Pioneer radio. Great product, sounds really good!

    Looks Great

    Written By pklewis, California on Saturday, January 17, 2015

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    My Pioneer receiver was received very quickly and was a fairly easy install. I like that Crutchfield includes any extras needed for installation at no extra charge. I haven't had it that long, but I'm very pleased with the look and sound so far.

    Pros: Looks & sounds good. Easy installation.

    Cons: None, so far.

    First after market install

    Written By Louie, Knoxville, TN on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    Overall, a good product. Installation was easy. I have never installed an after market stereo. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Sound is good. I like the color selection for the display.

    Pros: Good price especially for a student on a budget. Looks great in the car. Several complements on sound/looks.

    Cons: The flimsy GM dash kit. But that is a separate review. Would not prevent me from recommending the stereo - I had to ask my dad to help.

    Good value

    Written By KDubs, Kalamazoo, MI on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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    If you are not looking for a lot of features (bluetooth, NAV, DVD, etc.) this is a great product. Used this as a factory radio replacement due to a non-working CD. Couldn't be happier with the upgrade. More power than the factory radio - makes the upgraded speakers sound really good, plus now have iPhone and iPod functionality. Can stream Spotify and Pandora through the iPhone. Other reviews have talked about display being either too bright or too dim. I believe the bigger problem is the glossy surface on the radio which makes it difficult to read during daylight hours. May look into a matte finish cling film to see if that helps.

    Pros: Good sound, great value. Crutchfield installation kit is a huge bonus! Easy to install and wire.

    Inexpensive radio with lots of features

    Written By Dave, Brooklyn,ohio on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    Easy install with the supplied kit. Looks nice in the dash , and sounds good

    Pros: Ease of install and proper fit in dash

    Cons: Will take a little time to figure out all the features with this radio. But I guess for a negative that is not too bad

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    Written By kaylin, summit.ms on Saturday, January 10, 2015

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    Got as a christmas gift and love it . Easy to use all the different colors are cool It is a very nice radio and cructhfield has a good price on it.

    great replacement

    Written By c bosley, Colorado on Monday, January 05, 2015

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    Christmas present for wifes 98 mountaineer. Easy install, only hickup was power antenna which was solved by one phone call to tech support. Sounds great. Will let mama figure out all the bells and whistles.

    Pros: Crutchfield tech support. The Best. All adapters and instructions provided(except power antenna as noted). I thought Crutchfield was an expensive high end company. Not So. Price was good and added supplies and support well excede any price difference Anywhere and I am a serious bargain hunter. Will shop here again.

    Cons: None

    Love It!

    Written By Jason W, Louisville, KY on Monday, January 05, 2015

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    I got this for my 2006 Impreza Outback Sport. It was a perfect fit and the installation was a breeze. I had never installed any car audio equipment before, and I had this in and working in under 1.5 hours (if you are familiar with this type of electronic installation, I'm sure you could have it done in half the time.) Its been in my car for 3 weeks now with no issues and working great). Whether I'm playing the radio or listening to tunes on my Samsung Galaxy Note (haven't tried the USB playback mode yet, but the phone works fine through the AUX port) the sound is clear and loud - if I want it loud. Definitely recommend.

    Great Upgrade!

    Written By Mark, Chester NH on Saturday, January 03, 2015

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    I absolutely LOVE my new Pioneer FH-X520UI Head Unit. It does everything I asked for in a new tuner for my '05 Tundra. With the help of Crutchfield's amazing tech support, music was filling my ears in a couple of hours. I love controlling my iTunes and Pandora with the optional steering wheel controls. It's easy to dial in my favorite sound with the wide variety of EQ settings. I couldn't decide on which awesome display color to keep, so I just set the display to scan ALL the colors while I'm cranking the tunes! I just wish I upgraded my factory stereo a long time ago...

    Pros: Easy install Great sound Great control Beautiful display with lots of options Great tech support iTunes & Pandora via USB Steering wheel controls LOUD!

    Cons: I needed a line level booster wired to the speaker output wires to increase the power to my factory amp. This was not included in my original order, but CRUTCHFIELD sent it to me for FREE!

    Looks Great

    Written By mjlayton, Indiana on Saturday, January 03, 2015

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    Put this stereo in for my daughter Christmas Day. Works great

    Great receiver !

    Written By F350clyde, niles ohio on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Very good double din for the money. Great options for sound quality. Ease of use could be a little better but with a little use its understandable.

    Pros: Cost, style, features, and quality.

    Cons: Does not sync with Pandora on Samsung s4, but works on iPhone 5.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Written By Harry G, Tunkhannock, PA on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    Good deal for the price. May be worth an upgrade for more features. Falls hole better than smaller unit.

    Pros: Looks cool in dash. Easy to operate..

    Cons: No fade control, just balance.

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    Written By ACV, Michigan on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    Very pleased, installation easy in 07 ford f150, Crutchfield installation kit was perfect.

    Pros: Price, sound and installation.

    Cons: none so far.

    Very happy 21 year old

    Written By Gift Succeeds, Harrison ME on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    My son needed a new stereo for his 2005 Accord. He loves the sound, and crutch field made it all so easy.

    Pros: USB&aux out front. Color options. Most of all great sound!!! For good price!!!

    Cons: Can't watch the New England Patriots games on it?!?!?

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    Written By JJ, Tennessee on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    Great product

    Good Value

    Written By Anonymous, Hurricane, Utah on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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    Easy to install. Everything worked with excellent fit. Sound above average.

    Pros: Looks, ease of installation, fit of parts.

    Cons: None at this time

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    Written By Bill, California on Friday, November 28, 2014

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    I installed Pioneer FH-X520UI in my 2000 Toyota Tundra with installation directions from Crutchfield was quite easy, sounds Great and looks very good with perfect fit in dash, adjusted the display colors to match my truck display color.

    Pros: Great looking and easy to adjust, displays information from the USB thumb drive and plays right away when plug in., a great buy at this price

    Cons: None at this time

    Great for the price

    Written By REF, North Carolina on Friday, November 28, 2014

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    Works good! FM reception good! Good unit for the price! I was a little intimidated by all the menus and started going through the manual to get it set up. My daughter figured it out before I could find it in the manual.

    Pros: Works great! Good FM reception!

    Cons: The little sticker on the front leaves a sticky residue when you peel it off. Should be another type on sticker.

    Sound quality is excellent.

    Written By DennyT, Tennessee on Friday, November 28, 2014

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    Surprisingly easy install with Crutchfields adapter and instructions. Turned the power on and noticed the nice color of the unit. The color is adjustable but I wish they had an adjustment for brightness, because at night it is a little too bright. The sound quality blows the original stereo away with crisp highs and vibrant mids and lows. The layout is simple to use and the ability to play anything from cd-rs, usb flash drives, and my smart phone is wonderful. OVerall very happy with this inexpensive Pioneer unit!

    Pros: Sound Layout Look

    Cons: Too bright at night

    Amazing product

    Written By Emmanuel, Browns Mills, NJ on Monday, November 24, 2014

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