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Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

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

Big screen, big capabilities

Pioneer has equipped the AVH-X5500BHS DVD receiver with their largest screen plus an impressive set of features — features that improve not only the sound in your car, but your mobile experience too. Here are the highlights:

  • Advanced App Mode: You can 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. Pioneer's CD-201S cable is required (if you have an iPhone 5, you'll need a Pioneer cable kit ). You can learn more and see the latest compatible apps here.
  •  Built-in Bluetooth®: Enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from your phone or other Bluetooth devices.
  •  Built-in HD Radio™ tuner: You'll notice the impressive sonic advantages right away — FM broadcasts that are near-CD quality, with AM that's as good as what you're used to on FM. You can tune into multiple channels on the same frequency, for more entertainment choices. Plus, the iTunes® tagging feature lets you save song info, so you can purchase the tracks you like later.
  • Optional satellite radio: Add a SiriusXM tuner and subscription for nationwide access to programming you can't get anywhere else — coast-to-coast reception is a huge plus if you travel constantly. And you'll never have to worry about data charges or coverage.
  •  Advanced touchscreen controls: Touch Slide technology offers greater control of receiver functions. Want a new EQ curve? Just draw it on the screen with your finger and you've got it. And you can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview.

Easy access to your media

You can connect your iPod or iPhone to this Pioneer's USB input and access your playlists with the receiver's controls, aided by tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search. 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.

You can take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen by connecting your iPhone to the receiver with Pioneer's CD-201S cable. Android users can enjoy the same functionality through a Bluetooth connection. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs, DVDs, discs full of MP3 or WMA music, and USB storage devices loaded with files.

MIXTRAX and awesome video performance

When you're ready to get the party started, Pioneer's exclusive MIXTRAX feature creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android, adding cool effects between songs as variable-color lighting pulses with the beat of your music. You can also change the receiver's appearance to match your dash by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options.

Hi-res screen

The receiver's 7" WVGA screen sports higher-resolution imaging capabilities than most mobile A/V receivers, so it plays DVDs and other video content with bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained during long road trips 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. Here's a nice safety feature – you can plug a rear-view camera into this receiver and it will show you what's behind you when you shift into reverse.

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 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.

Tune the sound to your taste

This Pioneer sports an 8-band equalizer for making your music sound perfect in your car, and you'll find an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required). Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information.  If you're looking to build a killer system, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amplifiers

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • Pandora Internet radio control
    • music file playback through USB with select Android devices (see "Details" for more info)
    • Advanced App Mode for smartphone integration
    • five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
    Expandability:
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • playback and control of Android media files
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    EQ Bands
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    8
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    Expandability
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    3.5mm AV (rear)
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Classic/5Gen
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
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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)

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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    iPod/App Control
    Disc + USB Playback
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.95" TFT LCD Touchscreen Color Display: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS, 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-X5500BHS supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The AVH-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS 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.

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music.  HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multicasting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio or RDS FM broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.
    • Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
    • Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD stations under presets 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Pioneer AVH-X5500BH supports the Pandora Radio App for iPhone (via USB) and Android (via Bluetooth).

    • Smartphone Connectivity: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BH offers connectivity to both the Apple iPhone and Android smartphone.
      • Pandora via USB-connected iPhone: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X5500BH 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 itunes App Store.
      • Pandora via Bluetooth-enabled Android Smartphone: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BH lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Pioneer head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must also support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Music Control: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BH provides the following Pandora app control.
      • 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 phone 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.
    • Information Display: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BH will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    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 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The AVH-X5500BHS is SiriusXM Ready so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV200, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the DVD receiver and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • The List Menu displays a list of all available channels.
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets.
    • Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
    • You can scan through channels within categories or songs from your preset channels. Tune Scan allows you to play back eight seconds of each song in a preset music channel. Category Scan lets you play back five seconds of a live broadcast in the currently selected category.
    • The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    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-X5500BHS. 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 Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately); also requires 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-X5500BHS 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.

    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-X5500BHS 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-X5500BHS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 1/31/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging 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 Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1 Y 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 Y
    5 6.1 Y* 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 Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 6.1 Y* N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    2 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    3 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4 6.1 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 6.1 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    Note:

    Disc + USB Playback

    Multimedia Compatibility: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS features a hidden disc slot disc slot, as well as a rear-panel USB (type-A) port with 59" USB extension cable.

    • Compatible Discs: The AVH-X5500BHS supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, and CD-R/RW discs.
    • USB Port: The unit features a rear-panel USB port and includes a 59" USB extension cable. You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/-RW/-R DL) Flash Memory (SD/SDHC, USB)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, UDF FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio

    MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
    AAC:
    16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-44.1kHz sampling rates

    MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
    AAC:
    16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-44.1kHz sampling rates
    WAV: 8- or16-bit rate; 16-44.1k sampling rates
    Video DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    MPEG-1/2/4:
    720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    Photo

    N/A

    JPEG: max resolution of 4092 x 4092
    Maximum # of Folders/Files

    99 folders/999 files (700 folders/3,500 files for DVD)

    1,500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver. 1.0,/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags
    Note: Videos and Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    Playback Functions: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS offers the following playback functions:

    • Automatic Playback: When a DVD disc with DVD menu is inserted, this unit will cancel the DVD menu automatically and start playback from the first chapter of the first title.
    • Bookmark (Resume Playback): The Bookmark function lets you resume playback from a selected scene the next time the disc is loaded.
    • Frame-By-Frame Playback: This feature lets you movie ahead on frame at a time during playback of your DVD or Video CD.
    • Slow Motion Forward: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you can choose to play back video in slow motion (no audio).
    • Repeat Play: Audio/Video content can be repeated. You can choose from Disc (entire disc), Folder (current folder) Chapter (current chapter), Title (current title), Track (current track), File (current file), Folder (current folder), or One (current video/song/track).
    • Random (Shuffle) Play: Audio/Video can be played back in a random order. You can choose from Songs (videos/songs in selected list), Albums (videos/songs from selected album), Folder (songs/tracks in selected folder), or Disc (all songs/tracks on disc).

    Search Functions: The AVH-X5500BHS provides the following search functions:

    • Track Title List: You can select tracks to playback using the track title list which is a list of the tracks recorded on a disc or USB memory device.
    • Scene Search: You can use the search function on the unit's on-screen display to search for a desired scene on your DVD by specifying a title and chapter track.
    • Return to Scene: You can return to the specified scene where the DVD you are currently playing has been preprogrammed to return.
    • Skip Search: You can skip to the previous/next track, file, folder, title, or chapter on a disc or USB device.
    • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse through a current track, file, or title on a disc or USB device.

    Advanced Playback & Search Functions (for USB): Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and 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.

    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/iPad.

    Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-X5500BHS.

    Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVH-X5500BHS are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 8-Band Graphic EQ: There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2. The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 8-band graphic equalizer (40Hz, 80Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz, and10kHz).

    Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's 3.5mm input (located behind motorized front-panel). The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

    Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).

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

    Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.

    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 -4 dB to +4 dB.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Crossovers: The AVH-X5500BHS employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

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

    Subwoofer Controls: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    Video Output: The AVH-X5500BHS features a rear-panel composite video output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can play back the same video source (except iPhone 5) which is being played on the head unit. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.

    Rear View Camera: The AVH-X5500BHS is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera input jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5, sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the AVH-X5500BHS's harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.9 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC250, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

    Note: If you are already using the head unit's RGB input to access AppRadio Mode from your iPhone, then you cannot connect this add-on navigation module (or vise-versa).

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS includes an IR remote control (CXE5116) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices. There are no controls to answer/end or dial call from your Bluetooth-enabled phone.

    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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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By Kevin K, Stanfield NC on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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    Easy to install,set up,connect to phone or other music storage,works great!
    Pros:
    It's just a great system for the price,
    Cons:
    Add on Navigation is way too expensive
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    5 out of 5

    pioneer avh x 5500bhs

    Written By cj, florida on Monday, February 10, 2014
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    Got this for my new 2012 honda civic ex. Haven't had a newer car in a long time, so i wanted something nice. I'm in my 40's now and used to be a car audio nut! i love this head unit does everything i want and more. install was a breeze took all of about 45 min. with the supplied kits and diagram on how to take your dash apart. I remember when you had to just figure it out ! The extra power really "woke "up the factory speakers too ! Pioneer has always been my first choice in head units and i tried them all!
    Pros:
    It's a pioneer!
    Cons:
    You are looking at reviews ,so obviously you don't have one....get it now!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Aftermarket Radio!!!

    Written By James P., Frederick, MD on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    I installed this radio in My 2004 Audi S4. I should have changed out my Factory head unit Years Ago. When I look at this radio installed in my car it looks like it came from the factory. That's a big plus for me.
    Pros:
    This radio is awesome! So many more features then my factory head unit. Fitment is great. This is a great addition to any vehicle while still maintaining the factory look without ant cutting or modifications of the dash board.
    Cons:
    The only I would have is the Low power fro the head Unit. But I guess Most people who change out the HU would also add an amplifier.
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    5 out of 5

    Love It!

    Written By Tom R, Cypress Tx on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    Love the radio sounds great, Its been a few years since I have purchased a new radio the technology is amazing. Cant wait to see how it sounds when I finish off the rest of the system this summer.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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    Great sounding head unit. Easy to use. All the features are very intuitive, touch the clock to change it instead of going through several screens of settings. Ipod hook up and control is very smooth too.
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    5 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Martin, Atlanta` on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    I really like this unit. This is the second Pioneer HU I have gotten and I really like it. I got it because the interface looks the best (classiest) in my opinion (others look cheesy to me) and because of all its features. I only wish it had a knob for the volume instead of buttons, but it seems like everyone uses buttons now instead of a knob which is annoying.
    Pros:
    stylish easy to navigate looks good sounds great
    Cons:
    buttons instead of knob for volume
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    5 out of 5

    AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By KyleT, Charlottesville, Va on Friday, January 24, 2014
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    This is my first Pioneer I have bought, while I intended to purchase an Alpine radio the Pioneer caught my attention with its overall good reviews and $100 off promo. I have to say for the money this radio is A+ very easy to use, upgradable with navigation, secondary screens or a rear view camera, makes it seem like there are endless options in order personalize its use. One thing I can't wait to try is the Dashcommand app for my ipod touch. Just purchase the Obdlink lx (or one of your choosing from their list) and connect it to your iphone or touch and you can setup any number of gauges or stats to view on your radio. Very cool!
    Pros:
    Many adjustable features tons of add-ons easy to connect to bluetooth and will remember multiple devices
    Cons:
    limited applications for use with iphone and Andriod unless you root your phon Can't purchase the Andriod cable kit anymore
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    3 out of 5

    My first Pioneer

    Written By JasonW, Horicon, WI on Sunday, January 19, 2014
     
    This was my first Pioneer head unit ever. I have had several Alpine and a Clarian unit prior. Since it was also my first DVD unit I have nothing to compare directly for its features. The units HD radio is nice but where I live is right on the boarder so it has a tendancy to switch back and forth out of HD, not the units fault but can be annoying. I wish I could have outputed video and sound to my rear headrests as an option since I have blue tooth head phones for them. I would have also like to then be able to multitask with another function such as radio or other functions seperately. I dont think any unit would do that but that would make it awesome and fully meet my needs. Touchscreen is pretty good but the radio preset buttons are too small. At times the screen locks up. Can't sync a bluetooth phone after startup. Small thing but would be nice. Seek function is clunky and over all reception is not as good as stock head unit. Clock is very easy to set. Overall for most people I think it is a solid performer, however in the back of my head I think I should have bought an Alpine unit.
    Pros:
    Touchscreen, Screen size, graphic eq,
    Cons:
    No bluetooth sync once past startup. Radio seek. HD radio reception, Lack of multitasking function.
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    4 out of 5

    pioneer avh-x550bhs - PROS & CONS ...

    Written By Pittsburgh Dad, STEEL CITY Pittsburgh PA on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    I purchased the avh-x5500bhs as a gift for my wife for Christmas. She has a 2007 Mustang GT500 Convertible and her factory radio, the Shaker 1000 system, the 6 disc in-dash CD had stopped working. The unit was delivered along with install kit, 2 harness plugs, antenna adapter, and the speaker pop eliminator. I also purchased the all the other items for the iphone5 online, as well as a back up camera. I Installed everything, uploaded my own custom screen logo through the usb, and was done. This unit looks so sexy good in the mustang. NOW. In order for the iphone 5 to work, you need to do 3 updates I believe. You will need 3 separate USB memory sticks to do this, I wish Pioneer would just include them, but you can get them for less than $5 each now at most stores. Other that that, my wife loves the unit, the personal color settings, the custom logo, the HD radio, and the back up camera since she sucks at driving and especially backing up. Watch product review videos and even look on YouTube at demos and reviews, very helpful.
    Pros:
    Cost. Function. Sound. Personalization. Iphone5 capable.
    Cons:
    All the items needed to buy to make it iphone5 compatable, lightning to USB, VGA adapter, the pioneer box, roughly $200 worth of stuff. ALSO. The updates needed for iphone5, why not include 3 USB memory sticks with the unit if you need them. In their own videos they have them with the pioneer logo on them. I own my own sales business, so I understand how much that extra $5 free item really means to a customer, saves them time from driving to buy it, saves them money, and saves thought.
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    5 out of 5

    avh x5500bhs

    Written By Chris, perris California on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    This unit is simply the best I have ever bought. All of the features make this head unit stand out in the crowd. You cant get a better deck than this for the mony. Thanks Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    everything
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Deck

    Written By Chappy, Reno,NV on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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    Great deck it does everything I want it to.
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    5 out of 5

    Is a good unit

    Written By Craig, Conowingo, MD on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    Seems like a good unit. I have had it for about 3 months now. Installed it myself in a couple of hours. I am a simple man and only really bought it for the hands free phone option since Maryland gives tickets for using your phone while driving now. I have a droid and seems to work good with it. Overall I love the unit but the only minor complaints are that it seems to constantly switch from analog to digital radio. I assume its the radio stations problem, not the radio. It can be put on analog only but I like the benefit of digital. I wish the equalizer could be set for analog and set differently for digital so that when it changed from one to another the equalizer could compensate some for the change in sound. The other complaint would be that the buttons on the screen are right on the edge of the unit and if you have big fingers it can be tricky hitting the right button. overall though, I am happy. Got a very good deal on it. looks good in the dash
    Pros:
    Value, looks, colors of face, sound quality, ease of installation
    Cons:
    Can't set equalizer separately for analog and digital. buttons on screen too close to edge of unit
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    5 out of 5

    AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By Nisso, Chandler, AZ on Monday, January 06, 2014
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    The DVD has everything that I need and few options that can be helpful in the future - GPS, XM Radio, Rear View Camera and connection to my IPhone (I just need to update the firmware). Highly recommended
    Pros:
    Easy to use and perfect for the price
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By Tony, Wheeling, WV on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Easily Installed
    Cons:
    Wish there was a little more clarity with wire matching information but that is more my experience than anything on the product.
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    5 out of 5

    avh-x5500bhs

    Written By ryanc, ohio on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    What a fun unit screen is awesome. install was easy(except for bypass need a micro bypass or tr7) its user friendly and intuitive with its controls
    Pros:
    screen size and interface
    Cons:
    non
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By Darren, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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    Excellent product. Easy to setup and installation kit was perfect for F150 2005. Operation is a snap. Changing LED colors to match interior as well as animating the background is a plus. Connection to Bluetooth is almost instant and controlling iPhone from unit near misses a beat.
    Cons:
    App Radio has not caught up with iOS 7 but this is minor.
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    5 out of 5

    amazed

    Written By scott, Charleston, wv on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    Great sounding unit and looks sleek and no knobs which is a big plus for me
    Pros:
    Best sounding unit on the market in my opinion I've had 2 other units in the last 6months and neither can compare to the pioneer
    Cons:
    Wish the remote was a bit more friendly as in entering the sound settings
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    4 out of 5

    Solid radio

    Written By Richie, Monroe,la on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    Good choice. I am happy with the features and would do it again if I had to.
    Pros:
    Cool factor
    Cons:
    Non.
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    5 out of 5

    Cool radio

    Written By Talavera P, Torrance, CA on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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    Love pioneer had da old 4000avh upgraded to this bad boy only thing can say technology has change so much since my last head unit. Thee best pioneer head unit I've own
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Product

    Written By Dale F, Franklin, OH on Monday, December 23, 2013
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    This radio is one of the best I've ever had. Everything is just perfect. Easy to use, easy to program.
    Pros:
    Nice Sound, Easy To Use.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By ToddG, Phoenix, az on Monday, December 23, 2013
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    Great unit as compared to the unit that came with the car.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By MF, Jacksonville, FL on Friday, December 20, 2013
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    Luv it
    Cons:
    Cost
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    4 out of 5

    Good deal

    Written By MarkS, Clemson, SC on Friday, December 20, 2013
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    I have had this unit in for about 2 weeks and I am very pleased. I did not see it in person anywhere before buying so I didn't really know what to expect. I was a little worried about the connection to my Android phone but it worked great. The Pandora app works so that I don't have to mess with the phone at all. The bluetooth phone part works great too. I have the mike mounted on the ceiling by the lights and according to my wife it works great.
    Pros:
    Works with Android. Bluetooth phone.
    Cons:
    sometimes seems to skip on Bluetooth. Could be phone though.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio!!

    Written By James, Nashville, NC on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    This is a great radio! It looks as good as it sounds. It is easy to operate and takes no time to master using it. This is a must have if you're considering one. You will not be disappointed
    Pros:
    Bluetooth steaming from phone
    Cons:
    None
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    2 out of 5

    Nice Deck - Bluetooth chip Failed during First Week

    Written By wwboy, Walla Walla, WA on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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    I think (hope?) this is a solid deck. After having it installed for just over a week, the bluetooth chip failed (got the Error-10 code). I had done nothing to incite this failure save use the deck normally. Just one day the bluetooth no longer worked. I'll be pretty frustrated if this happens with the replacement deck after it runs out of warranty (Thanks Crutchfield btw for such a speedy and easy replacement of the defective deck).

    As a whole however - I like it. I think the display is a little busy with icons and the like -- but it works fine. Sound quality is much much better than stock deck (and four replacement Pioneer speakers swapped out for OEM) but that's no surprise.

    Microphone quality is very good. USB cable with iphone 5s works well for sound only. One annoyance is that when I plug in my phone, it immediately begins playing music -- all the music -- shuffling one song at a time randomly. Pretty annoying. Bluetooth audio works well except you can't control pandora from the head unit while playing through bluetooth -- only through the phone.

    So far so good -- not terribly impressed and kinda keeping my fingers crossed that it stays functional for a good long time.
    Pros:
    Big Screen; nice quality. Looks cool. Versatile if you buy the right adapters
    Cons:
    Pioneer questionable engineering -- lots of people are experiencing the same failure (search online - this deck is apparently having many issues); Some weird quirky things that make it difficult to use.
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    4 out of 5

    nice unit

    Written By tk, detroit, mi on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee instal with IPhone 5 IOS7

    nice unit with plenty of features. pretty simple to use. bluetooth works great, sound quality is very good and no complaints on the other end.

    HD Radio in metro Detroit area is great. plenty of stations to choose from and are nice and clear. best part for me is the CBS Radio Network station in HD because at night the AM alternative is non existent. Now I get to listen all of the Red Wings games and Sunday night football without a hint of static.

    Pandora and IPod control are a nice feature. The Iphone needs to be connected with a wire in order to control the music from the head unit. Bluetooth wireless streaming can also be used with this, but you have to control the music from the phone, I believe this is also true for Android users.
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    5 out of 5

    Receiver

    Written By Anonymous, Reedville,va on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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    Great stereo no complaints
    Pros:
    Ease of use
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome!!!!

    Written By KD, St Augustine, FL on Friday, December 13, 2013
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    This unit is great. Everything that I was expecting and more. Amazing sound quality and really easy-to-use. I have it paired with JL audio amps and speakers and the sound quality is OMG!!! Very nice unit....
    Pros:
    Clean Look Ease of use Amazing Performance
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet

    Written By beave, ct on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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    So far a great stereo way cool features! !
    Pros:
    Great head unit cool features easy install
    Cons:
    The one con is that these pioneers are set up for iphone not droid
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Written By Anonymous, Portland, OR on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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    Wanted to get an after market stereo for my wife. She had an '05 jetta and this system looks sexy in there. It was the missing piece to complete the upscale interior look. I compared so many systems and this one fitted all my requirements.
    Pros:
    Great looking, easy to use, all the features I wanted, looks like a $1500 system.
    Cons:
    Haven't found any yet but I've only had it for a couple weeks
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    5 out of 5

    love the radio

    Written By Anonymous, byhalia,ms on Monday, December 09, 2013
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    Good radio it does all that i wanted a radio to do pretty easy to install as long as you follow the directions and have a basic understanding of the process only complaint is that the radio output is hard on the factory speakers when the bass is turned up
    Pros:
    Bluetooth hd radio cd dvd touch screen
    Cons:
    No gps slightly hard to see in bright light but i guess that's all touch screens
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Unit Loaded with features

    Written By Daniel, Baytown Texas on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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    I was looking to get a New Radio with more features for my 2006 Ford Ranger. Found this unit on Crutchfield at a very good price. It comes with the wiring adapter, and the Double Din adapter. Upgrading from a single din Kenwood unit was very simple and only took 2 hours. The dash panel had to have some minor plastic removal, made quick & easy with a Dremel and a cut-off wheel. It fits perfect, and really looks nice, Not Cheezy or cheap looking. The wiring is very easy to manage. I played with alot of the features and they all seem to work great. Hooked up my Iphone 4s and it was great. One thing worth a mention, The USB cable, and the RGB connector are on the back of the unit. You will not be able to reach back and plug them in. If you plan on using these features which you will need with an Iphone, I suggest you install them and route the cables down below the dash. then mount the radio. The only negative I can see, and there merely cosmetic, is the USB and the CD-IU201S interface cable, there fairly long, and they will be a nusiance, unsightly and possible in the way of some things in your car. Other than that This Pioneer is a Winner.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, Great looking, Loaded with cool features
    Cons:
    The optional Iphone & usb accessory cables hanging down are a pain, You'll have to get creative.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Written By RobS_PT, Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, December 02, 2013
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    This car stereo system was more than I expected. Wanted to upgrade to new technology with Bluetooth capability since the original stereo in my 2004 Toyota 4Runner had a CD, tape player, and radio tuner only, this system blows it away and didn't realize it has a built in sound mixer called MIXTRAX, the sound quality is outstanding, has a full equalizer with custom setting control, easy to use and has a very sleek display.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth integration with mobile devices Built-in equalizer with custom controls MIXTRAX original technology for creating non-stop selections from your audio library Mounting bracket compatibility Remote control
    Cons:
    No brightness dimmer capability
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DVD Head Unit

    Written By howard, New York NY on Monday, December 02, 2013
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    this Unit has all the features that I was looking for...from Bluetooth to HD FM radio. it is easy to setup and use and i did the complete installation myself..i added the 12v to 5v step-down converter to prevent popping sounds, all to the wiring harness with no problems..the tilt screen come in handy in my 2003 mustang because it allow me to tilt the screen upward for better viewing.
    Pros:
    easy to install, all the features i wanted
    Cons:
    none..
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By Colorado Cruiser, Colorado on Friday, November 29, 2013
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    Nice unit, sale price helped. Be aware that you can't get into Bluetooth setting if the stupid parking brake wire isn't connected - not mentioned anywhere in the manual! Sounds good, fairly easy to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS Review

    Written By TSaxby, Kurtistown, Hawaii on Friday, November 22, 2013
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    I couldn't wait to install this deck! The features were perfect for me, especially Bluetooth! No wires necessarily, everything is wireless! My children can even watch DVDs!
    Pros:
    The size of the screen is perfect. Bluetooth is a plus! Answering phone calls without having to hold a cellular device!
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    5 out of 5

    INstalled in Nissan Altima 2012

    Written By DiscoKing, Greensboro, NC on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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    This is the second Pioneer I have installed and purchased. First Mom's car and now My car. I didn't realize I was missing out on so many features. The HD Radio is included so no need to purchase additional accessories. I also installed a Clarion CC510 rear view camera , steering wheel adapter and the xmsirus tuner since I had everything open. The Tuner installation was simple plug and play.

    I wasn't impressed with Satellite radio , but then again I am more into music. Maybe if you like talk shows and comedy. This service may be fore you. I'm sure they will adjust there price structure once Pandora, and other similar apps gain momentum. The Satellite played for about 5 days for free. I would only subscribe to this service if my communicate was extremely long.. Your better off using Pandora or some other smartphone app that streams to your tuner for free.

    You can also add a map module. Wow that high :-)

    One thing I wish pioneer would work on is an app you can use with your android or iphone that would allow you to Bluetooth google maps to the 7inch touch screen. I guest that is what there app radio is for lol Paying for a map module is just not worth it in my opinon. YOur better off just buying a separate Gps you can use in any car.

    Overall great tuner with room to expand your audio system.
    Pros:
    7inch screen, Equalizer ,Adjusting Angle of Screen, easy to use , Mixtrax feature, Color Customization, and can adjust Camera color, contrast, brightness etc.