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Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

DVD receiver

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Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

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:

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.

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

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

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.

Great head unit. Dramatic increase in sound quality from stock stereo. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend

CharlesD, Monterey California

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What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" motorized touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
    • 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)
    • 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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    Average Customer Review(s):

    (100 Reviews)

    Amateurish UI and missed opportunities

    Anonymous from East Coast on 6/9/2014

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

    This is last year's model, but the software interface and hardware is very similar to the 2014 model. I've been using it for 5 months, so I have a good sense of the UI problems. Overall, the hardware is good. The resistive touchscreen is responsive but some of the on-screen animations are choppy. But it's tolerable. The screen resolution is adequate for a HU and connectivity is very good. Bluetooth is solid and it syncs quickly. However, it's the software that needs refining. The UI is amateurish. The backgrounds, animations, and color choices are unpolished and gimmicky. The font size while using a flash drive is larger than the font used with Sirius. And the on-screen list of song title, artist, etc. is out of order compared to Sirius, it should be consistent. When muted, the mute icon overlaps the preset buttons. The X box, used to close windows, is offset from the main window, a graphical mistake. When using Sirius, there is a big empty space to the right where they could have the channel logo. The FM signal maxes out with 4 bars but the satellite signal maxes out with three bars (it's not a reception problem). The on-screen phone features, are on the right side, away from the driver. Voice control is clearly half-baked. When using a flash drive, the HU doesn't recognize playlists. If I knew that, I wouldn't have purchased the HU. I wish Pioneer would clean up the interface, until then I wouldn't recommend buying the AVH series.

    Pros: Solid hardware, great connectivity

    Cons: UI is unpolished, doesn't read playlists

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    CharlesD from Monterey California on 6/7/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    Great head unit. Dramatic increase in sound quality from stock stereo. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend

    Pros: Easy to install, Rear view camera compatibility, sound quality

    Cons: price, USB and AUX are on the back so they have to be wired to a secondary location

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    Anonymous from Omaha, NE on 5/27/2014

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    Performs as described. All features are smooth and intuitive. No issues. Significantly better sound quality then stock unit.



    Love it!

    Kevin K from Stanfield NC on 2/15/2014

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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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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    cj from florida on 2/10/2014

    2012 Honda Civic EX
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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!

    Awesome Aftermarket Radio!!!

    James P. from Frederick, MD on 2/7/2014

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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.

    Love It!

    Tom R from Cypress Tx on 2/6/2014

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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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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    Anonymous from Rochester, NY on 2/5/2014

    2007 Toyota Tundra
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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.




    Martin from Atlanta` on 2/2/2014

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

    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


    KyleT from Charlottesville, Va on 1/24/2014

    2006 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    My first Pioneer

    JasonW from Horicon, WI on 1/19/2014

    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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    Pittsburgh Dad from STEEL CITY Pittsburgh PA on 1/18/2014

    2007 Ford Mustang
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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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    Chris from perris California on 1/17/2014

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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

    Nice Deck

    Chappy from Reno,NV on 1/16/2014

    2008 Chevrolet Corvette
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    Great deck it does everything I want it to.



    Is a good unit

    Craig from Conowingo, MD on 1/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Nisso from Chandler, AZ on 1/6/2014

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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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    Tony from Wheeling, WV on 1/5/2014

    2009 Dodge Caliber
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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.


    ryanc from ohio on 1/3/2014

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Darren from Raleigh, NC on 12/31/2013

    2005 Ford F-150
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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.


    scott from Charleston, wv on 12/30/2013

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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

    Solid radio

    Richie from Monroe,la on 12/30/2013

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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.

    Cool radio

    Talavera P from Torrance, CA on 12/29/2013

    2008 Scion tC
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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



    Awesome Product

    Dale F from Franklin, OH on 12/23/2013

    2010 Ford F-150 XL
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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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    ToddG from Phoenix, az on 12/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit as compared to the unit that came with the car.



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    MF from Jacksonville, FL on 12/20/2013

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Luv it


    Cons: Cost

    Good deal

    MarkS from Clemson, SC on 12/20/2013

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great radio!!

    James from Nashville, NC on 12/19/2013

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

    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

    Nice Deck - Bluetooth chip Failed during First Week

    wwboy from Walla Walla, WA on 12/15/2013

    2012 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    nice unit

    tk from detroit, mi on 12/15/2013

    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Anonymous from Reedville,va on 12/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo no complaints

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: None


    KD from St Augustine, FL on 12/13/2013

    2007 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    beave from ct on 12/10/2013

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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

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Anonymous from Portland, OR on 12/10/2013

    2005 Volkswagen Jetta
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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

    love the radio

    Anonymous from byhalia,ms on 12/9/2013

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Excellent Unit Loaded with features

    Daniel from Baytown Texas on 12/4/2013

    2006 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    RobS_PT from Virginia Beach, VA on 12/2/2013

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
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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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    howard from New York NY on 12/2/2013

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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..

    Nice stereo

    Colorado Cruiser from Colorado on 11/29/2013

    2007 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    TSaxby from Kurtistown, Hawaii on 11/22/2013

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

    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!


    INstalled in Nissan Altima 2012

    DiscoKing from Greensboro, NC on 11/16/2013

    2012 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Cons: In Bright sun you can barely see the screen. I guest that is with all touch screen


    kool from NY on 11/14/2013

    2007 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Connect to my galaxy without any issues. Good sound quality when connected to my jbl speakers. Pandora works in app mode over bluetooth with my note 2. Works with Metra steering wheel controls.

    Pros: Clear sound Fast responsive touch screen Big screen Dvd works with microbypass..

    Cons: As of now none.

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    Anonymous from Orlando, Fl on 11/8/2013

    2012 Ford F-250
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice head unit. My second Pioneer unit for newer vehicle and overall am satisfied. I hate apple product's so when it said it will work well with android phones I figured I would give it a try. Integration is not perfect but nor was my factory head unit so I can live with it.




    sean from seattle, WA on 11/7/2013

    2003 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality. It really brought my stock Mach stereo system in my Escape alive! The built in HD radio fixed the crappy radio sound quality that plagues everyone I know where I live. Plugged my Iphone 5 in the rear USB and I can control Itunes and Pandora radio with the touch screen.

    Pros: Built in HD radio. Huge value for the price especially with an additional $25 off coupon. Great display. Easy to use basic listening options i.e. cd, radio, ipod.

    Cons: Need to read the owners manuel to understand many of the radios options.


    ChrisC from MO on 11/5/2013

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I almost never write reviews, but had to for this Pioneer b/c I have been so impressed. I was looking for a replacement stereo for my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder that had: 1) Hands free bluetooth with GREAT quality, 2) Pandora capability, 3) iPOD connection, 4) ability to integrate with an Android phone, 5) satellite radio capability, 6) RELIABLE and affordable. I also didn't want the flashiest/sexiest system out there (I'm in my mid thirties and those days are long gone), but something that is solid and looks "clean." This system exceeded all of my expectations. Sound quality is amazing, bluetooth is perfect and most say that it is clearer than if I was just speaking directly into the phone, Pandora is flawless with my phone, no issues with iPOD, and satellite radio and navigation options are nice (but don't currently have that set up yet). Installation was also easy and straightforward. Can't say enough good things about this unit and highly recommend it. I also thought the tilt screen option was going to be just a gimmick, but found that the ability to tilt the screen up provides a much better viewing angle and is quite nice!

    Pros: Hands free Bluetooth quality, sound quality, "Clean" simple design with beautiful and responsive touch screen, Pandora option works well with Android, simple and easy iPOD connection

    Cons: none after approx 2 months of use

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    Greg from New Rochelle, NY on 11/4/2013

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo has a lot of great features for the money. It is pretty simple to install and use. One thing I did notice once installed is that on bright sunny days and the sun is beaming in the truck it is difficult to view the screen. Other than that I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for these features, you won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Solid Stereo with great features

    Cons: Hard to see screen in sunlight.

    Good Reciever

    M G from Chantilly, VA on 11/4/2013

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

    Installed in a 2008 Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited. I also included the XM Radio, integrated steering wheel control, and the PAC TATO OEM Amp wiring harness. The sound is 10 fold better than the OEM JBL radio. Everything just works. Paired with iPhone 5, sync'd contacts, bluetooth streaming works great. XM Radio activated on it's own. I also used the OEM Metal brackets, removed from the stock head unit, so the new HU is physically screwed into the vehicle. The dash in my truck looks like it's missing something. The OEM Stereo took up the width of the trim panel and now there is only a 7" touch screen with no button or volume knobs. If there was a 8 or 9 inch screen I would have chosen for that option just to take up more space in the dash. I will get use to it.

    Pros: Sound is amazing when integrated with the OEM Amp compared to stock stereo Bluetooth streaming Sync'd contacts Direct dial from head Unit Direct XM Radio Station Tuning (No more sculling up to the find the channel) Custom Color changing, background graphics 4 Volt for output (highly recommended for OEM Amp and Steering wheel integration)

    Cons: Display is real busy (a lot going on) Small volume buttons on the stereo Touch screen buttons seem to be small or I have fat fingers. Finger prints on screen

    Good Car Reciever

    Chicagoguy from Carol Stream, IL on 11/2/2013

    2009 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is built well and does a lot. Installing the SiriusXM antenna and tuner is very easy. Wiring the product is very easy, and the display looks really cool. It has a full face EQ so adjusting the sound is very good. Sounds great even with factory speakers.

    Pros: Great sound, easy installation. SiriusXM sounds great, HD Radio, Pandora through blutooth and DVD Video as long as you install the ground.

    Cons: Overall great unit. HD Radio tends to just pick up localized stations or no signal at all, even in a large city like Chicago. Don't know if you might need an antenna booster for the HD. Doesn't work when you try to connect an IPad, only works with Ipod, android and Iphone.

    Good product and good customer support

    Rick from La Mirada, CA on 10/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio worked well and easily installed on. 2000 Tundra using YouTube video and Crutchfield harness

    Pros: Ease of use easy installation

    Cons: Have not found one yet

    Beautiful radio

    Pasquale M from Massachusetts on 10/24/2013

    2008 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in place of the factory navigation radio in a 2008 Hummer H3. Sounds great easy install. It changed the appearance of my dashboard to an impressive look.

    Pros: A great up grade, easy install. Truly a great radio.

    Cons: none

    Awesome product

    Morgan from Bonney lake, wa on 10/17/2013

    2003 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Took a while to set up, had a question about the wiring and called customer service and talked to someone right away and got everything figured out. Make sure and take your time with the fitment of the double din so its a tight fit. But overall has been a great radio, great sound quality.

    Pros: Lots of feature and can really fine tune the EQ. love the look of it and the fact you can adjust the light color to match the dash lights.

    Cons: None so far

    Very Nice!

    BobbyQ from Covington, Ga on 10/17/2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit. Installed very easy and love the quality. Display is a little lacking but other than that. Awesome.



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    michaelc from prosser wa on 10/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice stereo for price. some cool displays included and fading in and out music. hides cd and plenty of room to expand system.

    Pros: able to tune music blue tooth is responsive and very clean sound

    Cons: not the best design on remote and parking brake wire hook up is a joke. thank god for youtube.

    Great product

    Jer from Seven Springs, NC on 10/3/2013

    2010 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It is a little tricky to find all the features but works great once figured out

    Pros: Everything with the reciever

    Cons: App radio app not comparable with iOS7 yet

    Sounds Great, Looks Great and Service is Great!

    Jim Y from Virginia Beach,VA on 10/3/2013

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just wanted to be able to listen to Pandora Radio in my 05 F150 and I found that for not much more then an interface box I could install an aftermarket stereo that does much, much more. This sounds much better then the factory radio.

    Pros: Easy install. Easy to use.

    Cons: None

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    Jeremy from Pittsburgh, PA on 10/1/2013

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a really nice receiver with only one small issue.. there is only 1 USB port on the back. I thought that I would be able to plug in a small USB splitter or hub but the receiver detects them and won't work with it. The sound quality is good and I love being able to use my backup camera with the larger double din screen on this unit.



    almost perfect

    jeeves from vegas on 9/27/2013

    was hesitant to replace the factory head unit on my 8th gen accord because i thought the kit was ugly but after testing a better signal on my amp i ditched the line out converter and bought this bad boy. quality is phenomenal, much better than my factory head unit and "high quality" line out converter. plenty of eq setting to adjust the sound according to your taste. bluetooth works very well with my htc one running 4.3(including controling pandora thru the head unit). included mic works very well for calls just make sure not to block the mic holes in the back(no flush mount) as they help with noise cancellation. Has a setting that adjust volume according to seating position whether it is driver or passenger. when set to the drivers/left side it created the perfect sound stage, as if the speakers were directly in front of me.

    Pros: great quality, lots of features, easy install.

    Cons: screen not the quality i was expecting, still better than others ive seen but certainly not high def.

    Great Radio

    ToddS from Maplesville, AL on 9/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everyting I wanted in a radio.

    Pros: Simple interface, Customizable EQ, number of outputs

    Cons: None

    Vast Improvement and works with Android

    JoshG from Nashville on 9/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok first off, this is a very good stereo. Read the reviews and you can see that. I want to focus on what I could not really find in reviews...How does it work with Android? I almost upgraded to the 8500 because it states that it works with Android specifically, but this radio does not say specifically just bluetooth. So here is my two cents for those of you, like me with Android phones and questions. There is no direct connect capability to this stereo with an Android phone. HOWEVER... for a bluetooth connection, you get phone capability, downloads your phone book onto the radio, and yes you can stream Pandora through bluetooth and yes you can use the Pandora function on the radio (which means you can scan your stations, skip songs on the radio face, thumbs up/down, bookmark). This was huge to me as 99% of my music comes from Pandora and not having the apparent magical iPhone was a concern. But fear not it works and does exactly what I hoped for. I am glad I didn't upgrade as the AppRadio for Pioneer is not very good. Period. There is an app out there that will allow you to mirror your Android for the 8500 but you have to root your phone for this and I wasn't willing to go through all that. Video playback via DVD is awesome and if you get the bypass, makes it even better! So if you have an Android phone and are thinking about this radio, wonder no more! Get the radio! There are some issues with connectivity to bluetooth but nothing that is a deal breaker, just an annoyance.

    Pros: Beautiful display Ease of use Improved sound over factory Customizable EQ Works with Andriod Streaming bluetooth audio/Pandora

    Cons: Sometimes has trouble connecting to bluetooth or takes a little while to sink up Pandora does not always work from the start which I have figured out a way to get it to work so really more anoying than a problem

    Pioneer makes the BEST

    D from Laurel, MD on 9/16/2013

    I purchased the Pioneer AVH x5500 and its easily the best head unit I've owned. Its priced cheaper than Kenwood and other compatible models. The interface is really beautiful and fun to use, with moving backgrounds and DJ Mixtrax mode. The motorized faceplate is solid and adjusts to your viewing angle. It features HD radio which I really like cause it makes radio sound like its coming from a CD. The EQ settings are great allowing me to fully customize my crossovers to provide the best sound. Plenty of RCA outputs for my subwoofers and aftermarket amps and speakers. I get compliments every time some one gets in my car..I highly recommend the Pioneer AVH-series whether its the 4500, 5500, 8500 or 2500!!

    Pros: Interface, EQ settings, ease of use, Sound Quality

    Cons: Unit can sometimes be slow to load iPod music but that may be because I have over 5K songs on it :)

    Love it

    Parker from Woburn ma on 9/8/2013

    Looks and sounds great in my 2004 Tahoe

    Pros: Every thing so far

    Cons: None yet

    Great Radio

    Clo from Mayaguez on 8/27/2013

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

    Great radio. Can use my iphone5 with no problem. Fast response. Love it. Would recommend.

    Pros: fast cool


    Great Stereo

    Rodney from Lander WY on 8/12/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Unit is perfect for what I need. Great Sound



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    Juan R. from North Hollywood, CA on 7/8/2013

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Definitively one of the best units you can buy next to Alpine. The sound is very rich and clear as it is to be expected from a Pioneer unit. I am yet to connect an amplifier to the unit but the 4V feature will definitively come in handy. Bluetooth connectivity was a breeze and it transfers all your phone contacts instantly.

    Pros: Ease of use. Build Quality. Bluetooth integration is almost flawless.

    Cons: Need especial cable if you would like to watch video from your iPod. Needs an even more expensive cable if you would like to use the Apps off an iPhone5. A little slow loading iPod songs.


    Ray from Garland,Texas on 7/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the AVH-5500BHS about a month ago and am loving it. It was very strait forward on how to hook everything up and am very pleased with the sound it is a big improvement over the factory radio and love the blue tooth when making calls and streaming music.It is the first HD radio I have ever had before and it was well worth the money also want to say Thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: Sound hands free Calling blue tooth is great

    Cons: None

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    shiz215 from philadelphia, pa on 6/30/2013

    2007 Dodge Charger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome fit on dodge charger r/t

    Pros: Top of the line in my view

    Cons: None

    Wanted this for a long time

    CrashOgie from Wayland, MI on 6/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this thing. I have been wanting one for about 6 months, but waited because of the price. I found an open box on the Crutchfield outlet and got it. I am so pleased with it so far. The sound quality is great. The ease of use is awesome. It connects perfectly to my iPhone 5 via bluetooth. It also connects to my iPhone via the bluetooth connection for charging and playing music. I didn't get the cable for the app mode, but I don't feel like I'm missing much.

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, number of outputs

    Cons: None

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    John H from Huntington Beach, Ca on 6/9/2013

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely Incredible!! Totally Stoked!!. I was upgrading from my 2006 Tundra JBL head unit and originally tried to re-use the JBL amplifier via the PAC TATO harness adapter. When I initially turned it on I was BUMMED. It was like listening to a rock concert under water. Once I replaced the original amp with an 800w 4channel amp, BINGO!! Game on!

    Pros: Simple interface, Good sound, Streaming music thru my Android, Hands Free phone use

    Cons: None so far....

    its what i expectted

    spiccoli from quitman,Ar. on 5/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's pretty easy to use,& is what I was looking for.

    Pros: Bluetooth, 4 volt & 7 inch screen

    Cons: No front usb,or aux.


    alvin from Missouri City,TX on 5/25/2013

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

    I would suggest this product to anyone !




    Scott from Minneapolis MN on 5/21/2013

    2005 Buick LaCrosse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it, but Iphone 5 firmware update has not been released yet and is not recognized by the unit.

    Pros: Very cool unit

    Cons: Pending IPhone 5 firmware update pioneer has not released it yet.

    Great buy

    Ryan from Roseville on 5/15/2013

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is everything I wanted in a receiver and Crutchfield provided everything I need to make it an easy install. Considering it's one of the few receivers on the market that has the iPhone 5 capability, this should keep me happy for many years to come.

    Pros: Adapter was simple to integrate my steering controls (purchased separately), iPhone 5 integration


    Good HU when you can see it.

    Brandon from Atlanta, GA on 5/14/2013

    The radio has some nice features and the 4v outputs are a plus. I have a few gripes about it. The ipod playback is decent, except it takes a while to load the songs on my small 8gb nano. Every time I access the list of song, its brings up the loading animation. I've used OEM units that were far faster with the same nano. But that is a small problem. My main issue which is so bad I'm probably going to have to return the unit is the screen. I can't see anything during the daytime when the sun is shinning. I live in Atlanta and that's quite often during my commute. The screen just washes out. I've tried all the settings and the best I've been able to manage is with the Brightness and Contrast maxed out. Makes is usable, but once I put sunglasses its even harder to see. Again, this is a problem I did not have with previous OEM touch screen units. At night, the screen is great, but that's not enough for me.

    Pros: Great features, good sound quality, lots of visual options.

    Cons: Horrible visibility in the daytime when the sun is shinning. Ipod connection is slow


    Gilligan16 from Saint Clair, MI on 5/14/2013

    2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to use the Bluetooth so i can listen to music from my Iphone without an FM transmitter. Works great, Looks Good, easy to hook up and start playing music. easy controls didn't even look at manual and quickly set up date and time, background picks and colors, hooked up Bluetooth. love the hands free capability

    Pros: Looks Sweet, Easy to use

    Cons: Cost, Can't store music on it from Bluetooth

    BEWARE of False Advertising

    KaeLo from San Pablo, CA on 5/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Beware buying any of the Pioneer AVH decks based on the advertised iPhone 5 functionality.....IT IS NOT yet available. Pioneer is selling this deck and the correct cable but the firmware has yet to be released to make their advertising true. Crutchfield should seriously think about not advertising that functionality until it is confirmed released and working. Please look at all of the facebook post before purchasing

    Pros: The deck looks great, sounds great and is pretty simple to use. Would get 5 stars except for the Cons.

    Cons: Advertised iPhone 5 functionality is not released yet. The components are being sold but the firmware enabling it, has not been released by pioneer.

    Nice Stereo

    Big Jim from Lexington, KY on 5/10/2013

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

    Bought this after MUCH research and I'm pretty thrilled with it. I have basically only owned Sony and Kenwood over the years but I have to admit, this is a very nice stereo for the money. Very easy to install even though I was kind of scared to do it because I didn't want to mess up my interior. I have it doing everything it can do, so i've tested everything. The only thing that drives me crazy is that every time I plug my phone in, the stereo defaults to my ipod...even if I'm on my phone. That can probably be changed in the settings, I just haven't figured it out yet. I paid $$ for the advanced App radio cable and to be honest, I'm not sure I would do that again. It's really cool but I don't know if I'll use it that much. In retrospect, I probably would have bought the cable for $ and tried it out first. Other than that, it's a KILLER product. Crutchfield was GREAT and I will start buying everything from them from now on. I'm very pleased with the service.

    Pros: Sound quality, EQ, apps...pretty much everything.

    Cons: Plays my ipod as soon as I plug my phone in regardless of what I'm doing. The advanced app radio cable is too much $$$ for what you get out of it.

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    DC from Tampa, FL on 5/9/2013

    Just had my Pioneer system installed since my factory Acura Bose system locked up on me and it was way too expensive to repair it. So I bought this system. I am loving it already, pretty easy to use and set up once you go thru the menu. Read some reviews on the screen being hard to see but I have tint on my car so the sun is not even an issue for me and I live in Florida. I have the IPHONE with Sirius XM on my phone and love the bluetooth capability. I dont even need to hook up to my USB cable in my arm console to play my XM from my phone. They hooked up my bose factory subwoofer as well so it sounds real good with the new system. The only thing I am trying to figure out now is how to get the DVD player to display a picture I get sound but no picture. I know the emergency brake has to be engaged which I have done but still no picture. Anyone have the same issue when they got theirs installed? I probably won't use it much anyway but would nice to have working if I wanted to roll over to the beach and watch a movie with my woman. Drive in style......LOL

    Pros: Price, Easy to use, sound

    Cons: A lot of settings or controls to go through

    Playing music while using GPS drive app.

    Matt from Philadelphia on 5/8/2013

    I wanted to add something to my previous review. If you want to be able to cycle through the different modes and play music while running the GPS drive app or similar apps look at page 23 in the manual (setting the app sound mixing). Make sure app sound mixing is not set to off. When you are in the GPS drive app you can then hit the source button and select from the different music sources. If app sound mixing is set to off hitting the source button on the radio while in app mode will do nothing. You don't have to travel in silence. Hope this helps someone.



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    Jesse J from Miami, FL on 5/6/2013

    1995 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Folks with brightness issues need to read page 38 of manual (also, put parking brake on). That was a source of frustration but it's very customizable for both day & night settings. Those with subwoofer level issues didn't read the manual either. The loudness feature also works well to get more juice at lower volume levels. I'm using the GPS Drive app and it'll cost you $25 to have touch integration. The app gives you the ability to play music on your iPhone. If you want to listen to Pandora, iHeart, or other music from iPhone app, start the app 1st in Bluetooth mode then start the Nav service. Don't use the appradio app. Unfortunately, if you switch from app mode to iPod/USB/Bluetooth, etc mode, the music pauses and will again when you go back to nav. I try to use the phone to control the music but switching back and forth messes things up. When using appradio app, I don't think you can play iHeart and use GPS Drive at same time. Overall, use the phone as much as possible and have apps launched b4 connecting. It's buggy but if you perfect the sequence it might be bearable. I've had it for 3 weeks and drove from NJ to Miami. I'll probably get the Pioneer Nav unit if it's able to play background music in the background.



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    Kordian from Chicago, IL on 4/29/2013

    2008 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is very much up to date with touchscreen, customizable background etc. It is very easy to follow and the instructions they give are actually written in understandable english. I have not tried the appradio yet but am highly disappointed that it cannot sync with android. In today's day and age pioneer as to be able to use same wires that it uses for apple products and just switch endings to micro usb. There are receivers which sync with android but they are expensive and few exist. The equalizer is easy to use, however quality of radio kinda sucks compared to old oem radio, but it did boost the max volume of my speakers thou. A big issue with this radio is that it does not have a control to adjust sub woofer boost. There are single dim receivers that can to do but this radio cannot. All in all it is a good product for the money, just wish for a relatively new product it was more in sync with modern gadgets.



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    reddawg from rogersville al on 4/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice product highly recomended



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    Anonymous from Clifton Park, NY on 4/10/2013

    2009 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit! Really impressed with the touchscreen quality and ease of use. I am not an iPhone user so can't comment on the AppRadio features, but Pandora via Bluetooth + phone controls couldn't be better. I honestly couldn't go back to a non-touchscreen after using this. Install was easy as could be with no issues, the unit itself is nice and solidly built.

    Pros: Easy to operate. Sound quality blows away the factory radio (custom EQ!). Easy to install. Great screen quality.

    Cons: Touchscreen does attract fingerprints (easily wiped with dry cloth).

    Not what I expected, poor value

    jeff from maryland on 4/6/2013

    2006 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a decent head unit, but it definitely has it's flaws. If I paid $250-$300 for this head unit I would give it a 5 out of 5, but for this price I expected much more. Firstly, the FM reception is beyond bad. I thought the antenna slipped out of place or something at first, so I completely removed the head unit only to find that it was still firmly in place. I live in Baltimore and commute to DC, I can only get Baltimore stations around Baltimore and DC stations around DC, whereas with the stock head unit I could get both sets of stations in either area. Very disappointed in that. Secondly, the screen is not very bright at all. It's amazing I can buy a Kindle Fire HD and the screen is 10x better than this screen. In the sunlight it's hard to see it and is prone to smudges/fingerprints that make it look even worse. Unacceptable. Reminds me of touch screen technology from 2005. Even at night it doesn't look that great, the stock display in my wife's Toyota Sienna looks substantially better. I would return this head unit if it was an easy process to remove it.

    Pros: Great power for stock or aftermarket speakers, easy set up. Bluetooth phone function works very well.

    Cons: Terrible FM reception. Screen resolution/brightness subpar. No easily accessible screen brightness switch. Overpriced for what you are getting.

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    Debra from Harrisburg PA on 3/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the features on this radio. Bluetooth works well and sound quality is excellent.

    Pros: Screen size, apps, sound

    Cons: Finger print smudges are an issue and screen is hard to read in sunlight

    Review for the Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Steve from Phoenix AZ on 3/21/2013

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

    I installed this on a 2008 Tacoma. I have never installed a radio before let alone mess with electrical wires. Super easy to do. It worked first time I powered it on. It also sync's very quick with my Android (Samsung GS3). I would suggest holding onto the factory clips as the new one's really don't seem to hold the new deck kit as well. Head Unit wise, this is well worth the money. It really made my stock speakers come to life.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Well worth it!

    Joel from Fort Worth, TX on 3/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This has probably been one of my best products that I have ever purchased. The instructions that were sent for the install were spot on. Totally love all the features and highly recommend this unit to anyone. The cost? What cost, you truly get a bang for your buck.




    Brian from Urbana, IA on 3/14/2013

    I installed this receiver in my 2005 Lincoln Navigator with the ASWC-1 steering wheel control adapter, SirrusXM, rear view camera, 12 to 5v step down. The system works flawlessly and everything integrates together perfectly. I'm going to upgrade the factory speakers and amp as well, but the OEM's do sound much better with this receiver. The system is user friendly, easy to use, and is laid out well. My Iphone 5 adapter/connector hasn't arrived yet but I have connected via Bluetooth (Very simple process BTW) so I can't comment on the app integration but everything else works well. I really like the ability to stream Pandora, Iheart and itunes via the Bluetooth connection. I would recommend this product and I very rarely recommend anything.

    Pros: Price Functionality Versatility Ease of use

    Cons: 22 Gauge Wire Boot up time about 5 to 10 seconds (Seems long to me)


    Anthony from Houston, Texas on 3/9/2013

    2010 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2010 Nissan Altima coupe. Installation was flawless given all needed parts supplied by Crutchfield. The interface is blazing fast and it paired perfectly to my iPhone 4S. As far as sound goes, it gives you a tremendous amount of fine tuning for your sound. I am using this with Boston SR-60's in the front and Alpine SPR-69 in the rear deck, all powered with an Alpine power pack. All the features work at a premium level for my expectations. I'm a very happy customer!

    Pros: Interface, sound quality, build quality, ease of use

    Cons: None as of yet :)

    Great Radio

    Anonymous from Indianapolis, IN on 3/9/2013

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

    Great radio. Took only an hour to install in my Toyota Tundra thanks to the great support/info from Crutchfield. This radio has the capability for nav and sat radio, but I don't have those features connected. Sounds great and easy to use.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Easy to use.

    Cons: The price is kind of high, but I'm still happy with my purchase

    great head unit!!

    DaveS from Sitka Ak on 3/2/2013

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

    I installed the Pioneer AVH X5500BHS in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma. I installed this initially with just the stock speakers to determine how much of an upgrade it is...WOW... This unit is impressive. It made my stock paper speakers sing and cleaned up the muddy sound that came from the stock unit. It was a breeze to install utilizing the added crutchfield adapters. once installed with the ASWC-1 steering wheel interface all functions worked great. The sound is incredible and is very user friendly. I was able to pair with a Samsung S3 and my Iphone 4s without any issues. This is a great product and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking at a new head unit!!

    Pros: Sound, Quality, ease of use, andriod compatable

    Cons: None!!


    AlanL from Seattle, WA on 2/21/2013

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit does not display map guidance from the resident map program on your Iphone if your are running IOS6, simply your current location. This requires you to buy a third party NAV app and pay extra for touchscreen access, or use Waze. Another big drawback is that when you run a NAV app or other non-music app, it immediately cuts out the radio (or sound) so you travel in silence. Unexpected for the price.

    Pros: High quality

    Cons: Serious map and app issues

    Excellent Upgrade

    Rod from Cincinnati on 2/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded from the 3400 series. The operating system improvements are dramatic. Very glad that I decided to upgrade.

    Pros: Easy installation, much easier Sirius equipment.

    Cons: Still waiting on the iPhone 5 compatible cable. Seems silly that a cable would be required at all frankly.

    Avh x5500bhs

    Jose from Flushing, NY on 2/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio to replace my avh4300, so far this radio has surpass my expectations install was very easy, features r great

    Pros: Easy install, great presentation

    Cons: A little pricey but worth it

    Pretty good over all

    Chris from Valdez, AK on 1/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased to replace stock HU in 2011 F350. Good fit and easy installation. Using a Maestro RR for steering wheel control. Unfortunately the RR does not retain Sync when used with a Pioneer HU, only Kenwood, contrary to what the Crutchfield advisor quoted. The 5500 is very straight forward to use, simple concise menus, and very adjustable sound output. A bit disappointed in the lack of screen intensity adjustment (light/dark/contrast) for the main screen compared to the 4400. The dimming function works alright for night driving put could be darker, or at least able to be adjusted. The user/installation is useful on the install side but the "how to use" side is lacking. There are quite a few features that aren't readily explained in the book that take a bit little to figure out. Had to look at a few of the videos on Pioneer's website. Sound output is great and adjustable. Playback from Pandora is quite a bit quieter than Radio or USB/iPod. Knocked the value down one because of alot of features that aren't usable where I am but needed other features only offered in this unit or the next one up. Works well with my Android phone and iPod interface works well. Over all a good unit and does what I wanted.

    Pros: Easy install, easy setup, good sound control.

    Cons: Lack of main screen illumination adjustability. Lacking user instructions.

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Garry from Palo Alto, CA on 1/14/2013

    2010 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS recently and installed it myself. Much like some other folks here I have been paying attention to the App Radio scene and looking for a car stereo that was feature rich but also would integrate easily with my mobile phone Some of the key features I was looking for included (in no specific order): - Smart phone integration - AppRadio - Bluetooth for phone - Bluetooth streaming - Sirius XM integration - (rear facing) Camera support - HD Radio - Touchscreen - USB connection - AUX connection Overall I am satisfied with my purchase. The UI is nice enough and didn't take long to figure without reading the manual. I did the install myself without having done any stereo installations myself in over 15 years. The installation went well except for a few minor delays: - Crutchfield includes extra packaging to install the unit in my Nissan. Most of the pieces were not needed. A quick call to their tech support (thanks Devin) helped me to figure it out what parts were necessary and what could be tossed. - Despite all of the cables and adapters included I was missing an antenna adapter. I had to purchase this piece separately. - I also purchased some crimp caps since some wiring was required. It would be nice if a custom cable/adapter was included too so this step could be skipped. At this time I haven't installed the read facing camera but I plan to do that in the coming weeks. I'll update my review at that time.

    Pros: Feature Rich

    Cons: Pricey but nothing else at this price point with same features.

    I love the Pioneer x5500bhs.

    Matt from Philadelphia on 1/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered the Pioneer avh-x5500bhs the first day it was in stock and surprisingly it was at my house the very next day with normal shipping. I installed it myself with the help of the Crutchfield instructions and the Pioneer manual. The sound on this unit is phenomonal in comparison to the old stock unit in my 2007 4runner. I was going to replace the stock speakers but I will hold off for now since this unit made such a huge difference in the quality of the sound. The eq in this system is also great and allowed me to fine tune my music either via the presets or the two custom settings selections. The bluetooth music streaming is excellent and I can actually walk outside and behind my suv and it will still play clearly. The other cool feature is when I leave my car with my phone connected it will pause and reconnect when I get back in and start playing. I timed how long it takes to connect and play and it was 3 to 4 seconds. The handsfree calling is also great. I ran the mic to the top of my steering column and my friends and family told me they could not even tell I was using the mic. The screen is nice and vibrant but you need to adjust the picture dimmer and brightness settings so it will be viewable during the brightest part of the day. I have no problem seeing it with the adjustments even when the sun is directly on the screen. I removed a star for ease of use and build quality because I think app mode could be slightly easier to use. I highly recommend it!

    Pros: Vibrant screen, excellent sound and loaded with features. Pioneer is releasing a new cable that makes this unit compatible with the iphone 5 for app mode and they are also releasing a firmware update in spring.

    Cons: App radio mode could be a little smoother in my opinion. The one problem I had was no am reception and limited fm reception. I called Crutchfield and they told me to hook the blue antenna wire to the remote amp turn on wire on the unit. It didn't work because the booster was drawing to much power so instead I connected the antenna wire to the switched (ignition) power source and all is good. Just wanted to let everyone know in case you had a similar problem


    Baker from OKC on 1/3/2013

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

    Ordered from Crutchfield and had a local shop w good reputation install it-it was only showing half the screen the minute he booted up-now theyve (Crutchfield) sent out another unit-but I'm worried because I notice another reviewer had a similiar issue- I think its 2 of 5 that are fried right out the box WHOSE GOT TIME FOR THIS CRAP

    Pros: none that i know of

    Cons: poor build guality

    Good Unit (note: NOT compatible with AVIC-U220 GPS unit)

    DanM from Boston, MA on 12/28/2012

    2009 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this is a very nice unit that sounds great, is responsive, and has a lot of features. My biggest complaint is that Pioneer has a substantial error in the user manual -- at page 46 it plainly indicates that the AVIC-U220 add-on GPS unit can be used with this head unit. After ordering the AVIC-U220, connecting as illustrated in the manual, and running the antennae to the deck below my rear window, it was not recognized by the head unit. After removing my dash multiple times, connecting/reconnecting cables, attempting to upgrade the firmware on the GPS unit, and repeated calls to Pioneer, I was informed by reps at Pioneer that the AVIC-U220 is not compatible with the AVH-X5500BHS head unit, and that page 46 of the manual was a "typo." This meant I had to once again rip out the interior of my car to remove the cabling and antannae line (still trying to figure out how best to remove the adhesive metal pad that the gps antennae attaches to). I am not particularly pleased by this oversight on the part of Pioneer. (Note: the Pioneer rep indicated that a new GPS add-on is expected to be announced at E3 in January, 2013, with model no. AVIC-U250). Another complaint is that although the bluetooth call quality on both ends is excellent, making outgoing calls could be easier. For example, I have not been able to identifiy any sort of voice command to dial numbers and the touch interface can be distracting while driving.

    Pros: Great sound; HD radio works well; responsive interface; lots of features

    Cons: Bluetooth dialing could be easier; typo in manual regarding compatability with AVIC-U220 GPS add-on

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Anonymous from San Jose, CA on 12/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok I have been watching the Appradio scene for some time now and was not sure that I wanted to purchase due to the mix reviews of the product. I was looking for a radio that was very flexible with regards to entertainment. I wanted the ability to use navigation on the head unit but did not want to be stuck with only one navigation service or provider. This radio meets my needs its not Alpine but it is easy to use and allows me greater flexibility. Its not perfect but it works....well actually mine died today after 7 days, Crutchfield is great and sent me a replacement. There are a few things that I would change or improve such as; I would provide a way to star rate songs on the iPod so that it can update iTunes, get ride of the screen clutter ( I dont need dancing lights), provide solid background screen colors, Pandora app access while in app mode, the iPhone patch cable needs to be more flexible, two USB connections (I like to store a library of songs on a separate USB rather than my phone), the endless questions and responses....... do I need to say more?

    Pros: Entertainment flexibility

    Cons: the screen is busy and even with all the color variations I am unable to match the interior dash lights. Works but not perfect, I am hopeful that Pioneer will make software updates available as they improve the system rather than force an upgrade just to improve the user interface.

    very satisfied!

    Ben H. from Wallkill NY on 12/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First I ordered a DDX 419 kenwood and tried to like it but failed to make it. The display was lacking and the sound was just not up to my standards. I sent it back and orderded a pioneer 3400. Sound was great but screen was still poor and connectivity with my android phone was horrible.This 5500 is great and am very happy.

    Pros: Does everything well and looks great doing it.

    Cons: Is a little pricey

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    David from Milford, MA on 12/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced a broken Kenwood DDX-419 with this unit. The SiriusXM adapter works better with the Pioneer, the unit is faster and the display is much better than the Kenwood. After reading negative reviews about older Pioneer head units I was reluctant to purchase this radio but have been very impressed so far. I will be buying another Pioneer for my other vehicle. +++++

    Pros: Easy to use and customize display.

    Cons: None yet


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

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

    Product Research

    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 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 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,, 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


    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, 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

    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
    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
    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
    720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size


    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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    8 questions already asked

    No, actually, we you go to the Acc Screen, the background changes, and the source titles stays in place for your choice. [ JESSE  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    I don't understand the question. That menu that you're talking about is a drop down menu, it's not permanently up unless you leave it open all the time. I'm sure if you out a custom background all the original screen options are still there. [ BRITT J  Jan 25, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Jan 20, 2014 ]  Staff
    I do not know. I have never owned an iphone but I would imagine that it is. Most everything is anymore. I bought it strictly for the hands free phone feature because my truck did not have that. [ CRAIG V  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    I don't know for sure. It worked with my iPhone 4s. I talked to Pioneer about a cable question and they have issued a firmware update to allow the unit to be compatible with iPhone 5C and 5S [ BRIAN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes it is. I have mine hooked up via USB cable and it works perfectly for listening to music and charging phone at same time. [ SHAUN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Not sure about 5s. Maybe it will be address in the next firmware update. Personally I would go down to any audio shop and see if it works. i'm sure the basic Bluetooth functionalities will work including the streaming audio. I would check with pioneer For further details. It has a touch screen calibration. Just make sure you calibrate it before installing e-brake . There is also an option to adjust the brightness of the radio for night/day. This comes in handy when you used the illumination wire. [ ELLIOTT  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes it is [ DAMIAN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    My iPhone 5 works fine through the Bluetooth system. [ THOMAS  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    I have yet to purchase the cables to run the IPhone 5 [ JOEL  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes. Streaming works great. Phone calls are clear. I don't use Pandora so I haven't tried that yet. All else works great out of the box except goggle maps. The turn by turn voice doesn't work when paired with phone. This happens in my wife's 2012 infiniti as well so I don't think it's a pioneer issue. [ MICHAEL  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes, it is compatible with all iOS 7 devices. [ Joe  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    I have an android phone, and i actually haven't got the app to work, but i use my phone paired , to listen to slacker and music i have on my phone it will let me change songs but i can't pick and choose what to listen to like on my iPod, [ BENJAMIN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    You will have complete phone controll all contacts on display and voice controll. All songs and albums display. This is a excellent radio [ TOMMY  Dec 23, 2013 ]
    From Bluetooth you can control pandora like search thru the station that you already have selected. And then anything else can play thru Bluetooth option. So yeah a little changes from your adapter but the exact same [ JEFFERY  Dec 23, 2013 ]
    I dnt know but I have a scion tc 08 and it fits perfect [ PIERRE A  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    Yes the adaptor they send has all the wiring for the Antana it's a great radio [ KENNETH  Dec 22, 2013 ]
    Yes [ BILLY  Dec 22, 2013 ]
    Yes [ THOMAS  Dec 22, 2013 ]
    Yes [ THOMAS  Dec 22, 2013 ]
    I didn't buy the camera. [ RICKY  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    Im pretty sure by shifting to reverse it automatically senses via the connection to reverse lights. [ Daniel  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    There is a wire on the radio that triggers the display to switch to the back-up camera. All you have to do is splice that wire into the positive side of the reverse light. I made that connection at the back of the truck in the trailer wiring harness. But you can just as easily make it on the reverse light itself. There is also a selection you have to make in one of the menus on the radio itself so that the radio knows wether to trigger on a positive (+) or negative (-) signal change. Hope this helps. [ JASON  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    Sorry David, I don't use the backup camera and I haven't looked into it so I couldn't tell ya. [ DOMINIC  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    The issue with the Titan seems to be the depth of this receiver. Our research shows that the Titan has just under 6.5" of depth available for the receiver, and this unit is about 6.8" deep. For further details please feel free to reach out to an Advisor by phone or chat. [ Jeff  Nov 29, 2013 ]  Staff