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Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

DVD receiver

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Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

Overview

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)
    Expandability:
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • playback and control of Android media files
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:
    Reviews

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS Reviews

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    Amateurish UI and missed opportunities

    Anonymous from East Coast on 6/9/2014

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

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    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.

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    Love it!

    Kevin K from Stanfield NC on 2/15/2014

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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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    • "Coolness Factor"
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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.

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    Great!

    Martin from Atlanta` on 2/2/2014

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
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    I really like this unit. This is the second Pioneer HU I have gotten and I really like it. I got it because the interface looks the best (classiest) in my opinion (others look cheesy to me) and because of all its features. I only wish it had a knob for the volume instead of buttons, but it seems like everyone uses buttons now instead of a knob which is annoying.

    Pros: stylish easy to navigate looks good sounds great

    Cons: buttons instead of knob for volume

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    KyleT from Charlottesville, Va on 1/24/2014

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This is my first Pioneer I have bought, while I intended to purchase an Alpine radio the Pioneer caught my attention with its overall good reviews and $100 off promo. I have to say for the money this radio is A+ very easy to use, upgradable with navigation, secondary screens or a rear view camera, makes it seem like there are endless options in order personalize its use. One thing I can't wait to try is the Dashcommand app for my ipod touch. Just purchase the Obdlink lx (or one of your choosing from their list) and connect it to your iphone or touch and you can setup any number of gauges or stats to view on your radio. Very cool!

    Pros: Many adjustable features tons of add-ons easy to connect to bluetooth and will remember multiple devices

    Cons: limited applications for use with iphone and Andriod unless you root your phon Can't purchase the Andriod cable kit anymore

    My first Pioneer

    JasonW from Horicon, WI on 1/19/2014

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    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
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great deck it does everything I want it to.

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    Is a good unit

    Craig from Conowingo, MD on 1/9/2014

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

    Pros: Value, looks, colors of face, sound quality, ease of installation

    Cons: Can't set equalizer separately for analog and digital. buttons on screen too close to edge of unit

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    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
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Easily Installed

    Pros:

    Cons: Wish there was a little more clarity with wire matching information but that is more my experience than anything on the product.

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    ryanc from ohio on 1/3/2014

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

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    What a fun unit screen is awesome. install was easy(except for bypass need a micro bypass or tr7) its user friendly and intuitive with its controls

    Pros: screen size and interface

    Cons: non

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    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.

    Pros:

    Cons: App Radio has not caught up with iOS 7 but this is minor.

    amazed

    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

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    Awesome Product

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

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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

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    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
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    Luv it

    Pros:

    Cons: Cost

    Good deal

    MarkS from Clemson, SC on 12/20/2013

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
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    I have had this unit in for about 2 weeks and I am very pleased. I did not see it in person anywhere before buying so I didn't really know what to expect. I was a little worried about the connection to my Android phone but it worked great. The Pandora app works so that I don't have to mess with the phone at all. The bluetooth phone part works great too. I have the mike mounted on the ceiling by the lights and according to my wife it works great.

    Pros: Works with Android. Bluetooth phone.

    Cons: sometimes seems to skip on Bluetooth. Could be phone though.

    Great radio!!

    James from Nashville, NC on 12/19/2013

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    This is a great radio! It looks as good as it sounds. It is easy to operate and takes no time to master using it. This is a must have if you're considering one. You will not be disappointed

    Pros: Bluetooth steaming from phone

    Cons: None

    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?)

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    I think (hope?) this is a solid deck. After having it installed for just over a week, the bluetooth chip failed (got the Error-10 code). I had done nothing to incite this failure save use the deck normally. Just one day the bluetooth no longer worked. I'll be pretty frustrated if this happens with the replacement deck after it runs out of warranty (Thanks Crutchfield btw for such a speedy and easy replacement of the defective deck). As a whole however - I like it. I think the display is a little busy with icons and the like -- but it works fine. Sound quality is much much better than stock deck (and four replacement Pioneer speakers swapped out for OEM) but that's no surprise. Microphone quality is very good. USB cable with iphone 5s works well for sound only. One annoyance is that when I plug in my phone, it immediately begins playing music -- all the music -- shuffling one song at a time randomly. Pretty annoying. Bluetooth audio works well except you can't control pandora from the head unit while playing through bluetooth -- only through the phone. So far so good -- not terribly impressed and kinda keeping my fingers crossed that it stays functional for a good long time.

    Pros: Big Screen; nice quality. Looks cool. Versatile if you buy the right adapters

    Cons: Pioneer questionable engineering -- lots of people are experiencing the same failure (search online - this deck is apparently having many issues); Some weird quirky things that make it difficult to use.

    nice unit

    tk from detroit, mi on 12/15/2013

    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee instal with IPhone 5 IOS7 nice unit with plenty of features. pretty simple to use. bluetooth works great, sound quality is very good and no complaints on the other end. HD Radio in metro Detroit area is great. plenty of stations to choose from and are nice and clear. best part for me is the CBS Radio Network station in HD because at night the AM alternative is non existent. Now I get to listen all of the Red Wings games and Sunday night football without a hint of static. Pandora and IPod control are a nice feature. The Iphone needs to be connected with a wire in order to control the music from the head unit. Bluetooth wireless streaming can also be used with this, but you have to control the music from the phone, I believe this is also true for Android users.

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    Anonymous from Reedville,va on 12/14/2013

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    Great stereo no complaints

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: None

    Awesome!!!!

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

    2007 Scion tC
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    This unit is great. Everything that I was expecting and more. Amazing sound quality and really easy-to-use. I have it paired with JL audio amps and speakers and the sound quality is OMG!!! Very nice unit....

    Pros: Clean Look Ease of use Amazing Performance

    Cons: None

    Sweet

    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
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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?)

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

    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?)

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

    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.

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

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

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Pioneer DVD Head Unit

    howard from New York NY on 12/2/2013

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

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    this Unit has all the features that I was looking for...from Bluetooth to HD FM radio. it is easy to setup and use and i did the complete installation myself..i added the 12v to 5v step-down converter to prevent popping sounds, all to the wiring harness with no problems..the tilt screen come in handy in my 2003 mustang because it allow me to tilt the screen upward for better viewing.

    Pros: easy to install, all the features i wanted

    Cons: none..

    Nice stereo

    Colorado Cruiser from Colorado on 11/29/2013

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

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Nice unit, sale price helped. Be aware that you can't get into Bluetooth setting if the stupid parking brake wire isn't connected - not mentioned anywhere in the manual! Sounds good, fairly easy to use.

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    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS Review

    TSaxby from Kurtistown, Hawaii on 11/22/2013

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

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

    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!

    Cons:

    INstalled in Nissan Altima 2012

    DiscoKing from Greensboro, NC on 11/16/2013

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

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

    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

    Awesome

    kool from NY on 11/14/2013

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

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

    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.

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Anonymous from Orlando, Fl on 11/8/2013

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

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

    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.

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    Awesome!

    sean from seattle, WA on 11/7/2013

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

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

    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.

    Perfect

    ChrisC from MO on 11/5/2013

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

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

    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

    Pioneer AVH

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

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

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

    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?)

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

    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?)

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

    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?)

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

    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?)

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

    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?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    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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    pioneer in dash

    michaelc from prosser wa on 10/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    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?)

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

    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?)

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

    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

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

    Jeremy from Pittsburgh, PA on 10/1/2013

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

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    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.

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    almost perfect

    jeeves from vegas on 9/27/2013

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

    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?)

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    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?)

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    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

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

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    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?)

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

    Pros: fast cool

    Cons:

    Great Stereo

    Rodney from Lander WY on 8/12/2013

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

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    This Unit is perfect for what I need. Great Sound

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

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

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

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    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.

    AVH-5500BHS

    Ray from Garland,Texas on 7/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    pioneer avh-5500

    shiz215 from philadelphia, pa on 6/30/2013

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

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    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?)

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

    Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

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

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

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    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?)

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    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.

    Awesome!!

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

    2005 Honda Civic SI
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    • Ease of Use
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    I would suggest this product to anyone !

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    AVH-5500

    Scott from Minneapolis MN on 5/21/2013

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    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?)

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

    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

    Cons:

    Good HU when you can see it.

    Brandon from Atlanta, GA on 5/14/2013

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    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

    Awesome

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

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

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    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?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    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 https://www.facebook.com/PioneerNorthAmerica?fref=ts

    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
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    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

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    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

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    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
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    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
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    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

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    nice product highly recomended

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

    2009 Mitsubishi Galant
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    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
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    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

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    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

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    Steve from Phoenix AZ on 3/21/2013

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
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    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

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