Enjoy your music, plus the best in radio

Pioneer designed their DEH-X5500HD CD receiver to be the perfect vehicle for adding great sound, expanded musical capabilities, and the best-sounding radio available to your dash. This receiver lets you control your iPod® or iPhone® playlists when you connect them via the USB input, and offers Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone too. But if you're a radio fan, that's not the end of the story.

Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

HD Radio — enjoy the difference

If you listen to a lot of radio, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the HD Radio tuner that's built into this car stereo. The free broadcasts of your local HD Radio station are like regular radio, but with improved sound quality — FM broadcasts are near CD-quality, while AM is as clear as regular FM. And many stations, particularly public radio, broadcast extra channels of programming, so you can easily switch between news, music, or other alternative programming.

MIXTRAX livens up your music

Pioneer's MIXTRAX feature complements this receiver's bright display with its variable-color illumination. Turn it on, and it adds a light show to your favorite playlists as the display pulses in time with your music, and it inserts transitions and cool effects between songs, keeping the energy high while you're cranking the tunes.

Great sound at the heart of it all

The DEH-X5500BT carries on the tradition of solid Pioneer sound with a powerful internal amp that leaves most car audio factory systems in the dust. You'll also enjoy a 5-band equalizer for tone control, plus Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever to perk up the sound quality of compressed music files. If you're looking to build a bigger system, hook up amps to the two pairs of preamp outputs to get things really rocking — a suite of sound controls will tailor the output of the receiver to your amps.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

    Features and Specs

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

    Product Research

    HD + Pandora Radio
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    HD Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, 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.

    • 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.
    • 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 preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 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.

    Note: 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. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-X5500HD using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer CD-IU51 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 2G/3G/3GS (iOS 3.0+),  iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0+), iPhone 4S (iOS 5.0+), or iPhone 4 (iOS 6.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The DEH-X5500HD supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title. The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. 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.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. 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. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'App Mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen. The head unit's LCD will only display the text - 'App Mode'.
    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/25/2012):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    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.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-X5500HD is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB ports enable audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. The Name List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Off Eject: When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

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

    Audio Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-X5500HD is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the DEH-X5500HD are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

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

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

    Equalizer: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    Bass Boost The DEH-X5500HD features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.

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

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When the head unit's preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125 Hz), select the filter slope (-6/-12dB), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

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

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD in-dash CD receiver features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 27 preset colors (White to Rose), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red, Blue, and Green brightness levels), or scan through various color settings (All/Warm/Ambient/Calm/Custom).

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

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

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X5500HD comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

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

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    poor quality

    Written By Mitch, Texas on Thursday, April 03, 2014

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    Volume knob does not stay set and is constantly turning itself down

    wonderful

    Written By m. f, folkston,ga on Saturday, September 28, 2013

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    Great product exactly what I wanted and more.

    Pros: Great user interface and plenty of audio settings

    Cons: nothing I can think of

    The best

    Written By Eric, Elmhurst, NYrie on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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    I bought this product for my new car and it was an easy install no problems only issue is I can't seem to find the proper settings on mixtrax to play full songs instead of 2mins only, other than that it's great along with my pioneer speakers.

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: Settings for mixtrax

    Very satisfied

    Written By Rich, Munhall PA on Thursday, September 19, 2013

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    Best money spent on my car in a long time. This unit is vastly superior in sound quality to my stock unit. A huge improvement

    Pros: Value. Easy of installation

    Cons: Can't dim (minor)

    Nice upgrade from stock radio

    Written By Chevymetal, AL on Thursday, September 19, 2013

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    Bought this to upgrade from a factory 2003 Ford F250 CD/Tape player.

    This review is based upon this player, no amp, and factory speakers. If you've read the spec sheet on this player you can see you're getting a lot for what you pay. I can remember when a player like this would cost twice what this one does.

    Would I buy it again? Yes. For the money this unit is a steal.

    Pros: Sound amplification - noticeable sound difference compared to factory player Equalizer - offers a wide array of sound structuring as there are several presets to choose from or you can customize yourself. Very versatile. Bass boost - nice addition to the equalizer; adds more 'depth' to the overall sound of the bass Nice clear display Remote - this is a nice addition as the buttons on the unit are a bit small to mess around while driving USB player - one of the main reasons I bought the unit

    Cons: Cons: Tiny buttons on player Quite a few options - I hate to call this a con, but some people may find it a bit daunting to learn all the functions of this player. I think it is more of a lack of detail in the manual. However, you can find videos online of better explanations for the different options.

    Decent

    Written By JerryM, Northeastern PA on Sunday, September 15, 2013

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    Decent but

    Pros: USB port, HD radio

    Cons: Not as strong as the original radio when trying to pull in distant stations. Display doesn't dim with dashboard lights. Instruction book needs help.

    OK for Lower End

    Written By Joe, Williamsburg on Sunday, September 08, 2013

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    Has a lot of functionality but have only have one function button with a long menu to get to them. A pain especially if driving. Likewise with getting station info. Most radios I have used give the full song title and artist and station. This only displays one or the other and not enough of the title so I just leave it on station frequency.

    Pros: Inexpensive.

    Cons: See review for cons.

    Always buy through Crutchfield

    Written By Joe, Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, August 23, 2013

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    Always buy through crutchfield. I just got my first car and wanted to replace my stereo so I looked here and found this pioneer. The next day I went to a big box store and bought the same model stereo there,bad idea, the stereo was cheaper but instillation gear was 30 bucks. Crutchfield would send all the install stuff free when you by crutchfield and their tech service is superb. My dad bought his stereo through crutchfield and they helped make the order. If you are deciding between pioneer, alpine, and kenwood go pioneer. Pioneer has the best value and the mix feature is awesome. Dad went with a kenwood for his truck and now that my parents have seen my stereo my mom wonders why my dad went kenwood instead of pioneer. They wish the kenwood had as many illumination options as mine and the mix. Untop of all the extra colors and features the pioneer is so much easier to control with so much more power. The pioneer is a 4 channel 50 watt putting out plenty of power for your car speakers. I will never by a stereo not made by pioneer.

    Pros: Colors, The mix, Power, Easy to use, Affordable, High quality

    Cons: None I wouldn't trade my stereo for any other one.

    Amazing head unit

    Written By Jarrett, Georgia on Friday, August 23, 2013

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    This is an awesome head unit! It was everything I was looking for! It has detailed equalizer settings for that perfect sound you are looking for and the display is sick! Definitely recommend!!!

    Pros: It's a beast!

    Cons: None

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    Written By DanS, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, August 23, 2013

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    Seems to be a fantastic unit, well built and lots of fun features. It definitely takes some reading and re-reading of the manual to figure out how to use some of the features as it isn't overly intuitive. That said, once you take the time to learn the interface, it's a blast.

    Pros: multi-color interface, iphone/pandora interface

    Cons: complicated interface to learn

    Love it

    Written By Anonymous, Arkansas on Monday, August 19, 2013

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    It's a great deck!! Replaced a older Alpine and kicks its butt...for the price it's hard to beat. The HD radio is nice sounds a lot better. Can't go wrong with this one.

    Pros: Sounds great, HD radio, custom color options

    Cons: The only con is the rear sub outputs are only 2 volts and not 4.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Written By tiddybream, Ga. on Monday, August 19, 2013

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    Looks and sounds great. Easy install!

    Amazing product

    Written By JamesR, Menomonie, WI on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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    This is a very good product. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a great stereo.

    Cons: The only con is the size of the buttons. It seems as though they were built for ants!

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    Written By pioneer deh-x5500hd, coolidge,ga on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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    It's was easy to install with the factory hookup provided by crutchfield

    Pros: You can customize the sound and the amount of mzh going to the speakers and to the amps.

    Cons: The instructions doesn't go into detail about the functions of the receiver.

    Excellent Receiver, easy install.

    Written By Don F., Gardner, KS on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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    Excellent looking and great sounding receiver. Does everything you need in a car stereo. AM, FM, FMHD, CD, MP3, and USB. I put this in my daughter's convertible and she was thrilled. The removable faceplate is great for when she leaves the top down and runs in a store, it goes in and out easily.

    Too complicated for me

    Written By John, Green Bay, WI on Monday, August 05, 2013

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    I simply can't figure out how to work this unit to my satisfaction. The instructions don't explain the purpose of most functions and getting the sound quality the way I'd like requires a PHD in electronic engineering! HELP! Furthermore, the buttons are way too small to be useful!

    Pros: Good price, nice looking product.

    Cons: Nearly impossible to figure out how to operate by one's self. The owners manual is useless too!

    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great Deck

    Written By FaaezK, Tucson, AZ on Friday, August 02, 2013

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    Great little unit. Not for a single second did I feel regretting this purchase.

    Pros: Does everything I want it to.

    Cons: Not really a con, however, I didn't notice that the next model up has BT connectivity until it was too late. Oh, well. Live and learn.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Written By Jerry L, Lavonia,GA on Friday, August 02, 2013

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    I replaced the Blaupunkt In my Dodge truck. I already have a Pioneer DEH 3200 in one car and a DEH 4400 in my other one. For me, the install was easy and setup very similar to the other ones. I'm very plaesed with the DEH X5500HD.

    Pros: Sounds Great. Many colors to chose from on the Keys and Dial

    Cons: None that I saw.

    Great deck for the money

    Written By Romanova, Cypress, TX on Thursday, August 01, 2013

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    Great deck, so great in fact that I have it installed in both of my cars. Full of features, including the Mixtrack which was fun for about 5 minutes. HD radio is decent, but I mainly use it for the USB front input... got a thumbdrive loaded with music.

    Pros: Adjustable display colors, ease of use.

    Cons: Using the shuffle play mode with thousands of songs can be interesting... sometimes I might hear the same song more than once in an hour. Also, if you are skipping through songs and you hear your most favorite song ever and you accidentally skip over it, game over. You can't go back while in shuffle mode.

    Pioneer in quality products

    Written By AJ, Seattle, WA on Thursday, August 01, 2013

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    The pioneer 5500HD works perfectly, HD channels are a real icing on the cake. Every feature on this unit works great, the install was super easy, and the provided harness really made everything easy. I have always purchased Pioneer head units in my vehicles. The build quality is excellent, and all of the functions are easy to use, easy to navigate, and learn.Highly recommended, amazing value for the price.

    Pros: HD tuning, aux input

    Cons: The display can be difficult to read/see in bright sunlight...

    Small Buttons

    Written By DickC, Darnestown, md on Friday, July 26, 2013

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    Buttons are really small. Controls complicated by having to go through layers in tje Master control

    Pros: Sound, value

    Cons: Tacky colors,complicated controls

    Great receiver and great instructions

    Written By DaveC, WDC on Friday, July 26, 2013

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    I ordered this CD receiver to replace the factory unit in my 2002 Saturn SL2 tat had begun speaking to me (e.g., doing whatever it wanted when I tried to make a selection). It has more options than I needed, and fit very well into the car. The multiple color LED options made it easy to 'match' the look of my car also. In addition, it was easy to install with the Crutchfield Master instructions. My 11 year old son did the installation. His first.

    Pros: High quality unit and clear instructions. The pre-sales tech support was also very helpful.

    Cons: None

    Great receiver!

    Written By Dave C, Currituck, NC on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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    It's a great deck for what I needed it for...

    Pros: Great price, sounds great and I really like the light patterns.

    Cons: I didn't have much of a problem with the menus but some people may...

    Great Product!

    Written By Sammi7973, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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    Great radio, easy to install, love the faceplate, great value for the price. Love this radio, sound quality is great and the color options are fantastic. I never had HD Radio before so that was a treat, love the accessibility and the remote is a nice touch.

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    Written By Ben in Florida, Nature Coast of Florida on Sunday, July 21, 2013

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    The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD I just bought and installed is a fine replacement that gives me the features I wanted: HD Radio, CD player that will play most all professional and home burned CDs, Aux input, and USB input. Installation on my 2007 Focus was easy once I figured out there were a couple of options and some of the install parts were not needed depending on the intall. Operation is OK, but the small buttons and interface could be better. It is still a learning experience. But it lets me plug in my Kindle fire to play music, put music and audio books on either the Kindle or the thumb drive, and play my CDs. Other than the small myriad of buttons and less than fool proof interface, I have found the FM reception is not the best. The stock Ford radio did better.

    Pros: Easy install. Good value for what you pay. The features I was looking for.

    Cons: Small user interface buttons and mediocre user interface. Keep the manual handy until you are fully versant in it's use and features. FM reception is not stellar.

    Excellent car receiver

    Written By MarkB, Menomonee Falls, WI on Friday, July 19, 2013

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    After extensive research, I settled on this Pioneer model and was it a great choice. Very please with the sound quality, the features (IE: Apple direct connect, 3mm jack to name two), and the ease of installation. I put this in my 1996 Camaro and Crutchfield had the instructions, installation parts, to perfection. Very easy to understand these installation instructions. Took me about 30 minutes.. Back to the radio, it is very cool looking, plenty of color options for the display. One other common "con" in reviews I would agree with - it is somewhat difficult to understand the operation manual and to implement the changes, however, I think a lot of that is just getting used to it, as we all know, when you get a new phone, computer, or anything, it takes a little getting used to. THIS UNIT IS A GREAT DEAL!

    Pros: Many features, ease of installation, great sounding unit.

    Cons: Operation manual is difficult to understand, making adjustments is a little trying at times.

    ooooohhhh... pretty lights.

    Written By Zante, SF Bay Area, CA on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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    After much hemming and hawing, I finally decided to replace the factory cassette head-unit in my '95 BMW 318i convertible. Did quite a bit of research, narrowed down my choices to some pretty basic "must-haves" such as HD, USB and Aux ports, and also the ability to match display/button colors to my interior displays.

    The unit was pretty easy to install;. I had a couple issues with a mystery blue wire that when not connected resulted in no am radio reception, but fm was fine. A quick call to Crutchfield tech support quickly resolved the issue of the mystery blue wire which fixed the am radio problem. The unit itself is pretty nice. Lots of options and controls. Personally I don't think it's all that complicated. It took me 15 minutes of just playing with the options to get a good handle on the operation. The HD-FM / Standard FM pulls great signals. This with only a stock 18" flex antenna on the rear fender. I rarely have fade and it switches seamlessly between regular and HD. The display is really hard to read during the day. Not because the display is too dim, but the face of this unit is ultra high-gloss that reflects everything around. The only other negative that I would agree with is the user manual. It is poor-quality print and a very small font. It is pointless to even include it. Do yourself a favor and go to the Pioneer site and print out your own enlarged version. I increased the print-size to 150% just to make it look normal! Otherwise a nice unit.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy to use, HD Radio reception, connectivity, variable light and button colors

    Cons: High-gloss face too reflective. Manual nearly impossible to read.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Myers, FL on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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    All in all this is a great deck for anyone who is a daily drivers and loves to listen to the radio. Me and my friend installed it in about an hour and it was a very easy straight forward process all you have to do is match the colors of the wires up crimp and go.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great sound quality. Great deck for the price.