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Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

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

Feature-packed

Pioneer's AVH-X5600BHS offers the biggest screen and the most features available in the Pioneer DVD receiver lineup. Here's a rundown of what you'll get with this versatile receiver:

  •  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.
  • MirrorLink ready: MirrorLink system provides in-dash control over a growing number of Android™ smartphones. You'll enjoy touchscreen control from your Pioneer over music, phone contacts, and select apps — connect your compatible phone via USB and enjoy a seamless experience. Pioneer's CD-ML100 MirrorLink adapter is required (not included).
  • Advanced App Mode: With 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. Check the "Details" tab for information on what cables you'll need to enjoy Advanced App Mode. You can see the latest compatible apps here.
  • 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.
  • Siri Eyes Free: If you've got an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5/5S/5C, you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the receiver's touchscreen, using your voice to to place calls, select music, hear notification, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.

7" LCD touchscreen display

You can customize the AVH-X5600BHS's 7" LCD screen with variable color choices and backgrounds. You'll also find some cool touchscreen features — iike Pioneer's Touch Slide technology for real fingertip control over many functions. And you can adjust the angle of the screen with a touch of a button, ensuring you'll have the perfect viewing angle in your car.
The AVH-X5600BHS plays video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. When you're on the road, you can entertain your passengers by sending a movie from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — they'll thank you during those long trips (check the "Details" tab for full information on cables required for video playback from iPhones). And of course you can plug in a rear-view camera to play it safe in crowded parking lots.
Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

The AVH-X5600BHS features a built-in HD Radio tuner.

Your music machine

You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the receiver's rear USB input and use the receiver's controls to access your playlists, with tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search to help you zero in on the song you want. Android users aren't left out in the cold.  If your Android phone supports the media transfer protocol (MTP), you'll be able to browse and play back the music that's stored on your phone, no extra app required.

If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone to the receiver with an optional cable and take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs, DVDs, discs full of MP3 or WMA music, or 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.

Perfect sound for your ride

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 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.

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

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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
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility) — optional adapter required for viewing video content and Advanced App Mode (see Details tab for info)
    • playback and control of music files on compatible Android devices
    • MirrorLink compatible
    • Advanced App Mode for smartphone integration
    • Siri Hands Free compatible with iPhone 4S/5
    • Pandora Internet radio control
    • 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:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    4 volts
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    Wireless Remote
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    3.5 mm AV (rear)
    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 7" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CXE5116)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 58" 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/ visor-bracket (attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)

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

    Touchscreen Display

    Motorized 6.95" LCD Touchscreen: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS features a 6.95" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a paired Bluetooth device, or a connected component such as your iPod/iPhone or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system. The unit's touchscreen display is motorized. The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and eject your DVD/CD discs. The angle of the motorized touchscreen display can also be adjusted to five different positions to meet your viewing needs in the car.

    • Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video - Full (4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only; enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions), Zoom (4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen), Normal (4:3 picture is displayed as it is).
    • Picture Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for the head unit's video source and rear-view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).
    • OSD + Backgrounds: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background can be set to one of four preset still images, two moving images, a stored JPEG image, spectrum analyzer, or turned Off.
    Note: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS offers English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.

    Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AVH-X5600BHS's "Favorites" menu screen. Registering your favorite menu items allows you to quickly jump to the registered menu item by a simple touch on the favorites menu. Up to 12 menu items can be registered as a "Favorite".

    Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).

    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.

    Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be stopped with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    iPod/AppRadio Control

    iPod Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port, RGB input, and 3.5mm jack. The AVH-X5600BHS offers audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple iPod/iPhone models. It also provides a special AppRadio mode for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S users which allows you to access a variety of online music, navigation, and other helpful apps. The AVH-X5600BHS allows your iPod/iPhone's music library to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 96dB.

    • Lightning Dock Connector: If you have an iPhone 5/5C/5S with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's CD-IV203 VGA Interface Cable Kit and the Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately) to access stored music and videos, music and video apps, plus AppRadio Mode for playback of advance applications on the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. This setup also requires your iPhone 5/5C/5S be paired via Bluetooth to the head unit. If you desire only music playback from your Lightning-connector Apple device, simply use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the AVH-X5600BHS.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an iPhone 4/4S with a 30-pin dock connector, use the Pioneer CD-IU201S RGB/USB cable (130IU201S, sold separately) to enjoy playback of stored music and videos, music and video apps, plus access to AppRadio Mode for playback of advance applications on the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. If you do not own and iPhone 4/4S, but do have another older 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone, use the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod Video cable (130IU201V, sold separately) for playback of music and movies files stored on your device, as well as music apps. Simply use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device if you desire stored music and music app playback only.
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Control + Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen, your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen/clickwheel, or a downloaded app. The head unit supports song/artist information and album art.

    • Head Unit: Head Unit mode is supported by 30-pin and Lightning connector iPod/iPhones when used with one of the appropriate cables mentioned above. From the head unit's touchscreen, you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio content by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, or Rental. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. In addition, the head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Older iPod/iPhone device's will be locked during connection, but Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked so you can also control the iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.
    • App Mode: App Control allows you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. In addition, you can watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5/5C/5S. 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. App Control mode requires the CD-IV203 VGA Interface Cable Kit/Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately) for Lightning connector Apple devices; and the CD-IU201V or CD-IU201S Pioneer cable (sold separately) for 30-pin dock connector devices.
    Note: Video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged.

    AppRadio Mode: Using the Pioneer CD-IV203 VGA Interface Cable Kit/Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately) to connect the AVH-X5600BHS to your iPhone 5/5C/5S (iOS 6.0+) loaded with Pioneer's free AppRadio application from the Apple App Store, you can enjoy full on-screen access and control of your music, navigation, calendar, contacts, and more with an intuitive interface; formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. The same can be done with the iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.3+) using Pioneer's CD-IU201S RGB/USB cable (sold separately). Pioneer has teamed up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. Compatible apps include (as of 11/26/2013):

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    CarMediaPlayer: CarMediaPlayer allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your music library directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View function. When you're searching through your library, Alphabet Search allows you to select the first letter in the desired song, album, or artist name from the Pioneer receiver making it quick an easy to get to the music you want. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the Pioneer's touchscreen. Stored movies and videos can also be accessed through the CarMediaPlayer.
    Aupeo! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs, genres, or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner". Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
    iHeartAuto: The iHeartAuto app provides safe, easy, and free access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country. Plus, in the same app you can create custom stations based on your favorite artists or songs. With the top live radio stations in America and more than 15 million songs in our catalog, iHeartAuto features more music, backed by better music programming, than any other service available.
    Rdio: Rdio (from for $4.99 per month) gives you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist,/Album/Song information, as well as Album art.
    StreamS HiFi Radio: The StreamS HiFi Radio app has been optimized the iPhone. The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($3.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.
    MyPV: The MyPV app for iPhone uses an up-to-date music video ranking system from eight countries across the world, so you can select your favorite promotional videos and create playlists. You can put videos registered on your playlists on continuous playback. Because you can also register search results from YouTube for playlists, you can easily create lists using your favorite videos. You can also repeat and loop videos registered on your playlists.
    Stezza: Take control of your iPod music with style and ease, because the Stezza app ($0.99) has big buttons for big fingers. Featuring a modern design, playing music has never been safer when driving. Multiple color themes for the fashion conscious, all the usual controls, podcasts, and iTunes Match supported.
    gMusic: Google Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic offers full playlist editing, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation.
    Mixtrax: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
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    Apple Maps: You can view Apple maps on the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen as you would on your iPhone. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    MotionX GPS Drive: The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone. This navigation app also requires a $24.99 one time fee for the maps to display on-screen, and a one year $9.99 subscription for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iOS application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone.
    NavFree GPS Live: NavFree GPS Live is a free navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search, live searches via Google and Microsoft Bing, and many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating.
    iGO Primo North America: The iGO primo app ($24.99) is powered by the same tried-and-trusted iGO Engine used in millions of GPS navigation devices around the world. The maps are part of the application so there are no roaming fees (no need for cellular network coverage). Highlighted features include; fast, short, easy-to-follow, and green routes, automatic route recalculation, multipoint-route support, smart keyboard & history, TTS Pro, in-app shop, local/POI search, and more.
    INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 lifetime subscription) for iPhone provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the AppRadio, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
    Sygic: The Sygic app ($29.99) offers high quality TomTom maps stored on your iPhone together with a robust set of navigation features to help you drive with confidence.
    Waze: Waze is a cool social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.
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    DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Beej!: Beej! for iPhone ($1.99) is an in-vehicle location/navigation application ($1.99). Beej! quickly identifies your position and allows you to select the nearest bank, bar, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant and more. Beej! provides a complete list of all the businesses in the category selected, including the distance from your current location and address, with options to get directions (via MotionX-GPS Drive app) or place a call to the selected business. The layout and aesthetics provide optimal in-vehicle viewing, without becoming a distraction for drivers from safe vehicle operations.
    Extra Mile: Extra Mile ($1.99) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel.
    Parkopedia: Parkopedia ($1.99) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.
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    CarBrowser: CarBrowser ($1.99) allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    Commute WX: CommuteWX ($2.99) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.
    EC Touch: The EasyCar app is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.
    Top Headlines : The Top Headlines app (free) is an audible news app which lets you listen to the most recent new updates from multiple sources.
    Contacts: Access your iPhone's contacts. This function is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Calendar: Access your iPhone's calendar, so you can view important events and reminders. This functionality is bundles with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Photos: You can view photos stored on your iPhone. Access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshows. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Note: As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Mode Site for the latest compatible apps.

    AppRadioLive: Now within the AppRadio App mode is the AppRadioLive App for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S (iOS 7.0+). The AppRadioLive app simplifies AppRadio mode and your drive by combining the information you need during your commute into a single, easy-to-use interface. Maps, media, news information, and your events calendar are within reach within a smooth and intuitive interface on the head unit's touchscreen.

    • Maps: The AppRadioLive app uses the native maps from your smartphone overlaid with INRIX live traffic data to provide live traffic and incident information to give you an estimated time of arrival at your chosen destination. You can even use Yelp to find points of interest along the way, including restaurant ratings and reviews. The AppRadioLive map feature also allows destinations to b exported directly into any of the user's favorite AppRadio compatible navigation apps; such as MotionX-GPS Drive, iGO Primo, Navfree, and Waze to obtain route and voice guidance.
    • Media: AppRadioLive also lets you play your stored music library directly from your smartphone. And, you can access over 25 millions songs from your Rdio account. Or, you can access over 25,000+ radio shows and podcasts from your Stitcher account.
    • News: AppRadioLive lets you stay up to date on the latest news with the help of Feedly and text-to-speech technology. You can check the weather for your current location, home, work, or destination.
    • Calendar Events: The AppRadioLive app lets you stay organized by accessing your smartphone's calendar and Facebook events in a single, simple interface. Learn about nearby concerts, sporting events and more with EventSeeker, and easily add those events to your calendar.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/18/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode AppRadio Mode Pandora App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0.4 Y Y*** Y Y Y*** Y*** Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y Y*** Y Y Y*** Y*** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y* Y**** Y Y Y**** Y**** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y* Y**** Y Y Y**** Y**** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y* Y**** Y Y Y**** Y**** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y** Y Y Y** N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th* 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y**** N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y N Y**** N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y** Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y** Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0.4 Y Y** Y Y Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0.4 Y Y** Y Y Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y**** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y**** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y**** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    Note:
    • ****Requires the Pioneer CD-IV203 VGA Interface Cable Kit and the Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately).
    • ***Requires the Pioneer's RGB/USB CD-IU201S cable (130IU201S, sold separately).
    • **Requires Pioneer's CD-IU201V iPod video cable (130IU201V, sold separately).
    •  *Requires the Pioneer Lightning connector cable (130CDIU52, sold separately), or the Lightning cable that came with your Apple device.
    • 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.

    MirrorLink Technology

    MirrorLink (for Samsung & Sony): The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS provides compatibility with MirrorLink, an in-vehicle connectivity standard created by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). MirrorLink offers seamless connectivity between your compatible smartphone and the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS receiver using the Pioneer CD-ML100 MirrorLink Interface Adapter (130CDML100, sold separately). The MirrorLink interface lets you access certain music, map, and phone applications from the head unit's touchscreen for a more convenient and safer in-car experience. MirrorLink certified mobile devices include select Samsung & Sony smartphones.

    • Drive Link for Samsung Galaxy S 3/Note 2: To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S 3 or Note 2, the free "Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Music, Location, Phone) for easy access.
    • Sony Xperia Z: The Sony Xperia Z (with latest firmware update) does not require an additional app download.
    Note: The MirroLink interface adapter plugs into the RGB port of the AVH-X5600BHS. Because MirrorLink and AppRadio mode require the RGB port, you can only use one.

    MirrorLink App: To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S 3 or Note 2, the free Drive Link application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S 3/Note 2 smartphone. The Sony Xperia Z does not require an app download. Once connected, individual apps are grouped into three categories ("Music", "Location/Drive", "Phone/Call") for easy access. You'll be able to quickly access your stored music, navigation maps, as well as hands-free phone calls directly from the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS's touchscreen.

    • Music: You can listen to every music file stored in the smartphone. You can search for your music files by Favorites, Playlists, Artists, Albums, or All Songs.
    • Location (Drive): You can navigate via Google Maps. You are able to speak and type destinations. The app provides you with an on-screen map screen and audible directions.
    • Phone (Call): The app retrieves all contact information stored in the smartphone. You can make and answer phone calls from the head unit's touchscreen, just as you would normally do on your smartphone. The head unit will even read aloud text messages and let you reply.
    Note: For more information regarding MirrorLink, please visit www.mirrorlink.com.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-X5600BHS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-X5600BHS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit; only one device can be used at a time.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The AVH-X5600BHS supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The AVH-X5600BHS allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the AVH-X5600BHS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    • Voice Control: If your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone is equipped with the voice control feature, you can use voice commands to make calls.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the touchscreen monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to access these functions.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. The AVH-X5600BHS will be able to control basic playback features; Play, Pause, & Skip Tracks (app must also support). The head unit will also display your music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. (app must also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

    Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth, the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone for "Siri Eyes-Free" functionality. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle's speakers and the user's commands and questions are received and transmitted to the receiver using the external microphone. Siri Eyes-Free provides access to many iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S functions such as music selection, making phone calls, and audible navigation (map will be displayed on iPhone); as well as listening to text messages, calendar information, and reminders. The head unit's touschreen monitor will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: Your iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S can be connected via Bluetooth and USB simultaneously. You can only access stored music using Siri when the head unit's source is iPod or Bluetooth Audio. All other Siri functions can be accessed from any source. The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and eject your DVD/CD discs. The AVH-X5600BHS supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs with music, video, and photo files.

    USB Port: The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device and music only on your USB MTP device through the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's rear-panel USB port supports Android OS 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean) as a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device. It also supports Android OS 2.2+ (Froyo/Gingerbread) as a Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; as of 12/18/2013. The receiver does not support Android OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.

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

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

    MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
    AAC:
    16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-48kHz sampling rates
    WAV: 8- or16-bit rate; 16-44.1k sampling rates (not supported by MTP)
    Video DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 2GB max file size (not supported by MTP)
    MPEG-1/2/4:
    720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size (not supported by MTP)
    Photo JPEG: max resolution of 8192 x 7680 (not supported by MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files

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

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

    Advanced Playback & Search Functions (for USB): Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.

    Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-X5600BHS.

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

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS'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.
    • Station Text/Album Art + RDS: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The head unit also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations. For analog FM stations, the Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as song/artist information when listening to compatible RDS 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.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio or RDS FM broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.

    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 www.hdradio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AVH-X5600BHS via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (CD-IU51 / CD-IU52 / CD-IU201V / CD-IU201S) or the connector-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AVH-4600BT. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.

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

    SiriusXM Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS CD receiver is SiriusXM Ready, so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV200, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the head unit and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel/Category Lists: The Channel List displays a list of all available channels. The Category List displays all available categories and stations within those categories.
    • Metadata Display: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Presets: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets.
    • Tune Start: Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
    • Tune/Category Scan: You can scan through channels within categories or songs from your preset channels. Tune Scan allows you to play back six seconds of each song in a preset music channel. Category Scan lets you play back six seconds of a live broadcast in the currently selected category.
    • Instant Replay: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

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

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)
    Note: The power specifications for the AVH-X5600BHS 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Crossovers: The AVH-X5600BHS employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

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

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

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

    Audio Settings: The head unit provides further sound adjustments for your car audio system.

    • Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).
    • Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.
    • Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.
    • Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (AM, Pandora, iPod, Apps) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.

    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/Media App Control mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    Video Output: The AVH-X5600BHS features a rear-panel composite video output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can play back the same video source which is being played on the head unit. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.

    Rear-View Camera: The AVH-X5600BHS is equipped with a composite video rear-view camera input for the addition of an optional backup camera (130NDBC6, sold separately). The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image. When the vehicle's transmission is put in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (violet/white wire of the harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.8 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U260 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC260, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS includes an IR remote control (CXE5116) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices.

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

     

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    5 out of 5

    Excellent ... But Unexpected Installation Issue

    Written By D L, Texas on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    Installed this awesome unit into a 2005 Ford Explorer using the recommended DIN bracket (the Metra 95-5026 Dash Kit). I was surprised during installation that the unit will not be held securely by the DIN bracket unless a hole is drilled into the bracket where a not-supplied bolt can be used to attach the bracket to the back of the unit. I suspect the unit is not fully DIN compatible. Otherwise, the installation was easy and took a couple of hours.

    Pros:
    Attractive, intuitive design that looks good in the car. Works well with Android.
    Cons:
    The inability to program and use some of the functions without engaging the parking brake is very inconvenient. This is due to nanny-state laws but there has to be a better design.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit!

    Written By dmierop, Westmont, Il. on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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    I bought this to replace the stock head unit in my 2055 Honda CRV. All I can say is wow, what a difference!
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    5 out of 5

    great

    Written By tim, Rome, ny on Friday, August 15, 2014
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    Great quality and easy to install/use
    Pros:
    Automatically connects bluetooth
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Cruising with Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By Sal, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
     
    Had a Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS installed in my garage princess 2002 Ford Thunderbird to replace the factory head unit which starting having CD errors and jams. The unit looks factory installed but its performance, features and capabilities instantly were propelled into 2014 luxury car class, maybe better. Paired with 4 new Polk DBi-571 speakers, the sound is amazing. Best upgrade for any car.
    Pros:
    Great looks, excellent build quality and features. Wireless Bluetooth works very well. And it just looks great in the console!
    Cons:
    Touchscreen can be hard to see in bright light but that is inherent issue with all touchscreens
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    4 out of 5

    Great System

    Written By MReid, Rapid City, SD on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    Due to time constraints, I had this deck professionally installed. After some research on how easy it will "plug" into my existing premium system with steering controls, it didn't. I am taking the car back to the mobile installer for another shot. Part of the problelm is they did not install the Pioneer part to integrate my Iphone so AppRadio mirrors my phone's nav system. Other issue is steering functions do not work as advertised. More work required. May post update, but I doubt a lot of people are trying to integrate a 2006 Jetta TDI.
    Pros:
    Massive amount of functions. Really opened up factory speakers which were already part of a premium sound package
    Cons:
    Not as easy as advertised to install. However, my case may be unique as the goal is to integrate seamlessly into a 2006 Jetta TDI with steering controls
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer Review

    Written By JR, Richmond, Va on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    This is a nice unit considering it's a Pioneer, and typically I think they make cheap stuff. I installed it in my 2005 Nissan Frontier and it looks great. I adjusted the background lights to match the truck, which is nice. I will say that during the day the glare from the sun can be a bit of a pain to see the screen especially if you're trying to watch a dvd. I think that has to do with the factory location of the head unit though. It does have a lot of options when it comes to adjusting the sound quality and that's one of its best attributes. I have an amp powering my door speakers so I can't say how the power would be, but the amp sounds awesome. Overall it's a good unit that is really easy to operate, the iPod controls are the best when I plug it in via USB, and it responds well when you touch it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 and I think that's accurate.
    Pros:
    - Ipod controls through USB are awesome! - Easy to navigate the touch screen menu - A lot of options for background and lighting
    Cons:
    - I have a glare during the day in my 2005 Nissan Frontier - Fingerprints on the touch screen (got to keep it clean)
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By Jesse P, Corpus Christi TX on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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    Bought this radio trying to use note 2 phone for appradio. Not really compatible with android phone disappointed about that. but what can you say everybody just build radios for iphone plus on the adopters you need to make your android phone work are not worth the expense but other than that love the radio
    Pros:
    Good radio for the price sounds good. plus the 7" screen is a plus also
    Cons:
    more of an iphone app radio instead of android would be nice if it had an HDMI socket
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    4 out of 5

    AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By Jon, Lexington, NC on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    This radio is a good value. I ordered it at $100 off retail. I had it installed by Geek Squad in my 2003 Chevy Silverado SS. Overall, it pushes my Bose sound system pretty well. I like the touch screen and hidden CD door. The screen tilt feature is awesome. They couldn't get my steering wheel controls to work properly, and the DVD function doesn't work either. Those could be the Geek Squad not knowing entirely how to use the Interface and such. I would recommend this radio to anyone looking for an upgrade. It really looks nice and like it belongs in my truck. I haven't tried the "App mode", but the Bluetooth and the HD Radio are awesome.
    Pros:
    Good sound. Looks like it belongs. Good value for the features. Bluetooth connected easily to my Droid Razr.
    Cons:
    The steering wheel controls don't work properly. The DVD function doesn't work properly.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding Upgrade!

    Written By Sparky, Huntsville, AL on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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    If you are looking for a great upgrade to your factory system, this is a perfect choice! Looks and sounds great - installation is easy as long as you get the appropriate adapter kits. Bluetooth audio works great, but AppRadio Interface with iPhone is a bit awkward. I am still learning how to use this feature so the jury is still out. All in all, I LOVE this radio!
    Pros:
    Features, appearance, sound quality.
    Cons:
    IPhone AppRAdio interface
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    5 out of 5

    How'd I live without it?

    Written By JonS, Denver on Monday, June 30, 2014
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    I've been driving around for a bit more than a week with this new head unit in my 2004 Toyota 4Runner, and the thing I keep thinking is "How and why did I go so long without something like this?" The Bluetooth connection to my Android smartphone works perfectly for phone calls, and usually works very well for Pandora (maybe once every five or six tries, it gets finicky about connecting, but I can make it work). The iPod connection works smoothly and flawlessly, and MP3 and other digital files (roughly 600) I burned onto a DVD sound great. I've yet to try a flash drive in the USB connector, but probably will be doing that soon. Radio reception has been very good. I have no complaints whatsoever about how the unit works, and am looking forward to spending a lot of time in the car with my new toy.

    One decent-sized problem that really has nothing to do with this unit: Crutchfield's databases say it and the Metra dash kit they sent along with it will fit my car. It didn't. I had to use my Dremel to cut away some plastic from two dashboard trim pieces, and away from the Metra kit, before it fit properly and allowed the face of the head unit to fold down to allow access to the auto equalization mic and CD/DVD slot. It doesn't look terrible, but doesn't look great, either. It would have been nice to know those modifications would be required.
    Pros:
    Does everything I need, little that I don't.
    Cons:
    Not a fault of the unit, but I had to modify some dashboard pieces to make it fit properly in my 2004 4Runner.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Upgrade

    Written By Kevin, New Jersey on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    Great upgrade from the stock unit. Sound quality and video are excellent. Love the HD radio option! If your thinking of changing your stock stereo this is an excellent choice!
    Pros:
    HD Radio and Bluetooth
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, IN on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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    head unit is a great improvement over stock. if your needing the cables to connect your smart phone do a quick shearch of the internet. i was able to get the cable for the Iphone 4s for video out put for a minimal price, including shipping. if you connect your i phone for video use, you can not use the AUX connector. it seem to be either or, but not both at the same time. some of the functions of the unit can become a little confusing.

    apple maps dont do anything other than sow a map that you can zoom in or out on navfree works perfect for navigation and is free. if you download motionX maps for a fee then expect to pay additional money to be able to use it on your unit
    Pros:
    great sound quality 8 band EQ navigation fronm NAVfree works perfect ability to connect many items bluetooth is flawless and onl;y takes about 30 seconds to automatically connect
    Cons:
    screen isnt as bright as i would like, and is not HD.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Newark, OH on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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    Other than just getting used to using and functioning the head unit I love it thus far! I should have stepped up from the factory a long time ago!
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointed Integration w/iPhone 5

    Written By BOS, Chandler, AZ on Thursday, June 05, 2014
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    This unit came highly recommended as the latest and greatest for iPhone 5 integration, app radio, etc. Unfortunately I took this advice not having any reviews of this new unit. The fit form and funtion of this unit is rather good. I have a few minor complaints in that dept. (ex. volume buttons are too small and because they're flush mounted it's difficult to push my fat fingers into the tiny hole for the volume or other buttons). Sound quality is good. Adjustablility is good.

    My big complaint is vehicle integration with iPhone 5. Not only did I have to purchase expensive adaptors/cables but I'd have to have this large/cumbersome lightning to VGA adaptor and 2 cords hanging out of the dash in order to use AppRadio features. With the very short pigtail on the lightning to VGA adaptor that whole thing has to reside outside the dash near where you place your phone while driving. Really, all Pioneer needed to do was provide an exension (lightning to lighning) so that only this small cable sticks out of the dash. Or better yet, offer a flush mounted pass thru (USB or lightning) that allows a super clean installation. In my opinion, this was a huge oversite in the design of this system. It's not realistically iPhone 5 compatible if it can't be easily and cleanly integrated into your vehicle.

    I will be returning this unit. It does not suit my needs or my minimum expectation. It really doesn't deliver what it claims.
    Pros:
    Appearance, sound quality, adjustable lighting colors.
    Cons:
    Cumbersome and expensive cabling required to use more than 1/2 the features on this unit. Can't cleanly integrate iPhone 5 usage with AppRadio into the vehicle. Control buttons are too small and difficult to push. The buttons also don't respond so well when you push them in rapid succession.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Expandable Entertainment System

    Written By MikeS, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    This is the best entertainment system to assure expansion and long life. HD Radio is built in, SiriusXM radio is available with an add-on module, you can listen to CDs, watch DVDs, make Bluetooth phone calls, and access apps and music from your phone with special add-on cables. It even has a place to hook up a backup camera, external inputs and an external monitor.
    Pros:
    Expandability with a variety of entertainment sources. Good interface.
    Cons:
    You need expensive cables to access your phone and to bring the audio input jack to the front.
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    5 out of 5

    New radio

    Written By Bmore, Baltimore MD on Monday, May 26, 2014
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    Good product. Easy to install. No problems
    Pros:
    Great size Easy to use Features
    Cons:
    Glare on screen can sometimes make it hard to see
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome deck

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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    Awesome deck, always have used pioneer screens, I have the extra accessories for it, the lightning adapter for my iPhone which is a first for me and works so much better than just using the USB cable, the Sirius radio, install was easy for my 2010 Toyota Tundra Crewmax that came with the stock navigation screen but I added all new aftermarket component speakers for the doors, and on the dash added new center channel and front new tweeters. The Pioneer runs two amps one for the 4 component speakers, center channel speaker, and dash tweeters and another amp for two Rockford 10" P3's and it all sounds amazing. Couldn't have asked for a better deck for the price, by far best deck for your money
    Pros:
    Sounds amazing for aftermarket speakers and subs, easy to install
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS

    Written By MM Marko, Leavenworth, KS on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    Can't say enough good things about this unit. Awesome sound, excellent controls and the screen is bright and responsive. Great value for the money.
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Bluetooth works perfect with both of our iphones. Songs on ipod are easy to aquire in a quick and logical manner unlike my old Alpine unit. HD radio quality is outstanding.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    My 1st touch screen / Not too Bad!

    Written By Vance, Culpeper Va on Friday, April 25, 2014
     
    This is my first touch screen and I like it a lot. The screens are intuitive, the icons are large enough to read from the driver's position. The Bluetooth connection works with my IPhone 4 (limited functionality), Pandora, and hands free calling. Functionality is increased when the IPhone is connected using the USB tether. My Audi had the Bose speaker system, and the sound quality from this unit with those speakers is fabulous, and can even the base thumps even though no subwoofer installed yet. The DVD playback is quite good, picture quality is top notch and you have the surround sound from the car speakers. The wiring requires a parking break connection, which prevents the DVD mode from being used unless the parking brake is set. The background screen choices a bit lame, and don't provide much visual effects or background theatrics, which a shame as the screen only shows what it can really do whey you watch a DVD. The only real issue I have with the unit is the screen visibility in the daytime. It looks great in low light or no light. But during full daylight the screen essentially disappears. It does have a tilt feature, that helps, but its not much, otherwise you can't see it. Hands free calling is easy to use, and will sync with the contacts on my iPhone. The sound quality when using the phone could be better. I have a JVC unit in my Wife's vehicle, and seems they all use the same cheesy remote microphone. Overall, I like the unit, but feel it should cost in $300 range.
    Pros:
    Sound quality is fantastic, Large Touch screen is well designed and quite intuitive to use.
    Cons:
    Visibility of the screen disappears in the daylight.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Car Radio/DVD player!!!

    Written By Earl, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    It's everything I ever wanted in a car radio and more! After I installed this radio I feel like I am riding in one of those new cars with the big touch screen. The screen is 7 inches and it has everything. I can use the bluetooth to automatically connect to my cellphone and I can see everyone in my address book appear on the screen. And when I make a phone call the radio automatically fades out to hear the person on the phone through the car's speakers. When I hang up the radio comes back on. I love the touch screen as well as the buttons that you can customize with different colors. There is also somethins called Mixtrax that can make the music sound like there is a DJ in the car by filling in the gaps of songs you have then making them match the beat of the music. The sound is incredible! So many options to make the music sound to your liking. I also like the fact that you can watch a dvd too. It is backup camera ready so I'm waiting for my backup camera to come in so to that I can hook that up. If you encounter any problems like I've did installing the radio Crutchfield was a phone call away. I had to call them two times but they knew exactly what I needed to do. The front screen folds down to reveal the disc drive. You can also tilt the screen too if that needs adjusting while viewing the front screen. There is also a button that you can press to search for the strongest radio stations then save them on your radio. I thought that was cool too. Buy it!!
    Pros:
    8 level equalizer, background motion display, blue tooth built in for connecting to cellphone and iPad, HD radio, DVD player, you can add a back up camera, Mixtrax so music sounds like a DJ is playing the music, USB input, touch screen, changeable color buttons
    Cons:
    You have to buy add on equipment for the Siriux Radio to work.
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    1 out of 5

    Not A Mirrorlink Radio

    Written By GT707GT, Sacramento on Monday, March 24, 2014
     
    I bought Pioneer's top of the line Mirrorlink AVH-x5600BHS for its mirrorlink feature. But you have to buy a cable and an interface. The interface works with only a few phones and i have a Galaxy S3 which they told me would work.....but not unless it's under version 4.3. So...if you want to use mirrolink you can't update your phone and my phone automatically updates. Here is what Pioneer told me when i complained: **********Thank you for contacting Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. The Galaxy S3 should work with MirrorLink, as long as the OS on your phone is less than 4.3. Samsung needs to provide an update for their DriveLink application. When people upgrade the OS, the application does not work properly. One customer said he downloaded the DriveLink direct from Samsung and had success, they have newer version than what is posted in the Play Store.************ Beware of buying this stereo. Its a cool radio but doesn't do what it's supposed to do and Pioneer won't address this issue and blames phone upgrades for the mirrorlink not working with the phones. The mirrorlink interface is a required addition and more money for this radio to make it do all the things you see in the video. Without the interface it's just a very expensive DVD Player HD radio.
    Pros:
    Cool HD radio and DVD Player with big screen.
    Cons:
    Mirrorlink will only work with very few phones and after you update your phone the mirrorlink interface may not work at all. Pioneer's Customer service and Tech Support suck. Read other reviews on the interface which is a required option. Look specifically at the PIONEER CD-ML100 MirrorLink
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer 5600

    Written By Reyzor58, Las Vegas , Nv. on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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    I've only had it in my excursion 2 weeks but so far I feel like a kid again playing with my new stereo Everything has worked like it's supposed to !!!!
    Pros:
    Like the way it sounds and controls Very user friendly
    Cons:
    So far none I do wish vol. and off buttons were larger or more distinguished
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    5 out of 5

    Best stereo ever

    Written By Irishman, Ellamore Wv. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    This is one amazing head unit i love everything about it.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Nothing
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    5 out of 5