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Our take on the Pioneer MVH-X560BT

by Jon Paulette
Pioneer

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.

Welcome to the digital age

If you're done with discs and ready for an all-digital entertainment experience, Pioneer's MVH-X560BT digital media receiver (there's no CD player) lets you enjoy music from your iPhone® or iPod®, select Android™ phones, or a USB thumb drive when you're on the road. You'll also get Bluetooth® hands-free calling, Pandora® control with iPhone or Android, and App Control. The big, multi-line display makes it easy to see the artist and song info, along with your system settings. You can select separate colors for the display and the control keys, for over 200,000 possible combinations.

Who needs CDs, anyway?

You can plug your iPod and iPhone into this receiver's USB port and make music selections through the receiver. As a bonus, the receiver will also charge your device while you're playing your tunes. If you own an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you can take advantage of Siri® Eyes Free functionality with a touch of a button, accessing a variety of functions with your voice commands.

Android users can control their music via Bluetooth or plug into the front panel USB port and play music while getting a charge. You can also plug in a thumb drive and enjoy MP3, WMA, and WAV files, or use the aux input to connect an MP3 player or portable satellite radio tuner.

Pioneer MVH-X560BT Digital Media Receiver

Pioneer's MVH-X560BT receiver features a multi-line display with over 200,000 color options.

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Built-in Bluetooth™

The MVH-X560BT features built-in Bluetooth, so you can enjoy hands-free calling and wireless music streaming while you drive. You'll speak into the included external microphone and hear the other end of the conversation through your vehicle's speakers. With “Guest Mode,” you can add or replace a mobile device with ease -- a great feature for a family car with multiple drivers, or one driver with multiple devices.  

Compact size, big-time performance

With no CD player to worry about, Pioneer's designers were able to fit lots of features into a chassis that's 40% shallower than their CD receivers. The powerful MOSFET amplifier gives you outstanding sound, while Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) technology brings back the musical detail lost when you compress music. A 5-band graphic equalizer lets you adjust the sound to suit your tastes, and you'll appreciate the three sets of preamp outputs when you add amps to your system.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • variable color display with over 200,000 choices
    • plays MP3, WMA, and WAV music files
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • shallow chassis fits in a variety of applications
    • detachable face with multi-line display
    • external microphone included
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) restores sound to compressed files
    • 5-band graphic equalizer
    Expandability:
    • inputs: rear USB port, rear auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, sub)
    • low-pass/high-pass filter
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen 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 Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Digital media receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 58" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 58" Stereo minijack cable
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • External microphone w/ sunvisor clips (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Mounting bracket
    • Machine screw
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB & Android Integration
    iPod/Aux Connectivity
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The MVH-X560BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0, 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 MVH-X560BT.

    SPP + USB Pairing w/ Guest Mode: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the MVH-X560BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must also support SSP). When your paired 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 paired to this head unit, but nly one device can be used at a time. You can also pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Pioneer head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. In addition, the MVH-X560BT features "Guest Mode", which allows you to add and replace a mobile device instantly to the receiver. Guest Mode is a great feature for a family vehicle with multiple drivers or a driver with multiple devices because it allows users to pair and delete devices easily without a lengthy registration or deletion process.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The MVH-X560BT 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 MVH-X560BT 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 MVH-X560BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • 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 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    • Voice Dialing (Siri only): When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth, the Pioneer head unit has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. You'll be able to dial a phone number or contact via voice command.
    Note: The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth). The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Song/Artist Info): The Pioneer MVH-X560BT 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 MVH-X560BT 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.

    USB & Android Integration

    Rear-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): 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 audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer MVH-X560BT. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA albums and tracks on a connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title.
    • Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information; including artist, song, and album name.
    • Playback Controls: The Pioneer digital media receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for USB device playback. When a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the head unit will control music playback functions; you will not be able to control your music from the smartphone.
    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 11/25/2013. The receiver does not support Android OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System 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 (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Media App Control (for Android): The Media App Control mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps on your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+)  through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Media App Control lets you take control of compatible music apps on your paired Android device through the Pioneer MVH-X560BT. Media App Control allows you to play, pause, and change tracks from a compatible music app directly from the controls on the Pioneer head unit. The app's name (i.e. "iHeartAuto"), station identification, and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app). Compatible music apps include (as of 11/25/2013):

    App Name App Description App Name App Description
    iHeartAuto iHeartRadio for Auto (iHeartAuto). is a version of the free iHeartRadio digital radio app specifically designed for use in your car, truck or SUV. Spotify Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium.
    Aupeo! AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music with a focus on the discovery of new songs and artists. Search by artist, song, genre, or mood. TuneIn TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with sports, news, talk, and music streaming from every continent. Enjoy 100,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.
    Aha Aha organizes your favorite Internet content into personalized, live, and on-demand radio stations, making it safe and easy to instantly access your favorite stuff on the go, all from a single dashboard. With choices that span Internet radio, podcasts, music, traffic, audiobooks, Facebook, Twitter, and more (all as presets). Slacker Slacker Radio is handcrafted radio from passionate music experts. Listen for free and discover the perfect music for any moment with hundreds of stations and recommendations.
    Rdio Rdio (from $4.99 per month) is a subscription based music service that enables you to create a library and listen to unlimited music on- or offline. Compatible with version 2.1.8 or older (version 2.2 or newer is not supported) Livio The Livio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world.
    SiriusXM With the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, you can listen to SiriusXM's sports, talk, comedy, entertainment and commercial-free music programming. SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription is required. gMusic Keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud without having to use any space on your Android device.
    Note: Access to online music services and apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your Android device to connect to the Internet. 

    MusicSphere: Pioneer's new proprietary MusicSphere technology allows you to enjoy your music in a new way by creating unique mood-based playlists via iTunes for your iPod, iPod Touch, or iPhone device. When installed on your Windows PC, the MusicSphere iTunes plug-in software will analyze the entire music library and create specialized playlists based on various musical attributes such as feeling (bright, energetic, gloomy, relaxing calm), rhythm pattern, beats per minute (BPM), year of the song and/or date added to the device. Additionally, through the MusicSphere, you can select preferred parameters of your music to create a "DJ Playlist".

    iPod/Aux Connectivity

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT's rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The MVH-X560BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the MVH-X560BT.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can 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 MVH-X560BT.
    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 (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: 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 91dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. 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 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. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name.
    • 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 Control: The App Control mode mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps on your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. App Control lets you take control of compatible music apps on your connected Apple device through the Pioneer MVH-X560BT. App Control allows you to play, pause, and change tracks from a compatible music app directly from the controls on the Pioneer head unit. The app's name (i.e. "iHeartAuto"), station identification, and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app). Compatible music apps include (as of 11/25/2013):

      App Name App Description App Name App Description
      iHeartAuto iHeartRadio for Auto (iHeartAuto). is a version of the free iHeartRadio digital radio app specifically designed for use in your car, truck or SUV. Aha Aha organizes your favorite Internet content into personalized, live, and on-demand radio stations, making it safe and easy to instantly access your favorite stuff on the go, all from a single dashboard. With choices that span Internet radio, podcasts, music, traffic, audiobooks, Facebook, Twitter, and more (all as presets)
      Aupeo! AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music with a focus on the discovery of new songs and artists. Search by artist, song, genre, or mood. Livio The Livio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world.
      Rdio Rdio (from $4.99 per month) is a subscription based music service that enables you to create a library and listen to unlimited music on- or offline. Compatible with version 2.1.8 or older (version 2.2 or newer is not supported) Spotify Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium.
      StreamS HiFi Radio StreamS ($3.99) is a full-featured iPhone streaming audio player delivering thousands of tested, reliable, high quality hi-fi HE-AAC streams. TuneIn TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with sports, news, talk, and music streaming from every continent. Enjoy 100,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.
      gMusic Keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud without having to use any space on your iOS device. Slacker Slacker Radio is handcrafted radio from passionate music experts. Listen for free and discover the perfect music for any moment with hundreds of stations and recommendations.
      iTunes Radio iTunes Radio is a free streaming online music service. You'll have access to more than 250 DJ-curated and genre-focused stations. SiriusXM With the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, you can listen to SiriusXM's sports, talk, comedy, entertainment and commercial-free music programming. SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription is required.
      Note: Access to online music services and apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. 

    Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth, the Pioneer MVH-X560BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. iPhone 4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S users can take advantage of Siri Eyes-Free functionality with a long-press of the 3-way rotary dial on the Pioneer receiver's front-panel. 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 display will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer MVH-X560BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can only access stored music using Siri when the head unit is set to "iPod/USB", "App", or "BT Audio" source. All other Siri functions can be accessed from any source. The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 11/25/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Cntrl Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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.

    Rear-Panel Aux Input: The MVH-X560BT is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: 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.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest 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 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora Internet Radio (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer MVH-X560BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the MVH-X560BT via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (130CDIU51/130CDIU52, sold separately) 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 MVH-X560BT. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The MVH-X560BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • 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 or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    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 MVH-X560BT 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 MVH-X560BT 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
    Note: 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.

    2V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT features three pair of 2.0-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 MVH-X560BT lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Crossovers: The MVH-X560BT 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. 

    Equalizer: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT 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.

    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

    Audio Level Settings: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT digital media receiver offers a variety of audio settings to tailor the bass, treble, and volume level to your preference.

    • Bass Boost The MVH-X560BT 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.

    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. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT in-dash digital media receiver features detachable face security. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Multi-Line LCD w/ Ever Scroll: The Pioneer MVH-X560BT features a multi-line LCD with LED backlighting. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3/WMA music files, radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone (up to 13 characters). When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

    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 5 preset colors (White/Red/Amber/Green/Blue), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors. In addition, the brightness and contrast of the display can be adjusted. You can also select "ILLUMI FX"  to enable an illumination effect (on the display and keys) that will slowly fade in and out in a set pattern when a command or operation is made from the head unit.

    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, Display/Buttons, 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The MVH-X560BT comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause source, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel). In addition, you can answer/end calls from a Bluetooth connected smartphone.

    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

    Awesome!

    Written By Jeff, Petersburg, IL on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
     
    I love this unit! Installation was very simple in my 2003 Jeep Liberty. The included harness and dash kit were perfect. It took me a few hours to install, but mainly because I soldered my wiring harness and looked for the best way to route the microphone and USB cables.

    I don't like that the USB and Aux in are in the back of the unit, which require running cables somewhere. I drilled/filed a small opening inside the storage pocket in my dash under the radio and ran the USB cable through it. The hole is virtually unnoticeable and the USB connection is right where I need it to be without any wires hanging out.

    I really appreciate the large letters on the display which make it easy to see while driving. Bluetooth syncing to my iPhone 5 was automatic. Another thing I love is that when I get in and start my car, BT automatically connects and begins playing. Other systems take longer to connect and require me to initiate something to start playing music.

    My daughter loves that I can change the background colors (since this will eventually become her vehicle and her first question was "can I make the colors pink?").

    This is the second Media Player I've purchased from Crutchfield and installed myself. It is the best one yet, and as always, Crutchfield installation sheets were spot on. I did have to call with one minor question about the wiring and the technician answered it without hesitation...probably 2 minutes total on the phone. Awesome support
    Pros:
    Easy installation; Large lettering on the display; Automatic BT connection and playing; Great sound and controls; Remote control is nice size and easy to use while driving.
    Cons:
    USB and Aux connections in the back, requiring additional wires to be routed somewhere.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Johnnie, Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
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    Bought this for my son's Silverado. He loves the mix trax and all the different lights. This is this is the first media player I have bought but who uses CD's anymore anyway.
    Pros:
    Lights, mix trax, easy to install
    Cons:
    Had to read the book a few times to figure out how to make the sub work. My fault though.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding, Only missing Auto Dimmer

    Written By Steve B, Los Banos, CA on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    I installed this in a 78 Mercedes 240D, I use it almost exclusively with a Samsung Galaxy S4 streaming google play music over bluetooth, while charging on the USB connection. USB current is sufficient that I can use GPS navigation on the phone, and stream bluetooth music without draining the battery. The play/pause/fwd/reverse buttons on the radio control music in google play via bluetooth, or you can control it on the phone. When doing this, music plays and is interrupted by the navigation audible directions, which is what I wanted. My radio is low in the dashboard, just forward of the shifter, so it didn't bother me too much for this application that it didn't dim automatically, however for that reason I did not purchase it for some of my other vehicles (and believe me... for only that reason.) Sound leaves nothing to complain about.
    Pros:
    Easy to use. User interface is very intuitive (Once you link . Bluetooth range is good, can use phone outside of car while I'm working on it streaming through the stereo. Bluetooth phone conversation excellent at cancelling background noise. Very appealing display for a single DIN radio.
    Cons:
    Would be perfect if it had a wire that connects to the lights to automatically dim the display, because the display can be very bright if it is in. If you want to be picky, the preamp voltages could be higher.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer MVH-X560BT

    Written By Tony, Olympia, Wa on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    I love the stereo. Pioneer makes great receivers. I orderd this model not knowing at first it didn't have a CD player my fault for not reading. After installing it and hooking it to my iPhones blue tooth i didn't need a CD player anyways.
    Pros:
    It's light and smaller since there's no CD player. Really easy to install when you get the install package from crutch field. blue tooth was easy to hook up.
    Cons:
    My only con for this is that the receiver face plate comes off but you don't get a face plate case if you wanted to take it off.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Buy for the price

    Written By Tony, Belgium (US Military) on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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    This unit is very cheap for all the features it has. I've had it installed on my car for about two weeks and have no complaints. It plays well from my I-pod, and it also plays well from my Galaxy 5 over Bluetooth. It is definitely an improvement from my factory installed stereo. I don't have to change CDs anymore plus the sound is way better.
    Pros:
    Cheap Easy to install Better sound than factory installed stereo
    Cons:
    None so far
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    4 out of 5

    Replacement for 84 Vette

    Written By morbidmike, Radcliff KY on Sunday, September 28, 2014
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    Nice for the price. With crutchfield installation was a breeze.
    Pros:
    Compact , easy to install
    Cons:
    the lighting on this display is awful very hard to see
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    5 out of 5

    great stereo for the price

    Written By jpatt, Harrisburg NC on Monday, September 15, 2014
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    Great stereo for the price. Easy to install and wire. There is a slight learning curve as the pioneer instructions are not that great. once she got it figured out the wife loves it!
    Pros:
    easy to install and wire with provided harness and Crutchfield instructions
    Cons:
    factory instructions for use
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer MVH-X560BT

    Written By Edwin C., Fremont CA on Monday, September 15, 2014
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    Love this deck. I was surprised on how small it is, but since I don't need CDs it left me a lot of room inside the dash. Took a few minutes going over each settings and things couldn't be easier.
    Pros:
    -Easy setup and install -simple BT pairing
    Cons:
    -volume seems a bit low on stock speakers -Pandora/App mode seems to have less"features" when going over BT. When plugged in you can search your Pandora playlist via the deck. Same for iTunes Music. Not sure if the apps are to blame or the deck, but its not a deal breaker at all.. Just use Siri to control music selection.
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    3 out of 5

    Too many cables

    Written By Mike in NOLA, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, August 30, 2014
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    Seems like a nice head unit, but I find the plethora of cables to be annoying. Why aren't the USB, microphone for hands free and AUX input on the FRONT of the unit, and not the back.

    It seems like a minor thing, but now I have cables running everywhere and the whole point was to eliminate them.
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    3 out of 5

    Good basic unit but I needed more

    Written By Hot Rod Tom, NJ on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    Everything worked great, could control/search my iPod Nano 7 from the radio (rear usb to the glovebox is smooth and classy), Bluetooth to my Android 4.0.4 Moto phone with Tune-In App (play/stop)- was great to have the Tune-In Radio resume itself automatically after shutting the Jeep off (like when getting gasoline). (Don't want to auto-resume? Shut the Pioneer off before shutting off your vehicle!) Great to hear GPS through the car speakers while playing TuneIn Radio too. Short installation depth was great, and kept me legal with hands-free phone use.

    Yes I said rear USB was classy. Run it to your glovebox, your console, your door pocket, under your seat, to your sunvisors!

    However- I'm used to Pioneer's old Premier line- and this isn't it. Worst was no auto-dim- had to hold a button in to turn dimming on- then during the day, hold the same button to turn dimming off. MixTrax- why? And only a one-line display with huge characters- can't tell at a glance the artist/title, need to keep glancing at it. Returned for a Kenwood Excelon, with all the advanced audio features and autodim and multi-line display that I remember Pioneer Premier having before they axed the line- Crutchfield was awesome with the return, keeping me as a customer (since the early 90's).
    Pros:
    Very easy to operate, audio controls are 2 steps above basic (you won't need the book), front/rear/sub preamps for when/if you add amps later
    Cons:
    In order of importance- 1. No auto-dim, 2. no advanced audio controls, 3. only single-line display, 4. preamps only 2 volt
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME

    Written By CJ, Princeton WV on Thursday, August 21, 2014
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    This radio is awesome! So easy to use, great display! Love EVERYTHING about it!
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    5 out of 5

    So Far, So Good.

    Written By Cramer, Mt. Pleasant, Pa. on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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    I've only had the product about a month, and so far it seems to be working fine. I am hoping that the quality is close to what I was used to with the previous older Pioneers that I've owned, rather than the recent newer one.
    Pros:
    Definitely like the smaller chassis, and install depth. Makes the unit much lighter, and seems to have a lot less vibration in it.
    Cons:
    Still don't care too much for the rear usb, and 3.5mm connections. Sure you can run the supplied cables from the rear to a different location, but it does make it a little bit of an annoyance.
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    4 out of 5

    2000 Lesabre

    Written By JoelR, Otsego,MN on Friday, August 08, 2014
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    This unit puts out fantastic sound and looks nice.
    Pros:
    The build quality compared to the other decks I have had (including Alpine) is excellent.
    Cons:
    The IPOD control is not what I had hoped for, but there is a learning curve with this unit so it could be me.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!

    Written By KS, Waterbury CT on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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    I got this radio professionally installed into my 2003 Cavalier and I am very satisfied. The website helped me determine all the attatchments I need and the radio looks beautiful. You can adjust the bass and play music right through bluetooth. You definitely wouldn't regret this purchase
    Pros:
    Sleek appearance, Great reception, changes colors
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    5 out of 5

    pioneer

    Written By mc, northern ca on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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    Liked this easy to install
    Pros:
    Shorter depth no cd and removable face also like hands free calling
    Cons:
    Connecting to bluetooth keeps coming off accidently push wrong button i just need to understand how to work it better
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    4 out of 5

    Good Stereo

    Written By Don, Tucson, AZ on Friday, July 18, 2014
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    Good basic digital stereo. Most reviews cover the neat features, sound is good, bluetooth works great, external mic is very good. Overall a very good buy.
    Pros:
    Good sound, bluetooth works great, super value.
    Cons:
    Display is very difficult to see in sunlight. Install instructions from Crutchfield were incomplete, required me to call the tech support number to get wiring correct (on the plus side they were open on July 4th!). Also installed Metra 70-8113 Receiver Wiring Harness which complicated install; instructions did not include harness at all.
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    5 out of 5

    Good System

    Written By Edwin, Virginia on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
     
    I was impressed with the adjustability of trhe sudio from this unit. I was looking for a simple
    Pros:
    You get a bunch of features for the price you pay. Fits my 2007 Mini Cooper S
    Cons:
    Not really a con but if you are looking for a simple radio to operate, this unit has a lot of adjustabilty as far as the sound I am concerned.
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    3 out of 5

    Loved it, when it works

    Written By DAvidW, Knoxville, TN on Monday, July 07, 2014
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    This head unit works really well and the Pandora controls work well. The phone features are a little confusing but not that bad. However, when I got my first unit it would not work at all. Crutchfield returned it without question and sent me another unit. This second unit worked find for 6 months but now the only speaker that works is the sub and there is no sound out of the other speakers. I will send it for repairs but I expected more out of Pioneer than this shoddy build quality.
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    5 out of 5

    Works Great!

    Written By Dave M., Aurora, CO on Monday, July 07, 2014
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    Great product, and support for Crutchfield
    Pros:
    Great support on web site
    Cons:
    I can't read, but team helped me fix my mistake.
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    4 out of 5

    mixed review

    Written By Zach, Philadelphia on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    Good sound and fun light effects. Looks great at night but isn't easy to read in the day. Blutooth works well, and USB is nice. Biggest issue other than visibility is you can't just leave your I pod connected and have it play. You need to "wake" it up for the stereo to play it. Also you can't have the light effects without using mixtrack which means it cuts songs short and wont display track info at the same time.
    Pros:
    Lights and big display
    Cons:
    Limited I pod convenience, too dim for daylight. Mix track sucks, but must be used for light effects
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer MVH-X560BT

    Written By Ricky L, Catano, PR on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    Great price. Excellent service.
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds great, nice upgrade from factory unit

    Written By rswaz, Springdale, PA on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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    I researched new head units for a long time. Compared all the major brands. Probably waited too long but glad that I settled on this Pioneer "media" unit instead of a traditional head unit with a CD player. Who even buys CDs anymore? If I do, it is only to convert to MP3 but I digress. This Pioneer unit installs easy (once you figure out how to remove the install cage) and is a nice upgrade in my 2011 Impala. It really makes the factory speakers sound 100% better. Plenty of room for mounting due to the reduced size and the features are great. BT audio is awesome and phone calls sound very clear. The setup is easy but as with anything new, it takes some time to learn and adapt to the controls. The manual could be better but not a major barrier to learning the functions. The display is HUGE compared to other head units (helped by the lack of the CD slot) but not too bright for me and the dimmer option works well. All in all, a great upgrade.
    Pros:
    Sounds good, looks good, ways to use, what more could you ask for?!
    Cons:
    Instructions should be re-written and include more real pictures (not tiny drawings).
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    4 out of 5

    Great fit

    Written By Chris U., Sewell, N.J. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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    Bought this unit for my daughter's 2005 MINI Cooper solely for the Bluetooth options. Explored other options to use with the stock MINI radio, but found nothing cost effective. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase.
    Pros:
    Fits great in the dash. Easy to install.
    Cons:
    Not very user friendly to set up. Too many menu options for sound and the manual isn't very informative. Although it has 200,000 color options, none of them are great for daylight driving.
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    1 out of 5

    Avoid this Junker

    Written By BobB, Hansville, WA on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    Well, it's cheap - not the cheapest, but still cheap. I have a number of other Pioneer units, but this one is a disappointment, and the disappointment grows every day.


    The AM Tuner is terrible - The AM went out altogether at the 4 month point. While removing the unit for shipment to a service center, I discovered the Crutchfield antenna pigtail was the problem, confirmed on my electronics workbench. The cheap made pigtail had an open center conductor.

    Crutchfield provided a new pigtail and after installation, AM reception was Good.

    Crutchfield support throughout was outstanding.

    Radios of all stripes seem in this downward spiral to the bottom with regard to AM, and this one sets new lows. You can see their thinking with 6 AM presets and 18 FM. But you need AM when driving - for news, traffic and weather info.

    Oh! After I set my six AM presets, I got into my car on the thrid day - and it had "forgotten" all the presets. So I had to set them again - which is tough when you can't see the display!

    I put this in a 1990 Nissan - driving the same route every day, listening to the same stations on the original (Clarion) factory radio was fine. Now - with the Pioneer, I can't listen to the radio any more. Well, I did want to listen to my mp3 collection - I just didn't think that would be all.

    I don't use the Bluetooth, phone, ipod, or aux features, so can't speak to them, but the mp3 - well, let's just say it plays. OK. Finding what you want to play - I have about 2500 songs in maybe 100 folders - is not so easy. Especially since you can't see the screen! And - if you want to search among your folders, it always starts at the same one.
    Pros:
    Decent sound and acceptable USB support for mp3 files
    Cons:
    You can't see the display during the day, at max brightness - no matter what color you select. This is a MAJOR problem.
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    4 out of 5

    pioneer radio

    Written By Jimmy, kansa on Saturday, June 14, 2014
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    This is a nice unit. Its like all the others there are a ton of functions that will take awhile to learn. Also ordered a sub and the Crutch supplied all the wires which is nice.
    Cons:
    Manual is small and print is really light hard to read.
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    5 out of 5

    MVH-560BT - it rocks

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, ID on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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    Overall this is a nice unit that interfaces fine with my Android phone via bluetooth. I don't carry CDs in my car and in a Miata there's not that much room anyway. I paired it with a Kenwood compact amplifier so I can't comment on the unit's power output but with the amp it sounds tremendous. It was a lot shorter (shallower) than I thought but if you don't need to make room for the CD mechanism I suppose that's to be expected. More room behind it is definitely a plus.
    Pros:
    Integration with phone, USB, bluetooth, aux in. Multi colors are pretty cool Controls are ok, about on par with other head units. Not quite as "busy" which is good.
    Cons:
    Display is hard to read in the sunlight with the top down Display doesn't "auto dim" at night but can be manually dimmed I find that when adjusting the volume I will often push a little too hard and click into the menu. This seems like a design issue, the button should not be that mushy. Using the bluetooth phone integration while driving doesn't really work because the mic is not sensitive enough. Would be nice if it had a auto volume feature when ambient noise goes up.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By mrT, Michigan on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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    Great sound system easy to install looks great also cool light show
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By JK BASS FISHING, Tucson AZ on Sunday, June 01, 2014
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