Packed with features

The AVH-X8500BHS sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup for 2013, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Plus, you can remove the AVH-X8500BH's detachable face — an unusual feature on DVD receivers — when you leave the car, giving you peace of mind when you've parked in a questionable spot. Check out how these impressive features will improve your drive:

  •  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.
  • AppRadio Mode: With the addition of Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable, 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. You can learn more and see the latest compatible apps here.
  • iPhone 5 compatibility: You can use your iPhone 5 with this Pioneer, including AppRadio Mode and video transfer. You'll need to purchase a Pioneer cable kit , and get a free firmware update from Pioneer.
  • Optional satellite radio: Add a SiriusXM tuner and subscription for nationwide access to programming you can't get anywhere else — coast-to-coast reception is a huge plus if you travel constantly. And you'll never have to worry about data charges or coverage.
  • Advanced touchscreen controls: Touch Slide technology offers greater control of receiver functions. Want a new EQ curve? Just draw it on the screen with your finger and you've got it. And you can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview.
  • Dual USB ports: Two ports on the receiver's rear panel add to your entertainment possibilities, and allow you to use one for a permanent connection.

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.

Roll with your music

The AVH-X8500BHS is built to play your music, no matter what medium you prefer.  You can connect your iPod® or iPhone® to one of the rear USB input and use the receiver's controls to access your playlists, while tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search help you find the song you want, fast. You can also play music files from many Android™ phones when your Android is plugged into the front-panel USB port — see the "Details" tab for more info on device compatibility.

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. Or use the Bluetooth link to tap in via your Android device. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs, DVDs, discs full of MP3 or WMA music, plus SD cards and USB storage devices loaded with music.

Customizable display and excellent video performance

You can also change the receiver's appearance to match your dash by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. And when you're ready to get the party started, the MIXTRAX feature creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod, iPhone, or Android, adding special effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your music.

The receiver's 6.95" LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — a huge bonus during long road trips. And since the AVH-8500BHS has dual-zone A/V capabilities, you can listen to a different source up front while a movie's on in the back. You'll be able to view video content from your iPod or IPhone with the addition of an optional cable. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera.

Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS DVD receiver

Advanced App Mode gives you touchscreen control over the apps in your phone.

Tune the sound to your taste

This Pioneer sports an 8-band equalizer for making your music sound perfect in your car, and you'll find an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required). Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information.  If you're looking to build a killer system, three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amplifiers

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable 6.95" motorized touchscreen display
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    • AppRadio Mode: launch and control compatible iPhone and Android apps (additional cables and adapters required)
    • music file playback through USB with select Android devices (see "Details" for more info)
    • 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, SD cards and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • dual-zone A/V control
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer controls
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
    Expandability:
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • iPhone 5 audio/video control requires optional Pioneer cable kit 
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V inputs, rear video output, dual rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input, HDMI input for AppRadio mode
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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.

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    Decent overall but some big annoyances

    Written By taybrynn, Castle Rock, CO on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    Overall its great.

    BIggest disappointment is the APPs are a joke, really don't use them. Most don't work well at all. Just leave your phone attached and use that instead. Its a LOT less hassle. Pioneer should not do things they cannot do well ... and the app radio is just a royal fail,IMHO.

    I mostly use the USB2 using a USB thumb drive plugged into the back all the time. Its random isn't so random. That said, I use it all the time and just skip stuff a lot.

    I WISH WISH WISH ... I could skip BACKWARDS while in random play on USB2. Its really annoying that you can't. I've also found it seems to be less than random, with certain songs showing up over and over again ... I even think the same order unless you do a database rebuild. Not sure how to force that rebuild. Originally it played same some every 20-30 songs ... then after the rebuild of database it was better.

    Another annoyance is every time you plug in your iphone ... it starting playing the ipod ... thats super annoying and undesirable.

    It charges the phone very well. Use Waze (GPS app) on the iphone all the time, audio comes across on stereo nicely.

    I phone the build in phone capability very UNUSABLE. I have not been able to use the built in mic or hear it in my truck. Its basically worthless.

    Do no waste your money buying any cord other than a USB to lightning cord --- you will regret it !! Nothing works with app radio or video. I even bought the video parking override thing ... not working

    Pros: Detachable Faceplate Two USB connections (most others have one), one is capable of charging Pandora works pretty well Interface overall looks good Works well with steering wheel remove charges iphone backup camera capability works nice (did require tweaking system settings to work correctly)

    Cons: USB lack of real random, lack of ability to skip backwards APP Radio sux Auto ipod when plugging in iphone super annoying

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    Written By ced, Clovis, nm on Friday, August 29, 2014

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    Nice stereo with lots of features

    Pros: Eàsy install and learning curve

    Cons: Discontinued product, Iphone based, cannot remove detachable face with install kit provided

    31 July 14

    Written By Mr Blue, Aurora, CO on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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    I have had this unit for 3 months now and the main reason i purchased it was to integrate it with my RAZR MAXX HD cell phone for digital quality music via the App Radio Program and full control of my cell phone into my 07 Acura RDX (the stereo is mounted in the console as i had to leave the factory Navigation system for the rest of information system to operate; at this time). I have Focal front and rear component speakers powered by a 400 watt kicker amp and an 10" Kicker compact RT sub woofer powered by a Kicker 800 watt amp. The App Radio program is useless in the "Out of the Box" state; i was very disappointed as that is the reason for the purchase of this unit. Thanks to a few individuals in these reviews that mentioned the ARLiberator app that would allow full control of my cell phone thru the 7" stereo display did i feel a glimmer of hope not all was lost. It took me a few hours of following on line videos however i was able to "Root" my phone, install the ARLiberator app and now have full use of my cell phone via the stereo. My only 2 issue so far is the sensitivity of the 7" display is not adjustable as when i try to scroll thru my Soundcloud playlist it has tendency to play the song i touch on the screen and there still is no access the equalizer (i currently have it flat and adjusted the HP and LP filters on my amp to tune the sound). I tried several apps however they cut more of the freq range than allow.

    Pros: 3 4v pre-outs

    Cons: Factory App Radio program is useless IMO Cant access the equalizer or any audio adjustments when connected via the App Radio Mode Auto equilzer didnt adjust for bass very well; i am going to try a different mic.

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    Written By Anonymous, Columbia, TN on Sunday, May 04, 2014

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    Easy to install but Crutchfield sent an incorrect plug adapter and I was forced to buy locally rather than wait for correct connector to be delivered. Owner's manual print size too small for easy reading and I think requires an engineering degree to fully understand. Connection to Android device too complicated and costly. Learning curve too steep, IMHO.

    Pros: Nice large touch screen with array of customization. Good sound production. Unit seems high quality.

    Cons: See above.

    Love it!

    Written By Craig, Sunbury, OH on Saturday, May 03, 2014

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    Really happy with the purchase of this radio. Was looking at several brands and based off other reviews I went with the pioneer over the JVC and Kenwood, mostly based off of features and reviews. Install was pretty simple really, called tech support a few times to make sure I had the right wires to connect into for camera reverse and the park brake. Tech support was awesome, very descriptive on which wires to use and where they were located. Pulled old radio out and connected all speaker wires up on the harness and the power and ground wires and that was pretty much it.

    Pros: Button lights can change many different colors, screen lights look cool and have motion blurs. Lots of options, blue tooth works good and sounds good, my Iphone5 works great with it, pandora streams to radio flawlessly and it sounds great. Fit in my F150 like it was built for it.

    Cons: I don't really have any cons but if I had to choose something to complain about I guess the buttons could be a bit bigger, but I'm really reaching to find something to complain about so.

    Cutting Edge?

    Written By markk110, Osceola, WI on Saturday, May 03, 2014

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    I put this in my Vibe, mostly gain the backup camera and use GPS apps that will update without the price tag. The apps are glitchy and some still try to use the phone as well. I didn't buy a 7" screen to try to work with my phone when I'm driving. Bluetooth, etc. all function great. I like the radio controls much better on this over my JVC. My big pet peeve is the radio turns off as soon as you go into app mode and there is no option to run apps and the radio at the same time. This has to change.

    Pros: Radio controls

    Cons: The radio automatically not functioning in app mode. GPS apps are glitchy.

    Best reciever I have owned

    Written By Scott M, Bay area, CA on Friday, May 02, 2014

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    Best stereo head unit I have owned. I liked it so mush I bought two! One for my daily driver (Ford Ranger) and one for my weekend toy (944)

    Pros: Everything except navigation in one package. Cool equalizers and screen settings - easy to use. Bluetooth is great

    Cons: Navigation is an extra unit - not built in. But for the cost this isn't a big deal. Cost of extra cables to connect the HDMI to cell phone.

    great product

    Written By Bogo, Livingston, Texas 77351 on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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    Excellent product. Never had so much music at my fingertips. Works great with my nano I pod and my new I pod touch. Bluetooth works great and love the extra features.

    Pros: Have 6 sourceso of music at my fingertips at any one time.

    Cons: The removable face isn't working like its supposed to every time.

    Great unit, make sure it fits!

    Written By pa284602, Reno, NV on Friday, April 18, 2014

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    I installed this on a 2011 Ram 1500. I had to make some serious modifications to the internal receiver mountings to fit this unit. This is not a fault of the unit at all, as Ram stock radios are specifically made to not fit double din after market radios, just a warning for future owners installing on a Ram. The unit itself is amazing! As a previous owner of Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood, and Clarion, this unit surpasses them all. I've installed this with Sirius, subwoofer, and backup camera and all work flawlessly. My stock speakers not sound amazing. Loading tunes from the USB is super fast. Steering wheel controls work great with separate adapter (Crutchfield lists some recommendations) Blue tooth connectivity is a touch glitchy. Having Sirius, radio, CD/DVD, USB, Aux, and RGB, what more can you ask for!

    Pros: Ease of use, bright to display, fast data transfer. Simple layout

    Cons: No Bluray player (but I don't plan on watching a ton of movies on a 7" screen), blue tooth connectivity with my phone is a touch glitchy.

    Good product

    Written By james, 33952 on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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    This is a great head unit! Have had this radio for about a month. App radio is the way to go and if you go a step further to root your phone and use ARliberator it is going to be even better! The multiple media playback options are great. Would've rated all 5's but there is sound quality loss when playing Pandora. Maybe it is something with my phone Samsung s4 I haven't figured out yet but it is there a difference. Also the picture color on the backup camera is off and cannot be fixed with altering the settings. Still exploring this as well.

    Pros: Multiple play back options for media, good blue tooth and microphone features,

    Cons: Can get rid of beep when buttons are pressed. Screen is harder to see in day light with sunroof open.

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    Written By JNuke, St. Paul, MN on Monday, April 14, 2014

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    Absolutely LOVE this RADIO. Looks Great Sounds Great syncs with phone and Ipod as soon as I attach the face plate. Detachable Face was the selling factor for me. Love that you can turn off screen light for long trips yet continue to use the radio.

    Pros: Detachable face, hooks up with steering wheel controls, can advance through songs while physically or Bluetooth connected to radio.

    Cons: The Mute feature on steering wheel console won't mute, it goes through the presets instead.

    love this radio!

    Written By ed, Bakersfield, ca on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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    Every pioneer deck that I buy has always improved the sound quality of any system I have had and this one did not disappoint even with the factory speakers. The detachable face is the main reason I got this one. The app radio is a bit disappointing but I'm sure I'll never use it. To use that and the Pandora feature or app radio feature on this radio you have to have the special cable that connects your phone to a HDMI cable. I just use the Bluetooth to connect.

    Pros: Detachable face, sound quality, SD card reader and more things

    Cons: You need a special cable for most of its features.

    8500bhs / 2012 F150 FX4

    Written By Anonymous, Wahiawa, HI on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    Overall this is a great product very high quality great sound and this is by far the best website to purchase it from mainly because no one has it at a lower price.

    Pros: HDMI, 2 USB ports, big screen, works with most android and iphones, touch screen works well and doesn't hesitate.

    2005 Tundra

    Written By Adam, Bakersfield, CA on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    Awesome deck. I reviewed and auditioned over 10 units before pulling the trigger on the 8500. The Pioneer is packed full of features that other units make you pay more for. Once you factor in 8 band eq, hd radio, sd card+flash drive+i (anything) or android, dvd, 4v high volt output for amps, remote, blutooth and more, you will not find another deck at this price that compares. Period. Great sq. Connects seamlessly to my s4. Classy looks. I've owned over 20 decks and this one easily beats those costing 3 times as much. Getting used to the menus takes a day or 2, now it's like second nature. Installs easily with the great people at Crutchfield helping you if you get stumped.

    Pros: Standard options. Sat radio, back up camera, and adapter for video on i os or android are the only extras I can think of. Superb value!

    Cons: Menus will take a little bit to get used to. Acceptable because of all the options.

    !!! Great Receiver for the price & features !!!

    Written By LokiC, San Jose, CA on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    I got this receiver for my 2009 camry. I am someone who wants my music to sound good, I can't settle for less in sound department. Well I started my search for a good receiver with good number of features, awesome sound, big diaplay & not too heavy on the pocket. I always liked crutchfield thus started to search for a receiver. Searching, my eyes went on this model by pioneer & I instantly liked it. This unit has everything you would need in today's world for music & video. I also compared it with many other receivers but at the end this unit stood apart with the features it provided. It has usb, sd card, i pod connectivity, aux , bluetooth, HD radio, iphone & android phone connectivity (with proprietary cable from pioneer, which are stupid costly compared to their real use),plays DVD etc too. The only gripe is it does not have navigation, but hey at this price point you would not get a navigation receiver anyways.

    Sound quality is very good, it changed the total sound stage in my car. It has many audio settings which you can adjust according to your preference. One of the cool thing which I liked is you can set the HPF for the front & rear speakers so that they dont play those low frequencies which are meant for a sub. Bluetooth works well & connects to my phone without any issues.

    Steering controls will work with an adapter which is on crutchfield

    Pros: + Cool looks + Very good sound quality + tones of features + good price point + Good extensibility + Detachable faceplate

    Cons: + This is not a con for the receiver, but for the dash kit that crutchfield suppplies with it for 2009 camry. The unit has a motorized faceplate it slides out. After fitting, there is not enough clearance between the top edge of the face plate & the top edge of the bezel which prevents the opening of the face plate. It hits the top edge of the bezel while it tries to open & does not open. Had to adjust it to fit to open somehow. Got metra kit 95-8218S online & solved all my clearance issues

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    Written By Carlos, Puerto Rico on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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    For my Dodge Dakota this looks great and being able to answer my cell plus using backup visual wow you can't go wrong. Fantastico

    Pros: Use my Galaxy S4 through my Pioneer very valuable.

    Cons: Dakota owners your bezel has to be slightly shaved at the bottom and at the top so the screen can open freely. No problem easy to do

    Long time Pioneer lover

    Written By losinsanity, Tucson, AZ on Monday, March 31, 2014

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    I've never spent this kind of money on a head unit before and I don't regret doing it at all. The biggest influence of buying this one in particular is that it's face is detachable. I'm only home on the weekends so theft was a concern. I don't really care for the soft case though.Fortunately I have a hard case for my 7" Rand McNally GPS so, I just use that instead. The case is inexpensive and I highly recommend buying one if you take the face off a lot. A costly stereo is worthless if you drop the face on the concrete. I can't comment on the app functions to much cause I have a Windows phone. But, I do have an iPad 2 hooked up to the stereo. I have SXM radio so, Pandora is not something I use. The sound quality is amazing. My setup is the following. Stock tweeters 1 pair of Rockford Fosgate 6.5" for the for doors. 1 pair of Rockford Fosgate 6x9's for the back dash 2 Rockford Fosgate P2 12" subs 1 Rockford Fosgate Punch amp bridged to 500 watts. It sounds so clean and hits hard. The HPF is awesome. No bass comes through my mids and highs at all. Considering I have all the speakers (Mids) hooked up to the head unit, it sounds very clean and loud. The Mixxtrax function is pretty cool. Really trips people out when the hear it for the first time. The DVD quality is just alright and the volume is kind of weak. Gotta really turn it up to hear it. But, I dont plan on watching movies on it so no big deal. This unit is well worth the money and I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Sound quality, detachable face.

    Cons: DVD volume is weak.

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    Written By Andrew, Jersey City, NJ on Monday, March 31, 2014

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    Very easy hook up looks very good in the car

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    Written By Anonymous, Pa on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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    Very nice unit screen is beautiful hooking it up was a snap with Crutchfield's package they send you put in f150 screen is visable I would recomend getting the iPhone kit for 119 it's well worth it

    Pros: Great screen contrast audio sounds great hands free works really good

    Cons: The setup can get confusing but once you figure it out pretty simple

    Love it!

    Written By Halicarnassus, Portland, or on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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    So, I've been a kenwood man for going on 20 years. But after so much of a headache with their Bluetooth functionality, it was time to move. This thing is gorgeous. When you add in sat radio, it's almost perfect. BT pairing was a snap, the screen is touch responsive, and if you follow all the tips out there in internet land, it's perfect as a display for maps from my iPhone. Interestingly enough, the audio characteristic is way better than my kenwood was. The only downside, the screen has a lot going on. It's a bit cluttered. Other than that, it's gorgeous. I've got it wired into a 2006 Mazda 3 with sat radio, a powered sub, backup camera, and a 240gb SSD connected via USB. If you're looking at this, and considering this head, I vote yes.

    Pros: Ease of use, auto pairs with Bluetooth, hdmi input, huge touchscreen, fast power on.

    Cons: Cluttered display, not as many visual options as I'd like. But not a deal breaker.

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    Written By mario T, Mesquite, TX on Monday, March 10, 2014

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    Great unit, exelent sound,the bluethoot work great w/my samsung galaxy S3

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    Written By ray, illinois on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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    I had this installed in my 2012 Malibu and I love it, it looks factory and because it has more eq bands it sounds a lot better then the jvc I had before, I originally bought for it the touchscreen and dvd but plan on installing a back up camera, I haven't watched a dvd on it yet so I can not say anything about picture quality, I could have went with a lower priced model but I wanted to be able to remove the face if I parked in a questionable area, my Samsung galaxy 4s paired easily and it connects faster then my previous head unit and calls are very clear, it reads my usb flashdrive almost instantly, it would have been nice if the button color would match my interior dash lights but that's no big deal, I am still learning all the functions of this head unit but I have the basics down, this may be the last head unit I buy. p.s. thanks crutchfield, you guys are great

    Pros: detachable face, sound quality and a lot of other features and connections .

    Cons: button color dosent match my dash lights. ( if you call that a con)

    Pioneer AVH-8500Bhs is the Truth

    Written By RodO, Beaufort, SC on Saturday, March 01, 2014

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    Got this installed in my Dodge Charger. This is a very nice unit so many cool functions. First, the shipping came faster then the expected delivery date. Thanks crutchfield. I was going to get this professional installed but after he told me how much it was going to cost I decided to do it myself. I have no prior install skills but after some research I did it myself. Easy installation with the posi connectors and the crutchfield instruction sheet. This is my third unit from crutchfield I couldn't imagine ordering anywhere else.

    Cons: none

    Great Receiver

    Written By Jose B, Simi Valley, CA on Friday, February 28, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I'm extremely happy with this receiver. Installation was easy on my Chrysler 300. This is a receiver I'd recommend to anyone!

    Pros: listed features, ease of installation/use, clean look,

    Cons: None

    Great Radio

    Written By Subielove, Tuscaloosa, AL on Monday, February 24, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The radio it's self is cool I was worried that I would have to cut the dash like most older 7in screens But this one does not have that problem it fit perfectly. The face detach is nice although I wish it would close once the car was shut off but you must keep the acc on for it to close all the way. The eq is easy to get to and I like that there is a 20hz and 40hz options. I wish the screen was a bit brighter but it still looks good and the back up camera looks a lot better on this then my Kenwood I had. If you have a android phone and plan on adding app mode I have 2 things to tell you first not as import but make sure you have enough room behind your radio a lot of bulky cords (this goes for ios users as well) the second is its pretty much useless at this time there is a free navigation app you can download but you can not use Google maps. You also have to download this ridiculous keyboard to use it on the screen otherwise you have to touch your phone keyboard and and to do 99.9% of the stuff on your phone. There is a way around it but it includes rooting your phone if it's not already and jumping though a few hoops. As far as ios users I'm not sure my buddy is going to buy the cables and try it out on his phone. And I will update once he does. Also you need to have the parking brake up to use app radio functions.

    Pros: Looks clean Sounds great Face detach is nice (mostly) USB folders is nice setup Good picture

    Cons: App radios mode needs to be in park to use The only con that I have right now is app radio.

    Awesome

    Written By andthereyouare, Maryland on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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    This radio does it all. It has RCA's for Front, Rear and subwoofers. You can connect external video devices too. The overall features are fantastic for the price. Not really sure why you would opt for one that has navigation as this one you can stream from your phone(via bluetooth) with a navigation app and have it show on the screen. This is the best hands down Pioneer radio I've owned. I've owned about 5 top level Pioneers.

    Pros: Controls for Pandora, Streaming with Bluetooth, movies(even AVI files, since it's a Divx player), Controls for Iphone. External USB connection, even has an access for SD cards. Connects to a PAC(Steering wheel controlling device) nicely. Very quick connection using bluetooth and very simple uploading contacts from your phone to radio. You can upload firmware and screensavers.

    Cons: This is an HD radio, which isn't bad; but, the default blends analog and digital signals. Which causes a noticeable drop in volume between the 2 signals when it switches automatically. I figured out how to switch the radio to only use Analog. But it was trial and error. This was the only issue I found other than the sunlight washes out the screen sometimes(That's normal for these double din radios).

    Great Receiver

    Written By JC, Corona, CA on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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    I'm very happy with this receiver. It was easy to install. Only issue I had was connecting the factory sub, but that was my mistake for not reading the instructions correctly. One call to customer service and I had the issue resolved in 2 minutes. I'd definitely recommend this receiver to my friends.

    Pros: Easy installation, sounds great, looks cool

    Cons: None

    Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS

    Written By Steve M, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Coolness Factor is OK, but Pioneer missed by a mile with certain features of the interface. An example is the Bluetooth operation. With two phones paired, it takes too many levels to switch the primary phone, and the icon on the main screen does not show which is paired. There is plenty of room for two phone icons, and one could indicate primary phone. When the phone icon is pressed, the phone menu comes up in a smallish screen showing the primary paired phone, but no way to switch. You have to go down to the small setup gear, open another screen, and press another button. Ridiculous for the inconvenience alone. Another nit is the screen customization. It only lets you store one custom background from a jpg file on the SD card.??? SD card playback of music files is quirky, with some files not showing up at all, and not much guidance from Pioneer on that. Daylight viewing is not too bad, but could be much better. Pioneer missed by not letting you customize the night view with one background and the day view with another. White background/dark text would greatly improve daylight visibility, while black background with user-specified text color would improve nighttime glare. I use the Pioneer AH200 with my Galaxy SIII and it is buggy. It works most of the time but drains the battery on the phone since the head unit does not supply adequate power from its USB ports. The sound quality is good, the EQ is nice, and the unit is well built and fairly easy to use while driving.

    Pros: Nice construction and finish. Buttons are on the small side but useable. The multi-band EQ is very nice and does the job. Sound adjustment for each source is very handy. Multiple options for music playback make this a very versatile unit. The faceplate can be set to a custom angle and always remembers that angle, but always closes when ignition key is removed.

    Cons: Interface could be better and more intuitive. No way to remove unused feature icons from main screen. Screen color and text options could be better for visibility. Unit has a hard time with SD card music files, even the supported formats. Phone icons and menus need much improvement.

    Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS

    Written By Ed, nyc on Monday, February 03, 2014

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    Great unit