HD + Pandora Radio
Disc & USB Playback
Bluetooth Technology: The DEH-X8600BH 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP
(Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- 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 DEH-X8600BH.
SPP + USB Pairing w/ Guest Mode: With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X8600BH 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 DEH-X8600BH 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 DEH-X8600BH
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 DEH-X8600BH 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 DEH-X8600BH, 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
- 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
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 DEH-X8600BH 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 DEH-X8600BH will be able to control basic
playback features; Play, Pause, & Skip Tracks (app must also support). The head
unit will also display your music's song information; such as Artist name and
Song/Album title (app must also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call
is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call.
Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When paired and connected with
an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. iPhone
with Siri 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 Siri 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 DEH-X8600BH; visual data
will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: Your iPhone with Siri can be connected via
Bluetooth and USB simultaneously. You can only access stored music using Siri when the head unit's source is iPod or Bluetooth Audio. All other Siri
functions can be accessed from any source. The head unit's audio is muted
while Siri provides audible voice prompts.
HD + Pandora Radio
HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH's built-in HD Radio tuner
lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD
Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD
Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like
sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of
all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog
- Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts,
with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast
programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each
- Station Text + RDS: AM/FM digital stations can offer
text and data such as artist names and song titles. For analog FM stations,
the Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information
such as song/artist information when listening to compatible RDS FM stations.
- Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed
Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of
interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In
addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path
interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital
processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo
separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing
- Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception
condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog
broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the
tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically.
If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog
- BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations
Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD
stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has
3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a
total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
- Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only
those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.
There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher
settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower
settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from a HD Radio or RDS FM broadcasting station to your
USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist
called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you
can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Pandora Internet Radio (for iPhone & Android): The free
Pandora App (either from
Play) lets you play music from the
Pandora music service
through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+)
or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to
the DEH-X8600BH 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 DEH-X8600BH. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active
Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The
DEH-X8600BH 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
- 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
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can
be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only
available in the United States.
Disc & USB Playback
Compatible Discs: The
Pioneer DEH-X8600BH CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs
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,
AAC, and WAV
audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer
DEH-X8600BH. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD
receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: The unit's rear-panel USB port supports Android OS
4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean) as a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)
device. It also supports Android OS 2.2+ (Froyo/Gingerbread) as a Mass Storage
Class (MSC) device; as of 11/25/2013. The receiver does not support Android
OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.
MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH supports the
following types of MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB
mass storage class device.
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name
Playable File Types
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,
AAC: bit rate of 16-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
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
||99 folders/999 files
Music Browsing & Link Play: The Music Browsing feature lets
you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or
Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order. The Link Play feature 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.
Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit
displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA/AAC Tag information; including
artist, song, and album name.
Playback Controls: The Pioneer CD receiver provides basic
operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and
Repeat/Random for disc and 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.
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 DEH-X8600BH. 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):
||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 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! 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 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 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 Radio is
handcrafted radio from passionate music experts. Listen for free and
discover the perfect music for any moment with hundreds of stations
||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
app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and
Internet-only radio streams from around the world.
||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.
||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.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Off Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will
automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).
Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is
obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.
iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH's
rear-panel USB port and 58" extension cable can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or
Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The DEH-X8600BH supports audio
playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible
- 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 DEH-X8600BH.
- 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 DEH-X8600BH.
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 94dB. 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/i