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Our take on the Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

by Ken Nail
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.

Sharp styling, with features to match

Pioneer designed the DEH-X9500BHS CD receiver with all the convenient features you want in a modern car stereo: Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for improved AM/FM, Pandora® Internet radio control, and dual USB inputs. You'll also find sophisticated sound controls and a variable-color display, along with the crowd-pleasing MIXTRAX feature, in this impressive car stereo.

Built-in Bluetooth

You'll be pleased with how much easier and safer Bluetooth makes your drive time. You'll see the phone number from incoming calls displayed clearly on the sharp dot-matrix display. If you want to take the call, just touch a button on the Pioneer and talk while you keep both hands on the wheel. You can also stream music wirelessly from almost any Bluetooth device through the receiver — even control track selection and check out info on the song on the receiver's display.

HD Radio for the best radio sound

HD Radio's sonic advantages are impressive — FM broadcasts that are near-CD quality, with AM that's as good as what you're used to on FM. And if your local HD Radio station employs multicasting, this Pioneer allows you to tune into multiple channels on the same frequency, so you'll have more entertainment choices. Plus, the iTunes® tagging feature lets you save song info when your iPod® or iPhone® is connected, so you can purchase the tracks you like later.

Play stored music and streaming sources

The two rear USB inputs allow you to connect a variety of devices. For example, you could plug your iPod into one and use the other for a USB storage device. Pioneer's ControlApp even lets you access the music files on many Android™ phones through USB, so there's almost no limit to the amount of music you can have on tap. And the 1-amp USB port will charge your devices fast, so you'll be ready to go when you get out of the car.

With your iPhone® connected, you'll have excellent control over your Pandora® Internet radio stations, including station selection and "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" ratings from the face of the receiver. The DEH-X9500BHS also features Pioneer's App Mode, which offers limited control of many popular streaming music services.

Built for great sound

The DEH-X9500BHS's built-in amp delivers plenty of power for strong sound. And when you connect digital music sources to one of the USB inputs, you'll bypass the player's internal digital-to-analog converter and use the higher-quality DAC in the receiver — the surest path to clearer, more realistic sound. You'll also find an impressive collection of soundshaping controls, including a 5-band equalizer that lets you adjust the sound to your car's interior, and Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever, which reverses the compression process to give you more high-frequency sparkle and musical detail from your compressed music files. Car audio enthusiasts who want to build a system around this Pioneer will appreciate the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs for adding external amps.

Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

MIXTRAX adds DJ-inspired effects to your playlists.

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A vibrant display, enhanced by MIXTRAX

The DEH-X9500BHS's fold-down face offers plenty of room for displaying song info, and the bright dot-matrix display reads easily in a variety of lighting conditions. You can vary the colors of the display and controls separately, creating thousands of possible combinations to match your car or your style. Pioneer's MIXTRAX works with the playlists and music files of your connected iPhone, iPod, or Android, adding DJ-inspired transitions between songs, while pulsing the variable color display of the receiver in time to the music.

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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • fold-down detachable face with dot matrix LCD display, plus customizable display and key colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • 5-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and dual rear-panel USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    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 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

    Our Product Research Team

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/Aux Integration
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 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).

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X9500BHS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time. 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-X9500BHS.

    Hands-Free Communication: The DEH-X9500BHS supports wireless hands-free communication 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-X9500BHS 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-X9500BHS, 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.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included external microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. 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 a visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DEH-X9500BHS will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Repeat/Random. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The DEH-X9500BHS also supports audio streaming of music apps (metadata display and control will depend on music app). 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. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Voice Recognition: The head unit's voice recognition feature can be used to control basic phone and music functions of your Bluetooth-enabled iPod or iPhone (which is also equipped with voice recognition). Press and hold the head unit's front-panel 3-way rotary knob and speak into the included external microphone.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS's rear-panel USB port and 59" USB extension cable can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable, DEH-X9500BHS supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title. The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include; Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'App Mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen. The head unit's LCD will only display the text - 'App Mode'.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/5/2012):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app iTunes Tagging Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-X9500BHS is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music.  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. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multicasting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.
    • 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.
    • Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
    • Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD stations under presets 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Androidsmartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Smartphone Connectivity: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS provides connection to the Apple iPhone and Android smartphone for Pandora Internet Radio playback.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora via Android: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Pioneer head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Pandora Control: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled or Android smartphone. 
      • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
      • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
      • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    • Information Display: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The DEH-X9500BHS is SiriusXM Ready so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV200, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the CD receiver and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

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

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and WMA files recorded on CD-R/RW discs.

    Rear-Panel USB Input: The unit is fitted with dual rear-panel USB (type-A) ports and comes with a 59" USB extension cable that allows you to connect up to two USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports enable audio playback & control of AAC, MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players and smartphones that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. 

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

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

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

    Music Browsing: From the head unit, you can browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically.

    Link Play: 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 on a USB memory device.

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

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

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

    Audio Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-X9500BHS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the DEH-X9500BHS are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

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

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

    Equalizer: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS 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 (100Hz, 315Hz, 1,25kHz, 3.15kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    Bass Boost The DEH-X9500BHS 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Crossovers: The DEH-X9500BHS 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. 

    Subwoofer Controls: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS in-dash CD receiver features a manual fold-down faceplate with detachable face security. The manual fold-down face helps to prevent dust from gathering on the unit's CD mechanism. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Note: The head unit's fold-down front-panel needs 1.625" of clearance to open.

    Large Full-Dot LCD: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS features a 3-line, full-dot LCD which makes it easier to see what is playing in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3, WMA, AAC, and CD Text-encoded discs, Radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone. The contrast of the display can be set between 0 and 15.

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

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

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, or Spanish.

    Ever Scroll: 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.

    Entertainment Displays: You can enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following;  Background Visual, Genre, Background Picture (1/2/3/4), Simple Display, Movie Screen, or Calendar.

    Calendar/Clock Display: The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS provides time, date, month, and year display. You can choose to have the head unit display the calendar and clock even when the unit is powered off (your vehicle must be running or in the accessory position.

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

    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, both clock and source information can be displayed at the same time; or you can set the unit to display only source info or only clock/calendar.

    Engine Time Alert: This setting allows  you to measure the length of time that elapses from when the head unit is turned on and display the amount of elapsed time per set period (15 min., 30 min., or Off). There will also be an audible alarm. This function is handy if you are listening to the radio with the vehicle' ignition is in the accessory position, and the engine off.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X9500BHS comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel). In addition, you can answer and end a phone call from your Bluetooth-enabled 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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    4 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By Anonymous, NH on Sunday, May 04, 2014
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    Easy to install, hands free bluetooth works well.
    Pros:
    Color options allow you to match dashboard lights
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    5 out of 5

    Great Hands Free Radio

    Written By Anonymous, Casper, WY on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    This was an easy install. It sounds great and I had no problem syncing my iPhone 4S to it. Works like a charm.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Good looks.
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    1 out of 5

    Less than impressed

    Written By raulston, Springfield, Oh on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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    I purchased this head unit as a natural progression in Pioneer equipment. I have owned multiple different units since the mid 90's. This was the latest one and it was time for a technology upgrade. I purchased one and it worked great for a few weeks... Then the problems began. The USB ports wouldn't play for more than a few minutes. I tried all the different troubleshooting tips and nothing changed it. Then the Sub out stopped working. Then the display started flickering rapidly. Sent it back got another one, same issues.

    For the time that it did work, it worked as advertised.
    Pros:
    Pioneer Name Features Price point
    Cons:
    The interface was difficult to manage Older Pioneer equipment was not compatible No face plate case
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    3 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS, Buffalo, NY on Monday, September 02, 2013
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    Install was good, pretty straight forward with install kit in my 2008 Altima.
    Pros:
    Liked the sound quality. Blue tooth is great, should have done it a long time ago. Next is the Amp. Something 4 channel, to help head unit.
    Cons:
    Blue tooth mic is poor Single din head is small, hard for me to see letters without glassed Trying to figure out how to preset radio stations is a pain Controls are confusing. I bought this unit because of 5 Star rating, beware. If had chance again would have bought Double DIN
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I wanted

    Written By LawrenceR, Noble, OK on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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    I was trying to get away from the touchscreen over the top systems and this time build something more low key but with great sound and all the features I usually get from a touchscreen head unit. This deck delivered! I've got just about every input I could need! 2 USBs is handy so one can take car of my 80gb iPod hidden away in the glovebox and another available for my iPad without having to swap cords. My S4 connects via Bluetooth and I've still got an aux for any passengers! The sound quality is exactly as expected from Pioneer with plenty of EQ control, and built in HD radio is an added bonus. When the stereo is off, it is very low key, but when you turn it on it shows you what it's got! Great stereo and definitely worth it's price tag.
    Pros:
    Lots of input options, great sound, on board HD radio
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Charlevoix, MI on Monday, August 19, 2013
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    Great
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful head unit

    Written By lawgibbs, Bakersfield, CA on Friday, July 19, 2013
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    I own the 9400 and this 9500 has several subtle features that really make it even more enjoyable. The best is the full integration BT music with my iPhone. The sync is seamless and has full track/album/artist info on screen. A great unit, highly recommended. The phone mic even works in a Jeep Wrangler.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    haven't found anything yet.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer 9500

    Written By JamesM, Duluth, Mn on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    Easy to install with wire harness and kit provided by Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Baaad as in good x9500BHS

    Written By G l Rivera, Vineland NJ on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    Very attractive easy to install and operate sounds great everything work at first shot
    Pros:
    everything about it it's a pro
    Cons:
    nada
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    4 out of 5

    GREAT CAR STEREO

    Written By REVPRU8, Milton, DE on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    Just a litle less than 5 stars because there is no CD player (have to use your MP3 player), and a little difficulty learning the bells and whistles. Love the sound and comes with adaptors to fit my Dodge Dakota truck.
    Pros:
    Sound, XM radio ready (needs separate tuner), various modes including bluetooth MP3 player, picks up automatically or with USB cable.
    Cons:
    No CD player, a little difficult to learn how to pair with phone and program AM/FM.
    1 out of 30 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer

    Written By Anonymous, New Mexico on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    Really good stereo, I would totally recommend to a friend.
    Pros:
    Great functions! Easy to use, love that it has a Pandora function! Great stereo overall!
    Cons:
    None!
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Bullhea City AZ on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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    Very nice would recommend to a friend, installing was a snap and very easy to use
    Pros:
    great sound for the price
    Cons:
    have not found any yet
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer is second to none!

    Written By mgbasque, San Angelo, TX on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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    Pioneer has always pleased me with any of their electronics. And this deck is no exception. It contains all kinds of inputs for pretty much anything you want to connect to it.
    Pros:
    Connectivity options, changing color display. And just all the other options and settings the deck offers.
    Cons:
    The only thing I find a con so far is the radio presets. Although I love the smooth, less button look, it is frustrating not being able to quickly hit one button to change between at least six presets. Not a huge deal, but annoying
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By MikeyJ, Wisconsin on Friday, May 24, 2013
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    First car stereo I've bought in years. Was in over my head trying to do the install myself, so I paid Best Buy to install it, had all of the parts needed from Crutchfield of course. Installed by a pro in about 45 mins. He loved the unit itself so much, he said he was going to order one from Crutchfield himself as he recently had his old one stolen. Love the sound this puppy puts out. And the connection to my iPhone 5 is flawless. Music streaming is great, even from Spotify app on the phone. Totally satisfied with my purchase.
    Pros:
    Can't find a flaw. Sound, iPhone connectivity, look...all are great.
    Cons:
    None as of yet.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product, Awesome Service

    Written By Nick S, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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    Great all in one unit, it has an almost annoying amount of sources. I have my iPhone in one USB, my Flashdrive in the other, there's auxilary, CD, HD Radio, Pandora, Bluetooth. Does everything you need and more. Awesome improvement in sound quality from stock headunit. Have to give many thanks to Crutchfield for unparalleled Customer Service. I originally purchased a Scratch And Dent version of this product and for whatever reason the transaction was not processed and by the time i figured that out, the scratch and dent version was already bought up and gone. Good old Crutchfield took care of me. Wonderful Service skills and Great product all in all, the only minor negative that I have to say is the quality of the unit's " feel". When you push a button on a headunit in this pricerange, i personally feel it should feel a little less "plastic..yyy". Much cheaper feel then say.... an Alpine headunit.
    Pros:
    Service, Sound Quality, All in One, Value
    Cons:
    Plastic "Feel"ing Build Quality,
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    5 out of 5

    New Technology

    Written By Tom R, Apopka, Fl on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    Not a CD receiver. Welcome to the next level. Flash drives and Ipod. Sound quality is great especially when you tune into an HD channel. Put away the plastic dics and start collecting flash drives.
    Pros:
    Great receiver with just the right outputs for a great system.
    Cons:
    Display can be eyecatching in traffic until you get used to the color changes.
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    3 out of 5

    Fairly Good but poor display

    Written By SteveB, Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, May 09, 2013
     
    I returned a Kenwood KDC-X997 because the display was unreadable in bright daylight. I was really very pleased with the Kenwood, but one cannot see the display, it matters not about the other factors. So, got this Pioneer unit to give it a try. I like the function keys better than the Kenwood ... especially the horizontal flip lever. And the display was marginally brighter than the Kenwood. But overall, the Pioneer is inferior to the Kenwood for the same price. The equalizer was not as functional, and did not offer as much customization for audio setup. I think the Mixtrax and dancing colors for the display are made for teenie boppers. I fail to understand why anyone wants glow in the dark display with modulating lights that dance to the music. I would hope you are paying attention to the road and not watching the radio display. You can turn off that nonsense, but why they even offer it is beyond me. In summary, I find the Pioneer somewhat lower than the Kenwood in form and function. The display is also too dim. In my car, with a very light interior, the reflections and bright ambient light wash out the display making it nearly unreadable ... although not a bad as the Kenwood. I would not recommend this unit to purchase when the Kenwood (which is superior) is same price. I will be retuning this unit to Crutchfield and installing an Alpine unit. From the specs, Alpine seems to make no nonsense receivers ... a bit more expensive though.
    Pros:
    Adjustable colors for keys and display ... would be great if they were visible in daylight
    Cons:
    Shenanigans of modulating colors, Mixtrax is useless and distracting. Display is too dim to see in bright daylight. Lower functionality than competing products.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Single-DIN Receiver

    Written By JoeB, Newark, DE on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    This is another great receiver from Pioneer. I upgraded from another aftermarket receiver for the hands-free BlueTooth for the phone. This has a cool display with infinitely variable color choices to match your existing interior lighting. It synced-up right away with my Samsung Galaxy S3, providing hands-free calling, Pandora playlist and station access from the receiver, HD Radio and iPod control. This makes the long drives for work so much better. A great choice for a single-DIN receiver!
    Pros:
    - Flexible setup options - Great sound - Variable display choices and colors - Easy setup for BlueTooth phone and streaming, and it works flawlessly
    Cons:
    - User manual sometimes less than helpful - MIXTRAX feature I could do without
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    5 out of 5

    Not bad at all.....

    Written By Patrick, Chester, VA on Sunday, April 28, 2013
     
    This is my first Pioneer HU and I have to say, it's not a bad unit at all. I'm still a tried & true Alpine guy, but I wanted a HU with lots of features for the money. At this price, you get quite many, except the iPod/iPhone 30 pin connector or a faceplate case. Not sure why Pioneer or Alpine charge you so much for this cable-just buy the Apple brand USB to 30 pin cable for $10 less, and it's long enough to reach to most glove boxes. Power output is what's expected from a HU, and the sound seems to flatten out around mid volume or "35" volume level. GUI takes some time getting used to, but one can figure it out. However, I wish this unit had radio presets on the face, but it does give it a cleaner look without them-just don't lose the remote! I added an Alpine KTP-445U amp bridged to 2channels, and it sounds like audio bliss....In conclusion-a great HU.
    Pros:
    3 sets of 4V Pre-outs, included remote, nice display, excellent BT, good HD Radio reception, good SQ
    Cons:
    Build quality could be better, no station presets, no iPod cable, no faceplate case!
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By pdogballer04, troy,ohio on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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    very nice head unit, feels a little flimsy on the build, but seems to be OK, and the connection from the face to the unit itself is a little weak, but still a good unit.
    Pros:
    high v outputs. hd radio,and works well other than the con i listed
    Cons:
    connection between face and unit not the best, have to push on the face sometimes to get the display to come back on
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    5 out of 5

    Glad I got this one!!!!!!

    Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    Great product. Glad that I made this purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    pioneer car stereo

    Written By jshusker, Reno, NV on Friday, April 05, 2013
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    Great unit has plenty of power and a great display that is easy to read the main reason I bought the unit was to get HD radio which I really like.
    Pros:
    The main display matches my dash lights
    Cons:
    The manual could explain the operations better
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound and Versatile

    Written By DW, Portland, OR on Thursday, April 04, 2013
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    I've had this receiver installed for about three weeks and so far I love it. The sound quality is fantastic and I love having so many options for listening to music. Both the Bluetooth streaming and phone have useful and having control of Pandora from the receiver has been great. Installation didn't go as easily as I would have liked but a quick call to Crutchfield solved the problem in a jiffy. Like others have said, the menu system isn't the most intuitive and some selections are buried.
    Pros:
    Great sound, good looks, versatile
    Cons:
    Non intuitive interface
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By johnny, los angeles on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    Just buy it
    Pros:
    Everything
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer performs as expected

    Written By FrankM, Natick, MA on Friday, March 29, 2013
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    Good sound, many ways to tweak the system.
    Pros:
    Good price, lots of features, good sound
    Cons:
    Nearly unintelligible owner's manual, miss my old push button radio for quick radio channel changing
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    5 out of 5

    Nicely-featured

    Written By DavidF, MD on Thursday, March 21, 2013
     
    Pretty happy with this unit so far. Replaced basic factory AM/FM/CD in 2006 Ford Freestar. Primarily needed ability to play digital music from iPhone 3GS. Can't stream with this phone, but is just fine via rear-connected USB. Crutchfield-supplied mounting kit (~double-DIN sized opening) has small storage cubby under head unit that works great for putting phone in cabled.

    Voice command doesn't work well (believe issues are with phone), so ability to search through phone contact list via head unit display/knob is very helpful (can scroll through list by turning knob by feel & giving it occasional brief glances instead of what a touch screen would need).

    Combined with an Alpine MRX-F65 4x110WRMS amp & 4x Alpine SPR-68 6x8 speakers makes a nice set up. Holding out for spring birthday for Kicker PES10C sealed/powered sub. will make it a lot more than nice.

    Was skeptical about HD radio, but happy that 2 of my 3 local go-to stations lock on nicely and sound much better.

    Have noticed recently a high-pitched whine every once in a while when the unit is first turned on; goes away after about 15 seconds. Don't know cause, doesn't sync with engine revs. Not a concern if it stays as is.

    I don't care for the MixTrax shenanigans, but it is nice to have lots of options for the color of the display & buttons. Would like clock display to be slightlly larger Will be interesting to see if remote turn on is strong enough with both amps. Will try to update when I get sub if site allo
    Pros:
    Nice features (HD, iPhone BT calls, cabled iphone music, sub control, eq, 6x 4v line out)
    Cons:
    Pricey, would like clock display a little larger during music play, a little clumsy reattaching removable front panel, main control knob a bit flimsy-feeling, no pause or mute control on front panel.
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    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Anonymous, Wilson, Ok on Friday, March 01, 2013
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    Appears to be a very good unit. Install was straightforward.
    Pros:
    Operational ease
    Cons:
    No front USB
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound & Features, But Tough UI

    Written By Al_NY, Long Island NY on Saturday, January 26, 2013
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    I was recommended the Pioneer DEH-80PRS by Crutchfield, but after looking at the features I wanted HD radio due to the CD like sound. Also, if I do upgrade the speakers, I wouldn't buy a the high end one. I'm still tossed between the two after getting it because most station's HD sounds like crap. But with the price difference, I can use it for speakers down the road. Now features are great, works well with iPhone 5 using standard USB cable, or streaming Bluetooth. Sounds very good from iPhone, USB memory, some FM through my factory Bose. Speaker can be better. I can get AM now which I never got with factory unit. Features for are great, but requires a lot of selection through menus. Talk about distractions texting, I'm lucky I haven't had accident yet. Most common operations are easily handled with the wireless remote. You really have to read the manual to use it. For example, to turn it off, you press and hold the source button. Stop or pause music is through the menu, scroll to features, the select it, scroll to Pause. If you are lost in the menu, you have to hit the return button half a dozen times.

    After installation, the unit was loose, it is fine now after I used a screw to wedge the unit in the DIN chassis tight. Mixtrax is more interesting than I thought. Still learning features like voice commands with iPhone, just saw that feature while writing this.
    Pros:
    Features, good tuner reception, good sound even with better factory systems. Works with iPhone. Hands free and streaming Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    User controls. a lot of learning. Too difficult for my wife.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Chris, New Jersey on Thursday, January 24, 2013
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    really nice head head for a very good price.
    Pros:
    has everything you can ever want in a head unit...very easy to use..i love it!
    Cons:
    None at all
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By DJ, Hamilton,Oh on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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    Overall a great product. It has everything I was looking for as well as great tech support from Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Quality
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    None
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    5 out of 5

    OUTSTANDING!!!

    Written By Jimmy P., New York City on Monday, January 14, 2013
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    I bought my Dodge in 2005 New and was equipped with Factory Kicker Speakers. With that said, my Factory Radio CD Receiver always sounded great. However I began having problems with the receiver and decided it was time for a boost. I purchased the Blue Tooth w Receiver Installation card to save time. The installation took a while because the shop was busy, but in the end it was worth the wait. After it was installed I got in and WOW!!! I was Totally Amazed!!! I hadn't even fooled around with the Sound Functions yet, but when I did things just kept getting Better and Better. I am Very Happy with my choice of this Pioneer Head Unit and Highly Recommend it.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    Written By Nick, Talent, OR on Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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    I've always loved Pioneer car audio products, they have always just seemed ahead of the curve in innovation and quality. This stereo has only strengthened that belief for me.

    This stereo has all the features and goodies I could ever ask for. It's menus are very user friendly, and in the last few days since install I have found several "Whoa! Neat!" features I didn't even know existed.

    The sound quality is absolutely stunning. The vehicle has mediocre speakers in it, so I really didn't expect that much of a change in sound quality. Wow was I surprised, I can't believe that those are the same speakers playing the same music as before. It sounds completely different. Even on those so-so speakers, this stereo was able to make me feel like I was watching a live concert. Pioneer has really impressed me yet again.

    The only downside I might mention, but is really just a small annoyance, is that the metal casing for the actual stereo didn't have the right screw holes for my vehicle (a 92' Geo Storm Hatchback). I wouldn't expect a manufacturer to predict every single screw combination, but I would expect Crutchfield to recognize that when you go to order it. With the stock mounting brackets for that car, there was no screw lineup that would make the stereo fit. Yet Crutchfield clearly stated that it would fit my vehicle. So this star off is really on Crutchfield, not Pioneer.

    Saying that though, in every other aspect I am very impressed with Crutchfield's match up.
    Pros:
    -Superb sound, honestly the best car stereo I've ever heard EVEN ON MEDIOCRE SPEAKERS! -Far better reception than stock stereo, with same antenna attached. -Uncountable features that are well designed and user friendly. -VERY sleek and cool looking, by far the sexiest part of the vehicle. -Pioneer quality, impressive every time.
    Cons:
    -Didn't perfectly fit my vehicle even though Crutchfield said it did. I was able to get it secured tightly enough though with 2 screws instead of 4, and 2 high quality (so it won't melt, fail, etc.) adhesive pads for the areas the screws should have been. I was thinking about drilling the holes for the screws myself, but was pretty sure that'd void the warranty.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By SeanP, Rochester, NY on Friday, December 21, 2012
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    I went after this after waiting and looking at feature sets, finally came off pre order, and I jumped, sure glad I did. I have a Droid Razr Maxx HD and it paired flawlessly with the deck, playing music through BT and the call functions were phenomenal. I have also used a MP3 player on the unit and it worked well, the USB provides power even if the deck is not on that selection, just for those that are curious. Sound coming through stock speakers in my Jeep Cherokee were nice, and was enough that im going to hold off getting aftermarket speakers until the holidays have calmed down (phew) Have not used the cd portion, but I assume it works well, have not used cd's in some time though, so its one way or the other to me. HD radio worked great, and automatically came up when I tuned to the FM frequency of the station. Very nice touch. I may end up purchasing this unit for my other vehicles, its that impressive.
    Pros:
    Very good sound quality, BT functionality is great, HD radio works well, Menus easier to navigate than my last generation Pioneer (no accidental presses)
    Cons:
    Had to wait so long to get it.
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds Great

    Written By Justin, United States on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
     
    Bought this to replace my alpine 117 and couldn't be happier. The sound quality is amazing, the features are great, my only gripe is the menus are little intimidating until you figure them out. One of the big reasons I got pioneer over alpine is because the USB ports are in the back of the deck and makes install look super clean not to mention it had 2 ports where the alpine only had one. For the price, features, and quality pioneer can't be beat. This deck was installed in a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ Boston acoustics option. Fits great with the exception of the face not being able to come down all the way, I knew this when I bought it not the receivers fault. This deck looks super clean in the dash.
    Pros:
    Rear USB ports
    Cons:
    Menus are complicated at first
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best Radio

    Written By Cory C, Conyers, GA on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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    For what I needed to run my sound system in my car this radio covered it all. The built in bluetooth is a dream since I have cancelled my XM Radio Subscription and now use Pandora. The supplied mic for the call feature is handy as well.

    Since I came from an older model Pioneer this unit was easy to navigate through. The added features a little curve ball but once you grasp how to navigate with the faceplate controls it is super easy to use.

    The faceplate could of been done a little bit better with the attachment. Seems the plastic studs that hold it to the unit could break easily so I will harldy remove it unless I absolutely need to.
    Pros:
    Great design easy to navigate clean install best radio i have owned in a while
    Cons:
    Needs better faceplate connector Need an option to prevent going to auxiliary when nothing is plugged in
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