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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

CD receiver

MFR # DEH-80PRS

Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Pioneer DEH-80PRS

CD receiver

MFR # DEH-80PRS

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michael from santa rosa on 9/28/2020

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First of all this unit is not discontinued nor is it outdated. I am 59 years old and have always had top shelf audio equipment. This deck pics the finest sounding unit I have ever heard. The sound is super clean and especially crisp. The fold down/removable face plate keeps dirt and dust out of the unit and I like the added theft prevention. Now, this unit is a lot of toy and has much more settings than some would like. If you want simple then buy simple and not this unit. This a quality unit that allows you to completely set it up to your likes. My unit is matched with 2 Original Phoenix Gold Titanium amps and 2 sets of Focal ES165 KRX2 components and a Focal IBUS 20 powered sub unit. My installer could not believe the pure sound and neither could I. Can this unit be difficult to set up? Absolutely but once you figure the unit out and learn to use it then it will be easy. It has a very large and very thorough manual that will guide you along. I use it for nothing but cds and satellite. Some of the reviews here that knock the unit seem to be from people who do not take the time to properly set it up. Once you set it up you can just forget it and know it will do what it says that it will do. Buy it when you can and sit back and just relax or sing along while you drive. I just bought another one from Crutchfield and I was on their waiting list and it showed up when I could not find one new anywhere. I bought another just to put away for a rainy day

Pros: Super clean crisp pristine sound. The best ever Lots of inputs for all your toys. Removable faceplate for security Ability to select you own colors for screen and unit. Ability to change what appears on your screen Time/sound alignment Very thorough manual

Cons: Can be hard to set up until you learn your controls The 2 usb inputs in the back are difficult to reach unless you remove the deck so hook them up first when installed

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It was great except for this one thing...

Tracy from INVER GROVE, MN on 9/8/2020

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At first, it seemed to be really super awesome in every regard. However, it appears to lack a simple feature that I was used to with other Pioneer units, a variable Loudness feature. To be sure, it has Loudness, but your choices are only "on" or "off." When it is on, it is too much. Other Pioneer units have variable Loudness levels of low, mid, and high. On this unit, when Loudness is off, I just couldn't get the sound where I wanted it. When Loudness was on, it was overwhelming. Your choice is one extreme or the other. No in-between. I tried tweaking the EQ every which way, but I liked having variable Loudness levels in previous Pioneer units too much to do without. I wanted so much to like this unit, but not having variable Loudness ruined it for me. I am trying the DEH-X8800BHS next.

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Very good audio and iPod Classic compatible

Crutchfield customer from Pittsford, NY on 6/1/2020

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This unit is older and discontinued by Pioneer. Some problems: small display screen along with SD card insertion and CD insertion both behind removable faceplate make this unit less than optimal, but frankly I don't use those things often. Also controls take quite a bit to get used to as they are not intuitive. But it does see my iPod classic and it also sees a 256 Gb micro SD to play music and that is all good. Sound quality is great however. Pioneer should think about add-on touch screen for automobile to add to this unit, but it is old and obsolete, so this might not happen. I miss the clock when playing my iPod as well.

Pros: Sound quality is very high. Compact 1 DIN package. Can use my iPod Classic 160 GB with it. Removable faceplate for anti-theft. Wireless remote. Two USB ports plus SD card. Bluetooth for phone with good mic.

Cons: Very small display screen and no way to attach a larger display/control to it. SD card insertion behind removable faceplate. CD insertion behind removable faceplate. USB ports insertion is in back of unit, which is tough to get to.

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Crutchfield customer from El Paso, TX on 5/31/2020

2019 Toyota Tacoma

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The music that comes out of this unit is the way the artist wanted you to hear and experience every single note is pure and clean as the studio recording that it came from

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Buy it now

Crutchfield customer from Luling, LA on 5/26/2020

1993 Chevrolet C Series

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I already have one of these radios in my other truck. This unit sounds so good I decided to buy it again for my other truck. Just be sure to rip your CDs into .WAV files and pack them onto a large flash drive. This will give you CD quality of your entire collection. The signal processing is fantastic at this price point and gives you a ton of control. Cleanest sounding deck I have owned!

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Amazing Audio Processor

Kevin from DISTRICT HTS, MD on 4/12/2020

2016 Lexus ES350

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This Pioneer 80prs replaced a Alpine CDE 149 and the Pioneer blows the alpine away. The Auto Eq feature, didnt adjust my eq but the time alignment was executed perfectly. I currently have the eq set to flat, and the auto eq adjusted the crossover for the front and rear speakers and the sub. It sounds amazing as of right now and I know it will sound even better once I switch to network mode once my sound deadening kit arrives. Makes me curious just how much better the 99prs is compared. I just want to sit in my car and listen to music now

Pros: Auto Eq Time Alignment is awesome. Everything is great

Cons: Wish I could add a satellite radio but no biggie

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Amazing

Crutchfield customer from Edinburg, TX on 2/24/2020

2002 Lincoln LS

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The sound coming from this headunit is amazing, no distortion at all. All though I sometimes miss the look of my double din there's no comparison to the sound quality you get with this product.

Pros: Sound quality, vastly customizable from looks to sound, network mode so no need for physical crossovers.

Cons: None.

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Old school functions with high quality audio

Bob from Monterville, WV on 2/16/2020

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My purchase was based on a YouTube video of the DEH-80PRS where the Total Harmonic Distortion at full volume was tested at the speaker level outputs (non-RCA). Just like the video demonstrated, my DEH-80PRS is clean sounding at full blast (when hooked thru the head unit only, with no external amp). The DEH-80PRS is fast at reading USB and SD cards. It resumes the file when restarting the ignition. CD's sound even better; I can hear subtle details in music that I've never heard before. Fantastic sound quality. It still beats the other radios in this class (sound quality) despite that there are other integrated circuit chips (ESS Sabre, Wolfson) that are the same bit rate as the Burr Brown (made by Texas Instruments), at only a fraction of the price. Good luck finding those in car audio though. The eq is perfect with no interruptions while adjusting. Distortion is non-existent. Signal separation is defined and perfect. No interference from engine ignition sources. Bluetooth plays music, but unable to access tunes directly off the head unit. The display doesn't show titles of songs (probably designed around 2011). Paired up perfectly and rapidly with my iPhone 6S. The Axxess ASWC-1 steering-wheel control interface I purchased worked right out of the box with this radio and no reprogramming needed (2018 Subaru Impreza). Bluetooth audio sounds phenomenal. If you are frustrated with unpredictable touch screen-based head units, then

Pros: Burr-Brown technology lowered No quirky touch screen

Cons: 2012 Bluetooth technology

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Potential 6 Star

Steve from Moline on 1/26/2020

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My decision to purchase the Pioneer DEH-80PRS was completely based on audio control. Audio control was not a want. Audio control was a need. The goal was to utilize quantity 16 Bose 901 Series 2 drivers within a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. The Bose drivers were custom configured into 2 pairs of 4 ohm speakers front and 1 pair of 8 ohm speakers rear. 3 (1 Alpine and 2 Alphasonik's) Individual 2 channel amps drive the 3 speaker pairs. I anticipated the need for low frequency backfill so a Rockford amplified sub was added. The DEH-80PRS AutoEQ did exactly what was needed. The crossover adjustments did exactly what was needed. The system sounds exactly as was anticipated. However anytime the battery is disconnected the AutoEQ settings are reset to factory. That presents a major inconvenience. I will find a workaround but why should I have to. If Pioneer utilized non-volatile memory the problem would be solved. Another way it could be solved is a simple firmware change that would allow the user to view the results of the AutoEQ feature.

Pros: AutoEQ And Crossovers

Cons: No Non-Volatile Memory. Firmware that does not allow the user to view the results of the AutoEQ feature.

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Crutchfield customer from Virginia Beach, VA on 11/2/2019

1971 Chevrolet C Series

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Quality is there. I like the option to change the background color and screen display. It doesn't always connect to my iPhone often I have to open the Bluetooth on my iPhone and connect manually. There doesn't seem to be a feature to change the track playing while connected via Bluetooth unless I am simply not doing something right. I wish it had more features as some double din units but they won't fit in my application overall I'm pleased with the unit.

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: Can't change track while listening to music via Bluetooth on my iPhone.

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guner from bronx on 9/4/2019

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

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I have to say I'm disappointed in this unit I was considering replacing myx9600bhs and I will not . It has less features and wont connect with my android phone. Very disappointed in this unit

Pros: Good sound

Cons: No android apps poor control price less features then cheaper radios

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Crutchfield customer from Owensboro, KY on 5/7/2019

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Exceptional sound quality, put it in my boat with 4 bose speakers and an amp , sounds great even at high leaves .

Pros: lots of features ,all work easily with a little info.

Cons: none

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The absolute best

Ryan from Battle Ground on 4/6/2019

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Hands down, the best sound quality head unit for the money, period. This head unit makes it possible to get the absolute best sound quality system for the least amount of money. It was meant to be run in active network mode with external amplifiers. This head unit has separate 32-bit DAC chips dedicated to EACH PAIR of 5v RCAs! That means you get a super clean and detailed signal to your amps. It has active crossovers, detailed time alignment, and a 16 band L/R EQ. These are the meat and potatoes features of a true sound quality head unit. There are no gimmicky features here. It is so powerful, most feel there is no need for an external DSP, even if you could afford it. Nothing has matched it since it was released, besides Pioneer's flagship 99prs, which costs 4x as much. Yes, Pioneer holds the top 2 spots for SQ decks. It took me nearly 2 years to learn how to properly tune an active 3- way system and perfect all the capabilities of this unit. The results are nothing short of spectacular, and brought me the audio quality I'd been dreaming of my whole life. This unit sounds so good, it will change what music you prefer. The only negative I can think of is it won't play FLAC files. But ripping my songs to WAV instead is a task I'm willing to go through to feed this monster deck high quality tracks. There's no possible way to install and operate this head unit properly and be dissapointed.

Pros: True to recording sound quality 3 - 32-bit DACs Internal DSP Active Crossovers Time Alignment 5V RCAs An absolute steal for what you get Massive turning capabilty

Cons: Difficult to tune properly for the inexperienced, due to the massive tuning capabiilty. Doesn't play FLAC files.

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TJ from Lakeland, FL on 3/5/2019

1991 Toyota Pickup

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It is a very good sounding CD player. You can't go wrong with it. I don't use anything on it except the CD player though. All the phone,EQ,crossovers,and ipad stuff I don't use. Does sound as good as the Alpine 7909s from 1991 though.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: Too many gadgets for me.

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Fantastic sound quality, loads of features, precise sound shaping

Guest from Chicago, IL on 11/21/2018

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IMO the only deck on the market which equals or surpasses this deck in terms of versatility and features is Pioneer's DEX-99PRS which costs about $900 more than the DEH-80PRS. Note that I did not say the 99PRS SOUNDS better because it doesn't as BOTH decks sound the same, i.e. WONDERFUL, at least to my tinnitus-damaged hearing. Chalk THAT up to 25 years of driving around with a subwoofer in the trunk. I believe the 80PRS represents much better value than Pioneer's top-of-the-line deck. It's true that the 99PRS offers steeper sixth-order crossovers and an additional mid-frequency passband but the extra $900 spent doesn't yield better sound quality. For this price point I don't think you'll find a better sounding, more versatile feature-packed alternative.

Pros: three-way network function, fourth-order crossovers, extraordinary high fidelity sound!

Cons: none

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Excellent sound, other features so, so.

Dale from SC on 9/21/2018

2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The audio from this unit is excellent and learning the interface with an ipod takes some time. The auto eq and timing I am sure assisted in the audio quality. The Pandora interface is worthless to me. I connected the unit to a new ipod and what the Pandora interface gets you is the ability to play from Pandora channel or whatever it is called. You can also play your ipod music, but the interface is not very clean. I went back to an older ipod without Pandora. Now if I can get the annoying popup off of my ipod concerning Pandora app not installed everytime it comes on.

Pros: Audio quality Ipod interface, once learned.

Cons: Pandora, worthless Hard to see display in full sun cause of angle of head unit. Tried just about every color.

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Sound Quality!!!

Eric from Michigan on 7/30/2018

2002 GMC Yukon XL

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Sound quality. That's why I bought this and that's what I got. I have this installed in a 2008 Honda CRV. Initially, I upgraded all of my speakers with RF punch series 6.5" coax and a Pioneer 10" sub, all ran by a 5-channel Infinity Reference 4555a amp. But at first, I went with a different head unit from another brand. That was an entry level unit with Car-play and all the bells and whistles. In fairness, that HU did have a lot of sound setting features, but after a month of tweaking it as best I could, I still wasn't happy. Ultimately, I read a forum post about this radio and Pioneer HUs in general. So I ordered the 80prs. I knew this was an old-school single DIN, but I didn't care... I wanted sound quality. After installing this, my regret is not researching this better before buying my other HU. This Pioneer for its price is just the best. The sound it delivers is exactly what I want. I could not be happier. Again... sound. This is what this thing does... it sounds great. If that's what you're interested in, look no further, do not hesitate, just order the 80prs and be done with it. I'm using a custom EQ setting that's similar to the "super bass" preset and it's excellent. Admittedly, I don't know what this sounds like without an amp, but I'm sure it would perform there too. Soon, I will likely replace my front coax speakers with some components and run an active system, but for now, I'm breathing a huge sigh of reli

Pros: Excellent sound/tone character. I even love the classic single DIN look. Easy to use interface. Options for 3-way active (if you want to go there). Again, simply beautiful sound.

Cons: No cons whatsoever. I've even purchased a second one of these I'm keeping in the box in case they're ever discontinued. Yes, it's that good. Buy now.

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BM from Alexandria, VA on 7/17/2018

1993 Toyota Camry

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This thing is awesome. Been using it for a few years (2015), but only finally got around to writing this review. Here's why: With the new Android 8.0 update, I could no longer use the unit (or steering wheel controls) to *skip* songs on my phone. I updated the firmware by going to the Pioneer website (https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/CD-Receivers/DEH-80PRS#downloads) and following the directions. It works again.

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Sonido para Audifilos

Agustin from Guayama, PR on 7/2/2018

1997 Honda Accord LX

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Un cd player para Audiofilos .Si eres exigente con lo que escuchas y tu oído esta entrenado para escuchar buen sonido este debe de estar en tu auto .

Pros: detalles ,suavidad,puedes apagar el disply para evitar ruidos .

Cons: noooo

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Great sound!

James from Fredonia, NY on 5/27/2018

1997 BMW Z3

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For such a compact unit it is full of great features and sounds excellent.

Pros: power, price, options, display

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Great capable unit

KT from Westminster, CA on 4/8/2018

2006 Honda S2000

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I selected the 80prs over the sony gs9 unit only because it's full active capability (no passive x-overs) for a two way system. The internal DAC sounds good but needs up dating to current home audio standards for optimum sound quality. Connecting a hi-fi ipod dock to AUX input greatly improves fidelity. The time alignment function need improvement, I'm able to get more accurate sound with it off. The volume control need adjustable sensitivity for more direct control instead of needing to over rotate the knob to quickly change volume. For the price, it is almost as good as my former $1000.00 head units. If they eliminated the CD player and up-date the DAC and some of the other functions, I would be wiling pay more to upgrade or Sony needs improve it's unit

Pros: Full active x-overs

Cons: Time alignment and DAC needs improving. Better volume control

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Crutchfield customer from Butler, IN on 4/5/2018

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I had issues with another deck that I bought to not make bad noise through my Audison Bit 1 but this deck makes it sound better than my older Sony deck and I am happy this has no noise like my Sony

Pros: Top end deck

Cons: A lot of features almost too many

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Does what the new units can't

Mitch from Northumberlnd, PA on 3/18/2018

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The sound, it's all about the sound. So much cleaner than the 5201NEX. I'll miss the nav. and touch screen but the sound quality is well worth it. It's a bit difficult to navigate the audio adjustments while driving, but again, it's worth it. Also the only head unit I could find that works flawlessly with my iPod classic and a strong tuner as well.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Menus and display is hard to read.

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Crutchfield customer from Midland, TX on 3/8/2018

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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The head unit is awesome. The sound quality is top notch! And the display is one of the best I have owned! Highly recommend ??

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David from Al on 1/22/2018

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This pioneer stereo is awesome, easy hook up absolutely wonderful Sound.

Pros: Perfect fit.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 1/22/2018

2006 Ford F-150

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For the price point, this is by far a excellent choice. Learning curve on the system is a bit time consuming. Over all the time going into the system and the time understanding it is absolutely worth it.

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Guest from Tehachapi, ca on 12/3/2017

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what a piece of junk . never been so disappointed .. the sound quality is horrible . you have to turn it all the way up to hear it at all.for every body who thinks this sounds good has never heard a good sounding car stereo. if this is the best pioneer can do .then they need to get out of the business all together.

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Excellent Sound

darryl from Brooksville, FL on 11/29/2017

2008 Scion xB

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I had a Kenwood KDC-HD262U before i got the Pioneer and thought it sounded great with my Sound Ordnance 75 watt 4 channel amp. But once i hooked up the DEH-80PRS what a difference. I thought the amp was just under powered with the Kenwood but it just turned out that the Kenwood output was not half as clean as the Pioneer. The signal from the Pioneer made the little amp sound like a giant. Well worth the money spent for the sound quality.

Pros: Good clean sound. Easy to use menu. (once you get used to it)

Cons: none

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Best Features

earnest from Memphis, TN on 10/29/2017

2004 Dodge Ram 1500

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This Pioneer is the best of all the dot-matrix models. I was blown away with all the extra features

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Crutchfield customer from Pasadena CA on 7/12/2017

2007 Honda Accord EX

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Solid unit with lots of features. Maybe a little outdated in some ways but still a great unit. When updating the firmware you do not need a windows 7 laptop since the update file is not an executable. I tried for 1/2 hour with windows. Could not connect to the 80PRS. I dug out an old MacBook and had the update installed in 2 minutes.

Pros: My iPod adapter was failing since the Accord radio has known problems with the XM button. Now I can listen to a long O&A bit without having it reset halfway through.

Cons: The LCD display is a little dated looking (although thankfully it doesn't have an obnoxious blingy look) and with the SD cards you're never 100% sure the order in which your tracks will play. Also you cannot use class 10 SDHC cards. 32GB class 4 works fine. The tech is getting slightly dated and you have to update firmware to use iPhone 5 and above.

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Crutchfield customer from Vicenza,Italy on 7/3/2017

2006 MINI Cooper

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I think the Poneer DEH--80 PRS is super system had small problem and the tech was there to solve it ..not wrong with the system minor error on my end.. Overall great system great service Thanks Crutchfield and staff Warm Regards Arthur

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Awesomeness

Crutchfield customer from Northern NJ on 5/11/2017

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Pros: Simply an awesome headunit. Most importantly is its superior sound. Countless audio adjustments, but I really like the super easy audio set up using the Auto Time Alignment and Auto EQ feature using the supplied microphone. Many inputs (3 plus BT), nice display and sleek look. Very good build quality and easy installation. Cons: some apps (deezer, TuneIn, iHeart, etc) from iPhone won't play sometimes on USB 1 and instead the unit automatically switches to the Pandora source...buggy. No HD Radio. Power button oddly placed on the front-bottom of unit.

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Lots of great features

Layne from Bishop, CA on 4/27/2017

2013 Subaru Forester

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This is a well made product, had many good features. 2 USB ports in back allow for a memory stick and a way to charge your phone in the glovebox. Easy to navigate menus using the big wheel. I wouldn't change much. It is what you'd expect for a single din instal unit. Screen might not be easy to see if you have a vehicle that allows a ton of sunlight on the dash. I am using with 3 Pioneer amplifiers, hight voltage RCAs are great! (No noise) I also like the cutoff frequencies that can be assigned to front/rear speakers.

Pros: Easy to use, great features. Very versatile.

Cons: Might be hard to see display if in direct sunlight

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Blake from MN on 4/25/2017

2013 Volkswagen Jetta

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This is an amazing head unit. Tons of control over your audio. This was the first thing I changed from my factory sound system in my new car, and it made a very big difference. I now run it on Focal Access Component speakers and they sound great. Auto EQ and Time alignment work great and are very nice features. Much better looking in person than in pictures too. In my opinion, it really isn't very expensive for what you get with this thing. Very worth it to me. Crutchfield, as always, was fantastic to deal with. Shipping was fast and everything in my order arrived perfectly. I have used their customer service before also and it is stellar if you ever need help or have questions.

Pros: High in sound quality, and gives you tons of control over your audio.

Cons: Not yet

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Jon from Georgia on 4/10/2017

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Easy install very good looking head unit with a ton of functions. Really shines when used with amp outputs

Pros: Good sound quality Looks good Easy navigation

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Worth it.

Doug from Monterey, CA on 4/2/2017

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My house has high standards for sound quality. Putting together an audio system with a good sound balance from aftermarket parts in an old mustang has been a decade spanning experiment that has now come to an end. The auto EQ feature flawlessly balanced a pioneer amp driving the pioneer compact 10" subwoofer and infinity component speakers (speaker with remote tweeter) on all 4 corners of the interior. It completed what was previously considered impossible for my skills in a few easy steps. The menu functions are counter-intuitive and the display is disappointing when you consider today's touchscreen insertion- but this stereo is every bit the high performance detail providing sweet sounding quality device it claims to be.

Pros: Easy set up, great sound, amazing possibilities.

Cons: My hearing will probably be damaged

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Guest from Pacific, MO on 2/1/2017

2005 Chrysler Crossfire

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I've had this unit about 3 years, and It's been a nightmare. Sound quality is good, but the unit itself is garbage. The volume control started failing about 6 months ago, and it's really a pain to try and turn the volume down or up. Also, using the preset function is a joke, so you pretty much have to manually tune in your station every time. I'll not invest in Pioneer products going forward, because this thing has been horrible.

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The best?

Dr. VK from Las Vegas, NV on 1/16/2017

2007 Honda Accord SE

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I got this installed 2 & a half years ago. It has pretty extreme sound processing & shaping abilities. However, I get the most enjoyment using minimal processing. The sound quality is perfect, & I only switch on a little bit of EQ, loudness, or positioning to compensate for a recording. There is additional sound processing for streaming & lossy recordings, but I mainly listen to CDs. The menu isn't totally practical to navigate, but it didn't take long to learn. Due to the pristine sound quality, I am intent on keeping this for the long-term, so it was totally worth learning the weird menu. The DEH-80PRS has been an awesome investment into my enjoyment of the driving/listening experience.

Pros: Pristine sound quality, iPhone connectivity, Pandora-specific controls, bluetooth; makes my CD collection sound better than ever.

Cons: weird menu, but not bad

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Beware of fit issues!

Donald from Olympia, WA on 1/9/2017

1999 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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This is a superb sounding stereo. But be aware that the Crutchfield website says it will fit, based only on the dash opening. My car was shown to fit, but in fact the space behind the dash opening was not quite deep enough. You see, all of the connections (USB & RCA) face straight back, which means you need additional clearance space behind the stereo. I ended up purchasing right-angle adaptors for all the RCA and USB connections to just barely get the unit to fit. This complicated the install, since I could not make those connections to the back of the unit without first sliding the unit into the dash about 2/3rds of the way. I had to remove the heating/AC unit located above the stereo and the ashtray/ cig lighter compartment below in order to get (very tight) access and make the blind connections to the back of the stereo unit. If I ever have to remove the stereo, all those connections will pull off as it slides out past the mounting chassis, and I will have to open up the dash again to re-do the connections. If you have fat hands this might be impossible. So measure the depth from the front edge of the dash and be sure you have about 8.5 inches or more. If not, plan on getting tricky like I did. Connected this unit to a factory Bose 200W stereo and it sounds terrific.

Pros: Great audio quality.

Cons: All connections face the rear, make sure you have a deep enough clearance.

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Much Better than Expected!

Dariel from Houston, TX on 12/11/2016

1988 Toyota Supra

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This unit is super easy to use and sounds great! It was a snap to set up and the menus are intuitive and easy to navigate.

Pros: Great Sound Quality Easy to Use Looks Great

Cons: Glossy finish can get fingerprints

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Michael from El Paso, TX on 10/27/2016

2015 Kia Forte

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I love this head unit. It's got all your setting for SQ and 5v outputs to reduce distortion.

Pros: 5v outputs, in depth high and low pass filters, multi color display, 2 USB inputs.

Cons: None that I can think of

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS. NIIICE!

Dennis from Moriarty, NM on 9/8/2016

1998 GMC Suburban

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I've had this unit for 15 months and I am impressed every time I turn it on! This is a very good stereo if you don't want to use, or have, a Real Time Analyser and Calibrated Mic like I have. Just place the mic, that comes with the stereo, where your ears or nose will be when you're on the road ( I bent a clothes hanger, looped over the headrest to place the mic ) then activate the Auto-calibration feature. The result is calibrated and timed so that the sound from each speaker reaches your ears simultaneously. Then you can choose the Listening Position with the software! There are many other adjustments available, so have a blast playing with them!

Pros: Great sound! And many tweeks available to customize to your taste.

Cons: The User's Manual, available online, is over 50 pages, but the Table Of Contents makes it easy to find what you're looking for.

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Love it

Jeremy from Nashville, TN on 8/23/2016

1990 Jeep Cherokee

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Great piece of equipment you'll love it

Pros: All the RCA output

Cons: Gets fairly warm when used

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Michael from Ridgway, CO on 7/11/2016

1986 Pontiac Trans Am

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Great sounds and features.

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Cons: None yet.

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Awesome Sound - Outdated Features

Jerry from Upstate on 7/10/2016

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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I've been a car audiophile since the early 90's. My 1st great head unit was an Alpine 7909. It set the standard for all hi-fi head units since. Today, Alpine doesn't even offer anything that comes close to what did 25 years ago. Fortunately, I can easily say the DEH-80PRS has, at least, equal sound quality as my 7909 had for a third of the price! In searching for the right head unit for my needs and ears. It quickly became apparent to me that I was going to have to either sacrifice sound quality or the modern functionality that many lesser head units have today. I think I made the right decision with buying the DEH-80PRS. The DAC's this thing has gives music a warm and full sound quality, even lesser compressed audio files. It is lacking with the modern features you would expect today. Mainly Bluetooth audio and android support. It does have Bluetooth audio but will not display song title etc... The display is dated. Do update the firmware even if you don't have an iPhone.

Pros: Amazing sound quality!

Cons: Features and display is what you would expect from a 5 year old head unit.

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What a radio

Danny from Roseville, MI on 6/30/2016

2005 Ford Ranger

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I could not be happier with this radio or any other one for that matter. Crutchfield did it again. Service,delivery and price.

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Wouldn't trade it for the world

Chavez S from Upland, CA on 5/23/2016

2004 Honda Civic

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When I choose this HU 3 years ago, it was because of the built in DSP and its ability to run in a 3way configuration. At first I was running a JL audio 700/5 with infinity kappa components & a single alpine type R12" sub. The sound was amazing, I thought. Since then I have upgraded to focal ES 165kx2 and Arc audio KAR series amps and two alpine Type R 12's each in a sealed enclosure. Now this HU really has blown me away how good it sounds, especially with a CD playing. I have never used in front/rear/sub configuration so I can't comment on it but I believe you will be hard pressed to find a HU that sounds better than the DEH80PRS with an outboard DSP, anywhere.

Pros: The sound quality for the cost is unbeatable

Cons: After 3yrs of using, none

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Great product

Matt from Rome, NY on 4/21/2016

2009 Honda Civic SI

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I loved this deck. It has all the features that I needed and none that i do not want. Pioneer make excellent products.

Pros: Bluetooth,hands free, graphic eq

Cons: None

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Love my Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Rene from Detroit, MI on 3/20/2016

1987 Audi 5000CS Quattro

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Out of the box this head unit does not sound any better than a lower priced unit. However, spend some significant time digging deep in the audio menus and you will be rewarded with audiophile quality sound. What worked for me is I adjusted each set of speakers playing them separately until their was no bass distortion at the listening levels I liked while remembering the HPF settings. Next I powered up the subwoofer, set the HPF at the amp, then tweaked it in between adjusting the head unit and the amp adjustments.

Pros: Fantastic sound quality. You can adjust the highs, mids, and lows all separately. Just what I wanted!

Cons: It will not sound good unless you invest the time to read the instruction CD very carefully and spend significant time fine tuning the adjustments.

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You need a degree to operate this unit

Johnny ringo from Virginia on 9/14/2015

2001 Ford Explorer

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I cannot give a honest review at this time,but I will tell you how its gone so far.It installs in the dash like most aftermarket H.U's but thats about it for "normal" This unit operates on a 3-way network principle,no front,rear,and sub,its Higs,mids,and low frequency.So if you dont have a powered inclosed subwoofer,your going to need 2 amps to get the tone quality it says it can deliver.At this time I have it operating in the standard mode of front and rear because I dont have a subwoofer.In this mode it sounds like any other H.U. in my opinion,and it isnt anything I woulld brag about.I think my Pioneer DEX 7500 HD I took out sounded better and it was a 100 dollar radio.I guess because its a unit made for the "audiophile"it doesnt have an HD feature which I think really sucks.The manual comes on a CD,I dont know why,and if you dont have a laptop that runs windows you cant take it to the car to try to work through the zillions of setting and adjustments it has.Once I get a sub and figue out how to set it up I will give a review of the promiced SQ it states it can deliver.You better know what your doing when you buy this unit.

Pros: ?????????

Cons: very very difficult to install and set up and cost alot of money for what its delivered so far....I'll get back to you later,I mean I've only been trying to get it to sound right for two weeks.......

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As advertised

Jason T from Christiansburg, Virginia on 6/1/2015

2004 Jeep Wrangler

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I bought this due to the great reviews it had by other customers. They were right the sound quality is excellent out of this head unit. This unit will not clip until it hits 59 out of 62 on the volume range which allows for clean hard hitting power straight from your head unit to your amp.

Pros: Sound Quality, Ease of Installation (Thanks to Crutchfields wiring harness), usb connections and enough preamp outputs, great crossover options to clean the sound going to your highs mids and lows

Cons: Display seems to be dated, Not really easy to figure out all of the functions without the cd so it's not a plug and play

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Love this unit

Crutchfield customer from New Jersey on 5/12/2015

2008 Subaru Impreza

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I've installed this unit in my last 2 vehicles and I love it. Love having all of my songs on the digital media. I can keep my cds in the house.

Pros: Don't have to bring my cds in the car, have most of my library on digital media, no disk jumping

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drop in signal

Greg from Fairbanks, AK on 3/11/2015

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so i have owned this head unit for a few years now and first thing ive noticed is my bass is less punchy and my mids and highs less loud before and after setting up the auto eq with time correction i didnt swap out to the old unit because Bluetooth and ipod compatibility to high then a year after the faceplate has gotten a mind of its own usually if i leave it up when on its going into random menus and screwing everything up every once in awial i can get back in and fix things this has been a bad experience.

Pros: lots of color options, ,hi mid low preouts , ease of use, memory card can save some options would like to see radio stations saved though.

Cons: when lose of power radio stations are lost, poor signal strength from preouts.

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Pioneer deh80

Sound hound from Kansas City kansas on 2/24/2015

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Best sounding hu I've purchased. I have it hooked up to 2 L7 and two JL 1000.1 amps and my neighbors hate me. Crisp highs slamming lows what else can you ask for

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Great SQ deck

easye from South Carolina on 1/8/2015

1998 Mazda B Series

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I've had this deck for a while now and feel like I can give it a proper review. It took a while to learn how to use the different features and navigate through them, but after a few weeks I started to get the hang of it. Its definitely not a simple to use radio but the benefits of the tuning capabilities make it worth the extra effort. I have mine running fully active and after learning how to use the level matching, separate l/r eq, and time alignment features, I have a Very Good sounding system now! The auto eq does an ok job for most, but if you want it to sound incredible, learn to do it yourself. Overall, I am very satisfied with this unit, imo the only other deck that competes with this one is the P99 which cost over 3X as much as the 80prs. Well worth the money!

Pros: Tuning capabilities, clean signal, looks

Cons: Hard to navigate, build quality could be better

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Bring back separate volume knob, bring back adjustable custom EQ curve

Richard C from East Greenbush, NY on 10/23/2014

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The previous model, the DEH-P880PRS, had two separate knobs one of which was a dedicated to controlling the volume when turned. It was simple and easy to use while driving as you could do it quickly and without looking. With this model if you are not in the top menu, turning the knob doesn't change the volume. Let's face it, audiophile or not, changing the volume is the most common adjustment the driver will make; why would you make it more complicated? Another annoying change took place prior to the previous model. The more recent models have two "static" custom equalization settings. They also have preset equalization curves, such as bass boost, which are not static because the intensity of the curve can be increased or decreased. In the older model now going on 15 years ago (I think it was DEH-P9000R) the intensity of the custom curve could also be adjusted up or down. Adjusting the custom curve all the way down would bring it to flat. Although this older model only had one custom curve, the up/down adjustment essentially gave you more than two custom curves. Moreover, it is much more pleasing to the ear to make the adjustments this way rather than switching between flat and custom 1 or custom 2 because the when you switch curves there is an interruption in the music.very annoying. There is no gap in the sound when changing the intensity.

Pros: Fantastic abilities to tweak sound

Cons: Should have a separate volume knob like prior model did. Pioneer also had a better custom curve years ago which had the ability to increase or decrease the intensity of your custom curve.

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VERY NICE sounding unit!

00Sebby from Knoxville, TN on 10/14/2014

2008 Mazda MX5

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Installed this in my '08 Miata to replace the muddy sounding non-Bose factory system. No amp and left the factory speakers in. After I did the Auto EQ/Time Alignment programming I amazed. Everything sounds very clear even with the top down. The bass output is better than in my previous Miata with Bose system. The menus are a little difficult to navigate and I wish you could go either direction when selecting sources. I was able to adjust the colors to math the red-ish buttons and orange display of the Miata. Overall, a very good stereo.

Pros: Great sound, advanced features, makes the factory speakers sound great.

Cons: Menus are difficult to navigate at first, display is hard to see in bright light.

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worth every penny

s from Michigan on 9/17/2014

2002 GMC Sierra 2500

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This radio will not disapoint you, one of the nicest head units I have used, alot of advanced option with a lot of adjustment. But still every easy to use and just looks dang good. I installed it with stock speakers first, the sound quality was very good with stock speakers. I then hooked up pioneer stage 4 components and really made the system come to life.

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Amazing!

John from Ventura County, CA on 9/7/2014

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By far the best HU I have ever owned! Installation was fast and easy with all new mounting hardware and harness supplied by Crutchfield. Norman answered all of my questions over the phone and pointed me to this receiver - this after being badgered by local "Alpine only" dealer. The sound is spectacular - cymbals, snare, guitar, vocals and piano all at their proper frequencies. Woodwinds, brass and strings perfect! Auto TA/EQ did not sound good so I reset the sound mod and used 16 channel EQ. Bass slope is easy to use and attenuated the unwanted frequencies at around 100k. I have no amps or component speakers other than a powered 13 year old 8" Bazooka. Running on HU power only - is clean and imaging is studio quality. Running 13 year old Infinity 8x6 Kappa 2 way in front with stock in rear door. This unit replaced 13 year old Pioneer of similar quality when CD player failed. My immediate reaction after install and preliminary eq was that this thing kicked major ***. It took a few days to get things dialed in. Blue tooth phone and player is flawless paired with iphone5. Unit has major "coolness" with option for simulated vintage VU meter (love the color change too). Crutchfield service was impeccable. Unit was delivered on day promised.

Pros: Superior sound quality with studio grade imaging! Easy to use once it's learned and full of options. Great value for budget audiophile car sound without getting into expensive amps and components.

Cons: No cons!

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Great unit

Brandon from Utah on 8/24/2014

2002 Ford Mustang

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Such a great unit, especially if you want to use it for a simple active crossover network.

Pros: Great quality Amazing features Priced within most budgets

Cons: Because if the number of features the menus are quite extensive, it can be easy to get confused within them.

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impressive

Guest from Skiatook, ok on 7/2/2014

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This is a seriously impressive deck. I'm using the 3 way network mode currently. I've got an alpine 50x4 RMS for highs and an alpine 125x4 rms for mids. These are two 6.5 inch infinity kappa component sets. There is also an infinity 1300x1 rms powering 2 infinity kappa perfect 12s. All is nestled in a 2000 GMC Sierra xcab behind factory grills and under the rear seat. I will say that it takes a moment to get the hang of the settings menu but once familiarized, it is a breeze. Auto eq and time alignment worked remarkably well. It provided a great starting place. Bluetooth and iPod interface are also very easy to use and navigate. All in all this is a fantastic hu if you plan to build an active setup. The faceplate is deceiving considering what is lurking behind it. It allows me to have a fantastic system hidden in a daily driver without the worry of someone breaking in to steal it. I highly recommend.

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Not your average Head Unit

Steven P from Dallas, Texas on 5/13/2014

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Coming from the DEH-9400BH, this is an incremental improvement over an already excellent head unit. In my wife's car, Chrysler Pacifica, we seemed to have a time adjusting the 5 band EQ of the '9400 to her liking. The 80PRS is a very similar head unit, so there wasn't much learning curve, and having the 15 band Stereo EQ was what I was going for to get her "peaky" car environment under control. After twiddling around with the EQ I decided to try the Auto EQ. Lets just say I'm a believer. It flattened out all the peaks and gave us a good level ground to adjust the sound to our liking, and the time alignment is amazing.

Pros: Sound quality. The best you can get for under $400. 5v preamp outputs make the noise floor disappear, 15 band EQ and time alignment are downright amazing... It's worth it simply for these features alone. The Burr-Brown DACs and the highly adjustable 3 way crossover network built in make this a steal. To get these features normally you'd have to spend at least a grand in external EQs and Crossovers.

Cons: This radio isn't for everyone. It's simply the best value in a true audiophile headunit. If you're looking for something simple to use with your iPhone or mp3s, look elsewhere. This headunit means business. About the only gripe I have, I will say I'm not a big fan of every function being buried in a menu :/ But it does keep the faceplate looking really clean and sharp.

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Step up from the 117

Derek from Portsmouth, VA on 5/11/2014

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A review from a bass heads point of view. I run a pretty complex setup, 3 way active front stage plus sub. I kept it in standard mode since my amps control the crossovers. Hertz HSK XLs and JL ZR800s up front powered buy 800 watts of JL Slash amps. Digital Designs 9512s in the back powered by a Digital Designs modded M4. Roughly 6000 watts of clean power and I use it all. The auto EQ did not work for me at all. I tried it with the sub amp up and down, it's just to much for it to blend. I have a RTA and did it manual. It also did not get my TA right, once again it's just to much. I did it manual. Basically it took me a few days to dial it in and I was hating it the whole time. I ended up turning auto EQ off and resetting the deck. Luckily my car has always sounded very good with little to no EQ, due to months of equipment searching and proper placement. Do I like it? I don't know yet. It's better then the Alpine CDA-117 it replaced in sound but not function. Looks has to go to the pioneer. Mine worked with the iPhone 5S right out the box, no update needed.

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Nice equipment

Josh from alliance Nebraska on 5/2/2014

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Bought this about a year ago and love it, took awhile to figure out the little speaker thing that plugs in the back but I disconnected it and everything went smooth

Pros: Cool features, nice sound

Cons: Kind of hard to figure out at first

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Crutchfield customer from Midwest city ok on 4/8/2014

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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Made my factory stereo sound so much better. I now have a lot more detail. Waiting to get focal and run active front stage.

Pros: Awesome sound quality with factory setup and great foundation for aftermarket speaker upgrades

Cons: None so far

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Best Deck I Have Owned

OmarZ from Watsonville, CA on 3/25/2014

2002 Kia Optima

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Absolutely perfect stereo. I have owned everything from cd and tape players to pure media players and this is absolute perfection, before you start getting into the super high end SQ decks of course. Easy to install as most decks are, although this one has better preamps and the "highs -mids-lows" option as well as the "front-rear-bass" configuration. Bluetooth built in...no satellite radio but I've never used it so its not a big deal for me (I'll stick to the vastness of the internet podcasts and radio services). Auxiliary and 2 usb ports as well as an sd card slot that I don't use but I could see where it could be really cool to keep favorite songs on there at all times. Bluetooth streaming is seamless...I have the Moto-X and whenever I get into the car, it just pairs up on its own and starts playing Pandora its awesome, virtually no noise, no hissing, no popping, just beautiful clean sound. The EQ is freaking awesome and a sinch to set up especially after having a good foundation to adjust from with the auto eq it does for you. The menu took some getting used to but after the first set up, you'll have it down. Also, although this is a dot display, its not like a regular old cheap dot display you see in some buckets. It looks deep, crisp, and clean and the density is one of the highest ones ive seen, really HIGH QUALITY.

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clarity

Lucas from chicago on 2/5/2014

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix

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This head unit is so clear it's hard to tell how loud the music is. I've got 2400 watts rms and I couldent believe how much of a diffrence this head unit made. You don't hafto use the head unit in 3 way network mode.

Pros: Really clear

Cons: None

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Nice head unit

Matt from Milwaukee, WI on 1/11/2014

2006 GMC Sierra 1500

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I actually ended up returning the whole system as I was not satisfied by the sound quality and performance output. Because there are so many other components and factors, I am not sure of this head unit was a contributing factor to the failure or not. So I am not sure what "star" rating to give it. It could have been many other things. I researched and tuned the system for a full week. Even though I spent a lot of money thinking I would get an extremely great sounding audio system, It did not sound all that much better than the factory bose system. At least not for the price I paid. I can say, that this head unit sounded great when I hooked it up directly using its internal amp. It has tons of adjustable perimeters, It looks really cool, and has lots of expandable features.

Pros: Looks, very adjustable, very expandable and high quality sound.

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Great head unit!

Chris L from Richmond, VA on 12/26/2013

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Being an Eclipse and Alpine fan historically I have over the past few years been switching over my vehicles to Pioneer for the iPhone/MP3 ease of control. The interface is much more subtle and quicker than the other two brands mentioned. This unit in particular replaced a newer Pioneer unit from last year and it's night and day when considering the sound quality and adjustment control using the parametric EQ. There are some limits to customization on the display and I'm not really into the flash side of mobile audio but the simply setting works fine and when the signal runs through 6 channels of Alpine amplifiers into Focal separates and JL Subs. totally changed the overall system. I'll keep this baby

Pros: Fully adjustable, complete control over EQ and incredible processing for crystal clear sound. You couldn't pay me to take it out

Cons: Pioneer always gets really close on the volume knob design but doesn't quite hit the mark. This is the closest yet but could be 70% as big and that would make adjustments much easier.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Crutchfield customer from Aguanga, ca on 11/27/2013

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Sounds great. A little counterintuitive on the controls. Some functions seem easier on the remote control and some seem easier on the head unit. the instructions that came with it didn't explain use of the remote control.

Pros: Sounds great. Lots of great features.

Cons: A little counterintuitive on the controls. Some functions seem easier on the remote control and some seem easier on the head unit. the instructions that came with it didn't explain use of the remote control.

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Incredible head unit

Steve from Barnegat on 11/27/2013

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This head unit is just incredible. I have it hooked up to 2 MB Quart Reference series 640.4 amps. 1 of them is running at 4 channel mode to Pioneer components in the front and Polk audio 4X6 plate speakers in the rear. The rms output is around 80 watts per channel x 4. The other amp is bridged to 2 channels and running a pair of kicker Solobaric 10s in a sealed enclosure. The output there is 320X2. I am completely blown away by the sound quality. I am stunned by how clean and clear the sound is without even a hint of "hissss" on the quiet parts of the music. I did spend some time tweaking the 16 band equalizer And I have the subwoofer output turned down and crossed over at 100 htz. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. As for people saying it's a very hard head unit to learn, I say nonsense!! It's menus are plentiful but very easy to learn. I highly recommend this head unit as the brains for any amplified system. Love it

Pros: Everything, but most of all, the sound quality. I have a very discerning ear for my music and even I was shocked by the new details in songs that I have heard many times before.

Cons: None. Period!

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Great stereo, loaded with features

Sean from Chicago from Chicago Illinois on 8/31/2013

2005 Dodge Ram 1500

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Very nice stereo with more features than I can figure out.

Pros: Lots more than I can list...

Cons: My con is that the install kit contained everything except wire nuts, which the install instructions said I would need. So I'm sitting in a truck, with the dash apart, windows open, parts everywhere, and no wire nuts! I say, charge me $5 more and include them. Other than than, great stereo and install. Could've been done in 10 minutes.

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Superb

scroogeMcDuck from Tampa, Fl on 8/12/2013

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i am a real person who purchased this hu through crutchfield even though their price is not the cheapest you can find. i did this because crutchfield is literally the only consistently reliable customer service that i have ever dealt with, which makes their prices worth paying for. this is the only affordable hu with time alignment, 3 way active crossovers, 16 band equalizer and striking aesthetics. there is not a better choice out there for a daily driver than this hu as far as functions and aesthetics. this is the ultimate upgrade because you will likely never need anything more than what this hu can provide. pioneer makes fantastic and user friendly hu's and I recommend them to everyone. I am in no way endorsed by the company, I just appreciate affordable quality and will give credit where it is due.

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Problems with Ipod Touch

Bullitt from Houston, TX on 8/10/2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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I have installed and won trophies with car systems I've installed in IASCA competition. Not a novice. Installed this in my Wife's Mach I. It is the most difficult head set to operate I've ever seen. She hates it. It also has a functionality problem. When she uses her Ipod Touch the unit always wants to bring up Pandora. Even if it's not playing Pandora when she plugs the Touch in or turns on the head unit. You can use the Touch to bring up I-Tunes and I-Tunes will then play through the head unit but the Pandora display stays up on the screen with an error message and you have no control over the Touch from the head unit or any sort of ITunes display. The "band" button does nothing and if you cycle through the inputs it goes right back to Pandora when you bring up the Touches USB input and the cycle begins again. This is especially stupid since the Touch isn't even connected to Pandora. It has no phone/internet capabilities. Very disappointed in this product. Unfortunately it is now past 60 days so I'm going to put her Alpine unit back in and use this one as a paperweight.

Pros: It makes noise.

Cons: It has MAJOR flaws. Hard to use. Not user friendly AT ALL.

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Great sound..auto eq...meh!

krause63 from Sandy, UT on 7/12/2013

2010 Ford F-150 Lariat

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This unit sounds great and has a ton of user controls for a single din unit. As with most single dins, it is a little complicated to use as they pack a ton into that tiny screen. This unit has the most source inputs I've ever seen & I was particularly drawn to rca inputs to retain Sync. I only have two beefs and only one involves the unit. The Auto EQ and time alignment features are not very impressive. I ran them several times with the mic in several locations and they always created a mix that was way too heavy in the back speakers. It's asking a lot for a built in unit. I think the really cheap mic has a lot to do with it but I bagged that and went through the arduous process of eq"ing" myself. I'm also a little annoyed at Crutchfield's ride suggestion software which for some reason says that this unit does not fit in my f-150 but every other single DIN does....well it fits just fine and thanks for the extra headache of buying something because this wasn't offered. This is a standard size single DIN unit and if that size fits your application this unit fits..regardless of what the suggestion software says.

Pros: Solid sound, great user control, a ton of source inputs,

Cons: Auto EQ & TA is a little off and the mic is kind of cheap. Crutchfield's product advisor says this doesn't fit in my vehicle, which is stupid as it is a single DIN the same size as every other single DIN produced. Trying to find this unit and get accessories for it was a complete pain.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Crutchfield customer from jackson ms on 7/9/2013

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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looks good, sounds great. a little tricky to use but it does have a lot of adjustments

Pros: quality, lots of adjustments, sd card slot

Cons: doesn't turn down quick enough

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Excellent Sound Quality

Graywolf from Monroe, UT on 7/8/2013

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This head unit replaced a high end flip screen Pioneer unit that the gears for the flip screen went out on. It also needed to mate well with my amps and other components of my existing system. The sound quality on this unit SURPASSES my previous head unit. It has the crispness and clarity of high end headphones with the addition of sub woofer that headphones lack. The hands free phone function is also exceptional. It pares very well with ALL the functions of my android razor allowing me to use the hands free function to it's fullest.

Pros: Superior sound quality. Great hands free phone function.

Cons: Owners manual on disc. It's information can also be a little difficult to decipher.

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Very tough to install

John B. from Wareham, MA on 7/8/2013

2008 Subaru Outback

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This is not as easy to install as you might think. And the technical support, though the wait wasn't bad, were not much help getting the heater cable unhooked in order to remove the old radio. Yes, they supply all the parts (I think, I've yet to finish the installation), but there is a lot of splicing. There are no easy shortcuts. I'm taking it to installer after spending several hours trying to unhook the heater cable in my 2008 Subaru Outback. And the "Master Sheet" they send you refers to the extra connectors that they send you and their instructions. I finally gave up on the phone support as he had never installed one of these in my model car and relied on photos that he sent me via eMail.

Pros: It will probably be nice.

Cons: ...if I can ever get it installed. Better to buy from a reputable company that both sells and installs their equipment. Crutchfield can't install it for you unless you live in Virginia.

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DEH-80PRS

JBK from Pittsville, Md on 6/5/2013

1995 GMC Sierra

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The DEH-80PRS has a great sound and many options with which you can adjust the sound to your own preference. To me the manual for the radio could be better, I had to call Crutchfield's tech department to figure out a couple of items. The Tech from Crutchfield was great and took care of my problem. I really like that the unit offers USB, SD, and ipod hookup and control, all work great. The CD player in the unit also sounds great but I imagine I'll be using mostly ipod and SD's to hold all my music. I'm very satisfied with with the unit and glad I picked this one instead of a cheaper unit (you get what you pay for!) Highly recommend the unit.

Pros: Great sound - many music options from which to choose - looks great in my truck - The adapters that Crutchfield sends are great, it would have taken three times as long to install the unit without the adapters and wiring harness Crutchfield gives you!

Cons: Owners manual could be better and explain things in simpler terms Overall menu on the unit is kind of complicated and takes some time to get use too. Once you learn it you're ok. Would be nice to have some sort of re-set buttons to recall favorite radio stations. You can save your favorites but it's not as easy as having buttons.

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Finally sound quality is back

Dirkv from Fremont, CA on 6/3/2013

2008 Nissan Maxima

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This head unit really brings the excitement back into car audio sound quality. I've had this unit in my car for about 4 months now. Here are some things I learned about it: -The graphic equalizer seems to really perform, if you know what you're doing, small tweeks can make an incredible difference to the sound quality. Like most people have said, initially I thought it sounded just okay, but then in my case I just took the 8khz down a couple notches to smooth out my MB Quart tweeters, and the result is amazing, most music really comes to life now with just this minor tweek. -The onboard amp wouldn't cut it for my power hungry speakers, sound quality is way better once I hooked up an amp. For some reason on this deck, I have to turn my amp gains WAY up (like 3/4 to max) to get the best sound quality and volume level. Initially I had some noise when I did this, but then discovered that my RCA cables had intermittent faulty connections on the grounds. Found this with an ohm meter and pulling slightly on the cables. Once this was fixed, it is noise free, and then sound quality improved even more. -I have found that 192K WMAs sound really good to me on this deck. Sounds better than playing MP3s at higher rates to me. -90% of my music sounds better on this deck than any previous deck I've had. 10% of my music sounded better on an old school Alpine I had in a previous car. Could be car acoustics difference, or any number of reasons for that. I'm happy with 90%.

Pros: Sound Quality. Amazing amount of useful features and flexibility. Price is great considering what you get.

Cons: Nitpicks: can't turn off the key beep, faceplate is polished and can reflect sunlight easily (but I think problem is particular to my car mounting angle). Slightly difficult to operate and understand, but the manual is very well written and can guide you through it all.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

T.W. from Ohio on 5/21/2013

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I couldn't understand why the sound quality was lacking.Great speakers and good amp so I started over with the head unit first.As soon as I listened to the first few seconds of CD I knew I hit the jackpot.That was with no adjustments of sound control and this unit has a lot.Get ready for a big improvement!Enjoy

Pros: Sound Quality ,versatility

Cons: None to worry about

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Matthew from Pittsburgh Pa. on 5/14/2013

1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Great unit everything you need for top sound reproduction.The clean lines of the faceplate show Pioneers quality in today's market.Nice real world sized remote to.

Pros: Dual USB,Triple RCA's,Nice color changes options, Great EQ options and adjustments if you are into that.

Cons: The manual could be printed bigger print "I know old school" idea but I still like to have a manual in my hand.

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Best HU I've owned!

SirDom from Monterey, Ca on 5/2/2013

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First, let me say how great Crutchfield is. I ordered the p99rs by accident and I was able to send it back in exchange for this one and was refunded the difference...I love these guys! The 80prs is awesome! It has a calibration mic, auto time-alignment and auto eq just like their home receivers do. It can run a component speaker set without the need for the passive crossovers so you can tune them to your liking. It has several USB inputs, bt, pandora, mp3 playback, 5v pre-outs; I mean the list keeps going. Long story short, I love this receiver and highly recommend it. It can be confusing to use at first because of all the features but you'll get the hang of it.

Pros: Has almost everything.

Cons: Can be a little difficult to use at first and the manual only comes on a disk.

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Incredible sound quality

RickH from Sarasota, FL on 4/13/2013

1996 Dodge Ram 1500

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I bought this unit to replace an aging Panasonic CDQDF583U, which replaced an Alpine and a Kenwood unit on my 25 year old ADS / US Amps /JL Audio system in my 96 Ram 1500. The system originally was powered by a Pioneer DEH 66 and Pioneer 1/2 DIN graphic equalizer in my 77 Mercedes. Old stuff, but great sound. The Panasonic sounded good, but not great, and it was getting sensitive to road shock and the graphic was dying. When I first installed the DEH-PRS80, it was a significant improvement in sound quality. I was a little skeptical, but used the auto-equalization feature to see if there would be an improvement. The auto EQ was nothing short of amazing. The system sounds better than ever. Superb clarty and spatial positioning. The auto EQ appears to reset the baseline EQ for all the selectable EQ settings. My only issue is that with a variety of music sources, I generally like a little more bass than the auto EQ provides, and some tracks need a little less bass boost. There is no quick access to adjust the subwoofer output. That requires slogging through the menu and is not something you want to do while driving. On the plus side, one of the two 'custom' EQ options offers the abilitiy to set up EQ and level for each input source individually...a big help with making the XM receiver sound better than it is. As with most removeable face units, the controls and faceplate don't feel solid to the touch, but the controls are easy to use.

Pros: Great sound. Auto EQ really works. Backlighting can be adjusted to match vehicle lights. Decent display legibility.

Cons: No easy way to adjust subwoofer level 'on the fly'.

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Excellent sound quality

VinnyinRI from Cranston, RI on 4/7/2013

2003 Saturn L200

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I purchased this on 12/23/2012. At first I was not that impressed. I installed and played a song with default settings. I have Pioneer 6 1/2 TS-A1604C components up front and Scosche 5 1/4 3 way for rears. Far from top notch speakers but way better than the stock in a 2003 L200 Saturn. The fronts are amped from a Boss CX600 4 channel 75 watt rms X 4. Haven't hooked up the rears to the amp yet. The gain for the front is adjuststed so I don't blow the speakers as will the rear even less when connected. Gain set at about 70% rear will be 60%. After spending a lot of time learning how to fine tune this head unit and tuning it to the speakers I have it is phenominal. Can't imagine with a midrange set of speakers. I'm not a big base person. Can't stand hearing cars coming up the road that you can hear way before they get near your house. To me this drowns out the rest of the music. This head unit with the speakers I have tuned to my liking puts out more than enough base for me. You wouldn't think but especially the 5 1/4 3 way Scosche's in the rear. It sounds as good as my Onkyo TX-NR609 home set up. I was thinking about maybe getting a small sub set up but I'm not so sure it will be of any benefit. My ears are ringing when I listen to music at 45 out of 62 volume setting. The amount of features you get with this head unit for the price is amazing.It is well worth your time to learn how to use all the features. Vinny in little Rhode Island

Pros: Phenominal sound quality for the price. As good as much more expensive head units. I like having my music collection on 1 usb stick and not carying a bunch of cd's around. usb music sounds as good as cd's.

Cons: Some say the build quality. I have no problems with it for the price.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS...incredible!

Mike from Dolton, IL on 3/4/2013

2012 Honda Accord EX

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Only one word can best describe this receiver....AWESOME! No regrets at all

Pros: Total control over shaping the sound of your music. Excellent receiver. Best I've ever owned hands down!

Cons: Nothing!

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The almost perfect single Din

JamesC from Los Angeles, CA on 3/3/2013

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I am currently building a system in my 2012 Nissan Frontier crew cab, with 3-way Focal Polyglass components in the front. While waiting for my Stage 4 amp to arrive and building the A-pillars for the Focals, I thought I would install this to see what it could do for a factory speaker set up with no amp. Definitely impressed, sounded far better than I expected it would, it actually sounded better than some far more expensive set ups that I have heard. I have had several decks over the last few years and in terms of sound quality, functionality and customization it blew every single one of them away. List of previous units (Alpine CDA 117, IDA-X305s, INA W900, Kenwood DDX 719, Eclipse 5435, 726E and Eclipse CD 7200). The only downfall is the build quality. The finish looks cheap, the buttons feel cheap it looks cheap, but at the end of the day I would buy it again over anything else out right now based on sound quality and flexibility. I was planning on running an Audison BitTenD sound processor, but now I am having a hard time justifying that, having just installed one in another vehicle there is not a whole lot more that the BitTen can do. The Bluetooth works great, the sound quality from the other end is far above any of the head units listed above and it connects every single time I turn it on (iPhone 4S). I have had major issues with the Alpine and Kenwood units in terms of connecting to the phone and sound quality.

Pros: Sound Quality Flexibility 2 rear faced USBs (and more inputs) Auto T/A and EQ which gets you right in the ballpark Screen and button lights that could match most interiors Simple to use (even being my first Pioneer unit)

Cons: Build quality Cheap build Looks cheap Feels cheap Buttons feel like they will fall of Lack of build quality on exterior Did I mention it feels cheap

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AWESOME SOUND!

jamesb from Galesburg,Illinois on 2/28/2013

2004 Nissan Altima

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First of all I want to thank all of you for taking the time to write a review of this product. It helped me in my decision on which cd player to buy. I'm very picky . Sound quality is what I was looking for. Second I want to thank Crutchfield for doing all they do. Customer support,fast shipping and great prices. This cd player has amazing sound. Installed perfectly in my 2004 Nissan Altima. Found out during the install that my car had all Clarion speakers,6x9's in the back and components with tweeters in the front. Man do those babys sound AMAZING now. I'm running those off the deck,for now,and I have two 12" jackhammers with an 800 watt pioneer amp in the back. My subs sound so AMAZING! I cannot stress the word,amazing,enough. I'm glad I spent the extra money and bought this baby. I also have a Kingston 1tb usb powered hard drive in the glovebox with all my tunes on it. Works like a charm. Sounds amazing. I had to use a special program,called guiformat,to format that big of a drive in fat32 format. Windows 7 won't let you do fat32 format. Bluetooth on my LG Android works flawlessly. Pandora even sounds amazing. Radio also.

Pros: Everything

Cons: not one

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Excellent unit, but 3 stars for now until new firmware update

ErnestoB from Ottawa,ON on 2/18/2013

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This unit is great, specially the sound quality, however, after using it for almost half a year, I've found some disadvantages that are making me franticly looking for a firmware upgrade from Pioneer - Let's say you switch audio source and the new audio input is really loud and you want to lower the volume quickly, you can't.. You will notice the volume control is optic and if you turn the knob too fast, the unit is not capable of detecting the change in volume.. You have to turn it down slowly or the unit won't react.. very annoying. This is very simple problem to reproduce - After I upgraded from iPhone 3Gs to Iphone5 I lost all the capability to control the music from my phone.. It is really discouraging from using my phone as a music source. -If I turn the car remotely through the starter and then I get into the car, the unit will never connect with my phone through BT.. I have to either shut down the car/restart or go to the BT menu in the phone and force the connect - If you are driving and you are changing the source of audio, you can get easily distracted while the source changes (it is not shown instantaneously).. A couple of seconds looking at the display can be dangerous.. , wouldn't it be better to forget about the animation and quickly change the menu through selection, or a tone/beep or voice signal to guide you through the menus? I won't go back to my stock unit, but it Pioneer can fix some of these problems, then I am prepare to give it 5 stars..

Pros: - Would make any stock setup sound way better.. The sound quality of this unit is awesome - Many audio source inputs - backlight customization matched my vehicle perfectly

Cons: - Volume knob not very responsive. You have to turn it slowly for it to respond - Bluetooth lacking unit control on newer iPhones - Can't trigger iPhone siri through a simple button on the unit.. come on Pioneer! - Menus are a bit distracting - mechanism that latches the unit seems fragile for daily removal of the unit - Searching FM radio stations is painful..

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Excellent

billy n from Alexandria, VA on 2/7/2013

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX

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I tried several decks before this one. The learning curve and build quality were not nearly an issue for me as some of the reviews I read before buying. The versatility is exactly what I was looking for; most things can be customized. I'll never go back to anything less than a 16 band EQ after this, either.

Pros: SOUND quality, tweakability, 16 band EQ, clean look

Cons: Not so much a con- but I tried the auto TA and EQ for my vehicle, but ended up going with all of my own settings anyway. Understanding so much of settings are based on personal sound preferences. It did help me get acquainted faster with the product.

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DEH-80PRS

Crutchfield customer from Albuquerque on 1/30/2013

1988 Nissan Hardbody

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This receiver is awesome! It is easy to install and to set up. The choices of colors Are cool and can match the interior display. Set up is easy and the sound is great

Pros: Easy set up the sound is good and install was easy

Cons: Had to print out operation manual from CD that was given or shipped with receiver this made it somewhat difficult to set up

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS Wonder!

Marc from WY on 1/2/2013

2012 Toyota Tacoma

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This headunit is wonderful. I installed it in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma. Connectivity is very similar to stock with blutooth and all... I love the SD card capability! I converted my whole flac library to 320 MP3 and filled a 64 GB card with it. The ability to have my whole library on one card and just always in my deck is awesome. Navigating the SD is as easy as you make it when you organize the folders on your SD. I personally broke it down by genre then artist and it takes me less than a minute to find what I want. The remote is also nice to keep me from reaching for the knob. The sound quality over the stock head unit is what I was looking for, clean crisp and clear, it got rid of the muddiness the stock unit was putting out. The stock speakers are holding up ok for now but could do the 80prs better justice... I am an audiophile from the headphone world so i needed all I could get in sound quality from a deck and the 80prs delivers. Functionality is good but takes some time to get used to how the menus work. Once figured out, it all makes sense and flows well. The Auto EQ and TA worked nicely to get me close to the right setup quickly.

Pros: Excellent sound quality Good navigation function Auto EQ and TA is nice Depth at which you can go into tuning SD card slot Ability to link with phone for pandora/ slacker radio

Cons: None for me

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Wonderful Sound

Drew from Chicago, IL on 1/2/2013

2011 Scion tC

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I just went on a 3000 mile road trip with the unit freshly installed. I had plenty of time to get acquainted with this unit. I am running this in a fully active 3 way set up with Hertz components and an image dynamics idq sub. I am all about sound quality and was told this unit is a must for sq lovers. I must say that this unit has a huge learning curve and you must be patient with it. I had to run the auto eq and ta several times to finally get it right. (a quiety enviroment was a huge factor). I was not satisfied with the results initially. In fact, I was on the brink of returning the unit and going back to my old alpine. To cut things short, I messed with a few settings such as the asl, crossovers, speaker level, and sound retriever and things suddenly opened up! Notes and musical detail were flawless! Beautiful sound and stage everywhere! This unit is a must for SQ lovers. I have not even bothered with connecting the blue tooth. I am too busy enjoying my music. If you are looking for an sq unit with good value, this is the one. Please note that there is a learning curve with all of the menus and audio features. If you are patient with it, you will get phenomenal results. The audio tuning possibilities are endless and will suit ANY car audio set up and environment. Build quality could have been a little better as the buttons sometimes do not respond on the first request.

Pros: Amazing sound, great CD player, and DSP.

Cons: Build quality could be better. Unit has a learning curve and you must be patient to get the results your ears want. I have all of my music mostly on my ipod in losless format. The unit might not support it as I had to use sound retriever to open up the sound.

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Darn Near Perfect

Dave in South Jersey from Lindenwold, NJ on 12/31/2012

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After exchanging a very "buggy" JVC KDX50BT for this Pioneer I am a very happy camper. I'm not much of an audiophile so I'm not using any amps or subs, just the HU thru a set of 3-way Polk DB690's in the back and some 2-way Alpine SPS610's in the front. After playing with the settings and trying out the way-cool auto timing and equalization I'm happy to say that my '05 Hyndai Sonata sounds better than ever. Great sound, an almost ridiculous amount of customizing options/settings and the flexibility of dual USB/Aux has left me very impressed. I did notice that the trim-ring that came with the dash kit doesn't allow the front fact to fold down all the way. Not much of a problem for me since I don't intend to use the SD card input but it could be an issue for some. Also, the owner's manual is on a CD. I printed it out booklet style and referred to it frequently while learning how to use the HU (be patient and read the manual...it'll pay off in the long run.) About my only real gripe--and I'm having to really try hard to come up with one--is that you have to delve several levels into the menu system to pause the iPod. Kinda crazy if you ask me. This is a top-notch unit that deserves better than the likes of someone like me but I'm gonna keep it just the same. Who knows, maybe some day I'll get the courage to add an amp and REALLY put this thing through its paces! Can't end w/out thanking Crutchfield for making everything easy, even the exchange. They're the best!

Pros: Sound quality, flexibility, expandability, almost unlimited configuration possibilities, value.

Cons: Learning curve for menu system, no printed owners manual, no one-touch pause.

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Amazing Sound Quality and EQ Customization

Jake from Royal Oak, MI on 12/23/2012

2013 Scion FR-S

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So I ditched my iPhone and needed BlueTooth audio to get digital sound into my car stereo, so I thought I'd give this a try. And the result? I'm blown away. AMAZING good sound. Even with the crossover flat, and with no processor attached, this Pioneer 80PRS BLEWS AWAY my Alpine iDA-X305S with the Imprint PXA H100. SIXTEEN band built in graphic EQ for further sound customizing. BTW the Bluetooth audio streaming sounds just as good as an iPod. The twenty second Bluetooth connection time is a little annoying, but at least is better than the 30+ second connection time on the AVIC Z140BH. The built in SD card supports 32GB SD cards for a cheap built in mass storage device that sounds amazing and works fast. This head unit sounds like a thousand dollars to me. I'm 35 years old, been an audio nut all my life, I've owned about 6 or so 1DIN's and I haven't been this excited about a head unit ever. I'm hearing all the detail, even from my streaming internet radio stations (TuneIn, Songza, Last.FM, Pandora, Slacker, Soundcloud, Spotify etc). Its feeding a JL 500Watt/1 amp driving a JL 12"w3 sub and a JL 300Watt/2 amp driving some Dynaudio 1" silk dome tweeters and old Danish made Peerless 8" door mid-woofers. If you want great sound and you are addicted to the ever increasing internet radio, (necessitating good bluetooth streaming or an iPhone) this is your 1DIN.

Pros: AMAZING good sound. With no processor attached, this 80PRS BLEWS AWAY my Alpine iDA-X305S with the Imprint PXA H100 audio processor. SIXTEEN band graphic EQ for customizing. DUAL USB so you can connect two USB devices (iPhone, iPod, USB memory, etc) Built in SD card reader. Built in BlueTooth. Totally customizable display colors and brightness (great for trying to match the interior look of your car).

Cons: Build quality feel & looks are a little lack luster, but I'm totally cool with that for the price and the sound quality and features.

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Should have purchased this first

Jason s from Sedona, Az on 12/5/2012

2003 Toyota Tundra

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Well a funny thing happened on my way to buy a new head unit for my 2003 Toyota Tundra. While reading reviews and comparing units I solicited the crutchfield rep to help me decide and this unit never came up... long story short I bought the Kenwood Excelon x995 and hated it! I honestly did not know that you had to drop a little more coin for something to sound half way decent. So what I like better about the Pioneer is absolutely almost everything. I really don't have much to compare this unit to except the stock unit and the Kenwood and I must say that if you can afford it buy it and skip over all of the rest of the units. Now I don't understand the complaints on how complicated the menu is. If a goof like myself can figure it out... well except the radio controls are pretty much an over complicated mess. Radio connectivity is awesome way better than stock which was way better than the Kenwood which was a joke. I find it hard to praise the Pioneer without comparing it to the Kenwood and even though it is only slightly less expensive it is positively horrid in sound, control and function. The Pioneer shines by comparison in range and depth of sound that fills the trucks double cab. The midrange is alive with sometimes shocking voices and intense percussion. You can definitely get your ears into trouble with this unit.

Pros: Super easy set up. TA/EQ set up a breeze with the mic. My speakers are the Polk DB651s and they sounded positively rich and powerful with the 80PRS even at low volumes. I like the volume increments as this unit sounds so good you can fine tune the volume depending on what you're listening to and your mood. Pandora sounds great. CD's sound awesome. Radio sounds pretty darn good. Sounds great right out of the box with minimal fussing around. A lot of options for customizing your sound.

Cons: It is a little plasticky. But from other models that I've seen It's not too bad. Radio should let you scroll through all stations without sub bands, too frustrating.

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DEH-80PRS

Bill from yonkers NY 10710 on 12/1/2012

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Would be straight 5s except for the moronic lack of being able to make quick adjustments such as mute pause bass treble stop etc. without going through menus!!!!!!

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Lack of quick safe adjustments while driving

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Impressive Feature Set and Sound Quality

jongp3 from Dallas, TX on 11/11/2012

2006 Honda S2000

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Overall, if you can afford this unit, go for it. I got a deal on a scratch and dent I couldn't refuse, this will be a deck I keep for a long time. I've been a loyal Pioneer Receiver guy and I'm glad I went with this purchase as a long debate, between the competitors. Fairly easy to setup, sucks the manual isn't on paper but I was able to find the PDF, downloaded it to my iBooks and was able to read it on my iphone in my car. Definitely start out with the Auto EQ and TA, turn the radio OFF, press and hold the EQ button and follow the on screen instructions, be sure to plug in the Mic first. I can't comment on the Bluetooth Calls quality as I don't drive and talk period, but I am solely using the BTA part and it works great via Spotify, iPod, and Pandora. Tho the pause doesn't work and I can't seem to skip songs with my "steering wheel controls" but this may not be the fault of the radio itself. Definitely takes a bit to get use to the menus but its by no means that hard, but there are some "not so bright" people out there so I can understand the negative reviews on that part. If you have any sense of logic it really isn't that bad to learn. But by no means will it be easy to change audio settings on the fly while driving.

Pros: Pros: Great sound quality, I'm an average user but can tell the difference in good sound and bad. This is definitely night and day over stock and a noticeable improvement over the cheaper models. 2 USB Ports in the back, I can't use a front one due to clearance issues with a radio cover on my convertible. Tons of Sound Adjustments!! TA and 16 band EQ!! can't stress enough how awesome this is. The HPF filters also have a ton of adjustment.

Cons: Auto tuning probably works well in a fully enclosed car. It didn't seem to work well in my S2000 convertible. Granted I live in an apartment complex right now is wasn't that quite but i was in a garage with the top up. It was able to complete the setup but I had to end up using manual adjustments for both the EQ and TA settings. Definitely feels cheaper than the previous 4 Pioneers I've owned. Buttons are a bit loose, volume knob sticks out to far, some buttons are only on the remote.

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Hard to beat for the price

Jerome from Rogers, AR on 10/24/2012

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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SO far, I am fairly impressed with the sounds quality of this deck. I am building my system in stages. This along with some Hertz High Energy (HSK 165.4) components powered by a Bulter Audio Tube Driver Blue 275 compromise my first stage. I did try the auto setup with Time alignment and auto eq. the time alignment was off saying my left speaker was 51 inches away (it is 23") and I did not care for the EQ setting at all. Once I tweaked the distance and set the EQ myself, things opened up and started sounding much better. I've been doing higher end car audio for a WAY long time (early 80's) and this deck is tough to beat for the price. The menus are a little bit difficult to negotiate at first but they aren't terrible. I was able to color match the keys and display almosyt exactly to my vehicle as well giving a factory install look.

Pros: cost, sounds quality (that is REALLY all that matters to me)

Cons: doesn't do everything in the world but I wasn't interested in NAV/DVD/app stuff. Play my music, hands free calling and iPhone adaptation (which this does just fine), "busy" menu system

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Amazing head unit

cipher_nemo from State College, PA on 10/22/2012

2011 Subaru Legacy

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I love this head unit! It was absolutely worth the price, as the next step up (Stage 4 from Pioneer) is just overkill on attention to detail and price. The DEH-80PRS was my final choice after being bullied around at my local shop with their weird Alpine worship. I honestly don't understand the brand hype by some people. Pioneer was really the only choice for me since their head units could plat back lossless wave (WAV) files. The Alpines can't. Not only that, this head unit has an insanely good built-in DAC. For digital music quality, there was really no other choice than Pioneer for me. That said I was still impressed with this unit's other features. Also, don't listen to Pioneer's advice of using only Pioneer brand USB cables. That's a line of BS. Use good quality, third-party USB cables and you'll be fine. One is included with the head unit, but I still rolled my own for specific lengths and ends.

Pros: True 4v RCA outs (maximized an Audio Control EQ without any voltage boost). Digital playback quality is epic. Two USB ports. Number of customizable frequencies of the EQ is HUGE! I can completely wipe the 20Hz range since my subs only do 28Hz (30Hz) at their lowest. That means I can boost 12kHz while dumping 20kHz. The automatic timing adjustment works great too: made things much less muddy. Also being able to change the key illumination separate from the display illumination is a plus.

Cons: Clumsy face removal: it's a PAIN! I also don't like the fact that the main volume control missed registering rotation clicks if you spin it too fast. That means you can't change the volume as fast as you might like. Even my stock system was faster. Those were my two biggest complaints. Other annoyances... setting a custom EQ is not intuitive. Worse, your custom EQ setting is lost if you disconnect the battery. Display limitation: can't show folder/song at the same time as track length.

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Way better than stock

chuck from Alaska on 10/13/2012

2000 GMC Sierra 1500

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Sound right out of the box (without changing anything) is way better than the stock stereo (2000 GMC sierra). Cant wait to actually mess with the EQ and dial it in. I just installed this stereo so time will tell how well it holds up and sounds. Bought the unit from Crutchfield so everything needed to install was included. I pre soldered and heat shrunk the wirieing harness (provided free). Once that was done I would say within 20 - 30 minutes I had the entire unit installed. That includes running the Mic wire for the Bluetooth phone hookup, mounting it and haveing the entire truck put back together. It was a very simple install.

Pros: Install instructions are great and was installed in no time at all. This is greatly due to the installation kit provided for free by Crutchfield. Lots of color choices to choose from. Knowing I bought this from Crutchfield I will have a lifetime of product support. 2 USB ports, memory card slot, comes with mic for Bluetooth phone, comes with mic for time alignment. Looks good in the truck. I just hope the build quality proves to be tougher than it appears.

Cons: Have to scroll thru a lot to get the source you want to use. Operation instructions are on a cd. So unless you have a laptop to bring out to your vehicle or you print the instructions out, good luck. Build quality seems kind of cheap / flimsy.

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Very good Sound Quality, Avareage Build Quality, Dated Menus

DaveV from NYC, NY on 10/8/2012

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This unit replaced a Pioneer DEH-P880PRS Premiere HU (880). The 880 was fantastic. So why replace it? Because USB implementation was lousy. That's really the only reason I went with the new DEH-80PRS (80). I didn't want to sacrifice Sound Quality (SQ) and I didn't have to because Pioneer trickled down much of the high level SQ circuitry into the 80. However, the 880 was built much better. The 80 is made of cheaper plastic. The 880 faceplate opened slowly yet gracefully, and it closed automatically. The 80 flops open, and doesn't close automatically. You have to push it closed. The Menu system is essentially the same, but with the necessary additions. Problem is that it's dated and cumbersome. Some items you'll use regularly are 3 or 4 clicks deep into the menus. The display is about the same size as the 880, which some people feel is too small. It is rather small by today's standards, but people buy this kind of unit for SQ rather than eye candy. Overall a great product.

Pros: Sound Quality. USB implementation. Sound and EQ adjustability.

Cons: Build Quality. Menu System

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Best Deck Ever!

DRED from Ottawa, Canada on 10/8/2012

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I have had aftermarket decks and subs since 1990 in my car. This is the best deck I have ever owned by far. It sounds great even in normal mode with only a Sub I can crank it as loud as I want and no distortion. Also you can do active mode without external amps might try that

Pros: sounds great especially after auto eq set up and a little tweeking. SD card awsome It also charges my rim while it plays off SD or radio. Don't buy a 200 dollar deck save for this one worth everypenny Does warn to use at least 50w speakers with it I put in aftermarket 50 watt pioneers

Cons: none

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Great sound and adjustability.

JB from RI on 10/3/2012

2005 Honda Civic SI

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All around this is a great HU. I was torn over this and the x996, and took the plunge. I previously owned the Asteroid (I wish more radios fill the full 1DIN size like the Asteroid, nothing like it!) and found the SQ on that unit to be very good compared to my old Alpine, but this one blows it away. Even before setting up any of the EQ it sounded "strong". The AutoTA/EQ is super easy with the provided mic, I just hung it over my head rest, hit start and waited outside my car till it was done. I've done this manually before on a clarion and it's a pita!! This was easy and the TA is accurate, just follow the manuals instructions. I've fine tuned my amps after doing the auto tune and it sounds amazing. The EQ setting are easy to navigate, and the built in filters work great. I wish I could install the Kenwood x996 to see how it sounds because the only gripe I have about this radio is the display. It is very clear, in the sun and the dark, and the unit looks better in real life than the images that Crutchfield uses (use better pics guys, it doesn't actually look so two toned...there are other images online that look more like it irl), but the display is still something reminiscent of a 90's radio.. Your paying for SQ on this HU, not a pretty display like some others, though I really want to see a side by side of the DEH-80PRS and the Kenwood x996. Still haven't tested the phone mic, but the BT connected easily to my Evo4G. USB/SD/CD works great ofc. Pleased with my first Pioneer

Pros: SQ, ease of intuitive menus, fantastic EQ and filters, Dual USB @1A, SD slot, 5V Preouts, oh and SQ! The source button works fine as well (the other reviewer must have a shaky finger..), no jumping or skipping over other sources, though it would be cool to use the wheel to scroll through them after you press source, or an option to allow it.

Cons: The old fashioned look of the display (but there are 2DIN touch screens if that's all you want), re indexing on each restart for your USB/SD device, according to the manual. If you set the tagging this occurs, and I have seen it with a 4GB flash drive and it was disruptive. I will be plugging in a 160GB HD I have so we will see how long it takes to index. Normal List view works fast. There's an Update section, but only for BT acc. to the manual? No firmware/software??

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Waste of money and time!

Chuckski190 from Kauai, Hawaii on 9/29/2012

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I was persuaded by Crutchfield's sales person to choose this piece of junk. The radio does look good in appearance when the radio is off! (at it's best, off) The display is so small that when driving it is hard to read and dangerous. My biggest complaint is when selecting the "source" the head unit would skip over what I wanted to listen to. Then I would have to source all the way through the selection and back to what I wanted to listen to. I thought it was a defect in the unit. So they sent me another one only to find out that the new on did the same. Then the Pandora, and USB functions. If I would unplug my Iphone and go into the store, plug it back in turn the car on my USB or Iphone would not be audible. I would AGAIN have to source all the way through the selections. Then the microphone set up feature. What a joke! the Auto EQ time position function sounded terrible!I The volume knob, you have to turn that thing for days just to make a small volume change. The manual EQ, don't try adjusting it when driving. Not worth the money, shipping NOTHING! .

Pros: Works and looks great OFF!

Cons: Horrible operations all around! Over priced for OFF operations.

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Awesome Deck

Wayne from Laurelton, NY on 9/15/2012

2001 Nissan Pathfinder

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I am really impressed by the features of this deck. I had a previous motorized deck from Pioneer that died. The sound quality is great. I am familiar with the functions of this head unit coming from a similar head unit. The controls will take a some learning to getting use to but it has it all bluetooth, ipod control, Auto eq, time alignment. You can even match color display to your interior lighting. You will not be disapointed.!

Pros: 5 volt outputs, crossover, Auto eq and Time alignment..Burr-Brown DAC's

Cons: Controls can take a bit of learning to get a hang of.

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Couldn't Be Better!

Crutchfield customer from Crandall, TX on 9/15/2012

2007 Ford F-150

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If your goal is sound quality then this is the one!

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: None

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Great Receiver

S.P.M. III from San Antonio TX on 9/6/2012

2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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First thing I have always had Alpine or Kenwood decks never once went with a deck from a manufacturer that you could buy at Wal-MArt.But this Pioneer is awesome.The controls are pretty easy to get used to and the sound quality is amazing. Now it replaced the factory unit in my '02 Toyota Spyder ,and I have not upgraded the speakers yet but the difference in sound is like night and day! Both mine and my wifes iPhone paired easily and the sound quality on the calls is very good.The install kit was free but it is a little flimsy. I would definitely consider another Pioneer product in the future and of course Crutchfield has the best support if you need to use it.

Pros: Multi color display , Two rear usb ports so You can hook up an iPod and iPhone or whatever you want. Sound controls Galore this is truly an audiophile grade Receiver without the high price tag.

Cons: At $350 the build quality of the display is not bad but of course everything can be better,especially the hinge mechanism.

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Worth every penny

Russ H from Van Alstyne, TX on 9/2/2012

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I just finished upgrading the crappy factory Bose system in my Infiniti I30, and I'm totally blown away by the fact that this unit is <$400. Getting the EQ set just right to get a flat response is almost too easy with the Auto EQ function, and paired with good speakers the sound quality is amazing (I've got Polk DXi 6500 components in the front and they rock). Plus you can customize the Time Alignment with a few clicks and scrolls to get the soundstage exactly where you want it. Once I get my sub & amp hooked up I'll probably be constantly looking for excuses to take long drives. If you're looking for a top-shelf head unit but don't want to go for a full deadhead with multiple external amps, this is the one you're looking for.

Pros: Amazing sound quality (when paired with decent speakers), solid construction, very in-depth sound controls for sound tweaking (auto-EQ, Time Alignment, etc), solid and reliable Bluetooth, and good looks. Multicolor display rocks, very elegant and doesn't have that "carnival on your dash" look that some other decks seem to have.

Cons: This goes with any deck with built-in amps, but it's a little low powered; be sure to pair your 80PRS up with efficient speakers. Also, the menu system is a little on the byzantine side, but once you learn it it's useable - and having an uncluttered face makes it all worth it anyway.

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great deck, but....

mcdlt from Yuba City, CA on 8/29/2012

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Love the Deck, sounds great.

Pros: Plays WAV files, 16 band EQ

Cons: Contrary to Crutchfield Salesmans assurances, I cannot get a hard drive larger than 100GB to work.

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I love everything about this unit.

Romain from Bradenton, Fl on 8/27/2012

2004 Chevrolet Express

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The sound from this unit is like " Ear Candy " to my ears. I-pod controls work great. I am now a Pioneer fan for life!

Pros: It has more features then any other high price brands head units.

Cons: Wish it did not have flip down face to load a C.D.

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Sound Shaping Heaven

FoxThunder from Lansing, MI on 8/23/2012

2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

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Installed into a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada, Now I'm a Alpine Man, but after watching the review here on Cructchfield I give Pioneer another go, I had a old Pioneer DEH-P8MP that I just hated, the head unit didn't sound good, it was very touchy with playing CD's, CD's that was slightly scuffed would skip where's in the Alpine that I had would play CD's that where unplayable in the Pioneer, all I have to say is Holy Cow this DEH-80PRS has brought me back aboard the Pioneer train, this deck is just Awesome with a bit of Epic mixed in, this is what a Head Unit should be, turn your vehicle into a studio reference room or a obnoxious street banger this Head Unit really can do that, the Auto EQ/TA works, I had to adjust very little to get the sound I like, I went out and brought a 32Gig USB thumb drive put like a few hundred albums on it thousands of songs and I still have like 10gigs left and their is still a USB 2, SD card slot and a CD this thing eats MUSIC and spits it back at you with such detail and clarity this deck does not distort at max volume, I guess I will be the 1st person in the world to put a ring on my head unit and marry it, while it's making love to my ears I will be feeding it 2000 watts from a mono block amp and a high current 4 channel with a JL 10W7 for good measure, if you plan on getting this Head Unit don't skimp you will be doing your self an injustice, give this Head Unit proper amplifiers, speakers, woofer it will not disappoint.

Pros: Head Unit does not distort at max volume checked with a DD1, more than enough inputs for portable Music 2 USB slots, a SD Card Slot, CD, Auto EQ/TA with included Mic, adjust ability, can set Cross Over, Slopes, Levels, too much to list here, nice bright display, ability to change to any color, searching for music is a snap, the 16 Band EQ <3, Sound Retriever is really Good, on Alpine it would be like the Media Expander I usually don't like those options but Pioneer Pull this one off and I do use

Cons: I have taken a star because, the Build Quality I was not real impressed with touching the buttons feels cheap and if you press too hard the Head Unit contacts can become misaligned causing the display to briefly stop working, when the Sun is out high above the glare is substantial in my 02 Bravada reading the display becomes difficult, this is just a nick pick but their is far more sound adjust ability in Networked Mode than in Standard I would of like if Standard had Networked adjustments.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Ashish from Temecula on 8/20/2012

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best HU i have purchased so far. i chose this over kenwood kdc 996

Pros: everything in this HU is great

Cons: nothing so far

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Amazing audio quality!

hector from San Diego, CA on 8/8/2012

2010 Honda Civic DX

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the audio quality is just superb auto eq works perfectly alot of eq's. its just amazing i got this headunit over the kenwood x996!

Pros: audio quality

Cons: none

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Amazing. Best Ever.

Namco from Baltimore, MD on 8/7/2012

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

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First off I just want to say I am so glad crutchfield is an east coast based company, making free shipping just as fast as overnight with none of the cost!!! I can't believe how amazing this head unit is. I used to have a JVC KD-900 which featured 1 24bit Burr-Brown DAC which was amazing but being a JVC the head unit kept dropping my bluetooth or even having other problems which were very annoying. This Pioneer 80PRS is just amazing. Its everything I thought it would be. I set the sound stage up for the driver seat and its just amazing music to my ears. Not to nag but another review said dont use it with stock speakers because one weak link will ruin your head units amazement. Well I can say they are dead wrong. I have a 05 Subaru STI with the stock speakers and after adjusting the filter to kick out any bass below 63hz it was music to my ears. Flat EQ and a gorgeous detailed sound that anyone can appreciate. Sure I still need a sub to fill in the bass but whatever that can come later when I also get after market speakers so I can go louder.

Pros: 3 Burr-Brown DAC's and Pioneer Craftsmanship

Cons: None that I can see. It may take a bit of use to get used to the controls and how everything works (menus) but its not really a con worth deducting a star for, once you play with it for a few minutes you get the trick of it and its breezy usage, like all other Pioneer products.

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best single din on market

goobtard from TN on 8/6/2012

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ok sonically unless you spend a $1000 on the big brother pioneer or a headunit a separate processor.. you cannot get a better sounding more flexible unit. menus are a pain to navigate thru and learn but one you get use to them it's ok.. but could be a lot simpler.. there is a lot of options on this unit so it's hard to get the menu's perfect.. manual is so so.. not enough info for experienced installer.. have to to figure out how some of this stuff works on my own or call pioneer...

Pros: sonically kicks butt and is very flexible tuning capabilities.. makes 3 way actives

Cons: kinda cheesy plastic feel and manuals suck.. crossover points for a 3 way system could be more flexible.. midrange options needs a 800 hz point for those using dome or smaller 3" mid drivers

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Awesome

Don from Syracuse, NY 13202 on 7/31/2012

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Installed in my Porsche 911. Was able to divide out my high, medium, and lows. Easy to use phone. Amazing sound. Installers love this deck for ease of install and programing. I was able to almost perfectly match the deck color with the interior of the car.

Pros: Sound, phone.

Cons: Some of the menus are hard to navigate - like programming radio stations.

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Affordable Audiophile Quality

paulc35 from Wv on 7/21/2012

1999 Dodge Intrepid

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First let me say this to all the others looking at head units. Guys & Gals. This is NOT!!. Repeat This is NOT! the head unit you match with factory speakers. First off its a huge waste of money on your part. Now if your planning on upgrading your whole system a little at a time this is not the head unit to start with. That being said. The resolution this head unit is capable of is impeccable. Like my home system you will learn good recordings from bad ones provided the rest of your system is up to the task. Very simple install. Now maybe its my age being a car installer of the 80s this deck has alot of settings and I don't feel the menu is the best it could be nor are the directions to these settings. Eventually you will figure it out. In my 99 Intrepid without a subwooofer I used the auto alignment/EQ feature, which would have been spot on had I had a sub in the trunk because the rears and fronts in my car were tuned almost flat, which took alot of the bass out. So I will add a seperate sub. I have extra amps lying around. My current US Amps TU4360 Tube/Hybrid which I consider to be one of the best doesn't offer daisy chaining so going strait to a powered sub won't work. my other amps do though. This replaced my Excelon X794 which by itself is one heck of a head unit.

Pros: Sound Quality. Parts used. Build Quality. Every Feature you could want at this price or higher. If you have a good setup and don't want to spend $1200 on the top of the line deck this is the H/U for you

Cons: A little difficult to setup. Will show how good your system is or how bad it is. Guide is on Disc

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Going active with deh-80prs. Pioneer created a winner,now I'm spoiled.

telecom99 from Atlanta GA on 7/18/2012

2001 Volkswagen GTI

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I started out researching this product because I wanted to "go active" as they say. For the money this unit is gold. Sound tweakers delight this magic box is. About the SQ, this thing is an amazing unit! I have Event 20/20 monitors as my daily listeners at home. This unit, powered by 100w x4 +1x300w Cadence F100-5 5ch amp and Focal 165vb comps upfront .Im running the HU in network mode I will admit the sound comes pretty darn close. The way the Pioneer unit performs auto TA and EQ is fantastic. In fact when I powered up the unit for the 1st time and connected the EQ mic I ran the Auto EQ/TA and it correctly determined that my RF Focal mid was wired out of phase and when the wiring was corrected, it created my EQ and TA settings in 5 mins. When i turned the unit on and played the THX intro sound clip I found the settings were at 95 % accurate to my tastes. The auto installers never seen an HU like this and were slack jawed as I turned the volume up to crisp, clean almost 3D like imaging. Although I have had the unit for only 1 day I cant imagine how much better this thing will sound once i tweak it to perfection. The bluetooth audio is very good. I was able to play Pandora on my Android phone immediatley after pairing which was a painless process. I know there are other HU's out there that perform similar tasks and are "active" but I got to admit this Pioneer has them beat. I picked a winner! You can too.

Pros: This is the best HU I have ever owned. the auto EQ/TA is a marvel to behold and it assists in getting your settings for xrossover and EQ close to perfection. Just tweak to your tastes. The Bluetooth calling has good voice quality and pairs quickly and painlessly. The BT audio is wonderful. Its not CD like quality but Its good. the inputs are way more than i would ever need 2 USB inputs and RCA to 3.5 ithat uses the 24bit Burr Brown D/A converters in the HU and NOT your MP3 player.

Cons: None. I will post an update after a month or so. Please see my setup : Amp: Cadence F100-5 5 ch / 100wrms x 4 300wrms x1 1 (sub) / RF Rfk4x 4 Gauge Amp Kit / Audio cables: Monster MPC I306 6C-5M 6-Ch RCA / Dynamat: both front doors)

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Pioneer deh-80prs

Maurice from Hartford, CT on 7/17/2012

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Went from the eclipse cd7200mkii to this deck. For me it was night and day. And I did not set it up active yet and this deck sounds great. Don't get me wrong the eclipse is a great deck but the pioneer tops it. Very happy with radio

Pros: Everything

Cons: Wish the faceplate was like the p99.

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Finally!

Dean from Nashville, TN on 6/28/2012

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I've been through a lot the last few months trying to get good sound quality in my 2007 Xterra, and I finally got there with this head unit. My setup is simple: Boston Acoustics SR60 components (midwoofers in front doors, tweeters in dash) driven by an Alpine MRX-F30, and a Bazooka BT1014 subwoofer in the cargo area driven by a bridged Rockford Fosgate R125-2. I'm not running any speakers at all in the rear doors. I'm getting very high quality sound for a relatvely small investment. I have the 80PRS configured for 'Network' mode, which means the RCA outputs send separate high, mid, and low signals to my tweeters, mids, and sub. (I removed the crossovers from the BA components and am running each speaker off its own 50W channel from the Alpine amp.) Immediately after finishing the installation I connected the included adjustment microphone and let the deck run its auto EQ and time alignment. If figured out everything, including crossover points for all the speakers, and adjusted the levels to suit the interior of the Xterra. The end result was an amazingly accurate, nicely imaged stereo sound. The only thing I would change is switching to a more powerful Alpine amp later on. :) Sound quality is fantastic with all sources, and the bluetooth audio and phone functions are perfect. I will be buying another one for our car.

Pros: Sound quality, sound quality, sound quality. Plus bluetooth functions and all the extra convenience options (display backgrounds, colors, disabling internal amp, etc.).

Cons: Can't think of a singe thing.

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Awesome, awesome, awesome

Craig from Wisconsin on 5/8/2012

2007 Dodge Ram 1500

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This deck is unbelievable, I had a older top end pioneer and this thing blows it out of the water. Please remember here my review is done with very high end speaker and also a amps and sub set up. The sound is out of this world almost to good, only way I could describe it is if you were use to watching standard definition TV and switched to True 1080P high def. - 3D TV. I have had 4 people get in my truck and listen and all said the same thing. "Amazing Sound" The build quality is a little cheesy as far as not having a motorized face plate, I guess they put the extra $ into the guts of the unit. The display does not have very good resolution either, it serves it's purpose though and all the choices of colors is cool. I can crank this thing to 75 with out a crack of distortion, I could not do this with my last deck.

Pros: Sound is outstanding and the Auto EQ works fantastic, especially for highs and how you hear the bass hit. The time alignment is spot on, and being in a truck it is usually hard to get a extraordinary sound. This unit does more than that. Installation is simple and fast depending on if your not afraid to work on a car or truck and are handy with minimal tools.

Cons: Display resolution, is not great but this is not a dvd player so enough said on that. Sub can not be set to reverse, don't understand this either because this thing is suppose to be one of the best for sound quality. Lacks a motorized face plate and the instruction manual is very long and somewhat hard to follow because of all the abbreviated words. The installation manual well, that might as well be thrown out. Lack of a paperback owners manual is also a big downfall.

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Guest from smithsburg md on 5/3/2012

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this was a huge upgrade from my old jvc i used to own, the eq and time alignment will help me out a lot. i was able to get rid of my audiocontrol eqx. the auto eq works real easy and id recommend it over the alpine imprint because of the ease of setup and no need to buy another add on to make it work. the auto eq likes to mess with your crossovers too much is about the only problem with this unit. cant wait to setup the 3 way on this unit Ive got a nakamichi amp im gonna use on my tweeters, ought to be sweet.

Pros: auto eq, display , 3 way, auto time alignment, Bluetooth.

Cons: nothing but to start auto eq turn off unit and hold in eq. had to research that for a lil bit to figure that out.

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Yes, it is better then the 880!

BB from SF,Cal. on 4/21/2012

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I've been using this unit for close to a month. It replaced my 800 hu. I find the build quality of the 800 to be better, and the tonal quality of the 800 is also better(smoother). But if you need pin point accurate sound stage, tight controlled bass and very nice detail, the 80 is your head unit! This HU is a large step up in SQ. The downside is it will reveal more of the shortcomings of the rest of your system. With the 800, most everything sounded pretty good~ very good. With the 80, a lot of your music will still sound very good, but some will sound Fantastic! and some will sound down right bad! You'll notice things in the music, you had missed before. Some of these things are really cool, and some really suck!(like poorly recorded music). If I could go back in time and buy a couple of 800 hu's, I would. Overall I find the 800 to be a better HU because of the build quality, looks, function and sound tone. The 80 is lacking BQ, looks and tonal imprint, it's clean, sterile, accurate and lacking soul, but in a dead silent environment with top quality amps/drivers and music, it is better sounding then previous models(880/800). And it is all about the SQ(IMO).

Pros: clean, sterile, and accurate.

Cons: clean, sterile, and accurate, in a dirty world.

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Definite Upgrade from Eclipse user

Eric from Sacramento on 4/20/2012

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I replaced a mid-level Eclipse CD3200 with this unit and it is a definite upgrade. right out of the box the sound quality is much improved and I have not even tuned it yet. I also used the top of the line eclipse CD7200 for a few years and I am hoping that this unit will rival it once i get it tuned up tonight. The sound on the Pioneer is a bit warmer than the Eclipse but definitely in a good way. Not colored per se, just warmer and I like that. The three Burr Brown DACs are a huge plus second only the 99s four burr brown DACs. I don't know why people complaining about the menu being difficult, it seems easy enough. With all of the tuning capabilities that this unit offers the price of $350 cannot be beat.. The build quality is a little on the cheap side but if you are careful you should be fine.

Pros: sound quality, tuning capabilities, 3-way active, etc

Cons: build capability

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Great head unit so far

Ultimate SQPL from Warwick,RI on 4/18/2012

2007 Toyota Camry

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I have been using clarion(DRX,DRZ-9255), alpine(F1 status) and pioneer P9 etc, along with some Brax amp(X2000) and named few. Pioneer does decent job with new HU, compare to older system, that I used to have. Sound wise in between alpine and clarion(both HU produce very bright sound) it's kind of warm bright(not sharp bright). Hard to explain but overall nice HU for money.

Pros: Easy to set up, don't need any seperate x-over and EQ. Dial in let it do the trick!

Cons: So far no complain.

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Crutchfield customer from Greenville, SC on 4/17/2012

2003 Volkswagen Jetta

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A step up in nearly every way from my previous head unit, and every one I've used to date (going back to about 1992) Sound quality is top notch, the only complaints I have are related to the unnecessarily complicated menu system.

Pros: Excellent sound quality and features

Cons: Menu system

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Excellent Sound Quality

KDE from Eugene, OR on 4/16/2012

2002 Dodge Neon

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If what you are looking for is a single DIN unit with great sound quality and all the latest features, without having to spend an additional $450 on sub-units (aka, Alpine), just buy it, and enjoy. Although, make sure that you are willing to engage in a steep learning curve, the simple uncluttered appearing face plate, with so many features necessitates a fairly complicated series of sub-menus When I say that the sound quality of this unit is great, keep in mind that I have been an alpine fan for the last 14 years, and as a result there are very few decks that I would say can compete with Alpine on sound quality, save Eclipse from 12 years ago. In fact, I have had several Alpine units, and one in particular, that I am still very attached to. However, the Pioneer was purchased to replace, an Alpine that was purchased only three years ago, that was no longer sounding very good. My system: Pioneer DEH-80PRS head unit; Focal Polyglass 165 VB front speakers; Focal Access 165CA1 rear speakers; 2 10" Eclipse Subs in a down firing custom (i.e., home made) sealed enclosure; JL Audio 500/1 v2 amp for subs; Rockford Fosgate Power T400-4; and dynamat extreme on the front doors, rear doors, and rear deck. Next, I will be adding dynamat extreme to the floor panels; wheel wells and rear fenders. What can I say, a Dodge Neon is a big step down from a BMW 740i, but much kinder to my wallet.

Pros: The sound quality from this unit is excellent before utilizing auto time alignment and auto equalization. After using the auto time alignment feature and the auto equalization the sound quality is difficult to beat. This is also a very feature rich unit, that includes blue tooth pairing that actually works very well with iphone 3gs and the iphone 4, the ability to by pass the iphone's da converter, which makes a tremendous difference in sound quality. and hand free phone built in. Very nice!

Cons: The sub menu system is complicated and frustrating. Next, while I would not say that the face plate is cheap, like another reviewer indicated, I will say that I have concerns regarding the clamps for detaching the face plate and their quality; frankly, they seem fragile. If I had it to do again, I would purchase this unit, of course, I have had it installed for only the last 3 days.

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Great Head Unit

Brian from Fall River, MA on 4/14/2012

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The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is an excellent head unit. There are a plethora of options to satisfy anyone purchasing this unit. For the person looking for a simple replacement for their factory head unit, or the person designing a serious mobile audio system, this head unit has you covered. The head units (3) 5V pre-outs, sound quality (SQ), flexibility, and extensive audio adjustments make this a great buy for the price. I do have few qualms with this head unit. The somewhat convoluted sub-menus are a frustration to navigate at first (this doesn't apply to all of the sub-menus). Those of you purchasing this radio as a simple OEM replacement may never feel the need to dive into the more "advanced" options, however those that will be using these features may find navigating them a bit tricky at first. My second issues has to do with the faceplate, or rather the material used to construct the faceplate. Please keep in mind this is just my opinion! The faceplate left me thinking Pioneer skimped on this aspect of the head unit in order to help control cost. To me it feels... inexpensive (read: cheap). This opinion was reinforced when the unit's silver facing for the Master Control knob fell off, and keeps falling off! With everything that went into making this such a great radio, you'd think a little more attention to detail for the part everyone sees would be in order. Oh well. All things considered, these are really two small grips with a head unit I consider to be a great unit.

Pros: There are options for almost everything! Bluetooth, SD card reader, the ability to connect an external HD, iPod/phone/pad compatible, 3 (5V) pre-outs, a generous amount of EQ control, and so much more!

Cons: Some of the sub-menus make navigation difficult at first, faceplate construction leaves a lot to be desired.

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Good SQ

Cory from Warsaw, IN on 4/12/2012

2009 Jeep Wrangler

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All in all, this is a pretty good unit. Where else are you going to find a new 3 way capable HU in this price range. If you're looking at this, I assume you plan on going active, and if not, there are better options. Expect typical Pioneer single DIN menu controls, but the manual will come in handy when it comes to the network controls. Once you figure it out, adjustments are easy. If SQ is the ultimate goal, this isn't a bad foundation. My only real complaint is this: why can't Pioneer include these audio features in a DD touchscreen HU? I miss my P4300DVD, but running active through the HU cannot be beat. I would pay an extra $200 for the AVH-P8400BH, or one of the AVIC's, if they included these audio features.

Pros: The audio features with USB and Ipod makes this a steal for the price. Much better than the 880PRS/800PRS.

Cons: The network controls could be laid out better. I wish it would show Auto EQ settings, so I could use them as a starting point. Nothing real special, other than the 3 way active processing.

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Best Sound Quality Deck I Have Ever Had!!!

ChuckH from Issaquah, WA on 4/12/2012

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I have a small car (911) with Focals front and back and 2 JL 8w3 subs. Power is provided by two Alpine PDX Amps (M6 and F6). My previous deck was an Alpine X100 with full Audyssey setup. The deck was easy to use, looked good, and frankly I loved it. However, I always felt the sound quality wasn't as good as it should have been. I was seriously considering the DEX-P99RS and then came along the DEH-80PRS. I figured I would first try out the DEH-80PRS due to its excellent specifications and significantly lower price. I'm really glad I did. I have had this deck installed in my car for 5 days. From the moment I first turned on the deck I knew that I had made an excellent decision. The sound quality in this deck was noticeably better than the Alpine even before I ran the auto EQ/TA. Once I ran the auto EQ/TA and made a few tweaks the sound became remarkable. Highs sound so crisp and clean. Lows hit much more solidly than my previous system. I actually didn't realize that the 8w3's could hit like they do now. I have been extremely satisfied with the incredible fidelity across the spectrum from this receiver. I have been searching for sound perfection since I was a kid. With this deck it's pretty damn close. Having the bluetooth and sound processing in the deck itself is a big plus. My dash is tight and ripping all the modules out from the Alpine set up was a feng shui experience. Bottom line: This deck is incredible. If you get one you won't be disappointed.

Pros: - Sound quality is the best I have ever heard (at any price). - Auto EQ/TA gets the initial setup very close. Tweaking for perfection is pretty easy. - Bluetooth phone works great. - Bluetooth audio (iPhone Music and Pandora) works well. - CD's and direct iPod connection music sound phenomenal. - No need for additional modules (sound processors, bluetooth). - Ability to precisely adjust light color in display to match dash lights perfectly. - Ability to turn off silly cartoon graphics.

Cons: - No quick sub level adjustment (but not as necessary as with many other decks due to clean output). - There are a few other nits but truly any "Con" noted would be minuscule compared to the exceptional overall quality of this amazing deck. I can't believe this deck isn't much more expensive given what you get. Note: I am not affiliated with Crutchfield or Pioneer in any way. I am just a car audio enthusiast that is spending a lot more time in my car now that it sounds like a music studio.

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So far, great unit.

Chris from Atlanta, GA on 4/9/2012

1994 Ford Mustang

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This unit is extremely easy to setup and use. It improved the sound of the crappy factory speakers 100%. It will eventually be the head of an SQ system all external amp driven. The versatility of this unit with the built in crossovers, EQs, and time alignment is very nice. So far, I'm extremely pleased with the purchase. As always, great service from Crutchfield.

Pros: SQ, Ease of use, Versatility.

Cons: None so far.

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best pioneer out there for the money

Jerry from allentown pa on 4/6/2012

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This is the best sq radio I have ever heard the pioneer 80prs is the best radio on the market before this unit I had an alpine cda 9886 which I like and till the cd player stop working it had good sq also I'm not knocking alpine stuff i only had the unit for two years anyways this review it's not for alpine. The clearest sound and crisp sound ever the auto eq now that a great feature this unit comes with the micro phone for the auto eq auto allinment there so much I would like to say about this radio that I can keep talking about for days all I what to say thank you pioneer for making the best radio that my ears have ever heard. I'm not lying. I have 4 alpine amp 2 for mids 2 amps subs. I have 8. 6.5 jbl. Power series speakers 4tweeters and now deh80prs to run the hole system. I like to thank crutch field for having the best workers and the best tech support you guys will have my business and i keep spreading the good word to my friends about the great service. thanks crutch field

Pros: the best radio it sounds so good I'm telling you if your looking to get a radio for sq well ththe is the one. And do not work for pioneer ether wow wow wow wow wow wow. Great job pioneer

Cons: none

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