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Pioneer MVH-S512BS

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 130MS512BS

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About the Pioneer MVH-S512BS

Plenty of options

Sure, smartphone integration is a priority, but so is dash integration. Pioneer prioritizes style with their MVH-S512BT digital media receiver by letting you choose from over 200,000 display colors to match your vehicle's interior. Getting to what matters most is easy as well, thanks to large buttons that launch navigation, hands-free calling, and music streaming. Beyond Bluetooth®, you'll be able to play stored music from an iPhone® or iPod®, select Android phones, or a USB thumb drive. And if you're a satellite radio fan, add on an optional SiriusXM tuner to expand your station list (way) beyond standard AM/FM.

Plenty of options

Sure, smartphone integration is a priority, but so is dash integration. Pioneer prioritizes style with their MVH-S512BT digital media receiver by letting you choose from over 200,000 display colors to match your vehicle's interior. Getting to what matters most is easy as well, thanks to large buttons that launch navigation, hands-free calling, and music streaming. Beyond Bluetooth®, you'll be able to play stored music from an iPhone® or iPod®, select Android phones, or a USB thumb drive. And if you're a satellite radio fan, add on an optional SiriusXM tuner to expand your station list (way) beyond standard AM/FM.

Pioneer Smart Sync

With Pioneer's Smart Sync app downloaded on your iPhone or Android, you'll be able to use your phone's touchscreen as an easy interface to play music, conduct hands-free calls, use navigation, and even give you 31 bands of EQ. Alternatively, the MVH-S512BT gives you dedicated buttons to access navigation on your phone and hands-free calling as well as a multi-function knob for text message playback, music selection and more. Pioneer also builds voice-control into Smart Sync to make hands-free operation even easier.

Apple® device control

With iPod and iPhone Direct Control, you can plug your device into the receiver's USB port and make music selections through the receiver. Plus, the MVH-S512BT will also charge your device while you're playing your music.

Sweet Android perks

Android users can take their choice between controlling their music via Bluetooth or plugging into the front panel USB port and playing music while getting a 1.5-amp quick charge.

Opt for SiriusXM

Add on a SiriusXM tuner for tons of satellite radio programming that won't fade no matter how far you travel. No matter what your thing is — entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music — you'll find no shortage of options.

Other sources

You can also plug in a thumb drive and enjoy MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and high-resolution FLAC files, or use the aux input to connect an MP3 player or portable satellite radio. And with Pioneer's integrated MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology, your music collection becomes a non-stop playlist, with enhanced transitions and lighting. And, of course, you can also tune in your favorite local AM and FM stations.

Make the most of Pandora and Spotify

Whether you primarily stream songs from Spotify or Pandora, you'll gain some of your favorite functionality from those streaming services through this receiver.

Expand your system

Get the best sound possible from your music, including time alignment and a 13-band graphic equalizer. Three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs equip you to make it easier to add amplifiers and subs to your system. Download Pioneer's Smart Sync and you'll gain even more sound adjustment tools. And if you need a quick Bass Boost for those special tracks, Pioneer puts a dedicated button right by the volume knob.

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

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

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • 1.5-amp quick-charging for Android devices
    • plays FLAC (96kHz/24bit), MP3, WMA, and WAV music files
    • variable-color display
    • detachable face with 2-line display
    Smartphone Features:
    • use Pioneer's Smart Sync app for two-way control between your receiver and smartphone
    • built-in iPod control and Android control through USB
    • control Pandora and Spotify from select smartphones
    Audio Features:
    • 13-band graphic equalizer (31 band EQ using Smart Sync)
    • low-pass/high-pass filters
    • MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Info:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • optional wireless remote not included
    • menus can be displayed in English, French, and Spanish
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # MVH-S512BS

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim-ring
    • (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ removable visor clip (attached 9.5' cable terminated by a right-angle male mono 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 3 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5x8mm)
    • 3 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5x9mm)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Face-fixing bracket
    • Bracket screw
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

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    Crutchfield customer from Woodstock, GA on 9/16/2019

    1987 Nissan 300ZX

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    Well designed interface and good features. Good power for the size and cost of the unit.

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    Crutchfield customer from Perrysburg, OH on 9/8/2019

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    Great radio, has network mode. 31 band EQ 4v preouts, And easy to set up with the bluetooth app. Sound quality is very good.

    Pros: 6x 4v pre outs, network, volume knob, has app for better setup and control.

    Cons: The seek buttons are small and sometimes you have to push a little harder then normal to register.

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    Crutchfield customer from Paducah, KY on 9/4/2019

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    Head unit looks great and was an easy install.

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    Crutchfield customer from Eastover, SC on 8/15/2019

    1997 Nissan Maxima

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    It's sensational

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    BUYY ITTTTT!!

    Crutchfield customer from Modesto, CA on 7/25/2019

    1992 Toyota Pickup

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    Awesome quality sound!!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

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    Andrew from Frankfort on 7/23/2019

    1991 Mazda Miata

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    Looks great in car but the bluetooth connectivity is very unreliable. I frequently arrive at destination before the stereo ever links up. The app included is also very outdated and I ended up deleting off my iphone because it caused issues with automtically connecting to app even if phone was in bag. All in all, if I had the chance to exchange this stereo I would. The quirky bluetooth connectivity issues makes it a pain to use.

    Pros: looks great

    Cons: only connects to iphone about 50% of time

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    Crutchfield customer from Lincoln, NE on 7/9/2019

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    Reasonably easy to setup as far as the menu as it is intuitively better than some and somewhat more convoluted than others. The display lighting is excellent, now for the audio part! The bluetooth is easy to pair with an android, the codec capabilities via bluetooth is on par with the best! The sound is amazing as certain instruments could easily be heard and discerned from others. Much more so than what this unit replaced. The preamp drive ability was very strong and a welcome change to the usual weaker output of competitors. For this price level, Pioneer has done superb! Well done! And thanks to Crutchfield for their wonderful and knowledgable staff as they were able to answer all questions pertaining to this unit. Would buy from Crutchfield again in a minute. Thanks to all of the staff.

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    Crutchfield customer from Beaver Dam, WI on 7/7/2019

    2000 Plymouth Neon

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    It's pretty good

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    Crutchfield customer from Waynesboro, PA on 6/30/2019

    1987 Porsche 911 Targa

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    I've been looking for awhile to find a radio that would look right in my 87 911. Prior owner had put a silver JVC in with the all black interior. Stood out like a sore thumb and had circus style lights. Also wanted Bluetooth for streaming XM, Spotify and calls. Installed it looks great and really has impressive sound, honestly surprised at how good it sounds. But the main reason I'm adding a review, Crutchfield customer service. Installed the radio with ease but had a minor issue, called Crutchfield support and they had it figured out quickly. Great service.

    Pros: Bluetooth, minimalist design, multiple colors to match interior, light weight

    Cons: A little glossy, would love a matte look.

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    Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 6/26/2019

    1991 Volvo 740 SE Turbo

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    Awesome compact head unit good quality and sound.

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    Stereo works well and does what I need, but not very well.

    Crutchfield customer from Sunnyvale, CA on 6/24/2019

    2002 Subaru Outback

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    Stereo works well and does what I need, but not very well. My main use case is bluetooth streaming from an iPhone X. The radio is slow to connect (in my opinion), taking anywhere from 5 seconds to as much as a minute, with about every 1 in 20 uses suffering a pairing failure that requires some sort of restart. In addition, use with multiple phones paired is a frustrating experience, with no choice in which phone the radio connects to and no simple way to switch the connection. If my partner and I ride in the car together and the radio chooses her phone, I usually just give up rather than try to switch the pairing. I'll be buying a different brand next time

    Pros: - cheap - works

    Cons: - poor pairing speed and reliability - abysmal multiple phone handling

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    Crutchfield customer from Sarasota, FL on 6/12/2019

    2000 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    brillliant I love them!

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    Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 6/4/2019

    1998 GMC Sierra

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    Replaced an 07 alpine unit with this pioneer and very easy to setup and install. Love how little space is required and the customizable colors make matching the interior very nice. Good sound quality and ease of app use..awesome deal for my truck from Crutchfield which included everything I needed for free.

    Pros: Color options to match Ease of use Slim design

    Cons: Volume knob does feel a little cheap

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    Car\ boat/ bike \ theatre its all here

    Crutchfield customer from Los Lunas, NM on 5/29/2019

    1998 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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    Installed on my 1998 harley electra glide With the help of the staff at crutchfield I retained all my handle bar controls and added amps for the 4 6x9s in the bags I won't go anywhere else thank you again

    Pros: Ease of install customer service secound to none every step everyone involved was on the same page and on top of resolving any questions I may have!!!!

    Cons: None to date thanks for everthing

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    Crutchfield customer from Wellesley, MA on 5/27/2019

    2003 Porsche Boxster

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    The wiring didn't fit exactly. Customer service was great but now I have to get it installed.

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    Simple with great sound

    Crutchfield customer from Elk Grove, CA on 5/26/2019

    2003 BMW 3 Series

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    Straightforward Installation. I bought this for my daughters car and I love the fact that I could match the illumination to her car's. I spent the most time with the sound settings which the manual did not have. I went online and found them. Other than that, the usual top notch delivery time I've come to expect from Crutchfield. Thank you!

    Pros: Easy installation. Lots of features for the price.

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    Crutchfield customer from Blanchard, OK on 4/27/2019

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Awesome sound, easy to use

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    Crutchfield customer from Tucson, AZ on 4/22/2019

    2005 Nissan Xterra

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    Decent radio for the price. Bluetooth works well. Radio tuning and other radio adjustments (sound etc.) are somewhat of a pain with the small touch controls and size of text (my eyes aren't what they used to be). Happy with the purchase.

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    Crutchfield customer from Winton, MN on 4/19/2019

    2005 Mercury Mariner

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    Great deck. Easy to install

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    Crutchfield customer from Lihue, HI on 4/16/2019

    2009 Honda Fit Sport

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    No issues, works as intended.

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    Crutchfield customer from Gonzales, TX on 4/9/2019

    1998 Jeep Cherokee

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    I installed this in a 98 XJ. I am very pleased with iPhone pairing and smart sync app.

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    Crutchfield customer from Mililani, HI on 4/9/2019

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500

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    Sound is great, but buttons are small and control too sensitive.

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    Crutchfield customer from Pueblo, CO on 4/5/2019

    2000 Jeep Wrangler

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    Stereo is great, has a lot of cool features, could have came with a detailed manual!

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    Crutchfield customer from Nanjemoy, MD on 4/1/2019

    2000 Mercury Grand Marquis

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    Great product. Love the sound

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    Crutchfield customer from Covington, GA on 3/28/2019

    1993 Honda Del Sol

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    I think it's great

    Pros: It's great

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    Nice

    Crutchfield customer from Del Rio, TX on 3/26/2019

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500

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    Great all around stereo even more awesome with the app

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Haven't found one yet

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    Great unit

    Crutchfield customer from Rosenberg, TX on 3/23/2019

    1997 GMC Sierra

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    Great head unit but display is kinda dim even if the brightness is turned all the way up. But besides that this unit is great.

    Pros: Bluetooth, trusted brand, many great features

    Cons: Dim display during daylight even if brightness is turned all the way up

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    Number one digital head unit

    Crutchfield customer from Massillon, OH on 3/20/2019

    2004 Pontiac Sunfire

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    I absolutely love this head unit, And I'd recommend it to anyone. Since CDs have become absolute and we are in the digital age. I went with this unit since I only use my tablet and phone for my music. Not to mention there is so much room without the CD unit for the back.

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    Works ok just for tunes in a play toy

    Crutchfield customer from Coshocton, OH on 3/17/2019

    1999 Jeep Cherokee

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    Kind of difficult to set up unless you download the Sync app. Once the Sync app connects there's quite a bit of noise in the unit. It almost sounds like Morse code. Fortunately you can disable the app, and just connect via Bluetooth. Sync doesn't seem to be available to tablets as it wouldn't work on either of mine. Over all I think if this was going into a vehicle i drive all the time, or wanted very good sound out of I'd be very unhappy with the unit. However being in my Jeep, and just so I've got tunes its acceptable. Hopefully Pioneer gets their act together with the Sync App as it's pretty cool, and has potential but until they can fix the noise issue, and make it available to tablets it's kind of pointless.

    Pros: Cheap, looks good, Bluetooth connects fast.

    Cons: Unit menus difficult to navigate, difficult to set up without the Sync App, Sync App induces noise.

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    Crutchfield customer from Twin Falls, ID on 3/17/2019

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    Easy installation thanks to Crutchfield. Easy setup and this deck improved the sound greatly

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    Crutchfield customer from Channelview, TX on 3/16/2019

    2009 Chevrolet Impala

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    Nice reciver in general. No problems on my end

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    GOOD BUY

    Crutchfield customer from Derby, KS on 3/14/2019

    2006 Jeep Wrangler

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    This is an amazing radio for the price. It took me awhile to figure out how to setup all the features that I wanted. The quick setup instructions that came with the radio were pretty much useless. You really need to download the users manual which is quite long. The sound is very good, I have good speakers. The installation was very easy and came with everything I needed and looks real good.

    Pros: This is a great radio with many features, and a really good price.

    Cons: The manual could be better organized, it jumps around. Forty-five pages is too long.

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    Great unit

    Bart from Hoffman Est, IL on 3/7/2019

    1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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    Fantastic value. I do not own a single CD so why have a CD player? This unit is compact, so the wiring isn't getting scrunched. The sound is great and so is the app interface. This unit went into a Mercedes SL500 and I thought that wiring through the factory amp was going to be hard, but the harness that Crutchfied provided made it a breeze! It's nice to finally have bluetooth in a 20 year old car!

    Pros: Design, look, app, UI of app

    Cons: menus on the unit

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    Great sound

    Danielle from Riverside, RI on 3/4/2019

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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    Fit into my sport track wonderfully. The sound is great even on my factory speakers. Must sound great with a set of new speakers.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install

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    Crutchfield customer from Republic, MO on 3/3/2019

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    Extremely easy to install. Sounds great, does everything advertised. Great customer service from Crutchfield!

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    Clear, flexible, and Smart Single DIN

    Josh from Bartow, FL on 2/28/2019

    2001 Mazda Miata

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    Clean sounding single DIN headunit with smart capabilities. I was looking for a single DIN specifically and wanted one that wasn't too flashy. This fit these perfectly. The Smart Sync phone app makes configuring the (already easy to configure) headunit even easier and adjusting the EQ settings on the phone couldn't be simpler. The nearly infinite number of colors it can be changed to is also great. It allowed me to match it to the rest of my interior perfectly, but I know it's not a feature I'll ever need to touch again. I've been very happy with it over the last couple of weeks and would definitely get it again if needed.

    Pros: Clean sound Flexible options Smart Sync phone app

    Cons: None that I can find

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    Nice Bluetooth Stereo

    Crutchfield customer from Hatillo, PR on 2/18/2019

    1977 Jeep CJ5

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    Nice item... easy to link with the smartphone or tablet

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    Crutchfield customer from Merritt Island, FL on 2/15/2019

    2000 Toyota Tacoma

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    Good head unit

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    Good value, great form factor

    Ted from Everett, WA on 2/14/2019

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Nice deck in a small package. Display is plenty bright, installation is a breeze as it's easily at least 75% smaller than CD single din receivers. Menu is a bit difficult to understand, and the buttons not as intuitive as I would prefer (which is common in aftermarket decks of any brand). Biggest complaint is I simply cannot get it to play nice with the app on an iPhone X, which is really disappointing as that would make setup easier. Overall well worth the price, but if you had the money I'd probably look at something a bit more sophisticated

    Pros: Size, sound, display

    Cons: App doesn't work with iPhone X, menus are confusing

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    Kendall from Asheboro, NC on 2/12/2019

    2001 Freightliner Sprinter

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    Awesome unit! For the negative reviews on not being able to see the screen they obviously did not download the app! You access all settings through this app! Amazing what you can do with the unit through the app! Easy install with all that Crutchfield gives you! Don't hesitate on this one.

    Pros: Sounds setting galore through app!

    Cons: Non at all!

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    Musta got one built at 17:00 on Friday...

    Daniel from Tupelo, MS on 1/30/2019

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    To put all this in perspective: I have a pioneer CD head unit in my 1994 F350 dually I installed back in 2003 that is still working flawlessly. Which brings me to this head unit. Easy install, wow the units have gotten smaller since back in the day! Great functionality, tons of options, has the sound processing I wanted for a bass-heavy set-up in my vehicle (it's a 2002 Chevy Silverado and will be my son's truck when he gets his license so he wanted to buy his stuff now and get his system set up). Worked GREAT!!! For 4 weeks. Then the UP radio scan button failed. Ah well, I can live with it. Then the main knob push control failed- which allows you to access all menus. At that point it's a worthless paperweight. Sad- I had switched to Alpine many years ago but came back to Pioneer because it had the sound processing capabilities I wanted to make the system sound the way we wanted. And it dies in a month. My old Pioneer unit survived Katrina for crying out loud. The good news is, I have a pound of tannerite left over from Christmas where we had some shooting fun and I'll use it to send this unit where it belongs- to electronics heaven. I'll try to post some pics when we're done.

    Pros: Sound processing Tons of options Multicolor display Great sound Ease of installation Great Crutchfield Service

    Cons: Quality control

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    Toby from Neoga, IL on 1/20/2019

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    Great unit at a good price

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    Crutchfield customer from Upatoi, GA on 1/17/2019

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    Set up instructions were not clear and incomplete. Or I didn't know what I was doing! Finally got it set up after 2 days of working with it and trying not to call for assistance.

    Pros: Nice unit!

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    Low Cost High Value

    Crutchfield customer from Valrico, FL on 1/17/2019

    2003 Honda S2000

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    I bought this unit to replace my aging Pioneer Premier head unit that was having bluetooth connection issues. I figured the technology of the connections to smartphones have changed over the years and I should probably just bite the bullet and upgrade.. The cost has come down considerably over the past decade. I think I paid over $400 for my old one with the bluetooth adapter (because it wasn't built in). I was concerned that a replacement was only $100. How can it be as good? It is. The app makes it easy to adjust settings and the sound quality is just as good as my old one. Best of all, I was able to retain my previously installed steering wheel control adapter, since Pioneer hasn't changed that portion of their stereos. It made for a quick install.

    Pros: Ease of use and installation, Good looks, Great sound quality

    Cons: The rotary knob doesn't feel quite as nice as my old one, but that certainly isn't much of a con.

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    Great product

    Crutchfield customer from Alpharetta, GA on 1/16/2019

    2008 Ford Econoline

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    Great product, the best thing is the customer service and the package promotion included in the price.

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    Crutchfield customer from Port St Lucie, FL on 1/13/2019

    2012 Nissan Frontier SV

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    The install was easy and it does everything it should although for some reason the display almost always says buffering, also while connected I'm unable to open pandora to change the station.

    Pros: Auto Bluetooth connection

    Cons: Can't change pandora station while connected.

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    David from Sebastian, FL on 1/12/2019

    2006 MINI Cooper

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    For a budget priced head unit it works amazingly well. Onboard menus can be difficult to manage - using the phone app bypasses these menus and is very easy to use. A very broad color pallet to chose from should make it possible to match any interior. One annoying thing the unit does is after answering a phone call it does not go back to the source of music you were playing, it starts playing your iTunes music, in alpha order. Exception is the radio.

    Pros: "Clean" looking face. Phone app makes settings easy to access Very wide color selection

    Cons: Onboard menus difficult to navigate Curved face can make the display difficult to read due to reflections Does not return to original music source after phone call

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    Crutchfield customer from Forest Lake, MN on 1/8/2019

    2010 Pontiac Vibe

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    Sounds amazing compared to the stock radio! The app was a little difficult to navigate, once the phone was synced to the radio it's worked flawlessly! Would definitely recommend this stereo.

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    Crutchfield customer from Sherwood, OR on 12/31/2018

    1996 Subaru Impreza

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    The pioneer media stereos are awesome and crutchfield nailed it ! a good deal for great products! Fast ship with great service ! Thanks

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    Excellent deck and features

    Crutchfield customer from Chatham, IL on 12/30/2018

    2003 Mazda Protege

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    Bought as a Christmas gift for my daughter. Very nice deck and features. My daughter loves it. The iPhone integration and hands free call feature is great. Add crutchfields inclusion of the installation kit and it is a no brained. Very happy.

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    Crutchfield customer from Muncy, PA on 12/27/2018

    2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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    The unit had all the pioneer basics but does not seem to have an option to reduce the high pass for a fuller midrange with out getting into a custom setting and adjusting every frequency option. I would have given this unit 5 stars if it had that capacity, a home button and remote. Great headu it for the money.

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    Great Sound, Great Product

    ZVera from Hialeah, FL on 12/26/2018

    1995 BMW 318I

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    This is just an awesome receiver with great features. Intuitive and responsive this receiver is THE unit to have in your car. It took me less than 30 minutes to install including the microphone. I saved a bundle of money compares to an installer near me.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy to program, great sound, absolute clear cell phone connection

    Cons: none

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    Easy to operate, love it

    Robert from Fultondale, AL on 12/25/2018

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Fits great. Looks great. Works great. I have recommended this radio and company to many of my friends. Will definitely use them again. Very, very happy. My consultant, Quinn, was really great.

    Pros: Multiple light settings to match my car, great sound. Easy to install and operate. Great price

    Cons: Wish it had call features on the steering wheel. Not a deal killer, I knew this going in.

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    Bryan from Richwoods, MO on 12/23/2018

    2000 Chevrolet S10

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    Overall, it is a really good product. It is small, light, and compact for something this capable. The list of features makes it great deal for the money and very customizable. The smart phone app could really use some work but it isn't necessary to get the full enjoyment of the stereo. I wasn't sure what to expect from this stereo but I'm glad I made the purchase and crutchfield makes it a painless process.

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    Crutchfield customer from Gallipolis, OH on 12/13/2018

    2010 Toyota Corolla

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    This radio is perfect. Bluetooth streaming works seamlessly, sound quality and features are great, menus are easy to figure out and navigate. The only thing I didn't like is the phone app that is offered for this radio, it's kind of garbage, but for what I needed which is Bluetooth audio streaming and hands free calling, the radio itself does that perfectly without the app.

    Pros: Sound quality is amazing Color options for buttons/screen Bluetooth streaming quality

    Cons: The phone app for the radio could use A LOT of improvement, but isn't needed for most used features.

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    Perfect

    Jeff from Parachute, CO on 12/6/2018

    2000 Toyota 4Runner

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    Perfect for what I needed

    Pros: Fit perfectly, sounds good, great instructions

    Cons: None

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    Russ from Colorado Spgs, CO on 12/6/2018

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Super happy with this. I paired it with my Idaho for display and it's perfect

    Pros: Size. Features. Compatibility

    Cons: None seen yet

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    Best bang for the buck

    Alika from Waipahu, HI on 11/18/2018

    2004 Toyota Tundra

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    Sound quality from this receiver is nice. Built in equalizer and crossover enable you to fine to the sound you want, and I notice a massive difference in power from my amps because of the 4v pre amp outputs.

    Pros: Powerful, economical, multi-functional, Bluetooth works great, clean design.

    Cons: Takes some time to navigate through settings.....may be adjusting crossover, eq, fade.

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    The whole range is used it will pull

    NICHOLAS D. from Beckley, WV on 11/6/2018

    1995 Chevrolet S10

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    It is one of pioneer's best in my words as for sound quality it's hands down the best I heard and when you have experience with a amplified source then the monster is really released if it is used it will pull numbers out of no where 4v outputs man more like 6v

    Pros: 100% mad

    Cons: None and if you have one I will buy it from you because you don't have a clue what you are doing

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    Derek from Wadsworth, OH on 11/4/2018

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    Easy to install thanks to the custom wiring harness, trim piece, and detailed instructions for my truck! It sounds and looks great!

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    Excellent Head Unit

    Scott from Alhambra, CA on 10/29/2018

    2013 Toyota Corolla

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    This is an excellent receiver. The installation was simple with Crutchfield provided instruction, dash kit and wire harness. I noticed improvement in sound quality compared to my previous JVC receiver. My Infinity Reference speakers came to life with this receiver. I highly recommend this receiver.

    Pros: This unit has excellent sound quality.

    Cons: The display is a little hard to read in direct sunlight.

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    DAVID from Tx on 10/20/2018

    2007 Chevrolet Impala

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    Loving it so Far!!!! Will do great in Competitions!!!!

    Pros: Nothing to complain about!!!

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    More details on the Pioneer MVH-S512BS

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone XSMax/XS/XR/X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback FLAC (up to 96kHz)

    Product Research

    Android & iPhone Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    USB/Aux Playback
    Audio & DSP Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Pioneer Smart Sync: Pioneer Smart Sync (for Apple iOS 10.3+ and Android OS 5.0+) is an advanced application that links your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone to the Pioneer receiver and provides intuitive app-based features and controls. By utilizing more of your smartphone's features, the Pioneer Smart Sync app expands the ability of the Pioneer receiver. With the Pioneer Smart Sync app, you can bring your smartphone's maps, messages, and music together in the car. Pioneer Smart Sync simplifies actions you make inside a vehicle by allowing a variety of applications to be accessed with a single button on the receiver or your voice making them much easier to use (you will still control the inner workings of each compatible application from the touchscreen of your mobile device). Pioneer Smart Sync will not only enhance the quality of your in-car entertainment, it also increases your level of safety. Because Pioneer Smart Sync displays its user interface on your iPhone or Android smartphone, you'll want to mount your smartphone device to your vehicle's dash - check out the list of mobile device mounts (sold separately) in the Accessories Tab.

    • Safe Driving Tools: Pioneer Smart Sync helps ensure your safety by making operation more intuitive through the use of a user-friendly touchscreen interface on your mobile device, one-touch access from your receiver's front-panel controls, voice recognition using the included wired microphone, and hands-free calling.
      • Touchscreen User Interface: The Pioneer Smart Sync provides an intuitive user interface on your Apple iOS or Android device's screen with touchscreen control, along with display of song/artist info (including album art) and text messages. It provides access to compatible music, map and messaging apps; as well as audio settings. It even provides a time & date display, as well as indicates your vehicle's current speed.
      • One-Touch Access: The Pioneer Smart Sync app provides easy one-touch access from the head unit's front-panel or the Pioneer Smart Sync app screen for making it easier to play your music, start a navigation app, have your messages read, and respond to phone calls. The receiver's front-panel "Phone" and "Nav" buttons, along with the rotary knob are used for one-touch access. It lets you easily access many of the apps you use on a daily basis without distracting you from the road.
      • Voice Recognition: You can operate the Pioneer Smart Sync app simply with your voice and the included wired microphone, allowing you to pay full attention to the road while starting navigation, playing music, or opening your phone's address book. Voice recognition is activated by the "Phone" key on the receiver's front-panel and the "mic" icon on the Pioneer Smart Sync interface of your mobile device's touchscreen.
      • Hands-Free Calling: Pioneer Smart Sync helps ensure that phone calls don't get in the way of your driving. Calls can be answered with one press of a button on the receiver's front-panel or the Pioneer Smart Sync interface of your mobile device, while the head unit's front-panel's "Phone" key can also be used to open your phone's address book and make calls.
    • Compatible Apps: Compatible music, map, and messaging apps must be downloaded on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device along with the Pioneer Smart Sync application.
      • Music: Whether it's the music stored on your smartphone or your downloaded music apps, Pioneer Smart Sync allows you to access your favorite music. Compatible music apps include Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, TuneIn, YouTube Music, and SoundCloud. You can also select the receiver's built-in AM/FM tuner and Aux input as a source. The Pioneer Smart Sync screen on your mobile device provides song/artist information, album art, and station identification (when applicable). It also allows you to browse your device's music library, search content within a compatible music app, and seek AM/FM stations. Basic playback functions include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Random/Repeat.
      • Maps Pioneer Smart Sync offers one-touch access to your most frequently used navigation app, making it easier for you to plot your trip to your destination. Simply press the "Navigation" button or icon on the head unit's front-panel or the Pioneer Smart Sync apps' screen. Compatible map applications include Google Maps, Apple Maps (iPhone only), Waze, INRIX, and Sygic. The navigation map will display on your mobile device's touchscreen, while audible directions will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You will need to use the desired navigation app on your compatible mobile device to set your destination. 
      • Messaging: Once you've connected a compatible messaging app to Pioneer Smart Sync, you can always have your messages read out loud through your vehicle's speakers with a press of the rotary knob on the Pioneer receiver or touch of the "Message" icon on the Pioneer Smart Sync app screen. Compatible messaging apps include WhatsApp Messenger, Viber, Hangouts, WeChat, and Line.
    • Sound Customization: In addition to access to the head unit's standard audio settings, the Pioneer Smart Sync gives you the best audio experience in your car through advanced audio settings that can only be found within the app.
      • 31-Band EQ: You can easily change your audio environment just by selecting a preset equalizer curve, adjusting the 31 bands in the curve to create your own custom sound.
      • Live Simulation: Simulate the immediacy of live music with crowd cheers, clapping, and other effects produced with sound field control using your phone's digital sound processor
      • Super Todoroki Sound: Super Todoroki Sound boosts low sounds and automatically adjusts mid- and high-range sounds to add impact and clarity to your audio environment
      • Easy Sound Fit: This one-touch feature lets you customize audio to your car's acoustics in an instant by adjusting speaker output timing.

    Notes:

    • Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE (4G), EDGE, or WiFi.
    • You will need to indicate in the receiver's menu the type of connection you are using for the Pioneer Smart Sync App. Select Wired (USB) or Wireless (Bluetooth).
    • If connecting your Android smartphone via USB, it must be set to AOA 2.0 connection (does not work via an MTP connection).
    • Once you have connected your compatible mobile device, you can activate the Pioneer Smart Sync App by pressing and holding the receiver's rotary knob or by opening up the app on your device.
    • Click here to learn more about Pioneer Smart Sync.

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front-panel USB port. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

    • AOA (Android Open Accessory) 2.0: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS supports AOA 2.0, which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the MVH-S512BS's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Pioneer receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. By downloading the Pioneer Smart Sync (for Android OS 5.0+), you also be able to view song/artist information and browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your stored music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol): The MVH-S512BS also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Pioneer receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone. MTP is not compatible with Pioneer Smart Sync.
    Note: Not all Android devices are compatible with AOA 2.0 or MTP, regardless of operating system. Pioneer does not guarantee operation with all Android devices.

    iPhone Direct Connect via USB: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS supports audio playback of stored music & music apps on your Apple iPhone with Lightning connector, along with control and song/artist information display through its front-panel USB port. You'll need an Apple Certified Lightning-to-USB cable to make connection. From the head unit, you can browse your iPhone's or iPod touch's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (make sure the Pioneer Smart Sync app is installed and open on your Apple device). You can also choose to control music playback and access music apps from your connected iPhone's touchscreen.

     

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPhone Pioneer Smart Sync Spotify Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/SE 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    XS-Max/XS/XR/X 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Notes:
    • Only compatible with Apple iPhone with Lightning connector devices. Not compatible with iPod, iPad, or older 30-pin devices.
    • Apple iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Mobile Device Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected Android smartphone or Apple iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your mobile device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    USB Auto Function: The receiver's "USB Auto" function can be set to ON to enable the head unit to automatically switch to the USB source for playback when a USB-enabled device is connected. If set to OFF, the receiver will not switch sources and simply charge the connected USB device.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 4.0: The MVH-S512BS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.0, allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles -

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer MVH-S512BS.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: Up to five Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this receiver. You can switch music playback between the five paired devices by simply selecting a song track for playback from a device. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. You can only stream music from one phone at a time; you will be able switch between the two phones in the head unit's menu. Additional pairing features include -

    • SSP (Simple Secure Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the MVH-S512BS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must also support SSP).
    • USB Pairing for iPhone: You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Pioneer head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The MVH-S512BS supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And, thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the MVH-S512BS provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The MVH-S512BS allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call.
    • Making A Call: Using the MVH-S512BS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways -
      • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call.
      • Presets: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
      • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
      • Voice Dialing: When the Pioneer receiver is paired and connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android smartphone with voice recognition, you'll be able to dial a phone number or contact via voice command.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

    • Music Control: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the MVH-S512BS lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. Advanced music browsing is supported by Android 4.0+ smartphones and Apple iPhones 5.0+ (specific advanced functions vary by phone).
    • Song/Artist Info: The head unit will also display song/album/artist information from your Bluetooth device's stored music and select music apps on your device.

    Siri Eyes-Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Pioneer MVH-S512BS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press and hold head unit's phone key to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the MVH-S512BS and its microphone. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's front-panel LCD will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer digital media receiver; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer MVH-S512BS using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE (4G), EDGE, or WiFi. The MVH-S512BS provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List w/ Shuffle: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.
    • New Stations + Delete: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also delete a station from your Pandora station list.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Spotify Online Music Service: The free Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Spotify music service through the Pioneer MVH-S512BS using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Pioneer receiver's front-panel controls. You also get song/artist information on the unit's front-panel LCD. Access to the Spotify service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android device to connect to the Internet. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Pioneer digital media receiver is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready, so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (20SXV300, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the head unit and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 175 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features include:

    • Content Lists + Category Scan: The Channel List displays a list of all available channels. The Category List displays all available categories and stations within those categories. During Category Scan, the live broadcast for each channel in the current category plays for six seconds at a time.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Replay: The Replay function lets you pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content from the station that you are currently listening to.
    • Presets: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets with special tuning features.
      • TuneStart: TuneStart automatically start songs from the beginning when you tune to one of your preset music channels stored on the current band of presets.
      • TuneScan: TuneScan lets you scan through short previews of songs you may have missed on music channels stored on the current band of presets.
      • TuneMix: Create a music channel that's a blend of songs made up from the music channels stored on the current band of presets.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    USB/Aux Playback

    USB MSC Playback: In addition to Apple and Android device connectivity, the digital media receiver's front-panel USB-A 2.0 port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive (up to 32GB). The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Pioneer MVH-S512BS. Basic playback controls included Play/Pause, FW/RW, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Song/artist information such as track, artist, and album name will also be displayed on the head unit.

    • USB Auto Switch: The receiver also includes the USB Auto Switch feature, so when a device is connected via USB you have the option to choose whether the receiver uses the phone as a source, or just charges the device.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs and card readers.

    Audio File Compatibility: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, & WAV files loaded onto a USB MSC device.

    Media Type USB (AOA/MTP/MSC)
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequency of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequency of 11.025-48kHz
    FLAC:
    bit rate of 8/16/24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 8-96kHz (not supported by MTP)
    WAV: bit rate of 8/16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 16-48kHz (not supported by MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 1,500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA/AAC/FLAC tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list albums and tracks on a connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title.

    Song/Artist Information: During music playback, the unit displays any recorded metadata information; including artist, song, and album name.

    Playback Controls: The Pioneer digital media receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for USB device playback.

    Auxiliary Input: The MVH-S512BS is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external audio sources, such as a portable digital audio player.

    Audio & DSP Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The MVH-S512BS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    • CTA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: The power specifications for the MVH-S512BS are compliant with the CTA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The MVH-S512BS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+10 to -24).

    Crossovers: The MVH-S512BS employs high-pass and low-pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speaker setup.

    • Standard: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.
      • HPF: The head unit's -6, -12, -18, or -24dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 220Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
      • LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an -6, 12, -18, -24, -30, or -36dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 220Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.
    • Network: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub using low-level outputs only.
      • Highs: The high-pass crossover for your tweeters can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB/octave roll-off.
      • Mids: You can set a high-pass and low-pass crossover from your midrange/midbass drivers. The high-pass crossover can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off. The low-pass crossover can be set to 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB/octave roll-off.
      • Lows: The low-pass crossover for your subwoofers can be set to 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6 to --6, -12, -18, -24, -30, or -36dB/octave roll-off.

    EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 13-Band Graphic EQ: There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2. The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 13-band graphic equalizer (50, 80, 125, 200, 315, 500, 800, 1.25k, 2k, 3.15k, 5k, 8k, and 12.5k Hz).

    Listening Position, Time Alignment, & Speaker Level Adjustment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-140") for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can then adjust each speaker and sub channel independently from -24 to +10 to best even out the sound in your vehicle.

    Bass Management: The Pioneer receiver offers Bass Management through its D.Bass and Loudness feature. D.Bass boosts the bas level dynamically to offer an effect as if a subwoofer was added to the system. D.Bass can be set to High, Low, or Off. The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.

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

    Note: The MIXTRAX function is not compatible with Android or the Pandora app.

    Beep Tone: A beep tone can be heard when a button is pressed on the head unit's front-panel to confirm operation. This feature can be turned On or Off.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS digital media receiver features detachable face security. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    2-Line LCD: The Pioneer MVH-S512BS features a 2-line LCD screen with the choice of English, Spanish, or French text.

    • Brightness Control: You can manually adjust the brightness (1-10) of the head unit's display to suit your viewing needs. You can also sync the receiver's illumination to the head units' clock or your vehicle's headlights. To dim the receiver's display automatically when the vehicle's headlights are turned on, you'll need to hardwire the orange/white wire of the head unit's harness to your vehicle's parking light circuit.
    • Clock Display: You can select between the receiver's clock display or source display. Pressing and holding the "SRC/OFF" button turns off the head unit's audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remains on (you can then press the "DISP" button to turn off all illumination).

    Variable Illumination: The MVH-S512BS digital media receiver offers customizable illumination and Pioneer's MIXTRAX illumination.

    • Color Customization: Color Customization lets you match the receiver's illumination to your vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 12 preset colors, customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors.
    • MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose different patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music.

    Optional IR Remote: The MVH-S512BS supports Pioneer's CD-R510 IR remote control for wireless operation of the in-dash digital media receiver.

    Steering Wheel Control Input: The head unit features a 3.5mm steering wheel control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

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    Customer Q&A

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    This head unit seemed like the best bang for the buck. Front, back and rear pre amp outputs with 4volts. Should make for some good quality audio even if you dont use another amplifier for your speakers. [ Bryant C.  Aug 16, 2019 ]
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    Wanted to be able to add a sub eventually [ Robert  Jul 08, 2019 ]
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    Have used Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine and JVC receivers. Have found the Pioneer is the best [ shannon  Jun 02, 2019 ]
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    Good fit for MG Midget. [ kali  May 28, 2019 ]
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    To use the cell phone and for safety reason to avoid my kits usign the cell phone when they drive, hands free. [ Javier  May 13, 2019 ]
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    6 channel, hands free, plays Spotify [ Robert  Apr 03, 2019 ]
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    This receiver looks beautiful. The knob is a nice shiny metal instead of a crappy plastic. The color is variable which is definitely a plus since by dash is red and many other stereos are only blue. The best thing is the multiple outputs on the rear. This allows you to add amps and subwoofers if you desire. Overall an excellent purchase and the most perfect choice for me that I could ever find. [ Ryan  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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    pioneer simply suits my audio taste better than Alpine,or Kenwood. I've tried both then went with pioneer [ William  Feb 23, 2019 ]
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    I have always been a big fan of pioneer and their products. I choose this unit because it doesn't generate heat, Doesn't have a CD player. I like most use media apps for music entertainment, Why pay extra for something you won't use. [ Shawn  Feb 22, 2019 ]
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    uograde [ Scott  Feb 15, 2019 ]
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    Best Buy for the buck, loaded with options [ EUGENE  Feb 10, 2019 ]
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    Talked to one of the very helpful Crutchfield Reps and they suggested this unit would fit my needs! Spot on help!! No one and I mean no one beats Crutchfield! [ Kendall  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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    Allison from tec support thought it may be good fit. great job Allison. [ KEN2FORTAX  Jan 24, 2019 ]
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    Best option for me in price range [ Trey  Jan 22, 2019 ]
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    looks cool [ Jared  Jan 08, 2019 ]
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    Very clean look to the head unit. Can change the display to match your dash. Pioneer brand! [ ANGEL  Jan 07, 2019 ]
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    Looks great, reviews were great and awesome functionality. [ James  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    BC of the Three 4V RCA Preouts and Pioneer car stereos are great. [ Eligio  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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    It fits my old car and your ratings. [ Rue  Nov 17, 2018 ]
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    3 questions already asked

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    Which remote is compatible?
    [ Jerry  Jun 21, 2019 ]
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    QX-1047 or QX1047 are also good. There are others that look identical but may not work
    [ REG WHITE  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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    is there a power button to turn the receiver off? I want to use this in my RV when the ignition is off with constant power, but I need to be able to turn it off with no power draw.
    [ Rob  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    There is a power button, but in my usage, turning the power off is more like a stand-by mode. The unit is still illuminated and is still connected to and controllable by your phone via Bluetooth.
    [ Tony  Aug 17, 2019 ]
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    There are too power feeds. One constant battery and one switched ignition. The one I installed in my rv I used a switch to turn off the constant battery power.
    [ Daryl  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes, the big button is the power button. It turns the unit completely off and on.
    [ Brian  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ Darryl  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Can auto eq mic be used with this head unit?
    [ William  Mar 24, 2019 ]
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    You sure can use Pioneer's AutoEQ microphone with this receiver for fine tuning its sound to your vehicle My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
    [ Paul  Apr 08, 2019 ]  Staff

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