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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

CD receiver

MFR # DEH-X8800BHS

Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

CD receiver

MFR # DEH-X8800BHS

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Beautiful Sound!

Tracy from Inver Grove, MN on 10/16/2020

2003 Dodge Dakota

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Sound quality and features are amazing! Love being able to adjust all the settings through the app on my phone (Pioneer's "ARC" app). I find it very convenient. Love the 13-band EQ, variable Loudness, bass boost, and all the other ways to tweak the sound. Sound quality is crystal clear! I gave up a Pioneer 80PRS for this. This head unit is a more modern unit than the 80PRS, and it works much better for me. Lot of comments about how the display could be brighter. I have to agree with those comments, but the sound quality is still amazing. Very, very happy with this unit!

Pros: Excellent feature set. Excellent options to adjust sound EQ.

Cons: Display should be brighter

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Great value for money

Crutchfield customer from Louisville, CO on 10/15/2020

2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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This is a good little unit. The controls are sensible, the sounds is good and it has the features I was looking for at a good price. The ability to configure it with an app is great, instead of navigating endless menus.

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Crutchfield customer from Yuma, AZ on 8/15/2020

2003 Ford F-150

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Always enjoyed Pioneers quality and sound. Easy to use and set up. I shopped the internet for what i wanted in a stereo. I chose Crutchfield for my purchase because of price and availability. And if you need assistance with anything they are there. I'm very pleased with the whole transaction.

Pros: It was all good all the way around.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Centereach, NY on 8/10/2020

2020 Nissan Maxima

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Great unit. Great sound quality. The brightness is not great. It can use another few levels of brightness for the daytime. Other than that solid unit.

Pros: SQ. Outputs. EQ. Playlist control!

Cons: Brightness. Needs to be brighter IMO.

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Denny from Cranberry twp on 7/24/2020

1984 Chevrolet Camaro

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Just installed this in my 84 z28 Instal was simple Added xm and added 2 amps and subs Changed all Speakers to focal

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Crutchfield customer from Arlington, VA on 7/22/2020

2004 MINI Cooper

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So far (3 weeks in) all good. The installation was relatively easy and the Crutchfield support was great.

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Bluetooth function died after 2 years

Cesar from Audubon, NJ on 7/9/2020

2017 Ford Transit Cargo

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Hi/low pass filters, great specs, was reliable. The past few months the Bluetooth would cut out and have to be re-paired. Until finally cut out and fails connection. If you're like me, wireless streaming music is 90 percent of the listening experience. Now it's just a radio.

Pros: Works great otherwise, great specs

Cons: Didn't stand the test of time. Not even 3 years.

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Crutchfield customer from Fresno, CA on 5/14/2020

1998 Chevrolet C Series

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Great

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Great radio

Crutchfield customer from Ellamore, WV on 4/29/2020

2000 Subaru Outback

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Pioneer has been the best since I started in car audio

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Crutchfield customer from Millbrae, CA on 4/18/2020

2005 Honda S2000

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great product

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Crutchfield customer from Joint Base Mdl, NJ on 4/15/2020

2006 Ford Escape

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I wish I would have bought one of these years ago. It has every feature I could ever ask for including an extra USB plug you can route to your glove box and use as an extra charger.

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Crutchfield customer from River Falls, WI on 4/4/2020

1998 Jeep Cherokee

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I love this stereo. My factory stereo left a lot to be disired. It sounded okay, but I wanted something that would have built -in connectivity options, and the DEH-X8800BHS has them. Front and rear USB and AUX are great! Lots of control and color options. The only minor complaint I have is that the volume knob/menu selector is a little touchy, so sometimes when I go to adjust the volume, I accidentally find myself in a menu. Regardless, it's a fantastic stereo!

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Not bad

Crutchfield customer from Saint Louis, MI on 4/1/2020

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Works good as all the other pioneer radios I have had.

Pros: Good sound, simple to set up.

Cons: Blocky high glare display.

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Great bang for the buck

Crutchfield customer from Napa, CA on 3/30/2020

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Sounds great, easy install. I had a Pioneer before, and used the same rear connector. Very easy. I have 3 of these now, and all are great.

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Cons: Even in shaded light the display tends to be too dim to see. In direct sun, you can't see the display very well. Needs to be brighter.

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very satisfied

Crutchfield customer from Henderson, NV on 3/22/2020

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My order came very quick, & everything i ordered was accounted for and packed very secure. I've ordered stereos and equipment for myself and family from Crutchfield before and have not been disappointed. I will be ordering more in the near future because I'm confident that everything I order will show up up quick and in working order. Definitely a reputable company!!!

Pros: quick delivery,reasonable prices,good warranty and exchange policy

Cons: none that i know of

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Issue from day one, Pioneer customer service sucks

Matthew from Mississauga, Ontario on 3/14/2020

2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Here is my experience from from buying this product about 3 years ago. Ruined my impression of Pioneer. Sept 2017 purchase of this unit -March 2018, finally complain to Pioneer that USB inputs rarely or never work, always an issue tech support tried to help but just stopped replying to me Figured that sucks but, then realized you can do USB firmware updates to improve functionality -January 2020, tried to update firmware with USB running since a newer version was out, radio completely went lights out and bricked itself. No blown fuses and stable power. Reached out to Pioneer again and they asked basic questions, and then just stopped replying after submitting my case histories and invoice. Crutchfield is great to deal with but Pioneer as a company is horrific customer service. And I have a dead unit on my hands.

Pros: Great when it worked with every input aside from USB devises

Cons: USB never consistently worked, tried updating firmware to fix this, it broke the whole radio and Pioneer ignores me now

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Crutchfield customer from Atkinson, IL on 3/4/2020

2005 Jeep Wrangler

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Excellent product. Great customer service. Easy to install.

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Good audio, poor display.

Crutchfield customer from Atlanta, GA on 3/2/2020

1994 Ford Ranger

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The HD radio reception is very nice. The CD playback is good. I really wish the display illumination was much brighter: essentially non-visible during bright daylight. Overall, the unit is worth the price to me.

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Crutchfield customer from Sherwood, AR on 3/2/2020

1989 BMW 325IS

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I am well pleased and excited about my pioneer x8800bhs head unit just as I expected I am all smiles

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Crutchfield customer from Arlington , TX on 2/15/2020

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I wanted a nice receiver with front, rear and subwoofer outputs. I also wanted a 4v. I wasn't disappointed...this really is a nice receiver! I like the detachable face, multi color illumination and bluetooth for my cell and Pandora. I have it connected to a 5 channel Pioneer GM-D9705 amp that push a pair of 4x6's and a pair of 5 1/4's along with a single enclosed 10 inch sub (which are all Kicker Comp). Couldn't ask for better sound in my 97 Jeep TJ! Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Too many to mention...this thing is loaded!

Cons: None..

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Rick from LOUISVILLE, CO on 2/9/2020

2002 MINI Cooper

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Installed easily especially with Crutchfield's Ready Harness. Sounds great and has a ton of features! I love that it automatically starts playing bluetooth audio without even taking your phone out of your pocket. It also allows for control of the phone via the head unit and steering wheel controls. ARC app is cool for easy tweaking of the audio but its a little clunky with bluetooth audio. Maybe it works better for that in a wired configuration but haven't tried that yet.

Pros: High quality and highly adjustable EQ and other advanced sound settings. Lots of great media source options via bluetooth!

Cons: The bezel falls off pretty easily. ARC app is a little clunky via bluetooth.

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Pandora takes control of phone

David from BEVERLY, MA on 2/3/2020

2010 Nissan Frontier SE

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This unit was purchased to replace a 6 year old Kenwood that was very slow to connect by Bluetooth to my phone. This Pioneer unit connects reasonably quickly and sounds great. It is not initially very user friendly but most functions can be mastered in an hour or two. A nice feature is the Auto Equalization which helped me realize I had issues with my existing speakers. There are a few functions I encountered in the software which are not ever mentioned in the user manual and Pioneer tech support could not address. I would not buy this unit again for one reason. I listen to Pandora 90% of the time I am in my car. As soon as the Bluetooth connects and you boot Pandora the receiver takes control of your phone. All controls have to be manipulated on the receiver. Depending on the mode (Pandora vs Bluetooth) not all Pandora controls are available on the receiver. The receiver puts up a black display with the words "Pioneer" and "Pandora on your phone and there is no way to get rid of it. After 45 minutes of valiant attempts by Mike at Crutchfield and 20 minutes of very poor support on the phone with Pioneer, Pioneer stated that this is how the unit works. You can not control Pandora from your phone. This is true in "Pandora" mode, BT Audio mode, and USB direct connect. You can not turn off the Pandora function but oddly you can disable Spotify. I did try and use the Pioneer app without success. I will be returning this and buying a different brand.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Not very user friendly initially and limited configuration options for different sources.

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Crutchfield customer from Saginaw, MI on 1/30/2020

1999 Chevrolet Silverado

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Works great, easy install with the ready harness. I would recommend crutchfeild to anyone

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Jody from Gainesville, Florida on 1/26/2020

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I received this Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS to replace a Pioneer KEH-P8200 Super Tuner (display went out) I got from Crutchfield 25 years ago! The set up in my truck (1993 C1500 ext. cab) I still have the Precision Power amps that powered the Infinity Kappa plates (replaced with Infinity reference 4yrs ago) and (4) 8" Kicker subs. (still kickin'). This new head unit is so adjustable I was able to remove the old electronic crossover. It sounds so much clearer, I am very happy. The Pioneer ARC app is kind of clunky at first, but the directions on the app are clearer than the owners manual as far as tuning the radio and app access. The Bluetooth syncs right up every time, the app plays my music folder anytime which is nice, but to access the radio functions with the app you have to push and hold the volume button for a second to let it know. Tuning the equalizer and other items are so much easier through the app! Once you get used to it (like anything else) it's seamless. Also the app controls google maps, (Pandora etc.) so it's hands free through your radio, but no music at the same time. So far nobody can tell that I'm on a hands free device when talking on the phone either. I will say I read some of the reviews and was hesitant, but being a Pioneer fan for a lot of years I tried it. The unit did have an issue, sometimes by touching a station preset it would turn off. Crutchfield was awesome about it, and had the new one in 2 days. No issues since, and still no regrets.

Pros: Sounds great, very adjustable, versatile, RCA outputs for front, rear and sub. Can adjust every speaker individually. My radio is in direct sunlight and can see the display fine. Set the display colors to match 90's GM dash lights. No complaints from callers about sound quality.

Cons: The radio and App take some learning and getting used too, but once you do it's fine.

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Great product

Crutchfield customer from Cranberry Twp, PA on 1/26/2020

1984 Chevrolet Camaro

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Great radio and product

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Crutchfield customer from Grand Jct, CO on 12/10/2019

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The sound quality is great and it supports our old iPod, but the single rotary control is awful! To try and adjust while driving would be dangerous and stupid and even at a standstill I hate touching it as I have no idea where it will end up or reset what I'm happy with. Also Pioneer was once known for great radio reception this however is the worst of any radio I have ever known. Thinking of sending it back.

Pros: Great sound, 3 preamp outputs, plays our old iPod

Cons: Very weak radio reception, crap adjustment single knob

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Crutchfield customer from Kalamazoo, MI on 10/26/2019

2008 Suzuki SX4

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Great unit, does exactly what it says. Always liked Pioneer products.

Pros: It's Pioneer!

Cons: Ease of menu navigation.

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Crutchfield customer from Yorktown, VA on 10/7/2019

2003 Ford F-150

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Easy to setup and operate (Read Manual). Controls easy to use while driving (Read Manual). Sounds good with factory speakers (installing Infinity Reference REF-8632CFX next). Bluetooth phone works great.....................The Wiring Kit from Crutchfield was complete and easy to use. I had a a few Brain toots that Crutchfield straightened out for me, Heather was Very Helpful.....................

Pros: See my Review!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: Remote takes some getting used to (Markings not obvious(Read Manual))

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Crutchfield customer from Virginia Beach, VA on 10/6/2019

1998 Honda Accord

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Has everything i want, what else can i say. Network mode is great and time alignment if you really want to take full potential with this unit. Get the latest firmware when you purchase it.

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Cons: HD radio is abit off the wall at times, it stutters really bad, i do not believe it to be a issue with the unit but just interference from adjacent stations

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Crutchfield customer from Elwood, NE on 10/6/2019

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Easy to use while driving! I love the bluetooth hands free the best. Navigating the system controls was easy also.

Pros: hands free, great sound

Cons: not one.

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Sounds great, easy install

Michael from Elkmont, AL on 10/2/2019

1999 Dodge Ram 1500

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I'm the original owner of a '99 Dodge Ram with the factory AM/FM/CD Cassette Infinity system, with obviously no BT, HD, etc. capabilities. I wanted an install that didn't require dash modification, & after much research, reading countless reviews, & consultation with Artie at Crutchfield, decided on this Pioneer. Removing the original radio (using Crutchfield supplied guidance & Youtube) was fairly straightforward, as was the installation. Just be sure to install the BT microphone cord before installing the radio. The guidance doesn't mention it, so I had the radio installed before realizing that I hadn't plugged in the BT mic. Also, if you're going to use the rear USB port, ensure that you plug it in, as it would be impossible to do after the radio is installed. The radio is loaded with options. It's easy to customize illumination, sound settings, pre-sets, etc., and once you make a couple of changes, the controls are fairly intuitive. I just completed the install today & so far have tested the HD radio, BT phone calls, & Pandora controls & play. All worked flawlessly. Some reviews mentioned problems with Pandora information not showing up on the display. I had no issues. The only con is that after taking the time to install the radio & establish sound preferences, I realized that it's time for new speakers. I think this was my sixth stereo from Crutchfield since about 1991, & based on their service & prices, I'll be buying my speakers from Crutchfield.

Pros: Perfect fit, no dash modification required Easily customizable BT CD HD radio Pandora USB

Cons: Why is everything glossy black? It's not that big of a deal, but matte is much better for hiding fingerprints, dust, etc. Maybe I can plastisol the radio trim bezel . . .

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Crutchfield customer from Miami, FL on 9/18/2019

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Awesome settings like arc, save settings, dual phone paring and tremendous display settings just to name a few

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Crutchfield customer from Columbus, OH on 8/12/2019

2011 Ford E Series

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Good product for a decent price. I'll keep this one for a while. Packed and shipped very well with no apparent damage. Received it quickly. Haven't installed it yet but don't anticipate any issues since the needed items were enclosed. Thanks for the excellent service Crutchfield.

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Crutchfield customer from Woodstock, IL on 7/29/2019

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Solid deck. Great features for the price.

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Chris from Newark, DE on 7/24/2019

2016 Honda Accord Sport

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I'm having trouble with my new head unit. It sounds really bad my my subs and door speakers need help

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Sound and bass output poor

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Chris, if you purchased this receiver from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS in 2006 Ranger

Crutchfield customer from Seattle, WA on 7/16/2019

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I just installed this last week so I haven't had a lot of time to enjoy it but those first few minutes were enough to confirm I'd made the right choice. I'd already upgraded the speakers so this was the final step, this new Pioneer head unit really woke them up and the sound is amazing. I ran the setup process to optimize the EQ and did some tweaking with tone settings, very happy with the results. I gained Bluetooth connection for my phone, high power and I've found that HD radio sounds great. What more could I want ... maybe a compact powered subwoofer, the connections are already available. Love the flexibility I now have!

Pros: Great connectivity options, high power output, auto EQ setup was easy, enough features to want to read the manual and take full advantage of the many capabilities, Bluetooth connection and HD radio

Cons: None found yet

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Crutchfield customer from Woodside, NY on 6/25/2019

1993 Toyota Camry

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Excellent radio! Just installed myself and getting used to all functions.lots of power ! Wiring harness was a must and great job ! Many thanks to JC. For his help, he was very knowledgeable and professional. Also the technical support team I spoke to were very knowledgeable and professional as well .. Much Thanks . A+++

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Crutchfield customer from Manteo, NC on 6/24/2019

1987 Dodge Shadow

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Sounds great!

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Crutchfield customer from Plymouth Mtng, PA on 6/24/2019

2004 Dodge Dakota

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I replaced a Kenwood Excelon with this Pioneer. I'm very pleased with the features and ease of use. It seems this Pioneer is an upgrade but it cost me $80 less! The display is much brighter and easier to see. The HD tuner is much more sensitive and there are 6 preset buttons instead of having to go into a menu to search for a station. My Android pairs up much quicker and easier when listening to Pandora. The power is not as high as the Kenwood but it's a non issue with a subwoofer. Save your money and get the Pioneer.

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Crutchfield customer from Dayton, OH on 6/23/2019

2003 Volkswagen Beetle

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Love it still need fine running but awesome radio

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Awesome

Crutchfield customer from Lubbock, TX on 5/26/2019

1997 Ford F-150

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Amazing sound quality and features for the price. Can't really ever go wrong with Pioneer decks.

Pros: User interface, sound quality, blue tooth, HD radio, app controls, iPod controls

Cons: The display isn't bright enough for really bright days. Still able to see somewhat if you change the display color.

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Crutchfield customer from Homewood, IL on 5/20/2019

2001 Chevrolet Corvette

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Nice radio. Lots of settings that take a little time to figure out, but once you do it is well worth it.

Pros: Lots of settings

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Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 5/15/2019

2006 Ford Econoline

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I agree with other raters that the display is not as bright as I would like, but otherwise a solid project. Brighter display would have meant five stars

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Crutchfield customer from Gilbert, AZ on 4/29/2019

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Never disappointed with pioneer.

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Good Tunes

Crutchfield customer from Bay City, TX on 4/28/2019

1984 Ford F Series

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GREAT upgrade from a funky old Sony that played both channels occasionally. Adapter kit and wiring harness made the job so much easier. Nice addition to my old beach cruiser truck. Two thumbs up for Crutchfield

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Perfect

Crutchfield customer from Avon, CT on 4/10/2019

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easy installation, using the head with amps running all speakers and sub. signal and sound from the Pioneer head work perfectly. Best sound I have in any of our vehicles !

Pros: old school looks are exactly what I wanted, with great sound and at reasonable price.

Cons: none found so far

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Gitches in firmware makes me ready to replace it.

Brad from Wichita, KS on 4/10/2019

2011 Ford Ranger

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This is my first purchase of a Pioneer deck. Usually have gone with Kenwood. This might also be my last purchase of a Pioneer unit. The sound is okay but not on par with Kenwood decks I've used in the past. The features are really nice but I think the firmware is full of bugs and no updates have happened after a full year. The unit will switch to phone (auto answer) continually and you have to back out of it to even adjust volume. It will even change stations occasionally when you meet up and pass a large truck on the highway. Frustrated having to reset adjustments and am ready to just replace the unit now.

Pros: Decent sound and features.

Cons: Glitchy firmware makes the unit frustrating to use.

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Daniel from Douglasville, GA on 4/7/2019

2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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Very Pleased! Sound and appearance five stars, saw other reviews nocking the dim readout, after going down the menu and raising the illumination to high... perfect! Works great with our older iPhone 5 as well as the newer ones we use. Still playing with the setup but the sound is awesome so far. I'm not using an amp or sub and I have been impressed by the power and the bass, Great Unit .

Pros: Sound , Appearance , Phone Connectivity

Cons: Menu takes a little getting use too but it's strait forward , it all works

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Josh from Austin,Tx on 4/1/2019

2004 Audi A4

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I have owned many different brands of car stereos. The sound quality from this receiver is far superior to anything else I have owned. The interface is very user friendly. Huge selection of sound adjustments that aren't to complicated for a novice or rookie to fine tune to there liking. I've had 4 other brand receivers in the same class as this one hooked to my subwoofer amp. I haven't touched my amp gain since I originally installed the system until I got this deck. My amp output to my subs doubled. Before it was producing 500 watts on a 3.7 ohm load with the gain set to 6 or half way. Now it produces the same output set to 3 and pounding harder and crisper than they ever did before. I have 2 Rockford 12" p1's and a Rockford punch 1000db. The Pioneer is powering two pair of 6.5"component mids and highs and a pair of 6"×8" two way speakers in the back. I have had it as loud as I can bear. Trust me it's very loud. Zero distortion and still has plenty of power to spare. And Çrutchfield makes the job easy!

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Crutchfield customer from West Point, VA on 3/31/2019

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan

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after it was installed the second time we used it the face plate display dimmed to the point where i couldn't see anything but the music still played, so i popped off the face plate and reinstalled it and the display came back on and have not had a problem since. good sound and XM radio works well. thank you crutchfield.

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Best I've ever owned

Rex from Mobile AL on 2/21/2019

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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Best car stereo I've ever had, and I've had a lot. Sound, without any external amps, makes the same speakers my old Kenwood was pushing sound like a new system. HD radio lets me hear stations none of my friends can get on their factory rides. BT interfaces with my phone calls and Spotify nearly 100% of the time without any hassle. Phone call quality gexellent in both ends. Only complaint: hard to see in day time.

Pros: Great audio Great phone sound and BT interface Great HD radio reception

Cons: Hard to see in daylight

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Dallas from Laurel, IN on 2/17/2019

2001 Ford Ranger

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This is a great radio! I purchased this for my son's 2001 Ranger. He bluetooths it to his samsung s7 phone. He mainly uses Pandora and Spotify. I wanted him to have hands free phone usage, he wanted a louder and better stereo. We mounted the Microphone in the "cubby hole" of the dash installation kit, (FMK-550)and it works great. We also purchased new rockford fosgate 3 way speakers(P1683) for all 4 factory speakers. It actually sounds good and even when it's loud it doesn't distort the sound. I / We are very happy with this set up. Crutchfield has always been good to deal with, and have always had fair pricing including the needed additional accessories. I would definitely recommend this radio.

Pros: Handsfree operation (including phone calls) Great sound Pandora and Spotify Control

Cons: None yet, been installed for 1 week.

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Crutchfield customer from Mcleansville, NC on 1/15/2019

1998 Chevrolet Camaro

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Very good product. I would recommend it.

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Crutchfield customer from Palmetto Bay, FL on 1/3/2019

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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The product was great but more importantly, your tech support staff was absolutely terrific. The printed generic instructions were great as far as they went but my 2004 SLK factory wiring presented identification and compatability issues above my pay grade. I called and must have spent at least an hour total with 2 techs who were each fantastically patient and helped me get the installation complete, including sending me a replacement harness after I screwed up the first one. Shipping was prompt and my wife couldn't be happier with her new radio. Thanks to all and Happy New Year!

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Crutchfield customer from Ridgeville, SC on 1/1/2019

1987 Buick Grand National

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Love it! Still learning the features.

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Pathetic Product

Joel from El Paso, TX on 12/29/2018

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Horrible purchase. Too slow and frequent errors connecting with the usb.

Pros: Decent sound, app works well

Cons: Slow to process the source signal, a lot of "check usb" errors

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Nice entry level high end sound

James from Bronson, MI on 12/12/2018

2002 Dodge Dakota

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Very happy with this stereo sound is awesome. Yes the illumination of the display screen during daytime use is not great but other than that issue it's a great stereo many features to tinker with

Pros: Features, sound quality

Cons: Display screen illumination...subwoofer would make the sound complete

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Crutchfield customer from Huntsville, AL on 12/6/2018

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Got this as a present for my boyfriend and he loves it. Easy install too!

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Excellent system

Thomas V. from Hiawassee, GA on 12/6/2018

1978 Chevrolet Corvette

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Excellent system. Easy to set up. Not to easy to install but I'm sure installing it in my Corvette was the issue. I'm sure it would be easier in a vehicle you could actually get under the dash of!

Pros: great sound, easy set up

Cons: No cons that I've found yet. performing as advertised

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John from Riverview, FL on 12/2/2018

2001 Chevrolet Prizm

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I'd give it 5 stars, but I'm still learning all the features.

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Great sound; lots of features

John from Euless, TX on 11/19/2018

2003 Ford F-150

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Love my new stereo! It was easy to install in my 2003 Ford F-150 Super Cab. The functions and controls are far beyond that of the 15-year-old factory unit. It sounds great, hands-free phone operation, and looks nice (I need a new panel trim). I paid extra for Crutchfield to wire the harness, which was well worth it as it saved time and a possible headache having to fool with all of those wires. No complaints. Now, my son wants one for his Jeep.

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Cruxie from Tucson, AZ on 11/8/2018

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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I love all the features it has and it was easy to install, sounds decent with my cars stock speakers

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Crutchfield customer from State College, PA on 11/6/2018

2002 Lincoln Town Car

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Everything fit together. Simple instructions for mounting kit and radio sleeve. Ordered complete package for my 2002 Lincoln and it included everything I needed. Now I need to read the radio user manual. I purchased this radio because it had many features that I wanted. Basic setup if easy. Then there are 20 some pages for setting up features. Great that you can customize so many things; just don't lose the manual! Actually the are a number of youtube presentations on what the features are and how to set them up.

Pros: Lots of features and easy installation for the vehicle specified if you order correctly.

Cons: Lots of features - read the manual

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Worth every penny!

Jason from Clearwater, ID on 10/21/2018

2005 Chevrolet Blazer

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Crutchfield made everything easier with their ready wiring harness for the install. I've never installed a radio before and with the instructions provided it was easy enough to figure out. The radio works great, sounds awesome has tons of features I look forward to buying some speakers from Crutchfield next! I highly recommend their products and service. Thank you everyone on the Crutchfield team.

Pros: Radio was easy to install. All the features on this radio are great and makes my music sound so much better even with just stock speakers.

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

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Emil breig from Oceano, CA on 10/18/2018

2001 GMC Sierra 1500

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Awsome deck!

Pros: Everything great about it!

Cons: None

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Anthony from Ball Ground, GA on 9/21/2018

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JK)

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Great aftermarket for my Jeep JK.. The screen is very refective, would get a 5 star if it came in a matte finsh.

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poor functionality

Crutchfield customer from Verona, NY on 9/11/2018

2012 Nissan Xterra

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I chose this receiver because it looked to offer the best options for what I was looking for. I installed the receiver, and it began to malfunction. All the settings did an auto scroll without being able to stop it. the radio, XM, and USB Ipod setting all did the same thing. I returned this receiver and the second one I received did the same thing a day later. as well as the USB ports front and rear did not work on the second receiver. I also think the display is not bright enough. during the day it is very hard to see at max brightness. I would like to thank the technicians at Crutchfield for the help and the suggestion for a more reliable product.

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Solid product

Travis from Chinook, MT on 9/5/2018

1996 Ford F Series

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I like the deck. It seems fairly straightforward. I'm a big fan of simplicity in order to be able to more safely use the product while driving. The huge reason I didn't give it five stars is that the display is too dim during daylight hours of driving. Even while the display is on max brightness.

Pros: Quality, inexpensive, mostly straightforward

Cons: Too dim during daylight use even while display is on max brightness

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Crutchfield customer from Anoka, MN on 9/2/2018

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Works as it should. Hands free calling sounds good!

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Easy to use

ROBERT from Pequannock, NJ on 8/27/2018

1996 Ford F Series

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I like the Pioneers intuitive usability. Hopefully, the new speakers will make it sound better. I bought Kicker speakers that are being returned. I can barely hear the stereo with the windows open. If I turn it up to 10 it gets distorted.

Pros: Usability

Cons: Sound quality, but may be speaker related.

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Crutchfield customer from Queenstown, MD on 8/22/2018

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My wife is very picky when it comes to her car - has to flow, be intuitive, and enhance. Well this radio did it all for her 2007 BMW 3281. I must have drove the chat person to drink - with "this is this" -- "this is that". But he hung in there with me. My wife loves the appearance and the quality of the radio. The face plate was especially handsome. She now enjoys "HD" radio, and talking on the phone via the speakers. I must ask ya'll, with what Crutchfield provides why even think pf purchasing elsewhere? Not me, I have learned that Crutchfield is the only way to go. Great service; great help; very fast on refunds.

Pros: HD radio, quality of sound, and the CD capability.

Cons: I should have done this sooner !

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Great output

Dalton from Cocoa, FL on 8/20/2018

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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I love this Head Unit. I've been looking for one that will allow me to start my car audio system. I've spent a lot of time looking and reading about head units. This Has all of the specs I've been looking for. My stock speakers sounded okay with the original head unit, however, when I installed this head unit I had no idea that those same speakers would sound so nice. I still plan on switching them out and powering them with amps but this sounds nice for now. I do see complaints about the light glare but since I use Bluetooth, it doesn't bother me because everything comes from my phone. Definitely a good head unit for the cost. Crutchfield is also very helpful with any installation questions I've had.

Pros: Great output, easy installation, and many features.

Cons: Brightness of lights in sunny areas.

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Crutchfield customer from Mesa, AZ on 8/19/2018

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Great stereo. HD FM stations are crystal clear. sounds much better than original. I opted for Crutchfield to wire the harness for me and it made the install quick. Crutchfield install instructions are great. The instruction said, you have to cut the metal bracket in the back of the dash for clearance. I did not have to do any cutting with this unit. I completed my install in less than 40 minutes, due to the prewiring of the harness. All of the additional install items required for the install by Crutchfield, wiring harness, steering wheel control harness, dash adapter, etc. were correct. Crutchfield makes it easy. Easy to install, pre-wired wiring harness is so nice. Great head unit.

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Roger from Lakeside, CA on 8/14/2018

2001 Ford Ranger

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Good radio, sounds much better than original. Fairly easy to operate, sometimes confusing till you get used to it. Love having a volume knob instead of buttons. Display can be hard to read in sunlight as noted by other reviewers. Only annoying thing is radio does not always resume when ignition is turned on. If you are listening to the radio and turn the vehicle off, when you get back in, sometimes you have to turn the radio back on, sometimes it comes back on by itself. Not sure if it is a problem with the vehicle, radio or something else.

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Crutchfield customer from New Castle, IN on 8/13/2018

2007 Ford Mustang

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Paired easily with my S8. Great sound.. much better than stock radio!

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Rear usb port lacks ANY functionality

Crutchfield customer from Evergreen, CO on 7/29/2018

2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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I'm absolutely not happy with the lack of functionality of the rear usb port. I paid the extra money to have the rear usb set up to have an Ipod connection and stored in the glove box. Unfortunately the rear usb port will not work for anything other than charging. I would never have purchased this model had I known. I gave this model 3 stars because all other functionality works as described.

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Crutchfield customer from Shreveport, LA on 7/24/2018

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Easy install. I had them wire the harness for me and it made the install quick.Great sound. I am very pleased.

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Tons of features, great sound quality

Chad from Imperial, MO on 7/24/2018

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I installed this as replacement on a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Installation was smooth and using Metra ASWC-1 I was able to use the steering wheel controls as well. This unit is loaded with tons of features (plan time to read the manual) and features HD Radio, which was a big thing I was looking for. I replaced the in-dash tweeters at the same time, and was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality from the stereo. It includes an external mic to calibrate your system to get the best sounds quality and it does an admirable job. I did a little tweaking on the EQ to get it to my liking, but other than the new tweeters, all the other speakers were the 20 year old factory Infinitys, so I was very happy. Installation took a total of a couple of hours. If you use the Metra ASWC-1, you will have to splice a couple of wires to make it work, but the Crutchfield tech helped me figure it out and it took all of 5 minutes and it was up and running. Overall, an outstanding unit. Display is not as bright as I'd like and the pixelation is a little annoying to me, but that is pretty standard on 1 DIN units.

Pros: Lots of features, great sound, easy installation

Cons: Pixelation on display, hard to read in daytime

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Excellent product with all the features I needed, wanted.

Gregory from Poughkeepsie, NY on 7/12/2018

1996 Toyota Corolla

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Love this. First HU I've ever installed, was a piece of cake! Looks amazing. Biggest issue is glare, impossible to see with the sun out.

Pros: Beautiful!

Cons: Can't think of any! Nvm the impossibility of viewing during daylight hours.

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Crutchfield customer from Marysville, OH on 7/11/2018

1998 Ford Ranger

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This is the 3rd 8800 I've bought and I really like them a lot. My 1 and only concern is that they dont play lossless WMA. Even with that drawback it's still my #1 single din valve pick.

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Crutchfield customer from Fountain Hills, AZ on 7/8/2018

2001 Toyota Tacoma

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Installs easily, sounds good. The display has such poor reflection that you cannot use it during the day. App is poor.

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Crutchfield customer from Oakdale, CA on 7/7/2018

2007 Toyota Yaris

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Great stereo. HD FM stations are crystal clear. Be sure to determine if your favorite radio stations are broadcast in HD.

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Crutchfield customer from Tempe, AZ on 7/5/2018

2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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Easy to install, looks great, works great

Pros: Works great with my iphone

Cons: Display is a bit dim when it's sunny out

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Luis from Woodbridge, VA on 7/1/2018

1999 Chevrolet S10

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Awesome unit at a great price.

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Crutchfield customer from West Dundee, IL on 6/18/2018

2008 Honda S2000

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The head unit sounds great! Even with the factory speakers. The Team from Crutchfield were very help during the installation process. Especially with the steering wheel connections. Thanks for all of the help. Much appreciated!

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Nice headunit But....

Robert from Shreveport, LA on 5/27/2018

2016 Honda CRV

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Sounds very good, simple install, BIG drawback was the Display, Very hard to read in daylight ALMOST impossible at brightest setting and or color change.

Pros: Sounds very good, nice selection of adjustments to customize sound to car install. Crutchfield customer service and Tech support was great!

Cons: Display just doesn't cut it in Daylight .

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john from Henrico, VA on 5/23/2018

1997 Saturn SL1

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I love this deck. It does everything.

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Very frustrating

Jason from Little River, SC on 5/20/2018

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Very easy install. At first I thought it was amazing. Eq settings, filters, the whole 9. I've only had it for a week or so and already have an issue with the display. For whatever reason the unit will start beeping and flashing randomly while I'm listenint to fm, or my rear usb iPod. I will no longer be able to see the volume (it shows the speaker performance icons) though the volume will still adjust...and I can no longer scroll through the menu and the settings. If I could upload a video of this, I would. I end up having to pop out the face peice over and over again or shut the car off for a few mins before it decides to work again. May work for 5 mins, may work for a day. Then it goes back to freeze mode. Very frustrating for a high end brand valued at this price. I searched online looking for solutions, and checked all my connections. Have found nothing relating to this issue. The stock head unit on my 2008 cobalt was so much more Convenient to use and didn't cost me this much.

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Jason to help him further. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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John from Walhalla, SC on 5/7/2018

2006 Dodge Charger

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Works as expected.

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Crutchfield customer from Battle Ground, WA on 5/6/2018

1998 Ford Escort

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Excellent sound quality for the price. Strange intermittent beeps , bluetooth pairing is simple. Radio tuning could be better. I'm satisfied with the performance for the price.

Pros: The price is great, performance is great. Sound clarity when making calls is amazing.

Cons: Remote came with dead battery, It worked once. Bluetooth and hands free operation could be better.

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Great Product

Shawn from Laurel, DE on 5/1/2018

1997 Pontiac Firebird

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Great unit. Crutchfield makes it easy. Harness was excellent.

Pros: Easy to install, wiring harness is so nice. Great head unit.

Cons: None

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Bargain

Stephen from Kihei, HI on 4/26/2018

1997 Jeep Wrangler

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This is a great unit at a great price. Really stepped up my 97 Jeep system.

Pros: Good sound, easy install, great price.

Cons: Not a con but you really have to read the manual, there is a lot going on with this little jewel.

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Jeff from CO - Colorado on 4/22/2018

2001 Honda Accord

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The brightness of the display during daylight is practically useless. Which makes all the other features and settings useless, at least during the day. I can't believe Pioneer missed such a glaring problem. I'm very disappointed but it's installed now and I'll just have to live with it.

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Dave from Mount Holly, NJ on 4/22/2018

2006 Saturn ION 3

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Great unit, user friendly, easy installation, everything you need to install is included in your shipment, and can't beat the price. Very satisfied as always.

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Clean looking head unit, packed with features and sounds great

Crutchfield customer from Chesterton, IN on 4/10/2018

1987 Pontiac Fiero

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Crutchfield's customer service was great, shipping was fast and everything needed for the install was included. The DEH-X8800BHS itself is loaded with features and is very nice looking. I like that it is somewhat understated and very simple and clean looking. I bought this unit to replace an old Nakamichi unit that was very nice in its day but by today's standards was lacking some convenience features like bluetooth and USB support. The 6 channel 4 volt pre-outs were a selling point for me, as I am running a 5 channel amp with my system. While I am not an audiofile, the auto EQ and time alignment seemed to make very noticeable changes to the sound and improve the staging. There are infinite colors for the display which is nice, so you can tweak it any way you would like to match the factory displays of your car, or whatever your personal preference may be. As for the people that have complained about brightness, use some common sense, evaluate the contour of your dash and the angle that the radio faces before you go saying that it's not bright enough. Bluetooth paired easily and was easy to use. My personal preference is to use a USB drive though, it's like having a juke box in your dash, the music starts right where it left off. The Pioneer arc app takes a little messing around to get working right through bluetooth, but once you get it figured out it seems to work well and it's pretty cool that you can adjust all of the head units settings through an app on

Pros: -Clean and simple looking -6 Channel 4 volt pre-outs -Standard and network mode (changes your pre-outs from front, rear, sub to highs, mids, lows) -Infinite color display -Bluetooth and USB both very easy to use -Auto EQ and Time alignment

Cons: -Takes a little playing around to get use to which menu the setting you are looking for is found -Pioneer Arc app is a little tricky to sync through at first

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This one plays FLAC files!

Crutchfield customer from Owasso, OK on 3/26/2018

2001 Subaru Forester

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The main reason that I bought this player was because it could play FLAC files through the USB input....and it does! But, that's not all. It sounded head-and-shoulders better than my previous player which was no slouch. This player also has TONS of EQing options to tune your car to your liking.

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Jonathan from Grants Pass, OR on 3/18/2018

2007 Subaru Forester

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Good stereo, but seemed to be missing some screws that attach to my car dash housing. I like Pioneer. But I wish their equipment didn't look like it was packed by monkeys.

Pros: Great performance, amazing sound.

Cons: Lacked certain installation pieces

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Very good head unit

ShoppingB from Massachusetts on 2/28/2018

1991 Porsche 928S4

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Quick summary: Sounds fantastic. Easy install. Auto time alignment is great. Auto EQ was less so but manual EQ and xover is highly adjustable. The setup menu and controls are impossible to use without the instructions open in front of you. Buttons are tiny (why do they do this?), multipurpose, and confusing. Many display colors to match your interior. No display color except white is visible in sunlight. The ARC app crashes all the time and is very limited in functionality. Great connectivity to: Bluetooth anything, plus Android, iOS, and flash via the USB ports. (BTW I am having no trouble using my Gen 4 iPod Classic on the rear port, contrary to another reviewer's experience) HD Radio works very well - excellent sound, sensitivity, and selectivity. So nothing unexpected here for Pioneer fans: Excellent hardware, puzzling interface, buggy software. While I wish these issues were corrected, the problems disappear when everything is finally configured and working. If no one does a better interface I would definitely buy this unit again. The time alignment and equalization are absolutely phenomenal - like wearing headphones. And the unit is highly configurable - it's always difficult to find the menu function you want, but it's in there somewhere. (My setup is front 2-way component (4")speakers, rear 6.75 3 way coaxial, 200w powered 12" sub, and 2x90 watt/channel speaker amps.)

Pros: Sound and stereo imaging Configurability Input sources

Cons: Controls and interface ARC app

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arthur from Missouri on 2/27/2018

2006 Ford Explorer

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I bought this unit. I read all of the reviews, and decided I can deal with most of the cons, of this unit. I have had to swap out 2 units, and are about to swap out the third one. The head unit switches sources, by itself. For instance, I can be on a Bluetooth phone call and the head unit will switch to the radio, during the call. I push the phone icon and it will go back to my call. It will do it again. Back to the radio or Bluetooth music. I can be just riding down the highway and the source will switch by itself to the phone app, or another source. Crutchfield has been great sending me new radios, to replace the current ones. All of them have the same symptoms. I believe it is just this lot of 8800's. I bought a Pioneer, from Crutchfield before and had years of great radio. I have a different vehicle now that is why I am buying a new radio.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: display is not bright enough, and it changes sources by itself.

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Nice unit - so far, so good!

Kent from Anchorage, AK on 2/18/2018

2007 Dodge Ram 2500

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I got this unit to replace the factory radio (4 speaker system) in my 2007 Dodge Ram. Install was very straightforward. I ordered the prefab Crutchfield harness. I did have to call Crutchfield to ask about a plug in the vehicle wiring that was plugged into the factory radio, but had no spot in the new wiring harness. They were able to tell me immediately that it isn't used for this unit. Also, the harness came with a small black box wired in. Nothing like that in the factory harness. Apparently it is needed to provide constant current to the unit. Was a little confusing until I talked to them. The whole installation took about 2-1/2 hours. Would be much faster the second time around - it isn't difficult. Very nice fit in the dash. I bought this primarily so I could Bluetooth my iPhone, as well as stream music. So far, so good. It will even do voice dialing through Siri, by pushing a button on the head unit. Phone audio quality is good, both sending and receiving. The sound is very good - much better than the factory radio. Lots of adjustment. So far, the display is easy to read on a bright sunny day with snow on the ground. It pairs readily with my phone. Haven't tried with a second phone.

Pros: Easy install. Love the Bluetooth phone capability. Great sound for the price point. Good display. Solid 4.5 stars!

Cons: Would be nice to have a little better description of the wiring harness. I had to call a couple times to make sure I wasn't missing something during installation.

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Crutchfield customer from Eagle, CO on 2/16/2018

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Had the unit but retuned it due to the description did not say that the rear USB does not work with iProducts at all. Since then I talked to Pioneer and Crutchfield and that has been updated so not the unit for my needs. Pain in the but installing and to take it out and send it back for errors from Pioneer to list that... Not the best manual. However it still sounded great! I had no problems with the screen display at all. I wonder if people have angled dashes or the sunroof open? Even then I can still read it with the glair from my windows. Maybe get window tint if its a problem? Blutooth was easy to use. It was a good unit so wanted to leave the review. I ended up with a Kenwood KDC-x501

Pros: Sounded good

Cons: Bad manual on Pioneer. Had nothing about the rear port being only for Android so shame on them seeing they make dj stuff you would think to fix that.

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Crutchfield customer from Slidell, LA on 2/14/2018

2003 Mazda Miata

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Outstanding performance in a challenging installation. I installed this in a 2003 Miata with Bose Amplifiers. Crutchfield sent the unit completely wired, so all I had to do was literally plug and play. This was fantastic because I have very little patience trying to manipulate 24 gauge wires. Great job Crutchfield! This unit has all the features I wanted: seamless Bluetooth, HD radio and easy to integrate XM.

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Crutchfield customer from Cypress, TX on 1/18/2018

1996 Dodge Ram 1500

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Like the radio a lot, gave it 4 stars because the display is pretty dull in the sunlight

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Great radio!!

Crutchfield customer from Howell, NJ on 1/9/2018

1999 Chevrolet Corvette

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Easy installation, powerful crisp sound and great features!!

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Very happy with the result

Kevin from Franklin, IN on 1/3/2018

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I purchased this unit to replace the previous aftermarket head unit that developed tuner problems. I must say that even though this unit is much less expensive than the one it replaced, I am very impressed with it's performance. The FM front end is quite sensitive and seems to have a great ability to lock onto stations, even in HD. The presets are easy to set as well as use and there are plenty of them. The auto EQ generated an EQ/time delay/level set that greatly improved the sound of the rest of my system and I am very pleased with the result. It's kinda fun to hear the thing in action too. It makes an bunch of clicking and frequency sweep noises while you stand outside the car listening. It works well. I also like the three levels of loudness compensation that provides a lot of flexibility. The hands-free connection works flawlessly with my Android phone. I can hear and be heard quite well and the voice recognition works pretty well too. I've never been impressed with the sound of MP3s played over a bluetooth connection but the ASR Pioneer has implemented here really does make that format much more listenable. The downsides: the display can get a bit washed out in bright sunlight depending on your color choice (and there are many) and I still haven't figured out how to get the rear USB port to work. I have a USB port in my dash and while the DEH-X8800BHS is connected to it, It doesn't seem to recognize anything I connect to it. All in all a really nice unit!

Pros: Great sound, Very flexible, Really good value

Cons: Display can be washed out in bright sunlight, Still haven't gotten the rear USB port functioning.

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Dundreia from Birmingham, AL on 12/31/2017

1997 Dodge Ram 1500

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Mind blowing.

Pros: The Radio itself.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Ashton, WV on 12/29/2017

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The sound is great. It is the quirks that are my problem. I have the latest firmware. The USB will work fine then suddenly stop and display check USB. It does this with multiple cables and drives. Randomly when I start my car the unit does not power on and I have to do it manually. When it comes on the clock is reset.

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A great radio for Android users.

David from Oak Lawn, IL on 12/15/2017

2006 Nissan Sentra

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I recently installed this unit on my 2006 Nissan Sentra Special Edition. This unit has many customizing features, from the equalizer to time alignment and allowing the microphone to do the time alignment for you which is what I did and I must say it works very well. My bluetooth android phone connects flawlessly to this unit, spotify and pandora work great. I dont have to look at my phone to select my music; and the navigation will also play when in the pandora or spotify source. I have yet to try the Pioneer ARC app but honestly with all the features this already has I personally wouldn't be using it much. I have a 128GB thumb drive with a ton of music. I will say that it does take a while for it to initially connect but once it does I have not encountered any issues whatsoever. HD radio works very well and I love that the face of this unit has preset buttons, my old radio had no hard preset buttons. Keep in mind that this unit will ONLY ALLOW ONE USB TO BE USED FOR MUSIC AT A TIME! Yes, it has 2 usb inputs but only one can be active, the other can only be used for charging. You can always switch which usb you want active (the front or the rear) in the menu, but you iphone users you will be disappointed because the iphone must be connected via usb in order to use the all the spoitify and pandora features. Overall a good radio and a great radio for android users.

Pros: Great sound, loads of features, very easy menu to navigate.

Cons: Only one active usb at a time.

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Crutchfield customer from Anacortes,%20WA on 12/14/2017

2001 Acura Integra

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Sounds amazing. Bluetooth works flawlessly, main reason I bought this unit. ARC app makes audio adjustments incredibly easy.

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Crutchfield customer from Rome, GA on 12/11/2017

2004 Dodge Ram 1500

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Love it

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Crutchfield customer from Arkansas City, KS on 12/3/2017

1984 Chevrolet Blazer

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Awesome deck and a ton of features. Paired flawlessly with my Note 5 phone the first time.

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Crutchfield customer from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/12/2017

1999 Chevrolet Corvette

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gregg from North Port, FL on 11/12/2017

1999 Lincoln Town Car

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Everything I needed for a perfect installation in my Lincoln Town Car after the radio self tune itself can't believe the great sounding music with standard Factory speakers

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Crutchfield customer from Mobile, AL on 11/9/2017

2005 Dodge Dakota

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Super product, great service and shipping... As always Crutchfield is my go-to place for automotive audio equipment.

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Kamal from Las Vegas, NV on 10/25/2017

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Terrific single din head unit. Only thing keeping it from receiving a 5 star rating is that the rear USB input does not work for iPods.

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Very nice Radio

Arturo from Miami, FL on 10/7/2017

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Very happy with this unit. HD radio works perfect here in Miami, FL. I don't like very illuminated radios and with all the available settings a I was able to adjust the lighting just right.

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Crutchfield customer from Richmond, VA on 10/5/2017

2013 Fiat 500

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Installed in a 2013 Fiat Abarth. Really made the stock Beats speakers and amp come alive. Still working out the settings to get them to my liking.

Pros: Great features. Love this radio.

Cons: Only draw back I have found is the display doesn't seem to get bright enough during the daytime

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Crutchfield customer from St Cloud, MN on 9/28/2017

1998 Toyota Corolla

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Received the deck and found that it didn't come with any installation instructions. It stated in the owner's manual that you should not try to install this yourself, but have a professional install it. Luckily, I've done enough decks so it wasn't a problem. I like this way better than my Premier. It's way easier to get set up. With the Premier, I never did figure out how to get the presets set. I did once, and then forgot how I did it. This has the old school one touch button presets on it which I like. Some complained about the brightness of the screen in the daylight, but I thought the brightness was just fine. The other problem is they were to send a car-specific wiring harness between the car and the radio, and that never came, but I was replacing a deck where the wires were already cut so no big deal. This sounds great with no amp, although I noticed the gauge of wire was considerably smaller than the Premier wiring harness. It didn't seem to make any difference in sound quality though.

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Awesome head unit for the money!!!

Tim from Buford,Ga on 9/18/2017

2005 Honda Accord DX

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This Pioneer unit was ranked very hig for calue and the hat is why I purchased it, easy to install, and everything I needed for a very small amount of moolah.

Pros: Excellent bluetooth, packed with features and easy to install.

Cons: None

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Timothy from Rockville, MD on 9/12/2017

2007 Honda Civic SI

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I haven't spent as much time with the receiver as a I would have liked by now (wife drives the car more often than I) but overall it's very good. It has a strong radio tuner, good sound quality, and lots of audio settings. I love the fact that it has a 3-way network mode, which I'll be utilizing for my front stage once I pick up an amp for the Focal 165KR set. I would like to complain about the screen not being bright enough, though. It's completely unreadable mid-day with the sun out, and don't even think about seeing it with sunglasses. Also, the reaction time for changing tracks on my iPhone (wired) is very slow, like a full-second delay from pressing next to it actually changing. This happens when using the physical buttons on the faceplate, the steering wheel controls, or even the supplied remote. One particular bummer for my car (2007 Honda Civic Si) is that Honda likes to put their clocks in the radios, so you'll lose it when switching to an aftermarket. While this receiver does have a clock function, you won't see anything else at all when it's displayed, such as the iPod track information or Radio Data System (RDS) information.

Pros: Strong tuner, good sound, lots of audio settings, 3-way network mode

Cons: Dim screen (even on max brightness), slow reaction for changing tracks, clock display overrides all the rest of the displays

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Leon from Sumter, SC on 9/11/2017

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Very nice and easy install, the Radio takes a little time to get use too, the menus are very different from the DVD Pioneers. But the audio adjustments are superior!

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Justin from Foley,Alabama on 8/20/2017

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great head unit..pioneer did a great job with this unit.it even displays your phone battery percentage with connected with bluetooth.great equalizer also.

Pros: great sound and setup

Cons: none

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Excellent head unit.

David from Stonewall, La. on 8/13/2017

2002 Ford Ranger

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I've had a few days with this new deck, I'm so thrilled with it. Nearly infinite sound adjustability, the ARC app is VERY helpful for superior fine tuning! You must purchase this if you're searching for the ultimate single din unit! I just wish I could upload screenshots.

Pros: Sound, appearance, 3 sets of 4volt amp outputs and smartphone app control!

Cons: "Function" button isn't available on the remote.

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Great radio/CD/Sirius/BT/etc. Unit!

John from TX on 7/28/2017

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I purchased this receiver after looking hard at all of the other radios being offered at Crutchfield - and elsewhere. I installed it in a 2002 National RV Sea Breeze Class A motorhome; while the vehicle is 15 years old, the previous owners seldom used it (15,800 miles when we bought it) and it is in very good condition. It had what was once a very nice CD/radio, but it didn't have Sirius or Bluetooth. Installation was pretty easy - no install kit required - since the wiring between the Prestige P-950 and the Pioneer were color matched. The Sirius installation was interesting, too - but I'll review that unit separately. How does it sound? Wonderful! How is the HD radio reception? Great in town; I haven't taken the rig on the road yet. (My wife and a friend are at a bead retreat in Shreveport this weekend, so she can tell me what she thinks when she gets home in a few days.) The hands-free works great, too - although the cavernous motorhome does cause some echo for callers on the other end. Would I buy it again? Absolutely!

Pros: Sound, versatility, quality

Cons: None so far!

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Kevin from San Carlos, CA on 7/23/2017

2005 Toyota Corolla

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Love this receiver! My previous car had the Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS and I definitely prefer this one. It is nice to have physical preset radio station buttons and the volume wheel feels much more sturdy. Gave my stock Corolla speakers a little more life and the RCA pre-amp outputs will be nice for when I choose to upgrade to new speakers. I have noticed that other reviews claim the screen is unreadable during the day. I agree that it could probably be a little bit brighter, but it is definitely still readable. There is a brightness setting you can adjust in the illumination settings. All in all, a great receiver!

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Cannot beat the features and performance for the price.

Stan from Lake Forest, IL on 7/20/2017

1990 BMW 325IS

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So I traded in the Pioneer DEH-X8700BS for this model. Its basically the same model just one year newer. The main thing that I didnt like about the old Pioneer is that it had no physical preset buttons. I dont mind that on a large touch screen but not on a small area. Anyway onto the review of this radio. It has all the best things of the old one plus a few more. The sound quality is great, and to be honest I know many said its hard to tune (which it may be for someone who is used to just Bass and Treble), but compared to the outgoing model the menu structure is much better, and the ARC makes tuning and changing settings very easy, at least on the iphone. I will say that as others have said the display can get a little sun washed but I am putting it in a restored car which lights are dimmer so to me it blends very well. I would give it 5 stars the only thing that took one away is some of the settings are cryptic and if you not technical it could be challenging. Overall I really like this stereo, sound quality is great, I have all 3 preout sets going a 5 channel amp driving front and rear components and a 10" sub so I cannot comment on how it sounds driving speakers directly from the headunit. I dont think you will be sorry with this purchase.

Pros: Great features Good Sound quality Infinite color display to match any interior Multiple connection possibilities ARC App

Cons: The controls can be a bit complex for the average user

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Can't see display during the day.

Jake from Galesburg, IL on 7/9/2017

2001 Ford Ranger

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If you're looking for a head unit that is simple to use and easy to see, this is not the unit for you. Even when the color is set to white, its barely visible during the day, if visible at all. Gets frustrating. It is loaded with TONS of features. Some, in my opinion are great like the dual USB ports, bluetooth connection, included hands free equipment, spotify and pandora control, HD radio, etc. Some just complicate things like the eq, crossover, etc. I'm old school, I prefer a simple head unit with a separate eq. To me, it's just simpler to use. With the eq, crossover, etc built into this unit.. It's nice but can be a pain at the same time. Over all, if I had to do it over again, I would have bought something else. Then again, I'm not so upset with my choice that I complain too much. My overall opinion of this unit is stuck between love and hate. I would say the biggest downfall is the brightness, or lack of, of the display.

Pros: Lots of features. App compatible. Bluetooth ready. Hands free ready. Dual USB ports. Great sound, once set to your liking.

Cons: Built in sound adjustments get complicated at times/tricky to get sounding just right. Display is rarely visible during the day time, even set to white. Real frustrating!

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Misleading feature set & other issues

Rick from Wilsonville, OR on 6/19/2017

1993 Ford F Series

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Pretty disappointed in a few of things. First off, I am very comfortable with Pioneer products and it delivers their predictable great sound. There are a couple of things that are pretty hard to get past, however, & I will probably be returning it. First is the USB issue. The product description states that there are 2 USB inputs and that is true, but it fails to tell you that you can only use 1 at a time. You have to choose which USB is active in the initial set up & then the other one can only act as a charging port. This is super disappointing as 2 USB was my primary reason to choose this unit. Second is that once you choose Bluetooth to sync up to your phone, you can't run an iPod separately as a source. It will only sync up to one Apple device at a time without having to go into the menu settings and changing the source. Since trying to use this unit without ARC is very difficult due to the 3rd issue, this sucks! Third issue. For some reason, the combination of a VERY dim display, coupled with unbearable glare on the front makes this unit completely unreadable. I don't really care about that for music info as it is a single line display but for using the menu, it is horrible. I have tried a number of things but the curved glass & the angle of my dash make this a real problem.

Pros: *Great Pioneer sound

Cons: *Two USB inputs but only one is usable at a time. The other is disabled except for charging *Very dim display that is difficult to read during the day *Horrible glare on the face making the above issue worse *Only 1 Apple device can be synced at a time, this makes using an iPod & ARC control on my phone a no-go.

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Crutchfield customer from Concord, NC on 6/12/2017

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Sound quality is really nice. A number of functions included in this unit adds to the versatility of the unit. The cons that I experienced is the automated EQ setting did not work. It would not produce the tone for the mic to tune the system.

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Excellent sound

Richard A from Kirkland, WA on 6/3/2017

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera

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Excellent stereo. Maverick was very helpful finding the right product to replace the aging Alpine on my boat. the DIY install was very straight forward. It has so many features that I have to get some help from my techie son to access them all.

Pros: Great value

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Supports HD Audio FLAC up to 24B/96K, Nice App

Gary from Katy, TX on 5/31/2017

1997 Toyota Supra

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The DEH-X8800BHS supports HD Audio FLAC up to 24B/96K which allows me to play 99.9% of what I have. I have so few 24B/192K files so it's not a huge issue for me. The App allows easy access to many functions that are buried in a menu in the unit. The sound quality is as good as previous Pioneer units, which has been fantastic for me in the car. Bluetooth phone calls work great and sound clear. If Pioneer upgrades the display and adds Gapless audio playback on a future unit I would consider that unit but until then I'm sticking with this one. It's not a perfect unit, maybe one step back on display but two steps forward with improved audio and app integration.

Pros: Supports HD Audio FLAC up to 24B/96K. The Android App allows easy access to many functions that are buried in a menu in the unit. Bluetooth phone calls work great and are clear.

Cons: No Gapless Audio playback! The display isn't quite as useful as previous DEH-X8700BH. That unit had a little time gauge which let you know how long the song was and where you were in it. Also it displayed sample rates of FLAC files which was nice to see. Directions to make the App work are poor.

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Crutchfield customer from Minnesota on 5/30/2017

2007 Honda Fit Sport

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Does everything, I love it!

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Crutchfield customer from New Jersey on 5/29/2017

2005 Dodge Ram 1500

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Great product, easy install overall. Bluetooth microphone for phone and music works better than I thought.

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Vern from Lexington, MA on 5/22/2017

2002 Toyota 4Runner

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It did not fit in the 2002 Toyota 4runner because the rca plugs are on the opposite side compared to other head units out there. You might need a right angle rca adapter. Even with the adapters it's still annoying because of the connector spacing and chassis design. The aux input makes a ringing sound when nothing is connected to it. It goes away when you connect a phone to it. The sound quality without any sound processing is comparable to other head units.

Pros: Good sound processor options Auto Eq works good Fast Bluetooth firmware updates No audible noise problems

Cons: RCA plugs on wrong side Display dim in sunlight

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Good basic all around head unit

Charlie from Mount Juliet, TN on 4/27/2017

2003 BMW 3 Series

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As advertised! Decent power, lots of features, good bluetooth connectivity. So many features, though, it's a little hard to get around all of them. Figure it out before you start driving. The manual is not very well written, though. Obviously translated and not well proofread by native speaker. Also, the microphone setup routine does a pretty good job of setting the basic tone controls, and you can tweak from there. Recommended installation parts made the installation pretty seamless. The master sheet is a little thin on how to actually disassemble the dash for my 325i, but there's lots of online videos for that. Also, Crutchfield's phone support was helpful to figure out the wiring harness.

Pros: Lots of features

Cons: Confusing manual

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Fidel from Brooklyn, NY on 4/24/2017

2000 Dodge Intrepid

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I love pioneer x8800bhs stereo, it was easy to install easy setup

Pros: Easy installation, great sound

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Monty from Lawrence, KS on 4/23/2017

2007 Nissan Xterra

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This is a phenomenal unit. It has an endless array of functions. All very easy to access and set up. The display is beautiful and has so many color and information settings there is something for everyone. I love this head unit!

Pros: Everything

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DAVID from Lexington, NC on 4/16/2017

1999 Jeep Wrangler

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It's as good as I need. The wiring instructions for the novice is poorly laid out. Took a while to see what they were trying to tell me. Still trying to figure out half the settings. Hope you have some time to kill.

Pros: Good quality Pioneer product.

Cons: Over my head with all the bells and whistles but I needed HD radio and Bluetooth.

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John from St Louis, MO on 4/10/2017

1992 Jaguar XJS

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Great stereo except for the display. In the light of day, the display is hard to read. Functions are great and Bluetooth connects quickly. Stereo power is great and drives the kicker speakers with authority. I used the installation sleeve and that made the install easy.

Pros: Sound, functions and power

Cons: Display brightness.

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Great product

Scott from Delhi, CA on 4/2/2017

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Excellent sound quality,and being able to run it with my phone is perfect.

Pros: USB port in the back, Bluetooth, phone app, great sound

Cons: None

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Julio from Newark, NJ on 4/2/2017

1989 Honda Civic

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The radio is awesome, I like the quality it's features. It's one of the best radio's I've had yet. It made my system very clear, it sounds so good. Thank you Crutchfield you guys are the best and back up your products. Will deffenitly tell everyone about you guys.

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Crutchfield customer from Amarillo, TX on 4/1/2017

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Love this pioneer!!

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Crutchfield customer from Wichita, KS on 3/24/2017

2003 Nissan Pathfinder LE

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Good radio for price. Sounds great. A lot of features. Bluetooth works good. Would recommend this radio

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Crutchfield customer from Staten Island, NY on 3/19/2017

1995 Honda Civic

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Aswome radio , it is well worth the price tag and has a lot to offer

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Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 3/13/2017

2010 Honda Element LX

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I like my new deck. Wish I would have replaced my factory unit years ago. Crutchfield staff answered all my questions. Great help. B

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Good "Solid" Model

Jon from Eastern Iowa on 3/6/2017

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Solid unit with good features - dual USB and HD Radio was why I picked the model

Pros: Quality Pioneer product

Cons: Price on this model is a little high for the additional HD Radio capabilityj

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Great equipment!

Matt from Dallas, TX on 3/4/2017

2001 Ford F-150

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Purchased this unit from Crutchfield. Fast dilevery. Installed easily into my 2001 F150 Supercab. Also purchased the Pioneer 4 channel compact amplifier to compliment this radio. The system has excellent sound, very clear using my 16 year old Pioneer 6x8 3way's . The head unit has a good display that is bright enough to read during the day. The hands free Bluetooth phone works very well. For a compact unit, it is well worth the money.

Pros: Ease of use. Great features. Excellent sound

Cons: Non so far

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Crutchfield customer from Ft Collins, CO on 3/1/2017

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Great sound after spending some time fine tuning audio parameters. Installation instructions were very helpful. I'm happy with this unit!

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Mixed Can of nuts

Christopher from Carriere, MS on 2/28/2017

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Most of my grief comes from the the APP. I have the MOTO Z Android and It will not let me select SXM. It will not display SXM data. Can not change HD radio station 2,3 etc from the app. The Time alignment from the APP, when you switch seating positions loses your distances and level adjustments. Then when you switch it back, they are still messed up. The "Source Scroll" is too sensitive, it should be a 2x3 grid where the user can select the sources. Very Poor Execution of the app. the head unit function is a 4/5 stars if you don't use the app. I have contacted PIONEER on the issues repeatedly about the APP issues , but no replies.

Pros: Meh

Cons: APP, APP, APP, APP

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Christopher, we're sorry you're having issues with your new receiver. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Very Nice in my 2006 Rubicon

Joe from Orange, Tx on 2/22/2017

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This receiver met and or exceed my expectations. Looks good, fits good, sounds good. All the features I wanted plus some.

Pros: This thing is all that it's advertised to be and more.

Cons: None for me

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Amazing Quality

Mitch from Mount Pleasant, MI on 2/21/2017

2003 Infiniti G35

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Fantastic quality and amazing sound. Great product, great company!!

Pros: Fantastic sound quality Amazing features Perfect head unit!

Cons: None

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Excellent sonic performance with factory speakers

Nathan from Denver, CO on 2/15/2017

2004 MINI Cooper

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From a price/performance point of view, this is an excellent receiver. Installation worked just fine, according to the installation and kit from Crutchfield. One hiccup - it worked fine with all inputs the day I installed it - I took the car out for a long test drive to test out all the features and sound of the unit. Next day, it refused to recognize any USB input. I reset the unit completely, followed all instructions to initialize the right USB port, nothing worked. I resorted to re-flashing the firmware (it was already the latest, but I did it anyway) and it seemed to fix it. We'll see if it 'forgets' the USB inputs again... No other inputs were affected - Bluetooth, Radio, CD, etc. all worked fine throughout. Luckily, the firmware flash is very easy - just a blank USB stick and the downloaded file from the Pioneer website.

Pros: Sound, features

Cons: USB inputs dropped out, needed firmware re-flash

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John from Manchester Township, NJ on 2/13/2017

1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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overall good stereo but radio reception is not great

Pros: blue tooth works well,

Cons: poor radio reception

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Great deck, great price

Ross from Minneapolis, MN on 2/6/2017

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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Well, so far the deck is almost everything I hoped for. Got it hooked up to a brand new complete system in my Chevy 3/4 ton. New door speakers front and rear, Over sized cables running power to it all.Two amps for power, so deck can just chill on it's own. 12" Rockford Fosgate sub. Rocks. Pairs with my iphone well, but could do it faster most of the time. And I can't get it to run my ipod off the rear Aux running into my glove box, but work when I use the front Aux. Would have gave it 5 stars if that wasn't an issue. Looks and sound great, very cool deck. Ross -

Pros: Looks cool, sounds great. Good price and easy to use.

Cons: Rear aux won't run ipod, and pairs with iphone a little slow.

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Purchased to replace factory head unit that had the 'magic smoke' come

Jim from Indianapolis, IN. (north side) on 1/30/2017

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Installation was a breeze using the Crutchfield supplied dash trim kit, wiring plug, steering wheel controls adapter and supplied instructions. I only had to add some heat-shrink to protect all connections. The unit itself has a ton of features, and the bluetooth connection for phone calls is 1st rate for quality & clarity. (I mounted the mike dead square above the rear-view mirror). Streaming from Pandora or SPOTIFY as clear and of full dynamic range, not out of a tin box. HD radio is sensitive & picks up FM HD signals from 50+ miles away even using the factory stubby antenna. HD radio now has me spoiled, as it's as clear as a CD, and I've found quiet a number of 'new' FM stations to listen to in the Indianapolis area. 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara FLAC audio recordings play great thru the USB port, and the AE/TD setup with the supplied microphone was kinda fun to watch & listen as the head unit automatically set the EQ curve for the interior of my vehicle. I gave the unit five for five on the stars, and the only item I can find to nit-pick is the brightness of the display..... even set at '10', it's a bit tuff to see on a bright day. The display dims perfectly when the headlights are switched on, and that dimming feature is a real plus in my book.

Pros: Everything the unit offers is above criticism. HD radio is clear & strong tuner capability. Bluetooth has great dynamic range, weather speaking on the phone or streaming music.

Cons: Display intensity lacking on a bright, sunlit day. (but that is not enough to pass this unit by)

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Bluetooth workscwell

Crutchfield customer from Layton, UT on 1/22/2017

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I really like the simplicity, yet advanced features. I had a concern from reviewing other brands with Bluetooth consistency and this unit is darn near perfect. With the appropriate harness it plugged straight into the OEM amps sad sounds great. My only complaint is there still seems to be a desire to make the face light up like something from Saturday Night Fever. You can turn it off and configure colors and display well enough, but a little silly this stuff is still there. For the value and features I would highly recommend this unit.

Pros: Consistent bluetooth Easy integration to OEM amps Good value

Cons: Disco dome light feature needs to be shut off

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RYAN from Owosso, MI on 1/11/2017

1999 Chevrolet Suburban

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I bought this to replace the DEH-X9600BHS that I installed in the spring due to the user/driver friendliness of this model. The preset buttons on the face were the main draw, but Pioneer also made the display far easier to read. I haven't had it out on a sunny day yet, but the larger characters on the display are a huge improvement to me. The 9600 was a nice unit, but a little unsafe if you were channel surfing, especially with a SiriusXM radio added to it. I also like the way the faceplate comes off of this unit compared to the older radios. I find it easier to reinstall than the old style.

Pros: Preset buttons on the faceplate. Larger characters on the display. Front USB port.

Cons: None so far.

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Edwin from RINCON PR on 1/2/2017

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EXCELENTE PRODUCTS

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Crutchfield customer from La,ca' on 12/25/2016

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Good service excellent product

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Amanda from Illinois on 12/3/2016

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Easy to operate, great features, produces great sound.

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Great unit, Fantastic support!

Paul from Bothell, WA on 11/27/2016

1979 BMW 733I

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This is the latest of several Pioneer units I've put in the cars I've owned over the last decade or so. I'm familiar with the menu structure, so I'm over that hurdle. This one has some features that I wasn't familiar with so I got thrown off a bit during installation and had to consult the manual to set it up. I recommend reading through the manual if you haven't put one of these in before! I put this in an older car, a '79 BMW 733i. The previous owner(s) had long ago replaced the OEM stereo unit with a Kenwood, but had not replaced the wires to the rear speakers. When I wired this Pioneer up directly as the older Kenwood had been done, it didn't work. I called Crutchfield's tech service and they zeroed in on the issue right away. It took them longer to get me to understand it because I was dim and stubborn. But they were patient and polite and eventually I came to understand that I needed to run separate ground wires to my speakers to replace the common ground that worked fine in '79 but not in '16. That took me a bit more time, but afterwards the unit works and sounds as terrific as I expected it would. I'd probably give the unit itself four stars, just due to the cryptic nature of some of the settings, but the Crutchfield team gets the fifth star. I've been a Crutchfield customer for almost 40 years now (I bought a Craig "Powerplay" in the late '70s), and will continue to be one for as long as I can still drive and enjoy music while doing so.

Pros: Great sound and features

Cons: Cryptic High Pass Filter setup nomenclature - a minor quibble

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Great bang for the buck

Bart from Miami on 11/23/2016

1995 Mazda Miata

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Tons of features, powers speakers nicely (5" coax) some will want/need to ad an amp. looks nice and clean Price to features can't be beat.

Pros: Great Price to features Clean looking unit

Cons: For some the amp maybe a con. 13 watts only but not a con for me.

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This one was the best for the bucks

James T from Walworth, WI on 11/20/2016

2015 Honda Civic SI

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I sent back a comparable, more expensive Kenwood receiver in exchange for this one. I saw that this Pioneer has a Bluetooth 3.0 while the Kenwood - and most others for that matter - have just a Bluetooth 2.1 which is from 2006 and with which I've struggled in the past. There is Bluetooth 4.0 and 5.0 now, but I do not see any car stereo receivers with more than 3.0. I think that is important. This unit does not have quite the RMS power of the Kenwood though (13 watts vs. 22 watts). I'm using an amp. I probably wouldn't have used an amp if this unit had more RMS. It's a nice piece with some other good features like a Time Delay and EQ sensing system. And it has 4 watt line out. That's very good. It is still too complicated to set easily. I'd rather have a extra dial and easier set ability. No one make it as easy to set as the factory radios.To get a Five Star rating from me it would have to have less complicated procedure for setting features. I cant figure most of it out.

Pros: 3.0 Bluetooth

Cons: Complicated to set the features

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David from Medina, TN on 11/19/2016

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Love the sound and it does all it says it will.

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Would be good if not for glitchy firmware

Shawn from Kaneohe, HI on 11/10/2016

2005 Toyota Corolla

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Great features, but looks like I'll be returning this head unit due to the fact that the firmware is glitchy. 80% of the time, pressing the volume knob will not go into the main menu. The display will say main menu and then go straight back to track info. The HU reads music off of my android phone when plugged in via usb cable when it feels like it. Also, the display intermittently shows the phone menu on its own, so I have to constantly back out of it to switch tracks and what not...

Pros: Improved overall sound production with stock speakers. Interface seems faster than kenwood decks. Multi color display. No probs seeing display, but of course some colors will look dim due to the nature of the led. i.e. Red. Clear HD Radio Radio reception has improved over stock HU.

Cons: Glitchy firmware Doesn't always read music from Android phones plugged in via usb cable

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Crutchfield customer from Franklin Park, IL on 10/20/2016

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Nice receiver. No problems seeing the display. Instructions could be more helpful. Too many sources to scroll through, especially considering I don't use half of them. It's kind of silly that you can't use both USB ports at the same time. Otherwise I'm happy with it.

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Poor build quality, functional issues

Tom from Torrington, ct on 10/13/2016

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS

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First 8800bhs arrived with scratches on face. Obviously used. Arranged for exchange. While waiting, tested unit. High noise floor. (the background hiss sound when quiet passages are playing, or between tracks) Typically, you want as low a noise floor as possible. This unit it was obvious the the point of annoyance. Further, obvious popping when the unit starts. NOT typical amp turn on pop. I tested multiple amps - Tru tech, Phoenix gold, zapco, infinity, even sony. Every single one had the issue. The pop was isolated to the unit and it's timing on the activation of the remote line in relation the the activation of the audio outputs. As if that wasn't enough, the unit cracks and pops in between audio tracks. Both on usb and CD. Every single time the song changes. Every. Single. Time. Again, isolated to the unit and it's handling of a very brief audio mute between tracks. Same issue as before - when audio is reinitialized, it pops. And to continue the saga, there is audible noise every time a button is pressed. Thinking it defective, as it was obviously used prior, Crutchfield sent me a 2nd unit. Same issues. The pops weren't as loud, but there. Same noise floor. And this one, the CD player failed 20 minutes in. Great. Working with Crutchfield on getting a 3rd unit, and I have my fingers crossed. If this one too has issues, I give up. Very disappointed. Pioneer was great, my p880prs ran for years. Btw tests both in car, and on test bench via 20a 12v suppl

Pros: It turned on

Cons: Doesn't function as intended.

Crutchfield response on 11/14/2016
Thanks to Tom's in-depth review, we're certainly re-evaluating our procedure for determining the status of "Open Box" products. We apologize to Tom for the troubles, and as he noted, we're working to get him a car stereo that fulfills his needs.

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"Awesome Radio"

Paul from Glen Head, NY on 9/16/2016

1987 Buick Grand National

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This radio is .....Awesome.... It out performed units with more power. Including Kenwood and JVC. It also has lots of features. It uses the wattage very efficiently for a high quality output. Lots of adjustments to create what ever sound pleases you in both the highs and lows. I should've selected this unit first. It would've saved a lot of time and effort on both Crutchfield and myself.

Pros: Lots of features. Great range of sound with less wattage than competitors. Good face layout. (As good as you can get for the real estate available). Easy to install.

Cons: A slight hit on the brightness of the display. Much better than the competition but, since Pioneer out shines on the performance, it's disappointing they are short on the display. But it seems to be a general problem for this type of unit.

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Good Value for features, USB and ARC app usage ease of use

Edward from Massachusetts on 9/14/2016

2000 BMW Z3

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Sound is great after using Auto EQ and Time adjustment, Bluetooth works great very easy to use and setup, Pandora and Spotify work very well through Bluetooth, they will start the App and let you control these apps very nicely (Android) Biggest gripe, which almost made me return the unit is the confusing nature of the USB ports: Only one can be active at a time - and that must be configured to the usage - which is memory or App control. If you do not do this correctly you can not start/select the ARC App, or you won't read your USB flash drive. The menu system is not friendly at all in this regard - you must make sure you power off unit to select the Active (front/rear) port, then also make sure you select memory or app control over USB - this is still proving to be difficult to change between using the ARC app and also using USB as flash drive - don't expect like I did to easily switch between front and rear and the ARC app and USB flash drives - be prepared to be frustrated - this is coming from a software engineer who writes embedded software and has been doing car stereo systems for 30 years and many cars.. There were also issues with USB reading 16 gig flash drive which worked in my old unit (JVC Arsenal). I think I will be happy with this unit keeping USB to be memory, and using Bluetooth. The ARC app is ok for setup viewing and adjusting EQ and Color, but I won't be using it for now to control the unit (maybe later)

Pros: Auto Tuning using provided mic produces great Sound customized to your system. Bluetooth integration. ARC app is nice to have for setup - but frustrating to use in real world

Cons: Dim Display, yep it's true, white seems blueish - I adjusted it to get a little better. One active USB port at a time, also USB port must be configured for Memory or App control. Menu system to switch between these modes is confusing and time consuming - would be nice if both USB could be active - one for ARC app one for USB memory flash..

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Great radio for the price!

Crutchfield customer from Orange, Tx on 9/12/2016

2009 Toyota Yaris

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The 13 band EQ is amazing, the radio has great sound as expected from Pioneer, the only thing I didn't like was that it couldn't Bluetooth both Apple and Android at the same time.

Pros: Great Sound, EQ is flat out amazing if you have good aftermarket speakers.

Cons: Hard to read the screen during heavy sunlight. Can't Bluetooth Apple and Android products at the same time.

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Nice New Audio!

Rick K from Fremont, CA on 9/9/2016

2000 Honda Insight

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This little sound system is a great value! Installation, thanks to Crutchfield and online videos, was a breeze! Radio interface took a little getting used to, but I think I have down now! Factory Instructions aren't the greatest! I wish the front panel wasn't so glossy, and that the materials were slightly more robust! Illumination color options are fantastic! Overall, I am very pleased!

Pros: Great sound! Very clean Design!

Cons: Glossy front panel, making it difficult to read during the day, materials feel a little flimsy!

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Good unit

Dwain from Missoula, MT on 9/4/2016

2000 Honda Accord

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This has been a good unit so far. The installation was fairly straightforward and easy to do. I expected the free installation instructions to come in the box and I did not see the email with those instructions until after I had already installed the device, but they were not all that necessary.

Pros: Good sound Easy to install Equalizer

Cons: Displayed information is not that relevant most of the time. Would like to see the clock and the station/music info without having to switch display methods. When it switches from standard to HD radio on one local station, the music skips ahead a second or so. Which is pretty annoying, but I doubt it is an issue with the device.

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Great unit with one downside

Venom from Austin, TX on 8/28/2016

2013 Fiat 500

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The good stuff: This is a great unit. The sound is crisp and clear and so much better than any OEM head unit. The features are great for the price and the added ability to change colors, calibrate sound with an external mic, and Siri hands free, to name a few, are great for the money. I really enjoy having at least one knob for volume (instead of a button). It's easy to reach and doubles as a menu button. The HD radio grabs stations quickly and sounds very nice. The Pioneer app (free) is a nice touch for playing and viewing both my own library or the radio. Phone calls are clear on both ends and using Siri to make calls has been great. The OK: Access to my iPhone can be a little twitchy. Sometimes Bluetooth is seamless and my music plays without fail. Sometimes it just stops. The same for the iPod access via USB. It's something I can get over but it's a bit disappointing. The bad: The display is not bright enough to see. I've tried every setting but with any sunlight, it's just too dim. It's a HUGE disappointment in a great unit. I live in Texas and have dark tinted windows. I still can't see it. The best color is white for the display, but it's just way too dim. The best: Crutchfield support is the best! I had to call multiple times for help with connecting to make sure I could use my steering wheel controls. If it weren't for support, it never would have happened. I can't thank them enough!!!!!

Pros: Features Price Clarity Quality

Cons: Display is too dim

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great bass ! color match my 2002 Yukon Denali green ^_^

Juan from Quebradillas, PR on 8/26/2016

2002 GMC Yukon

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I think this radio unit should be just fine I really like the fact that I can use USB storage device to have all my tunes good bass can be tweaked of course color I was able to matched to my GMC Yukon 2002 Denali gauges I really enjoy the fact that I was able to keep the steering wheel control buttons using the adapter ASWC-1 in my case the wire that goes connected to the steering wheel control is yellow and green on pin number 14 of the 2002 GMC Yukon Denali all work really well and I'm happy, about sound us really enjoyable ^_^

Pros: for me the USB storage is better than carrying around many CD lol the color can be matched to your vehicle, the illumination can be adjusted, also have sub woofer preamp but I do not use that option I just use the factory installation of the adapter fro my GMC OEM-1 the radio looks really elegant and shinny I''m mean I don't want to make this review complicated, just get this one if you are not so picky you be just fine I love it ! ^_^

Cons: the only downside is that the Metra kit adapter's screws aren't long enough to reach the radio, I have to purchase similar ones to secure the radio to the Metra adapter plastic clip but successfully installed into my dash ^_^ is a cons but soft cons lol

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Crutchfield customer from Fond du Lac, WI. on 8/25/2016

1983 Chevrolet Camaro

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I have using Pioneer products for over 30 years. This is one of the best car stereos I have gotten. Fairly easy to setup & use even for an old guy like me (59) . Instructions are also easy to understand. I paired it with 4x6 pioneer speakers in front & infinity 6x9' in the rear of my 83 camaro. Sound is great.

Pros: Lots of features for the price. Bluetooth.

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Excellent deck with tons of features!

Bill from Waco, TX on 8/24/2016

2002 Chevrolet Corvette

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This is a very easy to use deck with a ton of features and great sound quality.

Pros: Tons of inputs and ease of usage

Cons: None

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Great affordable HU with everything you need

Kurt from Butler, NJ on 8/20/2016

1995 BMW M3

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I'm a professional musician, and recording studio owner. Audio really matters to me. I'm also a BMW enthusiast, which means that achieving a mostly stock look and functionality are also very important. This unit does both well. I've always loved Pioneer HUs for their relatively understated look, and their display color selection. I have this head unit matching the OEM Amber displays in my 95 M3 perfectly. From an audio perspective, for a HU under $200 it gives you everything you need to obtain a great sound. Good audio conversion, useful EQ, and 4 level 'loudness' settings to drive the speakers in the way that best suits your system, car, and the music you're listening to. Bluetooth integration is seemless, and calls sound great on both ends. Would absolutely recommend to those looking for a clean, simple, great sounding solution that doesn't break the bank.

Pros: Audio quality, Clean look, easy to use

Cons: None

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Fantastic Head Unit

Javier from North Palm Springs, CA on 8/18/2016

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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This head unit is head unit is amazing! It has all the features a head unit should. For thee price, you're getting a load of features most people won't even need but if you want to build a good system, this is a great place to start. Like others said, the menumber is not as user friendly as others but a quick look at the manual fixes that right away.

Pros: Loads of features, best head unit for the price (and I did hours of research), great company with a great reputation!

Cons: Semi complicated menus. But that's part of learning how to use it.

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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

Crutchfield customer from Waukegan, IL on 8/14/2016

1999 Buick Park Avenue

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Excellent with my $2000 system

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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

scox from Austin, TX on 8/14/2016

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Excellent head unit/receiver... I did a bunch of research to find the best iPhone companion for both streaming audio and phone calls and the Pioneer 8800 definitely fits the bill. Phone pairing is easy; Pandora, BT audio; phone calling and receiving all work beautifully. Also important to have dual USB ports to accommodate a music library thumb drive in the glove box and a front port for phone charging ... works like a champ. The unit sounds great and with all the flashy disco lighting effects turned off, it looks nice and clean in the console. Lots and lots of features and control options, but the manual is pretty cryptic and barely serviceable as a guide... had to read it many times, experiment and still wondering about some of the features. Everything is there but just not intuitive. One of the undocumented "discoveries" was that phone call audio uses the REAR pre-outs exclusively (no phone audio through the FRONT)... I only needed 2 pre-outts to feed the factory amp that drives all the speakers in my '95 SL320 and chose the FRONT. BT and every other type of audio worked perfectly but no phone output. Crutchfield support guys worked with me over a couple of days and eventually we switched the line outs to the REAR and bingo -- worked perfectly. Would be nice for that detail to be in the manual. The only true negative for me is the glare on the display... night and in shade all is well; in ANY sun it is unreadable. A pain for phone calls.

Pros: Great sound and excellent iPhone BT app/audio/phone connectivity.

Cons: With any sun there is really bad glare on the display -- unreadable.

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"Perfect Upgrade"

Tom from Davidson, NC on 8/8/2016

2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS was the perfect after market solution for replacing the factory system. Has all the features that I was looking for and the quality of Pioneer is always a great value.

Pros: Seamless integration with the factory wiring harness. All of the features I was looking for, most importantly the second USB port.

Cons: None

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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS an excellent buy.

Ken C. from Providence, RI on 8/7/2016

1999 Volkswagen Passat

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I am very happy with this cd/HD radio.

Pros: Easy to install and setup and works great

Cons: NONE

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Very good radio

Rich S from McCordsville, IN on 7/28/2016

2007 Chrysler Town and Country

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this radio works very good. I used the auto EQ did not get out of the car the first time wow was it loud. The BT works well. The radio is complicated so read all the instructions so that you can set it up correctly and tune in the radio.

Pros: features are great sound quality is really good.

Cons: wish the Bluetooth(BT) had a way of answering from the steering wheel but I understand that since my vehicle did not have that option to begin with it would be hard.

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The perfect stereo

Alan C. from Traverse City, MI on 7/27/2016

2005 Chrysler Sebring

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After looking at many car stereos on Crutchfield and reading numerous product reviews, I went with the Pioneer. Good choice! It was a snap to install with the wiring harness Crutchfield included, and it works well with my steering wheel controls after I installed that add-on, which I also purchased from Crutchfield. I like the ability to set two different colors for the control knob and the display, and it is actually pretty bright, though I can't see it in bright sunlight when my convertible top is down. C'est la vie; I doubt there are any stereos that would be visible in that situation.

Pros: Value, "clean and cool" look, easy to use controls. Sound is very good. I also really like the dual USB connectors, one on the faceplate and one in the back of the unit that I ran to my glove box.

Cons: Display is bright, but insufficient in bright sunlight to see.

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Nice head

Jay from South river,nj on 7/17/2016

2003 Honda CRV LX

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Great unit ..love all the options sounds great...bluetooth is nice feature also love the rear USB port..I'm able to keep ipos in glove compartment out of sight. Wish it came with a case for the detachable face...

Pros: Bluetooth,USB port, remote,hands-free

Cons: Display during the day

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Good value

RPC from Streamwood, IL on 7/11/2016

2000 Audi A4

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3.5 stars. I love being able to stream Spotify or Pandora from my phone via BT and also listen to HD Radio. Taking calls through the unit is also convenient since it automatically mutes whatever you're listening to and pushes the phone call audio through the car's speakers. I like the auto tune feature that automates the equalization and timing alignment of each speaker to create a really nice soundstage. However, if you have midbass drivers (in addition to tweeters, midrange, and sub), there is no way to automatically tune those in the process. You'd have to combine the midbass with either the midrange or sub preamp signal and use a crossover or built in crossover in a multi-channel amp to tune the proper frequencies for the midbass. This makes tuning more difficult. However, I don't think you can find any HU under $200 with 8 channel preamps. If only I could afford Pioneer's Stage 4. For the price of the 8800, I can't complain. Although my rating may lead you to believe I'm somewhat unsatisfied, let me assure you that this head unit has allowed me to upgrade my system from the stock Bose and achieve a sound that is 10x better. And I'm not sure any other HU under $200 sold through Crutchfield has Spotify capability, so that was a huge plus for me.

Pros: BT Spotify streaming and hands free calls Auto tune and equalization feature

Cons: Biggest gripe: Terrible glare on display makes it impossible to see in daylight with most colors. Impossible to see red during the day. White is the best. Faceplate seems flimsy - cheap lightweight plastic - and it doesn't come with a case. The rest of the unit seems well built and the buttons have nice tactile feedback when pushed. Does not have a dedicated radio scan button. You have to hold it down which ends up skipping stations.

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great deal

jim from Georgia on 7/4/2016

2003 Dodge Ram 1500

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I like this product, it was just what I was looking for. Easy installation only took 40 minutes. I followed the directions that came with the system. Also fits great in the dodge.

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DEH-X8800BHS

Damon R. from Michigan on 6/28/2016

2006 Nissan 350Z

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Good value for the money. Has the latest Bluetooth protocol and allows Siri hands-free. It's pretty cool that you can update the head unit settings via a smartphone app. Sound quality seems OK, if I try to use the 'bass boost' or adjust the EQ to enhance the bass, the factory subwoofer gets all overloaded and sounds awful. The only annoyances so far are that right when you get in the car, the system pairs with your phone. As it is pairing, you cannot view the clock. It would be nice if it would pair in the background and allow me to see other info in the display. Also, I wish the face plate wasn't so shiny. A matte finish on the display (like the factory system) would be a closer match for the mostly matte interior. The shininess of the otherwise tastefully designed head unit really stands out now.

Pros: - Good value - 4V amp outputs - Latest Bluetooth - Siri hands-free

Cons: - Bluetooth pairing locks display (can't see clock when you start vehicle) - Face unit too shiny, imho; stands out in interior

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Orlando U. from Pinehurst, NC on 6/26/2016

2006 Audi A3

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I decided to upgrade my 8 year old Alpine receiver with IMPRINT sound manager in my Audi A3. I've been a Alpine follower for years. There was nothing wrong with the unit but I wanted a head unit with bluetooth and FLAC files player. I only looked at Alpine and Pioneer. I have 2 Pioneer home audio receiver & like the way they sound with the MCACC Auto Room Tuning so I went with the Pioneer. After the calibration (only one position vs up to six on the Alpine) I tweak the audio settings a little, one of my favorite tracks to audition audio gear is A Day In The Life, by The Beatles. The singing starts on the right channel and slowly panning to the left, the soundstage in the Pioneer is almost as good as the Alpine, as you may know, the final chord (crescendo) of the song is one of the most famous in music history, the Alpine receiver with the IMPRINT is richer and fuller. The unit is power by 4 channel and mono Alpine amplifiers, speakers Infinity Reference 6020cs, 10 inch home made subwoofer. Overall very happy whit the unit, the bluetooth works as intended, my only issue is the display is hard to read and not able to adjust bass,treble and subwoofer on the fly. the customer service from Crutchfield was excellent.

Pros: great sound,bluetooth,

Cons: dim display. on the fly audio adjustments

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Excellent Stereo

Kevin G from Illinois on 6/17/2016

1993 Cadillac DeVille

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Decided I needed to upgrade the factory radio in my '93 Deville. I've had Pioneer units in the past and they've always been top notch. Did a lot of looking around and researching before I bought this unit as there were a few key features I wanted in a new radio and this was one of the few that checked every box on my list of must haves. My only hesitation was that this unit was brand new to the market and there were absolutely no reviews on it, but I'm very glad I chose this unit. The first thing I noticed was the sound quality. Everything sounded richer and more pronounced right out of the box. I decided to run the Auto EQ program with the included mic and WOAH! I'm thoroughly impressed with how well my car sounds now even with the old factory speakers (which I do plan on upgrading eventually) and the 12" sub I have hooked up in the car! The Bluetooth streaming and calling work flawlessly. Streaming is crisp and clear while call sound quality is solid. HD radio is great and there's a clear and very noticeable difference in quality compared to standard AM/FM radio. The face of the unit is clean looking and uncluttered while slightly dim and hard to read at times. My only other gripe with the unit is that the menus can sometimes be hard to navigate especially while on the road. Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase and with the quality of service I've received from Crutchfield. I will definitely be shopping with them again in the future.

Pros: Great sound quality Easy Install Tons of features Clean looking face Auto EQ

Cons: Hard to read the face in direct sunlight Menus can be hard to navigate at times

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