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Have it all
The AVH-P8400BH sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup for 2012, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Plus, you can remove the AVH-P8400BH's detachable face — an unusual feature on DVD receivers — when you leave the car, giving you peace of mind when you've parked in a questionable spot.

Have it all
The AVH-P8400BH sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup for 2012, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Plus, you can remove the AVH-P8400BH's detachable face — an unusual feature on DVD receivers — when you leave the car, giving you peace of mind when you've parked in a questionable spot.

The MIXTRAX experience
Pioneer's MIXTRAX technology adds DJ-inspired audio and visual effects to your music. Once you use the included MIXTRAX PC software to analyze your music, the AVH-P8400BH will create non-stop mixes, complete with visual effects. You can also use MIXTRAX as an app with your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Load it up and control the app from the receiver's touchscreen to get the party started.

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Advanced App Mode
The Advanced App Mode adapts technology originally developed for Pioneer's AppRadio™ to this receiver. When you've connected your iPhone with Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable (not included), you'll be able to control apps like MotionX GPS Drive, INRIX traffic, Rdio, and PANDORA®, along with new apps as they're developed.

Impressive A/V capabilities
Think of this Pioneer as a music hub for your car. Play your store-bought and home-burned CDs and DVDs. Or connect your iPod® or iPhone, then take control from the receiver's big touchscreen. Plug in your iPhone with the CD-IU201S cable and take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls — you can view video content from your iPod or iPhone, too. Your iPhone will charge up fast when the battery is low, thanks to the 1-amp USB port.

detachable face

If you're into video, you'll love the big 7" LCD screen. You can watch DVDs in bright, clear detail when you're parked, and the dual-zone output allows you to send video content to screens in the back of your car, so the kids can enjoy a video while you listen to a different source up front.

Rear panel

Sound advantages
The receiver's built-in amp has the horsepower to keep up with the receiver's great looks, delivering crisp, clean sound that you can tailor with the 8-band equalizer. To get the perfect sound, use the auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required). If you'll building a system, the three pairs of preamp outputs send a 4-volt signal to your external amps.

Stay on track and stay safe
Pioneer's AVIC-U220 navigation module gives the AVH-P8400BH full-fledged navigation capabilities. And you can add a rear-view camera to the receiver's cam input — it'll make backing up larger vehicles a lot safer in tight spots.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Details for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

iPhone® 5 Note: You'll need to update this Pioneer receiver to enable Bluetooth control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 devices. This update requires a laptop with Bluetooth running Windows 7.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable 6.95" motorized touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
    • Advanced App Mode for iPhone (CD-IU201S cable required)
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • built-in HD Radio™ tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • touchscreen controls with Advanced Touch Slide operation
    • five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
    • Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone®
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • dual-zone output
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto EQ feature tunes your system automatically (microphone required)
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional CD-IU201S cable required for viewing video content and Pandora control
    • compatible with Pioneer AVIC-U220 navigation module, satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V input, rear video output, rear A/V input, two rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD A/V receiver with integrated 6.95" LCD touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CD-R33)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • External microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Two-sided tape
    • Soft cloth carrying pouch
    • Owner's Manual (English)
    • Owner's Manual (French)
    • Owner's Manual (Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)

    Featured Video:

    I installed this stereo into my 2005 Toyota Tacoma and It's one of the best stereos I have ever purchased. And improve the sound quality of my factory system. Highly recommend this product to anybody wanting a touchscreen's car stereo.

    Brent, Lowell Ohio


    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH Reviews

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    Brent from Lowell Ohio on 8/15/2013

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this stereo into my 2005 Toyota Tacoma and It's one of the best stereos I have ever purchased. And improve the sound quality of my factory system. Highly recommend this product to anybody wanting a touchscreen's car stereo.

    Pros: Great sound easy installation user-friendly interface Great picture and video playback quality.

    Cons: None that I can see Thus far.

    Pioneer contunues to impress

    TimD from Woodbury, MN on 8/14/2013

    2012 Chevrolet Cruze
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my second Pioneer double DIN and I love it. Sound quality is superb, internal amp powers factory speakers very nicely, the display looks great and love the removable face. My only complaint sometimes searching songs and other navigation can be slow and jittery, minor issue with the other positives above. All I will buy is Pioneer head units from now on.

    Pros: Fit and Finish, great screen, great sounding amp, internal DAC vs iPod DAC, HD radio built in

    Cons: Menus can be slow at times. At the bottom of the radio is a bar that sticks out with volume, menu, track up down, and is not that attractive.


    Tom from Texas on 8/9/2013

    2004 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, I installed this in a 2004 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab (non Rockford Fosgate system) - my truck only has the door speakers and two tweeters, stock. I wanted, Bluetooth, iPhone 4 support, USB connectivity and especially important to me was a tilting screen. In the Frontier, the radio is a little low and I was concerned that the angle would be hard to read. The titling takes care of that. What is really nice is when you set the tilt, and power off the truck, when you start the truck, the screen will return to the tilt angle you originally set. Adjusting the tilting angle also helps make it visible depending on where the sun is shinning in from. I have tinted windows so the sun isn't really an issue. I opted for this model over the 2013 model because I wanted the dual USB ports over the HDMI port. Prior to the radio being delivered, I went ahead and installed my Alpine speakers (I had a gift card to a different retailer, sorry Crutchfield). The speakers sounded great at the store (amped) but sounds terrible in my truck (un amped). Once the HU arrived, man of man did these speakers come alive! I mean holy wow! I was going to run an Alpine amp to them but I don't think I need to now. Instead I'll run the amp to the sub. Between the EQ, Loudness, and low and high pass filters, this unit does everything I wanted. Oh, some reviewers have had issues with detaching the face. I can't imagine what they are doing wrong, its dirt simple. Slide switch and lift up. I would buy again.

    Pros: Amazing sound, built in amp drives my Alpine 6.5 just fine, menu navigation is straight forward but there is a little bit of a learning curve but just getting more familiar with the system and the location of the controls and it'll become more intuitive.

    Cons: My truck is bouncy so when using the touch screen, you may have a couple of times to get the right button (no fault of the radio) .I find myself using the remote quite a bit to adjust volume and change presets. This is where a physical volume knob like other units have is really a plus. Lack of a physical control knob is MY ONLY ISSUE and I can live without it since it does everything else so well. Manual lacks examples of why one might use a feature. Otherwise, manual is just a manual.

    I love my radio avi 8400bh

    Adrian from New York on 7/24/2013

    2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good



    Good Unit. Just not made for me

    Josh from Rochesster, NY on 7/12/2013

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has probably the most features of any other unit you'll find at this price. 2 USB slots, an SD card slot, HD radio, etc. I am upgrading from the factory Bose head unit in my 2006 Sierra and the sound of this unit, even with the equalizer on flat, completely blows away the factory one. I ended up not keeping it, though. The number one reason for this was because you cannot turn off the beep sound for the buttons or touch screen. Every time you adjust the volume, change the station, or do anything else, the unit makes a beeping noise. While this may not sound like that big of a deal, I don't like it and it gets very old pretty quickly. The second thing I didn't like about it was the graphics of the unit. Pioneer really pushes the MIXTRAX feature, which is really not my style. I prefer a clean screen without much going on in the background. However, if you don't mind the beeping every time you touch the screen or a button, the unit is top notch. Great buy, overall.

    Pros: Sound quality. Features relative to price.

    Cons: Beeping

    Pioneer 8400

    D-shen from Plymouth Mtng, PA on 7/12/2013

    2003 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product has a good valuee



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    Dave from Cameron Park, CA on 7/11/2013

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace the factory stereo in my 2011 Ford F150. I also wanted a unit with a back up camera and HD radio. This unit is great, I love being able to use Pandora, I-Heart Radio, and my GPS apps. My only complaint is the instructions are not very well laid out. You really have to hunt to find something. I'm still playing with the brightness and contrast adjustments, it's kind of hard to see in bright sunlight.

    Pros: Easy to use, well laid out. Pandora, I-Heart Radio, Iphone 4 app use

    Cons: Instruction manual needs an index

    Great radio; Good value

    BrianP from Maryland on 6/8/2013

    2000 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. The value is only diminished by the need to spend hundreds more an cables. THREE additional expensive cables (and four firmware updates) are required to get this to work with the iPhone 5. Additionally, there is NO reason my passenger cannot enter Nav data while I drive.

    Pros: Very versatile

    Cons: Additional cables required.


    Djdeyo from West Palm Beach, FL on 6/6/2013

    2010 Mazda CX-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, good quality, only issue is I have a iphone 5 which the adapter kit for this particular model cost extra. Plus you have to do the update thru pioneer which seems easy enough,but attempted it today and now my radio won't turn on. Pioneer offers to do the update for a fee so I'd you do have these wants I would opt to pay instead of DIY.

    Pros: Clear screen, options for days

    Cons: iPhone 5 compatibility hoops I have to jump thru.

    Decent for the price

    BryanB from NYC on 6/6/2013

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is a pretty good choice for a 2012 left over. My main problem with the head unit is that the Pioneer CD-IU201S iphone/ipod connection wire and the Pioneer AVIC-U250 GPS use the same port/plug. So if you bought both of those products, you can only use 1. I'm pretty sure the Pioneer XM option also plugs into the same plug. I opted to not use the special iphone adapter wire, and stick with the GPS. I have not upgraded the firmware yet. I still have the iphone4 (for now) and can use the USB wire or Bluetooth to listen to Pandora, Spotify and my playlist, with full control of the app. So, I a little confused as to what that wire would have really given me. I use the other USB port for an external 1TB hard drive. The unit seems to have some minor problems with that setup. Sometimes mp3's will not show up to play, for those files I have to delete from the harddrive then re-pull them back in and the unit will recognize the mp3's. Also, when the unit first turns on, it has problems connecting/mounting the harddrive and I get the error message to retry and connect. It never reconnects using that prompt, but will automatically connect after a minute. That issue could be from having such a large hard drive, but I can't be sure. Video looks good, but it's not HD video. The sound coming from a DVD is awesome, almost as good as a home theater when testing with the DVD Kill Bill. Overall, I happy with my purchase and Crutchfield had the best price w/ install kit

    Pros: Rear view camera option, 2 USB inputs, front memory card slot

    Cons: Display can be hard to see in the daytime, Display can not dim at night, 1 port for multiple addons

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    michael e from yorkville il 60560 on 5/25/2013

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fit was perfect for my vehicle, sound is excellent, features are great and easy to use




    Anonymous from chicago il, on 5/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Surprised!! I'm a jvc guy but for some odd reason I went with pioneer this time. What grabed my attention was the detachable face. Its a big plus for me. Icons and menus are easy to get use to. Even though their is so much to know about the reciever. My 2012 jetta never looked better.



    Pioneer 8400 good value

    Modified from Central NC on 5/12/2013

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2012 Silverado. Install kit fit good, no issues. Still getting used to all the features of the radio, but so far I like it.

    Pros: Price, reputation

    Cons: Display is not as clear as I hoped, probably some settings to make it better that I haven't found yet.

    Great radio

    Tom from tx on 5/9/2013

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm an android user and wasn't sure about this radio but after using it for a couple of weeks I am very happy with this radio. The blue tooth works so well with my HTC phone that I don't really mind no Pandora interface on the radio for my phone. I also have a iPod connected and it works seamlessly.

    Pros: Sound quality, blue tooth, and price

    Cons: No android support (pandora)

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    chris from idaho on 5/6/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit makes my factory speakers sound ten times better. If your gunna upgrade the firmware make sure you have a Bluetooth laptop

    Pros: great sound but haven't messed with it to much yet

    Cons: wish it was compatible with Iphone 5

    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH

    Anonymous from Dallas tx on 5/1/2013

    2007 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks real nice in my Chrysler 300



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    Harry from Queens, NY on 4/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is absolutely incredable, the sound, the picture,the options, it's amazing. This review is base only on 2 weeks of use. So far its working great. Love it!!

    Pros: Options, picture quality, sound, and its a Pioneer.

    Cons: none yet

    BooHoo BlueTooth

    Billy from Rancho Cordova, CA on 4/25/2013

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had HIGH HOPES for this unit based on the other reviews. I bought it and received it and I tried to upgrade its firmware to the latest version so that it would be compatible with iOS 6.1.3 (iPhone 5, basically). I tried for HOURS to get the firmware to upgrade, but every attempt resulted in an error. If you search & google, you'll find many people in the same boat as I am. In a nutshell.... this unit will not accept Pioneer's firmware upgrade. If you have an iPhone 5, you're screwed......

    Pros: Totally nice looking

    Cons: Firmware upgrade nightmare.............

    Brings your old car into new tech territory

    Arturo R from San Juan , PR on 4/16/2013

    2006 Pontiac Torrent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My 2006 crossover lacked USB connection, Bluetooth, rear view camera, Pandora, IPOD connectivity, DVD and straight audio sound quality. This unit not only brings my car's features up to spec with my wife's new infinity, but it even looks factory installed. It was simple to install, provides a removable face and even mixes songs on my playlists. The digital tuner brings out the best out of local stations and phone calls are a breeze to channel through with good Apple iphone connectivity and microphone. Now, my wife's 10 speaker Infinity's factory Bose system does not sound half as good as my old Pontiac and it has the same bells and whistles for a very cool price. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: Excellent features, great looks, awesome resolution, very cool motorized face action, equalizer is a hoot. Brings every hot hi-tech features into your old car.

    Cons: Instructions for the factory amplifier connection were omitted from my order but a simple email got it solved within hours.

    A+ Unit

    Leroy Thomas III from New Orleans on 4/6/2013

    2005 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The first radio since my factory navigation in my 2005 Yukon, boy do my factory Bose system sounds great!!!!!

    Pros: Great video and sound.

    Cons: Needs firmware update for Iphone5.

    new hu

    Leon from Lithonia, Ga on 4/2/2013

    2007 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A step up from factory. All sources are loud and clear.



    Great head unit.

    Tim from Grand Forks, ND on 4/1/2013

    2012 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like the unit. Be sure to get a micro bypass if your wanting to watch movies while in motion. It made my stock speakers actually sound good. Very simple to install too. I had to drive 210 miles right after installing it, and two movies later I was very impressed with the picture and sound quality.

    Pros: Almost everything is a pro about this unit. I'm a apple fan so that is the biggest pro to me.

    Cons: The only real problem I have is the issues it has if you connect the cord to your iPhone before the Bluetooth connects. The blue tooth connects fast, so it's not really a issue until you leave your phone pluged in and shut the vehicle of to get gas ect.

    Works great!

    Ben from Walled Lake, MI on 4/1/2013

    2011 GMC Sierra Denali
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this thing.



    Pioneer fan but disappointed

    J from USA on 3/31/2013

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I saved up for a while to purchase this unit for my vehicle. I've always been a fan of pioneer and their products so I figured investing this much would be worth it. Im soo disappointed! The unit wasnt even installed for a week before it started having issues engaging the face plate on to the unit. The main reason I selected this unit over others was because of the theft deterrent it offered, so spending 20-30 minutes trying to install the face plate on every time I got in my vehicle made me want to just leave it on and not remove it, which of course defeated the purpose. It didnt help that when I called "tech support", the guy was highly rude and talked down to me! I expected more from Crutchfield.

    Pros: The screen looks amazing! It really does bring your stock speakers to life. Easy to use when it actually works. Pandora from android works via Bluetooth. And calls via Bluetooth work and sound very clear (android operating system).

    Cons: You can't hide annoying music information when its playing, so your wallpaper is basically hidden all the time, unless you turn the head unit off. Wallpaper that you use has to have a specific format of JPEG or will not work! Pain to reattach the faceplate !!!


    Cedric from La on 3/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price.

    Pros: Detachable face

    Cons: Nav cost as much as head unit. Can't adjust amp bass up and lower the other speakers.

    Great product

    RickyV from Galveston County on 3/29/2013

    2003 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is great, I installed in my 2003 matrix and programmed the color to red to match the dashboard lights. It sounds way better than the stock receiver. Most touch screens I have used in the past only worked if you touched it with your finger tips but this one even works if only your finger nail touches the screen. Very easy to navigate and adjust your settings

    Pros: great resolution especially for dvd movies, great sound

    Cons: none

    AVH-P8400BH Shaker 500 Replacement

    RandyD from Arlington, TX on 3/26/2013

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver, and how it has upgraded the entertainment value of my 2005 Mustang convertible. I now have hands-free, bluetooth phone calling; audio streaming; full EQ control; USB access (2!), CD/DVD, AUX and much better sound. It's not perfect, as you can see in my Cons comments below. But it is well worth the replacement cost of my old Shaker 500 HU. The install is fairly easy, although I did get stumped at one point regarding wiring the Ford harness to the radio wires. A quick call to Crutchfield at 9:20pm, immediately speaking to a knowledgeable human being, and the question was answered. I love that. I would recommend this radio to anyone who really wants to upgrade a stock stereo. In the overall scheme of things, the Pros rule, and the Cons are minor considerations.

    Pros: Bluetooth support Hands-free phone support; microphone works very well Streaming audio USB access Touch sensitive screen Changeable colors, backgrounds Equalizer settings: lots of choices and control HD radio Crutchfield support

    Cons: Car battery drains quickly when used and the car is not running Auto EQ Measurement can give poor settings Can't use the phone dial pad if the car is in gear MixTrax: lame Special, obtrusive, expensive cable required if you want AppRadio support. I would rather be able to use my own TRRS AUX cable/jack and iPhone cable in order to run apps on the HU

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    Anonymous from Hitchcock Texas on 3/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit but far from the best

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use and nice size

    Cons: Apple friendly, wish it worked better with Android

    AVH-P8400BH Excellent Head Unit

    Jeff from Cleveland Ohio on 3/18/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No complaints, this unit exceeded all of my expectations. I installed a Kenwood DDX419 in a friends car last year, the Pioneer is superior in every way, there is just no comparison. I also purchased the GMOS-100 adapter which is somewhat tricky to install however when finished it too works well. It is critical to follow all the instructions and clear the can bus of any faults before installing otherwise you will lose some of the function such as chimes and steering wheel controls. If this happens, remove the module, clear the bus and re-install.

    Pros: Great sound, HD radio tuner, Flawless hands free phone

    Cons: motorized face-plate can be difficult to reattach

    Works with iPhone 5 and iOS 6

    Anonymous from Florida on 3/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, easy to use and navigate. Bright screen, easy to install. Bluetooth audio streaming works great

    Pros: Works with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Plenty of inputs for different options

    Cons: Even after the Bluetooth firmware update. Still will not display album artwork. Will need to buy the additional cable if you want album artwork from your iphone5 to display. Pandora streams no issue but need the cable to use ??or ?? feature.

    a grown man!!!!!!

    dawwggy from jackson ms on 3/17/2013

    2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the best double din out period. Hiands. Anything's else u cheating yourself



    I love this pioneer AVH-P8400, I've bought Pioneer for years, this is

    D. Leshore from Alambama on 3/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit, the best out there.

    Pros: Completely satisfied.

    Cons: Had to buy a lot of other adapters, but worth it.

    Meets all expect stations

    Keith S from Houston, TX on 3/10/2013

    2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    I love this radio! It is everything I asked for and more. I find myself sitting in my car more because I'm so fascinated by all the possibilities.

    Pros: Love the Appradio mode and the fact that a lot of my existing apps on my phone works wonderfully with the receiver. Customizing the keys on the receiver to match my car's display is cool.

    Cons: With so much to do on this receiver I find myself doing a lot of reading to figure out how everything works.

    Awsome Unit

    Anonymous from Wilkes-Barre,Pa on 3/8/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for the money. Works great with iphone which was what I was wanting. Very easy to use.

    Pros: iPhone connection is great. Bluetooth sound quality is also great.


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    Anonymous from Ft drum NY on 3/5/2013

    2010 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit... Everything about it is good. Very easy to use and it sounds great




    fatpaw from Batavia N.Y. on 3/3/2013

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have to say it looks and sounds better than my alpine ivad-105.Much less cluttered back there than with tha alpine .Super easy install Crutchfield supplied all necessary wiring and mounting brackets nice! Running xm on it and working nicely picks up my non iPhone via the Bluetooth well .Had it in for about two weeks now and am very happy with it.



    Awesome head unit.

    Randy from florida on 2/25/2013

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very very excellent head unit. 2 draw backs to look at. Not android app capable. And in order to play videos while not in a parking brake you have to install a switch instead of a relay. It has a back up PB reader. Relay is to fast.

    Pros: Bright. Beautiful interface. Fast. Responsive screen. Removable face. HD and BT. Also basically removes the need for a door speaker amp. Head unit is that powerfull.

    Cons: NEED to use a switch not a relay. And not Andriod app capable.

    Outstanding Unit!

    wudbuchr from West Tennessee on 2/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic audio! Simple install using Scoshie dash kit for 2012 Tacoma. This unit required little manual reading to get to know its operation. I will pass on that the screen brightness can be found in "setup/picture adjustment" I have seen several people's comments that the display is too light - I guess they had not found the dimmer in setup. I too am an Android phone devotee and would like to see more support, but I bought this for the music not for the games. I have a 32GB mini SDHC nearly filled with music and don't miss the commercials. I know that I can stream music from my android (using the Blutooth connection) but why when the SDHC works sooo well. The hands free phone via blutooth works as good or better than most OEM installs. This unit not only sounds GREAT, it does everything I want a Head Unit to do.

    Pros: Superb Sound! Unmatched display colors/resolution Fantastic sound reproduction throughout the frequency spectrum - Plenty of volume. Asthetically an eye catcher!

    Cons: I-phone compatible in an Android market! When is Pioneer going to give us a firmware update? Sad that I didn't buy it sooner!

    awesome so far

    Honolulu_Horror from Sherman, MS on 2/20/2013

    2003 Toyota Corolla
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    Should have been more android friendly. Samsung Galaxy III is the most popular phone in the world, according to sales stats

    Pros: Easy to use amd installation was a breeze.

    Cons: Very little android support. Needs a firmware update to make this possible?

    Love it

    Hipper from Col oh on 2/19/2013

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo/receiver or whatever this is called. Awesome with my old school iPod touch 2g. Great features throughout. Easy manual and the unit is very user friendly. Hesitated on buying a month until pioneer put out the press release that it will sell an iPhone 5 cable and software update in march 2013. Couldn't be happier!

    Pros: Sooooooo many storage options. Great iPhone/iPod connectivity. Hd radio is great in my city. The display rocks .... And is touch sensitive when wearing gloves!

    Cons: Not one I can think of.

    Nice Featured Entertainment Unit

    C from Casa Grande, AZ on 2/19/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2004 Avalanche. I added nuts as spacers to the mounting screws for my situation to allow it to fit in my dash properly. The unit is well featured and was easy to learn to operate. The sound is great and is a 1000% improvement over my stock CD changer that is a bunch of GM Delco junk (went through two of them within three years). I installed the Pioneer with a Crutchfield supplied mounting kit and a CRUX SOOGM-15 to retain steering wheel controls. I added a Sound Ordnance B-8PT, also from Crutchfield, to give my system that extra bass punch! Sale pricing for the Pioneer and Sound Ordnance was icing on the cake! Great followup from my adviser, Dylan!!! Crutchfield is THE BEST RETAILER out there!!!!

    Pros: Excellent equalizer and bass controls. Remote control operation. Nice size touchscreen display.

    Cons: Instructions are not clear regarding faceplate removal, which will tilt out to remove it. I originally installed my unit protruding way out, until I later realized you can selectively tilt the faceplate out to remove it, requiring me to remount the unit (resulting in a more flush and agreeable installation).

    Awesome Unit!!

    McDaniel from San Diego on 2/8/2013

    2007 Toyota Tundra
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    After researching many similar units for my 07 Toyota Tundra, I decided to drop my hard earned money on this bad boy and I am sure glad I did. This is a gem of a unit and I was even told by Best Buy, who installed it that it was Pioneers top unit. I was thinking about replacing my stock speakers because they sounded horrible with the factory unit. But once this unit was installed, I was blown away the sound coming from the stock speakers. I was in the installation bay when they were testing it and they were cranking the volume and the stock speakers sounded awesome. I spent the extra money on the advanced iPod cable and it is great. The additional USB port is a plus too. The installers flush mounted the USB cable in to my top glove compartment in my truck. There are so many great things to say about this unit but so little time to name them all. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    Pros: iPod control, DVD, Hands free phone feature, Advanced App capability, beautiful 7" display, SD Card slot, USB port, etc, etc!!!!

    Cons: You are only able to save 1 picture to your unit if you want to use it as your background pic. Not really a con, but you will need to play around with it a while to fully feel comfortable using it. There are so many features to learn.

    Won't charge ipod overnight

    Anonymous from austin tx on 2/1/2013

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for hands free blue tooth, navigation, and ipod. Well having the iphone 5 really put a damper on my expectations. Every call I got people had a hard time understanding me. Since Apple's iphone 5 won't put out video, the navigation was no good. Then it would not charge my ipod over night, come on Pioneer, seriously? Thank God Crutchfield has an excellent return policy. They were very helpful in the installation too. Also the ipod cable you have to buy is only 3', which means it will barely make it to the glove box.

    Pros: I learned that I should question my Apple purchases since they don't to want to play well with others.


    Pioneer avh p8400bh

    Anonymous from Lewiston me on 1/29/2013

    2009 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great headunit has everything I was looking for and fit My truck perfectly

    Pros: Big screen good quality for pictures sounds amazing I'm able to hear beats I didn't notice before

    Cons: Gets really hot when watching DVDs

    Awesome Unit

    Tim from Des Moines, IA on 1/28/2013

    1999 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After much research, I ended up on this deck. I could not be happier with my purchase. Everything works as advertised and the Crutchfield master sheet was great help. Glad I bought this.

    Pros: Deatchable face, multiple inputs, clear screen, bluetooth works great.

    Cons: None

    its OK, Not Pioneer's finest product--MUST LOVE APPLE & the iphone4

    Speed3boost from Dayton, Oh on 1/27/2013

    For some reason, I do not know why, aftermarket head unit makers seem to have the idea that everyone loves Apple and all things that start with the letter "i". I used to love Pioneer products, but as my first line states, this unit is so tied into Apple ans iPhone and iPods etc, that all or most of the unique or awesome features require some sort of Apple product tie in. If you don't have an iPhone 4, I would not bother with this unit. The only thing that I have found to work is the bluetooth music streaming and answering phone calls, there is little support for Android phones. If you look closely at all the app center items, the GPS, all the little features that make you think how awesome this is, understand you have to have an iPhone to make 99 percent work. This will be the last expensive Pioneer DVD head unit I will buy. If I put a DVD in to watch, yes the sound is very nice as is the picture quality, if I listen to the radio, again great sound, good HD station reception. Nice amounts of pre outs and inputs. But for an Android user, just get a nicer much cheaper DVD head unit.

    Pros: Good sound quality, good picture quality, nice adjustments that can be made for the eq. It does look nice in the dash.

    Cons: Not worth the money if you do not have an iPhone 4, mostly all the fancy features require something Apple to make them work, zero Android phone support except streaming audio and blue tooth calls. Save your money and get a different model if you would like a better than stock DVD head unit, for the money and the phone in my pocket a lower priced Jensen would have done just as well.

    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH

    Terrance from Church point, LA on 1/23/2013

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been looking for a radio for five years that had all the functions I wanted with the price range I was lookin to spend. This one here has ment all my expectations. I'm very satisfied with my radio. Thanks!

    Pros: I like that the Bluetooth is built in and also ready for XM. It's the full 7" screen I've been looking for. I'm able to connect back up camera. Best of all it's in the price range I was looking to spend.

    Cons: The clarity of the music could be clearer. But this is a small issue that doesn't bother me. So far I've had no problems except a few times when I turned on my truck and the screen opened and would not let me turn it on. It's wanted me to take it off. By the way the screen is really hard to put back on. I've fought with it for 10 min trying to put back on with out breaking anything.

    Great Product

    David from Dallas,TX on 1/16/2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The best Pioneer radio to date, All the features are worth the price.

    Pros: Easy to use, being able to change the color to match the dash lights is a BIG plus for me.

    Cons: Better case for face!!!!

    Wish iPhone 5 was supported...

    Fuzi0nt3ch from Vernon, CT on 1/14/2013

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The AVH-P8400BH was everything I was hoping it would be, especially for the price. Two weeks after I purchased this unit however, Pioneer announced the release of the X8500BHS, which has integrated support for iPhone5 and Android for advanced app mode. Kinda wish I would have waited, but then chances are I would run into a similar iPhone 6 issue :-/. Other than that, the head unit is an amazing work of art.

    Pros: Bright, high-resolution screen. Easy to use interface. I love the detachable face. Super-wide variety of media input.

    Cons: Lack of support for Androids and iPhone5. Lack of support for firmware upgrades to allow for things such as support for future phones.


    Ranger from Tampa on 1/1/2013

    2004 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely Love this Audio Receiver! Video quality is unbelievable with awesome clarity! Audio quality is amazing considering that I am running it with my factory BOSE speakers; I can only imagine the sound when I replace speakers & Sub. Crutchfield customer service was outstanding!! They explained everything and made my purchase a comfortable experience! All hardware supplied was perfect and install was factory perfect.

    Pros: Ease of operation, speed, Bluetooth operation, IPod operation awesome! 7" screen display matches my indoor TV clarity!

    Cons: None Yet....

    Excellent unit

    Tigerdongal from Texas on 12/13/2012

    This replaced the head unit in my STi. It was night and day difference between the two. I had a couple of bad units. The touch screen would freeze and this turned out to be a chip with not enough solder on the joints. The local Pioneer repair shop fixed it, and it has been flawless since. HD radio is superb, so are all the other features. Other than no android apps, it is almost perfect.

    Pros: Colors, speed and abilities. Lessens the need to amplify the speakers due to superb sound quality

    Cons: Screen freezing!

    Almost Perfect

    Bob K from Fayetteville, NC on 12/9/2012

    2009 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything about the AVH-P8400BH is awesome except for the fact that android devices aren't as integrated as the iphone. I want to be able to use gps apps with my android and not have to buy the expensive $399.99 add on for navigation. Other than that, the AVH-P8400BH operates smoothly. I love the mixtracks continuous music playing and the high quality sound it pushes out.

    Pros: Sound quality, mixtracks, screen resolution

    Cons: No android device apps support like the iphone

    Mediocre at best

    Anonymous from Fleetwood, PA on 12/8/2012

    2010 Kia Forte
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio has less sensitivity than my original stock radio. The sound quality is mediocre. Mixtrax is a complete waste. Who needs it? Good luck figuring out how to make the rearview camera work - I figured it out but it's not obvious. Not really Android friendly.

    Pros: HD Radio.

    Cons: Low radio sensitivity.

    Almost perfect

    Tyler S from Frederick, MD on 11/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Only reason I have it four stars is due to it's screen. It fades very easily in the sun. Other than that, this thing is loaded with features that I like: HD Radio, App Radio to use my MotionX GPS (have to pay more to MotionX) and plenty of adjustments to sound. My components are amplified but my rear speakers are powered by this head unit and it sends plenty of juice. Again, the display could be better for something advertising 1.3 million pixels-but hey, it's only $600-$650.

    Pros: AppRadio (iPhone 4/4S enables Pandora free or Pandora One, several GPS apps, equalizer, too many pros to add.

    Cons: Screen in full sun, doesn't work as well with iOS 6.

    Excellent Unit

    Eli from New York City on 11/4/2012

    Ok I was hesitant about purchasing this unit because of some negative reviews. I researched for a really long time & it came down to just deciding whether I needed the GPS or not. I decided to just go with this unit & if I needed a GPS I would just purchase the add-on...(which, in my opinion, is a bit expensive & didn't get good reviews). I don't mind using my Android for Google maps Ok first of all I installed this unit myself with a video bypass. It was a piece of cake. I also purchased the harness for my car.. It works awesome! Sounds amazing! looks beautiful, & it's a solid unit. It plays DVD-R movies which was a concern for me since I have many backup movies. The removable face is great because I have a convertible! The bluetooth is flawless with both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus & iPhone. I also purchased the CD-IU201V Cable to be able to plug my iPod or iPhone directly into it. This works great because you can just leave the iPod in your console/glove cmprtmnt & control it from the head unit.. Searching through songs takes a little bit of time though maybe like 3-5 seconds to give you the list but it works really well. **The bluetooth feature for androids will only be good for Phone use (contacts,calls etc) & streaming audio. That's it. Unless you have an iPhone this head unit is limited with it's connectivity & features. But if you have Pandora or any other audio running on your android it will stream it seamlessly..But it won't provide the audio info on the unit.

    Pros: Solid Unit Removable Face Nice, bright screen Touch screen is great Bluetooth Advanced App Rear View Camera DVD Playback 2 USB Inputs Adds all contacts from phone automatically

    Cons: This is another iPhone -made head unit. If you have an android it will only be good for bluetooth (calls & streaming audio). I would've gave this 5stars if it were android compatible Haven't figured out a way to completely shut off the screen (but this might be my issue) Really not many other cons for me... Great job Pioneer!!!

    No Truth In Advertising

    Ron P from Sacramento, CA on 9/27/2012

    I purchased this HU based upon Crutchfield's claim that it is compatible with Motionx GPS Drive in advanced app mode. NOT! At least not when the car is moving, which negates the value of a navigation app (duh). I have since returned the unit to the licensed Pioneer dealer where I bought it - for a full refund. All of this venting is moot, I am sure, as I guarantee you that Crutchfield will not publish a review that is as critical of them as of the product. But at least I feel better that I didn't ultimately waste my money on a product that does NOT do as advertised. Come on, Crutchfield, tell it like it is if you want to sustain your credibility. You may not always be the vendor where final purchase is made, but a lot of people do visit your site for information and technical details.



    Crutchfield response on 11/13/2012 Motion-X navigation can be displayed while the vehicle is in motion by using the optional CD-IU201S cable.


    Mr. Mike from Adamsville GA on 9/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH DVD receiver because I wanted and needed something that had a fully detachable face, and this is it. The receiver is expandable, so you can add navigation, and iphone control, It accepts USB and SD cards, although the 2 USB ports are in the back of the receiver. I also like the fact that you can change the color of the display to match your dash. The bluetooth works well and is very convenient, Be aware that you can only view video and pictures when the car is in park, meaning that if you choose not to hook up the park brake cable wire, then all you have is a music player but even then it's still looks good in the dash. I would recommend this receiver to anyone looking for features and security.

    Pros: Looks good, sounds good, and has plenty of features.

    Cons: Does not play music file on USB and SD cards in alphabetical order, plays it in some other order. The user guide say it plays by creation date, but I doubt that. However, this is a small issue.

    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH

    Jim from Honolulu, HI on 8/24/2012

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent deck, lots of great features, love the removable faceplate,

    Pros: Built-in bluetooth, Ipod connection, APPs, Removable faceplate,

    Cons: Slow reaction on some apps, no others

    Great Stereo Reciver

    AntonioM from United States on 8/20/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First things First Crutchfield support are awesome and the AVH-P8400BH is one of the best stereos i have ever had works great is so easy to use while driving was way easy to install wire and put in my truck just magnificent stereo i burned some dvds with music on them and man it plays the 8 gbs of music on the dvds i love this stereo i couldn't ask for more i told Crutchfield all the features i was wanting and they told me to look at this and im glad i did because now i have it

    Pros: Blutooth,digital radio,dvds/music/movies,colors theme and so much more

    Cons: can't think of any at all


    Cody from Canton,MI on 8/17/2012

    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the tag feature it has when listening to HD radio...Seen a review about it not showing info on radio does on the HD stations and now a days 95% of the stations are HD. I dont even have the iPhone cable just yet to get the most out of the radio, but the sound quality from my stock radio to this radio without new speakers was kinda mind blowing. I've had other aftermarket stereos in my vehicle (04 grand prix) and they didnt produce the quality this one puts out, and it looks as close to factory as you can get without being factory.

    Pros: Sound, Looks, Easy Use, Not bank Braking, Makes everything better

    Cons: Did need some slight help installing because i didnt have the bypass module for the parking brake. Older car problems


    Martin Esq. from Chicago on 8/11/2012

    2007 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great product and great buy. Couldn't be happier. I have a 2007 Saab 9-3, so it was difficult to find the appropriate parts for a double din basket, harness, etc. Worst Buy didn't offer anything, and the Dork Squad didn't want to touch the car, believing it had fiber optics. Crutchfield had the best prices for this radio and offered Excellent phone service. I tried to put it in myself after ordering several aftermarket parts overseas, but went to Abt. Abt is awesome. Their installers are experienced knowledgable, and efficient. Thank you Crutchfield for the great video reviews, details about the product, and write-ups. I felt like I already knew the product when it was received. Many people have negative things to say about the 8400BH regarding the AdvAppMode. It works fine. No glitches, only if you attach your iPod/Phone before the Bluetooth sync will you have issues. If there is a glare in the screen on a sunny day, be sure your staller has adjusted the dim mechanism with your headlights (daytime running lights) so that you can cure this issue. Abt did this without my prompting.

    Pros: ALL

    Cons: Screen seems a bit soft. Keep your nails trim.

    Pioneer released this way too early

    Rick M. from Euless, Tx. on 8/5/2012

    First, the positive: -This unit really sounded much better than my previous Pioneer Premier F90BT. There was a notable clarity once I switched to it. -I can connect two ipods to it rather than just one. -The G.U.I. was also very appealing. -Not having a bunch of harnesses in the back of the unit was also a plus and made installation a lot easier. -Most of the issues with the head unit appear to be software based, and hopefully will be fixed soon -The screen has a very vivid and clear resolution. It is definitely one of the nicer screens I have seen. -Very quick load up time. Unit is ready to go in seconds from turning the car on. The Negative: -The screen goes dead and does not respond to any touches intermittently. Considering so many features are controlled by touching the screen, this is a bad deal. -If you're using an iphone, the iphone alert sound effects come though when listening to Pandora or the ipod feature from the iphone. Im not sure if it's a head unit issue or a iphone issue, but when driving to music this is annoying. -The GPS apps are garbage. PERIOD. -If you connect the iphone before the Bluetooth connects, it causes all sorts of problems.

    Pros: Crisp Screen, great sound, capable of being connected to two ipods at once! quick load up

    Cons: App radio needs to be reworked, availability of good gps apps is almost zilch, bluetooth issues, gps is iphone based and if its connected before bluetooth is connected it will not function properly, almost not at all.

    Pioneer AVH 8400BH

    Nick from Puyallup, WA on 7/16/2012

    2002 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the Stock stereo in my Mustang. Overall it is a VERY NICE stereo.. The BlueTooth is very easy to set up and my iPhone 4s links up with no problems at all. Don't have the Satellite hook up so nothing to say about that. The HD radio is really nice too. Great reception. DVD's look good too. Some have mentioned about glare. But, I don't have that with my car. Probably depends on the car.. I have the iPhone interface. That works good. Cable is a little bulky though. It is nice to be able to hook up the iPhone and control everything from the deck, like Pandora, and the music interface. The AppRadio apps for the most part are nice. There are a few glitches with the various apps. The NAV free app seems to work great. No need to get the nav unit from Pioneer.

    Pros: As I mentioned above, most features on the unit are great and work fine. Bluetooth, Pandora, iPhone interface, DVD's and the HD radio.

    Cons: The AppRadio apps are a little glitchy at times. If you are listening to the regular HD radio then decide to switch to the Apps, the HD radio still will play. You then have two different songs playing. You have to switch the radio to the iPod selection to get the radio to stop. Then it takes a bit for the CarMedia player to start and take over. The iPhone cable is a little bulky too.

    Might be good

    EventHorizon from Va on 7/14/2012

    2008 Volkswagen R32
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This might be a great stereo. I do not know because mine isnt installed yet. I am very used to doing things on my own around the home and office. I worked Desktop support for many years and consider myself pretty good with electronics. Through the years I installed many radios in my own cars and friends. I just go around to hooking up the wiring harness. Bought everthing from Crutchfield needed to make this work. The problem is the instructions... I have a VW R32 08 (basically a suped up GTI) and for the most part the wiring seems straight forward. The problem is, the Pioneer came with NO instructions other then how to use it. Nothing tells you what color wire gos to what. I am not ASSUMING the yellow wire of the PAC unit goes to the yellow wire of the Pioneer 8400 or any other color for that matter. Beyond that, the steering wheel control actually has to be programed? Seriously? Its been a while since I installed a radio and maybe this is common place these days but I simply wasnt expecting this load of work. Not that I cant do it but honestly had I know before diving in, I might have opted to have a car stereo place install it instead. Maybe my review isnt fair but sorry, Pioneer did not include even simple install instructions and their website doesnt have anything either.



    Crutchfield response on 7/16/2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Awesome Stereo

    Jim Mc from Sebastian, FL on 6/30/2012

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is what I expect from Pioneer.......Top Notch all the way. The buying experience from Crutchfield was very good.

    Pros: CD, Radio, XM sound is great. DVD picture is perfect. The DVD sound is surround quality sound. The iterface with iPhone is seamless. With Bluetooth, the stereo becomes my phone for incoming calls. Bluetooth pairing was automatic and easy.

    Cons: None

    Excellent but not flawless

    Jae from Los Angeles, CA on 6/28/2012

    2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced my JVC Arsenal 793 which recently died on me. I prefer the sound so far of the JVC as there was better bass response on it. However, the difference is negligible and I'm still adjusting all the settings. The Pioneer unit has an awesome ipod interface, getting to different albums/artists/songs/etc can all be done very quickly and is as close to the ease of actually using an ipod/iphone as I've seen. For example if you tap the album art it will bring up all songs for that album. HD radio is good, stations sound really crisp BT works well. My phone connects within 10 seconds automatically and the sound quality for calls is good. BT streaming works well too and sounds really good. Pandora controls are great but can be glitchy. Make sure your phone connects to the car via BT BEFORE you plug the phone in to the physical cable. The advanced app mode is cool in concept but it doesn't always work. When it does though it's pretty sweet. Having the maps display on your screen with full touchscreen control is nice. Overall it's a pretty nice HU and I'm not regretting the purchase. I'd recommend it. The flaws it has are tolerable and the good outweighs the bad.

    Pros: Ipod controls Detachable face Image/screen quality

    Cons: Advanced app mode Buggy software

    Great for those without a smartphone

    Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 6/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Pioneer 8400BH is the best unit I've been able to find for someone who does not keep a smartphone surgically attached to their body. The way I see it, a car head unit is an audio PLAYBACK device and the only additional component an audio PLAYBACK device should require is a music STORAGE device (i.e. flash drive, DVD-R/CD, HDD, SD card etc). I find it absurd for a music playback device to require another music playback device (i.e. smartphone, iPod, etc) in order to play music properly, and that's why the Pioneer 8400BH is so great: even without a smartphone the core features still work and work very well. Most manufacturers go out of their way to screw up this behavior, and the only real problem here is that things are sorted by their creation date instead of alphabetically. The tool DriveSort by Anerty's Lair fixes this so after editing your flash drive just run that utility and you'll be good. The UI is simple and intuitive without being spartan. Pioneer seems to understand that your eyes need to be focused elsewhere so they made it easy to do what you need to do. For example, to change your input source you press an arrow button on the upper left and a source listing pops open written in huge text. I have found a few places where things can be further streamlined but those are fairly minor.

    Pros: 1. Aside from a lack of alphabetizing the contents, the device reads flash drives without the usual drama that lazy manufacturers create. 2. Multithreaded design: on startup the storage devices are initialized even if you are not using them. 3. Clean, simple, and intuitive UI 4. Has two rear USB ports and an SD card slot hidden behind the screen. 5. Contains a dedicated "mute" button. It's hard to believe, but some manufacturers actually omit this button from their head units.

    Cons: 1. The media folder structure is sorted based upon the order the folders were created instead of alphabetical. 2. No built-in navigator. 3. Most settings are lost when the vehicle's battery is disconnected. 4. Parking Brake lock is too restrictive: I could not perform the initial setup of my phone due to this lock. 5. No playlist support 6. The date is shown in the backwards Day-Month format. There is no option to change this, and it drives me nuts!

    App mode and cable is terrible!

    Disappointed from Harbeson, DE on 6/24/2012

    Radio Bluetooth SD and playing over cable works fine. The advanced app mode, however, has never worked, and the cable to connect to the iPhone is to big and heavy


    Cons: App mode does not work. Cable is terrible.

    Pioneer Radio AVH 8400 BH-Touch Screen Issues

    E.. Harv from New Jersey on 6/24/2012

    The company that I purchased the system from, has replaced the radio three times and I am still have the frozen screen! The car voltage has been checked and reads normal, however, I am still having the same issue! Since I was informed that this was a new product for Pioneer, I would recommend that anyone thinking about purchasing this should wait until all kinks are removed!

    Pros: Radio sounds great, when it works. There are a lot of great features.

    Cons: The screen stops working at least 2-3 times a day. When this happens, you must pull off the road, turn the car off and the system appears to reset itself. If you reset with the use of a pen point, all of your tagged areas will be lost and you must reset everything again.

    AVH-P8400BH Highly Recommended!

    Chris from Waycross, Georgia on 6/21/2012

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is a great product and almost fully featured for everything you could want. Lots of add on options as well. Good price for what you get. Easy to use menus and options, fast user interface. It is geared more as an av receiver rather than navigation unit however the add on option is nice to have. Love the EQ settings. Haven't tried mixtraxx but looks cool, I don't like iphone so those features are not important to me. Really pleased with this unit!

    Pros: Built in HD Radio works great, bluetooth with streaming audio, large 7 inch motorized detachable screen and many choices of sources as inputs and outputs. Dual usb ports. Cool feature called s.rtrv sound retriever which enhances compressed audio sources.

    Cons: I would like to have seen better android support, particularly android Pandora control via bluetooth spp profile since the avic-z140bh has it. Also navigation is not built in and is $400 extra but not necessary. Id3 tags don't always display artwork on usb drive even though I have used several programs to make sure they is right.

    Mixed feelings

    JoeF from Monrovia, CA on 6/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first aftermarket system and I have a mixed review. Ssystem sounds great just using the stock speakers in my 2006 Ford F150. My tech buddy installed for me while I watched, helped, and learned. The manual is a lot like instructions for doing your taxes..refer to such and such section for information..operation do do anything is never in one place. I still have not figured out how to use the apps features and plan to call Cruthfield to walk me through the process. The removable face is also a mixed bag. Love removing face to deter theft but the unit gets heated parked in the sun and faceplate then does not go back in smoothly. I got the top of the line of the Pioneer series to get all the bells and whistles but so far have been able to get some bells working and no whistles yet.

    Pros: Sound

    Cons: Users manual

    It's great when the touchscreen works

    tavella from Valrio, FL on 6/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio blows away the factory unit in my Wrangler. I thought I had bad tweeters until I put this in. Now they sound crystal clear. I am having problems with the touchscreen locking up. I contacted Pioneer and their answer is it's the steering wheel control module. A google search shows this appears to be their canned response to the problem. I've disconnected the PAC SWI-PS and still have the problem. I can reset the unit or cut off my vehicle and turn it back on and the screen starts responding again. While it is locked up I can put the head unit in demo mode by holding down source. Once in demo mode I can touch the screen and it will make a beep while exiting demo mode. It will not respond to any touches once the radio turns back on though. Only in demo mode. I went a week with the PAC SWI-PS disconnected and the problem still exists. When I replied to Pioneer in depth of all of the steps I had taken they asked me to disconnect the unit (thanks...) or drive 40 miles to the repair facility. I did a Google search and I don't appear to be alone with this issue. YMMV.

    Pros: Sounds great, love the iPhone connectivity, and all of the features.

    Cons: The screen stop responding from time to time. It will start working again if you reset the device or turn your vehicle off and back on.

    Great product!

    havocforming from anchorage, ak on 6/15/2012

    2011 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a wonderful product. the graphic equalizer that it has makes for some of the easiest tuning ive encountered. my stock speakers in my 2nd gen mazda 3 are hitting hard enough that i almost dont need a sub. i have been able to fine tune my sound better than any head unit i have had. as far as the appradio part goes, i love the interface.No problems connecting or getting it all going. the touch responsiveness is very precise and easy to catch on to. the only thing i have a problem with is that the manual and HU are a bit difficult to understand to find all the features. the manual makes you jump around a bunch but in the 48 hours its been installed i have figured it out on my own. all in all, great product, would recommend to anyone looking for this type of unit!

    Pros: great interface, very responsiveness touchscreen, amazing resolution, easy install with crutchfield install gear.

    Cons: a bit difficult to get the hang of, manual hard to follow.

    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH

    lg from Rochester, NY on 6/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fabulous! Features, Sound, Ease-of-use.. this sets the standard.

    Pros: Everything most will ever want from an audio system

    Cons: The soft screen can be easily gouged - special care is absolutely necessary; can't get any parts at this time

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (NBS)

    Rolando from Hereford, Texas on 6/14/2012

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm enjoying the Pioneer AVH P8400BH. Bluetooth connects without any hesitation. The mic that comes with the unit picks up my voice really good. Had this baby running in less than 30 minutes.

    Pros: - Bluetooth - HD radio - IPod/IPhone connectivity - ability to place calls from the unit

    Cons: Not much you can do with Android devices besides calls and playing music through Bluetooth.

    Had second thoughts on pioneer

    Brad I. from Canonsburg PA on 6/9/2012

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this in for a few weeks now and I have to say I like it way better than another brand I was looking at. The things I don't like about it is the CD track display is VERY small in the middle of the screen the colors aren't bad the one thing I haven't messed with is the background kind of cool. The EQ settings are a nice feature you can adjust to your liking or get the auto EQ mic and its will set it for you? Haven't got it yet. Over all I am happy with my purchase. One thing I did was shopped around for the best price and I have to say crutchfield had the best.

    Pros: Good value not hard to use.

    Cons: The CD track number is very small in the middle of the screen, Have a little feed back between tracks dont know if its a con though.

    Glad I waited

    Jetjouster from Midland, TX on 6/2/2012

    Previous reviewer is correct. With the top down on the Shelby, visibility is hindered. But that aside, this is a nice piece of equipment. So far, it's fast, does exactly what I wanted it to do, and sounds great with the other components that were installed. I put the BC20PA Advanced camera in as well. This is exactly what I needed for good clear rear view. Setting balance in a convertable is fast and easy, and quick to change between top up and top down. The 2 ipod ports are what made this selection for me. Keeping a normal ipod connected keeps my music there all the time, the advanced port for the iphone 4S is great for my GPS Drive app, and after the very easy Bluetooth pairing, I discovered (no, I didn't read the manual) it not only gives me hands free driving with the phone, but will also stream my music from there. Way cool. Perhaps someday I'll turn on the XM/Sirrus, but it'll be a while. What I haven't done, is watch a movie, so I can't attest to it's quality. But with 615HP, you don't much time sitting still. The only drawback as stated is the sunlight viewing, perhaps if the screen tilt could go "bottom in" slightly, that would help, but it would be that way with any large screen display. Volume and track controls are at your fingertips from an easy hand rest on the shifter. All in all, I'm glad I waited for this unit. We'll see how the long term is with it.

    Pros: dual iPod ports, easy Bluetooth pairing, great with the crisp and clear BC20PA camera. Very easy balance adjustment for top up or top down driving.

    Cons: As with every large screen display, direct sunlight does hinder visibility, but found it not to completely blind it.

    Convertible owners be aware

    Scott from Fredericksburg, Va on 5/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Theres alot t.o love about the AVH P8400BH. Very cool, despite the occasional software glitch, I am glad I bought it. One important note though, I one a Jeep wrangler, and anyone with a convertible should be aware that the touch screen is iffy at best in direct sunlight. More often than not, I am stuck listening to whatever happens to be on when i decide its nice enough to take the top down. There is a physical source, skip track, and volume button, so your not stuck with the volume too low or too high. But it is an annoyance. Also, just FYI advanced app mode does not work with the Iphone 3GS. It is not advertised as doing so, but since it was not explictly ruled out I had hoped I could make it work. I really hope it is forward compatible with the Iphone 5!

    Pros: Very cool

    Cons: Touch screen Does not work in direct sunlight


    Big Daddy from Philadelphia, PA on 5/25/2012

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Worth every penny and more!!

    Pros: iPhone/iPod control is seem less, touch screen is accurate and perfectly set for sensitivity. Removable face is a well needed bonus!

    Cons: New parking break system doesn't do just video stoppage, also some phone options.


    Jesse from Merritt Island, FL on 5/22/2012

    2005 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit the iPhone integration is great. My daughter loves to be able to watch netflix while we are in he car.

    Pros: Bluetooth features keep the radio connected to the phone at all times so I don't miss a call while I have it cranked and I always have access to pandora and the 40 gigs of music on he phone

    Cons: App radio functions glitch out when changing between functions sometimes easy fix is to unplug the cable from the phone and plug it back in. Still for the price of the head unit this should be looked into and fixxed with an update or something.


    Anthony from Tucson Az on 5/22/2012

    perfectly engineered unit it's easy to use and does everything i could ever want a head unit to do

    Pros: customizable,detachable face,HD and Bluetooth, Bluetooth airplay so you can leave your phone in your pocket while you listen to music

    Cons: pioneer app needs a few bugs fixed and i'd love to see more apps but I'm 100% satisfied and this time


    Mario from San Diego,Ca. on 4/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in a 2006 Chevy HHR Crutchfield website said it would not fit,that is incorrect it fit very well only slight modification needed to the dash radio basket (well) in order to make room for the RCA wires. The GMOS_LAN-04 fits in center console easy. The user interface is very easy to use, straight forward and plenty fast. Background customizing is simple to do and adds your own touch. Made my factory Pioneer system come to life like never before! I would recommend this deck to an.y one that is looking for an excellent upgrade. 2006 Chevy HHR with on-star and factory Pioneer system with factory Pioneer subwoofer.

    Pros: Can't beat the price, quality and features this deck has hands down. Easy to use and install works flawlessly as advertised in SEMA reviews.

    Cons: Video definition could be better ,but is acceptable as it would bring the price up. No other cons found so far and probably wont find any.


    Forty from Eglin AFB on 4/21/2012

    2003 Cadillac CTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have been using this receiver for about a week now and i love it!! Use the bluetooth with my phone and it has exceptional quality. Would recommend it to anyone looking to buy one of these you wont go wrong!

    Pros: Easy to tune...great built in bluetooth..Beautiful design and gui

    Cons: NONE

    Almost Perfect...ALMOST but not quite

    excelon73 from LAFAYETTE, NJ on 4/21/2012

    2007 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first Pioneer unit after 13 consequtive Kenwood Excelon Units. First of it is a BEAUTIFUL headunit. Ad for the most part the head unit is fast, super responsive, intuitive and incredibly capable. Even the sound quality is quite good for a head unit amplifier. I wish the sound cointouring were a but better but for a non SQ unit its not bad. The buttons are well layed out and the detachable screen is a nice touch. THe shining point here is the ipod.pandora control FIRST RATE!! The 4 in build quality is due to the HORRIBLE ipod cable. You charge me WAYYY TO MUCH for a cable that is WAYYYY TO HEAVY for the ipod/iphone receptacle THEN make me extend the usb stubby cable with a usb connector so loose i have to tape it together AND then shrink wrap 2 small sections and you call that a cable? HUGE dissapointment on that one. Anyway over all it is a great unit and i am happy with it. They seemed to learn a few lessons from the app radio 1 debacle but still have a few steps to take. One last thing i am kind of dissapointed then NO head units have the ability to see whats playing on my favorite channels simultaneously like the sirius app for smart phones.. that is a nice feature that i would pay handsomely for.

    Pros: -BEAUTIFUL screen and unit -incredible iphone media/nav options -far better sound quality than i expected -stunning array of appearence options -fast and responsive save when exiting iphone

    Cons: -INFURIATING USB CABLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -SIRIUS USERS BEWARE my 3 in ease of use comes from the fact that pionner HATES SIRIUS USERS. you only get one TINY line of text which a very ugly and misplaced lower cased 'i' in the middle of the screen makes change the the info for artist name, BOOOOOOH pionners for sirius hating when XM users get the 3 traditional line

    First Car Stereo

    Anonymous from Austin, TX on 4/12/2012

    2010 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first aftermarket head unit for my first car, a 2010 Mazda 3 sedan. The installation wasn't hard, just match up the wires. The detachable faceplace was my main draw to this unit, it's nice to know that I can take the whole screen into my work or apartment. I also installed the Pioneer Sirius kit with the unit. While functional, the display of Sirius information by Pioneer is severely lacking. The screen looks great, and the sound quality is a lot better than my stock stereo. My only real negative opinion of the unit has to do with the metal plate that the screen latches onto. There are parts where the metal is showing through the black paint and there are several places where it looks like someone used a sharpie to try and cover scratches on the metal. Since you don't ever see this when the screen is installed it's a very minor thing. Overall I am very happy with this unit, I would definitely recommend it.

    Pros: Detachable Faceplate Screen Resolution Looks

    Cons: Radio reception (typical with aftermarket head units)

    Finally !!!!!

    Anthony B from Tucson Az on 4/10/2012

    This unit is amazing installed it myself, Advanced App Mode is amazing with maps and MixTrax , clarity is great ease of use as far as colors and switching apps and back rounds. You will not regret purchasing this stereo its awesome

    Pros: Every Feature Possible in a Stereo Bluetooth,HD Radio (Amazing). DVD Player App Support Navigation using Maps On Iphone. simply put Its about time this unit came on the market its perfect, and No one Has It.

    Cons: The Advanced App Mode Cable Is very bulky,

    Love It

    Tripleaces111 from chicago, il on 4/8/2012

    2001 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i love my new radio, lol, no one has it. running my type r's and my rockford subs. love it.



    Best overall Pioneer DVD receiver to date

    M. Borquez from Lancaster, CA. on 4/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There was a lot of hipe leading up to the release of this unit and I can say it definitely deserves it. The installation was straight forward, just be sure to allow yourslef enough time to do a good job and have everything you need to complete the install the first time. The screen quality is impressive and the UI is top notch with no surprises or hick ups. The bluetooth syncs quickly and plays your music from where you left off and even displays artist and song info. The streaming audio has no delay when scanning through songs. The equalizer is much improved and gives you pin point and quick adjustments. I loaded a 8gb SD card and it uploaded in seconds and started playing movies I had on it. I tried to hook up a HDD, but it appears the unit only handles FAT32 formatted, which sucks because Windows 7 will not format anything over 32GB to FAT32. You will need to either hit someone up who has a MAC or buy a program to allow you to format the drive this way. I'm still waiting for Crutchfield to carry the Advanced App mode cable and I look foward to accessing those advanced features. Even still, I feel with just the other features this unit was still a extremely good value.

    Pros: Great Screen, Great Bluetooth, Great Sound quality, Detachable Screen, Excellent contectability, Dual Zone, Dual USB, and much more...

    Cons: This is my only con and also a warning; A brake bypass relay WILL NOT WORK with this unit. The unit requires you to engage, disengage, and disengage the parking brake switch to allow you to view video. This to me is a little overboard, I understand why but it is too much for the average user and I feel there maybe some backlash because of this.

    Pioneer AVH-P8400BH

    CT from Sunrise, FL on 4/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok folks here it is. I waited for this head unit for a long time. I was one of the first ones on back order, probably the 1st! The wait was well worth it! It is the most awesome looking, awesome sounding unit I have ever seen! I did the install myself, but truthfully it was an incredibly tight fit for my application. The accompanying Scosche adapter might need a bit of tweaking. But I digress. Paired w/ my iPhone 4S in seconds! I attached an 8GB SanDisk mini flash drv of music, which it recognized and displayed immediately. Still awaiting the video adapter cable from Pioneer to complete install, also on back order. Video is smooth and seamless (DVD mode) Display is of matte finish and doesn't leave many smudges. Overall Pioneer has hit this one out of the park! I was thinking of attaching an amp to it, but the clean power and adjustable eq settings may stall that decision. Lots of bass to my speakers: Boston Acoustics 6X9's up front, 6.5" in rear doors. The pure and tight clean sound coming out of there puts a huge smile on my face. This was a bargain for what you get compared to what's out there at 2-3X the $! The detachable face a huge plus, in my opinion. So many features, so little time.

    Pros: Impressive clean sound and ergonomics. Multi featured unit still learning about. Outstanding price for all of the options available on this unit. You will not be disappointed. Definitely load up a dedicated mini flash drive before installation.

    Cons: Adapter bracket needs some work (for my application) This is not a Pioneer problem. However, the dedicated iPhone/iPod cable needs to be available ASAP, this IS a Pioneer problem. The harnesses that should be soldered is tedious work, but well worth the effort once it's all done. Not everyone will be cut out to do this, but I saved myself a couple of hundred doing it myself.

    Good unit for the money

    J.Arce from Union, NJ on 4/7/2012

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I expected a better quality display, that would be the reason for the 4 stars. Display quality is not the best and the "anti-glare" screen does not do well on daylight. Overall a good unit, simple to use and set up. I installed myself in about an hr. The installation gear is cheap or should I say horrible but hey, it's "free" Sound quality is very good, user interface is easy and the equalizer is pretty good. App radio factors in a big way for us iPhone users, definitely a big plus. One last complain would be the shiny plastic surround, c'mon pioneer ,you can do better. Not a single car maker makes a shiny black radio bezel anymore. When they put black plastic on te dashboard is matte. Bottom line: great unit for the price, nice features. Could use a better display for sure.

    Pros: Easy to use interface, great sound, nice equalizer and great iPhone integration (that actually works) Lots of outputs in the back.

    Cons: Display is not so good, anti glare screen sucks in daylight an shiny cheap looking plastic bezel that does not blend with any dashboard.


    owen042792 from Philadelphia, PA on 4/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I took the plunge to purchase this head-unit for my 2010 Chevy Impala. I wanted a double-din because the original factory radio looked good as a double-din so I was looking to maintain filling the entire space for an after market radio. I purchased the harness along with it to retain factory door chimes and even blinker clicking. I must admit the wires were a bit daunting but I refused to pay an outlandish fee to have the Pioneer installed professionally. Everything ran great, I actually really liked the Mixtrax feature (it's not professional DJ quality song streaming but it's pretty cool to have a different flow for your music library). The screen was very responsive and didn't really get finger-printed as much as I anticipated and the fact that it was removable completed the masterpiece. Sadly, I did not receive a Dash Kit to make the unit securely installed. That would honestly be my only grievance but I can live until I receive the kit and then really enjoy the unit. For the time I had it functioning, I noticed it considerably boosted my factory speakers quality and I can't wait to replace them with some after market ones to really hear the difference. Paired with some new speakers along with an amp and sub woofer I think this will make a great set-up for my Impala.

    Pros: Great looking screen, removable face, "MIXTRAX", two Rear-USB ports, etc.

    Cons: Very Pricey so value is slightly hurt

    Amazing Unit 5 Stars!

    blueblazeSS from WV on 3/31/2012

    I originally purchased the Sony XNV-770BT(terrible receiver) and couldn't stand the 3-5 second delay between track display names, limited XM title display and overall not a good unit. I waited several months on this new pioneer unit and it was well worth the wait. Amazing screen resolution, huge selection of dedicated apps, very responsive touchscreen, awesome customization options, very user friendly, and I could go on for hours about how great this unit is. Thank you Crutchfield (Kevin) and pioneer for solving your recommendations.

    Pros: Amazing Display, user friendly, dedicated apps, clear Bluetooth cell phone calls, customization options, 2 USB inputs

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (R), Composite (R)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready XM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4.0 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 8
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    HD Radio
    Multimedia Player
    iPod/App Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.95" TFT LCD Touchscreen Color Display: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH features a 6.95" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 x RGB, for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a paired Bluetooth device, or a connected component such as an iPod/iPhone, Satellite radio receiver, or USB Flash memory. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    Motorized Display: The unit's touchscreen display is motorized. The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and eject your DVD/CD discs. The angle of the motorized touchscreen display can also be adjusted to five different positions to meet your viewing needs in the car.

    Detachable Face Plate: The unit's 6.95" touchscreen display is detachable to deter theft. A soft cloth carrying pouch is included to protect the touchscreen display when detached.

    Multilingual Display: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH offers English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.

    Video Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for each source and the optional rear view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).

    Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video:

    • Full: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions.
    • Zoom: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen.
    • Normal: A 4:3 picture is displayed as it is.

    On Screen Display Color & Background Adjustment: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background can be set to one of four preset still images, a preset movie image, a stored JPEG image, a video image from the external input, the clock, or turned Off.

    Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).

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

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit.

    Note: The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    HD Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.

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

    Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    XM Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control Pioneer's GEX-P920XM XM tuner (130P920XM, sold separately). A subscription to XM, plus the proper antenna is required in order to receive satellite radio programming.

    Multimedia Player

    Multimedia Compatibility: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH features a hidden disc slot and SD-card slot, as well as two rear-panel USB type-A 2.0 full-speed ports (a 5' USB extension cable is provided). The disc slot and SD-card slot is located behind the head unit's motorized slide-down touchscreen panel. The head unit offers the following media compatibility.

    Media Type CD-R-RW DVD-R/-RW/-R DL USB Storage Device SD/SDHC Memory Card (up to 16GB)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2,
    Romeo, and Joliet
    ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, and UDF 1.02 FAT16/FAT32
    Playable File Types MP3, WMA, AAC, DivX MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, WMV, H.264, MPEG-4
    Maximum # of Folders 700 3,000
    Maximum # of Files 999 3,500 15,000
    Note Maximum playback time of audio files stored in an external storage device (USB/SD) is 7.5 hours or 450 minutes

    Compressed Audio Playback: The AVH-P8400BH supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files stored on CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs, as well as USB devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.

    Audio Format MP3 WMA WAV (USB/SD only) AAC
    File Extension .mp3 .wma .wav .m4a
    Bit Rate 8-320 kbps (CBR), VBR 5-320 kbps (CBR), VBR LPCM: 8 and 16 bits
    MS ADPCM: 4 bits
    8-576 kbps (CBR)
    Sampling Frequency 16-48 kHz (32/44.1/48kHz for emphasis) 8-48 kHz LPCM: 16-48 kHz
    IMA-ADPCM: 22.05 and 44.1 kHz
    8-48 kHz
    Tags ID3 tag ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 WMA tag N/A AAC tag

    Compressed Video Playback: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH supports the following video files recorded onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs; as well as a USB storage device or a SD/SDHC memory card.

    Video Format MPEG4 H.264 DivX WMV (USB/SD only)
    File Extension .mp4 .avi .avi/.divx (Home Theater Ver. 4.xx, 5.xx, 6.xx) .wmv
    Compatible Audio Codec AAC AAC MP2, MP3, Linear PCM WMA
    Maximum Resolution/Frame Rate 720 x 1280 (30 fps) 720 x 1280 (30fps) 720 x 576 (25fps), 720 x 480 pixels (30fps) 720 x 1280 (30fps)
    Max Bit Rate 8,000 kbps
    Note: Video can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    JPEG Still Images: The AVH-P8400BH also supports playback of JPEG still images stored on a SD/SDHC memory card or USB device. You can import still images from your SD/SDHC memory card or USB memory device to the unit's built-in flash-memory and create a custom splash screen for the head unit.

    Still Image Format JPEG
    Maximum Image Size 4092 x 4092 pixels or smaller
    Maximum Data Size 8MB
    Note: JPEG files are not supported on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs. Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    Playback Functions: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH offers the following playback functions:

    • Automatic Playback: When a DVD disc with DVD menu is inserted, this unit will cancel the DVD menu automatically and start playback from the first chapter of the first title.
    • Bookmark (Resume Playback): The Bookmark function lets you resume playback from a selected scene the next time the disc is loaded.
    • Frame-By-Frame Playback: This feature lets you movie ahead on frame at a time during playback of your DVD or Video CD.
    • Slow Motion Forward: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you can choose to play back video in slow motion (no audio).
    • Repeat Play: Audio/Video content can be repeated. You can choose from Disc (entire disc), Folder (current folder) Chapter (current chapter), Title (current title), Track (current track), File (current file), Folder (current folder), or One (current video/song/track).
    • Random (Shuffle) Play: Audio/Video can be played back in a random order. You can choose from Songs (videos/songs in selected list), Albums (videos/songs from selected album), Folder (songs/tracks in selected folder), or Disc (all songs/tracks on disc).

    Search Functions: The AVH-P8400BH provides the following search functions:

    • Track Title List: You can select tracks to playback using the track title list which is a list of the tracks recorded on a disc or USB/SD memory device.
    • Scene Search: You can use the search function on the unit's on-screen display to search for a desired scene on your DVD by specifying a title and chapter track.
    • Return to Scene: You can return to the specified scene where the DVD you are currently playing has been preprogrammed to return.
    • Skip Search: You can skip to the previous/next track, file, folder, title, or chapter on a disc or USB/SD device.
    • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse through a current track, file, or title on a disc or USB/SD device.

    MIXTRAX: MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX takes the music from an iPod, iPhone, or USB device and plays it back with added transitions and effects, creating a virtual DJ inside the AVH-P8400BH. MIXTRAX works by first having the MIXTRAX PC software automatically analyze a track's BPM, bar, beat position, vocal position and mood, then adds the analyzed data to the music file. The AVH-P8400BH reads the embedded MIXTRAX data from your audio device as you enjoy precise, full featured non-stop mixes in your vehicle complete with album art that dances to the beat. You can also experience MIXTRAX as an app for the iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch (4th Gen) and using Advanced App Mode to control the MIXTRAX app through the receiver's touchscreen display.

    Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-P8400BH.

    Off Insert/Eject: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

    Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.

    Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Pioneer website onto a SD card, or a preloaded SD card can be shipped to you from Pioneer.

    iPod/App Control

    iPod/iPhone Connection:  The Pioneer multimedia head unit supports both audio/video & app playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Select the appropriate cable for your model Apple device and media content.

    • Audio Only: Using Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone, you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and Pandora Internet Radio on your iPod or iPhone through the Pioneer A/V head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; you will need the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to connect the Apple device to the Pioneer head unit. The head unit does not support direct connection of the Lightning-connector cable that comes with the iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
    • Audio/Video: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod/iPhone connector cable (130IU201V, sold separately) you can enjoy audio playback, plus video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone; as well as music or video based apps streamed to your iPhone. Not compatible with iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
    • Audio/Video + Apps: The Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (130IU201S, sold separately) not only provides audio/video playback, but also allows you to launch the Advance App Mode on your iPhone 4/4S, for playback of advance applications (such as navigation and internet radio) on the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH. You can also connect your iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) to access audio/video files and Advance App Mode using Pioneer's CD-IV202AV cable kit, an Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and Apple Lighting-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately); also requires your iPhone 5 be paired via Bluetooth and a Firmware update from Pioneer's website.
    Note: Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park with the parking brake engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen or from the iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • Passenger Control: The Passenger Control mode allows you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat.

    App Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH supports the playback of streamed apps from select iPhones. You can select between the basic App mode or the Advanced App mode.

    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM,, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers (see above "Audio Only" section for required cable). You can also watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+); using the CD-IU201V cable (sold separately). Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include; Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next. The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged.
    • Advanced App Mode: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (sold separately) to connect the AVH-P8400BH to your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.2+) loaded with Pioneer's free AppRadio application from iTunes, you can enjoy full on-screen access and control of your calendar, maps, and more with an intuitive interface, formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. The same can be done with the iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) using Pioneer's CD-IV202AV cable kit, an Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately). Pioneer has teamed up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. The AppRadio app must be first launched from your iPhone, and the compatible app selected from the iPhone. You can then operate the app from the Pioneer head unit. Popular apps include:
      • MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone 4/4S (not compatible w/ iPhone 5). There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee with an additional $19.99 per year for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone.
      • INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 per month) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the Pioneer head unit, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
      • Extra Mile: All-in-one app for convenient voice navigation gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel
      • DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone, the DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
      • Rdio: Get access and control the iTunes Rdio app (from $4.99 per month). Rdio is a new social music service on the web for the iPhone. Rdio give you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art.
      • Livio Radio: The Livio Radio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.
      • AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio is a free online music radio station that lets you stream your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner." Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the Pioneer head unit's screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
      • StreamS HiFi: The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.
      • MIXTRAX: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.

    Note: As the library of Advance App compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH using your connected Apple iPhone, via the proprietary Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS.3.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, as well as metadata from Pandora, Aha Radio, and Advance Apps; including Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'basic App mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 1/31/20123):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Mode Pandora App Advance App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.1 Y* N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1 Y* Y** Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    2 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    3 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    4 6.1 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 6.1 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    • *Audio playback from iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini requires the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (both sold separately).
    • **Video Playback and Advanced App Modes for the iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) requires Pioneer's CD-IV202AV cable kit, an Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and Apple Lighting-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately). The AVH-P8400BH will also require a Firmware update from Pioneer's website.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    MusicSphere: Pioneer's new proprietary MusicSphere technology allows you to enjoy your music in a new way by creating unique mood-based playlists via iTunes for your Apple iOS device. When installed on your Windows PC, the MusicSphere iTunes plug-in software will analyze the entire music library and create specialized playlists based on various musical attributes such as feeling (bright, energetic, gloomy, relaxing calm), rhythm pattern, beats per minute (BPM), year of the song and/or date added to the device. Additionally, through the MusicSphere, you can select preferred parameters of your music to create a "DJ Playlist". You can download MusicSphere directly to your Windows PC from the Pioneer website.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-P8400BH is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) allowing to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Phone Pairing: Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AVH-P8400BH supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The AVH-P8400BH allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the AVH-P8400BH, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for the phone number by alphabet search mode.
    • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle must be in park to access these functions.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included external microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth). The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone. The external microphone must be installed for Bluetooth hands-free communication.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The AVH-P8400BH will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The AVH-P8400BH also supports audio streaming of select music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Note: The Pioneer head unit requires an optional Bluetooth firmware update (HW05-SW01.27.20) to enable Bluetooth AVRCP control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or other Apple iOS6 device. If you do not own an iPhone 5 or iOS6 device, there is no need to install this update.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVH-P8400BH are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    EEQ (Easy EQ): There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2.

    8-Band Graphic EQ: The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 8-band graphic equalizer (40Hz, 80Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz, and10kHz).

    Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into the Pioneer multimedia receiver's 3.5mm mic input (located behind the motorized touchcscreen). The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

    Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).

    Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.

    Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).

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

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

    4V/6ch Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is equipped with three 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear speakers are fading with high-pass crossover filters, while the subwoofer output is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter.

    • Front & Rear Preamp Outputs: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker preamp outputs (or speaker outputs), you can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.
    • Subwoofer Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Telephone Mute/Attenuator: Sound from your system is muted or attenuated automatically when a phone signal is received when you have hardwired your mobile phone system to the mute wire (yellow/black) of this unit.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The AVH-P8400BH features a rear-panel composite video/stereo minijack audio output that allows rear seat passenger to enjoy audio or video content on additional rear seat monitors and headphones, even while the front passenger and driver listen to audio from other sources or operate navigation functions simultaneously. You can playback audio/video content from a Disc, your iPod/iPhone (not iPhone 5), and the AV inputs in the rear zone; or your can simply have the rear AV output mirror the head unit's selected source. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size. You cannot play DivX files on the unit's monitor and a connected external monitor at the same time.

    Rear View Camera: The AVH-P8400BH is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera input jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5, sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the AVH-P8400BH's harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.7 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation unit (sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

    Note: If you are already using the head unit's RGB input to access Advance App Mode from your iPhone, then you cannot connect this add-on navigation module (or vise-versa).

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH includes an IR remote control (CD-R33) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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