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CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback
Our take on the Pioneer DEH-P6800MP by Crutchfield's Tim Sprinkle
Pioneer's DEH-P6800MP CD player lets you bring your iPod on the road without giving up a bit of control. Just connect Pioneer's optional iPod interface adapter, plug in your iPod, and take control of your whole music library right from the radio's motorized, slide-down faceplate. The adapter allows you to use the large Rotary Commander knob to fill in for the iPod's Click Wheel, while artist names, and track information, and even menus show up on the stereo's lush, multi-line Organic EL display.
The DEH-P6800MP can also control an optional satellite radio tuner, and play back your MP3- and WMA-loaded discs. It can even handle the AAC files you've created in Apple's iTunes software. If AM/FM radio is more your speed, you'll be amazed by clarity and power of Pioneer's Supertuner IIID+.
You won't have to worry about sound quality with the stereo's powerful built-in amplifier on hand. Pioneer's Easy EQ gives you five preset sound curves for a quick sound fix, plus you can adjust 7 different frequencies for more fine-tuning. Everybody can take turns running the show with the included remote control.
Building a bigger system? Use the three sets of preamp outputs to connect your amplifiers and subs. The DEH-P6800MP's onboard high- and low-pass filters help maximize system performance. Have a portable player? Connect it to the front panel auxiliary input.
Man This is one of the best sounding units I've heard in a long time . Has very good Bass lots of things you can set to make it sound better . I also put Infinity 6012si in the front and JBL - GT0927 6x9's in the back and man it will blast you out . You got to get this one .
Ray, Elkhart , Kansas
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis
- Wireless remote control (CXC5717)
- CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- Wiring harness
- 2 Extraction keys
- Rear support screw
- Rubber bushing
- 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws
- 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
- Face fixing screw
- Operation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Installation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Warranty sheet (English/French)
- Warning sheet concerning installation safety
- Note on removing plastic tag
- Sheet about the Demo Mode
- CD player with built-in MOSFET50 amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- slide-down, motorized, detachable face with Organic EL display
- CD, CD-R, and CD-RW compatible, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (not compatible with songs downloaded from Apple iTunes Music Store)
- Supertuner IIID (18 FM/6 AM presets)
- Easy EQ (5 preset curves, 2 user settings, and a 7-band graphic EQ)
- loudness (3 levels)
- front auxiliary input (Note: this input takes a nonstandard, 2.5mm sub mini jack)
- three sets of preamp outputs
- high-and low-pass filters for improved speaker performance
- iPod-ready (CDIB100 adapter required)
- satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
- remote control
- CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
- CD signal-to-noise ratio: 94 dB
- FM sensitivity: 8 dBf
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||50-15kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2.2 volts|
|Display Color||Organic EL|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Deep Blue OEL Display: The deep blue OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) display features incredible brightness, clear readability, wide-angle viewing and full-motion 3D graphics. Because OEL creates its own electro-luminescent light, its brightness is resistant to washing out in sunlight. The display is 160 x 48 pixels.
Entertainment Display Modes: You can choose from the following Entertainment Display Modes:
- Background Visual/Picture: In Background Visual mode, you can select one of the following background visuals: Background Visual 1 (random hexagonal shapes), Background Visual 2 (rotating wavy lines), Background Picture 1 (hurricane), or Background Picture 2 (wires and plugs), Background Picture 3 (pistons), Background Picture 4 (rows and stacks), Background Picture (camels), or Entertainment Off (black background).
- Spectrum Analyzer
- Level Meter
- Level Indicator
- Sound Pulse Meter
- Battery Voltage: The battery voltage is displayed digitally and on an analog meter.
- Entertainment Clock: In Entertainment Clock mode, the unit displays the clock with a moving pendulum in the background.
- Movie Screen: In Movie Screen mode, you can select one of the following movie screens: Movie Screen 1 (surfing with swimming dolphins) or Movie Screen 2 (Formula 1 auto racing). Movie Screens are like screen savers, and occupy the entire display a second or two after a button is pressed.
Ever Scroll: When Ever Scroll is set to On, CD text or iPod information scrolls continuously in the display. When turned off, the information scrolls only once.
Display Brightness: The display brightness can be adjusted from 0 to 15.
Auto Dimmer Feature: When the Dimmer Feature is activated, the display will automatically dim when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The orange/white wire labeled "Illumination" must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the Dimmer Feature to work.
Demo Modes: This unit has a Reverse Demo Mode and a Feature Demo Mode. In Reverse Demo Mode, if you do not perform an operation for a period of 30 seconds, the display begins reversing colors. It continues reversing colors every 10 seconds. When the unit is turned off with the ignition on, the Feature Demo Mode is activated. The Feature Demo Mode displays the unit's different features and capabilities using moving graphics. Both demo modes can be temporarily canceled with a single button push, or turned off in the Initial Settings menu.
Rotary Commander: The large rotary knob on the front panel is a 7-way control that can operate about 90% of the unit's functions and features. The knob can be rotated clockwise and counterclockwise, pressed in, and tilted up, down, left, and right. This feature allows you to easily scroll through files and folders on your MP3/WMA/AAC CDs as well as a connected iPod (via the optional iPod adapter).
Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band.
Digital Speedread2: The DEH-P6800MP is equipped with Pioneer's Digital Speedread2 CD mechanism, which provides fast performance, especially for reading and playing discs with MP3/WMA/WAV files. It also shortens the audio gap between files during random playback.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name, plus comments. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are recognized by this unit.
iTunes AAC Playback: The DEH-P6800MP can play CDs with AAC files ripped using Apple's iTunes Media Player Version 4.8 and earlier. This unit can play AAC files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. AAC files with a transmission rate from 16-320 kbps are supported.
Note: This unit can play "unprotected" AAC files ripped into iTunes, but it cannot play the "DRM-protected" AAC files downloaded from the online iTunes Music Store.
Compression and BMX Functions: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "BMX" (Bit Media eXpander) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the CD player. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortion caused by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "BMX" function controls sound reverberations to give playback a fuller sound.
Front Panel Auxiliary Input: This unit has a 2.5mm sub-mini jack auxiliary input located on the bottom edge of the motorized front panel. This AUX 1 input must be turned on in the Initial Settings menu before it can be selected as a source. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 8 character name. A second auxiliary device can be connected to this unit when an optional adapter is connected to the IP-Bus connector on the rear panel. This auxiliary input (known as AUX 2) must also be turned on, and an 8-character name for the input can be stored in memory. See below for more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.
2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the front panel sub-mini jack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The CD-RB10 lets you connect one auxiliary component, and the CD-RB20 lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD changer via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 8-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.
EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P6800MP is equipped with a 7-band graphic EQ with the following center frequencies: 50Hz, 125Hz, 315Hz, 800Hz, 2kHz, 5kHz, and 12.5kHz. In addition, there are 6 preset EQ settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and EQ Flat. You can adjust the equalizer curve of the Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, and Natural presets between -6 and +6. With Custom 1 or Custom 2, you can independently adjust the level of each band from -6 to +6. The Flat preset cannot be adjusted.
Selectable Loudness Levels: Loudness compensates for deficiencies in the low and high frequencies at low volumes. You can choose from three levels of loudness:
- Low: +3.5dB (100Hz), +3dB (10kHz)
- Mid: +10dB (100Hz), +6.5dB (10kHz)
- High: +11dB (100Hz), +11dB (10kHz)
High Pass Filter: If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear 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/Non-Fading Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs. This output can be turned on or off. When turned on, this output has a selectable 18dB/octave low-pass filter with a cutoff frequencies of 50, 63, 80,100, or 125Hz, phase adjustment (normal/reverse), and output level (+6 to -24).
Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Output: The rear pair of preamp outputs are located on a 6" pigtail, and can be set to full range output with full fading capability, or a non-fading output. When the rear preamp outputs are set to "Subwoofer", the rear speaker outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer. This enables you to connect each rear speaker lead directly to a small subwoofer without an external amplifier or to a dual 4-ohm voice coil sub.
Rough Search: You can switch the search method between fast forward/reverse and "Rough" in which the unit searches every 10 tracks. If there are less than 10 tracks on the disc, the unit will jump to the last track.
AGC (Automatic Gain Control): The CD mechanism has a built-in Automatic Gain Control, which adjusts 7 different settings each time a CD is inserted to prevent the disc from skipping.
Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.
Disc Naming: You can use the disc title input feature to store up to 48 CD titles in the unit's memory. Each title can be up to 10 characters long.
Function Confirmation Tones: The receiver emits an audible beep tone each time a button is pressed. These function confirmation tones cannot be turned off.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the Source button turns off audio output, but the clock display remains on. When the Clock Display has not been turned on, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. The unit's button illumination is only on when the unit is on.
Detachable Face Security: This unit features a motorized "flap-face" front panel with Detachable Face Security. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. A hard plastic face case is included with this unit.
Muting/Attenuation: Sound from this unit is muted or attenuated automatically when the signal from a device with the mute function is received. Sound returns to normal when the mute/attenuation signal is canceled. The muting feature must be turned on in the initial settings. You can switch between muting or attenuation, whichever you desire. Note: The yellow/black wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the cell phone or other automatic muting device.
Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P6800MP comes with a wireless remote control (CXC5717). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. In addition, the numeric keypad on the remote allows you to select tracks and radio presets directly. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel.
Optional Wired Remote Control: The head unit has a 3.5mm minijack on the back panel for connecting an optional wired remote control, such as the CD-MR70 or CD-MR80 (130CDMR70 or 130CDMR80). You can also plug in the PAC SWI-PS adapter (127SWIPS) to interface the factory steering wheel or rear seat radio controls of many vehicles to this receiver. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to find out if your vehicle is compatible with the adapter.
Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control an external satellite radio tuner. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM) Pioneer XM receiver. In addition, it is compatible with the XMDirect XM Radio package (item # 700XMPIONE). For Sirius, you can connect the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio tuner (130SIRPNR2). A subscription to XM or Sirius, plus the proper antenna is required in order to receive satellite radio programming. The satellite radio tuners connect via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit.
iPod Adapter Ready: The Pioneer CD-IB100ii iPod adapter (130IB100ii) allows you to play and control your iPod, iPod mini, or iPod nano, and view album, artist, and other information on the head unit's display. The adapter allows you to perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, and album searches. While connected, the iPod adapter also charges the iPod's battery. The adapter works with all "Dock Connector"-equipped iPods, and connects to the head unit via the IP-Bus connector.
TV Tuner/DVD Control: You can connect and control with this unit an external TV tuner, or a single or multi-disc DVD player, through the IP-Bus connection. It is compatible with the Pioneer GEX-P5700TV TV Tuner (130P5700TV), the SDV-P7 single disc DVD player, and the XDV-P90 6-disc DVD/CD changer.
IP-Bus System Controls: The DEH-P6800MP is equipped with IP-Bus control, which allows you to connect and control other Pioneer components. You can add a multi-disc CD changer, a satellite radio receiver, an auxiliary input adapter, or an iPod adapter.
CD Changer Controls: You can add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it from the head unit. It is also compatible with Pioneer's 50-disc changer.
- ITS (Instant Track Selection) Programming: The ITS function can be used to program automatic playback of up to 99 tracks per disc for up to 100 discs. With changers sold before the CDX-P1250 and CDX-P650, up to 24 tracks can be stored in the playlist.
- Disc Title Memory: Titles of up to 8 characters each can be entered into memory for up to 100 discs.
- Disc Title List: This feature allows you to display disc titles that you have entered. From the list, you can select a disc for playback.
- Direct Disc Selection: You can directly select discs 1-6 by pressing the corresponding button number on the front panel or remote. Discs 7-12 can be selected by pressing and holding the corresponding button number, such as button 1 for disc 7, etc.
CD Text Display: When used with a CD Text-compatible Pioneer CD changer, this unit will display the titles of CD Text encoded discs that are played in the changer. When playing a CD Text disc on a CD Text compatible changer, you cannot switch to the Disc Title Input mode. CD Text disc titles, artist names and track titles longer than 8 characters may be scrolled to reveal the entire string of text.
CD Sound Quality Adjustment: Using the "COMP" (compression) and "DBE" (dynamic bass emphasis) functions, you can adjust the playback quality of the changer. Each function may be set to one of two levels or off. The "COMP" function compresses the audio signal to eliminate distortions caused by the imbalances between the loudest and softest sounds when played at high volumes. The "DBE" function boosts bass frequencies to give your music a more full sound.
Note: For these functions to work, they must be supported by the Pioneer CD changer.
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