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The DEX-P99RS houses its electronics in a copper-plated chassis that eliminates RF and magnetic signals that can introduce unwanted noise into even the finest audio components. Pioneer designed the circuit paths to be as short and symmetrical as possible, while all internal components are carefully arranged and shielded. All of these steps reduce interference that can diminish sound quality.

Pioneer's Stage 4 flagship receiver

Why run with the herd when you can be leader of the pack? Pioneer's Stage 4 DEX-P99RS isn't just another car CD receiver — it's an audiophile platform of the highest quality, built from the ground up for audio enthusiasts who won't settle for second best. There's no internal amp in the DEX-P99RS — connect the pristine output to external amplifiers when you build your system.

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The DEX-P99R is at the heart of Pioneer's Stage 4 lineup


Custom components and uncompromising construction

A copper clad chassis

The DEX-P99RS houses its electronics in a copper-plated chassis that eliminates RF and magnetic signals that can introduce unwanted noise into even the finest audio components. Pioneer designed the circuit paths to be as short and symmetrical as possible, while all internal components are carefully arranged and shielded. All of these steps reduce interference that can diminish sound quality.

Top-of-the-line components

The engineers at Pioneer realize that standard "off-the-shelf" parts just won't cut it when you're shooting for reference standard performance. They use custom-designed audiophile-grade capacitors built specifically for the DEX-P99RS, ensuring the highest quality parts and cleanest performance. The receiver's preamp section, which uses the same Linear Technology technology found in high-end home audio systems, receives ample supplies of current from the receiver's dual power supplies, a rarity in car stereo construction.

Cutting-edge digital technology

If digital data isn't translated into the analog domain accurately, your sound will be subtly out of phase, resulting in a loss of precision and the addition of distortion. The DEX-P99RS employs Sound Master Clock Circuitry that guarantees ultra-precise digital-to-analog conversion.

The receiver also uses four digital-to-analog converters (DACs), one each for the preamp outputs, to convert your digital media with the highest possible signal-to-noise ratio and outstanding dynamic range. The 32-bit binary floating-bit digital signal processor provides high-speed sound processing for greater realism than the processing found in other car receivers.

Outstanding tools for sound adjustment

Rear panel connections

The 31-band equalizer offers independent control over the right and left channels for unparalleled shaping of the acoustic output. You can even set up five different custom memories to handle different types of music or listening situations.

The Auto EQ's supplied microphone samples the sound in your car, then tunes the 31 separate frequency bands to your interior, while balancing the output of all of your speakers independently. It also adjusts the time alignment of your system automatically to compensate for the differences in speaker distance from the driver — all the sound will reach your ears in perfect synchronization.

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 receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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

Phenomenal car stereo for the true fan of music! It is everything I could have asked for and so much more capability than most of the receivers in its catagory. I am very satisfied with this product!

Stephen M., Fort Bragg, NC

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD player
  • Face (attached)
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Trim ring
  • Power/ground wiring harness
  • Preamp-output harness
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2032 Lithium battery (installed)
  • Face case
  • 59" USB cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • 23" iPod cable (with an Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Setup microphone (with attached 6.75' cable terminated by a 2.5mm connector)
  • Dash mount (for remote control)
  • Two-sided tape
  • Steering wheel mount (for remote control)
  • 2 Rubber straps
  • 2 Extraction keys
  • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
  • Face fixing screw
  • Operation Manual (Eng) Operation Manual (Fre)
  • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre)
  • Important Notice
  • "RCA Caution" note
  • "Installation Warning" note
  • Limited Warranty (US/Canada)

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver/preamp (no built-in amplifier, external amps required)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files)
    • motorized, detachable face with white OEL display
    • copper-plated chassis
    Audio features:
    • four 24-bit DACs and 32-bit digital signal processor
    • 31-band equalizer with independent right and left channel adjustments
    • Auto EQ with supplied microphone
    • Auto TA time alignment
    • three level Sound Retriever for compressed music files
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control — cable included
    • compatible with optional Pioneer HD Radio tuner, satellite radio
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, rear USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 8-channel preamp outputs (5-volt highs, mids, lows, subwoofer)
    Other info:
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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Opt.Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear/Opt.R
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output Amp Required
    Peak Output N/A
    RMS Power Bandwidth N/A
    Preamp Outputs 8-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 31
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Audio Section
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Reference Series Construction: The Pioneer Reference-Series DEX-P99RS features high-quality construction for better sound reproduction:

    • Copper-Plated Chassis: The Reference-Series DEX-P99RS features a copper-plated chassis to eliminate magnetic induction noise.
    • L/R Symmetric PCB: The Reference-Series DEX-P99RS's entire circuit board is painstakingly designed for utmost sound quality. Circuit trace path lengths are equalized and kept as short as possible, and components are carefully laid out and shielded to prevent RF noise or interference.
    • Custom-Made Capacitors: The Pioneer Reference-Series DEX-P99RS utilizes custom-made audiophile grade capacitors and other components to ensure the highest quality.

    Reference Series Sound: The Pioneer Reference-Series DEX-P99RS provides the purest, most realistic sound in your car by using high-quality circuitry, high-performance DACs, and high-precision digital-signal processing (DSP).

    • Sound Master Clock Circuitry: The latest integrated circuits require superior clock signal quality to handle digital data accurately without distortion at ever-higher speeds. The Sound Master Clock Circuitry generates clock waveforms to read and process digital signals with ultra-precision, and eliminate jitter noise in transmission. The result is faithful playback of the original source.
    • High-Slew Rate OP Amp: The DEX-P99RS features Linear Technology Corporation's high-slew rate OP amplifier used in high-end home audio for its precise gain and sound linearity characteristics.
    • L/R Independent High-Volt Volume Circuit: The DEX-P99RS features a custom-made electric volume driven by a dual-sided power supply (rarely found in a head unit), which provides overwhelming dynamic range and high S/N (Signal-to-Noise) ratio.
    • 24-Bit AKM DACs: The Pioneer Reference-Series DEX-P99RS uses four 24-bit AKM DACs (one for each preamp output: high, mid, low, and sub). These four 24-bit AKM DACs offer a 115dB S/N ratio with a high-durability to jitter, and superior dynamic range and quietness.
    • 32-Bit Binary Floating-Point DSP: The DEX-P99RS incorporates 32-Bit Binary Floating-Point DSP for high-precision and high-speed sound processing. The unique use of 32-bit "floating point" DSP offers significantly higher accuracy, especially at high frequencies and low signal levels.

    4 Pair of 5.0-Volt Preamp Outputs With DSP Control: The Pioneer DEX-P99RS features four pairs of 5.0-volt preamp outputs (High, Mid, Low, Sub), along with a 4-way network DSP. This allows you to create a 4-way multi-amp, multi-speaker system with separate speakers for reproduction of high, middle, low, and ultra-low frequencies (bands), each driven by a dedicated amplifier (sold separately). The 4-Way Network DSP lets you divide the audio signal into different frequency bands, and then reproduce each of them through the units corresponding preamp outputs. You can then make precise adjustments to the reproduced frequency band (with a low-pass filter and high-pass filter), level, phase, and other parameters to match the characteristics of each pair of preamp outputs.

    • Frequency Range: You can adjust the HPF (high-pass filter) and LPF (low-pass filter) cut-of frequency to set the reproduced frequency range for each pair of preamp outputs. The HPF cuts frequencies (low) below the set frequency, letting only high frequencies to pass through. The LPF cuts frequencies (high) above the set frequency, letting only low frequencies to pass through. You can make the following HPF and LPF adjustments:
      • High: LPF (5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, 20k); HPF (800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k)
      • Mid: LPF (25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, 20k); HPF (20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 653Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k)
      • Low: LPF (25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, 20k); HPF (20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 653Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k)
      • Sub: LPF (25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, 20k); HPF (20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 653Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k)
    • Slope: Adjusting the HPF/LPF slope (filter attenuation slope) lets you adjust the continuity of sound between speakers. You can make the following slope adjustments for each frequency band:
      • High-HPF: 6dB/oct., 12dB/oct., 18dB/oct., 24dB/oct., 30dB/oct., 36dB/oct.
      • High-LPF, Mid-LPF, Mid-HPF, Low-LPF, Low-HPF, SW-LPF, SW-HPF: 6dB/oct., 12dB/oct., 18dB/oct., 24dB/oct., 30dB/oct. 36dB/oct.
    • Phase: You can switch phase (normal/reverse) for each preamp channel output signal. This will improve the continuity of sound between speakers.
    • Level: The difference in reproduced levels between connected speakers can be corrected by adjusting the level of each select frequency band.
      • High-LPF, High HPF, Mid-LPF, Mid-HPF: 0 dB to -24 dB
      • Low-LPF, Low-HPF, SW-LPF, SW-HPF: 6 dB to -24 dB
    • Mute: You can mute each preamp output channel individually. When an output channel is muted, no sound is outputted to the connected speaker.

    Auto EQ and TA: Auto EQ uses the included microphone to monitor and analyze acoustics, then automatically fine-tunes all frequency bandwidths and front and rear speaker digital parametric equalization. Auto TA uses this same microphone to automatically adjust for distance between each speaker and the listening position. This entire process occurs in 543 seamless steps in just about 5 minutes to tailor specific musical and acoustic characteristics to your vehicle.

    Position Adjustments: The DEX-P99RS offers the following position controls to accurately reproduce music in your vehicle:

    • Balance Adjustment: You can select a balance setting that provides an ideal listening environment in all occupied seats.
    • Position Selector: The Position Selector function lets you automatically adjust the speakers' output levels and inserts a delay time to match the number and position of occupied seats. You can choose Driver seat, Passenger seat, or Front seat.
    • Time Alignment: The Time Alignment function lets you adjust the distance between each speaker and the listening position, so that sound from all speakers reaches the driver's ears in perfect sync. Time Alignment can be set manually (custom), automatically (Auto TA), or to a default (initial) setting.
      • Initial: factory supplied time alignment setting
      • Custom: adjusted time alignment that you create (0.0' to 155.39')
      • Auto TA: Auto TA automatically estimates the delay from each speaker to the driver's position and adjusts speaker sound output timing accordingly (using supplied microphone)

    L/R Independent 31-Band Digital Equalizer: The built-in 31-band digital equalizer allows you to precisely control the in-cabin acoustics of your vehicle. Unparalleled flexibility is provided through either Left/Right independent setup, or for easier setup L/R common is available. Each frequency band of the 31-band digital EQ (20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125hz, 160hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 315hz, 400hz, 500hz, 630Hz, 800hz, 1k, 1.25k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.15k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, 20k) can be adjusted from -12 to +12. There are 5 custom memories to allow multiple setups. There is also a Flat setting.

    Note: The 31-band digital equalizer can also be set automatically using the auto-setup microphone.

    Sound Retriever: The Sound Retriever function automatically enhances compressed audio and restores rich sound.

    Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume levels.

    Digital Attenuator: You can use the digital attenuator function to reduce distortion from CD or other sources recorded at higher volumes.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): SLA lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: This unit can play MP3, WMA and 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.

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files encoded by iTunes recorded onto CDs, however files purchased from the iTunes Music Store (.m4a file extension) are not compatible. Tracks recorded at transmission rates of 16-320 kbps are playable on this unit.

    Note: When playing compressed audio, there is no sound during fast-forward or reverse.

    File Name List: The File Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA/AAC folders and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Track Title List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Disc Titles: You can input CD titles and display them on the heaudnit's LCD display. The next time you insert a CD for which you have entered a title, the title of the CD is displayed. You can use the disc title input feature to store up to 48 CD titles in the unit. Each title can be up to 10 characters long.

    Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    Auxiliary Input: The DEX-P99RS is equipped with a front panel 2.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input (located on bottom of front-panel) for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player). AUX must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source.

    USB Input: The unit's rear-panel USB type-A input (attached via 8" pigtail) and the included 59" USB cable allow you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and/or WAV files stored on a USB Mass Storage device in FAT16 or FAT32 file system formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 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, 500 folders, and 15000 files per USB device are recognized by this unit.

    Note: USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or on.

    iPod Interface: The DEX-P99RS can control and playback songs from select iPods/iPhones with a standard Dock Connector. You can connect your iPod/iPhone using the unit's rear-panel USB input, the supplied 59" USB cable, and the included 23" USB/iPod dock cable (or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone). The head unit's USB port provides a direct digital bit connection to your iPod/iPhone to the unit's DSP and DAC for high-quality sound. When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself. You can perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, or album searches. You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song, all songs, or specific folders. The head unit will also display your iPod's music file information, including Play Time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title. The unit also offers Link Search, which searches for other songs of the currently selected artist, album, or genre. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The Pioneer DEX-P99RS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 6/24/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    air 7.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: 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.

    IP-Bus Auxiliary Input: You can connect an additional auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The optional Pioneer CD-RB10 (130CDRB10, sold separately) lets you connect an additional auxiliary component via the IP-Bus connector on the back of the head unit. The 10-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    Radio Functions

    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. 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.

    Display Features

    Motorized Face: The Pioneer Reference-Series DEX-P99RS features a motorized face which electronically slides-down, with the press of a button, to insert and eject a disc.

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features 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. A hard-plastic face case is provide to protect the front-panel when detached.

    OEL Display: The Pioneer DEX-P99RS features a white Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) dot matrix display which is easier to see in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file and folder lists from your MP3, WMA, and CD Text-encoded discs, radio presets, or data from your iPod, and XM Radio. The brightness of the display can be set between 0 and 15.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, or Spanish.

    Adjustable Illumination: You can select the illumination for the head unit's front-panel controls. You can choose between White, Red, Amber, Green, and Blue. You can also adjust the brightness of each color. In addition, you can create a custom illumination color by adjusting the level of three primary colors (Red, Green, Blue). You can even set the unit's button illumination to only turn on when you turn your vehicle's headlights on (using the radio's illumination wire).

    Note: The head unit's OEL display will remain white even if button illumination is adjusted.

    Entertainment Displays: You can enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following: Basic Display, Spectrum Analyzer 1/2, Level Meter, or Display Off.

    Ever Scroll: When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

    Reverse Mode: If you don't perform an operation within approximately 30 seconds, screen indications start to reverse, and then continue reversing every 10 seconds.

    Illumination 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 function On or Off. The orange/white illumination wire must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for this feature to work.

    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 been turned off, pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the clock/display button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEX-P99RS comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. The mute button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90% ( function that cannot be performed from the front panel). The remote comes with a dash-mount and steering-wheel mount for added convenience.

    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 steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

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    Why did you buy this?

    I had owned this head unit before, and it was by far the highest quality I had ever used. I'm installing a new system in my new car, and I knew this head unit was the only one I needed! [ Elias  Jul 14, 2016 ]
    I had ODR before. [ chinh  Mar 07, 2016 ]

    9 questions already asked

    While you can use a pair of the DEX-P99RS's pre-amp outputs to provide signal to an external EQ, the stereo already has an elaborate 31 band digital EQ and audio adjustments built-in (automatic time alignment, crossovers, phase, level, etc.) so, using any external EQ would be a little redundant. [ Ryan  May 31, 2017 ]  Staff
    Im not sure what Tidal is but you can play music three ways. Auxillary jack, usb, or CD. I have not hooked it up yet. [ Cyrus  Apr 29, 2017 ]
    It doesn't have built-in bluetooth, but bluetooth can be added with the Pioneer CD-BTB200 Bluetooth Wireless Adapter. [ Forrest  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    Unless you plug it in via usb! [ Scott  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    No, you need the Bluetooth adapter. [ Scott  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    If you use an iPhone you can run digital sound out of the iPhone into the P99's USB input by using a lightening to USB cable. The P99 will display the track info from the iPhone. If your using an android phone you can use a Pioneer CD-BTB200 BT adapter that plugs into the blue IP Bus port on the back of the P99 to stream BT to the P99. There are other 3-rd party IP Bus to BT adapters sold on amazon and ebay too. [ Chuck  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    It depends on a few things: 1. What type of music do you listen to? Country, jazz, classical , oldies work well with a sealed enclosure, Hip hop, rap, and techno work well with ported enclosures. 2. How much bass do you want? enough to blend in well with the mid bass, mids, and tweeters, or enough to break the windshield? 3. How much space in your vehicle are you willing to give up for a sub enclosure? Are you only willing to give up enough space for one sub or for two or more? With your top level equipment list, I would guess you are looking for a sub and enclosure that will blend in well with the rest of the equipment and be able to play a wide range of music accurately. I would go with at least one 10" or 12" sub in a sealed enclosure built to the manufacture's specs and from a well respected brand like JL Audio, Focal, and others. The 500 watts from the Alpine amp will be a good match for a single sub. (I use the PDX-F6 and M12 in my system and the PDX amps are incredible quality for the price.) [ Chuck  Sep 19, 2016 ]
    Tony are you talking bass? If so look at JL Audio W3 or a W7 Crutchfield can help you with this. I would go with a W7. If you are speaking midbass I would go with JL Audio ZR Midbass 8 inch. Love my P99RS> [ john  Sep 19, 2016 ]
    I'm using a JL W6V3 12". It's rated at 600 watts, and I'll be using 500 watts on it and it will sound beautiful/ Crossed over at about 100hz. I ran a JL 10W7 with the same 500 watt JL HD 900/5 amp and it was plenty of power for it. The 12W6 takes a little less power than the 10W7 so I know it will be just right. [ Scott  Sep 19, 2016 ]
    No straight up sq headunit. [ john  Sep 19, 2016 ]
    No this is a Sound Quality Unit. You need amplifiers. No need for jazz,hall etc. Built in DSP also. GREAT UNIT! [ john  Mar 25, 2016 ]
    Not a great answer but I've never used them if it does. [ Jason  Mar 25, 2016 ]
    The p99 support apple devices only, and ull have to buy a special cable for that. Anyhow thats the only way to play flac as the p99 doesn't support it [ ROEE  Feb 17, 2016 ]
    If it has a usb input, and i am pretty sure it does but the specs should say, then YES to the first question. And BTW, I think USB for android and USB for apple are the same but they are different from the new USB-C standard. To the second question, the answer is YES, as I play my Hi-Res files from my handheld AK iRiver android player. But I had to get a cord that fits into the SMALLER front plug. It is NOT 3.5mm (or whatever the typical size is. Check the size of that front or player input and get a chord that has 3.5 on one end and the smaller jack on the other. I found one on the web. Write again if more questions. [ Jason  Feb 13, 2016 ]
    no on both. [ alexander  Feb 13, 2016 ]
    Or just plug your iPhone directly into the jack on the front but you will need a smaller input male plug. [ Jason  Feb 13, 2016 ]
    I don't use an iPhone but when I plug my iPod Classic into the USB port, the head unit becomes the "controller" for the iPod. If you were to use the standard "aux" input from your iPhone, then it'll work as normal and play your apps through the car . [ Eric  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    I do not use my P99RS for iPhone apps. I use it 99% with cds. Make the move you will find Midwoofer in your system!! Love it wished I would have bought one long ago. [ john  Jan 30, 2015 ]
    I don't see why not it all depends how you want to run it. There's a small AUX in the front of the CD player that you can access by holding down the eject button for 5 seconds. you could also purchase the Pioneer CD BTB-200 Bluetooth adapter. I'm not aware of any software updates you could download. I never had tried connecting a 5th gen iPod but I can say I've tried others through the USB connection and it worked fine. The newer year model DEXP99RS is the same as the original. The only CD player that I found that was more superior than the DEXP99RS was the Pioneer ODR Series. I personally have a Pioneer AVH-X7500BT Navigation mounted above my DEXP99RS so I didn't have to purchase the Bluetooth adapter. Typically if you can afford a DEXP99RS getting the screen for that price is a steal. To me it was worth getting the Bluetooth and Navigation in a bundle however if you want Navigation you would need to purchase the Pioneer AVI-U260. I hope I was able to help. Even if it doesn't work perhaps trying some of the things I've said should get you where you need to be. [ CHRISTOPHER  Jan 21, 2015 ]
    Yes I belive the 5th gen will work with no issues. I would use the cable that came with it. All p99rs are the same and there are no updates for these models. [ JASON E  Jan 20, 2015 ]
    I have put the newest iPhone and no problems so your 5th gen should be fine. [ alexander  Jan 20, 2015 ]
    Hi, Peter It is my understanding after talking to my sound guy, that it will work with the use of the USB end which should play it regardless of the end tips as long as the USB is not damaged. [ MARCUS K  Jan 20, 2015 ]
    I have no idea, but if you contact Pioneer directly, they should be able to help you out. [ JUSTIN E  Jan 20, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Dec 15, 2014 ]  Staff
    You have crossover for 4 pairs of speakers. I ran 6 channel for 3 tweets mids and bass. I ran a miono sub amp for sub. I used Zapco. Of common brands Id buy JL Ausio amps. [ JEFFERY  Jul 17, 2014 ]
    This head unit shouldn't be ran with less than two amplifiers, preferably four though. If using two amplifiers you will need to connect the MID output to your front speakers, your LOW output to your rear speakers, and SUB output to your subwoofer. This can be accomplished by running one 4 channel amp for your component speakers and one single channel (Mono) amp for your sub. The high channel will need to be disabled in the HU setup options. Like this... High -> Disabled. Mid -> Front L/R on 4-channel amp. Low -> Rear L/R on 4-channel amp. Sub-> L/R on 1-channel amp. There are no best amps, it's personal preference when it comes to sound reproduction. Any major manufacturer will work with this HU. I will warn your though, this HU is very high end and in-depth. Setup will take several hours of work to get everything sounding the way you want it after install. [ William  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    Based on what you've asked, I don't think you need to go as far as buying a Pioneer P99, stick with a deh-80prs for less money, less complexity. At your level of experience, you won't know the difference. Find yourself a JL audio 300/4v2 class A/B amp and have a reputable shop do the install. [ JUSTIN E  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    You would need 1 four channel amp or 2 two channel amps for four speakers to get the FULL fuctionality of the p99. Low voltage RCA wiring is needed. [ Adam  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    I'm sorry I purchased the head unit and let a stereo shop do the work so I wouldn't know which route to say go. I have it with a PDX 5 Alpine amp on a Harley Davidson bagger with 2 sets of 6x9's. Sounds amazing and love it but setting it can be a challenge if you're not a technical person. [ MARCUS K  Jul 15, 2014 ]
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