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Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT

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Our take on the Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT

The DEH-P610BT's 3-band equalizer allows plenty of adjustments to your music's tonal balance, while Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever breathes new life into flat-sounding music files by restoring information lost in compression. High-pass and low-pass filters let you adjust the range of frequencies you send to your speakers so they operate at peak efficiency.

Great media options plus hands-free calls

The Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT CD receiver plays your favorite media, with easy-to-use controls that allow you to find your favorite song fast. And the Premier name on this striking receiver kicks up your protection with a 2-year warranty.

Hands-free calling


You won't have to fumble for your phone when you get a call, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth capability. The receiver mutes for an incoming call and you can talk just by pressing a button on the receiver. The DEH-P610BT will download your phone's address book automatically when you pair it with your phone, so you'll have all the important numbers you need in the receiver's memory for one-touch outbound calls.

Outstanding audio perfomance

Advanced Sound Retriever

The DEH-P610BT's 3-band equalizer allows plenty of adjustments to your music's tonal balance, while Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever breathes new life into flat-sounding music files by restoring information lost in compression. High-pass and low-pass filters let you adjust the range of frequencies you send to your speakers so they operate at peak efficiency.

System options

Connect your iPod® with the included automotive-grade cable, and control your playlists with the receiver's controls. When your iPod is connected to the USB input, the receiver bypasses your iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter, using its high-quality DAC to deliver your music files with the highest fidelity possible. Build a high-powered car audio system by connecting amps and subs to the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs. Open up a world of music, sports, and news programming by adding satellite radio, or hook up Pioneer's HD Radio™ tuner to access the improved sound quality broadcast by participating stations.

Rear panel

Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this receiver may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 3-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • Sound Retriever for improving sound of compressed music files
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary (Pioneer's connecting cable included — leave your iPod cable at home)
    • compatible with optional Pioneer HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, front USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • 1.75' USB/iPod interface cable (with USB Type A plug on one end and a standard iPod dock connector on the other end)
    • CXC9115 IR wireless remote control
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with attached 16.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Visor clip
    • 5 Self-adhesive cable clips
    • Two-sided tape
    • 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/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet (Eng/Fre)
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • "Note:" sheet

    Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (4 Reviews)

    Advanced Technology, Quality Sound

    Ben from Battle Creek, MI on 3/17/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Patience is necessary for this device. The sound is great and it integrates well with my Droid smart phone...after I figured out how to navigate with the help of the Superior Crutchfield tech desk. User manual isn't so good. Primarily listen to jazz and adult contemporary. Best features: First rate sound. Excellent treble and mid range. Bass is fine. A sub would be helpful. (2001 Cougar - Pioneer D6802R speakers) Integrates perfectly with standard MP3 player on Droid via blue tooth. (Can pass my Droid around the car so anyone can control the receiver) When using the bluetooth phone feature, the listener can't tell they are on a microphone/speakerphone during the phone call. Flash memory/thumb drive works great. Key issues: Learning curve is steep. Hang in there. Controls are not intuitive and have to be learned. I have had to change most of the factory settings to customize to my needs. Lots of adjustments can be made. Unfortunately it is easy to change settings inadvertently when learning to use. Treble is a bit outrageous with factory settings - cat on a chalkboard to my ears. I am very sensitive to high frequency noise - have had to tone it down a bit for some higher pitched female singers. Source levels need to be adjusted for each source, otherwise when you turn the volume up for bluetooth/thumb drive sources you hear a lot of hissing noise. Factory settings were off. Installation kit is ugly (retrofit faceplate)




    Ivan from Hatillo, PR on 8/14/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I change my factory Infinity receiver on my Mitsubishi Montero 2005.And it was definitely a good choice, Bluetooth system works perfectly with my motorola v9 from ATT, indicates the name of the caller on screen and also tells you when you receive a text message, the sound fidelity is excellent. Usb on my ipod touch is super easy to use. Easy to install with the installation gear worth including by Cruthfield not need anything extra to install. I use the original Infinity factory speakers. Good Price and excellent receiver. Recomended



    Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT

    Matt from Torrington, CT on 8/9/2009

    2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great. I replaced the stock head unit in my '02 Grand Caravan, but not the speakers, and the difference in sound was tremendous! It has enough power without an external amp that I could easily damage the speakers. The unit has all of the features I was looking for, and they work well. I haven't tried the iPod controls, but using a flash drive in the USB port works great. The unit remembers which track you are listening to, even if the stick is removed and the input changed. It starts up right where you were. I find that after a little time, the buttons are reasonably easy to use and I don't have a problem doing what I need them to do. You do need to use the manual to figure out what some of the settings are, as the display doesn't always make sense. But once again, with a little time you get used to them. I use the BlueTooth audio to listen to podcasts on my Samsung Omnia. The sound is better than I expected. The only problem I have with it is that the unit won't remember the profiles for stereo BlueTooth to listen to the audio from the phone.



    Works with my Centro

    Lawrence from Bismarck, ND on 6/18/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit primarily for the bluetooth features. I have the Palm Centro on a Verizon plan. Was able to connect first attempt. Even downloading my phonebook was easy - just follow directions for the phone and this unit. Works great with my ipod as well. On the down side, the button layout and selection is really horrible. Impossible with out refering to the manual often to operate this unit. I'm sure I'll get used to it at some point and give up using some of the features altogether due to the unfriendliness of the user interface. Sound is decent and what you'd expect in this price range. Crutchfields instructions and included install kits made it an easy install on my '08 Chevy Aveo hatchback. Better interface would make this a winner and have earned it 5 stars.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front and Optional Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Pioneer DEH-P610BT is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can play MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC files on CD-R and CD-RW discs, as well as from a portable USB device. It has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a front-panel USB input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. The unit also features built-in Bluetooth and comes supplied with an external microphone. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (with an optional satellite radio tuner and antenna), HD tuner (optional tuner required) and a multi-CD changer (sold separately).

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Tuner
    CD Playback
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. If the front panel is not detached from the head unit within four seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone sounds. You can turn off the warning tone. A face case is included with the unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD Display: The DEH-P610BT features a black background with a 13-character text (white) display which takes advantage of MP3, WMA, iPod, XM Radio, and Sirius, plus CD Text-encoded discs. This display makes it easy to read and cycle through the song title, artist, and other text used by these sources.

    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.

    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 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.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-P610BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the DEH-P610BT 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 for the DEH-P610BT 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)

    Sound Retriever: The Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When 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 Sound Retriever effect.

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The DEH-P6100BT is equipped with a 3-band parametric EQ with 6 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 12dB at 2dB intervals. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Selectable Center Frequencies:
      • Low: 40, 80, 100, or 160 Hz
      • Mid: 200, 500, 1k, or 2k Hz
      • High: 3k, 8k, 10k or 12k Hz
    • Preset EEQ Settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom, and EQ Flat
    • Selectable Q Factors: 2 Narrow, 1 Narrow, 1 Wide, and 2 Wide

    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)

    Bass Boost: The Bass Boost function raises the level of sounds lower than 100Hz. You can select a desired level of bass boost between 0 and 6 (Gain: +12dB to 0dB).

    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.

    Three 4-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-P610BT is equipped with three 4-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 and 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).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    AM/FM Tuner

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

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

    CD 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 and WMA files with a bit rate from 5-320 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 (.m4p file extension) are not compatible. Tracks recorded at transmission rates of 8-320 kbps are playable on this unit.

    List Features: The List feature allows you to track the title list, folder list, file list, preset channel list, or disc title list, depending upon the source. Once the List button is pressed, you can turn the multi-control knob to view each item on the list. To select the highlighted item, you can press the multi-control. This allows you to quickly make selections from most any source.

    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.

    External Device Controls

    Built-In Bluetooth: The DEH-P6100BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth technology allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver. When you're not utilizing hands-free calling, you can use Bluetooth Wireless Technology to control and listen to a Bluetooth audio player. Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible mobile devices can be registered to this head unit.

    • Bluetooth Hands-free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth's Hands-Free Profile (HFP) communication. During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The microphone features a 16.5' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with a visor-mount clip. The receiver offers five microphone volume levels to keep phone calls sounding loud and clear. You can answer a call manually or setup the unit to answer the call automatically while muting your music. You can even transfer your entire phonebook at a single time to the head unit, which can memorize up to 1,000 entries of reach user (max. 5 devices can be stored in the phone book; each independent entry can hold five phone numbers and genres). You can also dial a phone number directly (using the unit's multi-control dial or remote), from a call history list (the 80 most recent calls dialed, received and missed are stored), or by voice recognition (your phone must support voice tags).
    • Bluetooth Audio Players: The head unit also supports Bluetooth's wireless Audio Streaming Profile (A2DP) and Bluetooth's Audio Control Profile (AVRCP). These features allow you to wirelessly transmit music from your Bluetooth compatible cell-phone or portable audio player to the DEH-P6100BT so you can listen to your stored music files through your vehicle's audio system.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones are compatible with this receiver.

    USB Input: The unit's front-panel USB type-A input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player and/or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant (256MB to 250GB). This unit can play MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC files stored on a USB Mass Storage device in FAT16 or FAT32 file system formats. MP3 and AAC files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, and WMA files with a bit rate from 5-320 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, 6,000 folders and 65,535 files per USB device are recognized by this unit.

    iPod Direct Connection: The DEH-P610BT can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports select iPods with a standard Dock Connector. You can connect your iPod to the unit's front-panel USB input using the included CD-iU50 cable or the one supplied with your iPod. When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself ( you can still change songs from the head unit, even when you are controlling the iPod manually). You can perform multiple search functions, including playlist, genre, artist, album, and alphabetical searches. The head unit will also display your iPod's music file information, including Play Time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The Pioneer DEH-P610BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationSoftware VersionMedia TypeControlDisplayCharge
    AudioVideoUnitiPodSong/Artist Track
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N/ANNNNNNN
    mini 1stN/ANNNNNNN
    video 5th1.3YNYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you download a newer software version. The headunit may read "Error 19" if your iPod is not reset. If left plugged in, the iPod will turn off approximately two minutes after the vehicle's ignition switch is set to Off.

    Optional USB Adapter: If the head unit's built-in front-panel USB input is being used, you can connect a USB adapter (130CDUB100, sold separately) to the IP-Bus port to playback audio from a portable audio player that features a USB interface. This USB adapter features a IP-Bus pass-through for daisy chaining another IP-Bus compatible component.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control an external satellite radio tuner from XM or SIRIUS. The head unit is compatible with the GEX-P920XM (130P920XM, sold separately) Pioneer XM receiver. For Sirius there are two options; connect the SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and the CD-SB10 Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (700SIRPION, sold separately), or use the Pioneer Sirius Satellite Radio interface (130CDSB10, sold separately) and the SIRIUS dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1, sold separately) along with a compatible portable SIRIUS radio. 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.

    HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P20HD HD Radio tuner (130GEXP20H, sold separately) allowing you to tune available HD Radio stations. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The optional HD Radio tuner connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    IP-Bus Changer Controls: You can add an IP-Bus-compatible 6-disc or 12-disc Pioneer CD changer, and control it from the head unit.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-P610BT is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player, DVD, or VCR. Once AUX 1 is selected as a source, you can change the source display of the input to any 10-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. Both Aux 1 and Aux 2 must be turned on in the setup menu in order to be selected as a source. See below for more information on the 2nd Auxiliary Input.

    2nd Auxiliary Input Ready: In addition to the front panel minijack Aux input (AUX 1), you can connect a second auxiliary component by connecting an IP-Bus/RCA connector. The optional CD-RB10 (130CDRB10, sold separately) lets you connect one auxiliary component, and the optional CD-RB20 (130CDRB20, sold separately) lets you connect an auxiliary component and a CD changer 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.


    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-P610BT comes with a wireless remote control (CXC9115). The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can directly access a CD track or Radio preset using the remote control. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%, a function that cannot be performed from the front panel. In addition, the remote allows you to answer incoming Bluetooth phone calls.

    Steering Wheel Control: The PAC SWI-PS (127SWIPS, sold separately) steering wheel remote interface is compatible with this head unit.

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