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You'll enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth capability and wealth of playback options with Pioneer's FH-P8000BT CD receiver. And it fits perfectly in the double-size opening found in many dashboards.

You'll enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth capability and wealth of playback options with Pioneer's FH-P8000BT CD receiver. And it fits perfectly in the double-size opening found in many dashboards.

This versatile receiver plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, controls a satellite radio tuner, and features a USB input, built-in iPod® controls, and a rear auxiliary input. 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. The Sound Retriever feature livens up flat-sounding music files by restoring information lost in compression, and you can use the 7-band equalizer to find the perfect tonal balance for your music. And you'll be able to make and receive calls through the stereo, without having to fumble around for your Bluetooth phone.

The receiver's clean design keeps operation refreshingly simple. The easy-to-use Rotary Commander interface locates your favorite songs or changes system settings with a touch of a button and a twist of the large control knob. System information, menus, and song titles show up bright and clear on the cool blue, 3-line LCD display. The 10-key wireless remote offers extensive fingertip control over your system while you drive, or you can add an optional adapter to control the receiver with your factory steering wheel controls.

Connect amplifiers and subwoofers to the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs to build a high-powered car audio system. High-pass and low-pass filters let you adjust the range of frequencies you send to your speaker setup.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this 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.

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.

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)
    • 3-line display with blue LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Easy EQ 7-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • loudness
    • Sound Retriever for improving sound of compressed music files
    • low-pass (preamp outs) and high-pass (speaker and preamp outs) filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • Bluetooth built in
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optionalconnecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: rear auxiliary input, rear USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod)
    • outputs: 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other info:

    Still bangin since '08.If you can find one new in box or just scratch and dent, disregard it's year model. It still competes with newer units.

    jw, Jackson, Ms

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless Remote Control (CXC9115)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Trim bezel
    • 59" USB extension cable (has male Type A USB on one end and female Type A USB on the other end)
    • Microphone with attached 13.25' cord (terminated into a right-angle 2.5mm sub-miniplug)
    • Plastic visor clip for microphone
    • Double-sided tape (1/2" x 7/8')
    • 8 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 8 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Operation Manual on CD-ROM (English/French)
    • Quick Start Guide (English)
    • Quick Start Guide (French)
    • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
    • Installation Manual (English/French)
    • Warranty sheet (English/French)
    • Information to User sheet
    • Operating Environment sheet
    • Warning sheet concerning installation safety

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    Reviews

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (211 Reviews)

    Still Bangin

    jw from Jackson, Ms on 12/1/2013

    Still bangin since '08.If you can find one new in box or just scratch and dent, disregard it's year model. It still competes with newer units.

    Pros: -3 preamps -BT compatible with Jelly Bean and iOS whatever -Loss of remote does not functionality of playing music

    Cons: -Loss of remote does interrupt functionality of making and receiving phone calls -Faceplate scratches easily so be careful

    2010 Subaru Forester

    MikeP from Millsboro, DE on 9/23/2012

    2010 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Thanks to Crutchfield, installation went well. Worked first time. Looks really nice in the dash. Nice sound quality. Blue tooth links up immediately. We have an LG cell phone and had trouble pairing the phone. Crutchfield walked us through it. Works great. Rear usb allowed us to put our ipod in the glove box and eliminate the front wire. Much cleaner look

    Pros: Blue tooth; rear usb

    Cons: Owner's manual can get confusing.

    iphone mess

    attila from Seattle, WA on 9/3/2012

    Just a bit of warning about this unit. Since apple updated its iphone OS it will initially connect its audio bluetooth and play all the music you want. However, after that it will no longer play any audio, but it will let you use the telephone option with no problem. So it pairs with the phone, but loses its audio function. The way around this is to select the nokia connection then on the phone while its trying to connect select the radio's name option under the bluetooth. Seems like you have to do this every time..bummer.

    Pros: Nice options for the money

    Cons: Won't connect to iphone correctly after initial connection

    Fantastic, great value for money

    Curtis from Cape Cod, MA on 8/13/2012

    2012 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. All the features you could need, and at a great price. The bluetooth is crisp and clear, sound quality is awesome. The only issues are that its control scheme, while intuitive for the most part, isn't 100% easy to use. Although the remote does make it easier, with shortcut buttons for audio/eq/function adjustments. The other thing is it took me having to use google to finally figure out how to adjust the clock - as the manual comes in a CD form, and my laptop doesn't have a CD drive... Overall its a great produce, and once you get past the mildly confusing initial setting adjustments its simple to operate.

    Pros: Looks great - flush and stock feel. All inputs in rear to avoid messy clutter coming from dash. Clear Bluetooth sound. Great audio sound.

    Cons: Initial setting adjustments can be a bit cumbersome. Installation takes a little longer than anticipated.

    pioneer stereo

    raye from kentucky on 8/11/2012

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

    the stereo is great my only problem was programming the stereo.

    Pros: nice sound

    Cons: hard to program

    Great Radio

    KS from Long Island on 7/16/2012

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a great radio! Sound is clear! Would recommend to all!

    Pros: Sound Quality is awsome!

    Cons: Sometimes it can be tough to program but figured it out.

    Hard to program

    Lincoln from Sonora Ca. on 7/10/2012

    It is very hard and confusing to program. ...granted I am an old guy, but I am computer literate and i had another pioneer receiver in my old car, which was great. It just shouldn't be this difficult. Im sorry i bought it for this reason.

    Pros: everything except the programing

    Cons: Programing

    better sound than stock

    meep from No. Al on 7/4/2012

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a unit that focused on sound quality and reliable performance. BT was a must, iPod control a must. Quad outputs to interface to the oem JBL output stage required. I have always found pioneer to have a natural presence in the high frequencies, without much digital or harmonic noise, and this unit is no exception. The unit sounds breathless and at ease. There is perhaps a bit of distortion at the very upper end, but at this level it's hard to tell if it's the equipment or the recording. But I'm being picky--- it sounds very good, certainly better than the oem toyota (panasonic). As others have said, the simple face blends better with the oem dash. I don't want my dash to look like a circus drawn in vibrant crayola. It would be nice if the backlighting could be something other than blue. Typical pioneer interface-- menu-heavy, but not bad once you're used to it. Passengers (spouses) are not going to adapt well to it. Bluetooth calling is excellent. Transmission SQ is slightly better than my iphone's built in speakerphone mic. Easy to understand the caller through the vehicle speakers. No problems pairing. BlueTooth audio- can't get it to work. I'd be ok if all I can get it to do is push from the iphone thru the deck, sans controls. no go, won't connect. ipod control. hard to beat apple's interface. but this is usable. SQ is great. Picks up where you left off. It did lock up the ipod classic when connected overnight. this will be a deal-breaker.

    Pros: Sound Quality, BlueTooth SQ, Ipod integration (cabled). Uncluttered appearance, rich feature set. Usable EQ.

    Cons: iPod has already frozen while connected. streaming BT audio doesn't work with iphone 4. you're stuck with blue backlighting. a few more buttons would be helpful for easier access. multi-function wheel will be the first thing to wear out. limited backlight dimming--- and the alleged downloadable FW update isn't available on pioneer's website. Earlier pioneer units (and cheaper ones) let you change the EQ frequencies. this one does not. The manual reads like English is not the primary language.

    User interface could be improved

    Tin Gold from Cerritos, CA on 7/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this stereo in my wife's 2001 Camry. Installation went smoothy without a hitch and it looked good. Unfortunately, had to remove and return this stereo because it required too much attention to operate. It wasn't as intuitive to operate so the (not so clear) manual had to be studied. Operation of the center knob was the only control that was easy to use. The buttons surrounding the knob are too flush with the front panel and made operation with long finger nails very difficult. The legends on the other buttons were too small to read so the location and function basically had to be memorized. The front panel lighting dims when the headlights are turned on but doesn't dim very much. At night, the panel lighting is too bright. Bluetooth pairing with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Skyrocket phone was easy. For phone calls, a nice feature was that the left/right balance can be adjusted so that the other person's voice can come from the right front speaker. This setting is saved only for phone calls so when you hang up the phone, the balance goes back to the original stereo setting. Calls are otherwise clear except a slight alternator whine can be heard by the person on the other end. Stereo sound was great and the sensitivity of Pioneer's super tuner was excellent. Might have kept this stereo if it had a more intuitive and fingernail friendly user interface.

    Pros: Great sound, Sensitive FM tuner, Able to set a separate balance setting for phone calls, Bluetooth pairing was easy and connects up on quickly after the ignition is turned on.

    Cons: Panel lighting is too bright a night, Button legends are too small, Buttons are not fingernail friendly,

    Excellent radio

    pioneer fh-p8000bt from pr on 7/1/2012

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio with very good sound. I recomend it.

    Pros: Excellent radio with very good soud.

    Cons: No have botton to memory station.

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    RJ from Chelsea, MI on 6/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is as inexpensive as it gets if you want a rear USB port and direct connect for an iPod. Pioneer makes excellent equipment. I have several AVH-4200 touch screen units in my other vehicles, and this unit is not nearly as easy to use as those. Example, it takes three moves to make the iPod go to "Pause", and good luck setting the clock without the manual. That's not at all intuitive. But the cost differential more than makes up for this. Using the remote does simplify the ease of use. If you are on a low budget but want rear USB, this is the unit I would recommend.

    Pros: low cost, rear USB, works with standard iPod cable, good sound quality, looks nice.

    Cons: Too many steps to get to "Pause" for the iPod, setting the clock isn't intuitive.

    GREAT BUY

    rob from antioch,ca on 6/5/2012

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

    i installed it in my 07 silverado and it sounds great. i love the 3 RCA outs works great with my 5 channel amp i'm still trying to figure out all it does. some things are not clear in the 80 page manual. having the ipod/iphone link is awesome i can control it all with the remote. happy i bought it

    Pros:

    Cons: instuctions for operation a little long

    Great, solid radio. Quality and functionality over gimmicks.

    zemonn from Dayton, OH on 5/16/2012

    2004 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second car I've purchased the Pioneer FH-P8000BT for. The first was a Toyota 4Runner. I loved the functions, simplicity of design, and build quality. Also, the fact that the iPod audio is decoded in the head unit avoids issues with iPod amps. Bluetooth works great, as do all the functions. When I sold the 4Runner and bought a van I found myself missing the radio and so bought another one for our van. Even though it's been years since I bought the first one, I still couldn't find another stereo that matched the quality...and that really says something. Also, I purchased ooth Pioneers (for the 4Runner and most recently for the Sienna) through Crutchfield and found their manuals and installation gear to work great. This is why I will stick with Pioneer and Crutchfield for an end-to-end stereo solution.

    Pros: High quality sound. Nice list of solid features. Clean install. Really can't beat the value of this radio if you want a quality product.

    Cons: If you want more of a flashy interface or are looking for DVD playback/Navigation this radio is not for you.

    fit my needs perfectly

    R0b0con from Phoenix, AZ on 4/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great, simple unit to get decent pre-outs and some advance functionality in a double DIN without drawing too much attention.

    Pros: simple and easy to use, good sound quality, love the streaming bluetooth functionality.

    Cons: display doesn't seem to dim much at all when lights are turned on.

    Great Radio

    Mike from Long Island on 4/29/2012

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

    Very pleased with the radio for the most part. The price is absolutely right and the fact that it was made specifically for my car was even better. Installation was seamless using the factory radio brackets and the cars original trim piece without cutting, or modifying. Running the wires for the bluetooth phone mic and the usb cable was the annoying part. It takes time to figure out how to route them from behind the stereo to someplace usable without drilling holes in plastic or having to remove multiple trim panels. Truthfully I was expecting the AUX port and USB to be in the front of the radio, not behind buried inside the dash. Small inconveniences but inconveniences nonetheless. Works with iPod or iPhone and controls/charges the device. Also downloads your phone book to the stereo.

    Pros: Stereo is very easy to use and install, comes with plenty of extra options and is XM satellite ready. A great buy for the money and fits exactly into a Toyota Avalon dash without a modifying kit.

    Cons: The plug ins for the bluetooth mic, the USB cable and two auxiliary ports are in the rear of the radio. You have to install them when you install the radio and then figure out how to route the wires to the front of the paneling neatly without drilling holes in plastic or leaving them just hanging out on the floor or draped across the dashboard.

    Nice

    Dave from Clifton,va on 4/20/2012

    2002 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, sounds good, looks good and works well with my iPod and octane Bluetooth phone. Like the fact I can turn the display off at night. It comes back on when a change is made.

    Pros: Cool

    Cons: The manual could use a little help.

    A Happy Camper

    Paul from Washington on 4/16/2012

    2000 Toyota Celica GTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After deciding to finally upgrade my stock stereo (after tape/CD player went out lol) I did alot of looking. Looking at features, cost, accesories and the most inmportant...customer reviews. After compounding mounds of info....this unit stood out. It has all the features I was looking for. From the pre-outs to the aux/usb inputs. The bluetooth is a major plus for this unit, especially for the price. Plenty of cord for the mic which was nice. No need to limit yourself on where you want to put it. I love the 7 band eq along with seperate sub control, that is priceless. It makes finding the right sound balance that much easier. Getting to know the controls took about 2 hours of exploring to get the hang of it.. It did take me longer to set the clock then to set up my cell phone. :) I love the sound quality this unit has, even with my stock speakers. I can say that Pioneer hasn't slacked off on quality the last 20 yrs since I had my last one. Gotta give props to Crutchfield for having all the nessesary wiring and spacers for an easy install and very nice fit. The also sent along diagrams on how to replace my stock speakers!!! SWEET!!!!!!! :)

    Pros: Pre-outs, bluetooth, audio adjustments, looks, USB/AUX inputs, best bang for the buck

    Cons: ummmmmmmmmm......Crutchfield didnt send a rep over to install it for me :)

    Solid & Safe Choice for Low End OEM Replacement

    DaveN from Detroit, MI on 3/19/2012

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

    After resolving some issues with the GM-LAN-03 that was needed to hook this into my 2010 Chevy HHR, my experience has been really positive. I listen to a wide range of jazz - from pure acoustic to fusion - and the sound is very good. Now the weakness in the chain are the factory speakers, which are next on the replacement list. After spending time working for OnStar, I came to appreciate the convenience and safety of hands free calling. The Bluetooth feature with the audio mic mounted on my steering column works perfectly. I hear the who I am talking with over the speakers and - best of all - they can hear me more clearly than when I used a Bluetooth headset. A lot of my music collection goes with me on an iPod nano. I have my Pioneer set-up with the USB cable routed to the glove box. I just plug in my iPod, close the glove box, and use the head unit controls to locate artists, songs, and playlists. When I switch to another source and come back the iPod, it picks up where I left off. A major buying criteria was to get a unit that I could plug an XM receiver into. The GEX-P920XM took about 15 minutes to figure out, route the antenna wire, and plug the XM box into the head unit with a single cable. I think it sounds just as good, if not better than the myriad of XM receivers I had on my GM company cars. On the downside the controls take a bit getting used to. I'm still finding golden nuggets in the operations manual. That said, I'm very happy with my choice.

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free calling, plug-in XM radio support, iPod controls, and great sound.

    Cons: The user interface takes a bit of getting used to. RTFM (read the freakin' manual).

    Decent mid-level head unit

    JoeF from CoSpgs on 3/17/2012

    I bought the 8000BT last year because my car has a double-din opening and I'm not concerned with DVD or nav features. I've use Pioneer decks for about 15 years, so I stuck with Pioneer. For basic radio/cd playback, the 8000BT is solid. I also have used the bluetooth feature for phone calls and streaming music from my Android phone. Call quality is good - I can hear the other person, and I haven't had any complaints from the person on the other end. I found shortcomings of the 8000BT in 2 areas: sound adjustment and USB playback. Compared to a factory deck, the sound adjustment of the 8000BT is a big step forward. Compared to my 5 year old, single DIN Pioneer DEH-780MP, it's a huge step back. My older Pioneer has 15 EQ bands to the 8000BT's 7. The 780MP has time alignment which is totally absent on the 8000BT. A few years ago, Pioneer dropped its Premier line and cut a lot of features from their remaining decks. The 8000BT shows this. Fortunately, Pioneer is adding those features back to some of their 2012 head units. For USB playback, the 3-line display of the 8000BT is just adequate for selecting folders/tracks. When turned off, then back on, the 8000BT doesn't resume a track in the same spot - it skips back some amount I haven't been able to determine (perhaps a percent of the total track time). My biggest problem with USB is that the 8000BT doesn't correctly sort folders alphabetically. It seems to try, but still lists block of folders out of place.

    Pros: 4V preamp out Bluetooth 7 band EQ is good (not great)

    Cons: 3 line display is minimally functional for scrolling/selecting from attached USB doesn't know the alphabet doesn't measure up to Pioneers older or new head units

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT in 2007 Tundra

    D. J from Smyrna, Tn on 3/7/2012

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

    Had ordered in dash navigation but sent it back because I just had a bad feeling about it and I have a hand held Garmin which works fine. I am so glad I did. This is a great addition to my Tundra. started by replacing the stock speakers, and dash tweeters, with Infinity. This made somewhat of an improvement but system still sounded muted due to factory stereo. I knew I needed a new head unit, but was hesitant because I liked the way the factory radio looked. After MUCH looking and delay of purchase I finally got this unit due to many positive reviews and I knew I was safe buying from Crutchfield because of good return policy. Got a Kicker sub and made custom box for under back seat and mono amp for it. Had both of these fully hooked up and wires run three weeks before I bought the Pioneer. The wiring was pretty straight forward (had done it once before), just take your time and follow paperwork provided. The kicker was the glossy black dash kit that came with it, as I was worried it would not match my existing dash...perfect match! i am actually happier with this new look than the factory radio I replaced. Love the bluetooth feature and Ipod hidden in glove box now. This Pioneer really sounds great. As I was installing my wife said the sub really sounds good and I told her I dont have it connected yet. When i did...BOOM! It is true it does take a lot of time getting used to main control knob. Also, mostly operate with remote control now and I think is safer

    Pros: Appearance, sound quality, features, sound retriever function for Ipod, modestly priced, blue tooth, display can be turned off easlily for night driving

    Cons: Only blue light display, does not dim very much for night driving, remote has to be directly in front unit to pick up signal,

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT in 2006 Sante Fe

    Josh from Albany, GA on 2/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far one of my favorite receivers. It has a great look to it but also a kind of stock look to it. So I feel better about getting it especially for the fact it might not be as flashy and might deter theft. The sound controls will over whelm you at first because this unit allows you to control all the aspects of sound going to your speakers. The remote buttons are small but for the most part a nice remote control. It does take time to learn the total iPod control as well as using the blue tooth so make sure you read the manual. But after working the controls you will have crystal clear sound stock speakers or not. And if you don't like messing with thous kinds of things than you have 7 different band equalizers you can use. I installed the unit with 2 sets of sound ordnance speakers, and 2 15's and a 2400watt amp. I love the sound I'm getting, I cannot distort the low's over my high's. It is absolutely perfect. Not to mention the blue tooth is really nice as well. Worth 300 bucks so get it. iPod control is worth getting it too.

    Pros: Blue tooth, ipod control, sound quality, and coolness.

    Cons: Gotta read the manuel

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT IN 2004 RX8 WITH BOSE

    ROBERTS,D from VIRGINIA BEACH,VA on 2/23/2012

    Great radio i have used sony radios in the past in my own vehicle but have envied the sound of pioneers in my friends cars. This radio has all the great features the 7 band eq allows you to adjust lows, mids, and highs and specifically tells you what frequency you are adjusting. The bright blue display looks great at night although i must say that actually font for buttons could be larger. I have used the bluetooth feature and well i have the microphone behind the radio never even bothered routing it and my wife ssays she can here me fine. So i must say the bluetooth is great. I am currently using this radion on a 2004 rx8 which had the original bose system. This system comes with 9" subwoofers in the front doors the only reason i upgraded is because my cd player stopped working. Now the i have ipod use and a cd player. The ipod feature is great but it isnt recomended gor the iphone and i agree you can't navigate anything but the music with the unit. So for ipods it is great you can search playlist,artist, or song from the unit. Which is great with a 100+ gigs of music.

    Pros: Great sound great bluetooth good eq good ipod control

    Cons: features are difficult to find(must read owners manual) not iphone friendly font on buttons too small

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Jay B from DYT Ohio on 2/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio I highly recommend to anybody Bluetooth phenomenal

    Pros: Everything about it

    Cons: None

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    David from Memphis, TN on 2/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A little hard to see, small graphics on the unit but not the display. The remote is easier to use than the buttons/functions on the unit but the remote does not light up so night time use is a little distracting.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Smokinjoe from Maryland on 2/11/2012

    2010 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome sound, to me any stereo has to have a way to tweak the sound to the way I like it. While most brands boast a whole 2 or 3 band eq (whoopie!!!), Pioneer puts a 7 band graphic in most of theirs (thank you!). On top of that there is a Sound Retrieve funtion that really does put life back into mp3s. Bluetooth music streaming is the best out of any other stereo I've had. The sleek styling comes at a price though, alot of features are hidden and for the first time in a decade I HAD to use the manual. Oh well I learn fast. All around great unit.

    Pros: A2DP, 7 band eq, great sound, great looks

    Cons: some features hard to find w/o manual, love blue but would be nice to change backlight color

    Great features for the price

    Anonymous from Massachusetts on 2/4/2012

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far, very pleased with this stereo. Large wealth of features for the price. I will review the features I use most frequently. Sound: The sound quality is excellent paired with my four Pioneer door speakers and twin JL subs and amp. It has a few preprogrammed EQs and two custom user EQs but I typically just leave it set flat. In iPod mode, it has a "Sound Retrieve" function that enhances the sound, which works quite nicely. You can turn this on or off. Interface: I don't listen to the radio often, so the lack of presets doesn't really bother me. It took a little while to figure out the dial, but it ended up being quite intuitive. Friends do tend to have trouble manipulating the controls, if you don't explain them. Bluetooth: Paired flawlessly with my Droid phone. When it downloaded my phonebook, it also downloaded all of my Facebook contacts, many of which had no phone numbers. After I went in to my phone and changed the preferences to show only contacts with phone numbers and reset the phonebook on the stereo, this was fixed. Call clarity is great, only time I had anyone complain on the other end was during the pouring rain. My microphone is mounted above my rear view mirror. iPod control: Intuitive interface and great sound quality. The rear USB port is awesome, because I was able to hide the wire and leave the iPod in the glovebox. It does have a search function, which is nice with 2000 songs on your iPod.

    Pros: Great price for features Bluetooth is excellent and pairs flawlessly Rear iPod input, unit charges iPod, iPod can be left in glovebox out of sight. iPod control is similar to actual iPod. Great sound quality.

    Cons: Controls are a little confusing at first, especially to guests in the car. Display can be a bit bright at night, especially on dark roads, but the display can be turned off by holding the "clock button" for a few seconds. The display will come back on when you make adjustments and turn itself back off when you are done in this mode. Cannot see clock and iPod song titles simultaneously, you must toggle the display using the "clock" button.

    Tuner reception

    MikeB from Huntsville, AL on 2/2/2012

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

    I always love pioneer products, but this purchase might have been a mistake.

    Pros: It sounds wonderful, and is easy to use once you get the hang of it.

    Cons: Radio stations seem almost impossible to pick up now. At first I thought that I just didnt plug in the antena, but after checking it several times, its just the tuner sucks.

    A great fit for my needs!

    ShaneB from Baltimore, MD on 2/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is an excellent way to bring home all of the features of a luxury sound system, for an economical price. It was the perfect choice for my daily driven 2010 Honda Fit. The finish is nice, and complements the OEM look of the rest of the interior. I was able to route my usb drive through the back of the receiver to a hidden location in my upper glove box. The HD radio is clear and was simple to install. My favorite feature is the hands free phone talking. I would have never thought that an advanced feature like this would be so easy to install or simple to operate. The power and sound that go to the speakers are also of high quality, and are easy to modify with the equalizer. I have driven with this for 6 months and have never had a single issue with the system malfunctioning. Although this receiver has worked well for me, I have to agree with other users about the fact that initially it is a little complicated to navigate through the menu options. The main dial functions for most of the navigation around the menu and takes some getting used to. Also, although I enjoy having multiple options for tuning my system's sound, display, and play functions; some users might find the system overly complicated. I cannot speak about bluetooth audio streaming or the XM features as I have not tried these yet.

    Pros: Recommended for: Someone seeking a feature packed sound system for a reasonable price.

    Cons: Not recommended for: Someone looking for just a simple way to play cd's or listen to the radio.

    Blown Away!

    MatthewF from Saint Paul MN on 1/28/2012

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    AMAZING sound! I was looking for a double DIN to replace my stock radio, spent hours pouring over reviews of tons of radios and then called Crutchfield for some additional input (Harley Rocks!) before settling on this radio. The one issue I knew going into it was the fact the dimmer won't dim with lights (and mine doesn't), but it's not as big an issue as I thought it would be. But the SOUND is amazing, people ask if I have subs installed. I wish I had upgraded years ago! Installation was made slightly more complicated by the GM-OnStar Interface and XM stuff - but just lay everything out on your kitchen table, follow directions exactly and get everything "pre-wired" before you crack your dash and you'll be just fine! Only "issue" I had was I did connect the "mute" wire from GM interface to radio, but had to snip it to get sound to play... which is funny because the radio still auto-mutes for incoming calls etc. I bought this for a SIMPLE yet good looking upgrade, I needed BT Hands-free phone and iPhone/music controller and this baby had it - I still can't believe the price. The sound REALLY is sweet, I'm VERY VERY happy with this purchase! Oh and Crutchfield is the ONLY way to go for DIY'ers - the install kit and support you guys provided (for FREE) was a lifesaver!

    Pros: Great looking. Simple design. AWESOME sound. ipod/iphone controllable, BT Handsfree for phone. Amazing value.

    Cons: There is a limit of 400 contacts imported from your phone, no easy way to just input names for your "frequent contacts" (nice for Caller ID display on incoming calls). Still researching a work-around. Lights won't dim with car dimmer switch, but NOT a big deal at all. Menu system will require the manual your first time around - that's the trade-off to have simple buttons, it's more complicated to program, but once done, you're set!

    Good quality for the money

    LeighD from Warrenton, VA on 1/27/2012

    2007 Honda Fit Sport
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    I am happy with bluetooth, iPod functions and the sound quality in general. Not happy with radio reception. It is terrible.

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    Just what I wanted

    Vette from Yukon, OK on 1/27/2012

    2012 Nissan Xterra
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    Love many things about this radio. Install in my wife's Xterra was simple because this radio has the mounting holds / detents that allows the factory mounts to be used and position it right where it needs to be the FIRST time out. The large display and characters is just what my wife wanted. No flashy graphics or swirling patterns, just larger and easy to read information. The next hurdle to get over was whether or not my wife would adapt to a different technology for the controls. Using the 6 way button in the center rather than buttons scattered all over the panel could have been an issue. After just a few minutes showing her how to get to the source she wanted, then to the channel, and how to set favorite channels was all it took. She liked it just fine. I chose this model for three primary reasons; 1. double DIN to fit her Xterra 2. XM module from the manufacturer rather than a 3rd party add on. 3. large readable display. The XM module is separate and comes with a fairly long (abt 12ft ??) cable so it can be mounted just about anywhere. Power is included through the cable. Piece of cake to hook up. Just connect the antenna to the module and cable to the head unit.

    Pros: Ease of install. Operation. Sound quality. Large display.

    Cons: Only thing I do not love is that when you turn it off the entire panel goes black. Not a problem in the day time but at night you cannot see the button to turn it on. Not a show stopper but it would be nice to have an LED stay on under the button. Not a big con for us since we really don't use it much but the aux input and USB input are both on the back only. Odd since there is a ton of free space on the front. You do get some cables to hook up your devices to it.

    Buyer's remorse

    dragoon from Pennsylvania on 1/24/2012

    2011 Jeep Wrangler
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    I purchased this stereo to replace a factory Jeep stereo. In comparison to sound, the Pioneer is better, but not at all what I expected. I replaced the speakers with Polk speakers and they work fine. However, the equalizer on the stereo is overrated and not user friendly. There are 2 custom settings for the equalizer and several presets. None of which produce great sounds. I have owned Sony products before, and I would stand behind their products. I will not purchase anythin Pioneer again.

    Pros: It's better than a generic factory stereo.

    Cons: If you want good sound and user friendly controls, buy something else.

    Sweet

    Anonymous from colorado denver on 1/22/2012

    2011 Mazda 2
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    This radio is sweet, the fit and finish is vary nice almost looks stock, it was vary simple to install with an 5ch alpine amp and the audio controls are vary simple to use. I do however have one complaint about this radio it is the hardest radio to navigate the bt (blue tooth) menu and to set the time i have never had to use a manuel before just to set the time but it only took a min to do and once I read the manuel I was vary pleased with my purchase.

    Pros: vary nice fit audio is top notch and bt works vary well

    Cons: had to use a manuel for the first time ever to set the clock and to use the bt

    legger88

    Thomas from Nevada on 1/1/2012

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    Great Product. Very easy to install in my 05 Silverado, thanks to Crutchfield. Easy to Navigate through. Looks great. Great quality as always from pioneer. Wish the XM radio was easier to hide, had to put it in the glove box. Hooked up to Polk mm series and sounds great.

    Pros: Sounds and looks great.

    Cons: Programming and installing XM radio.

    Solid Receiver

    IronCity56 from Richmond, VA on 12/21/2011

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
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    Let me start with Crutchfield first. This has been one of the best on-line buying experiences I have ever had. From the ordering experience on the website (telling me exactly what I need for installation) to customer service. The Toyota Tacoma face plate that was shipped with my receiver was broken and Crutchfield has a new one on my doorstep 2 days later. OUTSTANDING!!! I am now a LOYAL customer. The receiver installation for a 2010 Toyota Tacoma was unbelievably easy. I am a DIY-er but I think anyone that can read can do this. Additional Notes: If you have steering wheel controls you need to purchase an adapter it doesn't come with the stereo.BLUETOOTH: The only severely disappointing experience so far is the inability for the receiver to connect to my paired iPhone4 for audio streaming. I used the audio streaming to play Pandora when I initially installed the stereo, but every time I have tried since, I can't get it to connect. The bluetooth for telephone use pairs/connects every time. no issues there....but that is less important to me.Thanks god for the remote control, because I'm not crazy about the navigation on this stereo itself.Sound quality kicks arse. Stereo USB/iphone 4 connection -- sound quality is MUCH better than the factory AUX jack from Toyota. Very clean.Like I said overall this is a fantastic value. I'm sure at some point Pioneer will wise up and I'll find a firmware update that fixes my bluetooth woe's. Enjoy, buy with confidence.

    Pros: ease of installation

    Cons: Blue Tooth pairing works fine for phone, but not for audio streaming.(Which is one of the reasons i bought this receiver.)

    An Amazing Value!

    Jer from Las Vegas, NV on 11/30/2011

    Installed in my wife's 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse, using the Metra MIT0-01 interface Crutchfield recommended (and sold me at 1/2 price!) along with a Metra dash kit. Seamless, fast, easy install. Get the interface, it'll seamlessly mate the Pioneer with your car without modifying either one. Fired up immediately with no issues, and the sound was IMMEDIATELY impressive, even before I made any EQ adjustments (which are very precise and versatile). The list of features as this price point is impressive, I only added Pioneer's XM tuner (my wife loves XM), and that also works flawlessly. I was replacing the "premium" Rockford/Fosgate factory option's head unit, and was BLOWN AWAY by the sonic difference. It was as if the car's installed amps and speakers were patiently waiting for a head unit that could take advantage of them. Volume, bass, clarity, soundstage, and cohesiveness were all improved dramatically. Crutchfield (of course) was the best place I could have purchased it, they made it easy, it arrived on schedule, and I got a phone call and emails to confirm my order and to check on me. This is the second system I've purchased from them in 2 months, and both experiences were of the same high quality. Buy this thing! Go!

    Pros: Ease of install, GREAT sound, tons of features, low price!

    Cons: Wish we had done it sooner!

    Nice unit

    Carl from Jacksonville,FL on 11/1/2011

    I had this receiver in my 05 Dodge Caravan(modified the dash to fit it)I've been a pioneer user since the 70's, It's a nice receiver, i don't have an iPhone but my tracfone LG800G paired 100% with the unit with no issues,received and made calls clearly,wasn't looking for a pricey HU,(missed my DEH-P7800MP...lol) the display at night with the dimmer is bright but you can turn it off and it comes on only when you have to use a function. I've since upgraded to a AVH-3200BT for a more colorful display and DVD,If you just want a basic DD head unit this is a nice one.

    Pros: Very nice solid HU

    Cons: Didn't care for the bright blue display

    Lack of FULL iPhone Support

    schmeal from North Louisiana on 10/24/2011

    2006 Toyota Tundra
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    Pioneer doesn't support it for the long haul... while my Bluetooth works fine for the phone, it works sporadically with the bluetooth audio. Example a recorded memo will play fine through blue tooth audio, but anything else, like music (besides the phones) will not. I have had an iPhone 3Gs and now have a 4S same issue. No audio through. My classic iPod works fine though. Pioneer's solution is to turn off the phone or restore the phone? So they blame Apple. The functionality could be better... although it isn't bad. Lack of support has me thinking to replace it with a different brand. Great experience installing it though, thanks to Crutchfields great directions/kit

    Pros: Hands friend bluetooth and iPod controls

    Cons: Blue Tooth Audio support is lacking... it is there, but doesn't work like I think it should

    Pioneer FH-8000BT Review

    c48360 from Lake Orion, MI on 10/24/2011

    2006 Ford Focus ZXW
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    I own 2 of these units, 1 in my Acura TL and 1 in my daughters' Focus. In both cases the install went without a hitch and the unit looks like it belongs. I like that the buttons are minimal, it gives a less cluttered look. The hands-free phone and I-Pod controls work just like they are supposed to. One improvement that they could make would be to have an additional USB port on the front of the unit.

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    BS from Minneapolis, MN on 9/21/2011

    2002 Toyota Avalon
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    I like the look of the radio and all the different options that it comes with, have to study it a little to get the maximum amount of use out of it.

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    Great Receiver!

    Anton from Huntsville, AL on 9/3/2011

    2009 Honda Accord
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    Just installed this receiver last night and I love it! Bluetooth is clear and long microphone cable makes installation easy. Long USB cable is included. I like the Aux and USB ports being on the rear so I can hide the inputs wherever I want. I am installing a sub and amp in a couple weeks and am expecting great things. iPhone USB audio is controllable on the head unit or the device, which is really nice.

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    Jay from Collegeville, Pa. on 9/2/2011

    2007 Hyundai Tiburon
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    I was looking for a head unit that you could adjust the sound decent and this was what I was looking for. It makes great sound. I had a eclpise and this is much better then that one, and I can't say enough about crutchfield they have great shipping and the best costumer help you could find any where.

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    Awesome

    RonA from Prospect Park, PA on 8/18/2011

    2006 Ford Focus ZX4
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    Great sound, ease of use. Just an all around awesome stereo.

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    Great reciever..but

    Jonnyg from Niagara Falls, New York on 8/8/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything is great with this receiver but you cannot use the iPhone 3 and 4 with OS4 while using Bluetooth streaming audio. It just won't work, and Pioneer will not do anything to help you with this problem. In my opinion Crutchfield should be careful about boasting that this receiver supports streaming Bluetooth audio when it does not work with the most popular phone on the market. <br> <b>[Editor's Note: Our Hands on Research acurately reflects that this unit is not compatible with the iphone.]</b>

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    Great value for the money

    Brad from NJ on 8/1/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, this receiver is great. Looks great and works as its supposed to. Integrates well with my iPhone 3GS, making and receiving calls and playing my music either through the iPod cable or via Bluetooth. XM was easy to add and works great as well. My only gripe with this system is the iPod controls through the head unit are a little clunky, but no different than other Pioneer receivers I've had in the past. Its getting there, but still kind of slow and annoying. But I would recommend this unit to a friend.

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    Not too bad

    Jon L from San Diego, CA on 8/1/2011

    2005 Subaru Forester
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    Sounds good and was easy to install into my Subaru Forester. I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3 and the phone connection over bluetooth works very well for phone calls. However, the bluetooth music streaming is totally non- functional and according to the Apple forums seems to have quit for every iPhone with iOS 4.x. My iPhone does work very well with the iPod USB adaptor for this head unit and plays music seamlessly. I have heard of people testing iOS 5 (see forum) who have lost functionality even with the USB cable. Purchase with caution.

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    Great HU - Only small issues

    Max M from Long Island, NY on 7/27/2011

    This is a great looking head unit that has almost everything I wanted. I would love Sirius/XM built-in, but no one is really doing that for some reason. The sound is wonderful, and fairly customizable with a 7-band EQ at this price point. The Bluetooth phone function works great and overall I am very happy with this unit. There are a couple of small issues that may bother some people, and they are: 1. The display really doesn't dim much when you turn the headlights on, it is by far the brightest thing in my car at night, but at least you can disable the display and it only comes on when you interact with it. 2. Using and navigating the unit is not always intuitive (try setting the clock without the manual), but like all head units, you get used to it, and pretty soon you know how to do everything on it pretty quickly. 3. I wish it had dedicated volume buttons (outside of the remote) so I could use that button/dial thing in the middle to just navigate the menus, but again, you pretty much get used to it quickly. That is really it. Outside of those small issues it works really well and is hard to beat for the price.

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    Happy with this HU

    Greg D from Atlanta, GA on 7/22/2011

    Replaced my failing Bose head unit (HU) in my 2003 Maxima with this unit over a year ago. I've been more than pleased with the performance of the HU thus far. B/c the HU wasn't a direct swap with my Bose system it took a little creative wiring (not a direct plug & play) to install. Great sound and enough audio settings for a novice audiophile like me to tweak the settings to really get the sound I like. BT works well with the iPhone 3GS, and I also figured out how to get Pandora to play when the phone is plugged directly into the rear USB, which is one of the best features b/c I like a nice and clean install and the rear USB allows the cable to be ran behind the dash into the glove box keeping my iPod or iPhone out of sight. Searching for individual songs/artists is cumbersome but I just create playlists or search by genres. The black glossy face shows fingerprints and smudges easy. HU does dim as others have stated, just not by much. 4/5 for this HU. Thinking of buying this for my wife's car.

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    Steve from Wilmington de on 6/23/2011

    2009 Chevrolet Impala
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    Amplifier section is outstanding for this pricepoint. Normally, I go to external amps but may stay with inboard amp here. Bluetooth is as clear as the BMW's that I sell. Not the easiest unit to use but sill rated a 5

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    DaveM from Glenmora, LA on 5/16/2011

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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    This is a fine streo. I only gave it 4 stars because I can't get my phone to pair with the head unit. Other than that I am verry satisfied. Of course Crutchfield is the only place to buy.

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    purty dern good un !

    GLH from Batesville, AR on 5/8/2011

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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    I really like my new Pioneer FH-P8000BT. It has all the features I wanted and was easy to install with the dash brackets supplied by Crutchfield. I replaced the stock in-dash 6 CD changer/tuner in my 2004 Ford SuperDuty SuperCab F- 250 Lariat Edition. It connects readily with my Samsung Eternity SGH-A867 phone and even wirelessly streams music from it via Bluetooth. Handsfree calls are awesome and even going down the Interstate at 80 mph, people say I am talking too loud, thanks to the included mic that's clipped on the visor. It works flawlessly with my iPod Touch 4th generation, and displays all song, artist, album, etc info. All the menu settings are easy to navigate and setup. The 7 band EQ is very nice. The 6-way RCA preouts are great since I have a 4 channel amp and a subwoofer amp. The remote is great also. Only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I cannot make the dimmer work with my truck dimmer, regardless of how I connect which wire. Also, there is no way to change the display color, although it is a not-so-harsh sky blue, just a tad bright at times.

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    Wish I would have just bought this one at the onset

    Owner in Den from Denver, CO on 4/27/2011

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
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    This is a replacement for a different brand of stereo that did not do well. I wish I would have just bought this one (you gets what you pay for!). Audio quality is great, Bluetooth audio quality on phone calls is great (other system people could not understand me), I can read the display just fine....just a much better stereo than the other brand. I have always owned Pioneers over the years for car stereos - I learned my lesson not to stray from that fact. This replaces an 11 year old Pioneer that was still running great - just didn't have advanced features. Crutchfield honored the return no questions asked. They are a good outfit. Side note: this receiver does dim when headlights go on, but not much...my 11 yr. old Pioneer did the EXACT same thing (would barely dim). Come on Pioneer! Have the display dim more when headlights are on! (Minor complaint)

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    Jack L. from LaVista Ne. on 4/20/2011

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    Great Stereo. Put in 2004 Siverado. Looks Great and Sound even better.Perfect fit. Cruthfield was great to work with.

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    Great Interface. Sound is So-So

    Jedsled from Gallatin, TN on 4/15/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio as a replacement for a Kenwood that had a horrible interface and that would not pair with my Droid. This Pioneer was very easy to install. It is the first Double Din radio I've ever installed. The controls were very easy to use and figure out. The sound, however, is not as good as the sound I got out of the Kenwood. I wish I could get a radio that sounds like the Kenwood but operates like this Pioneer. The microphone on this radio is ridiculously large and clunky. You'd figure they'd know folks would be installing this in small, tight spaces and would make a small mic. Nope. They made a huge clip and expect you to clip it on your sunvisor. If you do that, then you won't be able to talk on your phone on a sunny day. Stupid idea. I had to mount mine on the overhead console in my 2002 Explorer. The controls are the best part of this radio. Easy to use. Easy to figure out. I only wish it sounded a little better. Oh, and so far I have not been able to get my flash drive to work on the USB cable. My iPod works on it, but the flash drive does not. Overall, I am slightly satisfied. Maybe just enough not to return it.

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    Steve from Raleigh, NC on 3/31/2011

    2004 Acura MDX
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    So far so good. I just got the radio installed in my 2004 Acura MDX. The mounting kit makes the install look very professional and blends nicely with the display colors on the factory information unit. One item to be aware of if you go with this unit. The wiring harness I received did not provide a wire for the steering wheel controls. If you buy a control unit you will need to wire into the controls. I pulled the Power Antenna wire out of the harness (not used on the MDX) and reinserted it into the correct spot on the wiring harness. I made the connect and everything works great. I chose to solder the harnesses together with heat shrink tubing over the union. It turned out very nice and I'm glad that I took the extra few minutes to do that vs. crimping. The phone paired up easily. And the overall sound quality is much better than the factory radio. Crutchfield does a great job in providing almost everything you'll need for the install. My biggest concern was installing a radio that would look like an aftermarket install. This radio sounds great and looks good in the vehicle.

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    This Unit Plays in Peoria

    Paul B from Peoria, IL on 3/18/2011

    2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    I bought the Pioneer a few weeks ago and I am impressed. I am hearing bass and a richer sound out of my stock 2007 WRX speakers. I thought the stock speakers were awful, but now it is like having new speakers. The Bluetooth works well, and when I am on the phone, the recipient can hear me crystal clear. I do suggest mounting the microphone on the steering column. I did try other spots in the cabin, but the steering column was the best spot I found. Operation is easy, although I do have to play my Zune through the Auxiliary port. Therefore, you will need to buy at least a 6' cord. My wife has an iPod, the USB for it works well, and I am able to see her playlist on the display. Installation was a snap. If you have a 2007 Subaru, all you need is the adapter Crutchfield supplies and some wire nuts. Used my stock brackets, and total installation was under an hour (the longest part being connecting the wires). I do recommend installing both the USB cord and an Auxiliary cord. You can just tie and tuck the cord not being used away behind the panels (or next to the shifter, as I did in the WRX). I recommend buying this unit if you are in the market for an upgrade.

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    Oswald from Ridgecrest, CA on 3/15/2011

    2011 Ford Mustang
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    Sounds great, features work great. Got my phone hooked up via bluetooth within a few steps. Audio sounds great. I do have a few complaints about it: - As a few others have mentioned, some of the text are not backlit and are too small, making it difficult to read. -There is no dedicated buttons for play/stop/pause. You must go through the menu and a few steps just to pause on the head unit yourself, or use the remote("pgm button"). -No random seeking? I can't say for sure. I only have a USB drive with music plugged in, so I can't say this for iPods. But I haven't figured out how to fast foward to the next song randomly, instead of next file in the album playlist. -For a double-din unit with so many display lines, I don't understand how they couldn't fit the clock to always show on the unit. -They include a USB cable, but can't include a mini-jack cable for aux?

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    Installed Pioneer Stereo in Wife's Car

    Ralph from Indianapolis on 2/23/2011

    1998 Nissan Maxima
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    Installed new Pioneer FH-P8000BT. Great Sound and lots of features, USB works very well. No CD's to mess with. Just wish the display had a dimmer function when the lights are on at night. It's either too bright or off when lights are on. That's the only settings I can find. I would rate is as an A- or 3.8 out of four.

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    DS from Windsor, CO on 2/14/2011

    2004 Ford F-150
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    Easy to install, great sound, good features.

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    Don D from Lawrenceville, Ga on 2/13/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had unit for about two weeks, It sounds great, Everything I expected.

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    This is the second Pioneer FH-P8000BT I have purchased

    trey1140 from Oklahoma USA on 1/31/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have one in my truck and it has not missed a beat. My home speakers are Difinitive Technology's and that means great sound in my truck is expected, and then I wanted my girlfriend to have a better sound in her car but, I purchased another brand and there isn't anything good to say about it so I fell back to something that I knew would perform without any problems. The Pioneer FH-P8000BT. I carry my phone in my back pocket and if I'm near the radio and there is a call the pioneer will answerm The radio is great both of them

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    Best I've Even Owned

    ChrisS from Nashville, TN on 1/13/2011

    I wanted to wait about 6 months to write a review, just to give it a long term review. This includes 12 hour drives to Florida, so pretty thorough use of all it's features. It's installed in a 2004 Toyota 4Runner with factory JBL Symthesis speakers still being used. Bluetooth Simply amazing. Works flawless with my DroidX, including streaming audio. You can stream Pandora so you have ENDLESS music (make sure and have unlimited data plan on your cell phone or god help you..), but also control your built in music player on your cell phone with your steering wheel controls! Sound quality on calls is fantastic by the way. Sound quality Again, amazing. LOUD. I will state that I do have to turn it up a bit to hear it, but I have tinnitus and a Borla exhaust on my V8 4Runner, so she's a little noisy at times :-) . But even as half deaf as I am I can easy ring my ears with this beauty and have room to go. IPod controls Again, amazing. That's a pretty common place thing today I know, but my iTouch works perfectly every time. It's easy to use the remote that comes with the unit to move through your Artist/Song/Albums that you have on your iPod/iTouch,. Hope that helps everyone that reads this review. It really is a great head unit that I've used the heck out of and had no issues at all. Chris

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    Paul from Wilton, CT on 12/31/2010

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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    Ok let me start by saying that I did not buy this for the sound quality. I inherited an older Trailblazer that had no way to connect an iPod or phone. This had the features, including the USB port in the REAR which makes for a much neater installation. The manual is only on CD.. The manual is VERY badly written, and you have to read things a few times. Read the bluetooth section and your hair will curl! They actually have a section on how to pair a phone that is already connected. Who would connect a phone and not pair it? It has all sorts of bizarre options. Make sure you read the "initial setup" section of the manual. It tells you how to disable inputs you are not using, and turn off the ridiculous demo mode, which is on by default. There is no easy way to change radio stations (like the standard ole 6 pushbuttons). Click "list", rotate multi selector dial to the preset you want, then press. However if you use the remote, you can just push a number. Much easier. Bluetooth phone book import worked well, but selecting names is a bit tedious. The phone book does not support having two numbers for a person (like home/cell). You would need to have two entries in your phone before the import. Even my 3 year old Acura could do this. But all that said, I am very happy with the radio! Sounds fine, and all the features work! Double check which wire you connect to the adaptor for the radio lights. There are two, and I guessed wrong, so dimming does not work at night.

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    Annoying "function confirmation tones" and miniscule button labels

    CM from Alexandria, VA on 12/31/2010

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    Each time a button is pressed, this unit emits an audible beep or "function confirmation tone," a feature which is not only useless but which also becomes very tiresome very quickly. The labels on some of the buttons are hard to read and needlessly tiny given the amount of "real estate" afforded by the double din size. I bought the XM radio integration package and the display is far worse than I had in my old stand-alone XM reciever--it does not display the artist name and song title at the same time -- you must toggle the "display" button (which, of course, beeps each time). The clock and song information cannot be displayed simultaneously. The remote control is cumbersome--you need to press numerous buttons simply to change to a particular station. If you like radio and especially if you like changing stations, don't buy this.

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    RacerX from Laurinburg, NC on 12/18/2010

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    Great stereo! Easy installation. Outstanding features with great power-no need for an amp.

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    BMH from Illinois on 11/29/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit for my 2004 Silverado. Not to difficult to install and works great. Blue Tooth is awesome. Very happy with my purchase.

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    qball from Houston, TX. on 11/28/2010

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

    This is a great stereo. Really easy to setup and use. Sound customization is top notch.

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    excellent radio

    Guy from Long Island, NY on 10/23/2010

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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    This radio is amazing. even though it's only 14 watt rms per speaker it kills it. i cannot wait till i get the speakers and amp i ordered as well and then it will really kick. i like how i can control my IPOD from the HU and i can hide the ipod in the glovebox so everything looks nice and clean. installation was a breeze, easiest install I have done in a long time. the bluetooth is amazing the sound quailty is excellent. this radio has by far surpassed my expections that i had for it.

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    WOW!!!!

    Mark V from Navasota, TX on 9/21/2010

    I can't say enough good things about this little unit. It's in my 2007 Wrangler 2 dr. When I installed, I still had it hanging out of the dash when I made my first Bluetooth call. My brother didn't believe me about being on speaker phone and talking through my radio, it's that clear. The connectivity options are endless. I use my Ipod touch as my BT audio source, works perfectly. I ran the USB cable into the glove box and keep a thumb drive in it. Delphi XM is mounted to the dash and plugged in the back aux port. Audio quality is flawless from every source. I can't comment on the cd player audio, I have never used it!!! It even syncs up with my phone and Ipod via BT at the same time. BUY IT!!!

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    first purchase

    Dave from chgo, il on 9/1/2010

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

    Ordered pioneer fh-p8000bt. Got it delivered quick. Came with excellent installation instructions too. Had great service from Andy on my installations questions. Also, ordered wrong cable cable for sub,and they send me the correct in short order. Great first experience ordering from them.. And the unit sounds great too!!

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    Really good unit...but...beware of hiss

    DJ from Detroit on 8/27/2010

    I purchased this radio and had it put in a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer (no bose), but with Onstar system. It required a special harness to retain the Onstar and car chimes. Everything about this radio was as good as advertised - blue tooth worked amazing, it supports all of the file types that it claims to support, sound quality is above average. I wouldn't call it amazing, but above average. However...... The unit has a slight "hiss" when the music is paused or when you are switching between tracks. You can also hear the hiss when playing music at low volumes, or when listening to talk radio. Once you turn the music up, the loud music drowns it out so its not as noticeable. Having said that...the installers said that this is a common problem with all Pioneer units. They also noted that part of the problem could be that I was using a data harness (the one required for Onstar). The said that 95% of people don't mind the hiss since they barely notice it. I ended up returning the unit because the hiss drove me insane. For the simple reason that no one else seems to be annoyed by the hiss other than me, I am still rating it a 4 out of 5. However, I will not hesitate to purchase my next unit from Crutchfield. They have amazing customer service and even swapped out my unit with out any questions. When the second unit performed the same, they simply offered a full refund. I have never had a more painless return and such a great experience in terms of customer service.

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    Don't do it - There's a much better unit to buy than this

    Dave from Westchester, NY on 8/22/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the worst tuner I've ever used, and my first FM tuner was a under-dash adapter in 1969! I bought Pioneer for their excellent FM sensitivity but I got terrible results in my Solara. At first I thought it was the rear window antenna and the need for the second diversity plug. My new replacement tuner proved that wrong. But even ignoring this defect, the software that operates this thing is horrible! Until recently, my job was to test radio broadcast software, so I am used to complexity and learning menus. Even after a month I had to go to the manual - a poorly written PDF file written in broken English with errors that should have been caught - every time I wanted to do something, like pairing a new bluetooth phone. For example, the manual said to push the SAT button to change the satellite radio mode. There is no SAT button! Hitting buttons randomly I finally found the button that worked for that function. The big center knob on the unit attracted me at first, thinking it would make this unit easy to use for my wife, who does not take to gadgets. Not so, too many confusing ways to push it. Save yourself a lot of grief. I just bought the Pioneer AVH3200BT. For $120 more, what a difference. Excellent reception, I paired the phone without even cracking the manual. Plus DVD. One reason I will always buy from Crutchfield - tech support is GREAT and return policy liberal, otherwise I would have been stuck with a piece of junk.

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    Nice radio. Terrible bluetooth

    ErnieR from Fallbrook, Ca. on 8/19/2010

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

    I have wanted to buy this unit for several years now. I purchased a Ford f150 truck and decided to order the Pioneer unit. Installation was a snap with the information provided by Crutchfield. Once installed, I attempted to pair with my motorola cell phone. It wouldn't pair so I called Crutchfield and talked to a customer support person for about 45 minutes. He was very helpful but in the end we decided it was the cell phone. I purchased a new Samsung cell phone. This one wouldn't pair either. The unit was trying to pair with audio not telephone. Called Pioneer and was told that I had to have my phones reprogrammed to eliminate audio pairing. Motorola and Samsung said it was impossible. Both units returned to Crutchfield. I just received my JVC KW-XR810. Easy installation and paired within one minute. Pioneer customer service didn't seem to care about my problem. Fortunately Crutchfield does care and worked with me to find the right radio for my truck.

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    Potential Money Pit

    Rick from North TX on 7/4/2010

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

    The Head Unit itself is great. If you want something with great sound, this does the trick well. I bought this unit to get iPod and Bluetooth integration for my wife's vehicle. The iPod integration worked very well. The Bluetooth integration was the downfall. While I could get my phone to work with the Bluetooth (LG Chocolate), my wife's phone would not work at all (Motorola Rival). I could have bought a new phone, but that was not part of the original plan. Why is it a money pit? - I had to buy the GM harness to safely connect - To maintain the steering wheel controls on the vehicle was another harness - To get my wife's phone to work would be a new phone (+ $100.00) -- The new phone would have been an extra $120/year from Verizon due to their new data package requirements All that being said, if you don't have the same requirements, this is still a great radio. Just be sure to do more research than I did to ensure your phone will not have pairing issues.

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    Great sound, bad bluetooth, very fragile

    josh from Chicago, IL on 6/29/2010

    2001 Toyota Camry

    Pros: - Crisp highs, excellent mids, excellent low end (you need to buy speakers that support it) - Looks fantastic in a 2001 Camry - Remote is cool as well as all the inputs Cons: - Bluetooth is very choppy with Blackberry Tour or LG Voyager (It is unusable) - After 6 months, I pushed the middle scroll wheel a tad to hard and it cracked the underlying circuit board and killed the unit. Take a look in there... its hollow behind the board!!! My silicon PCB that supports my scroll wheel is now cracked. Not covered under warranty....will not buy again.

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    Great head unit with an almost-factory look

    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 6/13/2010

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this head unit to upgrade my 2004 Mustang GT so that it would be compatible with Bluetooth and USB technology. It was very easy to install with the Crutchfield wire-harness and kit, and I would say that it took about 2 hours total. We had one minor snag with getting power to both of my factory amps, but a quick call to the tech support cleared up any confusion and we had the unit working at full speed about 10 minutes after that. It looks fantastic, and definitely doesn't have too much of an after-market look! Within another 10 minutes, I had the sound controls about where I like them, and had my Motorola Droid connected to stream Pandora and make calls. I am really happy with the wide range of equalizer settings. We also installed the Pioneer HD Radio unit, and it integrated seamlessly and actually has a better sound that my other car which has a Dual unit. I would agree with other comments that the only real complaint I have is that the night dimming function doesn't seem to work when I turn my headlights on. However, given that my radio is a bit lower down on my dash, it isn't a problem at all. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to replace their factory unit.

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    Best bang for your buck.

    Frederick from Raynham ,MA. on 5/30/2010

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this stereo for 16 months now and I have no regrets on its purchase. The installation was problem free, thanks to Crutchfields installation kit. All the features are easy to use.Sound setup is easy and with a little time spent you can make your stock speakers sound like you have a subwoofer.The hands free works well with my Blackberry storm and streaming slacker radio sounds great,yes even with no additional amp and subwoofer.Many compliments on the almost stock look in my 2005 F-150 FX4. The only suggestion I have to anyone who plans on purchasing this unit is to try to use the remote control as much as possible for the front display will scratch up very quickly with little contact.

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    ls6777 from Carlsbad, CA on 4/30/2010

    I've been using this unit in my 07 Tacoma for 2 years now and am very happy with it. I use the BT for phone calls with my Iphone 3G. I've heard there are issues with the Iphone 3GS, but since I don't have one I've not experienced that. I also use the ipod control. Usually it's a gen 3 ipod nano and that works great. I've also plugged in my iphone to that port as well and the iphone tells u its not compatible, but u can control the music just like you do on the ipod and still use it for calls over the BT, so it's perfectly compatible. Right now I have it controlling all the stock speakers directly, which does pretty well, but I will soon be upgrading to new speakers with an amp. Overall, great product!

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    Anonymous from Arnold, MD on 3/29/2010

    2004 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical about this head unit after reading the reviews about how difficult it is. It had the features I wanted and was a nice price, so I took a chance. It is actually a great unit. It's not as hard to navigate as I had read on here. Just takes a little getting used to. Nice power compared to my factory Ford head unit. Bluetooth works great and the IPOD controls are great too. I opted to not go with the XM antenna and am happy with that since I don't have to have a bunch of CDs because I can use the IPOD, thumb drive, or even a CD with MP3s. My wife even likes this. If I could change it, the List feature would start at the song I'm on and not at the beginning of the directory, but I can live with that. Oh, for the people who hate the random mode because skipping to the next song doesn't shuffle, push down and that goes to another random song.

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    Rocking stereo

    Anonymous from Billings, Mt on 3/26/2010

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this stereo to replace the stock unit in a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, it fit perfectly with the free dash kit and the wire harness. Crutchfield hit this one out of the park. The stereo itself can seem a little intimidating but it is a breeze to use. I also bought a set of polk 6 1/2" speakers to go with a sony 650w amp and a kicker 10" sub and the system just bangs. There are many audio adjustments that you can find your perfect sound. The hands free bluetooth adapter is crystal clear and easy to mount, along with the ipod adapter(which mounted very nicely in the glove box). Only down side I have found is that it doesn't charge the ipod when your not using it (which is a very small price to pay for the performance of this system). I would recomend this unit to anyone looking for a stock look but wants the performance (and the tec) of a smart stereo.

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    FINALLY

    Tajuan from Greensboro, NC on 3/5/2010

    2002 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Someone recommended I look at the FH-P8000BT - I fell in love with it. I researched the HU for like 2 weeks before finally deciding to buy it. I absolutely LOVE it! I still have the stock speakers in my car and I've already been asked by people if I had installed a sub. Bluetooth works perfectly; I can stream Pandora radio from my blackberry 9630. I've called several people using the bluetooth handsfreelink profile, and they all tell me that my calls come through loud & clear. To me, this review here is more about the experience w/ Crutchfield. I have been blown away by how helpful, courteous, and professional everyone is. I checked the mail when I got home, and noticed there was a HAND-WRITTEN thank you note. I am very BIG on customer service, so I will definitely recommend Crutchfield for anyone looking to purchase any new electronic gadgetry!

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    Great Unit, NOT for iPhone 3GS owners!

    Robert from Philly on 2/18/2010

    I've had this unit for a little under a year. It has worked very well with my iphone, it supports playlists, you can switch navigation from the unit to the iPhone, and the artist/title info shows up on the receiver. Call quality over bluetooth was phenomenal and easy: calls would come in and my music would be silenced. I can place calls easy with the 2 touches of the silver scroll knob. Then Apple released iPhone firmware 3.1x. This changed the way bluetooth works on the iPhone and it results in bluetooth being unusable for phone calls - itunes audio still works over the unit. The issue is that there is now severe distortion, almost like a garble, that happens on both ends of the call every 30-45 seconds. This "interference" lasts for about 5-15 seconds. This is now a known issue in the Apple support forums, with several models of the Pioneer head units being affected. Pioneer support has reportedly told owners that they cannot fix the issue due to Apple's changes. With this in mind, do not puchase this unit or anything in the 700/7000 & 8000 series to use with bluetooth on your iPhone. It will not work properly! Stick with the 610 as that has a different bluetooth module, made by parrot, that is reported to work.

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    Andrew from Monterey Park, CA on 2/17/2010

    Great stereo for the money. Crutchfield provided step-by-step instructions and installation took me approximately an hour and a half. This head unit is very simple and looks almost like a stock radio which is the look i was going for. The simple turn knob allows you to easily navigate through the functions. A plus for me is the fact that I can utilize my ipod now and also use the bluetooth hands free option offered with this radio. I have used the hands free device and no one has told me that I sound "far away" or that they can't hear me. The microphone has a cord that I think is approximately six feet long so you can mount it almost anywhere. So far I'm very satified with this unit and I feel that it is a great upgrade to a factory radio that doesn't offer hands free bluetooth capability or ipod integration.

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    Clean Sophistication in one great unit

    Jeff from Sycamore, Alabama on 1/29/2010

    2009 Smart fortwo
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    Wow is how I want to start. I wanted a good looking unit for my SMART car that would give me the features I was looking for. This unit provided all that and more. It is a very clean looking unit that appears to be a simple unit. But what you get a is a very sophisticated / modern unit. The Bluetooth features are wonderful. I love being able to get in the vehicle, and have my iPhone link up for both phone and audio without any wires or cable to look at. The sound quality is superb. Of course I have a 3.5mm accessory cable/plug and a USB cable/plug sitting in my glove box, ready for use if someone gets in and wants to play something from there iPod or audio devise, But for me, it is wireless. Power is great and paired with my Infinity 6.5 Reference series speakers make a wonderful full sound in the little car.

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    Year and a half later- still happy

    Ken from Glen Ellyn, IL on 1/5/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit does so many things well that the few flaws it does have are negligible. I bought this unit along with the HD tuner and the XM tuner. I love the XM tuner, it is my main source of music. The HD tuner reception for the 2nd and 3rd HD stations is spotty. I expect the HD to improve as time goes on. I don't listen to the HD much though. The USB function is terrific as is the Aux input. My kids use the USB for their ipods and I use it when I want to use a flash drive. We rarely use the CD player but that functions fine also. What really works wonderfully and is the main reason for buying this unit is the Bluetooth. I've connected several different phones and the call quality is solid. I can also play BT audio so my new BT phone has also become a source of music without being tethered to a cable. Some people don't like the brightness of the blue display but it doesn't really bother me. It does dim somewhat when headlights are turned on. I personally like the display. It does take a while to figure out and remember all the settings and controls but like with most things becomes second nature. It's been 18 months since I installed this unit and I've never regretted it. It's a solid unit that has most of the bases covered with HD, SAT, USB, Bluetooth, CD, Aux IN and you'd be hard pressed to find anything better.

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    Horrible radio

    Mike from Phoenixville, PA on 12/10/2009

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
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    This receiver is terrible. Poor integration with iPhone. Not what I expected after reading the reviews.

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    Great Head Unit

    Jim from Herndon, VA on 11/23/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to replace the factory radio in my 2003 Ford Explorer that had been using an FM modulator for iPod connectivity. This unit far exceeds the factory radio in every category. I purchased the unit primarily for iPod control and it is unbelievable. I like the user interface on the unit for iPod access, especially the search feature. I also like that the iPod can be used to select music along with the radio. Also the iPod stops playing and turns off when the car is turned off. It is awesome to start the car and have the iPod pick up right from where it left off when you last drove the car. I also purchased the PAC SWI-PS (Pioneer and Sony) interface kit and it integrated the steering wheel controls perfectly. The adapter kit worked well and makes the double DIN installation work perfectly. I highly recommend ordering the Alpine KCU-440i iPod cable. It is twice as long as the cable that ships with the head unit and enables to cable to reach the center console between the seats where you can leave your iPod and forget about it. The cable that ships with the unit is short , maybe 30", so you can put your iPod in the glove box, or leaving it hanging in front of the dash. The only negative thing I can say about this unit is that the bright blue display does not dim when the headlights turn on. I talked to Crutchfield technical support about they said it would work, but despite testing connections to every dimmer interface in the car, it does not work.

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    Anonymous from Florida on 11/2/2009

    2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
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    Unit installed in my 05 Avalanche with a very good fit. I have two cell phones connected via the bluetooth capability and the test phone call went quite well. The iPod control is also working very well with my 2nd gen Touch. I have an XM unit connected via an Aux input. It was more work to cut down the bracket adapter for the truck than wiring and connecting the unit itself. It does take a bit to set up all the settings, but once done I like the simplicity of the unit's look. Personally, I did not have much trouble navigating to get to the settings. The sound is an improvement over the factory unit. As my rating implies, I'm happy with the unit so far (three days and about 500 miles of driving).

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    A solid triple for Pioneer

    RogerK from Hamilton, Canada on 10/30/2009

    This deck could easily be a home run, with a new firmware. The good: 1 - Great built in Bluetooth. A $200 option for most decks. 2 - The double-DIN form factor with fewer large buttons rather than many small buttons give an OEM feel. 3 - Easy to read 3 line LCD display, not many decks have this. 4 - USB media player is great, all decks should have this. The bad 1 - There's only one color for the display. Certainly would be nice to be able to match to your car. 2 - No true dimmer function. The deck dims ever so slightly when you turn your headlights on but wont dim with instrument panel. You can manually turn the display off. 3 - The top line of LCD always says the source selection ie. USB or CD. Why can't I have a line for artist, another for album, and third for track title. 4 - Steering wheel controls are a challenge. Navigation is done with a 4 way joystick. Steering wheel controls are two-way, left and right. Radio presets are surfed up and down, manual tuning is left and right. Up/Down on steering wheel interfaces is left/right. Use a SWI-X, see my review. 5 - No way to fast navigate into the middle of long podcasts or audiobooks. The competition should really try to top this deck. I'd start by building an LCD that was dot-matrix, and could support multi-color, and different size fonts leaving a small clock display in one corner of the deck. Then I'd add bookmarking and easy file navigation for long files/tracks.

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    Works Great!

    Tracy from Hattiesburg, MS on 10/25/2009

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

    This receiver does everything it says it does. The bluetooth attached to my wife's Samsung Propel Cell Phone and synced the address book. Her Chevy Venture van has plenty of storage compartments that allow for wonderful hiding places for her Ipod Nano and plenty of room to install another auxiliary device to the 8mm plug. It also works great with the bluetooth function on my iPod Touch as well. I received detailed instructions on installing the device into the van and it went in without a hitch. It fit perfectly and the Crutchfield team was wonderful. If the receiver fits, buy it!

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    Not what I'd hoped. Almost unusable on a daily basis

    Dan from New Jersey on 10/25/2009

    After living with this unit for the past month or so, it just has way too many flaws to be usable on a daily basis. Pros: Good reception, built in Bluetooth that actually works, plenty of inputs, decent XM integration, large display characters Cons: INSANELY complicated user interface with the multi function dial that makes it hard to navigate features. Absolutely microscopic buttons and labels, some of the most important functions are NOT backlit. Radio or XM presets are just a massive hassle to get to and select while driving. Sounds lousy (yes, you read that right), even when I upgraded to Pioneer speakers and amps. Even after fiddling with the Eq settings, crossover, Subwoofer, etc, I cannot coax a decent sound out of it. The song information scrolls info ONLY on CD, NOT on XM. I've tried lots of combinations in the setup menus to get this to work, but as the manual points out, scrolling ONLY works with CD. If you sync your USB stick with Winamp or Windows Media player, it won't read it half the time All in all, an expensive mistake on my part. Living with this unit day to day is just awful. its clear it was designed from the outside in, rather than inside out. Instead of making the most of the double height real estate, they tried to make it pretty and sleek, while making it hard to use on a day to day basis.

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    Mark from Ramseur, NC on 10/2/2009

    I just had the Pioneer FH-P8000BT installed in my 2004 Avalon to replace the factory built cass/ Cd/ Radio, it fits perfectly in the double din. It looks like it always belonged there. The sound is Excelent. Bluetooth works perfectly. You can set it to auto answer, the reciever, CD will mute when you make or take a call. I put the USB cable in my glove box to keep my Ipod out of sight. It is a great looking system. Not hard to use after you play with it awhile.

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    Excellent Upgrade from OEM

    Jeff from Joseph, OR on 9/20/2009

    Pros: This is a very nice model, and it is an awesome improvement over the OEM equipment in my 2002 Toyota 4Runner. The sound quality is absolutely amazing, especially since I upgraded all speakers except for the door-mounted tweeters. The Bluetooth connection works wonderfully with my cell phone, and the automatic connect feature removes the hassle of connecting the cell phone to the unit each time the unit is powered- up. Cons: The buttons on the left and right sides of the unit are too small. The labeling is almost impossible to read on these buttons (display, mute, etc.) from the driver's seat location. If the unit loses its continuous power connection (i.e., the battery gets disconnected) all settings on the unit must be restored. This includes all phone-book information that has been transferred as well as all audio settings. The user manual is also somewhat cumbersome, but after reading though it a few times, it gets easier to understand. Overall, I am pleased with the unit and the sound quality. It takes some getting used to the unit in terms of controlling the various features (which seem almost endless).

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    Perfect for audio geek (like me)

    Clayton from Denver on 9/17/2009

    2001 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this along with the HD Radio and XM add-ons. Years ago I had added a powered sub to the factory system but now it can connect directly to pre- outs and use the crossover instead of stepping down from speaker-level. I also took this opportunity to swap out the front door speakers with Polks. Crutchfield's printed instructions were 90% effective - they didn't seamlessly cover the two add-ons and a couple other minor things, but the phone techs were very helpful during my 3 or 4 calls. This head unit offers amazing sound, and allows bountiful options for customizing it to your liking. However it is not for the casual user. If you are impatient and just want something to crank up the tunes immediately, you will be frustrated. With all the options comes complexity. The user interface could probably have been designed better but I don't envy the designers trying to cram in controls for all the features. Budget the time to sit down in front of your laptop with the manual and you'll be happier. You don't need the Pioneer iPod adapter - get a standard spare iPod cable for $5. If you are a neat-freak you might consider finding a dashboard outlet/bezel for the USB and 1/8" stereo connections. I just left the cables hanging near the center cupholder. One tip: don't do what I did just after completion and sit there in awe for over an hour twiddling knobs in my garage. The guy from AAA who came out to jumpstart my dead battery agreed it's a killer system.

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    jimmy from Nashville, Tn on 9/2/2009

    I did alot of research and read good reviews of this deck. It is fabulous! Put it in my 2005 Pontiac Vibe with an Alpine 75w 5ch amp and Infinity Reference 6020 speakers in all 4 doors along w/Kicker subwoofer. Best sound I've ever gotten in any vehicle. It POUNDS!! Took a while to get used to the multi-function center knob, but it's real easy once you read the manual and play with it a bit. I had a hard time bluetooth pairing with my Verizon VX?? phone at first but found out how to download a software update file from Pioneer into my cell phone and that fixed the problem. Now the bluetooth works flawlessly and my girlfriend says it sounds like I'm in the same room with her the sound quality is so good. I can't wait to hook an I-pod up to it!! Great deck!!!! Woohoo!!!

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    Hugo from Roseville, Ca on 6/29/2009

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
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    I replaced my stock stereo with this Pioneer P8000BT on my 05 Tacoma, I have to say that I am very pleased with it after two weeks of use. The manual is a not as clear as it could be but with little patience I managed to get everything setup, connects to my Blackjack flawlessly, the sound out of my iPod and USB stick is top notch, this stereo has great features and great sound.

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    This is your next receiver!

    Brian from Oak Creek, WI on 6/22/2009

    I chose this to replace the Alpine CDA-9884 that I had in for a year, and didn't like (BAD Ergonomics). This unit is so much better in sound fidelity, customized settings, and options, that I can't say enough. I was concerned about not having preset buttons, but have not found this to be a problem at all. The center knob control is actually very easy to use, and does NOT have a problem with accidentally activating when changing volume or other intentional control (which other units do). If it fits in your car, is in your price range, and you want the very best sound and control, I would have to say this is the one.

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    Factory Radio Swap for this Pioneer

    Ron from Orlando, FL. on 5/25/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent head unit. So far it has worked fine. No complaints. I had a double DIN space, glad I went with a double DIN unit instead of single DIN unit. The Pioneer HD unit works great with this deck. I have yet to use my iPod or flash drive with this this deck.

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    Jonathan from Mountain city TN on 5/19/2009

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    i love it i replaced my 06 chevy 2500 with this and it is 10 times better than the one that was in it

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    Zico from Miami, FL on 5/11/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just replaced the stock JBL stereo in my 05 Sequoia and love this new Pioneer. The sound quality with the stock speakers is much better now and the 250w Bazooka gives all the much needed bass. Installation was fairly easy and I only had to call twice to confirm instructions. I was able to figure out the controls without looking at the CD Manual. Only used it to set the time and date. I think anyone with basic electronics skills can install this unit without too much problems. The Tech Support guys were awsome!

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    iaco from Enfield, CT on 5/10/2009

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Unit works well and makes my stock speakers sound much better. I had a little trouble with the phone but it was most likely me and not the Unit Crutchfield was great! This item does not work with my iPod Mini but I knew that up front so I just put my music on a flash drive and it works just fine. I am glad I bought this item.

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    8000bt

    Mike from newtown, pa on 5/6/2009

    2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    alrite this is the first head unit i ever bought and i have to say... its sick. everything about it is amazing. it looks sexy at night. ppl in my car cant stop talkin about it... and its not even a touch screen lol. i wasnt even expecting any comments on it. i got it hooked up to two cvr 12s and a kicker amp. everything sounds so good, my car is like a concert. i got stock speakers and now my mids and highs sound as clear as it gets. anyways, the installation was real easy too. my uncle tought me how to solder wires together... probly the easiest part of the day took about 45min to solder wires... i installed my subs and amp the same day i installed this. i didnt need to call crutchfield to get help.. i just read the directions. also. this deck has a trillion settings to make ur sound just right... more than i need haha but its easy to use too i only looked into the manual to change the clock and date. ipod interface is so fun and easy to use. i will never get a deck again without an ipod interface like this one. exactly like an ipod and it works at lightning speed. faster than ur actual ipod. i have not found one con for this deck. NOT ONE. get this deck if u want an all in one sexy mf'in head unit

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    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Scott from Fort Payne, AL on 4/30/2009

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace my stock HU in my '02 Toyota 4-runner. First off let me say that the Crutchfield Tech support rocks. I had a couple of minor issues getting things hooked up and they pointed me in the right direction in a matter of a few seconds. As far as the HU goes, so far I have no complaints. The biggest reason I bought this was for the Ipod hook-up and the Bluetooth. Both of these are great. The Bluetooth paired easily enough and downloading the phonebook was a breeze. The Ipod works and sounds really good. With the "sound recovery" feature on it worked wonders for the sound quality of the Ipod. I live in a rural area and was pleasantly surprised at how well the tuner brought in stations that with the stock unit I couldn't get. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an affordable HU with these types of options.

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    Awesome!

    vacious14 from Sumter, SC on 4/26/2009

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

    Ok, so I just bought and installed this unit in my 2007 Nissan Pathfinder to replace my Pioneer DEHP 5900iB unit. The accessories, wiring harnesses, and schematics Crutchfield provided were spot on. Once I had the unit in my truck, it automatically linked up and worked with my Sirius SIR-PNR2 Sirius satellite tuner. Setting the initial settings were extremely easy to figure out. But, I think my favorite feature by far is the use of my phone via bluetooth. I have a not-so-fancy Motorola phone and it works like a champ with this unit. Downloading my phonebook info to the unit was easy, as was setting preset phone numbers. The microphone works really well, and the fact that your call plays over the speaker system of the vehicle is really cool. So, Pioneer, kudos to you on this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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    confusing

    John from Harrisburg Pa on 4/26/2009

    2000 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I install this unit in the wifes car ,for her ipod and phone ,It all works very well ,I took some time to learn how it works ,and tryed to teach my wife how to use it ,she is not dumb ,but is to confusing for het to use ,after some time she had me replace it with different unit ,with buttions that are marked ,so she dose not have to guess at it ,she has to pull over when she hit a buttion wrong ,and I agree with the size of the face they could have made it ezer to use .

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    No from Tucson, AZ on 4/10/2009

    1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really liked this deck at first. It fit the space perfectly and looked really nice. The sound quality seems very good as well and I liked that I was able to put the microphone right over my head However, over time I've grown to hate it and it ultimately ended up in the trash. Pioneer makes some great products, but this definitely is NOT one of them. I had three main grips with the unit: 1) BLUTOOTH: The Bluetooth was really hit and miss with my Blackberry Curve. My new Tundra has Bluetooth and it works fantastic. The problem is that it intermittently will just stop working all together and I have to re pair it. I had to reset the deck at one point to get it to work. Also - If you are talking on the phone and you start the car, you have a 10-15 second delay where the other person can hear you and you can't hear them. I broke the hang up button trying to get it to cancel a call instead of using the phone. It was at that point that it ended up in the garbage. 2) PRESET BUTTONS: Why can't they put some preset buttons on the front of this with such a large surface on the front? I can't even tell you how to set a station and its a real pain since they give you a CD instead of a manual so you have to go load it to get any instructions. 3) The auxiliary input is on the back of the deck. I had to leave a wire just hanging out so I could plug in my Ipod.

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    Excellent (aside from a couple of little flaws)

    Michael from Vegas on 4/4/2009

    2008 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been using the FH-P8000BT now for a couple of months. Paired it with the Pioneer HD tuner and a P.I.E. auxiliary switcher unit. The iPod compatibility is great and so are the intuitive controls. All the features work as advertised. Bluetooth connects w/ my Sprint HTC Touch Pro. (a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone) w/o any problems. It even downloads my contacts from the phone. Call quality will really depend on your phone's bluetooth stack / implementation and microphone placement. The only cons I have found with this unit are that it has a CD slot (which I've never used since I have all my music on my iPod) and an annoying issue with it not displaying special characters such as "&" or "#" in song titles, artist, album and playlist names. For some reason wherever one of these special ASCII characters are in the title or name, it just shows a blank so it looks like the title or name has a big space in it. It also is compatible with the Sony RM-X4S wired remote stalk. I do not have steering wheel controls in my car so this Sony wired remote was the next best thing to having steering wheel controls. I'm very happy that they're compatible. Overall, I recommend this head unit to anyone interested in a double-din unit (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg) that's compatible with iPods.

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    Delivers on Promise

    Yoel from Manati, PR on 3/28/2009

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

    Installation: 2006 Honda Civic with Factory radio. since this was an integrated radio, I had to install with the kit (an extra 30$). Took about 2hrs, and was kind of easy with the instructions, but not for unskilled. I had to make a a call because the antenna adapter had an extra power cable (blue) which the instructions didn't specify what to do, but I assumed it had to go to the blue power coming out the stereo. The dash kit is not the same grey as the factory, so it looks rather odd. Sound: It impressively adds so much depth to the sound, I'll be needing new speakers to get the full potential. The controls are odd, but if you know how to install this stereo you would know how to work it Bluetooth: Paired it with my Palm Treo 680 and my wifes Blackberry Curve. Mine doesn't allow to upload the phone book, but works flawlessly with the curve. I like it better than my 2009 TSX bluetooth (I hate voice activated) Ipod: Works great on 30 gb 5th gen, but obviously not on my 2nd gen ( nothing works with it) USB: Up to a 250 GB in fat 32. very easy and iPod -ish No regrets, but the dimming thing is bothersome. i cut a slice of wndow tint and put it on the display and works excellent, day and night

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    Damon from Philadelphia, PA on 3/28/2009

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've owned it for nearly 4 months and I am very pleased with it so far. As many people have already said, you must read the manual or you'll spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to operate its numerous features. I'm using an external Sirius tuner, HD tuner, a dash mounted USB port and dash mounted auxiliary jack. One feature I use frequently is the independent volume control for the subwoofer. This keeps everything in- dash and I didn't have to buy a sub amp with an external level control. I do have some complaints.....sometimes the unit randomly shuts off while listening to the HD radio. Secondly, the single control is not very user friendly. Having to use it to go back and forth through the menus while making selections and volume changes gets very confusing. Lastly, I don't understand why the volume goes from 00 to 75. To get some decent volume out of the unit, you have to get into the 30-40 range. If I had to redesign it, I would have the volume go from say 1 to 30, that way I wouldn't have to do 4 or 5 rotations on the knob to get to 30. All in all, not a bad unit for the money. I'm running this head unit with an Eclipse EA4100 amp for the components, Orion CO600.2 amp for the sub, components up front, Pioneer TS-A1782R in the rear doors, and a single 10D2V3 sub in a .75 ft sealed box. Everything integrates well and sounds very good together.

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    FH-P8000BT

    Dennis from Panama City, FL on 3/19/2009

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this is an AWESOME unit! I agree with all of the other reviews I've read about the instruction manual. I recommend printing it off and then taking the printed off version to your car to figure things out. The reason I gave it an overall "4" is because it will not work with my older version iPod (iPod Photo, 30 G). I'm going to have to get an adaptor to make it work with my iPod. Other than that I'm extremely please with everything else about the unit. Hopefully this helps some of you make up your mind about buying this unit.

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    Fair

    Matt from Purcellville, VA on 3/14/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money you can't go wrong with this unit since it includes an Ipod interface and Bluetooth. The XM module is neat clean and interfaces very easily. I don't care much for the "one control does all" philosophy but once you learn it it's not too bad though I'm sure there are more user friendly units available. The Bluetooth audio quality is fair at best but WILL NOT pair with my wife's Palm Centro phone. I give the unit 3 stars and Crutchfield as many as I can. GREAT GREAT company to buy from!!!

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    Loaded w/ Features at Great Price

    Stephen from Summerfield, NC on 3/11/2009

    2003 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed in my 2003 Nissan Frontier (King Cab) with Kenwood 3-Way 6.5s in the doors, Kenwood tweeters in the A-Pillars, and a 10 inch Kenwood sub powered by a pioneer 760w amp. Sounds fantastic. The bluetooth feature works great and I have no problem hearing (or being heard) while talking on the phone. I had used an add-on iPod controller before, but the interface in the Pioneer is much better. You can pull up artist, album, playlist, etc... & jump to a specific letter of the alphabet once the category is selected - great feature when you have 8000 songs to sort through. Highly recommend if you are looking for a DoubleDin. The whole setup cost me around $730. Thanks Crutchfield.

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    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Mike from Phillipsburg NJ on 3/10/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the P8000 in a 2004 Altima keeping the factory speakers and antenna. Remarkable improvement in the quality of sound. The tuner reception is extremely clean and consistent. I was very apprehensive about doing the installation myself. A couple of times I called the product support specialists during the installation with questions. Their patience, knowledge and professionalism is outstanding. I'm quite critical when it comes to sound. You can't go wrong with this one.

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    Thank you Crutchfield!!!

    Alexis from Pleasanton on 3/8/2009

    2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's my first experience with Crutchfield and definitely not the last! The car stereo is a great product, exactly as described, pretty, reliable, the blutooth built-in is a charm and works great with my Iphone. The Crutchfield Team is amazing, the whole thing is set up in a way to make your experience absolutely flawless. Thanks so much!!!

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    Amazing product!!

    Brenton from Auburn, Al on 2/24/2009

    This product and the service that came with it was amazing. When i opened this unit the night before my system was installed, i realized that the bluetooth mic was not in the package. I called crutchfield and sure enough they had a brand new unit at my front door the NEXT MORNING for no additional cost. The unit has performed flawlessly! Everyone that gets in my car immediately complements it and cant stop talking about it. I can't blame them though! Pioneer really went out of their way to give the consumer a head unit that has handsfree (no echo and clear! no one has been able to tell they were on a handsfree system!), ipod connectivity (flawless as well), and easy controls. Thank you pioneer and crutchfield!

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    Michael from Lancaster, PA on 2/21/2009

    2008 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 08 Tundra. The look is great and it's easy to use once you understand the functions. Manual only comes on CD - for some reason this is a problem for some folks. Lucky for me I have a printer. Sound is excellent running polk db components w/o amp.

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    Ummmm....Sweet....

    Dale from Montrose, PA on 2/20/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is thing is great...talk about capabilities..... I am still in the process of figuring things out.... Still lost, but the sound is great..... Fit like a glove....although the vechile I have wasn't the easiest, but it fit!! Only con is that they put the manual on a CD so it you want it you have to download the pages that you want.... But can't give you more until I know more, but as of now it is awesome!!!

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    sweet sounds, factory look

    Stacy from Venice, FL on 2/17/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in my '01 intruige to replace a single DIN unit that looked horrible in my dash. This unit looks great and like it may have come with the car. I used crutchfields DD kit. This unit is connected to a PAC steering wheel controll adapter, a pioneer Sirius tuner, a Pioneer 12 disc changer, 2 infinity amps, infinity Kappas and subs, and a 60GB portable hard disc. I hid my kappas under the factory grilles so the car looks almost totally stock. All the extras function great with this unit and I love the bluetooth.

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    Simply Put...Awesome

    Rick from Bossier City, La on 2/16/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the best money I have ever spent! This stereo rocks. I replaced the factory stereo from my 2007 Nissan Frontier...the hardest part of the install was removing the front dash. The supplied instructions were easy to follow and in two short hours had the connections made, the dash put together and listening to my favorite tunes! The flexibility of this system is what makes it great. I used my USB that came with my i-pod and hit the unit in the glove box...now I would like to the XM tuner and the system will be complete. The only confusing part was the set up. It comes with a DVD but I went on line and got the 80 page owners manual...well worth the paper and ink to print it out.

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    Just great

    Toshio from Canton, GA on 2/13/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had purchase the Dual XHD7714 because of the features per $ but I couldn't read the display in day light. So, I exchanged that HU for this one and I am very happy. Sound, looks and easy of installation make it just a great value. Can't say enough for Crutchfield. They made the exchange painless.

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    Great sound for great price! However......

    scorpiocmw1979 from Glenn Dale,MD on 2/12/2009

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

    I finally installed in my car today(2004 chevy impala). This radio has great sound. The controls are not as difficult as people have stated though, for I am a video game player, so I would say that technology is in me! Pretty simple...just push the buttons until you get it.....took me 20 mins to set everything up[(not including the install, that was 1 hour)eq, audio, clock and Bt pairing my LG DARE to the it] All I needed from the manual was to see the first button needed to get to where I wanted to go after that it was all trial and error! Nooooow...This radio would not fit my dash with out modification required. I had to break plastic out in the dash to get this to fit and it stillll doesnt fit right found out that the USB sticks out about a 1/2 in. past the back of the radio....WHHHHYYYY :( To make it worse everything in my car is ran off amps sooo the rca cables that connect to the back of the radio took another 1 inch of space! :( Had to buy all new RCA cables that are angled(90 degree) to minimize! For the radio itself( PROS: great sound, great look, great price/// CONS: bad wiring design(if it had leads for the rca and USB cables would prob be great but SIGH nope) Now for Crutchfield...if you state that it fits I think you should research better because even without my RCA cables the USB cable stopped it from flush mounting by 1/2 in.

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    Great Radio for the price

    Michael from Denver, CO on 2/12/2009

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this item through Crutchfield's Outlet. Item was in great condition, definitely worth saving the money. I really like the Bluetooth with this unit and the options it includes for the price including the IPOD adapter. Easy to install with the included kit in my Tahoe. I haven't had a problem with the blue lighting like other people have commented on.

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    Very Nice

    Travis from Arlington, VA on 2/11/2009

    2007 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit looks very nice in my Expedition. It was very easy to install aside from one problem that Crutchfield helped me through. I am very happy with my purchase, and glad I went with Crutchfield. Oh and I got free shipping but it arrived the next day!!!!

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    Robert from Wellsboro,Pa on 2/8/2009

    2004 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this unit into my 04 Celica and it rocks! Would have given it 5 stars but the menus are a little hard to navigate, once learned your in bussiness. Ipod controls are awsome, blue tooth works well, great unit.

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    WINDOWS MOBILE 6.0 & 6.1 DOES NOT WORK with BLUETOOTH

    Peter from Ohio on 2/3/2009

    If you have a Windows Mobile 6.0 phone you have a 50/50 chance of the Bluetooth working correctly. Mine worked but only after pairing it a half a dozen times. If you have a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone your phone WILL NOT work correctly with this stereo. I upgraded my Samsung I760 to WM6.1 and incomming calls will not come through the stereo even though the Bluetooth is connected. Basically they aren't going to fix the issue and I just need to find a way to live with it. Just with this experience alone I would never recommend a Pioneer Car Stereo again, especially this one.

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    Amber from Port St. Lucie, FL on 2/2/2009

    1992 Honda Prelude

    Not at all disappointed by my selection. There are so many options on this headunit and so far my only set back has been the brlliant blue illumination contrasting with my blue-green, now more green-blue, digital dash (I own a 4th gen Honda Prelude Si). Completely satisfied, even my boyfriend has become jealous of my acoutiscal perfection. This Pioneer compliments my polk audio speakers and kicker sub amazingly. Just hope THIS unit doesn't get stolen. Thank you Crutchfield.

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    Installed in Toyota Matrix

    John from Jackson, MS on 1/27/2009

    2006 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in an 06 Toyota Matrix. The fit was excellent. The sound and the features are awesome. It was easy to install and Crutchfield did an amazing job of supplying all the necessary pieces. The only problem I had was I had to adjust the trim pieces to fit the sides of my radio. I took my time, cut carefully, and it worked perfectly.

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    Great

    Michael from Tifton, GA on 1/27/2009

    2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit for double din opening. It has all the features that you could possibly want. Better yet, it is simple to set up and operate. The I-Pod controls are awesome. The hands free calling set up works better than the old mounted mobile phones. You can even upload your contact list or phone book from your cell phone via bluetooth. The 4 volt pre-amp RCA outputs send plenty of signal to your amps. Clearly the best unit I've owned and I've had plenty ranging from Eclipse, Clarion, Sony, Kenwood, and Alpine. You can't go wrong with this unit.

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    Merry Christmas!

    monk from Gaffney, S.C. on 1/25/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit for my wife's 2002 Trailbazer for Christmas this year. The factory radio was 6 cd changer that was not working. She was a little skeptical about me installing this radio,but I convinced her that I had Crutchfield behind me with technical support. After reading the instructions very carefully I proceeded with the install and it went flawlessly. This radio is great! She really likes the USB port for her I-Pod and the bluetooth works great. It really works great with my I-Phone also. Very easy to sync the contact list. The multi function button (it's the one in the middle) does take some getting use to,but after a little while it is no problem. This unit looks great in the dash also. So all in all this unit rocks!!!

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    Pioneer FH-P8000BT

    Sam from San Diego, CA on 1/24/2009

    2007 Chevrolet HHR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased for my 2007 Chevy HHR. Using the supplied installation kit this unit looks as it was original to the car. I gave this unit 5 stars even though the 1st unit I received had a glitch with the USB interface. Received a second unit in a couple of days and it has worked flawlessly. Great sound. Easy to program a Motorola Razor phone to the Bluetooth feature. I do recommend to read the manual to understand all the functions at your disposal with this unit. The tech service at Crutchfield was excellent in addressing the defective unit.

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    Great unit - especially USB

    Mike from Huntsville AL on 1/20/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 2003 Chevy Express Van, minor dash trim removal issues. Some issues with the Metra GMRC-01 for onstar/chimes - see that separate review. USB works great, but be aware of limits. 500 folder limit, with artist/album folder structure means you're limited to about 22 GB. If only using album folders, you might get 32GB. I use the 32GB Flash Voyager, and it works great. 22GB indexes in 20 seconds, and songs change instantly. no noticeable delay. This makes CD-Changers obsolete. Much easier to update song library. Bluetooth paired fine and works great with my WM6 AT&T 8525, for both phone and music. Uploaded goodlink outlook contacts fine, but be aware - 400 phone# limit is a problem if you have 400 outlook contacts with 3 phones each. Have to pare it down. Cons: No pause button... just turn it off and back on. (Off is press-and-hold "Source") Three display lines is great, but in USB mode that 3 lines of text will always include one useless line that says "USB Folder# Track#". Display is bright (not too bright, though) and doesn't dim with the headlights. Random "next" takes you to the next track in that album rather than randomly selecting another song. Here's the solution: create a zero-length WAV file called Skip.Wav and make it the only file in the root directory of your USB stick. (Win Explorer right-click>new>Wave Sound> and name it Skip.WAV). Then just two clicks (List->right-tap) pick a new random song. Overall - Highly recommended.

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    Great Head Unit!!

    Jimmy from Summerville, SC on 1/19/2009

    2004 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best money I've ever spent on a stereo. Easy installation great setup and sound. The bluetooth and USB put it over the top for me. Jimmy

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    Does what it does well

    Nathaniel from Richmond, Indiana on 1/19/2009

    1994 Honda Accord DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spend a lot of time in the car; my job means I spend anywhere from six to sixteen hours behind the wheel every weekend. So I got this unit to do everything it advertised -- think Ipod interface, hands-free phone, and (of course) playing anything I could burn onto a CD. And everything this unit does, it does well. It's hands down the best hands-free phone system I've used in a car. The included mic is fantastic, it pauses your music while the phone's in use, and the setup is easy and reliable. The Ipod interface is great. I've used a 2nd generation Nano with it for a few weeks now, and it works flawlessly and intuitively. Best of all, the unit uses a USB socket to interface with the Ipod, so you can charge your Ipod and play music off it at the same time. (And of course the USB socket has managed everything else I've thrown at it, from thumb drives to portable hard disks.) Last, the audio fidelity of this unit is incredibly good. Whatever else it does, it makes everything sound wonderful. I got this unit to replace a stolen Eclipse AVN (with the built in GPS); this was less than half the price and sounds exponentially better. The only problem I have with it isn't a problem as much as a feature request. It would be great if this could read DVD-Rs; I don't want video as much as I need to cut down the number of CDs in my passenger seat.

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    Nice unit with a quirk

    Anonymous from Ionia, MI on 1/17/2009

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

    The unit sounds nice with even my stock speakers. Lots of features and add ons are a bonus. Synched perfectly and automatically with my Blackberry Storm as a phone. No troubles downloading the phonebook. Does sync for the blue tooth audio but struggles at times. Has not been able to sync automatically to the BT audio except once. Once I do have it synched the head unit is able to control the media player as promised. Hopefully new renditions of blue tooth technology will allow song and artist information to be transmitted to the head unit. As it stands, only able to play, pause, rewind and fast forward BT tune player from head unit. Takes a bit to get used to controlling the unit. All in all I am pleased with the stereo and have nothing but praise for the installation instructions from Crutchfield. Also their tech support is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. If you plan to buy HD radio add on notice the add on unit is now the analog tuner as well as digital tuner and notice the analog tuner sensitivity compared to original head unit. Head unit analog tuner is far better than the add on that comes with HD radio. I pursued the antenna splitter concept to maintain use of head unit analog tuner but Pioneer says once the HD unit is added the head unit tuner is turned off. To sum it up HD tuner buyer beware. Other than a BT hiccup and if HD radio isn't an issue, I recommend this unit.

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    Great Unit, Tough Install

    Kevin from Rochester, IN on 1/8/2009

    2002 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is awesome! The bluetooth paired right up with my sons nokia phone and the ipod connection is fantastic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. This unit does fit a 2002 Chevy Impala, however, if you purchase the optional module to retain your factory door chimes, or for onstar, be prepared for a battle. The rca cables on this adaptor stick out from the back of the unit and this prevents the unit from fitting. We cut out the plastic and ended up grinding out part of the aluminum support and still couldn't get it in. The only way to make it fit was to purchase 90 degree rca adaptors and then the unit barely fits. There's still some interference in the dash. When we got the unit installed, the left front speaker wouldn't play. After talking to Crutchfield tech support, we determined that it had to be the optional module, which they quickly replaced. This solved the problem and the unit works great. I can't say enough about Crutchfields support. They treat you like you're NOT an idiot. I purchase all of my car audio from them for this exact reason. Overall, if you want a great looking and performing system, this one fit the bill for us. We're extremely happy with this unit and our Crutchfield experience.

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    Solid audio component, noise-ground issue.

    no from Phoenix, Arizona on 1/7/2009

    Purchased this unit a month ago after much researching, fits perfectly in my 2004 Tahoe. Features are are all there and then some, simple but very effective design. However, a week ago I started getting excessive engine noise. I am a biomedical clinical engineer of 18 years, in other words technically inclined, not my first rodeo with installing higher end systems. So, that being said I was confident in my installation, proper wire guage, grounding, monster RCAs, wire placement, new amps, etc. So after much process of elimination, the problem, believe or not was the head unit. I had the unit replaced, still under warranty, re-installed unit, all is good. Three weeks post installation of replacement unit, excessive noise is back, long story short, solution: I connected a ground wire from the negative, outside shield of one of the 3 output RCA terminals on the pioneer and the other end grounded to the pioneer head unit casing itself, excessive noise--no more. It is more than likely a internal component, overlooked circuit design issue, 2 new identical head units, same problem. Not unheard of In the electronics engineering industry, still a great unit to have.

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    Steve from State College, PA on 1/3/2009

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    PROS: The Pioneer replaces the stock Volvo HU, an Audiovox XM receiver and a Sony Ericsson bluetooth unit. I'm very pleased with the overall look and operation. The bluetooth paired easily with my Motorola V3XX and my BT mp3 player. The XM unit has better signal and sound than the Audiovox. I added the Pioneer steering wheel remote control that handles most of the functions of the remote included with the HU. CONS: The unit is smaller than the double-DIN cutout in the Volvo face plate. My installer had to use a strip of black plastic to fill in the 1/2" at the bottom of the cutout. The Pioneer XM setup does not allow you to save favorite artists or songs. The display does not scroll and there's no way to show the artist and song title at the same time. After downloading my address book to the HU, the bluetooth one day just stopped connecting with my phone and erased the entire address book and the quick-dial numbers that I had saved. I have the BT set to auto-answer, but after I receive a call, the BT continues to ring and the screen flashes incoming call for up to 15 seconds after the call is connected. After finishing the call -- the screen says 'talking' for as long as 25 seconds. The display is too bright at night. The manual says there's a dimming feature, but it doesn't work on the Volvo. I've got a week left to decide if I'm going to return this unit and go back to the stock HU, the XM Express RC and a Parrot BT unit.

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    Nice, Except.....

    John from Anoka, MN on 1/1/2009

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    I was happy with the sound, and how easy it was to read the display. I didn't care for the amount of steps required to maneuver the multicontrol knob. With just the three lines of display, you have to use more movements to get where you are going. The bluetooth phone hook-up worked great with the Motorola Krazer that I have. HD Radio also worked great. The color photo iPod that I have didn't work with this unit, so I exchanged this for a different headunit with a touchscreen to get a larger and better display of menu options. I hope this is helpful information for other shoppers trying to make their choice.

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    ROCK SOLID UNIT

    Rich from Winlock,Wa on 12/30/2008

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    WOW! Installed this unit in a 2006 Chevy Silverado w/factory BOSE. Unit works GREAT and sounds even BETTER. Controls take a little getting used to.Ipod controls are NICE!.(Use your own Ipod sync cable no need to buy Pioneer's). Paired a Blackberry Curve via bluetooth with no problems. This unit is a GREAT buy if you want bluetooth,Ipod control ,extra AUX inputs.

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    Excellent Stereo

    moro from Frederick, MD on 12/30/2008

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    Navigating the menus really isn't as bad as some are saying. After you get the hang of things it all makes a certain kind of sense -- think about when you went from Medium mode to Hard mode in Guitar Hero and that orange fret was simply impossible to use -- then all of the sudden your brain figured it all out, and it became second nature and you skipped work and shredded faces for a week with your new skillz. It's kind of like that. USB NOTE: I have a tendency to test thresholds, so I bought a 500GB USB powered 2.5" portable hard drive to connect to the radio's USB input and house my MP3 collection. I found out the hard way that 500GB drives are not recognized by this Pioneer stereo. I played with partition sizes and different filesystems for a while and found that FAT32 is the filesystem of choice, and the max partition size is between 250GB and 260GB (I assume it is actually a 256GB limitation, but I was really sick and tired of repartitioning the drive for testing and didn't feel like narrowing it down any more...) Also, only the first partition on the hard drive is recognized by the stereo, so anyone who attempts to convince you that multiple partitions will yield positive results is being tricksy and false, and you should tell them to stop wasting your time or you may become cross.

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    Almost perfect

    John C. from Elkton, MD on 12/29/2008

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    I've had this for a few months now and love it. Pros: -Bluetooth. Works perfectly with my Blackberry Pearl. I love never having to take my phone out of my pocket. (Note: CallerID name didn't display until I modified every entry in my phone book to have a "1" in front of it as all my calls are long distance). Voice dial is awesome - this is dependent on your phone. -IPod. Very fast. Can sort by artist, album, genre, playlist, song. Easy to locate stuff on your ipod. -Sound. With the EQ, Loudness, Hi-pass filter, and ability to use rear speakers as subwoofer, my factory speakers have never sounded better. Cons: -Bluetooth. I bought radios for me and my wife. Returned hers because it did not work well with her Palm TREO. I blame the phone. -XM. Also bought the XM module. It only shows 1 line of info at a time - artist OR song - but not both! Keeps losing my presets, too. I took one whole star off my rating for the poor XM interface. -No preset buttons. Would be nice to have. -Display. How much more would a nicer display have added to the cost? When scrolling through your ipod some data gets cut off because of the limited display. So (for example) you can't tell the difference between "Led Zeppelin I" and "Led Zeppelin II" because the last few letters get chopped off. -No pause button. Why? Has mute, though. Overall though, it's a great radio for the price.

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    I don't care for this one.

    David from Afton, VA on 12/17/2008

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    Installed with Sirius receiver & interface (CD-SB10). Great looking but... The USB and AUX jacks are on the back and have to be brought out with extension cables. The unit has presets, but no preset buttons on the head unit. (There are preset buttons on the remote.) To set/use the presets isn't too bad, though. Just press north or south on the nav wheel. Or press "Disp" to see 3 (of your 6) presets, then select where you want to go. Well actually, that's the way it works when set to "Tuner". When set to "Sirius", none of that works. (So far, I've been able to figure out how to set/use satellite presets only via the remote. I am still mystified about how to do it at the head unit.) It seems to me that the selecting satellite channels should be done the same way that selecting tuner channels is done. Why on Earth would they be different? There is no "off" button That I can find. The best I can do is press "mute" to turn the sound off and then press-and-hold "clock" to turn the display off. The unit supports a whole bunch of sources. Tuner, CD, Telephone, a couple of AUX-ins, USB in, Satellite. But so far, I've got only two of them hooked up (Tuner and satellite). So why does the "source" button have to cycle through all possible sources? Can't it just recognize when a signal is not present and skip those sources? All in all, Pioneer has totally blown the human engineering with this one. Too bad. Because it is great looking! [sigh]

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    Amazing Receiver

    John from San Antonio on 12/15/2008

    2003 Mazda Protege
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    Crutchfield rocks!!! Great support, Fast shipping, fair prices! I have this receiver with 4 pioneer A series speakers (6x8"s and 6x9"s), Awesome Sound! I decided to install it myself, very simple installation. I find it very easy to use, unlike most people (if you play video games you'll have no problem handling it) although i do find some features are hidden so you have a choice of reading the manual or spending hours upon hours playing with it to use it at its full potential (I choose playing with it for hours). Bluetooth Rocks! I bought this with the understanding that it would NOT pair with my Palm Centro BUT that was not the case, It paired first try and hasn't given me any trouble at all! I plan on adding a massive USB hard drive but I cant seem to get a solid answer on whats compatible with it. All in all-buy it. :)

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    Keith from Baltimore, MD on 12/13/2008

    2003 Subaru Forester
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    I don't know why other buyers had a problem with this unit. Installation was a breeze, phone paired with no problems. Ipod controls are great. Considering that other radios charge extra for a bluetooth phone adapter, this one is a bargain. I checked around for a better price but when Crutchfield gives free shipping and all the installation gear, you don't need to buy someplace else. That's why I'm a loyal Crutchfield customer. Keith

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    Brian from Atlanta, GA. on 12/12/2008

    I bought this a couple months ago, and I can easily say this was an absolute steal for a headunit lacking DVD/Navigation. Bluetooth was a bit of a hassle to set up (with a Razr2 v9m), but it was well worth it. The sound is crystal clear on both ends, and even mutes any music you're listening to while taking a call, and there's also auto-answer so it's completely hands-free. I have a 6th gen iPod hooked up to the unit, and it works like a charm. You can navigate through the headunit yourself and you can set it to navigate with the iPod instead if that's more comfortable with you. It will also charge the iPod, so unless I'm putting music on it stays in my car. Sound Retriever also is a beastly feature and it allows me to store so much more music without worrying about quality. Even with factory speakers it sounds great. I don't have HD Radio/XM/Sirius on this yet, but I'm currently looking into buying a tuner for it, which I am looking forward to implementing. My only real criticisms of the headunit lies within user-friendliness and the manual, and the fact that the color cannot be changed. The manual is on a CD in PDF format and won't serve much use on-the-road unless you keep a laptop with you (or are willing to sacrifice 80 pages). Even the most basic controls you'd find in any headunit require at least a week to get used to, not to mention the rotary knob is easily scratched (though from what I've heard it can be fixed just as easily).

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    iPhone? iPod? You'll Love it!

    Chad from Minnesota on 12/3/2008

    2005 Ford Mustang
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    I've had my unit for 6 months. Been using it with a 5th gen iPod and recently purchased an iPhone. It works with the iPhone as good as the iPod. Bluetooth is awesome for taking calls. This unit has lots of options for tayloring sound to your liking especially if you have a subwoofer. One drawback that it took me a while to realize can be overcome is the speed at which you scroll through a list of albums, artists, or songs. Since you cannot control 5th gen from the iPod itself (you don't learn this until reading the manual), you must use the HU, and it takes a lifetime. However, I recently came across the feature that allows you to scroll the alphabet very quickly. So if you are looking at your list of artists, you push the List button on the HU and it brings up an alphabet search. Just dial to the letter of the alphabet you want, and push the dial in. Now you can dial through the "L's" to find the artist you are seeking. Very fast. I love the three lines of text, the remote, and the fact that bluetooth is built in. This unit is really a great value overall. I have not been able to get BlueTooth audio to work with my iPhone, but trying to get help from Pioneer to determine if it is supposed to be compatible. Their support leaves a lot to be desired after working with Crutchfield. Happy Holidays!

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    Don't Buy FH-P8000BT for it's Bluetooth Features

    deh302 from Houston, TX. on 11/22/2008

    The FH-P8000BT will NOT sync with Palm TREO smartphones. I do enjoy the USB option. Controls on unit are difficult to master. Remote control works good.

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    Awesome

    mike from beach haven NJ on 11/22/2008

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
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    This is an awesome stereo. I agree with everyone about the controls being a little annoying to get use to. But once you do this, thing is great. Its sounds great even with the stock speakers. But I will be replacing them soon. Im still working on the bluetooth part. It works, I just am having a hard-time uploading the phone book info. Crutchfields directions are awesome as usual. I cant say that about Pioneers manual which is on cd. Not very helpful in trying to figure out why I cant download the phonebook. But I will figure it out and I will love everything again.

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    Good Head Unit, but not Great

    Anonymous from Des Moines, IA on 11/21/2008

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    Unit works flawlessly and deffinatley sounds better than the stock HU. My samsung sync phone hooked up without any problems. It was a little challenging getting used to operating the features which the manual is must read for that. The only problem I have with this HU is that there is no dimmer. It is bright at night, but it does have a display off feature that helps.

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    Hey Skeptics....EXCELLENT BUY!!

    George from Atlanta, GA on 11/20/2008

    CAR: '02 Honda Accord Sedan PHONE: Original iPhone LENGTH OF OWNERSHIP: 24hrs Snyopsis: I am a very skeptical person. It literally takes me a week to research a product that I'm interested in before I buy...this one took 3 days. Why? I could vouch for Pioneer's quality and I read all 57 reviews of the product before I bought. My main concern was will it work with the ORIGINAL iPhone - Answer:YES! Pros: Easy phone pairing. Perfect fit. Excellent Sound Quality. Currently I have stock speakers...when I tell you they sound like aftermarket speakers after installing the 8000BT, I'm not kidding! I ordered a set of Infinity component speakers and Pioneer 6x9's to replace the stock speakers...I can only imagine the crisp quality I'll be hearing once installed!! One last note, if you have steering wheel controls in your car, I highly recommend getting the PAC SWI strg control. If you're used to controlling your radio by hand, the wireless remote included is very handy. Cons: Learning how to use/program this unit is a beast. Since there are only a few buttons on the faceplate, the obvious buttons required to set basic features aren't so obvious. I HIGHLY recommend reading the manual...you'll never figure it out on your own, trust me. I hate that the manual didn't come with the product, you have to download it and/or print it from a computer.

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    A great choice

    platinum GLI from Kingston, NY on 11/15/2008

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    I was looking to get Bluetooth and USB in my 06 VW GLI. This seemed to be the ticket. My Crutchfield advisor was awesome and directed me well. He made certain all parts were included to get the steering wheel functions to mate up properly. My installer, who is a Pioneer dealer, said this was one of the sweetest HU's he has seen for my car and for my needs; being BT and USB. I also have an Infinity powered sub and stock speakers. The HU makes it all sound as if everything was upgraded. I loaded some music files onto a flash drive and just plugged it into the USB connector installed into my console. How awesome, you can scroll through very quickly and crank out your favorites easily. I am a non-tech, and this was installed last night, so I cannot comment on the user-friendliness yet. All in all, very satisfied to stop burning CD's and to be on the phone hands-free, driving safely with excellent tunes.

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    Jared from Spearman, TX on 11/12/2008

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    Great product. Bluetooth works great both audio device and phone. USB extremely handy. Great looks... nearly factory. 4 of 5 stars because of owners manual on cd rom (very unhandy unless you've previously owned another pioneer deck recently) and blue illumination. Ive never seen blue dash lights in a vehicle. If illumination was color adjustable this deck would be perfect. Install is fairly involved with mic wire, usb cable, aux input cable and what not. All in all very pleased. If pioneer comes out with new model with color adjustable illumination I will buy it.

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    worth every penny

    Vahan from Glendale, CA on 11/12/2008

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    I got this stereo for my 05 chevy Silverado. With no ON STAR and NO BOSS system. It took me about 5 to 6 hours to install this with HD radio Pioneer GEX-P10HD And chime and the steering control interface. As this was the first time I ever did this kind of work. The only problem I have is that, I can't find the steering control interface on the truck to wire it up but I will give crutchfield a call today. All the instruction crutchfield provided was right on except for the interface which is like another language for me. I got tired of trying to find the right wire and I hooked up everything else together and it sounds out standing. After 30 min. of foundling with the stereo I got my blackberry pearl flip connected. It loaded my phone book right up too with no problem. I rune the mic wire under the gage panel out the side under by the fuse panel and up under the molding the goes from you dash to your sun wiser. And place the mic at the top of the molding. All the calls I made and received are clear. I-pod controls are out standing too. I just have to find out how to get it off the shuffle mode I push the button on the head unit. I'm shore I will get the operation of the head unit down once I lay with the thing more. (I guess it will help if I read the 80 page instruction manual that's on the CD) overall it's a grate unit it even woke up my factory speakers.

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    Great unit, better service

    Doug from Indianapolis, IN on 11/12/2008

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    This radio has solved several issues of my issues all at once. The only downside is that changing settings is not super intuitive and requires going to the manual. This has been noted by several other reviewers, but its enough of an issue that I think it bears repeating. For fellow my Apple Nerds, my iPhone works great with the Bluetooth phone feature and transferring phone numbers is a snap. I have found that using my old iPod as the USB device and just using the iPhone as a phone with the radio works best. I installed this radio myself with the assistance of the master sheets included for my 2003 Pathfinder. I have always been intimidated by wiring harnesses in the last, but in this case the instructions provided were thorough and clear. Crutchfield support could not have been more friendly and helpful throughout the process from pre-sale questions to advice on installation and help solving an installation issue that had nothing to do with the equipment purchased or information provided. So, overall I would repeat the title and say that this is a great radio that does many things, and the service from Crutchfield made the whole process enjoyable.

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    very happy with this head unit

    fernando from everett, wa on 11/6/2008

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    i've read that some people have trouble transferring phone numbers to the h/u. I ran into the same problems and called up Crutchfield (on a Sunday!) and they helped me out. With my phone (verizon wireless LG VX8550 chocolate) it turns out the way to do it is the "phonebook transfer" option (instead of "phonebook download"). I was able to "push" from the phone to the h/u only the names/numbers that I need/use more often. worked great! I added the HD radio unit (Pioneer GEX-P10HD) and the sound quality is great! I especially like the secondary channel that most stations in the greater Seattle area are broadcasting. great looks, awesome sound, lots of input options, good value overall.

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    Dimitri from Fresno, CA on 11/4/2008

    2000 Honda Accord
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    I have heard nothing but great things with the bluetooth reception on the receiving end with this unit. The main reason I chose Pioneer was because they have awesome radio reception. The super tuner IIID is far superior than kenwood/alpine. I like the way the ipod connects and you can adjust the frequencies seperately for each source. Very simple install on my 2000 Accord, looks great and is very good in sound quality.

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    Two words "love it"

    91 legend from St.Louis,Mo on 11/3/2008

    1991 Acura Legend
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    I have a 91 Acura legend, that I was tring to keep the factory dash look and this radio was it. I love the huge three line display, and the syn function to my iPhone. The USB port was a wonderful addition I have over 200cd's that I can download and listen to, without the mess of cd's in the car. I have had this radio for about 2 weeks still haven't learned every yet! This is a great radio and would reconmed this radio as a must to have!

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    Sebastian from Chicago, IL on 10/23/2008

    2004 Ford Mustang
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    This receiver had everything I wanted without everything I don't. The controls are simple, but it does take some getting used to. The only thing it's missing is a pause button. I've had it for like 4 weeks now and i can't figure out how to pause the music. I saw the pause function once,.. but I don't remember how to get back to it. I still havn't figured out how to set the clock. but at the same accord i havn't checked the manual yet becuase it didn't come with a paper manual,.. just a manual on CD.

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    Michael from Central New York on 10/20/2008

    I got the radio for my 2007 Toyota Solara. It has improoved the sound quality in the car. I have a set of kicker 6.75inch speakers in the front doors and the stock 6x9's in the rear deck. One of the things I really like about this radio is that I was able to set it so only low frequencys would go to the rear speakers. The bluetooth works with my samsung A707 (SYNC) phone and I haven't had any problems listening to mp3's on my usb flash drive. I'm also using a pac swi ps so i could keep the steering wheel controles. The only downside I've found so far is that it took quite a bit of getting used to for the controles of the radio. Like others have said, it can be confusing at first.

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    FH-P8000BT , Don't let low price fool you.

    Dan from Victorville, California on 10/17/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this deck about a month ago, and had it installed by a local shop. This system I feel is VERY advanced for the $$. The Double DIN format is very nice and clean looking, especialy in my 07 KIA Optima. The central control knob is very intuitive. The menu structure is easy to use, even bluetooth. Sound in very clear and accurate in all sources. The CD transport is outstanding for a mid- priced unit. I feel this is a very intelligent choice if the PRS series is out of your reach, or size(Double DIN) is an issue for you as it was for me. The audio adjustments are very easy for me to use to tailor the sound for just about any source material. This equilizer is better than may I have tried on other units. The flexibility of the unit is second to none and deserves consideration in the most advanced elaborate set up. I bought this thing just thinking it woud 'get me by' until I could afford a navigation unit that would go with the rest of my insane system. But I think I will enjoy this one for a very long time. I am running JL ZR seperates in the front(WOW!) VR series in the back, with amplification (similar to Slash series by JL) 2 amps 1 for subs, one 4 channel(80x4) for highs and another amp delivering 1200 watts RMS going into 2 10" JL W6's in a 1 cubic foot slot loaded enclosure apeace. There is over 1500 watts of power driving this beast. This thing is insane and I love it.

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    Dang near perfect

    GBot from Columbus, OH on 10/16/2008

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport

    Good: Bluetooth works very easily with my T-Mobile Wing (Windows Mobile), and A2DP (stereo Bluetooth) sounds FAR superior to the other two Bluetooth car audio products I've tried. If you're having A2DP quality issues and you feel comfortable editing your phone's registry, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Bluetooth\A2DP\Settings and delete the two entries for MinBitPool and MaxBitPool (parameters that limit the quality of the streaming music in order to reduce the workload on your phone). Google for more info. All other "Good" things about this product have been outlined in other reviews, and I agree with them :) Bad: In random mode, clicking next track takes you to the "next track," rather than the next RANDOM track. Horribly annoying thing that has bothered me since the Pioneer 6 disc changer I bought in high school. Other: Rub some lip balm over any blemishes on its shiny front, then buff it off with a soft cloth. Viola, shiny and perfect again! If you're going to connect an external hard drive to the USB port, it supports up to 250 GB, but must be formatted as FAT32 filesystem. Many drives come pre-formatted like this, but if yours isn't, try Fat32Formatter (Google it) to get the job done, because the built-in disk formatting in Windows won't format disks over 30 GB to FAT32. However, my external drive didn't work (I think it may just be underpowered) and haven't had time to troubleshoot this. Whatever, my 8GB thumb drive does a great job.

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    Great Sound, Good Looks, Every Source Possible

    David from Madison, AL on 10/15/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am completely satisfied with this receiver. The install process was problem free. It sounds great and has plenty of EQ options to adjust to all my tastes. The list of sources are impressive. I am using USB, Sirius Radio, MP3 CD's, Bluetooth Telephone and Bluetooth Audio all with no hassle connecting and setting up input devices. I was particularly pleased with the ease of pairing and using my Samsung Blackjack II cell phone. The external microphone (mine is mounted on the visor) provides much better sound quality than mikes in the receiver face. The FH-P8000BT looks very clean with its minimalist, multi-function controls but therein is my only criticism. There is a learning curve on using the more advanced aspects of this receiver. Keep the manual in the glove box the first couple of weeks. You will need it. The radio is not really hard to use but the poorly written manual is hard to figure out.

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    BigWorm from Virginia Beach, VA on 10/14/2008

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    For me, this radio was the perfect buy. I wanted Bluetooth, iPod compatibility, HD Radio, and Double-DIN form factor. This radio has it all! Well, when you add the HD tuner that is :) ! Anyway. Check other manufacturers offerings. Most of them have the iPod connection and Bluetooth as an extra purchase, this one was built in. All I had to add was the HD Radio tuner. Everything works perfectly. iPod is fully integrated, and the radio's translation of the clickwheel is very intuitive. You'll pick it up very quickly. All other functions are easily understood. Learning curve for me was very quick, as it was for my wife. Bluetooth functionality works great. Immediately recognized both our phones. Bonding was without problem, and both phones downloaded address books into the stereo. Before you ask, they're a Blackberry Curve 8330 and a Motorola W385 Adventure. HD Radio works quite well. Immediately locks on if the signal is in range, and the transition back to analog is immediate if HD signal is lost, unlike others. HD Radio range is shorter than analog, so I don't blame the tuner for losing lock. Wiring up in my 2005 Ford Mustang was very easy. I was done in two hours. You can't go wrong here. If you don't need navigation (I didn't) and don't need a full-size touchscreen (I didn't), this is probably the best available.

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    Mike from Orcutt, CA on 10/8/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is a unit packed full of great features at a reasonable price. (I also added the Pioneer HD tuner which sounds great and allows for radio station text-display on HD stations) This unit appealed to me for the iPod connectivity and built-in blue-tooth. The blue-tooth took me several unsuccessful attempts to connect my Verizonwireless env phone but after contacting tech support and being advised to allow the head unit to locate the phone as opposed to having the phone sync with the unit I was able to pair the two. Every time I turn on the head unit now the two connect w/o any glitches. I have not been successful in downloading the phone book to the head unit yet. The unit has a learning curve that I am still trying to master. Searching for tracks on an iPod isn't as easy as I had hoped and the unit will not display the time/date while displaying the track/artist.(one or the other) Although the unit isn't a perfect blend of what I had hoped for I would still recommend it to anyone looking for the features it offers at a very reasonable price.

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    Not bad unit...

    ANDREW from San Diego, Ca on 9/12/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Functions on my unit are great to have..esp HD radio. Controls are not intuitive at all..be prepared to take a week or so to get used to it. Printing manual was not a big deal, and instructions are adequate. Im having a problem with downloading all my telephone book at once..want to avoid doing one at a time..200 ph #s is too many to do individually! I have a Razr V3 from T mobile.

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    kl1956 from Anaheim,CA on 9/8/2008

    2002 Ford Mustang
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    Im very pleased with this unit,it replaced a Kenwood x591 that was kind of ok,but the Pioneer is a lot easier to use and once your get your cell phone to pair with the unit the bluetooth works fantastic.A big thank you to the staff at Crutchfield for all their help.The only drawback that i found was having to down load a 80 page operation manual.If you have a problem pairing your cell phone just go to Pioneers web site and find this unit and get their instructions.This when into a 02 Mustang GT and the installation was a breeze.

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    William from CT on 9/6/2008

    I stopped and had Crutchfield install this in my 2001 Subaru, they did a great Job, but I checked BlueTooth pairing with my Verizon Casio G'z One and it would not pair. I had them remove it and restore the Original OEM radio as I needed to continue with my trip to Connecticut. They did a great job installing and restoring the Radio's and spent about 2 hours trying to "pair it up", but could not. We even went inside and verified the phone would pair up with other brands, which it did. But no adapters were available for install at that time.

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    mike from cincinnati, ohio on 9/5/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    performance of this unit is great. The interface is a little challenging, but if you can use an I-pod you can figure this out. The 100 page manual is a little daunting at first, but after you play around it is not bad. Bluetooth is good, the i-pod controls work great. Installation a breeze in my Honda.

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    Glenn from Los Angeles,CA on 8/30/2008

    Got this unit a week ago, and didn't install it till recently. This is a great great unit. I use it primarily for bluetooth and ipod connectivity. As far as installation I wouldn't know if it's hard or not because I had it professionally installed. But the performance is amazing. The bluetooth feature is really easy to use. The reception is very clear on both ends and the auto answer is a great feature because you don't really have to press anything. I have a the original iphone and it works great. The ipod feature is really great also. Works like my old receiver (alpine) but even better. What's really amazing about this is the audio options ex: bass, subwoofer, and equalizer options. It really improves the sound in my car. I have stock speakers in my 2001 Honda Accord and it sounds like I got the entire system changed. The only cons I have is the user interface. it can be a bit confusion at first, but after you go through the instruction manual and just sit in the car and fiddle with it, you start to get the idea of how it works. I highly recommend this in any car.

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    Ronnie from Asheboro, NC on 8/28/2008

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this product from Crutchfield about 3 weeks ago and installed it myself. With the instructions they gave me it was real easy to install. The unit itself works perfect. I really love the Bluetooth on this unit. It answers the phone automaticaly and you never have to touch anything. The USB for my I-Pod is great because it charges it as it plays. I can recomend this unit to anyone who needs Bluetooth in their car.

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    Marc from Boise, ID on 8/25/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this head unit. It's very attractive, and has a host of features, and it works very well. However, there are some things I don't like about it. First, it's not very intuitive. I was able to figure out the basics, but you definitely need to plan to read the manual multiple times for many of the functions. Another weird quirk, if you've got a bunch of songs and you're on random, it will jump to another random song when the previous song ends. However, if you don't feel like the random song to which it jumped, and you click the next track button, it doesn't just jump to a new random song. It goes to the next track. Also - I don't really like the display options. For example, when connected to the USB flash drive, it says "USB Folder 1 Track 124" or something for the top line, then you can vary the 2nd and 3rd lines to say things like artist name and track title, file name and time played, etc etc. However, if you want the time of day displayed, you can only do that by completely omitting any of the song information. I like having the time displayed but would much rather omit the track number than the song title. It's possible some of these quirks have fixes that I've yet to find in the cumbersome online manual. Overall, the unit is great, and works perfectly in doing what it's supposed to do, but really could use some improvements in software. I'd buy it again.

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    Ruben from Gurabo, PR on 8/23/2008

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I connect the Pioneer FH-P8000BT the same day I receive it and find that it is a very good unit. The sound is good and the ability to adjust it is excellent, thanks to the built in 7 band equalizer. The bluetooth capability are excellent and works very well with my Motorola cellular phone. I like so much the blue display and the bright of it are good enough. The iPod control are excellent I set it to random my iPod music collection and with the remote is very easy to skip a song, also the information of the song and artist in the display are good. Before I decided to buy this unit I read the available reviews for it. Some of this reviews mention the difficult to setup this unit and that the manuals are on a CD. I found that the manual are very good and have all I need to configure my unit, I make a quick reading on my computer and see that all set up is manage by the multi-control bottom in the center of the unit. Good, I set up my unit in a few minutes. My only complaint about this unit is that it need a filter to avoid the little hum it make when there is a pause in the music source. My older unit don't do that and I don't know what the problem is, but that not very important to me. It is really a very good unit and I recommended to everyone.

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    Great features, lousy manual

    Karen from Sturbridge, MA on 8/10/2008

    2002 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My factory installed radio was dying and I got this as a replacement. This is basically Microsoft's Sync for those who don't own a new Ford/Lincoln/Mercury. Love all the features, but it is not user friendly and the manual is horrible. Overall, I'd recommend it, but be prepared to spend some time getting to know your new Pioneer stereo.

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    Stan from Chula Vista, CA on 8/7/2008

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit! I installed it in my '07 Miata and it looks great with the included mounting kit. iPod controls are easy once you learn the basics. Initial connection of my phone was not very intuitive but, once connected, it's rock solid. The phone automatically connects every time. The unit downloaded my entire phone book from the phone without a problem. It's easy to select a name from the list. Sound quality of the phone is very good. Sound quality from the iPod is excellent. FM reception is very good. Considering all of the integrated features, the controls work very well. Installation Notes: 1: My Miata had the Bose audio system installed which uses an external amplifier. Though the installation notes don't mention it, I had to connect the harness' blue/white wire which is used to switch on power to the Bose amplifier. 2. I also bought and installed the PAC steering wheel controls adapter. It required splicing into the factory wiring, which I was very reluctant to do. If pins 9 & 10 of the included factory harness adapter had been wired, I could have connected the steering wheel adapter wires to the harness adapter rather than splicing into the factory harness. If you want to avoid splicing to the factory harness, buy a spare harness adapter that you can rob a couple of pins and wires from to plug into the adapter that you wire to the harness.

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    Keith from PA on 7/27/2008

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Feature wise, this is a great receiver. It offers, IPOD, bluetooth, CD, and radio functions. The reason I knocked of 2 stars is because it does NOT have RDS and it has an absolutely horrid user interface. I am both an electrical and software engineer. I had to spend a lot of time with the manual in order to figure out how to get all the features working. The user interface on it is about as NON intuitive as you can get. Oh yeah, the manual is terrible as well. The manual on CD did not seem to jive with the firmware in my system. I usually like having manuals in electronic format, however, this means that you either print out the whole thing on your own printer, or you drag a laptop out to the vehicle. The unit sounds great, but is terribly difficult to operate.

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    Sweet and simple

    Rick from new york on 7/27/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to replace my previous unit (valor). As with all purchases you get what you pay for. Well i'm glad I got this unit . It is pretty simple to install and crutchfield makes it even easier. Add-ons are plenty and sounds great with even factory speakers. great product.. only wish it had video.

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    Seth from WV on 7/18/2008

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace factory head unit in my 04 F-150 and so far it has been great. The receiver looks great and is fairly easy to use. I know there are reviews stating that this particular receiver is very complicated and not very intuitive, but I have had very few problems. I have had to refer to the manual which is only on disc a few times but it was no big deal. The bluetooth feature is great, I love using the stereo and the included mic rather than using a bluetooth headset. As others have mentioned Pioneer does not do a great job of telling you which phones are compatible but they do say most will work with this unit. I read reviews stating that windows smartphones would not work with this unit but that is false (in my case). I have an At&t Tilt and it works great. Now, I had to add a program (JETware) to my phone to allow the phonebook to sync with the receiver but that was no big deal. Other than the phonebook, the BT audio and BT calling was fine when I first synced the phone. I also hooked my Sirius Sportster 5 to the unit using the Aux 1 input on the back. This arrangement gives me the clarity that the FM Modulator in the Sportster did not get. The unit also works well with my classic iPod controlling it almost the same way as the click wheel. My summary of this receiver is, it is a good receiver with great sound and a lot of features for a good price.

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    Mookie from Right here ....in front of my computer on 7/15/2008

    I won't go into all the details about what formats this unit plays but mainly just a heads up to those who are in my situation wondering if their phone is supported or not. In short, the LG Shine works great. Unfortunately, Pioneer USA does not keep a list of compatible phones as they do in Europe. Its a gamble when you buy a bluetooth capable unit if your phone will work or not. For transferring contacts; from the HU, select the "transfer" mode which puts the HU in standby, and from the phone, transfer the contacts one by one as a vcard via bluetooth. The BT Audio from my phone works well too.

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    Steve from Georgetown, IN on 7/14/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, the service I received with purchase and installation of the Pioneer FH-P8000BT CD Receiver was outstanding, just as it has always been in the 20 plus years I've been doing business with Crutchfield. PROS: This receiver offers great sound, numerous options for tweeks, easy bluetooth setup, and looks great in my dash (2006 Ford Freestyle). The FM/AM section is far better than Sony's (previous experience) and I'm pleased with it to date. The newer style of controls were a bit less intuitive than I would have preferred, but once you get them down, they do the job very well. The CD section performs very well with regular CD's and my MP3's. My cell phone works with via the bluetooth, without issue. CONS: Even when I finally found a lead to connect the dimmer (Display) to, it unit is still a bit too bright. Why a bit more control isn't given the user with dimming (all mfg'rs) leaves me wondering. Also, I dislike the manual being on CD and even then, it's not well written, but adequate. I am disappointed that Pioneer hasn't added HD Radio as a standard feature yet. Add-ons only serve to make them more money (and retailers) when this SHOULD be included. Time will tell if I will added the HD radio or not. Overall, I'd purchase this radio again, but PIONEER.....please offer more a more flexible brightness control and a few of the standard dash colors in addition to the blue (which looks nice but doesn't match my dash), and ADD HD Radio as a standard feature!

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    Mike from Houston, TX on 7/7/2008

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    Purchased the receiver for my 2003 Tahoe and so far I am pleased. It is working well and as advertised but still learning the controls and functions. The install was fairly involved because my Tahoe has the Bose system but not OnStar. Crutchfield was familiar with the configuration and recommended the On Star interface unit to go between the radio and factory, backend electronics. The interface module was ~$50 which was a good price compared to the prices I heard locally. I decided to keep my steering wheel radio controls so Crutchfield recommended a steering wheel interface module. The interface required locating a limegreen wire in the steering column wiring harness (note: located just below the steering wheel on the firewall). The interface (PAC SWI-PS)instructions that came with it were not that clear but there were Tahoe-Specific instructions on their web site. The radio works great especially the Bluetooth phone interface. I have a Blackberry Pearl 8130 and the radio paired easily with the phone. To take a phone call, you just press one button (the main one in the middle of the radio) and your call is heard thru the radio speakers. The call shuts down the current programming which returns after the call ends. The radio paired also with my newere iPod but is having trouble with my older iPod mini. Still working on that right now. Overall, very happy and thanks to Crutchfield for excellent support on the install !!

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    gf667 from N. California on 7/7/2008

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit in my 01 Nissan Pathfinder. This unit is the best sounding deck I have heard. Even my professional installer (a friend) couldn't believe how great it sounds. It paired instantly with my Blackberry Curve phone. I added a single 10" sub in the back (not for "kicking" but just added bass, and WOW!!. My factory deck (full Bose system) sounded soooo good I didn't want to change it, until my 6 disk changer died. I am sooo glad it did, this sounds BETTER than my Bose. And the seperate harness for Nissan Bose, all we did was unplug the Bose and plug in the Pioneer. Buy this unit, it rocks..now if gas were only cheaper,I could really enjoy driving.

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    Geoff from Fredericksburg Virginia on 7/2/2008

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

    I installed this car receiver myself with many suggestions from Crutchfield and it looks great. I am still learning to operate it. It is more complex than the original unit, but it has way more capabilty. It does tend to lose connection to my bluetooth Iphone for no apparent reason, and I have not been able to get my Iphone to connect by bluetooth for audio playback. (maybe the Iphone doesn't play music over bluetooth). It works like a charm connecting through usb, and I really like being able to control the music on my Iphone through the receiver itself. The instructions stated that it could playback music from an mp3 player with the addition of an additional usb to rear inputs module. Unfortunately it doesn't work with my Zen. Overall I am very happy with the car receiver and would recommend it to anyone with a large oem radio (double din) they want to replace.

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    gajtguy from Philly on 6/29/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my factory unit with this Pioneer, and it is simply amazing! I was looking for a double DIN model and a unit that could play all of the modern audio formats. I mean iPod, Bluetooth, and some aux in's should just about cover that, right? This unit sounds great. Being a gadget freak, I was happy to know there were so many available functions, but through a very simple interface. Mostly everything is done with the joystick. I got it up and running without consulting the manual, but had a real tough time setting the clock. I love a challenge, but had to actually look this answer up. Yup, it was a simple fix. Currently having trouble getting a USB hard drive to work. It's about 50/50 right now. Gonna post in the forum for this one though. All-in-all, 100% happy with this purchase through Crutchfield.

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    Michael from Roseville, MI on 6/24/2008

    I am absolutley blown away by this receiver. The Pioneer replaced a two-year-old Kenwood unit who's display decided to quit working. Despite the obvious frustration of the Kenwood, this Pioneer receiver blows it out of the water in every way. The sound quality is amazing. I didn't believe sound quality could be affected this much by the receiver, especially between two big-name aftermarket units. It is though. I've never heard music this nicely in my vehicle. The interface is a bit confusing at first, but quickly becomes second nature. Every feature works great, from MP3 playback to Bluetooth. Unlike what others have said, I haven't found the illumination brightness to be any worse than other aftermarket receivers. My only gripe comes in the faceplate. The shiney surface certainly shows smudges ( I recommend keeping a microfiber cloth in the glovebox for quick cleaning), but it is also easily scratched. I am developing circular scratches around the volume control knob from fingernails grazing the faceplate when adjusting the volume.

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    rebecca from LaCrosse WISCONSIN on 6/20/2008

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

    This units replaced my original and it was an incredible difference. Great sound right out of the box with no adjustments. The mid range and bass are great quality. The Ipod functions work quickly and easily. Overall, VERY impressed and I would highly recomend. cons: Had to print out the mannual (all 80 pages) ! A little hard to figure out how to make changes at first but it became easy after a little practice.

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    G-10 from Las Vegas, Nevada on 6/19/2008

    This Pioneer receiver is an outstanding aftermarket item. The install is a liitle tough on a Toyota Tacoma, but not impossible. Make sure you get the steering wheel controller kit in your vehicle is equipped. Makes the operation of unit sweet. The Bluetooth is great. I placed the mic at the left of the sun visor on the clip that came in the package. I am a little concerned about the sun's effect on it at this location, but it is out of the way and works great. I have only one regret. I wish that it was easier to use the pre-sets. You have to use the remote to set them and administer their use. Pioneer should add these to the unit. Buy one of these and enjoy the sweetness of a complete package.

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    Alex from OC, CA on 6/17/2008

    2005 Scion tC

    For the money this is a great feature packed unit. I installed one of these in a Scion tC over the weekend. Install was very easy and everything worked perfectly. Much improved sound over the stock stereo. The bluetooth works well and the ipod control works very well. Some controls take a little getting used to but it is like that with any new stereo. Overall I highly recommend this stereo for a double DIN install. It has some of the best feature for the $ especially with lots of the new hands free cell phone usage laws that are being enforced soon.

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    rob from Miami on 6/5/2008

    I was on the fence about this unit, after reading reviews on it I decided to purchase it. I like everything about it but the brightness. I made sure i connected the illum line correctly after reading these reviews but it is still pretty bright. Other than that, the EQ is self explaintory, but took me a few hours to dial everything in with the separate sub line. Bluetooth works great as long as the mic is pointing at you at all times, (which there is an echo control) I put a 4gb USB stick in and I plug my laptop in the AUX IN for movies instead of paying more for a 6.5" screen, I can watch my 15.7 laptop screen and hear everything thru my car stereo. With that being said, I like that its plain and simple packed with features. Thieves are looking for touch screens and this unit looks like a plain OE unit. (remote control is very handy when dialing in everything) Looks great in my 99 Civic and i get compliments on it since i bought it.

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    Anonymous from Merrimack, NH on 5/31/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. Lots of features, plenty of power, tons of options, 7-band EQ. Perfect fit in my 2001 Odyssey. Cons (minor): Complicated! You really need to refer to the manual (pdf). Blue is the only display color, would have been nice to have other colors to blend in with the factory lighting. The presets seem awkward at first, but you get used to them. Pros: FM reception is good. Separate EQ settings for each source, and you have two custom settings. Tons of flexibility. USB works great, added a 8GB stick and I now have 1200+ tunes (with full text on the display)! Don't really need the CD at all! The BT is touchy, sometimes takes several times to get it to connect. It did download the address book though. Best thing about the address book is that it will give the caller name when it rings. Trying to dial with this unit is too complicated. Still, receiving calls, the mic, and the sound are great, and thats what I wanted it for. You can always dial the phone manually (voice dialing works once you find out you need to hold down the band key). The dash kit is necessary on my Odyssey.

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    Tom from Atlanta on 5/23/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I added the HD adapter and it is just great sounding music. Even AM sounds better. I downloaded some MP3 files to a memory stick and plugged that into the USB cable and it displayed the folders,Albums Artist etc which is very cool. The bluethooth is awesome. As soon as I get into the car it pairs up with the phone. The AUX input I used with a old IPOD and it sounded just ok. Overall I am very happy with this radio.

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    mikemike64055 from Independence, MO on 5/22/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just received this stereo on May 5th and I installed it myself. Easy as pie very self explainatory. I have a 2007 chevy trailblazer lt. I also bought a sirius radio box for my pioneer and a universal tuner. I am very pleased with everything, the only problem I had is with the blue tooth adapter it was difficult to install with out calling pioneer and finding out that i had to download software to my tmobile shadow phone before it will work. After doing that everything else was a easy. love my new stereo

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    Eric from Queens, NY on 5/22/2008

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a double din for my '05 F150 with iPod connectivity, and I wanted a stock flat look, nothing that would attract dubious sorts of attention. This thing really looks the part and functions really well. The Good: *Pioneer Tuner *iPod connectivity much improved, including an MP3 sound expander that works *Lots of connections (3 sets of preouts: front/rear/sub, bus-in, aux in, etc) *Build quality *Built in bluetooth *Rotary knob intuitive The Cons *Tricky to get flush to dash (Ford problem, more than Pioneer's fault) *Obtuse menus: a good idea to read the manual *Cannot disable Pioneer beep sound (they really need to include this option, they never have and I don't know why) In all honesty the feature that really sold me on this unit is the bluetooth. It can important all your contacts if you want it to, and you can make phone calls using just the remote. It will also accept dials from the phone if you choose to go that route. Microphone is clear, and the echo canceling works quite well. I have this hooked to a blaupunkt amp and Infinity Kappas and the sound quality even on MP3s is quite good. Installation is a snap, Crutch sends you everything you need, so that's perfect. I've had this deck for a while and I have to say it was worth the coin. If you are looking for a double din that doesn't look really foolish and don't want to spend on a touchscreen, this really is your best bet. And lucky for you, it's a good bet.

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    Dominique from Austin, Tx on 5/20/2008

    I bought this receiver because it gives you everything you need and nothing you don't at a competitive price. I installed it in a 2005 Xterra and it was a breeze with the harness and instructions provided by crutchfield. Pros: -Bluetooth sounds great and is easy to use, easy to transfer you phonebook to the system. (easy to pair with my blackberry) -USB function is great and allows you to connect a usb drive or external hard drive to play your music -good ipod interface that uses the clickwheel to control you music ( very similar user interface as the Ipod) -good sound quality - has a great clean look. -can't beat it for the price Con's: -face smudges easily -blue display is bright at night and there is no dimmer function -it is relatively complicated to do simple things like changing the time and date -you have to buy a separate tuner to use the hd/xm radio -no radio preset buttons except for on the remote -remote is required to do certain functions like setting radio presets, so if you loose it, you're out of luck -cd-rom owners manual Most of the cons are minor and overall its a great deal and a quality product.

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    van from San Diego, CA on 5/20/2008

    2000 Nissan Frontier
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    I am mechanically challenged but the installation was very easy thanks to Crutchfield's installation sheet. I was worried about the wiring, but it was a piece of cake - about 1 hr. to install in my 2000 Nissan Frontier. I had a bit of an issue with the trim ring that came with it, but a little patience went a long way. Operating the unit is by no means intuitive. The interface is cludgy and I have to keep the manual nearby. The initial setup (setting date/time, pre- set stations, audio adjustments, etc.) took longer than the physical installation and I'm a technology guy. Bluetooth operation was easy with my Motorola V9. Incoming sound quality is excellent, but outbound voice quality is less than optimal - I'll have to experiment with microphone placement. Overall, I'm pleased with the unit. Lots of functionality integrated into one box. Sounds great, looks good in my vehicle, and now I have bluetooth and iPod capability in my truck.

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    OCDjg from Huntington Beach, CA on 5/15/2008

    I just recently purchased this headunit to replace my old factory one in my 2002 Accord and wow what a difference! The CONS: -Very bright display with no dimmer feature in sight. Its great for daytime driving, but not so much for night time driving. It will need some getting used to. -Glossy black finish looks great but tracts dust and fingerprints real easy. -EQ's are not the easiest thing to adjust. The PROS: -Fits perfectly in my double din. -Loaded with useful features. -Clean design for an almost stock look. -Controls your ipod with ease. -Bluetooth function for your phone was easy to use (I have the razr). The clarity was great and the person on the phone could actually hear me pretty clear as well. -Its HD ready. Overall, you can't go wrong with this radio. If you want a radio that is stock looking, but loaded with all features you could want just short of a navigation/dvd system, then this is the way to go. Pioneer got this one right.

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    jAsian from So California on 5/15/2008

    2008 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I shopped around, read reviews from a ton of sites, read the specs back and forth and even compared stereos from different sites. There were a few things that I was looking for when it came to investing into a new stereo for my car. It needed to be able to play multiple audio files, have some type of bluetooth capability for my iphone. I know that some bluetooth products are incompatable with the iphone and this stereo works out perfectly. I just installed it a few hours ago and have been playing around with it. so far, so good. It was my first attempt at installing a car stereo and I must say, it was fairly simple. I have an 08 toyota matrix and had to use all the adapters that came with the installation kit (which CRUTCHFIELD) was generous enought to give me for free. They didn't fit perfectly, but with a few simple mods of my own I was able to install it just fine. the mic that it comes with is 13 ft. long and i hid it behind my rearview mirror with excess cord. I highly recommend this stereo if you want an all-in-one product. what drew me to it was the blue tooth connectivity already built in to it. no $200 bluetooth kits needed and it connected very easily. It's a great product for a great price with lots of options that I haven't even looked into yet (aux, subs, etc...) but know that if I upgrade my system that I'll be able to no problem. Not to mention that it's one sexy piece of work. -jAsian

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    Ryan from Phx, AZ on 4/26/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio 2 weeks ago, I am getting the hang of it. I'm usually good when it comes to figuring out electronics but this radio is slightly difficult to figure. Since Pioneer gives you the manual on CD it is hard to look up things when you need them. I still don't know how to save presets especially since there are no preset buttons. I love the looks of the radio and I'm sure I will learn how to work with it soon. I was very disappointed when I had trouble pairing my Treo 700p with the bluetooth function. Many people are having trouble with the "Smartphones" connecting with the Pioneer radios, it is all over the forums. I tried it over 50 times before it actually worked but it has worked ever since. I have now made several phone calls and received them too. The trick that worked for me was setting the radio to search for the phone once it found the phone I pressed the knob to connect. While the radio is trying to connect to the phone set the phone to pair/connect with the radio. The instructions tell you to do one or the other and that never worked. The phone would error out and the pair function on the radio would error out. The search function on the radio however would find my phone but once found would error trying to connect. The only thing that worked was trying to connect both to each other at the same time and it finally asked me for the pass code. At this point it failed about four times until I was able to do it fast enough or with the right timing.

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    Lorene from Jensen Beach FL on 4/23/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sweet Radio - looks great in my '08 Honda - Crutchfield however recommended the Universal XM adapter and Universal XM tuner and I tried two different sets and neither one worked with radio - now they tell me there is a Pioneer XM tuner that works directly with head unit - but its out of stock! - other than that works very nice, very easy install. So will have to wait for the Pioneer XM tuner to come in!

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    Angie from Louisville, KY on 4/20/2008

    2005 Ford Five Hundred
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    Installed this unit in my 2005 Ford Five Hundred and love it. It fit perfectly in the space of factor cd changer. Love the bluetooth hands free phone. We installed the microphone to the right of the steering wheel. Calls work great. Stereo sounds great with factory speakers, can't wait to install the JL Audios purchased at the same time. Highly recommend.

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    John from Houston, TX on 4/17/2008

    2000 Nissan Altima
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    This is a truly great Head unit. It has everything I wanted in a head unit...Great look, good funcionality, XM, and Ipod adapter. Works pretty well with the ipod. You can control it with the rotary knob. My only argument is that it takes FOREVER to scroll through your songs and artists, so if you have alot of songs like I do (15,000) its takes longer to scroll through the list then it would to just take it out, create a playlist, and plug it back in. Other big argument!! It is INCOMPATIBLE with my TREO 755p bluetooth! Kinda mad about that!

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    Mike from Oneida, New York on 4/16/2008

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this head unit because I have owned other Pioneer decks & never had a problem with them. I installed this one in my '06 Mustang GT & it's a perfect fit. It also looks great without leaving a big gap like a single-DIN head unit. One of the biggest selling points for me was the 7 band EQ. Much more flexible than the 3 band EQs that most head units come with. If you've ever owned a Pioneer deck this one will be easy to figure out. If not, it's not that difficult either. It even comes with a cd-rom instruction manual. I am using it to power my four Boston Acoustic speakers teamed up with a JBL sub loaded in a Scosche custom-fit box powered by a Profile amp & the system sounds great! I may add an external amp for the four speakers down the road, but for right now it sounds awesome. The display & buttons are all a very nice blue. Since the Mustang has the "My Display" colors option, I just changed the dash lights to match. Looks nice. My only complaint is that there are no visuals or screensavers like on other Pioneer units of lesser cost. I think Pioneer should add these to this deck.

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    Mike from Columbus, OH on 4/14/2008

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver was a great purchase. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that there isn't a setting to keep the XM or iPod song title/artist visible on the display longer than a few seconds (it reverts to the date and time). But the sound quality is outstanding, the installation is super easy, and the input choices (XM, CD, USB, Bluetooth, HD radio, AM/FM, or an external source like a CD changer) are great. It's easy to use, but hang onto the instructional CD-ROM and study it until you get to know the controls. If you don't have XM yet, buy a Pioneer XM receiver as it integrates seamlessly with this receiver.

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    Michael from Austin, Texas on 4/12/2008

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wonderful head unit. Double-din that looks like it belongs. Full integration and flexibility. Was on a waiting list as this HU is brand new...glad I waited, I'm rewarded for it everyday. Trim frame is too big...working with Pioneer and Crutchfield to correct, customer service is great and very responsive!!!

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    Mikey from Ft. Worth, TX on 4/10/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like all the integrated features and I agree with the other reviews but will add a few observations not mentioned previously: I added the HD radio and it integrates well and sounds good. Since the built-in analog tuner does not have RDS, the add-on HD tuner is the only way to get text information. I also have the XM tuner and it also works well. However, only one line of the display can be changed to display station/song information; additional display options would be welcome. You can't display both channel number and channel title at the same time, for example. I'm not using an iPod but have tried both 8Gb flash and 2.5" external 40Gb USB drives. Both work great and index in only a few seconds (unlike other brands with USB). However, when a USB device is plugged in the head unit will always switch to the USB drive when powered on, regardless of what input was selected when powered off (annoying). When in random play mode on CD or USB, the up/down/left/right buttons move to the previous/next folder/track - just like random was off. In other words, the next song to play is not a randomly selected song. This is relatively annoying: other head units function as expected and select a random song/folder. A big negative is the non-changeable intense blue button color which does not match my '07 Tundra's dash at all and looks very out of place. When dimmed with the headlights, it is still way too bright and is not variable with the dimmer.

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    Stephen from East Moline, IL on 4/10/2008

    2007 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this radio for my 2007 Mustang GT with the Shaker 500 stereo. Mainly I purchased it because it matches the MyColor dash and has integrated iPod controls. But I got so much more. The sound quality is amazing. I really didn't think without changing the speakers that I would get such an increase in sound quality, but I really did. The iPod controls are very smooth. A lot smoother than expected. I haven't had a chance to try out the bluetooth yet, but from the other reviews, it sounds like it works great. I had considered the Pioneer Avic-D3, but I really didn't care about having DVD or navigation. I'm glad I chose to go with this radio. It's fantastic. I've always been a Pioneer fan for in-dash receivers, and this deck solidifies that opinion.

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    i have been blown away

    palgume from dundalk maryland on 4/10/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    lets say one thing i would never think a reciever could have to much gadgets. this one have anything you can think of starting @ bluetooth and bluetooth audio and ending on ipod and usb controls/imputs. this thing looks beautifull and classy and need i say the guys @ crutchfield came through with free mounting bracket and connecting harness (sure i had to solder some wires because i hate butt connecting) connection was a brease installed in the vehicle looked very profesional the only thing i didn't like was no manual on paper (not a big problem considering wer'e saving some trees but who takes the laptop to the car to try out an option) again not a conn just a shortcoming and not a big one at all

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    Benjamin from Long Island, NY on 4/9/2008

    Recently purchased an iPhone, so i was looking to upgrade my car's stereo to be able to both use the phone and listen to music. This unit both had ipod connectivity and bluetooth telephone(which my current stereo does not), and is also double din (as is my car). i've recently installed, so i've only had a couple days with it, so this is a first impressions review. Install: easy and straightforward if you purchase a wiring harness specific to your vehicle. it was installed in a 2005 scion tc. operation: i'll admit, this is not the most simplest of units to operate, and i have to refer to the manual frequently to learn how to perform specific functions (such as saving a pre-set radio station), which is where it lost one star for me. the multi-function dial allows for "agile" maneuverability through the unit's controls though. USB/IPOD: the unit's USB connectivity allows you to control your ipod (iphone in my case) straight through the unit. allows you to search by album, artist, playlist, etc- just as you would on the ipod itself. it also has the option to change the controls back to the ipod, if thats what you're more comfortable with. it also has an AUX input for other devices you may wish to listen to through the unit. bluetooth telephone: i paired the unit through my phone, and that was done seamlessly. calls are clear for you, and as far as i know (only used once or twice so far), its clear on the other end as well (i've asked those i've called). the unit allows you to download your contacts from the phone to the unit itself, so you can dial straight off the unit. has recent calls, and a "speed dial" list for you to choose from, in addition to selecting any contact on your phone. has the ability to handle call waiting and refusing calls as well. other: the unit comes with many audio adjustments (including the 7 channel equalizer- with several presets and 2 custom settings). with the proper adjustments, music sounds great through this unit. You can also "label" CDs, so the album name will display every time you insert that CD. my only complaint is that the display is TOO bright at night, but that can be remedied by the dimmer function (tho doesnt seem to work in my vehicle...not sure why yet), OR, you can turn off the illumination completely, which will re-illuminate if you change a setting (change track, volume, source). overall, i'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this if you're looking for bluetooth and ipod capabilities, without going into the DVD/Navi arena. the price was too good to pass up!

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    Robert from Los Angeles, CA on 3/31/2008

    2008 Honda Element LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this stereo. I needed something with iPod functionality and built-in bluetooth and this fit my needs. Pros: 1. Easy to install: since most functions are built-in, you don't need to do much to install this unit. It took me about 2 hours. 2. iPod: I hooked up my 80g iPod and this unit makes searching through it a breeze. You can search by playlist, artist, album, song title. Like the iPod itself, you can scroll through the list by title or you can scroll through the alphabet A-Z and choose a letter which will bring up that section of your iPod. This makes navigating my iPod much quicker than on my old Kenwood Excelon. 3. Appearance: This unit looks sleek and integrates into my car perfectly with the included Cruthfield kit. I have a 2008 Honda Element and the blue color of this unit matches the blue on my dash. Although it looks very nice, its appearance is understated enough that thieves will likely walk right by your car without noticing it. 3 line display makes navigating the menus easy and intuitive. The display does not wash out in bright light. 4. Quality: the central clickwheel is sturdy and seems like it will last a long time, unlike the flimsy buttons on my old stereo. 5. Sound quality: the sound quality is great through my factory speakers. CDs sound best with deep rich tones, then iPod, mp3s, then stereo. 6. Bluetooth: my iPhone synced with this unit quickly and in a few minutes my phone book was transferred to the unit. Like the iPod search function, you can scroll through your contacts by name or choose a letter of the alphabet from A-Z to access that part of your phone book directly. According to the manual, you can further categorize your contacts into fields such as work, personal, etc. but I haven't done that yet. 7. Inputs: Aux1 and 2 and USB means you can hook up just about anything. Cons: 1. When you use alphabet search for the iPod and your phone book, it can take a little time. Maybe 20 seconds? 2. The unit shows smudges easily. 3. I've only used the bluetooth twice so far and both times the other person said I sounded quiet. This may be due to the placement of my microphone (on the steering wheel). I'll have to experiment with different placements. Otherwise, everyone said I sounded great with no echo or wind noise. I'm very happy with this stereo. If you're looking for a real multimedia stereo without dvd or gps, this is perfect.

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    Franklin from Los Angeles, CA on 3/31/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've an '04 Subaru Forester with DD size. The crutchfield instructions were dead-on, as was the wiring harness...THANK YOU CRUTCHFIELD...<BR><BR> The unit was exactly what I was looking for, bluetooth and ipod, without the addtional costs of buying adapters. Didn't want to spend the extra $100s of dollars for these features or for DVD or for GPS. Road trips are definitely in the future. Set-up is straight forward and there are not too many buttons to confuse you. The jog wheel with lt,rt,up,dn,push is very similar to ipod control and was intuitive. ipod connection and control is a breeze. I like that you can see two lines of info for the music. I choose artist and song. The text size is ample, no squinting. Bluetooth connection was easy.<BR><BR> PROBLEMS: 1. I lost my sub-woofer. Was powered by factory headunit. I've to think about an outside power source. 2. Bluetooth mic is cheap. I will get a better one. It might be location too. I put mine on the center dash. 3. Glare off glass surface does not work well with polarized sunglasses.<BR><BR> This thing is sexy though. It's got style.

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    Caesar from Diamond Bar, CA on 3/30/2008

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

    Great head unit. Decided to stay away from DVD and navigation head units and just wanted to have a solid functioning unit. It is clear, easy to use. The multicontrol knob is really cool. I have the HD radio accessory and my iPod is attached so I'm always entertained. The sound is good and there are many options to fine tune your sound. The bluetooth phone is awesome. Everyone I have talked to through the car speakers has not known I was in the car and hear no echo so the echo cancellation obviously works well and the sound quality is very good. iPod contol is better than before but can still be better as it is a little slow to scroll through your categories. Overall I love this head unit and it is everything I expected at a very reasonable price. It looks nice in my Chevy Tahoe but the bright blue looks kinda funky with my A/C blue but it is a cool looking receiver especially at night.

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    DootheDew82 from Houston, TX on 3/29/2008

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

    This receiver just came out recently (March 22 I believe), but I decided to give it a chance even though no one had reviewed it yet. I have a 2006 Honda Civic in which I had a Jensen 7" Touch Screen in-dash receiver installed. I had just bought an iPod touch and I was getting tired of having to control my music directly from my iPod (no iPod control for my Jensen receiver). I decided that this was more important than watching DVD's or playing my PS2 occasionally, so I ordered this from crutchfield. Installation: The install was very easy and straightforward thanks to Crutchfield's provided equipment/information. However, I did have to pay $35 for my dash kit because the 2006 Honda Civic dash kits have quite a bit more to them than your usual ones. Total time to install the unit, including wiring the pioneer harness to the honda wiring harness, was about 2 hours. This was less time than it took me install a single din unit in my wife's 2001 honda civic (3 hours). The install looks very smooth in my civic's dash and the blue backlight matches perfectly to my honda's OEM blue dash lighting. The dash kit provided by crutchfield looks excatly like the piece that I took out. Hook up of the included bluetooth kit was very easy, all that is necassary is to run the mic cable to your desired location and then plug the other end into the back of the unit. Installation will vary from car to car, but for my experience I give this a 5 out of 5. Appearance: As mentioned above, the unit looks very good once install was complete. It's a very simple looking display (no fancy animations or anything) but that's what I liked about in the first place. The display is large enough where reading it in direct sunlight is not a problem. And I love the double DIN look in my dash. One problem is the black color of the receiver's face shows every smudge, and the OCD part me gets annoyed by that. I give the appearance of the receiver a 4.5 out of 5. Functionality: The unit works very well, navigating menus can be a little confusing at first but that's no different than my experience with most non-video receivers. The buttons/control knob feel very sturdy and should withstand normal wear and tear for quite a while. The remote is great, just enough buttons to be useful, yet not to many. iPod control works very smoothly, with which I am very happy about, since this is why I decided to buy the unit. The Bluetooth phone ability is also a plus. I have used this feature many times and have never had problems hearing the person on the other end, nor has the other person had problems hearing me. This is great since most blue tooth car kits seem to be plagued by echo or some other sound issues. It is important to note that if you have a Palm Treo 755p, this unit is not compatible with the phone. I found that out the hard way, so now my wife has my $580 Treo while I'm carrying her $100 flip phone around because it is compatible with the receiver (Why pioneer why?). The re

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear/Opt.Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius or XM
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone No
    General
    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 Organic EL
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Overview: The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is a double-DIN, AM/FM/CD receiver that can also play MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC files on disc as well. It has a rear panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for portable devices, as well as a rear panel USB 2.0 Full Speed input for your iPod or other USB-based portable audio player or USB memory device. The receiver also has built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology for the playback of Bluetooth Audio devices and pairing with Bluetooth Telephones. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (with an optional satellite radio tuner and antenna), and a multi-CD player. See section below on External Device Controls for details on compatibility.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Blue OEL Display: The FH-P8000BT features a black background with a three-line blue Organic ElectroLuminescent (Organic EL) 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.

    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 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. When the unit is off but the ignition is on, the button illumination will light up when the vehicle's headlights are turned on.

    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.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the FH-P8000BT 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 FH-P8000BT 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)

    MOSFET Amplifier: The FH-P8000BT 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.

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

    EEQ (Easy EQ): The FH-P8000BT is equipped with a 7-band parametric EQ with 7 preset EQ settings. You can boost or cut each frequency band by +/- 12dB at 2dB intervals. A Custom1 curve can be created for each source, while a Custom2 curve can be created that is common to all sources. Features of the Easy EQ include:

    • Center Frequencies: 50, 125, 315, 800, 2k, 5k, and 12.5k Hz
    • Preset EEQ Settings: Powerful, Super Bass, Vocal, Natural, Custom1, Custom2, and Flat

    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)

    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 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.

    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.

    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 (+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.

    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): 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 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.

    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.

    Note: The unit will only display 8 characters at a time, and will scroll up to 16 characters.

    Disc 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.

    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 16-320 kbps are playable on this unit.

    List Button: The List button on the front panel allows you to the track 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.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    iPod Interface: The FH-P8000BT can control and playback songs on an iPod. This unit supports only iPods with a standard Dock Connector. (Please see compatibility list below for your model and software version.) You can connect the iPod using the unit's USB input; a dock connector to USB cable, such as the one supplied with your iPod, or the optional130CDIU50 (sold separately) is required. When connected via USB, you can choose to control the iPod from the head unit or the iPod itself (some iPods cannot be controlled in this manner). 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, and album searches. While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the USB connection will power and charge your iPod. The Pioneer FH-P8000BT is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model functions (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone ModelGen.SoftwareMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideohead unitiPod/iPhoneSong Info Track Info
    dock connector3rdN/ANNNNNNN
    clickwheel
    color
    4thN/ANNNNNNN
    mini 1stN/A N N N N N N N
    2ndN/ANNNNNNN
    video 5th1.3YNYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYYYY
    120GB2.0.1YNYYYYY
    160GB2.0.1YNYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY
    2nd1.1.3YNYYYYY
    3rd1.1.3YNYYYYY
    4th1.0.3YNYYYYY
    5th1.0.1YNYYYYY
    6th1.0 PCYNYYYYY
    touch1st3.0YNYYYYY
    2nd3.0YNYYYYY
    3rd3.0YNYYYYY
    4th4.1YNYYYYY
    iPhone2GN/ANNNNNNN
    3GN/ANNNNNNN
    3GSN/ANNNNNNN
    4N/ANNNNNNN
    4SN/ANNNNNNN

    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 revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    USB Input: In addition to connecting an iPod, the rear panel USB input allows you to connect a USB portable audio player or USB flash memory that is USB Mass Storage Class compliant. USB Memory between 250MB and 250GB that are formatted in FAT32 or FAT16 are compatible.

    Auxiliary Input: The FH-P8000BT is equipped with a rear 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 rear panel minijack 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 10-character name of the connected auxiliary component can be entered into memory, and will appear as you cycle through the sources.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Solution: The FH-P8000BT is equipped with Pioneer's new Built-in Bluetooth Solution. You can 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.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones are compatible.

    Microphone: 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 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip.

    Phone Pairing: Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible cell phones can be registered to this head unit. You can transfer your entire phonebook at a single time to the head unit, which can memorize up to 3600 different numbers (400 persons x 3 contacts x 3 phone types).

    Echo Cancellation: The receiver offers three levels of Advanced Echo Cancellation to keep phone calls sounding loud and clear.

    Bluetooth Audio Players: In addition to supporting Bluetooth's Hands-Free Profile (HFP), 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 FH-P8000BT so you can listen to your stored music files through your vehicle's audio system.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The FH-P8000BT 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. The attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by about 90%.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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