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
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.
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
Function Confirmation Tones:
The receiver emits an audible beep tone each time a button is pressed. These
function confirmation tones cannot be turned off.
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.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the
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
- CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz,
- 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)
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
- 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
- Low: +3.5dB (100Hz), +3dB
- Mid: +10dB (100Hz), +6.5dB
- High: +11dB (100Hz), +11dB
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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):
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
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.
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
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: 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
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.