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Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Step up to multimedia in your car
Advanced App Mode
Pioneer integrates smartphones into your driving experience with Advanced App Mode, which allows you to launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, and social media apps at your command. You'll appreciate the safety and convenience when you're behind the wheel of your car, and more and more compatible apps are coming your way — you'll need Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable and you can see the latest compatible apps here.
Video playback and a rocking-cool touchscreen display
MIXTRAX will liven up your time on the road. This feature creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod, iPhone, or Android™, with special effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your music. You can even tailor the receiver's appearance to your taste by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options.
AppRadioLIVE makes it easy
Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.
Media at your command
You can play just about anything on this Pioneer, including your CDs, discs full of MP3 or WMA music, or USB storage devices loaded with files. When you connect your iPod to the USB input, you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to access your playlists. Handy tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search to make it easier to find the song you want fast.
You can also play music files from many Android™ phones when your Android is plugged into the rear USB port — see the "Details" tab for more info on device compatibility. If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone to the receiver with Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable and take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls.
Great sound matters
The receiver's powerful built-in amplifier delivers the goods, with crisp sound at all volume settings, while the 8-band equalizer offers plenty of ways to tweak the output. Three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amps, and this receiver offers an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required).
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
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.
Great product/great price
Anonymous, Sun Prairie, WI
What's in the Box:
- DVD receiver with integrated 6.1" LCD touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
- Wiring harness
- Remote control (CXE5116)
- CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
- 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
- 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
- 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
- Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
- Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)
- DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 6.1" touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
- MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
- Advanced App Mode: launch and control compatible apps from your iPhone
- Pandora control from iPhone
- music file playback through USB with select Android devices (see "Details" for more info)
- five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
- fits double-DIN dash openings
- remote control
- plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
- 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
- high- and low-pass filters
- Advanced Sound Retriever
- Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
- built-in audio iPod control Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content and Pandora control
- playback and control of Android media files
- inputs: rear A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
- outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||3.5mm AV (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||3.5mm (R), Compoiste (R)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||14 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Color Display: The AVH-X1500DVD features a 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a connected component such as an iPod/iPhone, or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The fixed touchscreen display is not removable.
Multilingual Display: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD offers English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.
Video Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for each source and the optional rear view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast), color (adjusts color saturation), hue (adjusts the tone of color), and temperature (adjust the color temperature).
Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video:
- Full: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions.
- Zoom: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen.
- Normal: A 4:3 picture is displayed as it is.
On Screen Display Color & Background Adjustment: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background can be set to one of four preset still images, a moving image, a stored JPEG image, or turned Off.
Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).
Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.
Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.
2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double -DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
iPod/iPhone Connection: The Pioneer multimedia head unit supports both audio/video & app playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Using Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone, you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and Pandora Internet Radio on your iPod or iPhone through the Pioneer A/V head unit. Using the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod/iPhone connector cable (130IU201V, sold separately) you can enjoy audio playback, plus video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone; as well as music or video based apps streamed to your iPhone. The Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (130IU201S, sold separately) not only provides audio/video playback, but also allows you to launch the AppRadio Mode on your iPhone 4/4S, for playback of advance applications (such as navigation and internet radio) on the Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park with the parking brake engaged.
Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; you will need the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to connect the Apple device to the Pioneer head unit. The head unit does not support direct connection of the Lightning-connector cable that comes with the iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5. These Apple device's do not support any type of video output.
iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen or from the iPod/iPhone's touchscreen, clickwheel, or downloadable app.
- Head Unit: Using the Pioneer CD-IU51, CD-IU201V, or CD-IU201S iPod cable (all sold separately), you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Rental, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook from the head unit's touchscreen. (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
- iPod/App: The Pioneer CD-IU201V or CD-IU201S iPod cable (both sold separately) is required for App Control mode. App Control mode allows you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. In addition, you can watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+). Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include; Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next. The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged.
iPod/iPhone Display: The multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, as well as metadata from Pandora and AppRadio apps; including Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'basic App mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
Advanced App Mode: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (sold separately) to connect the AVH-X1500DVD to your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.2+) loaded with Pioneer's free AppRadio application from iTunes, you can enjoy full on-screen access and control of your calendar, maps, and more with an intuitive interface, formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. Pioneer has teamed up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. The AppRadio app must be first launched from your iPhone 4/4S, and the compatible app selected from the iPhone 4/4S. You can then operate the app from the Pioneer head unit. Popular apps include (as of 12/6/2012):
|App Categories||Application Description|
|Aupeo! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs, genres, or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner". Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.|
|CarMediaPlayer: CarMediaPlayer allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your music library directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View function. When you're searching through your library, Alphabet Search allows you to select the first letter in the desired song, album, or artist name from the Pioneer receiver making it quick an easy to get to the music you want. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the Pioneer's touchscreen.|
|Livio Radio: The Livio Radio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.|
|Rdio: Rdio (from for $4.99 per month) gives you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist,/Album/Song information, as well as Album art.|
|StreamS HiFi Radio: The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.|
|gMusic: Google Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic offers full playlist editing, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation.|
|Mixtrax: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.|
|Navigation||Apple Maps: You can view Apple maps on the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen as you would on your iPhone. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.|
|MotionX GPS Drive: The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone 4/4S. There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee with an additional $19.99 per year for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone 4/4S, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone 4/4S application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone 4/4S with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone 4/4S. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone 4/4S.|
|NavFree GPS Live: NavFree GPS Live is a free navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search, live searches via Google and Microsoft Bing, and many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating.|
|My GPS USA: My GPS USA is the next generation GPS satellite navigation from the makers of NavFree. Full featured with voice guided, turn-by-turn satellite navigation with no hidden costs. It offers a HD live map display with 2D and 3D modes. You can navigate by pinching, swiping and touching. Full voice guidance is available in 12 languages. Multiple Routing Modes include - Fastest, Shortest, Easy, Pedestrian, and Economical Routes. You can even navigate from your Contacts.|
|INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 per year) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the Pioneer head unit, while control is still handled from the iPhone 4/4S.|
|Extra Mile: Extra Mile ($1.99) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel.|
|EC Touch: The EasyCar app is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.|
|Waze: Waze is a cool social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.|
|Driver Assist||DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.|
|Best Parking: Best Parking is a parking search engine that steers drivers towards the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports.|
|Parkopedia: Parkopedia ($1.99) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.|
|Utility||CarBrowser: CarBrowser ($1.99) allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.|
|Commute WX: CommuteWX ($0.99) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.|
|Contacts: Access your iPhone's contacts. This function is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.|
|Calendar: Access your iPhone's calendar, so you can view important events and reminders. This functionality is bundles with the Pioneer AppRadio app.|
|Photos: You can view photos stored on your iPhone. Access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshows. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.|
Note: As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/6/2012):
|iPod/iPhone||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App Mode||Pandora App||AppRadio Mode||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art|
- *You will need the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to connect the Apple device to the Pioneer head unit. These Apple device's do not support any type of video output.
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner 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.
- RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
- BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
- Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
Pandora App: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD supports the Pandora App via the Pioneer CD-IU51, CD-IU201V, or CD-IU201S iPod cable (all sold separately). The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD using your connected Apple iPhone, via the proprietary Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS.3.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.
Multimedia Compatibility: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD features a front-loading disc slot, as well as a rear-panel USB (type-A) port with 59" USB extension cable.
- Compatible Discs: The AVH-X1500DVD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs.
- USB Port: The unit features a rear-panel USB port and includes a 59" USB extension cable. You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.
|Media Type||Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/-RW/-R DL)||Flash Memory (SD/SDHC, USB)|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, UDF||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types||Audio||
MP3: 8-320kbps bit
rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
AAC: 16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-44.1kHz sampling rates
WAV: 8- or16-bit rate; 16-44.1k sampling rates
DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 8GB max file size
MPEG-1/2/4: 720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size
|JPEG: max resolution of 4092 x 4092|
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||
99 folders/999 files (700 folders/3,500 files for DVD)
|1,500 folders/15,000 files|
|Tags||ID3 tags (ver. 1.0,/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags|
Note: Videos and Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
Playback Functions: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD offers the following playback functions:
- Automatic Playback: When a DVD disc with DVD menu is inserted, this unit will cancel the DVD menu automatically and start playback from the first chapter of the first title.
- Bookmark (Resume Playback): The Bookmark function lets you resume playback from a selected scene the next time the disc is loaded.
- Frame-By-Frame Playback: This feature lets you movie ahead on frame at a time during playback of your DVD or Video CD.
- Slow Motion Forward: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you can choose to play back video in slow motion (no audio).
- Repeat Play: Audio/Video content can be repeated. You can choose from Disc (entire disc), Folder (current folder) Chapter (current chapter), Title (current title), Track (current track), File (current file), Folder (current folder), or One (current video/song/track).
- Random (Shuffle) Play: Audio/Video can be played back in a random order. You can choose from Songs (videos/songs in selected list), Albums (videos/songs from selected album), Folder (songs/tracks in selected folder), or Disc (all songs/tracks on disc).
Search Functions: The AVH-X1500DVD provides the following search functions:
- Track Title List: You can select tracks to playback using the track title list which is a list of the tracks recorded on a disc or USB memory device.
- Scene Search: You can use the search function on the unit's on-screen display to search for a desired scene on your DVD by specifying a title and chapter track.
- Return to Scene: You can return to the specified scene where the DVD you are currently playing has been preprogrammed to return.
- Skip Search: You can skip to the previous/next track, file, folder, title, or chapter on a disc or USB device.
- Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse through a current track, file, or title on a disc or USB device.
Advanced Playback & Search Functions (for USB): Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.
MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.
Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad.
Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-X1500DVD.
Off Insert/Eject: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).
Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.
MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVH-X1500DVD 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 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)
EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 8-Band Graphic EQ: There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2. The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 8-band graphic equalizer (40Hz, 80Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz, and10kHz).
Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's rear-panel AUX 3.5mm input. The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.
Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).
Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.
Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).
Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the 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 Advanced Sound Retriever effect.
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 -4 dB to +4 dB.
2V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD features three pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
Crossovers: The AVH-X1500DVD employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.
- HPF: The head unit's 12dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
- LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an18dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.
Subwoofer Controls: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).
Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.
Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).
Video Output: The AVH-X1500DVD features a rear-panel composite video output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can play back the same video source which is being played on the head unit. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.
Rear View Camera: The AVH-X1500DVD is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera input jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5, sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the AVH-X1500DVD's harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.9 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC250, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.
Note: If you are already using the head unit's RGB input to access AppRadio Mode from your iPhone, then you cannot connect this add-on navigation module (or vise-versa).
Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD includes an IR remote control (CXE5116) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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40 questions already asked
No But the car will always do that as soon as you turn on stereo on that's automatic [ FRANCISCO A May 03, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Greg May 03, 2014 ] Staff
3 answers I have an iPhone 5,all i want to do is be able to do is play music from my itunes library or the soundcloud app on my phone.Can i just plug a regular aux cord or apple lightning cable into the back of the unit and be able to play my music?Or will I have to buy an adapter? [ Cam A. May 01, 2014 ]
Hi Cameron - This unit comes with a USB extension that you can run to wherever you want in your car. I put mine in the glove box. All you have to do is plug your iPhone cord into the USB extension and it will play your music, show your album art, and you can browse, fast forward and control all your music with the head unit's buttons. No adapter should be needed, you just have to use your own cord. Hope this helps. [ LUCINDA May 01, 2014 ]
Yes you can and only your lightning cable is needed. [ CHRISTOPHER May 01, 2014 ]
I have the 5s and my lightning cable works perfectly with soundcloud, YouTube, and iTunes. [ LEE L May 01, 2014 ]
1 answer Installed this unit in my 07 Tundra. Pandora works but when I switch to App Radio the screen goes black. I have App Radio installed on my iPhone 5 and have the $75 cord attached to it using the lightning to 30 pin adapter. Not sure what it is. Have a sinking feeling that App Radio on this will not work with iPhone 5. Anyone have it work? [ Robert Apr 20, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Apr 21, 2014 ] Staff
Jake, I have only experience with the iPhone apps side of it. Sorry I couldn't help you with that. But the iPhone side works flawlessly. [ AARON M Apr 21, 2014 ]
It doesnt work with android phones [ NEYLIN A Apr 19, 2014 ]
Hi, i dont have any difficulties to use my andrid with my unit i enjoy it i love it. [ FELIPE Apr 18, 2014 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Apr 18, 2014 ] Staff
Unfortunately no. That is the one thing I dislike about this unit. Wish I would have paid a little more for the next model up with Bluetooth. I was under the impression that I could use the USB cable as well. Hope this was helpfull. [ ANDREW Apr 08, 2014 ]
no it does not. [ ADRIEN M Apr 08, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff Apr 09, 2014 ] Staff
You will still hear sound with the vehicle in motion. [ Jeff Nov 09, 2015 ] Staff
Yes [ LAVONTE Mar 30, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ JOSEPH E Mar 28, 2014 ]
Yes it has separate controls for the bass and the subwoofer [ CHARLIE P Mar 28, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Mar 28, 2014 ] Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Mar 17, 2014 ] Staff
1 answer I am getting an amp error code on my display screen which will not allow any music to play on my radio or cds. I bought this truck about 2 months ago and it has been fine up until the other day. It currently does not have an amp or anything hooked up to it. How can I fix this? [ David Mar 10, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Mar 11, 2014 ] Staff
Yes [ LAVONTE Feb 25, 2014 ]
Let me check on that and I will get back to you tommorow [ ANDREW Feb 25, 2014 ]
This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion. [ Krissy Feb 19, 2014 ] Staff
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Feb 19, 2014 ] Staff
This unit will play video from USB flash drives in the following formats: DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 8GB max file size MPEG-1/2/4: 720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size [ Jeff Feb 17, 2014 ] Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff Feb 12, 2014 ] Staff
yes you can. mine is also hidden in the gove box [ BEN Sep 18, 2015 ]
Yes, and it works great. It's also set up to display and control Pandora if you have that on your ipod/iphone. [ JEFF Feb 09, 2014 ]
The ability to play DVDs is actually tied to the e-brake and not to the transmission. As long as the parking brake is engaged the video should be watchable. Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion. [ Jeff Jan 28, 2014 ] Staff
No but pioneer has an app that will. [ JEFF Feb 09, 2014 ]
Possibly the iPhone's navigation app may work, but definitely NOT the android phones. I don't have an iPhone to test it, but it appears that a lot of the iPhone apps will display on the screen. [ LUCINDA Jan 28, 2014 ]
There are several on apple store that are app radio applications. Go to pioneer site and find DVD receiver and there will be an app link. Some that I recall are: Nav gps Motion X [ Guest Jan 28, 2014 ]
I have the android phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I cannot use gps through it. [ HAZEN W Jan 28, 2014 ]
Hello Carey -- Crutchfield forwarded your message to me because I just happened to purchase AVH-X1500DVD back in October. My ride is a 2014 Toyota Sienna. I installed it myself. Crutchfield has the exterior cosmetic kit and the wiring kit included free. I simply followed the instruction by hooking up the correct color-coded wires to the wiring harness. I am not a professional installer. But in my younger days I enjoyed tearing my rides into pieces and put them back on. I meant to say a little experience did make this job easier. It took me about 90 minutes to install the head unit. I also purchased the back-up camera, and so I spent another 2 hours installing the camera and routing the wires to the front to the head unit. Hope this helps you in your decision making, Carey...!!! Brian [ BRIAN Jan 27, 2014 ]
I found instruction to install easy.you should not have any problem. [ GARETH Jan 26, 2014 ]
If you have replaced a car steoreo before then it might be easy for you. Buy if it is your first time. I would recommend reading the instruction carefully and maybe call and talk to a crutchfield tech before you start. Make sure you have all the tools suggested in the instruction, it makes life a lot easier. I think it is doable if you want to avoid paying a professional to install it. [ KHOI Jan 26, 2014 ]
Yourself. Very easy using crutchfield help. [ MICHAEL J Jan 25, 2014 ]
I installed it myself. tech support was great when i needed to call for one minor issue. they talked me through it without a problem. good luck [ BYRON D Jan 25, 2014 ]
As long as you can read and aren't colorblind you can do it yourself. It takes less than an hour to install. [ MARCUS Jan 25, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jan 17, 2014 ] Staff
definitely "YES" that is the beauty of this adapter. It is easily programmable for most cars and trucks. [ JOSE Jan 19, 2014 ]
To be honest I would consult tech support with that. I didn't buy any additional adapters for my steering wheel controls since the new player came with remote. I hope that helps you. [ matthew Jan 14, 2014 ]
There was no hook up on the back of the unit for exterior controls. [ SARA Jan 13, 2014 ]
I haven't has that problem with this exact radio but I have had a similar problem with previos radios. The problem ended up being because I had a subwoofer and amp hooked up to that radio too, and because of a bad ground it made that noise. Hopefully that helped, good luck! [ MIKE Feb 09, 2014 ]
Sounds like you have it grounded out somewhere. Check all your wire connections to make sure nothing is grounded that shouldn't be. Hope that hels! [ AARON Jan 14, 2014 ]
It sounds like noise from alternator. you need to find a better ground for head unit. I assume that you are using the one harness for power if not make sure it's routed away from other power lines that could cause bleed. [ WALLACE B Jan 12, 2014 ]
This is caused by one of 2 things. Your head unit is poorly grounded or one of the speaker wires are grounding out. Check the wire harness to make sure all the wires protected. Also make sure the head unit has a good ground as well and if necessary run a new one to an unpainted bare metal bracket and that should do it. [ DANIEL Jan 12, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 12, 2014 ] Staff
AM reception is pretty good. Of coarse it depends on several factors as to whether you can receive some stations. Nor least of which is distance and how much radio activity is going on in your area. [ JOSE Jan 19, 2014 ]
FM stations sound great! Don't have any an stations that I listen to... they sound like they would on any other radio in my opinion... [ ADRIEN M Jan 11, 2014 ]
reception has never been an issue with unit. I received a San Antonio station into Corpus Christi. [ ARTHUR M Jan 11, 2014 ]
Am is pretty good [ JOE Jan 11, 2014 ]
No you need the head unit to have bluetooth [ MIKE Jan 14, 2014 ]
You can with a bluetooth adapter, Crutchfield sells them, you'll need a mic too. [ DANIEL Jan 12, 2014 ]
No. Not that I know of. Sry [ ANDREW Jan 11, 2014 ]
No the 1500 can't but the 2600 can . Pioneer is a good product . I just switched my wife from the 1500 to the 2600. [ DONOVAN Jan 10, 2014 ]
It uses a basic usb port coming out of the back of the radio. I don't have an I phone but I am pretty sure it will work. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. [ Charles Jan 05, 2014 ]
This works perfectly for my iphone 5 even though the manual says it doesnt support the firmware. The head unit should come with an adapter you plug into the back then run it out to where youll easily be able to acces it. Then it should be as simple as plugging in your charger. Hope this helped [ Tristan Jan 05, 2014 ]
Lighting adapter from Apple or you can look for cheaper, but the adapter allows everything to work properly. The music and aux already work you just can you the app stuff because it gives you a black screen, and with the adapter it will allow you to do everything.. [ MARYALIN F Jan 05, 2014 ]
I use my iPhone 5 with my power cord plugged into the USB port [ JULIE A Jan 04, 2014 ]
It should, I use it with an iPhone 5. You just use the USB cable. [ STACEY Jan 04, 2014 ]
No adaptor needed... Use your apple cable and hook it up to the USB [ PLASTECH CLEAR Jan 04, 2014 ]
Awesome question, but I'm way behind you...I just learned how to work the remote. [ JOHNNY Jan 04, 2014 ]
I haven't played too much with the backgrounds, but I do remember reading somewhere in the manual that you're only able to upload one at a time. You might want to check that out [ Kristie Jan 02, 2014 ]
My son has a galaxy 3 that he uses with his. [ Rose Jan 02, 2014 ]
I believe you can. What you will need to purchase is an adapter for the new iPod/iPhone plug. It works for my 7gen ipod. [ michael Jan 02, 2014 ]
Yes, you can use your iPhone5 using the provided USB cable and your iPhone cable. Keep in mind, this unit is not Bluetooth ready, but will work with your phone as long as you have the cord. [ Charles Jan 02, 2014 ]
I bought it for my son's 16th birthday, which is on Jan 26th. So we have not yet installed it. My son in law is installing it. He said it would not be hard to install yourself. There would be no need to have a professional install it. [ TERESA Jan 05, 2014 ]
Hello, sorry for the delay, Its pretty straight forward and colored coded wires makes it a better install good luck [ Moises Jan 02, 2014 ]
If you get the installation kit with it very easy to install. [ wade Jan 01, 2014 ]
If you have basic car knowledge and basic wiring knowledge then you'll be okay. Took me about 20 minutes to install the harness. Its a quick and easy process, just follow the crutchfield directions that comes with your order and youll be all set. By the way the radio is well worth the cost. [ Shane Dec 31, 2013 ]
I've never installed a stereo before and my installation could not have been easier. The instructions are easy to follow and all of the adapters for my truck fit perfectly. I do recommend soldering all connections and using heat shrink tubing. My stereo worked perfectly the first time I turned it on. [ Mark Dec 31, 2013 ]
It's not terribly difficult. If you have a fair bit of know how and an aptitude for following instructions to the T, you should be fine. [ Steven Dec 31, 2013 ]
Very simple to install, same process as installing a regular CD player. Installation kits provided through crutchfield for your vehicle make it very easy. [ Adam Dec 31, 2013 ]
It does have surroundsound. And it is a good investment. I have the bose system in my truck and everythink is so much better and clearer. I suggest you get but it does not have bluetooth. [ Edward Dec 31, 2013 ]
dts 5.1 surround sound [ CHASE Dec 30, 2013 ]
Only in that it can get too much of your attention, like looking for a song through the ipod files while you should be looking at the road. volume and track up/down are physical buttons on the side. [ JEFF Jan 13, 2014 ]
Unlike most new electronics this unit is actually pretty easy to operate even while driving. [ JOSEPH Jan 02, 2014 ]
This unit includes a remote. My last radio had a remote as well, and I used it almost exclusively because it was much easier than using the buttons on the unit's face. I would recommend getting familiar with the layout of the buttons on the remote and use it while driving. It may take a while to learn the layout without looking, but once you get used to using the remote it is much better because you don't have to take your eyes off the road. [ STANLEY Dec 31, 2013 ]
This is the first touch screen I have owned also and it did take a little bit getting used to but it is very user friendly. You just have to remember driving comes first not music, but the volume and next track are both buttons which i find i use more than the touch screen also it has a remote that i find handy while driving. Good luck and enjoy [ SCOTT Dec 30, 2013 ]
No it's a pretty easy transition. The unit also comes with a remote and that helps tremendously to control the radio while driving. Hopefully this helps! [ CHAD M Dec 29, 2013 ]
Art, I purchased this unit several weeks ago and have had no trouble adjusting. As with any new system, I recommend taking some time once it is installed to play with the system and understand where the different features are. I have been able to understand the unit with minimal reference to the users guide. Hope that helps. Matt F. [ Matthew Dec 29, 2013 ]
I think the the controls of the AVH- X1500 are straight forward and can be safely used while driving. Most after-market radio I have owned seem have very small buttons that are difficult to see and press while driving. The touch screen icons are large enough to see and touch with minimum distraction while driving. The physical buttons on the top left side of the screen are volume up, volume down and mute. The large half round button on the center left is a menu button and takes you to the screen choices such as CD, DVD, USB, AUX IN that are available by touching the screen. The lower 2 buttons advance CD or USB music tracks. The touch screen works very well with just a light touch. There is a remote control included if that is a preference. Add a backup camera to this unit and you will fully appreciate this unit every time you back out of your driveway. [ Michael Dec 29, 2013 ]
Not at all, everything is really simple software wise, you can switch from input with a couple touches, etc. Keep it mind, tho, that having the screen on is highly illegal when driving, but if you consider yourself a good driver and won't be doing something like changing the language settings while driving, you should be fine if you need to access it for a couple of seconds (make sure there art any cops around when you do so, tho (I didn't say that lol) Enjoy! Jean-Pierre [ JEAN-PIERRE Dec 29, 2013 ]
No absolutely not very easy [ H Ryan Dec 29, 2013 ]
No, it does have a removable faceplate [ RODRIGO Dec 28, 2013 ]
No removable face plate. [ Guest Dec 28, 2013 ]
No it does not have a removable faceplate [ CHARLIE P Dec 28, 2013 ]
No [ LEE L Dec 28, 2013 ]
What kind of adapter i need for iphone 5? [ Jose Jan 01, 2014 ]
I don't really know I use a Samsung3 works well hope this helps. [ GARETH Dec 19, 2013 ]
Yes it is [ MARCUS Dec 18, 2013 ]
Yes the 5S an 5C as we'll. [ JONATHAN Dec 18, 2013 ]
I do not have an iphone 5 . However there is a usb cord provide with the unit that you should be able to utilize to plug in the iphone or other storage device. My only issue is that the cord attaches to the back of the unit and it must be routed somewhere through the dash. [ RONALD Dec 18, 2013 ]
Sounds to me like your car might have a factory amp built in that you didn't know about. If that's the case then Crutchfield sells adapters to bypass the factory amp and that should solve your problem. [ TOM Dec 10, 2013 ]
I would say check all wires and make sure the connections are secure, especially the speaker wires. [ JEFF A Dec 10, 2013 ]
Well I have mine hooked up with an amplifier and works great, are you going from a stock headunit to this or just an upgrade from another aftermarket? The is also a setting called "line level in" this can be used to adjust the level of your input cd,usb, aux, ect.. Last thing if its in imported car may need a interface to make functions preform properly? I hope something I said helps let me know im interested in knowing the cause Justin H- [ MARK Dec 09, 2013 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Dec 09, 2013 ] Staff
Thanks for your response. Do you use your ipod with this unit and how we'll does it work? [ Louis Dec 09, 2013 ]
No, installed in a 2000 Honda Odyssey, fits perfect! It was smaller than my factory double din, but with the dash kit Crutchfield provides, there was a trim ring that fits around head unit and filled area to make it look like factory installation. Hope this helps [ ADRIEN M Dec 09, 2013 ]
This is safety feature of the unit. To watch movies from the DVD screen on the receiver your vehicle will need to be in park, and you may need to also have your parking brake engaged. [ Jeff Dec 06, 2013 ] Staff
The unit features a rear-panel USB port and includes a 59" USB extension cable. You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. [ Jeff Dec 03, 2013 ] Staff
The major differences are that the 3500 includes Bluetooth connectivity and is SiriusXM ready. [ Jeff Nov 29, 2013 ] Staff
Its good but not to loud sound quality its ok sometimes distort [ JUAN CARLOS MAR Nov 27, 2013 ]
Sound quality was excellent, had no problems with distortion. Definitely got loud enough!!! Very happy with it! [ NICHOLAS Nov 27, 2013 ]
Sound is very clear and crispy! Even if you get it cranked all the way up it doesn't really distort [ JEFFERY S Nov 26, 2013 ]
Jared, Yes it is loud and it is a great DVD player for the price and I haven't had any distorting issues [ LANCE R Nov 25, 2013 ]