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Overview

Our take on the Pioneer FH-X520UI

Go big, go bold

Fill the 4" tall dash opening in your car with Pioneer's FH-X520UI CD receiver. This striking receiver covers the space with a multi-color display that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music — like cruising down the road with your own personal DJ on board. (Need Bluetooth? Check out Pioneer's FH-X720BT CD receiver.)

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Customize the display and button colors to match your car.

Plenty of music and media options

Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to control your music files and playlists. If you're a Pandora® fan, you'll have control of your favorite stations from the receiver when your iPhone's connected, plus you can create stations on the fly. You can also use the USB input to tap into the music files stored on many Android devices, while the front aux input handles just about any other audio source. If you can't live without CDs, you'll enjoy stellar playback of your store-bought and home-burned discs.

You shape the sound

Pioneer's potent MOSFET amplifier delivers plenty of power, and you can use the 5-band EQ to shape the sound for your vehicle. You can also switch quickly between seven preset equalizer curves to get the sound you're looking for during your drive. The two pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to add external amplifiers or a powered sub.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Terrific receiver/CD player! It sound great with all-new speakers! The large piano-black face is gorgeous and the control color are incredible. Love it!

Marc, Sarasota, FL

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
  • 6 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons and 10-level dimmer
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • built in iPod, iPhone, and iPad controls
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    Audio Features:
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    Reviews

    Pioneer FH-X520UI Reviews

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    (147 Reviews)

    Gorgeous Incredible Sound

    Marc from Sarasota, FL on 5/24/2017

    1993 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Terrific receiver/CD player! It sound great with all-new speakers! The large piano-black face is gorgeous and the control color are incredible. Love it!

    Pros: Gorgeous, so many color choices for the lights!

    Cons: I had it professionally installed, and they could not get it mounted on the factory mount, as the MasterSheet says. So, they made a custom mount that looks great.

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    Pete from Boston, MA on 5/9/2017

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

    Nice head unit for the price. Crisp, clean, balanced sound out of the cars stock speakers. The controls seem unnecessarily complicated; I've never had to read the manual to figure out how to use a car stereo before. The display is great during the evening, but completely unreadable during the day; I can't imagine ever using the dimmer function. The unit has a separate ground wire that needs to be connected outside of the wiring harness; this is the first time I've encountered this issue using an adapter. Not a big deal but again, I'm experienced enough that I generally don't need to read the manual to install.

    Pros: Crisp, clean & balanced sound. Minimalist face plate. Display color can be customized to match.

    Cons: Display is too dim to read during the day, even on highest brightness. Controls not user friendly; need to cycle through inputs instead of selecting. Android compatibility limited to reading file storage; cannot use a music app like Google Music or Pandora.

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    Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 5/8/2017

    2010 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio much better than the stock one. During the day even at the brightest setting the display is hard to see. Other than that great device

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    Matthew from Boise, ID on 5/2/2017

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

    Clean and simple looking with all the latest options for a low price.

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    Great product

    Joey from Florida on 5/1/2017

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product for reasonable price!

    Pros: Cool lighting, great for iPhones and iPods

    Cons: You can't see lightning during bright day kindA

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    Anonymous from Mantee ms. on 4/25/2017

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

    Easy to use great colors and sound really nice stereo.

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    Anonymous from Russellive Alabama on 4/19/2017

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install all the instructions you need to do the job wright

    Pros: Work great

    Cons: Not a thing

    Daughter's first car

    Anonymous from South Carolina on 4/13/2017

    2001 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought it for my daughter's first car. She loves it and shows it off to her friends every chance she gets. As long as she's happy with it,I'm happy with it. The price was right also.

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    Anonymous from Peru, IN on 2/15/2017

    1997 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed with little effort, works great. Control design is perfect and has a remote. Sounds great and works well with the six speaker system already in my car.

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    Great Headunit and great price!

    James from Minneapolis, MN on 2/2/2017

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

    Great Headunit and great price! Purchased this to replace stock HU in 2010 Silverado, along with a wire harness and mounting kit. Install was a breeze with wire harness and everything works great. You can change the lighting color and brightness (I keep it dim to resemble the rest of the interior) and the built-in EQ is great for tuning the sound for your preference. Overall I highly recommend this if you're looking for a good HU at a low price.

    Pros: Built-in Equalizer Various light color options Brightness adjustability USB and Aux plug-in in front for connecting external devices Remote control CD drive Subwoofer plug-in rear for adding an amp

    Cons: glossy surface gets dirty (finger smudges and dust) easily  IPhone will occasionally not work via USB port, Error-19. Easy fix is to disconnect phone and hard reset iPhone then reconnect it after it has completely turned back on.

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    Anonymous from Nahunta, GA on 1/22/2017

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

    Great receiver. Fit like a glove .Sound is amazing. Completely changed sound experience in my F150 . Love it.

    Pros: Great fit and finish. Sound is amazing.

    Cons: None for product. A little complicated if your not tech savy.but with a little fiddling with . Or with a call to Crutchfield's techs it sounds great

    2005 Grand Prix

    Dave from Casper, WY on 1/21/2017

    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks good but for someone that is not to tech savvy it's kinda hard to navigate to the different settings. The AM local channels are not as clear as the oe radio. Installation and related components fit well. I did have to cut out some of the plastic behind the radio to get it to fit back far enough. The sound is great and I do love it

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    Anonymous from Bowling Green, KY on 1/19/2017

    2013 Nissan Frontier S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice radio and a great price with the included accessories.

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    Robert from LaGrange, NC on 12/29/2016

    2010 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, great price, lots of features. Lots to love, and a great website found what I needed fast and easy.

    Pros: lots of features remote easy to use

    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from Ithaca, NY on 12/28/2016

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great! I made one mistake! Ment to get one with Bluetooth. But it's fine because has auxiliary for adapter

    Pros: USB and multiple lights

    Cons: No Bluetooth

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    David from Hazel Green, AL on 11/20/2016

    2010 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. It was what I needed. Crutchfield made it easy for me to complete my project.

    Pros: The web site help me get exactly what I need for my truck.

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Galax, VA on 11/13/2016

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

    Excellent quality for a solid price.

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    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 10/24/2016

    2003 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Too complicated. I wanted a simple radio/CD player, and was pleased to have the USB port as an extra, but setting up the system, even something as simple as the clock, has been a total pain, and the instruction booklet is of little help. As an added annoyance, the system changes colors every ten? seconds, and while the booklet touts the fact that you can choose from thousands of colors, I just want one, and so far haven't figured out how to get it. The display is almost invisible, especially in daylight(we have to shade the display to read it). However, both the radio and the CD player work fine, and perhaps with time we'll figure it out. I could done without the aggravation, though. I sent a note to Pioneer about one of the issues - still waiting for a reply.

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    Crutchfield response on October 25, 2016 If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the receiver working properly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Steve from Highland, CA on 10/19/2016

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding after market radio. Easy to use and great looking for the price.

    Pros: Great price! Big and easy to read display. Easy to connect and sounds great.

    Cons: My wife says it looks funny.

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    Anonymous from Ashburn va on 10/13/2016

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio!

    Pros: All

    Cons: Cero

    Good substitute for the old Bose system we had.

    BobS from Bella Vista, AR on 10/10/2016

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product works as promised and provides decent sound and is relatively easy to use.

    Pros: Customization.

    Cons: Lost the ability to see what song/artist is currently playing

    Awesome unit!

    charles from Knoxville, TN on 10/7/2016

    1999 Lexus ES300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this for my '99 Lexus ES300 mainly because i despise those useless boxes that come with a smaller head unit to take up space-this is definitely the way to to go-easiest install Ever-and I have done Lots over the years. I was skeptical of the unit working through all 7 factory speakers (using factory amp)-and though for sure my fears would be confirmed as I had power up but no sound, but with a quick call to Crutchfield support team I was instructed to use the antennae turn on that I had neglected. Turns out that actually powers the factory amp in my car-Crutchfield tech knew immediately what my problem was-these guys are absolutely the best! Anyway i highly recommend purchasing from Crutchfield and for an extremely reasonable price this Pioneer unit is definitely a good buy. I have always had the best luck with Pioneer head units-I have owned Kenwood, Sony, and a couple of others, but have found Pioneer to be the most reliable. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Easy install-great display which can be customized for color and brightness-smooth operating cd player-great sound.

    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from New Castle, Pa on 9/8/2016

    2010 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement radio for original, great price, easy to install, and very simple to use, love it!

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    Anonymous from Dickson, TN on 9/4/2016

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The perfect replacement radio for my son's car! Great sound, easy to use and cool color graphics. Highly recommend!

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    Anonymous from Cedar Park, TX on 9/4/2016

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

    Great for the money. Has aux, usb and a good equalizer. Mixtrax is pretty dumb. Was easy to run my factory steering wheel controls too.

    Pros: Equalizers Steering wheel controls Backlight color selection

    Cons: No bluetooth Mixtrax

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    Anonymous from Gaylord, MI on 8/19/2016

    2007 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price but steering wheel controls don't function

    Pros: Great sound quality

    Cons: Steering wheel controls don't work

    Crutchfield response on August 23, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get your Pioneer receiver working properly. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great

    Red from Kingsport,tn on 8/1/2016

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

    Great radio for the price

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    Anonymous from Birmingham, AL on 7/18/2016

    1998 Lexus ES300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everyone on the Crutchfield team that I dealt with was very professional took their time explaining things to me and what made me very comfortable I would definitely deal with Crutchfield again

    Pros: Great value for the money then cook it included everything to install it including faceplate connecting wires instructions and great technical service

    Cons: None so far enjoying the system looks good sounds good just a pleasure doing business with them

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    Jay G. from Ocean City, NJ on 7/8/2016

    2013 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit to replace factory unit in my 2013 Ford F150. Order the mounting brackets, wiring harness and antenna adapter package that came free with this unit which made it a breeze to install. Looks and sounds great. Have not had any problems.

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    Poor illumination

    Gene from Virginia on 6/22/2016

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Extremely dim illumination. You cannot see the time display if you are driving in the daylight. I wish I would not have purchased this unit. Don't you make the same mistake. Pioneer said they have had complaints about the dim illumination. Wished they would have included that info.

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    Cons: Poor illumination

    Crutchfield response on June 27, 2016 Whenever you are disappointed with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Do Not Buy!!

    KM from Wimberley, TX on 6/7/2016

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

    Do Not Buy This Unit!! If I could give it negative stars, I would. It quit working the day after it was installed. I had to take it back to have it uninstalled. I have to go through the hassle of returning it and waiting for a refund. Very, Very Frustrated to say the least!

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    Crutchfield response on June 14, 2016 If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase.

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    Ross from Goshen, IN on 5/30/2016

    2006 Hyundai Tiburon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Beyond expectations, sound and ease of use stand out the most. Used with factory speakers and thought would most likely need to upgrade but this units ability and unlimited options to be adjusted made it sound like a whole new system.

    Pros: Price, sound reproduction and ease of operation.

    Cons: None I can think of !

    Nice Radio

    Joseph from GA on 5/19/2016

    2001 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits the bill for my Trans Am. Customer Service Team Member Zeke answered all of my questions promptly and got the correct adapter to retain my steering wheel controls. I also like the ability to customize the display so that I can match my original gauge lighting.

    Pros: Much better sound quality than the factory Monsoon stereo provided. It is now much louder with less distortion using the same speakers.

    Cons: Not all steering wheel controls work. I could have done something incorrectly during the install but have not worried with attempting to fix it. Volume and track selection work and that was all I really wanted anyhow.

    Great bang for the buck

    Jake from knoxville, TN on 3/29/2016

    2005 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this in my fiance's 2005 Honda CR-V EX. We both love the mixtrax mode, and being able to customize the display color, she loves the bright pink i like matching it the orange of the factory lights, I was very surprised at how light this unit is, and the majority of the inside of the unit is empty. I went with this head unit because my brother has one of these in his 4runner, we both like the double Din size, and with the trim piece installed it fits very well into the dash opening. The front USB port is perfect, and the little door that covers it is very cool too!.

    Pros: immediate improvement in sound quality over stock, easy to set up, wide range of color options for display, great iPhone compatibility and charging.

    Cons: none of the screws that came with unit that are used to mount the factory deck brackets to the aftermarket head unit really fit flush or well, but they can't be seen and it only bothers my OCD nature.

    Great product

    Joe from eugene, OR on 3/28/2016

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

    Great starter stereo for my daughter.

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    AWESOME

    Kevin A from Spruce, WI on 3/20/2016

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome system for the money and sounds great!

    Pros: A lot of cool features

    Cons: None

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    Matt from bluffton, SC on 3/15/2016

    2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome product, great quality and service

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    Great Head Unit

    IndepmoTim from Independence, MO on 3/1/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo with a fantastic look, the back lights look great in my dash and it fit just like they said it would.

    Pros: Plenty of power, loads of options to tune it and equalize it, Looks incredible.

    Cons: None

    Excellent Product

    VA Mike from Virginia on 11/24/2015

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

    Great price and upgrade from the factory head unit. It was easy to install in my Toyota p/u using the two-piece, screw wire connectors. The supplied trimming for around the unit fit very well and looks good. Very well worth the price. Great shipping too. I received everything the next day after placing the order.

    Pros: Great price, easy installation, and I like the color options.

    Cons: Navigating the settings/interface takes some time.

    Great Sisplay

    MEH from Virginia on 11/8/2015

    Really good display, a little rough getting the wires together, but once that was done, good product

    Pros: Great display

    Cons: Wires were difficult, the interface isnt the easiest

    Good Stereo

    Nice! from Amarillo Texas on 10/20/2015

    2007 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This after market stereo is the best one to buy for the price! Great sound quality and the display looks nice!

    Pros: Way better than the stock stereo

    Cons: Some what hard to mount on your car evenly.

    Good for sound quality

    Gavin from Maryland on 10/18/2015

    2008 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The headunit is good for increasing sound quality, which is exactly what I got it for. However, the only thing keeping this from being a five star rating, is that it makes my subwoofer sound like trash. Whatever it did, my subwoofer now only sounds out really low notes; it resembles that of thunder. I don't exactly want to listen to a low rumble in the back of every song. I'm sure it's user error that's done it, but I have no idea how to fix it. Now I can't listen to music without an obnoxiously loud bass in the background. My old headunit allowed me to adjust the bass how I please; this one has settings for the bass but it won't fix the trashy sound it's reduced my subwoofer to. I'm not sure what I did wrong with it, but it certainly does not sound how it used to. Other than it nullifying my $400 subwoofer, the sound quality is nicer in my car and the headunit has a cool display. If there is any sunlight, however, you will not be able to read the display.

    Pros: Good sound quality Cool display

    Cons: Expensive Will have to heavily modify the settings if you have a subwoofer Cannot see the display at all if there is any light outside

    SUPERB

    SSG from Arizona on 10/11/2015

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

    As a replacement for the Ford Shaker OEM it was a difficult journey. Another Brand was initially purchased , two of the Units were NOT good and returned. Then came the Pioneer. ONE HUNDRED FOLD IMPROVEMENT !!!. Great Sound, Intuitive , no comparison is possible , it's that Good.

    Pros: Great Sound Easy set up and use Attractive and highly Functional

    Cons: None

    High quality

    Calvin from Florida on 10/8/2015

    2009 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to replace my stock unit which went out on me. It was easy to install with the recommended wiring harness. I would recommend purchasing wiring connectors for a better install. I just used electrical tape. It took me 2 hours in total for my Toyota Yaris.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: No dedicated on/off button. Cannot keep led lighting to just 1 color mode.

    Crutchfield +1

    B6 from Chesapeake, VA on 9/30/2015

    The site recommended all the right stuff to install this unit into my 2006 GMC Sierra with the 7 Speaker Bose speaker system. Fairly easy install once I got the harnesses attached and heat shrink on the wires. Maintained all the functionality (+ steering wheel controls) I had before plus added all the features my 17 year old son wanted (Blue tooth, iPod interface, etc). Tech support was quick to answer my only question. About 2 weeks in, unit started doing radio station searches at random times. Called Tech support and they had a new unit in the mail with a return shipping label that day. Customer service that is top-notch which is unusual in today's world!

    Pros: Clean and Easy install. Cool functions. Great Price and Value!

    Cons: Interior dash mods were not exactly in line with the instructions. I had to cut material from the lower area in the back of the mounting well vice the top (per the instructions.

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    Art from Virginia on 9/24/2015

    Good quality product, everything I was looking for. Crutchfield's installation of the product was outstanding

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    basic

    redneckhawai from hawaii on 9/20/2015

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

    Nice basic stereo good sound

    Pros: Simple for tech challenged

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    Tom Thib from Dudley, MA on 9/15/2015

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

    Great reciever for the money. Installed easy and sounds great. purchased it to replace my factory reciever because it broke, and this sounds 10 times better with improved radio signals.

    Pros: Price and sound

    Cons: A little time spent getting the settings set-up, but afeter a few times its easy. Just a short learning curve.

    Great stereo, with a few caveats.

    WVFocus from West Virginia on 9/1/2015

    2007 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing sounds great, compared to the OEM Ford radio it replaced. The fit in the dash was good, and the trim made the job look professional. The buttons and controls left me underwhelmed. Controls not as simple and intuitive as the old Ford stereo it replaced. Too easy to end up in the menu, while trying to switch modes (say radio to cd). Lighting colors and brightness can display many variations, which is a nice feature.

    Pros: Good sound, both radio and cd player Lighting and colors offer many user variations Fit well in the dash

    Cons: Buttons and controls not found to be intuitive or well placed Difficult to read buttons and display, especially in bright light

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    LUIS FROM FLORIDA from Florida on 8/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    IF YOU NEED TO INSTALL IN YOUR VEHICLE A RADIO ,SPEAKERS OR SUBWOOFER, MY RECOMMENDATION IS CALL CRUTCHFIELD. EASIEST WAY, LOW PRICE AND EASE TO INSTALL.

    Pros: NO DRILLS . NO CUTS IN PLASTIC. NO MODIFICATION TO THE FRAME. CRUTCHFIELD TECH GIVE YOU WHAT IS FOR YOUR CAR.

    Cons: N/A

    Less than satisfactory

    davidho from Pennsylvania on 8/13/2015

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product looks and sounds great. The CD player skips at any small bump or sharp turn in the road

    Pros: Sounds Great

    Cons: CD player does not work properly

    GREAT FEATURES & SOUND

    Perry from West Virginia on 7/23/2015

    2002 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. Has great features and sound. The controls are also great. Have 4 speakers and a powered Infinity sub hooked up and it sounds great. I love all the cool colors you can program it to have. Great equalization adjustments. Has great radio reception.

    Pros: PRICE..... All the great features and the sound. Cool combinations of colors available.

    Cons: none yet

    Not bad at all!

    Zym from Virginia on 7/14/2015

    This was a very worthwhile product. It sounds great, looks great, and was very easy to install!

    Pros: Easy installation, quality sound, perfect size for my truck

    Cons: n/a

    GREAT PRODUCT

    FRANK from Florida on 7/10/2015

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

    FOR THE PRICE THAT I PAID I FEEL IT IS AN AWESOME PRODUCT

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    Great stereo for the money

    Rob from Jay, New York on 7/9/2015

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

    Installed in my ford freestyle limited. Stereos geeat! Had technical issues with the factory DVD player, try ed several attempts to get the sound back. Thank you Crutchfield for the tech support this evening! Was finally able to narrow it down after checking every possibility.

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    Cons: Seems it should be louder when playing mp3's

    Great

    Jade from Brandon fl 33511 on 6/25/2015

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

    Great item for a basic radio

    Pros: This is a great basic radio as long as you except that it's worth the money

    Cons: Only 12 wat output per channel means you will need an amp

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    Anonymous from Missouri on 6/22/2015

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

    I really like this unit

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    Awesome Reciever

    Steve O from Seven Valleys,PA on 6/4/2015

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First I'd like to say the Reciever really made my 05 Scion tC come alive with factory door speakers and a kicker 400.1 amp complemented by a 10" JL w0 series subwoofer. Has many display color options to pick from to match your dash colors. My only complaint is the brightness during days of decent sunlight, you cannot see anything on the screen and I'm assuming it may have to do with the curvature of the screen reason I rated it 4 stars more like 4.5. Besides the sun glare/ brightness issue this is a solid radio and I'm sure would be phenomenal with I decent set of components.. Pioneer has never let me down and is actually the only stereo I will purchase for my vehicles.

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    Installation had some hiccups but the stereo itself is fantastic

    Joe from Florida on 6/2/2015

    2006 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upside: All around, I love it and I made the right choice. This stereo sounds great and is easy to use. I use it with my iPhone primarily and have had no issues at all. It sounds great and was reasonably priced. I would highly recommend this product. Downside: I rated the "Coolness Factor" at 3 stars because 1) I think it's an unnecessary and irrelevant category. 2) If coolness is based on the level of crazy multi color lights on the display, I would rate it 3 stars. I can't stand the crazy light thing. I believe my stock stereo looks cooler because it isn't trying so hard. What is with the lights? It's like these stereos with their lights are the definition of cool from a guy wearing shades indoors at night with a flipped up fluorescent polo shirt from the 80's. So no, it's not cool unless you are that guy. Personally, I think a stereo that looks stock and behaves aftermarket is rockstar level sexy. At this price point though, this is the most understated appearance I could find with the options I wanted. All is not lost here (that is why I give it 3 stars and not 0) because the lights can be adjusted to glow one color as explained by a Customer Service guy. I gave the build quality 4 stars because of the installation kit doesn't work with all cars. I will leave a full review on the kit itself. All in all: I will use Crutchfield for as long as they are around. Fantastic website and the best customer service of any company I have ever worked with.

    Pros: Great product, ease of use, compatible with my needs, great value, would recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade.

    Cons: Lights are a little over the top. The installation brackets are NOT universal as described. It may work fine for other cars but I have a 2006 Ford Focus ZX3 and they didn't work for me. I ended up having to snap off large pieces of the bracket just to get it to fit in the opening properly. It is still slightly crooked because clearly the brackets provided do not work. I'm not going to fuss about it and re-install though because I can't be bothered. I made it work but buyer beware.

    Like it

    Lee V from Kennesaw, GA on 5/19/2015

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It is simple and good quality for the price.

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    Cons: It doesn't have bluetooth.

    great value from Pioneer

    Donald T from Baton Rouge on 5/18/2015

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a pretty amazing radio for the cost point. It has all the bells and whistles - cd, aux imput, Ipod control, USB, Bluetooth, etc. The sound quality is great and the changing color display is cool. The negatives about the radio are the controls. Moving through the menus to adjust brightness, EQ settings, effects, and whatever else are cumbersome at best and downright maddening at worst. Pioneer would have done well to simplify the menu and the common adjustments. Aside from that, the radio is a real bargin. Lots of bang for your buck.

    Pros: Great sound lots of options great price

    Cons: The design of the menus is idiotic

    PIONEER FH-X520UI

    RAVI from New York on 5/17/2015

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit works quite well. Value for the dollar but the display is way too dim in sunlight when on the max setting.

    Pros: Good value

    Cons: screen brightness

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Anonymous from North Carolina on 5/12/2015

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

    good stuff

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    Great

    Llia Lynn Olsen from Hawaii on 5/10/2015

    2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great improvement in quality of sound through the stock speakers. Easy to install given that all required adapters were part of an install package, some items free or at a considerable discount. Had to cut a bracket in the rear, to fit the added depth of the unit on a Chevy Cobalt 2006 LS

    Pros: Price is low and quality is great, with a 64gb USB it can pretty much handle all my songs. Love the color choices, I left it on Amber.

    Cons: None

    Great Stereo for this price range.

    MikeB from West Virginia on 5/6/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this stereo, it was fairly easy to install and sounds great with the stock speakers in my 2005 Vibe.

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    Pioneer FH-X520UI Reciever

    junkyarddawg from Savannah,Ga. on 5/5/2015

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

    Easy install.Changing light pattern is really good not to bright as some have said also has dimmer switch on face plate. DJ mix option is only available with ipod usb device and is kinda like a scan for music, DJ mix works better with pop/hip hop style music kinda muddled with classic rock but still cool with the light show.overall very happy.

    Pros: Easy install with all that Crutchfield sends with your purchase. I have a Mach 460 Ford sound system and read tons of complaints about trying to hook up an aftermarket head unit but i had no problems.

    Cons: Getting the sound settings(loudness, Bass Boost,Hertz, ...)adjusted takes some trial and error. Could be because of the stock speaker set up but once it is adjusted sounds great even with top down.

    Grandpa's Van

    Anonymous from Higley, AZ on 5/5/2015

    2000 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent stereo

    Pros: Easy to install and setup

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    Excellent Product

    John S. from South Carolina on 5/1/2015

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

    Great sounding unit.Install pretty easy (see cons). Looks great.

    Pros: Lots of settings for sound quality,ample power to drive speakers,very compatible with the Mach 460 system in my Mustang

    Cons: Had to cobble up the attachment of the rear support bracket.Display pretty much invisible in daylight, especially with shades on.

    Very good for price

    Steph from New York on 4/29/2015

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

    Some of the buttons are small, but you get used to them. Takes a while to find out how to use all of the features it comes with. Totally worth the buy though. I was able to install this myself in about an hour . (Not including wire crimping) If you're looking to buy this radio or any other product for your car, this truly is the place to come. They make everything so easy with no hassle. Product arrive very quick and free shipping!

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    Dale from New Jersey on 4/29/2015

    1998 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    CD Player in my factory unit broke so was looking for an inexpensive replacement. This unit lived up to all the outstanding reviews. For my particular vehicle there were three different harness possibilities. Of course mine didn't match harness sent with my order. One call to customer service and correct harness was received next day. Installation was relatively simple, had to trim the dash opening, but harness made install a plug and play. Sound quality is excellent. Absolutely love the USB port. Only rated coolness factor a 3 because it's irrelevant to me.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Price, Ease of Install

    Cons: None so far

    Real Easy

    Charlie from North Carolina on 4/25/2015

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield provided everything to make this a happy experience, even tech help

    Pros: Easy

    Cons: none

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    VP from Florida on 4/22/2015

    2006 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    you cant go wrong with a Pioneer!

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    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Anonymous from North Carolina on 4/20/2015

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

    Very good radio!! Sounds great!!

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    Great Radio!

    Anonymous from Florida on 4/18/2015

    2006 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the money. A bit to high tech for a technology challenged old guy like me but if you push enough buttons you'll figure it out!! Read the instructions, push buttons and enjoy a great radio.

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    Love It

    Zfaust from Pennsylvania on 4/15/2015

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome!

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    Great Stereo

    Cave Creek Boy from Arizona on 4/14/2015

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

    Great stereo. Can't beat it for the price. took installer less then 30 minutes to install. Arrived as adveritised and no issues. Plan on buying another for a second car.

    Pros: Works as advertised.

    Cons: None!

    geat radio

    Anonymous from gainesville, fl on 4/12/2015

    2001 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio!! The shipping was faster than what i had expected and when it did arive the only thing i really had to do was crimp the wires together and fit it to the otiginal wiring harness. the instructions were very discriptive and easy to follow so i wasnt left scratching my head.

    Pros: This radio allows you to change the way your music is played ( vocal booster, bass booster, ect. ) it also comes with many colors to choose from so you can have that perfect color to match your car. Like i mentioned before the installation was very fast and easy.

    Cons: No cons

    Everything awesome

    john from Camp Point. illinois on 4/8/2015

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

    Really love it great sound easy to operate .

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    Nice head unit

    Anonymous from Ruckersville, VA on 4/2/2015

    2001 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, looks good, easy install

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    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Anonymous from Bishop, TX on 3/31/2015

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

    Great purchase, major upgrade from my stock radio.

    Pros: Instructions made the install a bit easier, great sound quality. Everything I expected and more, great overall buy. Especially since it came with wiring harness for my vehicle and a install kit.

    Cons: The only con about the radio was the install. Had to splice wires and connect them, which was a bit confusing because some wires where pre spliced and others were not. The wires where all labeled so it did make the connection from one harness to the other a bit easier.

    great value

    Larry S. from Gouldsboro, Maine on 3/30/2015

    2006 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Great sound and cool to look at.

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    PIONEER FH-X520U1

    BODDOC2 from Illinois on 3/27/2015

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

    GOOD SOUND EASY HOOKUP WITH EVERYTHING IN KIT THAT COMES INCLUDED. EASY TO PROGRAM. COOL COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM. INSTALLED IN MY 2005 MUSTANG GT. MAKES MY WOOFERS SOUND BETTER.

    Pros: EASY TO INSTALL WITH PICTURES PROVIDED BY CRUTCHFIELD. GREAT THEME COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM AND USB INPUT. GREAT SOUND FOR THE PRICE,

    Cons: WIRING COLORS THAT COMES WITH PLUG KIT ARE LIGHTLY MARKED FOR HOOK UP

    Great upgrade

    Zachary M. from Kentucky on 3/26/2015

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

    Fantastic upgrade over the factory CD changer in my Mazda MPV, it has more than enough power for the factory speakers and provides switching for the factory subwoofer. The controls are easy to use, my only complaint is that some of the colors are very hard to see in daylight. I have selected my own custom color, but its still dim in full daylight.

    Pros: easy to install, easy to use, great sound, a lot of bang for the buck...

    Cons: hard to see display in full daylight.

    Great product for the price point

    JesseM from New Hampshire on 3/21/2015

    2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this thinking it was the version with Bluetooth. Other than that it is great. The searching through folders is kind of a pain but manageable. The fact that I can use my 64GB USB drive and carry almost all my music without having to change a disc is amazing. I will be adding to this system in the future.

    Pros: Everything but the searching through folders

    Cons: Searching through folders.

    FH-X520UI Pioneer Stereo

    Dwayne C from Indiana on 3/18/2015

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

    always been a big fan of Pioneer audio equipment , owning a Chevy Colorado Pickup was suprised how well and neatly fit right in my dash .I upgraded my Speakers last fall , and while they made the factory radio sound better , knew it could be alot better and with my factory CD player beginning to go out, figured it was time for an up grade and so far not disappointed much better sound quality and lots of bells and whistles which once I figure out how to use will be a much liked unit and was worth the money

    Pros: remote , able to adjust display color

    Cons: nice if the face plate was removable for added theft prevention

    Pioneer X520UI

    Old guy that still jams from Ohio on 3/17/2015

    For the money you cant go wrong. The EQ and sound shaping abilities of this unit far exceed anything in this price range. I have it hooked up to the S/O M-4075 running 2 Kicker CS693 6X9 in the doors and a S/O M2-8SVC 8" sub behind the drivers seat of my 2014 Silverado standard cab. This system is low dollar and absolutely kicks butt. Everyone who has heard this system wants me to install one in their ride. My 4th system purchased from Crutchfield, first was back in 1992.

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    Pioneer 520

    John from Pl. grove, Al. on 3/17/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really nice looking unit, great value and Crutchfield made it easy to order by recommending all the accessories that I would need. Will definitely use them from now on.

    Pros: Price,quality & customer service

    Cons: None yet

    Attractive lighting

    Scott from Farrell, PA on 3/13/2015

    2007 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. Crutchfield makes this a value by including everything needed for a Painless installation.

    Pros: Looks more expensive than it is. Pioneer quality.

    Cons: Display could be brighter on sunny days. Could use a mute button when the radio is on for drive through applications.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    KenP from Nevada on 3/12/2015

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

    This Stereo is a Major Upgrade over the factory installed stereo. The wiring harness sent with the stereo made installation a snap. Could not be happier with the product and Crutchfield.

    Pros: Very easy to install. Good sound quality. Great buy.

    Cons: I really have nothing negative to say about the product or about Crutchfield. Satisfied customer... I'll be back.

    Overall great product at a great price!

    Ajpro from Las Cruces, NM on 3/12/2015

    2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did a lot of research before making the decision to buy this product. I was looking for the best sound and aesthetic features for my buck without paying for a bunch of bells and whistles I wasn't going to use. I also wanted something to replace a factory stereo that I could install myself without any unexpected surprises or expenses.

    Pros: Installation was easier than I imagined using the instructions provided to me. The flashing multi colors weren't quite my thing, so I was pleased to find I could choose the color I wanted and customize from there. Using the 5 band equalizer I was able to tailor the quality sound to get those crisp sharp highs to shine perfectly within those smooth deep lows.

    Cons: I only found one feature that made me feel more could be done to improve. The mix feature promises the ability to give you a track presentation like that of a club or DJ. I expected the songs on my playlist to transition into one another smoothly taking into consideration beats per minute like on some DJ apps. Instead the track you are listening to is interrupted using a sound effect and the next track starts abruptly say 30 seconds in by another sound effect.

    Great Stereo

    Jose from California on 2/28/2015

    2004 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price. Made my pioneer speakers sound way better than when i had the stock stereo. Really happy.

    Pros: Solid stereo

    Cons: none

    pioneer radio ,speakers and accessories

    anthony b from locust valley,new york on 2/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent easy to install everything I needed was supplied and no missing pieces,very happy

    Pros: Professional install,very good sound from system

    Cons: Trouble setting functions on radio

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Carguy from Ohio on 2/25/2015

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for a good price. Easy to install and easy to use. Sound quality is great.

    Pros: Sound quality, color display, screen animation, track info display, ease of use, iphone controls, easy installation.

    Cons: Haven't found any flaws yet.

    Good power, Ok tuner

    Sanman from Pennsylvania on 2/24/2015

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This 13 watt amp has more power and better quality sound than my jvc that was "rated" at 22 watts. Everything is perfect about this radio except I wish the radio tuner was a little better.

    Pros: Amazing sound and features.

    Cons: Tuner has room for improvement.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Anonymous from Zimmerman, MN on 2/24/2015

    2004 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very easy to install ordered as kit came with everything I needed

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    Easy install/So far so good

    wvman from West Vriginia on 2/22/2015

    2002 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty straightforward install. You can never go wrong with Crutchfield. Install instructions were great and unit replaced a 13 year old factory unit. Son loves that he can play his his music thru his iphone.

    Pros: Easy install, pretty easy unit to figure out controls.

    Cons: None

    Excellent Audio

    Ross H. from Statesboro, Ga on 2/17/2015

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

    Pioneer does it again. Great radio. great price with all the features I needed. Awesome sound control with a display that will keep your heart racing.

    Pros: Value, easy to operate, awesome visual display, sound quality, as well as, infinite adjustability on all audio output.

    Cons: n/a

    Great head unit for the price

    Tracy from Santa Rosa Beach Florida on 2/12/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit for the price. Makes my speakers sound amazing. Just does not have individual adjustment for bass and trouble.... The light show it puts on at night is truly amazing my kids love it.... I would recommend this head unit/remote for anyone on a budget

    Pros: I love being able to sync my iPhone to it

    Cons: No base/highs adjustment

    Love the look

    Carrie from Spring Hill, FL on 2/11/2015

    2011 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great looking radio, love that you can let it run thru the colors and not set one specific color. Or if you choose you can set it to one color. I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler and they said it was a modified fit, well the modification was a mm cut, was basically nothing. Very easy installation

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    Great product for the money

    Brantley from Texas on 2/3/2015

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great product for the money. Gave me all the features I needed without having to spend a lot of money. Looks and sounds terrific in my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500!

    Pros: Lots of EQ options, love the media plugins, the built-in amp provides plenty of power to push my door speakers and when coupled with my remote subwoofer makes for a solid overall sound.

    Cons: A bit of a learning curve to navigate the menus but I don't think there is a way around that.

    Great radio!!

    Justin L. from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/3/2015

    2001 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this new unit in about an hour and a half. Had to call tech support just for knowledge of unused wires and they were right on top of their game. In a matter of minutes they easily explained which wires I wouldn't use and my radio was in and running flawlessly shortly after.

    Pros: Sound quality is amazing, display is bright and vibrant, easy to install even with a simple modification required.

    Cons: None

    Great value!

    Mike l from 29936 on 1/29/2015

    1998 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Took 15 minutes to install. Crutchfield made it simple with everything needed to do it yourself

    Pros: Looks great. Sounds awesome

    Cons: None

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Anonymous from Houston, Texas on 1/27/2015

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome product

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    Perfect

    BrianP from Illinois on 1/27/2015

    1996 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My kids Bose stereo died in their Maxima and we were looking for a good product with a USB port for their iphones. This fit the need perfect, all the accessories included were a huge help. Needed one phone call to confirm a wiring setup, but old out and new in, in less than an hour. I would recommend Crutchfield add the Bojo trim panel tools into the accessories when being bought. They were a lifesaver.

    Pros: Easy to install; kids love the look of the unit; easy to use.

    Cons: Wiring of power antenna was not very clear, but one phone call to Crutchfield cleared that up.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI CD receiver

    eunicelouise from Starkville, MS on 1/23/2015

    Excellent product. Very pleased.

    Pros: Took approximately one hour to be installed by an experienced but not professional electronics person.

    Cons: none.

    Elegant and functional

    Nick from Nebraska on 1/20/2015

    2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a solid and well functioning head unit for a great price. It has a built-in mosfet amplifier which works well to power most after market speakers. It has two pairs of rca preamp outputs, which is nice if you are adding an amp and sub to your system. Overall a good double din stereo receiver.

    Pros: Preamp outputs. Mosfet amp. Great price. Double din. Slick looks.

    Cons: No dedicated subwoofer preamp output. No hd radio.

    Awesome Stock Replacement

    SirSquatchMan from Piedmont, MO on 1/20/2015

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

    I bought this head unit to replace my Mach 1000 in my 04 GT. It was basically a color match plug and play. My father and I got this installed in about 30 minutes (I had to go find wirenuts) and turned it on. The most majestic of all melodies filled my ears when I heard the amazing quality bursting forth from my two 10's in the back. Never before had I heard such range of bass. This is a beautiful replacement for the crappy Mach 1000 6 CD Changer.

    Pros: AUX, USB, Sub Control, Color Variety, Bass Boost, Easy Installation

    Cons: Kinda hard to program

    Great receiver

    GrantG from Tennessee on 1/18/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very satisfied with my Pioneer radio. Great product, sounds really good!

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    Looks Great

    pklewis from California on 1/17/2015

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

    My Pioneer receiver was received very quickly and was a fairly easy install. I like that Crutchfield includes any extras needed for installation at no extra charge. I haven't had it that long, but I'm very pleased with the look and sound so far.

    Pros: Looks & sounds good. Easy installation.

    Cons: None, so far.

    First after market install

    Louie from Knoxville, TN on 1/15/2015

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

    Overall, a good product. Installation was easy. I have never installed an after market stereo. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Sound is good. I like the color selection for the display.

    Pros: Good price especially for a student on a budget. Looks great in the car. Several complements on sound/looks.

    Cons: The flimsy GM dash kit. But that is a separate review. Would not prevent me from recommending the stereo - I had to ask my dad to help.

    Good value

    KDubs from Kalamazoo, MI on 1/14/2015

    1999 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are not looking for a lot of features (bluetooth, NAV, DVD, etc.) this is a great product. Used this as a factory radio replacement due to a non-working CD. Couldn't be happier with the upgrade. More power than the factory radio - makes the upgraded speakers sound really good, plus now have iPhone and iPod functionality. Can stream Spotify and Pandora through the iPhone. Other reviews have talked about display being either too bright or too dim. I believe the bigger problem is the glossy surface on the radio which makes it difficult to read during daylight hours. May look into a matte finish cling film to see if that helps.

    Pros: Good sound, great value. Crutchfield installation kit is a huge bonus! Easy to install and wire.

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    Inexpensive radio with lots of features

    Dave from Brooklyn,ohio on 1/11/2015

    1999 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install with the supplied kit. Looks nice in the dash , and sounds good

    Pros: Ease of install and proper fit in dash

    Cons: Will take a little time to figure out all the features with this radio. But I guess for a negative that is not too bad

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    kaylin from summit.ms on 1/10/2015

    2007 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got as a christmas gift and love it . Easy to use all the different colors are cool It is a very nice radio and cructhfield has a good price on it.

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    great replacement

    c bosley from Colorado on 1/5/2015

    1998 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Christmas present for wifes 98 mountaineer. Easy install, only hickup was power antenna which was solved by one phone call to tech support. Sounds great. Will let mama figure out all the bells and whistles.

    Pros: Crutchfield tech support. The Best. All adapters and instructions provided(except power antenna as noted). I thought Crutchfield was an expensive high end company. Not So. Price was good and added supplies and support well excede any price difference Anywhere and I am a serious bargain hunter. Will shop here again.

    Cons: None

    Love It!

    Jason W from Louisville, KY on 1/5/2015

    2006 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this for my 2006 Impreza Outback Sport. It was a perfect fit and the installation was a breeze. I had never installed any car audio equipment before, and I had this in and working in under 1.5 hours (if you are familiar with this type of electronic installation, I'm sure you could have it done in half the time.) Its been in my car for 3 weeks now with no issues and working great). Whether I'm playing the radio or listening to tunes on my Samsung Galaxy Note (haven't tried the USB playback mode yet, but the phone works fine through the AUX port) the sound is clear and loud - if I want it loud. Definitely recommend.

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    Mark from Chester NH on 1/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I absolutely LOVE my new Pioneer FH-X520UI Head Unit. It does everything I asked for in a new tuner for my '05 Tundra. With the help of Crutchfield's amazing tech support, music was filling my ears in a couple of hours. I love controlling my iTunes and Pandora with the optional steering wheel controls. It's easy to dial in my favorite sound with the wide variety of EQ settings. I couldn't decide on which awesome display color to keep, so I just set the display to scan ALL the colors while I'm cranking the tunes! I just wish I upgraded my factory stereo a long time ago...

    Pros: Easy install Great sound Great control Beautiful display with lots of options Great tech support iTunes & Pandora via USB Steering wheel controls LOUD!

    Cons: I needed a line level booster wired to the speaker output wires to increase the power to my factory amp. This was not included in my original order, but CRUTCHFIELD sent it to me for FREE!

    Looks Great

    mjlayton from Indiana on 1/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this stereo in for my daughter Christmas Day. Works great

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    Great receiver !

    F350clyde from niles ohio on 12/31/2014

    2007 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good double din for the money. Great options for sound quality. Ease of use could be a little better but with a little use its understandable.

    Pros: Cost, style, features, and quality.

    Cons: Does not sync with Pandora on Samsung s4, but works on iPhone 5.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Harry G from Tunkhannock, PA on 12/30/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good deal for the price. May be worth an upgrade for more features. Falls hole better than smaller unit.

    Pros: Looks cool in dash. Easy to operate..

    Cons: No fade control, just balance.

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    ACV from Michigan on 12/28/2014

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased, installation easy in 07 ford f150, Crutchfield installation kit was perfect.

    Pros: Price, sound and installation.

    Cons: none so far.

    Very happy 21 year old

    Gift Succeeds from Harrison ME on 12/28/2014

    2005 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My son needed a new stereo for his 2005 Accord. He loves the sound, and crutch field made it all so easy.

    Pros: USB&aux out front. Color options. Most of all great sound!!! For good price!!!

    Cons: Can't watch the New England Patriots games on it?!?!?

    Pioneer FX-H520UI

    JJ from Tennessee on 12/28/2014

    2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
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    Great product

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good Value

    Anonymous from Hurricane, Utah on 12/9/2014

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

    Easy to install. Everything worked with excellent fit. Sound above average.

    Pros: Looks, ease of installation, fit of parts.

    Cons: None at this time

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Bill from California on 11/28/2014

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

    I installed Pioneer FH-X520UI in my 2000 Toyota Tundra with installation directions from Crutchfield was quite easy, sounds Great and looks very good with perfect fit in dash, adjusted the display colors to match my truck display color.

    Pros: Great looking and easy to adjust, displays information from the USB thumb drive and plays right away when plug in., a great buy at this price

    Cons: None at this time

    Great for the price

    REF from North Carolina on 11/28/2014

    2007 Saturn ION 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works good! FM reception good! Good unit for the price! I was a little intimidated by all the menus and started going through the manual to get it set up. My daughter figured it out before I could find it in the manual.

    Pros: Works great! Good FM reception!

    Cons: The little sticker on the front leaves a sticky residue when you peel it off. Should be another type on sticker.

    Sound quality is excellent.

    DennyT from Tennessee on 11/28/2014

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

    Surprisingly easy install with Crutchfields adapter and instructions. Turned the power on and noticed the nice color of the unit. The color is adjustable but I wish they had an adjustment for brightness, because at night it is a little too bright. The sound quality blows the original stereo away with crisp highs and vibrant mids and lows. The layout is simple to use and the ability to play anything from cd-rs, usb flash drives, and my smart phone is wonderful. OVerall very happy with this inexpensive Pioneer unit!

    Pros: Sound Layout Look

    Cons: Too bright at night

    Amazing product

    Emmanuel from Browns Mills, NJ on 11/24/2014

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

    What can I say? I love this product.

    Pros: Everything about it is good. Great style, good product for the price, easy to use.

    Cons: I have nothing bad to say about this product. I love it!

    Teresa

    Teresa from Fulks Run, VA on 11/22/2014

    Very good stereo for the price. Over all very happy. Sounds very good with my factory speakers.

    Pros: USB port and can play music off of my android phone or I pod. Looks like it belongs in my CR-V. Fits very nicely. Good sound.

    Cons: A lot of menus to flip threw. Also can't figure out how to get it to play my music off of my USB memory stick. It only wants to play my unknown albums and not everything. I'm sure it's just a setting and will most likely have to get help from my Crutchfield team.

    pioneer radio

    Big O from East Orange, NJ on 11/6/2014

    2000 Ford Taurus SEL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just had the pioneer radio in one of my cars and it sounds great. Can't wait to put the that same radio in my other car this weekend. The colors were cool, however I left it on one color. Basic radio and effective for that price.

    Pros: Good radio for a great price.

    Cons:

    Decent For The Money, But Hard To See In Sunlight

    Michael from Lawrenceburg, KY on 11/2/2014

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

    This is a lot of radio for the money. The five band equalizer, plus bass boost function allow you to tailor the sound a bit more than other receivers. The only drawback is that the dot matrix part of the display is very difficult to see on bright, sunny days. You'd have to spend quite bit more on another brand for the same features, but at least you would be able to see the display. You get what you pay for, but for the money, this is a decent choice.

    Pros: Decent sound quality. Lots of adjustments to tailor the sound. Nice looking, without looking to gimmicky or geeky. Decent built quality.

    Cons: Display isn't nearly bright enough

    Pioneer FHX520UI

    TJ-Oklahoma from owasso, OK on 10/28/2014

    2006 Lincoln Mark LT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install. Much more reasonable than adding a ipod cable to the factory unit

    Pros: great sound, easy install

    Cons: none that I can see yet

    Pioneer Review

    Russell from Myrtle Beach,S.C. on 10/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great high tech looking unit. Great sound with great sounding bass when you put it on the high bass setting

    Pros: Fit perfectly in my 2004 Subaru Legacy. Light weight,easy to install...

    Cons: Not really a con but had to "learn" all the settings and features..

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    DAVIDH from HIGH POINT, NC on 10/22/2014

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

    RADIO IS A GREAT VALUE, AND EASY TO INSTALL AND OPERATE

    Pros:

    Cons:

    pioneer FH-X520UI

    Richard from Santa Maria, Ca. on 10/14/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very satisfied with the ease of installation and function of this radio,receiver.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Very pleased...

    Kevog from Lexington, VA on 10/14/2014

    2002 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price - this is a quality receiver with good build-quality and functionality. Unit was easily installed in an 05 Acura RSX...along with Infinity speakers. A few buttons are slightly flimsy, but overall is a solid piece. Sound quality is very good - clear!

    Pros: Good value - overall very pleased!

    Cons: None really...

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    Ollie O from Ft.Lauderdale, FL on 10/12/2014

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

    This is my third Pioneer over the years. I chose this new model because it is packed with today's tech at good value. USB and mini jack -ports for auxiliaries are a must. Traditionally the power is suffice to feed my (factory) speakers. For other Toyota Matrix owners I would like to tell to be careful when installing back the dash bezel. The original rack is metal. The new is plastic. Bezel has "claws" on left and right sides, which need to be snipped off before the bezel sits tight around the unit. Then it looks good and sounds great. Pioneer packs a punch in this set up very well.

    Pros: Price / value. Pioneer receiver looks like a factory installation in my night time cockpit. Thank you for the many color choices, out of which, one matched Matrix.

    Cons: Installation Kit needs a lot of trimming off the extra plastic. Make sure to read the instructions on correct line (your vehicle) before you cut your 1st cut.

    defective

    William from Roanoke, TX on 10/12/2014

    This unit was defective. I did want to say Ashlyn from Crutchfield did a great job and took great care of me. The service from Crutchfield was great they overnighted me a new one and I will never buy audio equipment from anywhere else.

    Pros: Liked it while it worked.

    Cons: Did not make it 90 days deck was defective

    awesome receiver!

    aj from atlanta, ga on 10/9/2014

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

    stereo looks great, sounds great, and I love all the colors. easy install with the brackets.

    Pros: color variance, good sound, good bass, many options

    Cons: maybe not as loud as I had hoped? but that might be because I don't have an amp powering door speakers

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    DB from Murfreesboro tn on 10/8/2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good overall radio

    Pros:

    Cons:

    good replacement radio

    Mercer from Amarillo, TX on 10/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First radio arrived and was installed per instructions using the dash kit and wiring harness kit for the unit. After a couple of days the unit would turn on but no sound came through the speakers. Then I stopped turned off the vehicle, restarted the vehicle and the unit would operate as it should. Checked all connections and nothing found. Then a few days later it did the same thing. I pushed the CD eject button and the sound came back. Contacted the tech support and Austin had another unit shipped to me. I was told to wait to send the first unit back until I was satisfied the second unit would function properly. After 10 days of flawless operation there were no problems found. Radio functions great. Good sound from the factory speakers. I feel like the situation was handled well and that I was taken seriously. Thanks Crutchfield and Austin.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy setup. Operates the iPod I have well.

    Cons: I have an android phone. Wish it would operate it like an iPhone.

    Very Nice

    Jason from Western, KY on 10/6/2014

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

    Very nice unit for the price. Works as it should. Time will tell how it holds up though.

    Pros: Price, Features, Looks

    Cons: None so far

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    tom from Illinois on 10/5/2014

    2008 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks nice and it sounds good easy to use it dress up the dashboard.

    Pros: The many colors you can choose from is nice. It has usb hook up nice for ipod

    Cons:

    Great buy

    Dave from Doerun ga on 10/4/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound perfect fit awesome looks

    Pros: Looks cool

    Cons: None

    wonderful radio!!

    Anonymous from texas on 10/3/2014

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

    Radio was easy to install. It has an easy to navigate display. The sound quality is wonderful

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    Cons:

    Pioneer FH-X520UI

    KC from Ocala, Fl. on 10/2/2014

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

    Easy install and setup, sounds real nice.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Excellent!!!

    Anonymous from Troy, OH on 9/29/2014

    2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product had no idea how to instal It so had to go somewhere but only took then an hr

    Pros: Once installed it's super easy to use just read the manual . The lights are sweet and can hit with the beat.

    Cons: Long instillation had to spend more money to get it in my truck

    awesome

    jeremy from State College Pa. on 8/26/2014

    2004 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing is awesome easy to install and sounds great

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Details

    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Disc & USB (Android) Playback
    iPhone/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB (Android) Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer FH-X520UI CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3, WMA, and WAV files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The CD receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer FH-X520UI. Basic playback controls included Play/Pause, FW/RW, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Song/artist information such as track, artist, and album name will also be displayed on the head unit. In addition, USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • MSC Playback: The Pioneer FH-X520UI's USB port enables playback & control of MP3/WMA/WAV music files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your older Android smartphone (w/ OS 2.2+ [Froyo/Gingerbread]) or USB thumbdrive device (up to 32GB) through the head unit.
    • MTP Playback: The FH-X520UI's USB port also enables playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+ [Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Pioneer head unit.
    Note: You cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Pioneer FH-X520UI supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB MSC/MTP device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8/16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA albums and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title.

    Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information; including artist, song, and album name.

    Playback Controls: The Pioneer CD receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for disc and USB device playback. When a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the head unit will control music playback functions; you will not be able to control your music from the smartphone.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Off Eject: A CD 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 CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    iPhone/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer FH-X520UI's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The FH-X520UI supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X520UI.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X520UI.
    Note: 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 (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers 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. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name. Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked, so you can access music apps; other iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during this mode.
    • iPod Mode: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information and control basic playback functions from the head unit. You will not be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's music by category from the head unit or use Link Play in this mode.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Once you have selected the music app from your iPhone, you'll be able to listen to music from that app through the Pioneer head unit, view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD, and operate basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the head unit's front-panel control. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer FH-X520UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/26/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2/3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/Air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y