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Pioneer designed their DEH-X5500HD CD receiver to be the perfect vehicle for adding great sound, expanded musical capabilities, and the best-sounding radio available to your dash. This receiver lets you control your iPod® or iPhone® playlists when you connect them via the USB input, and offers Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone too. But if you're a radio fan, that's not the end of the story.

Enjoy your music, plus the best in radio

Pioneer designed their DEH-X5500HD CD receiver to be the perfect vehicle for adding great sound, expanded musical capabilities, and the best-sounding radio available to your dash. This receiver lets you control your iPod® or iPhone® playlists when you connect them via the USB input, and offers Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone too. But if you're a radio fan, that's not the end of the story.

Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

HD Radio — enjoy the difference

If you listen to a lot of radio, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the HD Radio tuner that's built into this car stereo. The free broadcasts of your local HD Radio station are like regular radio, but with improved sound quality — FM broadcasts are near CD-quality, while AM is as clear as regular FM. And many stations, particularly public radio, broadcast extra channels of programming, so you can easily switch between news, music, or other alternative programming.

MIXTRAX livens up your music

Pioneer's MIXTRAX feature complements this receiver's bright display with its variable-color illumination. Turn it on, and it adds a light show to your favorite playlists as the display pulses in time with your music, and it inserts transitions and cool effects between songs, keeping the energy high while you're cranking the tunes.

Great sound at the heart of it all

The DEH-X5500BT carries on the tradition of solid Pioneer sound with a powerful internal amp that leaves most car audio factory systems in the dust. You'll also enjoy a 5-band equalizer for tone control, plus Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever to perk up the sound quality of compressed music files. If you're looking to build a bigger system, hook up amps to the two pairs of preamp outputs to get things really rocking — a suite of sound controls will tailor the output of the receiver to your amps.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 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
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Pioneer's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATM mini fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

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    Great product exactly what I wanted and more.

    m. f, folkston,ga


    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (110 Reviews)

    poor quality

    Mitch from Texas on 4/3/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Volume knob does not stay set and is constantly turning itself down




    m. f from folkston,ga on 9/28/2013

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

    Great product exactly what I wanted and more.

    Pros: Great user interface and plenty of audio settings

    Cons: nothing I can think of

    The best

    Eric from Elmhurst, NYrie on 9/26/2013

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

    I bought this product for my new car and it was an easy install no problems only issue is I can't seem to find the proper settings on mixtrax to play full songs instead of 2mins only, other than that it's great along with my pioneer speakers.

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: Settings for mixtrax

    Very satisfied

    Rich from Munhall PA on 9/19/2013

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

    Best money spent on my car in a long time. This unit is vastly superior in sound quality to my stock unit. A huge improvement

    Pros: Value. Easy of installation

    Cons: Can't dim (minor)

    Nice upgrade from stock radio

    Chevymetal from AL on 9/19/2013

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

    Bought this to upgrade from a factory 2003 Ford F250 CD/Tape player. This review is based upon this player, no amp, and factory speakers. If you've read the spec sheet on this player you can see you're getting a lot for what you pay. I can remember when a player like this would cost twice what this one does. Would I buy it again? Yes. For the money this unit is a steal.

    Pros: Sound amplification - noticeable sound difference compared to factory player Equalizer - offers a wide array of sound structuring as there are several presets to choose from or you can customize yourself. Very versatile. Bass boost - nice addition to the equalizer; adds more 'depth' to the overall sound of the bass Nice clear display Remote - this is a nice addition as the buttons on the unit are a bit small to mess around while driving USB player - one of the main reasons I bought the unit

    Cons: Cons: Tiny buttons on player Quite a few options - I hate to call this a con, but some people may find it a bit daunting to learn all the functions of this player. I think it is more of a lack of detail in the manual. However, you can find videos online of better explanations for the different options.


    JerryM from Northeastern PA on 9/15/2013

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

    Decent but

    Pros: USB port, HD radio

    Cons: Not as strong as the original radio when trying to pull in distant stations. Display doesn't dim with dashboard lights. Instruction book needs help.

    OK for Lower End

    Joe from Williamsburg on 9/8/2013

    1996 BMW 328IS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has a lot of functionality but have only have one function button with a long menu to get to them. A pain especially if driving. Likewise with getting station info. Most radios I have used give the full song title and artist and station. This only displays one or the other and not enough of the title so I just leave it on station frequency.

    Pros: Inexpensive.

    Cons: See review for cons.

    Always buy through Crutchfield

    Joe from Indianapolis, Indiana on 8/23/2013

    Always buy through crutchfield. I just got my first car and wanted to replace my stereo so I looked here and found this pioneer. The next day I went to a big box store and bought the same model stereo there,bad idea, the stereo was cheaper but instillation gear was 30 bucks. Crutchfield would send all the install stuff free when you by crutchfield and their tech service is superb. My dad bought his stereo through crutchfield and they helped make the order. If you are deciding between pioneer, alpine, and kenwood go pioneer. Pioneer has the best value and the mix feature is awesome. Dad went with a kenwood for his truck and now that my parents have seen my stereo my mom wonders why my dad went kenwood instead of pioneer. They wish the kenwood had as many illumination options as mine and the mix. Untop of all the extra colors and features the pioneer is so much easier to control with so much more power. The pioneer is a 4 channel 50 watt putting out plenty of power for your car speakers. I will never by a stereo not made by pioneer.

    Pros: Colors, The mix, Power, Easy to use, Affordable, High quality

    Cons: None I wouldn't trade my stereo for any other one.

    Amazing head unit

    Jarrett from Georgia on 8/23/2013

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome head unit! It was everything I was looking for! It has detailed equalizer settings for that perfect sound you are looking for and the display is sick! Definitely recommend!!!

    Pros: It's a beast!

    Cons: None

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    DanS from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/23/2013

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

    Seems to be a fantastic unit, well built and lots of fun features. It definitely takes some reading and re-reading of the manual to figure out how to use some of the features as it isn't overly intuitive. That said, once you take the time to learn the interface, it's a blast.

    Pros: multi-color interface, iphone/pandora interface

    Cons: complicated interface to learn

    Love it

    Anonymous from Arkansas on 8/19/2013

    1985 Buick Grand National
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great deck!! Replaced a older Alpine and kicks its butt...for the price it's hard to beat. The HD radio is nice sounds a lot better. Can't go wrong with this one.

    Pros: Sounds great, HD radio, custom color options

    Cons: The only con is the rear sub outputs are only 2 volts and not 4.

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    tiddybream from Ga. on 8/19/2013

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

    Looks and sounds great. Easy install!



    Amazing product

    JamesR from Menomonie, WI on 8/18/2013

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

    This is a very good product. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a great stereo.


    Cons: The only con is the size of the buttons. It seems as though they were built for ants!

    pioneer receiver

    pioneer deh-x5500hd from coolidge,ga on 8/10/2013

    1998 Isuzu Amigo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's was easy to install with the factory hookup provided by crutchfield

    Pros: You can customize the sound and the amount of mzh going to the speakers and to the amps.

    Cons: The instructions doesn't go into detail about the functions of the receiver.

    Excellent Receiver, easy install.

    Don F. from Gardner, KS on 8/6/2013

    2004 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent looking and great sounding receiver. Does everything you need in a car stereo. AM, FM, FMHD, CD, MP3, and USB. I put this in my daughter's convertible and she was thrilled. The removable faceplate is great for when she leaves the top down and runs in a store, it goes in and out easily.



    Too complicated for me

    John from Green Bay, WI on 8/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I simply can't figure out how to work this unit to my satisfaction. The instructions don't explain the purpose of most functions and getting the sound quality the way I'd like requires a PHD in electronic engineering! HELP! Furthermore, the buttons are way too small to be useful!

    Pros: Good price, nice looking product.

    Cons: Nearly impossible to figure out how to operate by one's self. The owners manual is useless too!

    Crutchfield response on 8/6/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great Deck

    FaaezK from Tucson, AZ on 8/2/2013

    2002 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little unit. Not for a single second did I feel regretting this purchase.

    Pros: Does everything I want it to.

    Cons: Not really a con, however, I didn't notice that the next model up has BT connectivity until it was too late. Oh, well. Live and learn.

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    Jerry L from Lavonia,GA on 8/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the Blaupunkt In my Dodge truck. I already have a Pioneer DEH 3200 in one car and a DEH 4400 in my other one. For me, the install was easy and setup very similar to the other ones. I'm very plaesed with the DEH X5500HD.

    Pros: Sounds Great. Many colors to chose from on the Keys and Dial

    Cons: None that I saw.

    Great deck for the money

    Romanova from Cypress, TX on 8/1/2013

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

    Great deck, so great in fact that I have it installed in both of my cars. Full of features, including the Mixtrack which was fun for about 5 minutes. HD radio is decent, but I mainly use it for the USB front input... got a thumbdrive loaded with music.

    Pros: Adjustable display colors, ease of use.

    Cons: Using the shuffle play mode with thousands of songs can be interesting... sometimes I might hear the same song more than once in an hour. Also, if you are skipping through songs and you hear your most favorite song ever and you accidentally skip over it, game over. You can't go back while in shuffle mode.

    Pioneer in quality products

    AJ from Seattle, WA on 8/1/2013

    1995 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The pioneer 5500HD works perfectly, HD channels are a real icing on the cake. Every feature on this unit works great, the install was super easy, and the provided harness really made everything easy. I have always purchased Pioneer head units in my vehicles. The build quality is excellent, and all of the functions are easy to use, easy to navigate, and learn.Highly recommended, amazing value for the price.

    Pros: HD tuning, aux input

    Cons: The display can be difficult to read/see in bright sunlight...

    Small Buttons

    DickC from Darnestown, md on 7/26/2013

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Buttons are really small. Controls complicated by having to go through layers in tje Master control

    Pros: Sound, value

    Cons: Tacky colors,complicated controls

    Great receiver and great instructions

    DaveC from WDC on 7/26/2013

    2000 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this CD receiver to replace the factory unit in my 2002 Saturn SL2 tat had begun speaking to me (e.g., doing whatever it wanted when I tried to make a selection). It has more options than I needed, and fit very well into the car. The multiple color LED options made it easy to 'match' the look of my car also. In addition, it was easy to install with the Crutchfield Master instructions. My 11 year old son did the installation. His first.

    Pros: High quality unit and clear instructions. The pre-sales tech support was also very helpful.

    Cons: None

    Great receiver!

    Dave C from Currituck, NC on 7/23/2013

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

    It's a great deck for what I needed it for...

    Pros: Great price, sounds great and I really like the light patterns.

    Cons: I didn't have much of a problem with the menus but some people may...

    Great Product!

    Sammi7973 from Philadelphia, PA on 7/23/2013

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, easy to install, love the faceplate, great value for the price. Love this radio, sound quality is great and the color options are fantastic. I never had HD Radio before so that was a treat, love the accessibility and the remote is a nice touch.



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    Ben in Florida from Nature Coast of Florida on 7/21/2013

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

    The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD I just bought and installed is a fine replacement that gives me the features I wanted: HD Radio, CD player that will play most all professional and home burned CDs, Aux input, and USB input. Installation on my 2007 Focus was easy once I figured out there were a couple of options and some of the install parts were not needed depending on the intall. Operation is OK, but the small buttons and interface could be better. It is still a learning experience. But it lets me plug in my Kindle fire to play music, put music and audio books on either the Kindle or the thumb drive, and play my CDs. Other than the small myriad of buttons and less than fool proof interface, I have found the FM reception is not the best. The stock Ford radio did better.

    Pros: Easy install. Good value for what you pay. The features I was looking for.

    Cons: Small user interface buttons and mediocre user interface. Keep the manual handy until you are fully versant in it's use and features. FM reception is not stellar.

    Excellent car receiver

    MarkB from Menomonee Falls, WI on 7/19/2013

    1996 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After extensive research, I settled on this Pioneer model and was it a great choice. Very please with the sound quality, the features (IE: Apple direct connect, 3mm jack to name two), and the ease of installation. I put this in my 1996 Camaro and Crutchfield had the instructions, installation parts, to perfection. Very easy to understand these installation instructions. Took me about 30 minutes.. Back to the radio, it is very cool looking, plenty of color options for the display. One other common "con" in reviews I would agree with - it is somewhat difficult to understand the operation manual and to implement the changes, however, I think a lot of that is just getting used to it, as we all know, when you get a new phone, computer, or anything, it takes a little getting used to. THIS UNIT IS A GREAT DEAL!

    Pros: Many features, ease of installation, great sounding unit.

    Cons: Operation manual is difficult to understand, making adjustments is a little trying at times.

    ooooohhhh... pretty lights.

    Zante from SF Bay Area, CA on 7/18/2013

    1995 BMW 318I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After much hemming and hawing, I finally decided to replace the factory cassette head-unit in my '95 BMW 318i convertible. Did quite a bit of research, narrowed down my choices to some pretty basic "must-haves" such as HD, USB and Aux ports, and also the ability to match display/button colors to my interior displays. The unit was pretty easy to install;. I had a couple issues with a mystery blue wire that when not connected resulted in no am radio reception, but fm was fine. A quick call to Crutchfield tech support quickly resolved the issue of the mystery blue wire which fixed the am radio problem. The unit itself is pretty nice. Lots of options and controls. Personally I don't think it's all that complicated. It took me 15 minutes of just playing with the options to get a good handle on the operation. The HD-FM / Standard FM pulls great signals. This with only a stock 18" flex antenna on the rear fender. I rarely have fade and it switches seamlessly between regular and HD. The display is really hard to read during the day. Not because the display is too dim, but the face of this unit is ultra high-gloss that reflects everything around. The only other negative that I would agree with is the user manual. It is poor-quality print and a very small font. It is pointless to even include it. Do yourself a favor and go to the Pioneer site and print out your own enlarged version. I increased the print-size to 150% just to make it look normal! Otherwise a nice unit.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy to use, HD Radio reception, connectivity, variable light and button colors

    Cons: High-gloss face too reflective. Manual nearly impossible to read.

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    Anonymous from Fort Myers, FL on 7/16/2013

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All in all this is a great deck for anyone who is a daily drivers and loves to listen to the radio. Me and my friend installed it in about an hour and it was a very easy straight forward process all you have to do is match the colors of the wires up crimp and go.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great sound quality. Great deck for the price.


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    mo from Minneapolis, MN on 7/15/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had no issues with this receiver. It has many useful features that are very easy to use. I would recommend this receiver to anyone who is looking for a new car stereo.



    Hard to beat for the price

    John_S from Huntsville AL on 7/11/2013

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

    I was looking for a good radio for my 06 Ford Ranger, when I purchased it, it still had a tape deck. I had 4 Kenwood FKC-C6894 6X8's already in the truck. I was surprised at how much better those speaker sounded with this deck. For a little over $100 I was not expecting much, but it was night and day. So glad I upgraded, it sounds great, even at higher levels. This deck has some nice features like the USB and front input and the option on screen colors is great. This unit is solid and worth every penny. Crutchfield is the only place to get your next stereo, they send you everything you need and the install was simple and fast.

    Pros: Great power and sound, clear even at high volume levels and has a nice little remote.

    Cons: Non so far

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    Anonymous from Whittier,ca on 7/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product



    Great price, great radio

    MikeS from Elk Grove, CA on 7/7/2013

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would say this radio is an excellent choice on a budget which exceeded my expectations based on price. I installed this radio in a 2001 Ford F-150 which had another aftermarket radio already. The sounds was better than expected even with the factory speakers, once I replace the speakers with Pioneer TS-G6844R's it was better yet. The "Coolness Factor" has to be all the different colors you can choose from. The build quality feels solid.

    Pros: Sounds is better than expected from a value priced radio.

    Cons: Buttons could be a bit larger. for seek/scan and station presets.

    David DeRosier

    Coyotekid from Racine,Wi 53405 on 7/4/2013

    2003 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works Great.

    Pros: Like the HD tuner, Sounds great, easy to set up

    Cons: preset buttons a bit small. Takes a little getting use to.

    97 INFINITY J 30

    GREAT HD RADIO SOUND from HOUSTON, TX on 7/3/2013

    1997 Infiniti J30
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My wife loves HD RADIO

    Pros: Great product for the price.

    Cons: USB only plays with i phone? what about ANDROID?

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    phil r from columbus ohio on 7/1/2013

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

    installation hardware fit perfect,instructions for install were good.stereo sounds very good with pioneer 600 watt 6x9 5 way speakers,built in graphic equalizer works well and easy to adjust



    sounds good

    ReedP from SLC,Utah on 6/27/2013

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

    Sounds good. Still got to go deeper into the manual to figure it all out. But so far a pretty nice little unit with all the features I have been looking for.

    Pros: All the right features.

    Cons: No complaints.

    Awesome Head Unit!!!!!

    Alex from Heyburn, ID on 6/26/2013

    Get this unit!!!!!! Build is great, power is great, features are great! Love my new Pioneer!

    Pros: Everything is totally cool!

    Cons: None

    Good for the $$$$$

    Brian from Phx,Az on 6/22/2013

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

    Overall great stereo, you can get better, but not at this price. Woke up my stock speakers and sounds great.

    Pros: Pioneer quality and sound.

    Cons: Menus get a little confusing, but you get used to it.

    Love it!

    Michael K from Helotes, TX on 6/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this head unit! For the price it's great and sounds so much better than my old stock radio. Love the color selections too

    Pros: Color selection, sound quality and ease of use

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Mooresville,NC on 6/17/2013

    2002 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It does everything i expected and then some. There was no wiring diagram with it but if you know how to match colors then you should be ok. Figuring out how to set it up correctly for your sound system is important and will work great when you figure it out. Great radio for the money. Great power for good speakers so no need to buy a jvc just because it has more rms watts.

    Pros: price

    Cons: hard to figure out what frequency to set things at, you just have to try different things. Better Instruction manual and wiring diagram would help.

    Reviews for the Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 6/17/2013

    2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good Unit - easy install

    Pros: Sounds good.

    Cons: Can't find play lists on iPod...

    Nice Product

    Rickp from East Texas on 6/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pioneer DEH-x5500HDReceiver is a bargain for the price.

    Pros: Bargain priced

    Cons: Mix Trax doesn't work well for me. And the display is hard to read on sunny days The manual is terrible. Doesn't really explain well and is hard to read.

    Awsome reciever!!

    Jccola from Portland, OR on 6/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, easy to set up n change settings, looks good, easy to install!! I've allwayd used pioneers recovers. User friendly.



    My teenager wants it in his car!

    Jeff from Central Iowa on 6/2/2013

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

    The primary reason I replaced the factory unit in my 2006 Ford Freestyle was iPod/iPhone integration, allowing me to have my full music collection instead of just a few CD's on hand. I had to make one call to support to confirm wiring for the factory subwoofer, but otherwise installation was pretty straight-forward. I'm very happy with the sound quality for all types of listening (radio, CD, aux, iPod inputs). My teenage son asked if we could swap stereos from the 2001 Taurus he drives. After explaining that there is no standard plug-and-play interface for car stereo wiring, he understood why that wouldn't work. He really likes the bass that this unit delivers as well as the variable color illumination, HD radio sound quality and the "Christmas light-like" funkiness of the mixtrax function. The only complaint I have is the instruction manual. The font is very small for my middle-aged eyes and I would appreciate a description of each of the functions. Don't just tell me how to change the setting, include a sentence on why I would want to (for example, why would I want to change the "Slope level" for the subwoofer?). I also wish there was an indicator light when the radio is operating in HD mode. These aren't major issues. Overall, I'm very happy with the sound quality and value of this unit.

    Pros: Sound quality, HD radio, Crutchfield telephone support, variable illumination

    Cons: Instruction manual

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    Anonymous from Albany, Oreg on 5/27/2013

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent functioning stereo. The iPhone/iPod controls work great. There is a great deal of tunability from a stereo in this price range.

    Pros: Good value, incredible features, easy to use.

    Cons: It's a bit bright at night.

    A Great upgrade from the factory unit

    Daniel from N.E. Iowa on 5/26/2013

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall this Pioneer deck has been a pleasure to use and listen to. The Crutchfield installation was a snap and the sound is great. I'm looking forward to using the HD radio function soon if I ever travel to an area that has it :) Overall I'm very pleased with the quality and the value of this unit, I would definetely recommend Crutchfield to anyone!!



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    Anonymous from Hamptonville NC on 5/26/2013

    1997 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very high quality as expected by pioneer.

    Pros: Lots of different color options, high quality output. Has preamp.

    Cons: None.

    A Great Upgrade to My YJ!

    Prestige from Mantua, NJ on 5/22/2013

    1994 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I researched several stereos for my Jeep YJ and I was originally focusing in on an Alpine unit, but then I read the reviews on this Pioneer unit and I was pretty impressed. After comparing several things between the Alpine and the Pioneer I settled on the Pioneer, primarily because of the reviews, price and HD radio feature. I am so glad I purchased the Pioneer. It was very easy to install due to the straightforward wiring and excellent instructions provided by Crutchfield. Once I had it wired up I fired it up and what a difference from the OEM stereo! It sounds so much better. The YJ has tiny 4" speakers to begin with but the Pioneer really helps them sound much better. I never had HD radio before, but it really does sound much better than regular analog stations. The USB, aux and Pandora functions are also very cool. The USB port allows me to play and charge my iPod simultaneously (NOTE: The iPod sounds better through the USB port than the aux port). Overall, a great unit and major upgrade from the factory unit. As a final note I wanted to let everyone know that I bought this Pioneer stereo through Crutchfield's online outlet store as a "Scratch & Dent" item for a significant savings. Scratch & dent items are noted on the website to have "minor" cosmetic blemishes, but let me tell you that my Pioneer looked like a brand new unit. I was expecting to find the face/display scratched or something like that but I couldn't find any damage whatsoever. Thank you Crutchfield!

    Pros: Price - Bang-for-the-Buck Sound quality HD radio USB port Pandora feature Multi-color display with Mixtrax

    Cons: System menus Difficult to program, however, once you do get it programmed it sounds great!

    Excellent !!

    Mark from Napoleon, OH on 5/19/2013

    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the most impressive receiver i have gotten from Crutchfield, and was very easy to install . Love the sound and ease of operation. Great radio reception.

    Pros: Easy to use, excellent sound

    Cons: none !

    Great Product

    Bruce from Alabama on 5/18/2013

    2005 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its sounds great in my new SUV and it is easy to use




    T W from Dearborn, MI on 5/18/2013

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

    Radio works great for the price. HD sound outstanding once I got it to working

    Pros: Great sound quality, easy to install

    Cons: Dimmer does not work like it should. Hard to see the display in the daytime. Too bright at night


    AgentOrange_785 from Topeka, KS on 5/11/2013

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

    Outstanding unit. The factory unit in my mom's 2003 Nissan Sentra crapped out on her some time ago. At first the CD motor burned out and then after awhile the radio was shot as well. After shopping around online and in brick-n-mortars I settled on this head unit, mostly because of the reviews I read here at Crutchfield. I feel compelled to throw my hat in the ring along with the others. I have 0 experience with car stereos and this was my first ever attempt installing one. Was basically plug-and-play. Took about 30 minutes from start to finish. The receiver itself is truly awesome. The sound quality is outstanding. I can't get over how the 10 year old factory speakers on the basic audio package thump in her little car. LoL! I'm seriously considering getting something in this line for my truck. The illumantion color variety is large and this, along with the USB port were the main reasons I settled on this head unit as they were features that my mom seemed most interested in when we poked around in Best Buy. I still don't know what this mixtrax thing is... Limited HD radio stations in the area where she lives but on a drive to Kansas City noticed about 25-30 stations picked up. Sound quality on these HD stations is great. Really sounds like a CD. Anyway, easy to install, easy to setup, sounds awesome, cool display color options. Couldn't have been happier with the value and quality of this product... oh, and my mom likes it too... =]

    Pros: Easy to install, sounds awesome, illumination options are "cool", awesome value

    Cons: As with most aftermarket head units I've looked at, the buttons are small and can be a bit of a pain to use while driving. However, the remote remedies this issue for the most part, allowing for easier adjustments while driving.

    DEH-X5500HD in my '04 Ram

    Bkamp from Lomax, IL on 5/9/2013

    The stock CD changer finally died after 9 years and with much consideration, I chose the DEH-X5500HD as the replacement. Crutchfield sales and tech people were exemplar and well appreciated for their efforts. Installation went smoothly enough, although this was no simple plug and play proposition. I wanted to utilize the factory amp and speakers, so I had to solder in about a dozen wires to make it happen. I wished I had a better schematic, but with 10 minutes of patient help from a Crutchfield techy, we got her done. Sounds great. Added new life to a favorite truck.

    Pros: This HU is packed full of features, several I'll never use, many features to keep me busy learning how to setup and use.

    Cons: The mounting bracket wasn't a factory fit... and the wiring diagram left much to be desired. If this Pioneer lasts half as long as the stock HU, it'll be money well spent.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    josh f from Eau Claire, WI on 5/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this deck and the multi color faceplate is awesome. The clutchfield team is very helpful and knew exactly to do to fix the issue! Only down side to this deck is no dimmer settings so it is pretty bright at night. Good thing mines in a gmc denali I wouldn't want this in a small compact car. Plus would have loved Bluetooth but sadly it doesn't have it. Otherwise it sounds amazing compaired to the stock boss system. I would recommend this to friends!

    Pros: Sounds great, amazing led lights

    Cons: No Bluetooth, no dimmer setting for the brightly lit faceplate

    Pioneer never fails

    Michael S from Evansville IN on 5/3/2013

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great ,looks greats and easy to navigate.

    Pros: The colors you could choose from is great to match with your car interior.

    Cons: Wish it had more gimmicks but then again I didn't spend 400 or more on a radio. It does more than enough for what it is worth.

    very cost effective deck

    Anonymous from worcester,ma on 5/1/2013

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

    Overall this deck's features were the main reasons I purchased it. I have it hooked up via radio cable to my satellite radio. It works awesome and you can change the colors to match your stock themes.

    Pros: very cost effective and easy to use

    Cons: wish it had a dimmer function sometimes in the early AM its pretty darn bright.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    DonC from Grand Rapids Mi. on 5/1/2013

    2012 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Radio. Awesome features. Great sounding. Works perfectly as a shuffle control for my Sony MP3 player.

    Pros: Easy to use. Surprising sound clarity. Never owned a Pioneer brand.

    Cons: No true cons as of yet. Hard not to adjust while driving because it is sweet.


    Yux from Reading,Pa on 4/30/2013

    1996 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent replacement radio. No problems so far.



    Great Sound, Not So Great Controls

    Tony from Dallas, TX on 4/28/2013

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

    Purchased the Pioneer X5500HD to upgrade my factory radio which had degraded to the point of a single speaker. It was time. The sound on the Pioneer is great, really crisp and clear, and was like hearing the music for the first time again! Install was pretty fast: 2.5 hours from start to finish. That said, the controls/menu functionality are along the lines of garbage, in my opinion. I'm definitely no stranger to tech; I read the manual 3 times in an attempt to try and control the illumination display, figure out the difference between "BLEND" and "HD" and why both have to be on. I'm also having a son-of-gun of a time trying to tune into HD radio, another reason I purchased this model (Dallas has several around the area). At the end of the day, there does not seem to be a way to make the illumination panel STOP rotating through a bunch of different colors (none that I've found), so get ready for a disco experience. Other than that, sound is great, great value, and it's manufactured well. I would have given this 4-out-of-5 Stars, but the controls/menu function made for a dismal, awful experience. I pray to God I never have to disconnect the negative terminal again, so I don't have to go through set up.

    Pros: awesome sound from factory radio upgrade, makes factory speakers sound like a rockstar, HD Radio

    Cons: controls/menu functionality is the worst. illumination is a bit techo/disco for my liking, I would like one solid color

    Good unti. Difficult HD controls

    ron from Madison, WI on 4/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like most of the controls on this unit, except for the HD radio tuning. It was very tough to get HD1 (I think I stumbled onto it randomly), and I never did figure out how to get HD2. With my previous JVC, it was simple matter of pushing a button to switch between HD bands.



    awesome cd player

    Bobby from longview texas on 4/26/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This cd player replaced an older alpine and this one sounds better and more crisp than my alpine did. I have alpine speakers in four door dodge they sound awesome. Pandora control on this cd player is awesome.

    Pros: changes colors is neat, Pandora control with remote ease of use and sound is awesome

    Cons: none so far

    Great Value & Quality

    eibocsb from Henderson, NV on 4/26/2013

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

    Overall great product, has all of the features I wanted at a great price. It has some cons, but probably would have to pay a lot more than it would be worth to get rid of the cons.

    Pros: Good quality, has all the features I wanted.

    Cons: Buttons are small and to access certain features it takes a few steps which is somewhat annoying, the display of what the song is or radio station could work a little better, but it's not that bad..

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    LarryM from Sarasota, FL on 4/23/2013

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

    Fantastic features for price. But Pioneer has lowest watts per channel of major brands. Also HD doesn't function nearly as well as 4 year JVC that I have. Also MIXTRAX does not work on tuner or cd mode.



    great stereo

    John S from Kirkwood CA on 4/22/2013

    1996 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works way better than the factory one



    Good Unit

    Jeff from Wyoming on 4/20/2013

    1997 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 97 Lincoln Town Car. It's not exactly what I was looking for and knowing what I know now, I would probably have purchased a different unit. However, that being said, the unit works well and I'm not upset with it and would recommend it to others. After quickly browsing the manual I was able to navigate through the menus, set the clock, adjust the equalizer etc. After only owning it a short time I was able to do this be second nature. One of the easier to use units I've purchased. It has variable color display presets. Custom tweaking of the colors or brightness would have been nice. Hey it also has a 5-band EQ. Very nice! The button lighting was too bright at night. The dimmer function is almost useless as it barely dims the light. Perhaps if the stereo was mounted in a lower position it wouldn't be as much of a problem. Quite frankly is dangerous to drive in the country at night with the stereo lights that bright. I don't think it would be possible to see deer, or other obstacles that enter the road from the right side. I actually have to hang something in front of the knob so as to reduce the glare. The display lighting doesn't have enough contrast with the background when using most of the available colors. Some where acceptable but none were great.

    Pros: Value. Ease of use. Variable color display. Remote Control

    Cons: Button lighting too bright. Display lighting too low of contrast. Dim function pathetic.

    Good Value

    DanR from Lincoln, NE on 4/11/2013

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

    Excellent sound with a 5 band equalizer to fine tune it. Nice to be able to customize it to whatever color scheme you want. Only thing I don't like is that the menu button is pushing the volume dial. So when I go to adjust volume I accidentally click into the menu. Other than that everything is perfect.



    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Skpi from Tyler, TX on 4/5/2013

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Work Fine - Fast Delivery - Good Value - I don't care about "Coolness"

    Pros: Good Sound - Looks good - For my wife's VW Beetle - She Likes It!

    Cons: As one reviewer mentioned: Does not fit a VW Beetle well! I really had to force it in, but got it!!!

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Mark from Paola, KS on 4/1/2013

    1992 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was for my daughters car that she drives to school. She is extremely happy with it and it works well. One concern was the tuner as we live in the "boonies" but this has very good reception. She mainly uses the i-pod connection though. Installation instructions were right on target which made this go fairly well.

    Pros: Easy operation, good looks


    Very good product

    Anonymous from Tulsa, ok on 3/31/2013

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to use, and works perfectly in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler, and with the adapter it looks like it was meant to be there. It was easy to install as well as it is easy to program... Plus the LEDs look awesome!



    Love this radio!

    JakeL from Lawrenceburg, IN on 3/30/2013

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is awesome and makes my factory speakers sound great! I recommend this head unit to everyone.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Makes My Car Special!

    Sammy from Cleveland, OH on 3/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very awesome head unit! Easy to use and fits my car perfectly! I use it every time I drive!



    So Far So Good

    jake from Houston, TX on 3/26/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this today. Getting it to fit properly inside the mount was a little frustrating, and it looks like I have some minor tweaking to do after I pop off the dash cover again. Sound quality is great, especially on FM radio. My old stock GM radio would be static-y all the time, very minor but noticeable. Lot's better now with this one. 2000 Chevy Blazer

    Pros: Really cool look, love the illumination and HD radio capabilities. I was surprised to see how many HD stations there are that I never knew about. Sound quality on regular FM stations is excellent too.

    Cons: Feels kind of cheap, which sucks because I paid this much for it. I mean, I'm not going to be throwing it around like a football but for the price it could be a little sturdier. Not enough to dock it down to a 3 star.


    Jford from Mascoutah on 3/24/2013

    This is an amazing radio. I purchased it from crutch field and they helped me out with the installation. They sent the packet with pictures and some words on how to install. I like it and my friends think it is cool.

    Pros: Aux port USB port Changes colors Loud Bass can go high Easy to control Not a lot of money for a good radio

    Cons: No I need to spend more money on some Better speakers because this radio is so good.

    pioneer deh-x5500hd

    Anonymous from Ft Worth Texas on 3/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio for the price. I have an 04 Silverado and it was a few centimeters to wide. I was able to make it work, but the site said it was the correct fit for my vehicle.

    Pros: Easy to use sounds great

    Cons: The size was a little to wide truck trim had to be slightly modified

    Freaking AWESOME!!!

    Totalpckge from Jamaica, NY on 3/23/2013

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Freaking awesome radio. I had a Panasonic radio before and a friend suggested I get the Pioneer because Pioneers are the top car stereo quality brand. I said ok let me try it out and man am I glad I did. I have infiniti speakers installed with the dynamat and when I say my radio kicks it KICKS! and I don't even have an amp. The right speakers are important!!! If you don't have the right speakers you won't enjoy the radio. I am so happy with how the radio works and the color schemes are cool to play with. I strongly recommend this radio. You won't go wrong. BIG UP Crutchfield for their great customer service and their product offerings!!! Yuh Dun Know!!!

    Pros: Powerful Head unit even without an amp.

    Cons: None

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    sprinky from Twin Cities,MN on 3/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Ipod works great with this unit and it even charges it. But buttons are small and really hard to adjust while driving.

    Pros: everything was there for installation and was in and working in less than 30 minutes

    Cons: Hard to adjust while driving. Radio controls very small and remote should help for passenger

    Pioneer does it again.

    charles from medina,tn on 3/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Sound is great. Love the remote and USB port.

    Pros: USB port for mp3 player. Use it all the time.

    Cons: Small buttons, however I use the remote so no big deal.

    Great stereo love it

    Mike W from Warsaw in on 3/9/2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great it's a very sturdy build and I mean it I had my aux cable plugged into my phone to the stereo and got out of my car and rippe it out it broke the aux cable but did nothing to the stereo. Great for subs and just regular speakers.

    Pros: Sturdy, plenty of color options, sound quality is great.

    Cons: Buttons are a tad small and takes a little while to get use to all the feature but what new item doesn't

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    nippy from Massillon oh on 3/4/2013

    1996 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice stereo and has a wow factor when I need a new one I will be buying it for myself. It was a gift to my husband for valentines day.



    Great HD Am/FM MP3/WMA/CDA USB/Line In Radio

    TimHBTR51 from Baton Rouge, La. on 2/28/2013

    2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow what can you say about Pioneer but wow. Once again i am very happy with my radio. Has a lot of fathers in a small package.

    Pros: MP3/WMA/CDA format with USB plus line in all on the front panel. Some things i can do with out but you can turn them off "MIXTRAX"

    Cons: None.

    great stero

    jesse from frederick, maryland on 2/27/2013

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

    Haven't used radio to full capacity yet but in love with being able to play music from my phone.

    Pros: HD radio, light up display, playing music from portable devices.

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

    Love this unit

    Herb from Hatfield, PA on 2/22/2013

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

    I've been using this receiver/CD for a few months now. I can not believe how much better this radio sounds compared to the OEM unit. I have a hard time keeping the volume low enough to not damage ears! Installation was a breeze. Instructions on which configuration of the bezels to use, weren't very clear. Most of the time I use the USB input with a new "mini" flash drive.

    Pros: Easy to use once you learn the menu system. Awesome sound quality.

    Cons: From drivers seat, hard to read the left side of display with fingers on the knob.

    Excellent player

    Anonymous from Laramie, WY on 2/19/2013

    2003 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything works perfectly! Awesome for my ipod.



    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    BUd Blenk from Catawissa,PA on 2/17/2013

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Finally got it installed. Now I am a PRO. Any questions feel free to ask if you have a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. By the way a big thanks to ALL of the tec support guys I called and asked questions with , BUT a really BIG thanks to Rudy x 5506. He thought past saying follow the instructions and said lets eliminate the wires you won't need, then the installation was so much easier. Thanks!!

    Pros: Very cool colors. Easy set up. Sounds great. I only have standard speakes - but it still sounds much better than the OEM radio I had. And I now have a CD player. Great product for the price, better if I did not have to waste money on the GMOS thing.

    Cons: It really SUCKS that you have to buy a GMOS to make the connections. Really?? I have nothing but the standard package. No onstar, no power this or that, a standard radio. I had to take an easy 2 plug from the OEM standard truck radio to a mind blowing array of wires just to hook this up. BAD.

    nice cd player

    Ad from Tampa,Fl on 2/10/2013

    2007 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    all the features of the cd player are nice

    Pros: one remark there is no any hd radio station available in my area


    You can't go wrong with Pioneer

    Sydney from CA on 2/5/2013

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

    I originally owned a Pioneer stereo which was great, but it was outdated and was missing features that I would like to have (like mp3 playing capabilities). I ordered this one and got it installed today and it makes my whole system sound 10x clearer, louder, and overall better. AND I'm able to play my iPod directly from it. I would recommend this stereo to anyone that is looking for a great quality stereo.

    Pros: Makes speakers sound much clearer & looks great


    Good unit with just enough features

    Skoles from Boston, MA on 1/31/2013

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

    Pioneer makes great head units and because my P8400BH was so good I got this model for my girlfriends '04 Camry. Install was very easy once I figured out one little hiccup. When installing the dash kit you do not need to use the metal brackets that the old stereo used. I thought this was the case because it snapped into the dash and looked like a support piece so I was trying to make it work. After some searching online and a quick call to Crutchfield support it was quickly determined they weren't required. The head unit unfortunately cannot be dimmed lower than the almost useless "on/off" setting. So even when ON it's annoying bright. I sent an email to Pioneer support asking why my older 8400 model can be dimmed to my liking yet this newer model can't. They simply said it wasn't a feature.

    Pros: HD radio, USB connectivity, AUX input. Lots of useful features for a good price.

    Cons: Display is too bright and the settings menu doesn't let you set it to your level.

    Excellent Choice

    Q T Pi 4 VI from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on 1/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical at first because I couldn't figure out how that small unit would take the place of the large one that came stock in my Miata. With the combination of on line and on phone, I was convinced it would work. The plus was , now I can hook up my ipad, ipod, iphone to the unit through either the USB port or the auxiliary jack. I now also have a place to store my phone while driving. I love all the different colors in the display. You can set it which ever one you want , but I kind of like watching it change (of course when I am stopped at a red light or just sitting in the car waiting for my other half to come back to the car. Pioneer has always been excellent on quality sound and this is no exception. Cruthfield has always come through for me too.

    Pros: When I told my installation guy it should only take about 1/2 hour, he said it's not as easy as you think. But he was done in 45 minutes - and that included getting the CD out of the old unit that was stuck in there and wouldn't come out. The CD was unharmed.

    Cons: There were no connectors so I was charged $20.00 upon installation for the caps to keep the wires together. Instructions for use of unit were very hard to read and a little confusing. I had to use a magnifying glass in addition to my reading glasses to read it. A lot of things to go through on the unit to get to where you want. I still haven't set the equalizer nor my radio stations.

    great stereo

    al from florida on 1/18/2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo sounds great cool looking with the color choices still trying to figure out mixtrax but overall it is great everything they said it was and very easy to install everything fit perfect.



    Nice for the price

    Marty ice from Staten Island , NY on 1/17/2013

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice little radio with pretty good sound. I plan to upgrade my factory speakers to get a little better sound. Installation was not too bad. The master instruction sheet was nice and clear with helpful pictures. I had to use the PAC adapter with my jeep wrangler. The wiring instructions were poor. But a quick phone call to Crutchfield fixed that. O had to call about three times to match up some wiring. Each time use rep. Was very helpful and talked like he was sitting next to me. He knew what wires I had and what I needed to do. I had to run out and buy some splicing connectors. It would be nice if those were included. I would even pay extra to save me the trip. So far do good. No problems after the install. All items working as they should. The display has cool flashing lights. The color scheme keeps changing colors. Looks nice but slightly distracting at night. All in all with the money.

    Pros: Hd radio sounds great. It's nice to have a bigger variety of radio stations that ae free.

    Cons: Buttons are a little small if you have big fingers.


    Roger B from Sumter, SC on 1/7/2013

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

    I am overwhelmed by the ultra-sharp clarity of the lights. I installed this unit in my son's Ford F150. The equalizer is a little hard to get used to, but once set, it's good to go.

    Pros: Awesome clean power and great light display

    Cons: Equalizer takes some time to get familiar with.

    Excellent HD Radio

    Phil59 from St. Louis, MO on 1/7/2013

    2005 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When my girlfriend wished she could get HD radio, I was glad Pioneer had this model. The DEH-X5500HD can source audio CDs, a USB thumb drive, and the tuner, nothing more, nothing less, exactly what she wanted. So far, never had an HD station drop out. Installation was straightforward, and everything fit fine. Installation did take some time, but just because my girlfriend's car is a Toyota Prius. To get to the radio one has to essentially take out all of the dashboard panels from the left side of the steering wheel across to the passenger side. As other reviewers noted, menu navigation for the DEH-X5500HD is not user friendly. It took me as long to set up the audio and clock as it did installing the radio. The user manual is not very clear, either. But, the bottom line is my girlfriend loves the radio. Other than the fact she really enjoys the HD stations, she can't get over how cool the color varying display lights are. (The color varying lights is a bonus since I didn't know this unit did that.)

    Pros: Straightforward installation, great sound, stable HD reception, MP3 and WMA CD capable, USB thumb drive capable, really cool display lights.

    Cons: User manual and menu navigation confusing.

    Great OEM replacement for Subaru Forester

    Boogaloo from Los Angeles, CA on 12/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really a nice little headunit. I originally bought a JVC from Crutchfield for my 18 year old daughters birthday to go in her 2003 Subaru Forester. I installed the JVC and at first it seemed like it was just ok, but we quickly discovered that it had horrible radio reception and actually had some very odd sound compression artifacts that made the JVC basically useless. A quick call to Crutchfield and the Pioneer 5500HD was on it's way and an RMA for the JVC was emailed to me. About a week later, I received the Pioneer and got it installed. A few days after that, I got confirmation from my daughter that this new Pioneer was perfect, sound was great and she really liked the controls, layout and radio reception, especially the HD reception. For the price this is a really nice headunit.

    Pros: great sound, enough power to make for a really nice upgrade using factory speakers, easy to set up, perfect HD reception, looks great and super easy install.

    Cons: NO ANDROID SUPPORT.!! This is a real bummer with this unit. My daughter has a Galaxy S3 and was really hoping that Pioneer had the android support figured out by now. This may work with other Android devices but does NOT work with the Galaxy S3. Wire gauge is too small and makes it a bit of a challenge to connect to the dash kit that shipped with the unit.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Dad from Michigan on 12/20/2012

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

    excellent product my daughter is elated



    Great product few flaws

    Enduser from Tampa, FL. on 12/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced another brand that i had previously purchased and had nothing but trouble with. The first thing I noticed about this unit is that it pulls in lots of radio stations, and it locks in to the HD stations without constantly switching back and forth between HD and analog FM. HD sub-stations are easily selected using the up/down seek button without having to navigate to complicated menus, what a headache that was. The song artist and tittle are displayed at once without having to toggle between the two. Right out of the box this unit sounds great, but tweaking the sound options makes it sound incredible. Lots display/button custom lighting options to match your car or whatever your mood at the time. Cool mixtrax eye candy feature when using the CD or USB, get the party going.

    Pros: Lots of custom lighting options; excellent HD radio reception, best tuner selectivity/sensitivity I have seen thus far; HD radio sub stations tuned without using cumbersome complicated menus; shows artist & song name without having to toggle between the two; lots of sound tailoring options; excellent sound quality; fast USB access.

    Cons: Seek Up/Down buttons are too small, your fingers hurt after repeated use; faceplate release latch on same side as USB stick, faceplate tends to come off with USB stick if not held down; wiring harness wire gauge 18AWG much smaller size then 16 or 14 standard wire gauge; display current regulation poor some digits dim when others light up; no seek up/down beep option; volume button has a shallow protrusion makes it hard to grasp; cryptic user manual not very useful.

    Pretty nice little unit

    kevk from kansas on 12/13/2012

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

    For the most part this head unit is actually pretty nice. The HD radio sounds much better than just regular F.M . I do like the fact that this unit has built in 5 band eq. Seemed a little hard navigating through the options on this unit but after reading manual and messing with it for a while it has become quite easy. I do like the different display colors on the face of the unit. you can change the colors and also adjust their brightness. The usb port is what i like about the unit. Now if I want i can use my ipod touch or a usb flash drive. The sound coming from this unit is also much better sounding than my old pioneer head unit. Maybe just newer technology? The sound retriever is also a nice feature. It brings out the best in compressed music. Seems pioneer has cheapened their product, but for the price I guess I can't complain. All in all I believe this is a good product for the quality and price. Would recommend. By the way, Crutchfield is a great company. Stands behind you all the way.

    Pros: Lots of options and good sound quality.

    Cons: Not quite as good of build as pioneer units in the past, but still worth the money.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD=AWESOME !

    Maura from Middletown,DE on 12/12/2012

    2005 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio, easy to install, cool colors, fun features ! Perfect for my Mazda 3.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: The USB is a little tricky to use at first, but you will get the hang of it

    Great Head Unit

    AbeM from Lafayette, LA on 12/11/2012

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

    As always Crutchfield delivers a great product... Great head unit. The iPod/Pandora integration works well. Navigating the menus is easy and straight forward. Plenty of control over the sound, the preset EQ setting are actually pretty good! Thank you to Crutchfield for including all the necessary components for installation, which by the way only took about 30 minutes. Installed in an 04 Ram with Blaupunkt door speakers.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Looks good.

    Cons: Ordered the dash kit with the pocket under the HU. Pocket is too deep to hold the radio remote and too narrow for even my fingers to fit.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Anonymous from minnesota on 12/8/2012

    2006 Scion xA
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great. Not a single disappointment anywhere. My wife is super happy happy happy!

    Pros: Evrything

    Cons: Nothing.

    everything I wanted and more

    Anonymous from columbus OH on 12/2/2012

    1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    best unit for the price great with pandora cool color combo charges my iPad while I listen to my iPhone thru aux removable face no negatives yet



    Crutchfield - Great; Pioneer Manual - Horrible

    WayneW from Southern California on 11/28/2012

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

    As usual, Crutchfield service & delivery are first rate, the best. I have installed half a dozen car receivers in the past few years. Never had I ever seen such a useless manual. Although the physical size of the manual is larger than usual (half of letter sheet size), the font and type size made it illegible. The font is shaded light gray, the type size is about 4 points, and the paper is pale beige in color. It's just not legible under even bright daylight. I downloaded the PDF file from the Pioneer web site. Guess what, it has the exact same shaded text and small font as the printed manual. The only way to get a usable manual was to print the PDF at 200% and rotated on letter size paper. Pioneer should not have been so thrifty with ink. This receiver was installed into a '98 Toyota Sienna with the "factory Premium" sound system. This Pioneer is the best sounding out of 6 or 8 units that I've tried. The bass is reasonably crisp, not boomy and does not drone. The midrange has presence, not honky. The treble is not brittle, although I do wish that I can move the treble center frequency a little higher than the fixed 8 kHz. The USB memory performance is the fastest I've ever seen. The files and folders are scanned, and music started in less than 8 seconds.

    Pros: Very good audio performance. Very fast USB performance.

    Cons: Useless manual. The button labels could be a little bigger for better legibility while driving.

    for the money you cant beat it

    Andy from Lincoln,NE. on 11/25/2012

    1998 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    for the price it has everything i was looking for sounds,looks, im thinking about geting one for my truck . and for the guy dryn about small buttons , you need some bottle caps on bro . :)


    Cons: couldnt find any .

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Jim F from Falls Village, CT on 11/21/2012

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit in a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The sound is incredible with the factory speakers! The menu navigation is a little tricky at first. It works great with my iPod touch and Pandora (when I have wifi). Cant beat the value with this receiver. It was very easy to install. I used the posi connectors- no more soldering! I had it wired in about 10 minutes and it took about a half hour to install!! The installation kit and wire harness were a perfect fit!



    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    doug16 from ohio on 11/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    like this radio so far, super tuner gets a better signal tham n the factory radio, took me a while to find out how to shuffle songs from ipod, and difficult to find hd stations, but overall good buy

    Pros: great tuner

    Cons: could be easier to use

    Bad Design

    STJ from Connecticut on 11/19/2012

    1998 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very disappointed in this receiver. I went with the recommendation of the Crutchfield advisor, and boy was I badly advised. I specifically asked for an easy to use receiver; but this one is awful. It is hard to imagine a worse design. Impossibly small buttons that are hard to see; no simple OFF button; the only way to adjust anything is through a very complicated 'menu" feature; and you will get used to using that because you will hit it all the time so you get to adjust the display colors again and again and again. What the designers were thinking is beyond me - THIS IS A CAR STERO - you should not have to stop the car to adjust the thing. And it comes with a remote - REALLY - I guess that is so you can give it to a passenger because THE DRIVER surely could not safely drive and use this receiver. It will work if you put it on one station and never touch it again.

    Pros: It looks good. Second - the Crutchfield Installation Kit is fantastic. Everything you need with excellent customer support, they knew the car and all likely mistakes; outstanding.

    Cons: Very poor design. Impossible to use. Do not buy.

    Pioneer DEH-X5500HD

    Anonymous from las Vegas Nevada on 11/19/2012

    1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this stereo

    Pros: Love the hd radio it also lights up in various colors easy to.use and install



    Kujo22 from Maple grove,Mn on 11/14/2012

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is incredible even though stock speakers of 2000 jetta. I would highly recommend this unit!!!!

    Pros: Power sound is incredible

    Cons: Stock speakers in my car

    Pioneer Radio

    Neal from New York,N.Y. on 10/25/2012

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

    The controls take a little getting use but otherwise it seems fine. Just be aware these radios they sell here are not as simple to install as they want you to believe. If you've never done it before I'd pay the extra money and let the pros do it. Anyone who says it's easy probably has experience installing radios.

    Pros: Good sound, features and look.

    Cons: Can't seem to display the clock without the radio being on.

    Great buy for the price

    Anonymous from Kalaheo, Hi. on 10/20/2012

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

    Sound is good easy to install in an hour I was listening to my jams I just wanted it for my I pod



    Great system

    DevonA from Haddam. Ct on 10/5/2012

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

    Awesome new product that pioneer has. Nice solid unit the only thing is the plastic buttons around the knob seem cheap but time will tell. i have this unit powering 4 speakers no amp no sub it sounds amazing my stock unit was flat when it came to bass and screechy in the highs, the sound quality is amazing. I is a nice feature to change the colors but the menus take getting used to. This is also my first aftermarket head unit so i will get used to it. Mixtrax seems pretty good but u get sick of the same swoosh nosie after about two songs. Overall nice unit would recommend it.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1/
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    HD + Pandora Radio
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    HD Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.
    • Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
    • Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD 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.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-X5500HD using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer CD-IU51 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 2G/3G/3GS (iOS 3.0+),  iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0+), iPhone 4S (iOS 5.0+), or iPhone 4 (iOS 6.0+) 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 DEH-X5500HD will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • 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/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.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The DEH-X5500HD supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone. 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 music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title. 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). 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: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. 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: 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 on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Mode: App mode 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. 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. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'App Mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen. The head unit's LCD will only display the text - 'App Mode'.
    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/25/2012):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    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.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-X5500HD is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB ports enable audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players 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.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    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 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz
    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 folders and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. The Name List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Off Insert/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.

    Auto Off Eject: 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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Pioneer in-dash head unit utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-X5500HD is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the DEH-X5500HD 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.

    • 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

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. Hear the detail, warmth, and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on your USB device, iPod/iPhone, and portable media players. By restoring data (especially higher frequencies) that tends to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever technology enhances audio reproduction nearly all the way up to 20 kHz frequencies

    Equalizer: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    Bass Boost The DEH-X5500HD features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When the head unit's preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125 Hz), select the filter slope (-6/-12dB), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    High-Pass Crossover: When you don't want low-frequency sound to be heard through your front or rear speakers, you can simply active the head unit's HPF (high pass filter). By activating the HPF, only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output from the front or rear speakers. The high pass filter crossover can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160hz, 200Hz or Off. The slope level of the HPF can also be adjusted to -6dB or 12dB.

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X5500HD in-dash CD receiver features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 27 preset colors (White to Rose), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red, Blue, and Green brightness levels), or scan through various color settings (All/Warm/Ambient/Calm/Custom).

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music. You can also choose which area's of the head unit's face illuminates; select Display, Keys, Both or Off.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remains on (you can press the "DISP" button to turn off). When the Clock Display has been turned off, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the "DISP" button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On, you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On/Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X5500HD comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

    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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