AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
Disc & USB Playback
Bluetooth Technology: The DEH-X6500BT is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and
receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music
wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a
short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable
replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates
in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1
megabit per second.
Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP
(Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Pioneer DEH-X6500BT.
Secure Simple Pairing (SPP): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X6500BT without
having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must
also support SSP). When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to
the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up
to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit. Only one
device can be used at a time.
Hands-Free Communication: The DEH-X6500BT supports wireless
hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile
phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring
tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You
can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the
call. The DEH-X6500BT allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your
Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and
your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as
well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone)
and the Hands Free Mode. Using the DEH-X6500BT, you can dial a phone number in
one of the following ways:
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six
phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
- Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled
cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to
this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from
the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of
numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number
by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
- Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received,
and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from
External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you
can talk into the head unit's included external microphone, and listen to the
other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone
provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone
found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone
features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an
adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445"
(depth). The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on
your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device.
The DEH-X6500BT will be able to control basic playback features; Play, Pause, &
Skip Tracks (app must also support). The head unit will also display your
music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (app must
also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call.
Voice Recognition for iPhone: The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT also
supports voice recognition for a Bluetooth-connected iPhone. When in Bluetooth
mode, simply press-and-hold the head unit's 3-way rotary dial to activate the
voice recognition function. You can then talk into the head unit's external
microphone to access music & phone voice commands of your iPhone.
iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer
DEH-X6500BT'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-X6500BT 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 viewing
song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
- App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite
music apps, such as
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-X6500BT 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
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-X6500BT is equipped with a
front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external
components, such as a portable MP3 player.
AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features
Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection
of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In
addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path
interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital
processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo
separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast
information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM
BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function
lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6
of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can
store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM
Local Tuning: Local seek tuning
lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for
good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM.
The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower
settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-X6500BT 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 5 (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-X6500BT will provide control over the Pandora music service and display
- 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
- 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.
Disc & USB Playback
Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT 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
MP3/WMA Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT 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
| Playable File Types || MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1,
WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||99 folders/999 files ||500 folders/15,000
| 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.
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-X6500BT 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-X6500BT 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
- 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-X6500BT 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 parametric
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-X6500BT 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-X6500BT 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.
Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT 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
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
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be
turned On/Off within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X6500BT 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).
In addition, you can answer/end calls from a Bluetooth connected smartphone.
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
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.