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Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. And SiriusXM's coast-to-coast reception means you never have to worry about finding the perfect station, no matter where you drive in the U.S.

Full of features, ready for SiriusXM

Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. And SiriusXM's coast-to-coast reception means you never have to worry about finding the perfect station, no matter where you drive in the U.S.

Pioneer DEH-X8500BS

The DEH-X8500BS's display and controls colors can be adjusted separately.

Built-in Bluetooth

Your days of fumbling in your pocket or purse for your cell phone are over. The DEH-X8500BS's built-in Bluetooth pairs up with your mobile phone in a heartbeat, so you can take and make calls hands-free, with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. You can also stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth-equipped devices to the receiver, with no messy cables getting in the way.

Play your music and make it sound great

You'll find plenty of ways to enjoy your music with this versatile Pioneer. All you iPhone® or iPod® users can use the Pioneer's controls to access your music, plus stream your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations. Download a free app, and you can also enjoy music stored on an Android™ phone when it's plugged into the USB input. You can use the 5-band equalizer to adjust your tone, while the Advanced Sound Retriever adds some life to your compressed music.

Step up the show with MIXTRAX

Get the party started by simply pressing the "MIX" button on the receiver's face. MIXTRAX works with the playlists and music files of your connected iPhone®, iPod®, or Android™, adding DJ-inspired transitions between songs, while pulsing the variable color display of the receiver in time to the music. You'll also like what you see when you're not using MIXTRAX — you can easily choose from preset or custom colors for the display and controls, for a perfect match with your dash illumination. And Pioneer's sharp Organic Electro-Luminescent display offers a variety of animated backgrounds too.

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: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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 Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices (see Details)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC 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
    • 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
    • access to music files on Android devices through USB input
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and 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
    • 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (USA/Canada)

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    Sounds good and love the blue tooth function

    Anonymous, derby, Kansas 67037


    Pioneer DEH-X8500BS Reviews

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    (26 Reviews)

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    Anonymous from derby, Kansas 67037 on 6/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds good and love the blue tooth function

    Pros: Definitely recommend


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    Lvspider2k from Las Vegas on 6/4/2014

    2000 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good head unit, had all the functions I was looking for.

    Pros: Good sound, great features for the value

    Cons: Display is too bright at night in any color, stereo functions are not very intuitive,

    Nice stereo.

    Eric from Charlotte, NC on 5/28/2014

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

    Excellent stereo unit. Nice sound and easy to install, setup, and use. BT sounds good, and connects very easily.

    Pros: Ease of use, Bluetooth, and value of purchase (especially with included install gear)

    Cons: None found yet. (Would be better with a face plate case, but not a big deal)

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    Arumugam from King of Prussia on 5/12/2014

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

    Great receiver... I really love the build quality and the value for money

    Pros: Excellent sound quality Easy to use Great features for the money

    Cons: BT audio sometimes hangs

    Good head unit

    Anonymous from Dallas, TX on 5/8/2014

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good head unit at a great price. Installation was straight forward and easy into a 2003 4runner. Lots of options and the sound is much better than stock JBL.

    Pros: Lots of features

    Cons: Controls are not too intuitive.

    Great Quality!

    James from Homestead, Fl. on 4/18/2014

    2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver was super easy to install, has great sound quality with built in amp and blue tooth pairs quicker than expected. I can even use Google now through the included mic. All around exceeded my expectations.

    Pros: Quick and easy pairing. Superior Sound Quality.

    Cons: Usb not compatible with certain androids. (Still not something to gripe over)


    NormanD from Tracy, CA on 4/10/2014

    1994 BMW 318I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been a pioneer user since the 90s. I like this one because of its features and ease of use. The display can be customized to fit your dash. GREAT!

    Pros: Ease of use, lots of features

    Cons: No easy access for preset buttons on the radio, limited functions in the remote control

    Great Unit

    Chris from South Carolina on 4/7/2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was really impressed with the display effects. I have had other Pioneer radios in the past and this still has the quality I expected.

    Pros: Blue tooth easy to pair. USB in the back to run cable to glove box. great display.

    Cons: no preset buttons on face for radio stations.

    Great budget stereo

    Bob from Gardiner, ME on 3/18/2014

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

    I wanted a way to listen to my iPhone in my car and had no way of doing so except through a less than desirable FM transmitter. So I Bought this head unit to upgrade the factory stock radio in my '06 ford freestyle. Couldn't be happier. Easy install, great sound, extensive customization, and looks good too. The wiring harness that was provided by Crutchfield made hooking up the wires a breeze. Just soldered the harness to the wires on the head unit and plugged it into the existing harness that the old radio plugged into.

    Pros: Great price for what you get.

    Cons: None that I can think of aside from the free mounting bracket was snapped in half when I revived it. Nothing a bit of super glue can't handle though and you'd never even know.

    Pioneers the best

    Culpret from Fontana on 3/3/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to use and set up sounds great, paired with my iPhone 5 no problem!

    Pros: Bluetooth is great!


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    jbill from east texas on 2/28/2014

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

    The unit is a little hard to use at first, but once you get the hang of it its not too bad.




    Nolan T from Methow, WA. on 2/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding stereo! The installation kit, and MasterSheet that Crutchfield includes, make the installation super easy. The phone and iPod connected without any difficulty. Audio quality is excellent. The FM tuner works as good (if not better) at receiving weak stations as the factory radio did.


    Cons: None

    Everything I need

    Kark from North Providence, RI on 11/24/2013

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I went from a double DIN 7-inch touchscreen DVD receiver to this unit because the New England winter wreaked havoc on the touchscreen, sporadically rendering it useless. I was going to replace it with another DVD receiver, but after getting a tablet vehicle mount, I realized there is absolutely no need for in-dash video anymore.

    Pros: Six 4v preamp outs, BT audio, seamless Android Pandora control

    Cons: Mixtrax is worthless & the red Mixtrax button is annoying (all the other button colors are adjustable)

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    Geoff H from Belvidere, NJ on 10/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, easy to use. Has all the features I needed and wanted in a receiver.



    Good radio

    Dave H. from Orem, UT on 9/23/2013

    1999 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As always Crutchfield was awesome when it came to including everything I needed hooking up the head unit to the car. One thing that was frustrating during installation was that it wasn't very clear in any of the instructions that four wires (blue for power amp or something like that) had to all be connected to each other. I don't remember running into that with previous radio installations but it's been several years since I did one. When I called Crutchfield's help line I spoke to one rep who was very rude about the blue wire problem. I called back in again and got help from a different rep. The radio as a whole is pretty good. The remote control is VERY basic and leaves some things to be desired vs other remotes I've had before. For me, I can barely see the head unit display during the day due to glare unless I use the White illumination... But that could be just me and my specific car. I had it set to red to match the rest of my car but during the day you just can't see anything on the display. The settings are pretty easy to navigate and make changes to for the most part... Though you'll need the manual to determine what some of the settings actually do. The navigation for the physical buttons on the head unit face are really unintuitive. I overlooked it when I was looking at buying the radio. There aren't any clear pause/play buttons. I know they're on there somewhere, but I forgot what they are and haven't gone back to the manual to check yet.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio streaming is nice for Spotify. Bluetooth phone calls are sometimes convenient.. But sometimes people can't hear me very well even with my AC off. Lots of customizable features with Mixtrack or whatever it's called.. Also pretty good audio customization.

    Cons: Can't see most color illuminations during the day. Poor physical key design on the head unit Poor remote control design

    Excellent Choice

    Dad from Dallas on 9/19/2013

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

    Installed this in my son's 2000 Mustang and he loves it. The most difficult part was connecting the speaker plug, the factory male and supplied female fitting must be finessed or you can bend the pins or ruin the connector (I did). I eventually took my time and got it connected and everything works perfectly. He loves the sound and the many colors. Programming was simple and quality is on par with other brands.

    Pros: Ease of use, sound quality, Bluetooth is exceptional, clear voice over microphone, colors, colors and more colors.

    Cons: None (the speaker plug for Fords will require patience and finess).

    Very nice unit

    Scott J from Grafton, WI on 9/13/2013

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

    This unit is a replacement that I bought after my after market Kenwood unit died. I'm very pleased with the features and usability of the unit. The ONLY downside to this unit seems to be it's rather weak FM reception. I drive about 20 miles one way to and from work every day, and my morning drive is usually locked into one local morning show. Every radio I've had for this route has never had a problem with this station - except this radio. For about a 2 mile stretch I get bleed over from other stations (that are nowhere near this one on the spectrum) and static. I've pulled the unit out and made sure that all of the antenna connections are secure, I've even used electrical tape to tape the male and female antenna connections in place to ensure that nothing is loose. It still does the same thing.

    Pros: iPod/iPhone/USB controls Control layout Menu options Rear USB connection Bluetooth

    Cons: FM radio reception

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    deathrho6 from Oregon on 9/6/2013

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was installed in a 2008 dodge ram. With Crutchfield's guidance, installation was a breeze. After installation, use of the receiver was easy. It took some time to learn the use of the buttons along w/ features but I was able to do so w/o looking at the instruction book (which is always a bonus). The display is well lit and is not to bright at night. Sound quality seems to be on par w/ an older Alpine receiver that I had installed in another car ( I also have an Alpine amp along w/ new Polk Audio DXi 6x9 and 5 1/4 speakers and Polk Audio tweeters so sound quality may be skewed due to this). I will hopefully be hooking up 2- 10" subs in the near future w/ another amp. This will be the true test. Overall, I am very happy w/ this receiver. Highly recommended for someone looking for a clean, looking receiver w/ crisp sound and blue tooth capability

    Pros: Appearance Sound quality good blue tooth Special features

    Cons: Wish that Mixtrax was better (but not really a problem)

    Great unit

    Dan from Charlotte NC on 7/14/2013

    1991 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this in my 1991 Suburban and I am very happy with it. The Bluetooth works excellent. Everyone can hear me perfectly and I can hear them perfectly as well. I have an Iphone5 and it paired up with no issues. Works flawlessly every time I get in the car. The sound is great when I listen to Pandora through my phone. I also added a SiriusXM module and it also sounds great. I also wanted this unit because it has 4v outputs for my amps. The colors are cool too and you can choose different colors for each side of the unit. Also my old remote control from my old Pioneer HU works on this unit too so I can use either remote. I am using my old one because I have memorized all the functions and they work exactly the same so it's really a surprise bonus for me!

    Pros: Clear Bluetooth. Long USB cable coming out of the back. Different colors for each side. 4v outputs for building your system. Older Pioneer remote control works on this unit. Good price.

    Cons: None that I have found.

    Nice receiver

    Marc from Houston, TX on 6/26/2013

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

    Great unit, Crutchfield service is amazing as always. Installation was straight forward, even for a first time self-installer. Bought this unit with the optional SiriusXM receiver (SXV200), I had a dock and play receiver beforehand, and this was mainly a replacement for that with the added bonus of bluetooth audio streaming/ipod/iphone control. The hands free sounds great for folks on the other end of the call, depending on your speakers it sounds decent on your end as well. Tested call quality with a couple of test calls to my voicemail, tinkering with a/c settings and road noise-- unit handled most scenarios fairly well. Only issues I've encountered after a few days of usage and combing through the manual off and on, aren't big deal breakers-- but I feel like these basic options/settings are missing considering they're partially baked in to other functions/sources.

    Pros: Everything is pretty much what you should expect from a modern car stereo-- connectivity options, variable color options to match your interior, detachable face, decent display. I like USB on rear of devices-- I mounted a USB jack with a PAC cable in my center console to avoid a tangle of cables from the front of the stereo (part of the reason why I got away from a dock and play satellite radio) or on my dash/console, and I almost never use a 3.5mm aux input device.

    Cons: - USB mode switched to automatically when you plug your phone in, if you are in a different source. Wish there was an option to disable this-- just mount the device and charge. - Pandora opens automatically when you plug your iPhone in via USB. Would prefer USB over Pandora mode by default, but no change above all-- keep my current source selection, please. - No dedicated voice control button in any source, defeats purpose of hands free control if I have to tinker or look down.


    dain from NE on 6/15/2013

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very cool, didnt work with my samsung galaxy S3 with usb, but bluetooth works great.



    Good stuff

    Dsears from Salt Lake City UT on 5/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like almost everything about this head unit. Mix track feature is pretty useless

    Pros: Bluetooth compatible, pretty easy to adjust levels. Very customizable.

    Cons: Mixtrack is kind of dumb, it has the DJ effect when the song ends, but it still has a couple seconds of silence before the next song starts, and when it does start it starts a couple seconds into the next song. You also can't use Siri with the built in mic. And you can't browse your music from the headunit while connected using bluetooth.

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    Anonymous from Cincinnati, Ohio on 4/28/2013

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

    Directions jump around too much. Could not adjust fade at first due to setting on unit. Had to lread directions thoroughly to find how to reset. Mixtrax is another story, totally useless.



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    Anonymous from Roanoke, VA on 3/18/2013

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit works pretty well, sounds great, and connects well with my iPhone everytime!



    great stereo

    shawn s from Seltzer, PA on 3/13/2013

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

    Easy to install, easy to use. Sounds great


    Cons: I wish usb terminal could have been on front of stereo instead of back of it.

    Gotta love pioneer

    Anonymous from Garberville, CA on 3/5/2013

    1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, easy Bluetooth setup, very solid deck!

    Pros: Bluetooth audio streaming, sound quality

    Cons: Not sure yet


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 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 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 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

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Integration
    Pandora App Control
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0), 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. 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 Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X8500BS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. 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. 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-X8500BS.

    Hands-Free Communication: The DEH-X8500BS supports wireless hands-free communication 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-X8500BS 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-X8500BS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • 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 these lists.

    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 a visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth).

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DEH-X8500BS will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Reverse, and Repeat/Random. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The DEH-X8500BS also supports audio streaming of music apps (metadata display and control will depend on music app). 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. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Voice Recognition: The head unit's voice recognition feature can be used to control basic phone and music functions of your Bluetooth-enabled iPod or iPhone (which is also equipped with voice recognition). Press and hold the head unit's front-panel 3-way rotary knob and speak into the included external microphone.

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    Rear-Panel USB Input: The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 59" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback & control of AAC, MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. Basic playback functions include; Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, Random (Folder), and Repeat (File/Folder/All). Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. In addition, the unit is compatible with ID3/WMA Tags and will display song/artist information. 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.

    File Format File Type File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Tags # of Files/folders
    FAT 12/16/32 AAC .m4a 16-320 kbps 11.025-48 kHz iTunes tag 1,500 folders
    15,000 files
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4)
    WMA .wma 48-320 kbps (48-384 kbps VBR) 32, 44.1, 48 kHz WMA tag
    WAV .wav 8 or 16-bit 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz N/A
    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS's rear-panel USB port and 59" USB extension cable 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. 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. Using either cable, DEH-X8500BS 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'.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/4/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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    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-X8500BS is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Pandora App Control

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Androidsmartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
    • Pandora via Android: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Pioneer head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora Control: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled or Android smartphone.

    • 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 phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Information Display: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    Supertuner 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 stations.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under presets 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 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The DEH-X8500BS is SiriusXM Ready so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV200, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the CD receiver and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • The List Menu displays a list of all available channels.
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets.
    • Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
    • You can scan through channels within categories or songs from your preset channels. Tune Scan allows you to play back eight seconds of each song in a preset music channel. Category Scan lets you play back five seconds of a live broadcast in the currently selected category.
    • The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps, WMA files with a constant bit rate from 48-320 kbps, and WMA files with a variable bit rate from 48-384 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with ID3 Tags and will display artist, folder, file, and album name. Up to 8 directories, 99 folders and 999 files per disc are recognized by this unit.

    AAC Decoding: This unit will playback AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 kbps (encoded by iTunes) recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs. The AAC file (.m4a) must originate from iTunes. The AAC file must also not contain DRM protection. Not compatible with Apple Lossless.

    WAV File Playback: The DEH-X8500BS offers playback of audio WAV files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs. The head unit supports 8-bit and 16-bit LPCM (Linear PCM) WAV files with a sampling frequency between 16 to 48 kHz.

    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.

    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-X8500BS 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-X8500BS 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-X8500BS 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 (100Hz, 315Hz, 1,25kHz, 3.15kHz, 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-X8500BS 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Crossovers: The DEH-X8500BS employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

    • HPF: The head unit's 12dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
    • LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an18dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS in-dash CD receiver features Detachable Face Security. If the front-panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Large Full-Dot LCD: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS features a 3-line, full-dot LCD which makes it easier to see what is playing in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3, WMA, AAC, and CD Text-encoded discs, Radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone. The contrast of the display can be set between 0 and 15.

    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.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, or Spanish.

    Ever Scroll: When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

    Entertainment Displays: You can enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following; Background Visual, Genre, Background Picture (1/2/3/4), Simple Display, Movie Screen, or Calendar.

    Calendar/Clock Display: The Pioneer DEH-X8500BS provides time, date, month, and year display. You can choose to have the head unit display the calendar and clock even when the unit is powered off (your vehicle must be running or in the accessory position.

    Automatic Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. You can turn the auto dimmer feature on or off. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

    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 "Clock" 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 "Clock" button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On, both clock and source information can be displayed at the same time; or you can set the unit to display only source info or only clock/calendar.

    Engine Time Alert: This setting allows you to measure the length of time that elapses from when the head unit is turned on and display the amount of elapsed time per set period (15 min., 30 min., or Off). There will also be an audible alarm. This function is handy if you are listening to the radio with the vehicle' ignition is in the accessory position, and the engine off.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X8500BS 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 and end a phone call from your Bluetooth-enabled 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 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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    Unfortunately android phones are not compatible to run any of the apps pioneer offers while connected through USB. However, connecting the phone via bluetooth will let you control Pandora, steam music wirelessly, and make phone calls. [ JUSTIN  Mar 25, 2014 ]
    Yes android connects through blue tooth to use the Pandora app. Skip and thumb function can be controlled through the headunit [ ALBERT  Mar 24, 2014 ]
    I guess I never tried it with it connected, me and my wife's phones are synced with it and can control Pandora that way through the head unit. [ SHANE  Mar 24, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Feb 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    I'm not sure if you can turn them all the way off but I do know there is a dimmer setting in one of the menus [ MIKE  Feb 09, 2014 ]
    yep, if you push and hold the "MIX" button, the display will completely turn off.. if you change tracks or the volume, it will temporarily light up then turn back off.. [ MARCUS  Feb 09, 2014 ]
    Turn off? No I don't think that is possible. Actually it doesn't dim with the dimmer switch either. It has settings for colors for each half of the unit so I would suggest choosing a dim color like purple or something like that. [ DANIEL P  Feb 08, 2014 ]
    The lights stay on, depending on the make and model of the vehicle the illumination line/switch can be hooked up. However not all vehicles and decks work with the illumination feature. Your best bet for this issue is to get a deck that has a fold down face so he can start the music and then fold the face down to remove all lights from your veiw. Just an installers two cents... [ DONALD  Feb 08, 2014 ]
    Yes you can you just have to hold the MIX button untill they turn off and same to turn them back on [ JORDAN  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    Supposedly you can but I never did figure it out, the book must be in your lap and the printing is very small. [ THOMAS  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    You can't turn off the lights completely it does have a dimmer and you can select a display that doesn't move and turn off the flashing so its not distracting. [ BRANDON  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    Yes, if you press and hold the MIX button, the display will turn off or on, depending on the state it is in. You can also change the color of the display, I use dark red for long night time drives as this is least distracting. Hope this helps! I love my Pioneer DEH-X8500BS! Get your husband a sub-woffer if he doesn't have one - he will LOVE that. I got a Kicker self amplifed one for under the back seat of my F-150 [ MARK E  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    You cannot turn the lights off at night. You can dim them and choose a more soothing color, but the only way to kill the lights is to take off the face. [ MARK D  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    You don't turn the lights off but you can change it to a non changing solid color with a non moving display. I just set mine to match my stock dash. [ BRIAN  Feb 07, 2014 ]
    Yes it will stream Pandora wireless [ David  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    You can connect with a mobile device through Bluetooth, and then stream Pandora on that mobile device through your head unit(all wirelessly), but without internet capabilities(which would require a data plan) you cannot stream Pandora directly to the head unit. [ DEVIN  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Yes, but only through your smartphone when connected by Bluetooth. Hope this answers your question. [ PAUL R  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Yes it will with the help of your phone. As long as your phone has the app you can control Pandora threw the head unit and skip songs and switch stations just like a CD. Is this what your question was? [ SHANE  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. You will use a ton of data use on your device however. [ ANTHONY K  Jan 20, 2014 ]