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Our take on the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS

The AVH-X8500BHS sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup for 2013, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Plus, you can remove the AVH-X8500BH's detachable face — an unusual feature on DVD receivers — when you leave the car, giving you peace of mind when you've parked in a questionable spot. Check out how these impressive features will improve your drive:

Packed with features

The AVH-X8500BHS sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup for 2013, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Plus, you can remove the AVH-X8500BH's detachable face — an unusual feature on DVD receivers — when you leave the car, giving you peace of mind when you've parked in a questionable spot. Check out how these impressive features will improve your drive:

  •  Built-in Bluetooth: Enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from your phone or other Bluetooth devices.
  •  Built-in HD Radio™ tuner: You'll notice the impressive sonic advantages right away — FM broadcasts that are near-CD quality, with AM that's as good as what you're used to on FM. You can tune into multiple channels on the same frequency, for more entertainment choices. Plus, the iTunes® tagging feature lets you save song info, so you can purchase the tracks you like later.
  • AppRadio Mode: With the addition of Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable, you can launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, social media, and other apps at your command. You can learn more and see the latest compatible apps here.
  • iPhone 5 compatibility: You can use your iPhone 5 with this Pioneer, including AppRadio Mode and video transfer. You'll need to purchase a Pioneer cable kit , and get a free firmware update from Pioneer.
  • Optional satellite radio: Add a SiriusXM tuner and subscription for nationwide access to programming you can't get anywhere else — coast-to-coast reception is a huge plus if you travel constantly. And you'll never have to worry about data charges or coverage.
  • Advanced touchscreen controls: Touch Slide technology offers greater control of receiver functions. Want a new EQ curve? Just draw it on the screen with your finger and you've got it. And you can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview.
  • Dual USB ports: Two ports on the receiver's rear panel add to your entertainment possibilities, and allow you to use one for a permanent connection.

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.

Roll with your music

The AVH-X8500BHS is built to play your music, no matter what medium you prefer.  You can connect your iPod® or iPhone® to one of the rear USB input and use the receiver's controls to access your playlists, while tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search help you find the song you want, fast. You can also play music files from many Android™ phones when your Android is plugged into the front-panel USB port — see the "Details" tab for more info on device compatibility.

If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone to the receiver with an optional cable and take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls. Or use the Bluetooth link to tap in via your Android device. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs, DVDs, discs full of MP3 or WMA music, plus SD cards and USB storage devices loaded with music.

Customizable display and excellent video performance

You can also change the receiver's appearance to match your dash by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. And when you're ready to get the party started, the MIXTRAX feature creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod, iPhone, or Android, adding special effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your music.

The receiver's 6.95" LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — a huge bonus during long road trips. And since the AVH-8500BHS has dual-zone A/V capabilities, you can listen to a different source up front while a movie's on in the back. You'll be able to view video content from your iPod or IPhone with the addition of an optional cable. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera.

Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS DVD receiver

Advanced App Mode gives you touchscreen control over the apps in your phone.

Tune the sound to your taste

This Pioneer sports an 8-band equalizer for making your music sound perfect in your car, and you'll find an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required). Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information.  If you're looking to build a killer system, three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amplifiers

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable 6.95" motorized touchscreen display
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    • AppRadio Mode: launch and control compatible iPhone and Android apps (additional cables and adapters required)
    • music file playback through USB with select Android devices (see "Details" for more info)
    • five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, SD cards and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • dual-zone A/V control
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer controls
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
    • built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content, Pandora control, and Advanced App Mode
    • iPhone 5 audio/video control requires optional Pioneer cable kit 
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear A/V inputs, rear video output, dual rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input, HDMI input for AppRadio mode
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • DVD receiver with motorized 6.95" LCD touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • AV input/output harness
    • Remote control (CD-R33)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 59" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable termianted by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-bracket
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Machine screw
    • Clamp
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)
    • "AppRadio mode for iPhone 5 users" note

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    I only had it a short time but it had everything I needed

    lalo, bakersfield, CA


    Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (87 Reviews)

    loved it

    lalo from bakersfield, CA on 2/25/2016

    I only had it a short time but it had everything I needed

    Pros: Detachable face, clean audio output and more than enough features

    Cons: Needed to have my phone plugged in to use some features

    Decent overall but some big annoyances

    taybrynn from Castle Rock, CO on 10/3/2014

    2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall its great. BIggest disappointment is the APPs are a joke, really don't use them. Most don't work well at all. Just leave your phone attached and use that instead. Its a LOT less hassle. Pioneer should not do things they cannot do well ... and the app radio is just a royal fail,IMHO. I mostly use the USB2 using a USB thumb drive plugged into the back all the time. Its random isn't so random. That said, I use it all the time and just skip stuff a lot. I WISH WISH WISH ... I could skip BACKWARDS while in random play on USB2. Its really annoying that you can't. I've also found it seems to be less than random, with certain songs showing up over and over again ... I even think the same order unless you do a database rebuild. Not sure how to force that rebuild. Originally it played same some every 20-30 songs ... then after the rebuild of database it was better. Another annoyance is every time you plug in your iphone ... it starting playing the ipod ... thats super annoying and undesirable. It charges the phone very well. Use Waze (GPS app) on the iphone all the time, audio comes across on stereo nicely. I phone the build in phone capability very UNUSABLE. I have not been able to use the built in mic or hear it in my truck. Its basically worthless. Do no waste your money buying any cord other than a USB to lightning cord --- you will regret it !! Nothing works with app radio or video. I even bought the video parking override thing ... not working

    Pros: Detachable Faceplate Two USB connections (most others have one), one is capable of charging Pandora works pretty well Interface overall looks good Works well with steering wheel remove charges iphone backup camera capability works nice (did require tweaking system settings to work correctly)

    Cons: USB lack of real random, lack of ability to skip backwards APP Radio sux Auto ipod when plugging in iphone super annoying

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    ced from Clovis, nm on 8/29/2014

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo with lots of features

    Pros: Eàsy install and learning curve

    Cons: Discontinued product, Iphone based, cannot remove detachable face with install kit provided

    31 July 14

    Mr Blue from Aurora, CO on 8/2/2014

    I have had this unit for 3 months now and the main reason i purchased it was to integrate it with my RAZR MAXX HD cell phone for digital quality music via the App Radio Program and full control of my cell phone into my 07 Acura RDX (the stereo is mounted in the console as i had to leave the factory Navigation system for the rest of information system to operate; at this time). I have Focal front and rear component speakers powered by a 400 watt kicker amp and an 10" Kicker compact RT sub woofer powered by a Kicker 800 watt amp. The App Radio program is useless in the "Out of the Box" state; i was very disappointed as that is the reason for the purchase of this unit. Thanks to a few individuals in these reviews that mentioned the ARLiberator app that would allow full control of my cell phone thru the 7" stereo display did i feel a glimmer of hope not all was lost. It took me a few hours of following on line videos however i was able to "Root" my phone, install the ARLiberator app and now have full use of my cell phone via the stereo. My only 2 issue so far is the sensitivity of the 7" display is not adjustable as when i try to scroll thru my Soundcloud playlist it has tendency to play the song i touch on the screen and there still is no access the equalizer (i currently have it flat and adjusted the HP and LP filters on my amp to tune the sound). I tried several apps however they cut more of the freq range than allow.

    Pros: 3 4v pre-outs

    Cons: Factory App Radio program is useless IMO Cant access the equalizer or any audio adjustments when connected via the App Radio Mode Auto equilzer didnt adjust for bass very well; i am going to try a different mic.

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    Anonymous from Columbia, TN on 5/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install but Crutchfield sent an incorrect plug adapter and I was forced to buy locally rather than wait for correct connector to be delivered. Owner's manual print size too small for easy reading and I think requires an engineering degree to fully understand. Connection to Android device too complicated and costly. Learning curve too steep, IMHO.

    Pros: Nice large touch screen with array of customization. Good sound production. Unit seems high quality.

    Cons: See above.

    Love it!

    Craig from Sunbury, OH on 5/3/2014

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really happy with the purchase of this radio. Was looking at several brands and based off other reviews I went with the pioneer over the JVC and Kenwood, mostly based off of features and reviews. Install was pretty simple really, called tech support a few times to make sure I had the right wires to connect into for camera reverse and the park brake. Tech support was awesome, very descriptive on which wires to use and where they were located. Pulled old radio out and connected all speaker wires up on the harness and the power and ground wires and that was pretty much it.

    Pros: Button lights can change many different colors, screen lights look cool and have motion blurs. Lots of options, blue tooth works good and sounds good, my Iphone5 works great with it, pandora streams to radio flawlessly and it sounds great. Fit in my F150 like it was built for it.

    Cons: I don't really have any cons but if I had to choose something to complain about I guess the buttons could be a bit bigger, but I'm really reaching to find something to complain about so.

    Cutting Edge?

    markk110 from Osceola, WI on 5/3/2014

    2009 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this in my Vibe, mostly gain the backup camera and use GPS apps that will update without the price tag. The apps are glitchy and some still try to use the phone as well. I didn't buy a 7" screen to try to work with my phone when I'm driving. Bluetooth, etc. all function great. I like the radio controls much better on this over my JVC. My big pet peeve is the radio turns off as soon as you go into app mode and there is no option to run apps and the radio at the same time. This has to change.

    Pros: Radio controls

    Cons: The radio automatically not functioning in app mode. GPS apps are glitchy.

    Best reciever I have owned

    Scott M from Bay area, CA on 5/2/2014

    1986 Porsche 944
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best stereo head unit I have owned. I liked it so mush I bought two! One for my daily driver (Ford Ranger) and one for my weekend toy (944)

    Pros: Everything except navigation in one package. Cool equalizers and screen settings - easy to use. Bluetooth is great

    Cons: Navigation is an extra unit - not built in. But for the cost this isn't a big deal. Cost of extra cables to connect the HDMI to cell phone.

    great product

    Bogo from Livingston, Texas 77351 on 4/20/2014

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product. Never had so much music at my fingertips. Works great with my nano I pod and my new I pod touch. Bluetooth works great and love the extra features.

    Pros: Have 6 sourceso of music at my fingertips at any one time.

    Cons: The removable face isn't working like its supposed to every time.

    Great unit, make sure it fits!

    pa284602 from Reno, NV on 4/18/2014

    2011 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this on a 2011 Ram 1500. I had to make some serious modifications to the internal receiver mountings to fit this unit. This is not a fault of the unit at all, as Ram stock radios are specifically made to not fit double din after market radios, just a warning for future owners installing on a Ram. The unit itself is amazing! As a previous owner of Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood, and Clarion, this unit surpasses them all. I've installed this with Sirius, subwoofer, and backup camera and all work flawlessly. My stock speakers not sound amazing. Loading tunes from the USB is super fast. Steering wheel controls work great with separate adapter (Crutchfield lists some recommendations) Blue tooth connectivity is a touch glitchy. Having Sirius, radio, CD/DVD, USB, Aux, and RGB, what more can you ask for!

    Pros: Ease of use, bright to display, fast data transfer. Simple layout

    Cons: No Bluray player (but I don't plan on watching a ton of movies on a 7" screen), blue tooth connectivity with my phone is a touch glitchy.

    Good product

    james from 33952 on 4/17/2014

    2004 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit! Have had this radio for about a month. App radio is the way to go and if you go a step further to root your phone and use ARliberator it is going to be even better! The multiple media playback options are great. Would've rated all 5's but there is sound quality loss when playing Pandora. Maybe it is something with my phone Samsung s4 I haven't figured out yet but it is there a difference. Also the picture color on the backup camera is off and cannot be fixed with altering the settings. Still exploring this as well.

    Pros: Multiple play back options for media, good blue tooth and microphone features,

    Cons: Can get rid of beep when buttons are pressed. Screen is harder to see in day light with sunroof open.

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    JNuke from St. Paul, MN on 4/14/2014

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

    Absolutely LOVE this RADIO. Looks Great Sounds Great syncs with phone and Ipod as soon as I attach the face plate. Detachable Face was the selling factor for me. Love that you can turn off screen light for long trips yet continue to use the radio.

    Pros: Detachable face, hooks up with steering wheel controls, can advance through songs while physically or Bluetooth connected to radio.

    Cons: The Mute feature on steering wheel console won't mute, it goes through the presets instead.

    love this radio!

    ed from Bakersfield, ca on 4/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Every pioneer deck that I buy has always improved the sound quality of any system I have had and this one did not disappoint even with the factory speakers. The detachable face is the main reason I got this one. The app radio is a bit disappointing but I'm sure I'll never use it. To use that and the Pandora feature or app radio feature on this radio you have to have the special cable that connects your phone to a HDMI cable. I just use the Bluetooth to connect.

    Pros: Detachable face, sound quality, SD card reader and more things

    Cons: You need a special cable for most of its features.

    8500bhs / 2012 F150 FX4

    Anonymous from Wahiawa, HI on 4/11/2014

    2012 Ford F-150 FX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall this is a great product very high quality great sound and this is by far the best website to purchase it from mainly because no one has it at a lower price.

    Pros: HDMI, 2 USB ports, big screen, works with most android and iphones, touch screen works well and doesn't hesitate.


    2005 Tundra

    Adam from Bakersfield, CA on 4/11/2014

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

    Awesome deck. I reviewed and auditioned over 10 units before pulling the trigger on the 8500. The Pioneer is packed full of features that other units make you pay more for. Once you factor in 8 band eq, hd radio, sd card+flash drive+i (anything) or android, dvd, 4v high volt output for amps, remote, blutooth and more, you will not find another deck at this price that compares. Period. Great sq. Connects seamlessly to my s4. Classy looks. I've owned over 20 decks and this one easily beats those costing 3 times as much. Getting used to the menus takes a day or 2, now it's like second nature. Installs easily with the great people at Crutchfield helping you if you get stumped.

    Pros: Standard options. Sat radio, back up camera, and adapter for video on i os or android are the only extras I can think of. Superb value!

    Cons: Menus will take a little bit to get used to. Acceptable because of all the options.

    !!! Great Receiver for the price & features !!!

    LokiC from San Jose, CA on 4/11/2014

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

    I got this receiver for my 2009 camry. I am someone who wants my music to sound good, I can't settle for less in sound department. Well I started my search for a good receiver with good number of features, awesome sound, big diaplay & not too heavy on the pocket. I always liked crutchfield thus started to search for a receiver. Searching, my eyes went on this model by pioneer & I instantly liked it. This unit has everything you would need in today's world for music & video. I also compared it with many other receivers but at the end this unit stood apart with the features it provided. It has usb, sd card, i pod connectivity, aux , bluetooth, HD radio, iphone & android phone connectivity (with proprietary cable from pioneer, which are stupid costly compared to their real use),plays DVD etc too. The only gripe is it does not have navigation, but hey at this price point you would not get a navigation receiver anyways. Sound quality is very good, it changed the total sound stage in my car. It has many audio settings which you can adjust according to your preference. One of the cool thing which I liked is you can set the HPF for the front & rear speakers so that they dont play those low frequencies which are meant for a sub. Bluetooth works well & connects to my phone without any issues. Steering controls will work with an adapter which is on crutchfield

    Pros: + Cool looks + Very good sound quality + tones of features + good price point + Good extensibility + Detachable faceplate

    Cons: + This is not a con for the receiver, but for the dash kit that crutchfield suppplies with it for 2009 camry. The unit has a motorized faceplate it slides out. After fitting, there is not enough clearance between the top edge of the face plate & the top edge of the bezel which prevents the opening of the face plate. It hits the top edge of the bezel while it tries to open & does not open. Had to adjust it to fit to open somehow. Got metra kit 95-8218S online & solved all my clearance issues

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    Carlos from Puerto Rico on 4/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For my Dodge Dakota this looks great and being able to answer my cell plus using backup visual wow you can't go wrong. Fantastico

    Pros: Use my Galaxy S4 through my Pioneer very valuable.

    Cons: Dakota owners your bezel has to be slightly shaved at the bottom and at the top so the screen can open freely. No problem easy to do

    Long time Pioneer lover

    losinsanity from Tucson, AZ on 3/31/2014

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

    I've never spent this kind of money on a head unit before and I don't regret doing it at all. The biggest influence of buying this one in particular is that it's face is detachable. I'm only home on the weekends so theft was a concern. I don't really care for the soft case though.Fortunately I have a hard case for my 7" Rand McNally GPS so, I just use that instead. The case is inexpensive and I highly recommend buying one if you take the face off a lot. A costly stereo is worthless if you drop the face on the concrete. I can't comment on the app functions to much cause I have a Windows phone. But, I do have an iPad 2 hooked up to the stereo. I have SXM radio so, Pandora is not something I use. The sound quality is amazing. My setup is the following. Stock tweeters 1 pair of Rockford Fosgate 6.5" for the for doors. 1 pair of Rockford Fosgate 6x9's for the back dash 2 Rockford Fosgate P2 12" subs 1 Rockford Fosgate Punch amp bridged to 500 watts. It sounds so clean and hits hard. The HPF is awesome. No bass comes through my mids and highs at all. Considering I have all the speakers (Mids) hooked up to the head unit, it sounds very clean and loud. The Mixxtrax function is pretty cool. Really trips people out when the hear it for the first time. The DVD quality is just alright and the volume is kind of weak. Gotta really turn it up to hear it. But, I dont plan on watching movies on it so no big deal. This unit is well worth the money and I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Sound quality, detachable face.

    Cons: DVD volume is weak.

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    Andrew from Jersey City, NJ on 3/31/2014

    2013 Scion FR-S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy hook up looks very good in the car



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    Anonymous from Pa on 3/25/2014

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

    Very nice unit screen is beautiful hooking it up was a snap with Crutchfield's package they send you put in f150 screen is visable I would recomend getting the iPhone kit for 119 it's well worth it

    Pros: Great screen contrast audio sounds great hands free works really good

    Cons: The setup can get confusing but once you figure it out pretty simple

    Love it!

    Halicarnassus from Portland, or on 3/12/2014

    2006 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So, I've been a kenwood man for going on 20 years. But after so much of a headache with their Bluetooth functionality, it was time to move. This thing is gorgeous. When you add in sat radio, it's almost perfect. BT pairing was a snap, the screen is touch responsive, and if you follow all the tips out there in internet land, it's perfect as a display for maps from my iPhone. Interestingly enough, the audio characteristic is way better than my kenwood was. The only downside, the screen has a lot going on. It's a bit cluttered. Other than that, it's gorgeous. I've got it wired into a 2006 Mazda 3 with sat radio, a powered sub, backup camera, and a 240gb SSD connected via USB. If you're looking at this, and considering this head, I vote yes.

    Pros: Ease of use, auto pairs with Bluetooth, hdmi input, huge touchscreen, fast power on.

    Cons: Cluttered display, not as many visual options as I'd like. But not a deal breaker.

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    mario T from Mesquite, TX on 3/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, exelent sound,the bluethoot work great w/my samsung galaxy S3



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    ray from illinois on 3/2/2014

    2012 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had this installed in my 2012 Malibu and I love it, it looks factory and because it has more eq bands it sounds a lot better then the jvc I had before, I originally bought for it the touchscreen and dvd but plan on installing a back up camera, I haven't watched a dvd on it yet so I can not say anything about picture quality, I could have went with a lower priced model but I wanted to be able to remove the face if I parked in a questionable area, my Samsung galaxy 4s paired easily and it connects faster then my previous head unit and calls are very clear, it reads my usb flashdrive almost instantly, it would have been nice if the button color would match my interior dash lights but that's no big deal, I am still learning all the functions of this head unit but I have the basics down, this may be the last head unit I buy. p.s. thanks crutchfield, you guys are great

    Pros: detachable face, sound quality and a lot of other features and connections .

    Cons: button color dosent match my dash lights. ( if you call that a con)

    Pioneer AVH-8500Bhs is the Truth

    RodO from Beaufort, SC on 3/1/2014

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

    Got this installed in my Dodge Charger. This is a very nice unit so many cool functions. First, the shipping came faster then the expected delivery date. Thanks crutchfield. I was going to get this professional installed but after he told me how much it was going to cost I decided to do it myself. I have no prior install skills but after some research I did it myself. Easy installation with the posi connectors and the crutchfield instruction sheet. This is my third unit from crutchfield I couldn't imagine ordering anywhere else.


    Cons: none

    Great Receiver

    Jose B from Simi Valley, CA on 2/28/2014

    2010 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm extremely happy with this receiver. Installation was easy on my Chrysler 300. This is a receiver I'd recommend to anyone!

    Pros: listed features, ease of installation/use, clean look,

    Cons: None

    Great Radio

    Subielove from Tuscaloosa, AL on 2/24/2014

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

    The radio it's self is cool I was worried that I would have to cut the dash like most older 7in screens But this one does not have that problem it fit perfectly. The face detach is nice although I wish it would close once the car was shut off but you must keep the acc on for it to close all the way. The eq is easy to get to and I like that there is a 20hz and 40hz options. I wish the screen was a bit brighter but it still looks good and the back up camera looks a lot better on this then my Kenwood I had. If you have a android phone and plan on adding app mode I have 2 things to tell you first not as import but make sure you have enough room behind your radio a lot of bulky cords (this goes for ios users as well) the second is its pretty much useless at this time there is a free navigation app you can download but you can not use Google maps. You also have to download this ridiculous keyboard to use it on the screen otherwise you have to touch your phone keyboard and and to do 99.9% of the stuff on your phone. There is a way around it but it includes rooting your phone if it's not already and jumping though a few hoops. As far as ios users I'm not sure my buddy is going to buy the cables and try it out on his phone. And I will update once he does. Also you need to have the parking brake up to use app radio functions.

    Pros: Looks clean Sounds great Face detach is nice (mostly) USB folders is nice setup Good picture

    Cons: App radios mode needs to be in park to use The only con that I have right now is app radio.


    andthereyouare from Maryland on 2/19/2014

    This radio does it all. It has RCA's for Front, Rear and subwoofers. You can connect external video devices too. The overall features are fantastic for the price. Not really sure why you would opt for one that has navigation as this one you can stream from your phone(via bluetooth) with a navigation app and have it show on the screen. This is the best hands down Pioneer radio I've owned. I've owned about 5 top level Pioneers.

    Pros: Controls for Pandora, Streaming with Bluetooth, movies(even AVI files, since it's a Divx player), Controls for Iphone. External USB connection, even has an access for SD cards. Connects to a PAC(Steering wheel controlling device) nicely. Very quick connection using bluetooth and very simple uploading contacts from your phone to radio. You can upload firmware and screensavers.

    Cons: This is an HD radio, which isn't bad; but, the default blends analog and digital signals. Which causes a noticeable drop in volume between the 2 signals when it switches automatically. I figured out how to switch the radio to only use Analog. But it was trial and error. This was the only issue I found other than the sunlight washes out the screen sometimes(That's normal for these double din radios).

    Great Receiver

    JC from Corona, CA on 2/12/2014

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    I'm very happy with this receiver. It was easy to install. Only issue I had was connecting the factory sub, but that was my mistake for not reading the instructions correctly. One call to customer service and I had the issue resolved in 2 minutes. I'd definitely recommend this receiver to my friends.

    Pros: Easy installation, sounds great, looks cool

    Cons: None

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    Steve M from Tucson, AZ on 2/5/2014

    2004 Volvo S80
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    Coolness Factor is OK, but Pioneer missed by a mile with certain features of the interface. An example is the Bluetooth operation. With two phones paired, it takes too many levels to switch the primary phone, and the icon on the main screen does not show which is paired. There is plenty of room for two phone icons, and one could indicate primary phone. When the phone icon is pressed, the phone menu comes up in a smallish screen showing the primary paired phone, but no way to switch. You have to go down to the small setup gear, open another screen, and press another button. Ridiculous for the inconvenience alone. Another nit is the screen customization. It only lets you store one custom background from a jpg file on the SD card.??? SD card playback of music files is quirky, with some files not showing up at all, and not much guidance from Pioneer on that. Daylight viewing is not too bad, but could be much better. Pioneer missed by not letting you customize the night view with one background and the day view with another. White background/dark text would greatly improve daylight visibility, while black background with user-specified text color would improve nighttime glare. I use the Pioneer AH200 with my Galaxy SIII and it is buggy. It works most of the time but drains the battery on the phone since the head unit does not supply adequate power from its USB ports. The sound quality is good, the EQ is nice, and the unit is well built and fairly easy to use while driving.

    Pros: Nice construction and finish. Buttons are on the small side but useable. The multi-band EQ is very nice and does the job. Sound adjustment for each source is very handy. Multiple options for music playback make this a very versatile unit. The faceplate can be set to a custom angle and always remembers that angle, but always closes when ignition key is removed.

    Cons: Interface could be better and more intuitive. No way to remove unused feature icons from main screen. Screen color and text options could be better for visibility. Unit has a hard time with SD card music files, even the supported formats. Phone icons and menus need much improvement.

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    Ed from nyc on 2/3/2014

    2008 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit


    Cons: none

    Great in every way

    matt from Texas on 2/3/2014

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

    I received this unit and installed it without any trouble. The sound quality makes my factory speakers sound clearer than before. It fit well and looks very clean with the kit from Crutchfield. My wife was impressed by the screen's picture quality. I've had it about 1 week and had no issues. It's easy to install and configure. Bluetooth phone quality is good but the address book isn't as easy to navigate as my phones. (See Cons)

    Pros: DVD quality Bluetooth to phone (android) is good even though it does not provide album art Pandora via HDMI to phone (android) provides album art HD radio provides album art for some stations Using HDMI to display phone's picture on unit (without touch)

    Cons: The imported address book doesn't identify the number's name (Cell, Home) with the person's name when saved to favorites. If a person you call often is saved to your favorites, only the name of the person displays so you don't know which number of theirs you are dialing until you click on it. very limited apps in App Radio. No Google Navigation through phone unless rooted phone or use phone to display only. (no touch)

    Very nice receiver

    TimB from Phoenix, AZ on 1/30/2014

    2012 Chevrolet Camaro
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    I bought this to install in my 2012 Camaro. I have an iPhone 5S running iOS7 as well as an iPod Nano which I planned to hook up to this unit. The unit sounds great, looks great, and almost perfect. The unit is fully compatible with the iPhone 5S (do not waste money on the Pioneer adapter kit, it is not needed. All you need is your lightning cable that came with the phone.) The dual USB slots with the HDMI is very nice allowing me to have everything hooked up without having to unplug things. Now onto the AppRadio function. This was a little annoying. After toying around, I found out you need to change the Digital Output from "Others" to "iPhone AV" To do this, your bluetooth must be turned off, all things unplugged, and both home screens set to off. After doing this, i got the AppRadio to work with the Lightning to HDMI adapter ($35 at Best Buy). However, when you have this selected, you cannot play music straight from the iphone or any other connections unless you go through Bluetooth Audio or the actual app radio app. Other than that, its a great unit.

    Pros: Great Sound Great Customization Good amount of Hookups

    Cons: AppRadio needs some work

    Awesome Headunit

    Todd from Albuquerque, NM on 1/26/2014

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit. The double din instructions included by Crutchfield were perfect. Color and sound is excellent!

    Pros: You can add your own background picture through an SD card (however, the unit will only hold 1 uploaded picture).

    Cons: Not really a con, more of an issue with the owners manual. The instructions for the rearview camera are not very clear in the head unit owners manual. I couldn't get my camera to work at first but then was scrolling through the head unit settings and you can change what triggers the camera (+12V, Ground, etc.).

    Very nice! Great Value

    Gabe P. from San Antonio on 1/26/2014

    2013 Ram 1500
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    Bought this for my 2013 Ram 1500. Crutchfield hooked me up with mounting bracket and face trim to give a factory look. And got 1/2 off the nav harness.Unit is sturdy and angle adjustment works great. Face removal looks to be sturdy and reliable as well after a months use. HD radio works good and Bluetooth streaming sounds very acceptable with my GNote2. Also was able to use my existing rear camera when backing up. You can even just turn it on when not driving to see behind you. Auto dims with vehicle and lots of illumination settings. Have not tried hooking up to my apps on phone, ordering Samsung MHL adapter separate. Overall very happy would recommend this head unit.

    Pros: Double din, Angle adjustment, Built in HD radio. Use existing backup cam, Awsome EQ and all the subwoofer settings you need, Several loudness adjustments, and Good working Bluetooth phone and mic.

    Cons: None yet.

    Love it!

    Anonymous from San Diego CA on 1/15/2014

    1998 Honda Accord
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    What an upgrade to my 10yr old Alpine! Connected it with my Droid RazrMaxx HD via accessory AH200



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    MR.S_CEE from Baltimore,MD on 1/11/2014

    This radio is GREAT I thought it was not going to work in my car because of all the mixed reviews on Crutchfield. But I still purchased the radio anyway, the radio is compatible with my Acura TL Type S and my Samsung Galaxy S4 and it was also compatible with my old phone which was an Samsung Galaxy S2. The only problem is that the radio is not compatible with the rear sub- woofer that is built in to the car so I had to add a sub box in the trunk. But all in all this is the BEST radio I purchased for my car.

    Pros: Works great with Samsung Galaxy phones!!!

    Cons: Does not work with built in sub

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    Anonymous from Orangeburg sc on 1/10/2014

    2006 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really easy install. Within few minutes learned my way around unit. Would definitely purchase again for another vehicle. Gives me capability to expand my system later ease.



    Pioneerer 4 Life

    Gradyboi2 from Lawton, OK on 1/4/2014

    2001 Honda Accord
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    I owned the 5500bhs which is now being used by my girlfriend. I have owned one Alpine and 4 pioneer units over the last 4 years. I gave up on Alpine because the amount of money I spend on their products and I could'nt even get an update for my navigation unit. So I moved on to Pioneer and I must say I will not go back to Alpine again. This unit does what I want it to do sound good and look good all at the same time. Only thing lefted to do is to add a back-up camera. If you want a HEADUNIT that you can use multiply devices to play music this is the unit for you. Music is my crack....

    Pros: Detachable face security, 2 usb ports, and scan disc drive so you will never be without music.

    Cons: None I see at this time


    MikeS from Stockbridge, GA on 12/31/2013

    2011 Chevrolet Camaro
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    Bluetooth is not good with the Android phones



    Great for Rooted Android Phones

    Mike C from Clarksville, TN on 12/26/2013

    I have owned this item for 6 months now, and it is hands down the best headunit I have ever owned. I bought it solely so I could use it with my rooted android phone. AR Liberator allows this head unit to function flawlessly. I love all the capabilities this stereo has especially paired with the hands free calling and backup camera I have in use with it.

    Pros: Ease of use, great display, and several useful functions.

    Cons: None that I have found.

    Very Nice head unit.

    Who Dat Nation from Little elm Texas on 12/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit. Full integration with iPhone is awesome. I usually buy alpine but this pioneer has the same sq without distortion. Bluetooth works flawlessly and mic doesn't capture much road noise. EQ is phenomenal for fine tuning. Satellite ready. Removable face. Touch screen is accurate. Remote is decent. Video has nice resolution. A steal for the money. Only complaint is that the wiring is expensive.

    Pros: Equalizer gives great tuning ability

    Cons: Wiring kits cost a lot to fully integrate iphone.

    My pioneer AVH - X 8500 BHS in my 2006 Corvette

    Mike Allegra from Nesconset New York on 12/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really love this radio it works very well with my Bose speaker system conductivity with my iTouch and iPhone are exceptional. As a techie I had no trouble learning how to use it but someone else might. It's got so many functions that you could get confused Beautiful screen and exceptional sound. One negative is you have to be careful when you place your microphone while using your Phone. The person on the other end of the line has trouble hearing you if you don't speak loudly and clearly.

    Pros: Excellent screen excellent functionality and excellent conductivity

    Cons: I have no cons as of now but it only used the month


    Anonymous from Guam on 12/15/2013

    2009 Honda Civic LX
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    this is a nice dvd receiver and its easy ti use. and video is very clear.




    Chilly from Md on 12/2/2013

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
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    Pros: It's a pioneer, enough said, but screen lay out, options, colors and sound quality are all great.

    Cons: Iphone interface isn't that great, due I part to the iphone itself. You can't use the pioneer app to play music and then switch to something you need on the phone because once the app leaves the front of the phone it stops playing your media. Screen quality could be better. The screen is flat so the reflection isn't that bad but the touch quality and movement is lacking as well.

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    ScottE from Ogden, Ut on 11/30/2013

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

    This unit sounds great. The videos look good. If you were planning on using a USB thumb drive or SD card for your music, don't buy it. Music will play but you can't use genre to sort your songs. The genre is random and mixed up. Crutchfield's customer guarantee is the best!!!!! The face plate on my first unit was scratched. Crutchfield replaced it. By now I'd realized the USB music sorting was a mess, Crutchfield replaced the second unit, thinking it was a firmware bug causing the sort issues. Something else had also moved on the second unit making the detachable face click when it opened. (There was an interference between the face and trim. The third Pioneer unit also did not correctly sort the USB genre tag. This third unit also had an audible buzz from an internal motor of some sort. After talking with a Crutchfield technical representative, I decided to replace the third Pioneer with another branded unit. I'm waiting for that unit now. This whole experience could have been completely horrible if not for the excellent customer service that Crutchfield offers their customers. It is not just an empty saying they post on their web pages. It is an absolute fact, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase within 60 days, they will replace or refund your money. Thank you Crutchfield for helping me with my concerns. I'm hoping this fourth unit from a different manufacturer will work as advertised. I know Crutchfield will be there if it doesn't.

    Pros: Great sound!!!!!

    Cons: Will not work as advertised when trying to sort USB sourced music. Build quality and longterm reliability is uncertain.

    Great Value

    SKicker from Petal, MS on 11/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    8500 is a great HU. I originally ordered the 5500 but I wanted the option of running a dual zones so kids can watch movie in the backseat while I'm listening to the radio up front. The sound is amazing and love the MIXTRAX function. Installation was a hats off to the Crutchfield staff for putting up with me calling with technical questions. These guys were very patient and walked me through the process. If you're on the fence between this HU and another Pioneer, I would recommend this one. I spent the extra money and bought the cables to hook up the AppRadio....although it's a bit pricey, I like running navigation/music/browser using my data on the phone.

    Pros: Sound quality, perfect fit on VW, bluetooth functionality

    Cons: AppRadio cables pricey


    SG from Leesburg, VA on 11/24/2013

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

    Great receiver. Fast interface, easy to use, sounds great. Customer service was great. Worth spending a couple of extra dollars to have the guarantee and support that Crutchfield offers.

    Pros: Options, features, sound, quality

    Cons: Tight fit in a 2003 MDX. Had to adjust the mounting so that the face could open and close

    A few bugs to work out

    Baha from Athens on 11/21/2013

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

    App radio lags and sometimes has difficulty connecting to my Samsung Galaxy S4. Screen freezes. Lots of sound control settings really make this unit sound great. Remote control that comes with it has buttons that don't seem to do anything.

    Pros: Great sounding

    Cons: App radio just not there yet.

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    Norberto J from Washington, PA on 11/21/2013

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

    Is good but I have some problems with back camera

    Pros: has very good sound

    Cons: easy to use whit Iphone 5

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    Anonymous from San Antonio, TX on 11/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good system wish android hooked up easier

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Android hook up

    Best Pioneer Deck I've Purchased

    ctrangoblue from Kansas City, KS on 11/10/2013

    Great unit overall. Still learning but if you like new tech stuff like me, do yourself a favor and purchase this unit. I've so far learned just the basic functions of the unit but I'd say that I have explored about 80% of the features. This Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS head unit was installed in my 2003 Toyota 4runner Unlimited. I still need to figure out how to work the APP RADIO mode to get my GPS to work in my vehicle.

    Pros: Definitely the BlueTooth function. Multiple input/output options as well for video and audio. DVD is icing on top. Android and I-Phone adaptable. Cool screen theme displays and multiple lighting options.

    Cons: Took a little longer to install than anticipated because I was trying to fool around with setting my steering wheel controls. All in all I did the installation in a little under 2.5 hrs.

    Very nice full-featured unit!

    Graham from Tallahassee, FL on 11/8/2013

    2012 Volkswagen Beetle
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    This replaces a AVH-P8400bh that died after a year, but I liked it so much I decided to stick with Pioneer and give the X8500 a chance - and I'm very glad that I did! With my iPhone5 connected to USB1, my older (modified) 128Gig iPod on USB2, a 32-Gig SD card with audiobooks, and BT streaming from my wife's phone, we have all our music covered for our long road trips! I haven't started playing with the AppRadio feature yet, but I'm hoping I can replace my dashboard mounted Garmin unit with one of the iPhone based GPS app's that I have.

    Pros: Lots of inputs including satellite radio and an add-on GPS module UI colors and background easily changed to match your existing colors. Removable face-plate Good quality internal amplifier.

    Cons: You must press Play button after powering the unit on, as it starts up with the last audio source paused - annoying and the P8400 didm;t do this. This is the only thing I'd change. Oh one other thing - it's a sealed case and to help with it's longevity it could probably use a cooling fan.

    Love the radio hate hate hate the parking brake cutoff switch.

    SergioE from San Francisco, Ca on 11/8/2013

    1994 Chevrolet Caprice
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    Installed my unit and instantly fell in love. It's a bit complex to install but once its done you will love the way it looks, sounds and performs awesome. Now to the bad part I hate the hand brake cutoff switch. Your unit will only work wile yor car is running or in run mode if your like me and deside to park and enjoy you movie, boy I've got bad news for you. As long as your parking warning light is out so is your ability to watch vids or use navigation.

    Pros: Cool, sounds great, good display

    Cons: Wont work if your car is powered off.

    Don't count on AppRadio. Add $ to purchase price if you have iPhon

    KenM from Wellesley, MA on 10/27/2013

    1994 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Don't count on using this with your iPhone 5 for AppRadio unless you spend more money on the kit to make it work. When Apple changed to Lightning connector, you cannot use the included USB port to connect to head unit. You have to buy the adapter kit with an HDMI cable, HDMI to Lightning connector, etc. Even when I finally did get it to work, Waze looks blurry. Why have a GPS app if you cannot use it to navigate while actually driving. That is just plain dumb. I would not buy this unit again unless, knowing that I had to spend more money to get it work with iPhone and not really use the AppRadio for NAV.

    Pros: Good sound and blutoooth interface nice.

    Cons: Terrible interface connection system that should be highlighted ahead of time that more money has to be spent on cables to actually work with AppRadio, and even then, you cannot use the Waze NAV while the car is moving, which defeats the cost savings of having to have a built in GPS system.

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    bosshogg3123 from Deland, Florida on 10/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like it wish it had mirror link love that the face is detachable thats the most reason I got this model love the satellite radio still waiting for the new cord to come out so it can work easier with android phones

    Pros: Detachable face and the satellite radio are the best things about this model

    Cons: Why do they have to make every thing iphone friendly some people don't like apple or I anything just a hint

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    K from Bonita Springs, FL on 10/18/2013

    2007 Toyota Tundra
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    I purchased this unit based on reviews from others. What I kept reading was the increase in sound and quality or Pioneer products. I bit, I bit because of the features and the positive feedback. One of my greatest pleasures was the ease of installation. The instruction provided by Crutchfield reduced my estimated time of 6 hours down to a paltry 45 minutes from start to having my new deck nestled in its new home. Thanks to you Crutchfield team!!

    Pros: This deck does everything I want and more! I'm still learning it's capabilities, but I am thoroughly enjoying those features that aided in my purchasing decision.

    Cons: I have none. As long as you follow the installation instructions provided and you do your homework/research you also should not have an issue.

    Love it and works perfect with my android phone

    Anonymous from Lafayette, LA on 10/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the radio and love it even more that I know that it works with my Axum HD Android phone. The app radio is great and I can watch my Netflix and DVDs anytime. Now to work on the rest of the sound system ;)



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    Steven E from Baltimore, MD Area on 9/13/2013

    2004 Toyota Camry Solara
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    My overall review of this head unit is summed up in one word-awesome! I've had this unit for a month and the performance is superior to other head units I've had in the past. The features of this head unit set it apart and makes the high price tag worth it. I purchased the head unit with the Sirius SXV200V1 Satellite Radio Tuner and the Axxess ASWC-1 steering wheel button controller. The included wiring harness and head unit install dash kit made for a seamless installation in my car. I have an existing factor amp and my factor stereo had good sound and could pump-out some good bass, and sound clarity was OK. The Pioneer head unit seems to magnify sound performance. I thought of purchasing a subwoofer, but the head unit puts out such clean and powerful signals, my factory speakers can rival subwoofers and still produce clear sound.

    Pros: Features: DVD, CD, SD, iPod, USB, Sirius, Digital and Analog radio. The sound the head unit produces is clean and powerful. The expandability of this head unit is the reason I purchased it and reason I enjoy using it everyday.

    Cons: I found this head unit easy to install. The other components I purchased such as the steering wheel control and the parking brake cable for DVD usage, posed small challenges, but I worked through them with a little thinking and ensuring I installed all the wires correctly.

    Great But Not Awesome

    Deven from Ogden, UT on 9/12/2013

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
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    This unit only has one drawback, and that is the appradio feature doesn't work as smooth as expected. It is slow and lags quite a bit when using apps. It is faster to operate it on your phone. Sometimes the app (Waze, specifically) won't open when touched on the Pioneer unit, and I have to touch it on my phone. My phone is the HTC Rezound, unrooted. The phone display must remain on when connected. The unit gets buggy when in appradio mode, and listening to bluetooth audio such as google music. The volume is only controllable from the phone itself. The touch screen works great when not in appradio mode. Love the bluetooth auto connect. Love the iPod controls and search feature. Plays DVDs great. Haven't hooked up the video out. Bluetooth call quality is great. The only reason I give the value 4/5 is because I bought my from scratch and dent, and it i payed full price, I think it would have been a bit overpriced. Again, appradio mode doesn't work as smooth as I expected, but overall I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this product to anyone.

    Pros: iPod Control Bluetooth Music Bluetooth Phone Touchscreen Controls

    Cons: Appradio Mode Not Polished Phone Screen Must Remain On

    Love It

    Leo from Milford, MA on 9/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is great it was what I was looking for and some



    Very nice

    Shoot379 from Rushmore mn on 8/30/2013

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

    Great system. Works great and is easy to see even with the sun shining in. Makes the factory speakers sound ten times better and clearer. Only complaint is all the extra cables to make the iphone 5 work to its full potential. Crutchfield is great to work with, they really know there stuff and have been able to answer every question I have had and will basically walk you through whatever you need. Installation is so simple and quick.

    Pros: Sound, picture, just about everything is perfect and simple.

    Cons: Little bit of a pain with all the cables to make the iPhone 5 work to its full potential......but that's not crutchfield's fault and they explained how to make it all work together.

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    Fred C from Atlanta GA on 8/25/2013

    2003 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is great it was what I was looking for and some.

    Pros: Display is great

    Cons: when i buying make sure you have all your components

    Works Great

    NickF from Castle Rock, Colorado on 8/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have had the unit installed for a couple of months now, I am very please with how well it works with both my Android Phone and iPod Touch with regards to the App Mode.

    Pros: Great sound quality across all channels.

    Cons: Needs better management of SD card Media playback. No way to import play lists and have found the card to read sporadically.

    Decent Unit, poor advertisement

    Fuzzybat23 from Portsmouth, VA on 8/10/2013

    2013 Scion FR-S
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    Overall it's a decent unit. Easy to install, simple interface. I couldn't try the appradio functionality as iphone seems to hold a monopoly on that. There's no love for android, and there are so many more androids than iphones.

    Pros: Simple use, ease of connection and installation, good sound

    Cons: All the websites state that all you need for pandora connection, with an android, is bluetooth. This is a lie. For Android to work 100% with pandora you need both bluetooth and an hdmi or hml connection, which means not every android will work with this radio, only a select few. Earlier versions of pioneer radios only needed bluetooth to connect to pandora, so I speculate Pioneer did this to force us to have to buy more equipment from them to make Pandora work.

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    Leon M from Sumter SC on 8/7/2013

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

    Very very nice! Made the sound system complete!



    Does it all

    JohnD from Daytona Beach, FL on 7/21/2013

    2007 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit does it all. I can consume media from more sources that you can shake a stick at - DVD, Bluetooth, Sirius, SD Card, HD Radio, USB, AppRadio, etc. The AppRadio feature is a little funky to use and the DVD navigation apps work OK, but obviously you are at the mercy of your data plan and coverage. If you use Navigation frequently, spend the money to upgrade to in-dash Navi. If Navi isn't a top priority, this unit is one to consider. The sound qualify is fantastic even with stock speakers, the screen is easy to view and the interface is simple and easy to navigate. The different interfaces and options make this DVD receiver an awesome addition to any car! I plan to buy the rear-view camera for it soon!

    Pros: Sound, Sirius, Appradio, iPhone 5 compatibility, features galore, detachable face

    Cons: A bit pricey with installation and all the adapters, Appradio technology needs to mature a bit and more apps need to come out for this technology

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    HAROLD from YUCAIPA CALIFORNIA on 7/8/2013

    2002 Mercury Mountaineer
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    Nice unit but ......

    R L from El Paso, TX on 7/7/2013

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

    I installed the unit a couple of weeks ago in my 2006 Lariat Supercrew F150. I had no major problems with the installation process but I also have over 21 years experience in the computer and electronics fields. I also added a steering wheel control unit as well as a Sirius tuner. I also added a back up camera. The x8500bhs is connected to a 5 channel Alpine amp via the RCA low level outputs. The amp is running 4 Infinity door speakers and a Pioneer shallow sub enclosure. Everything works great. The first major complaint I have is that the screen very hard to see during the day when the position of the sun hits my dash. Keep in mind that part of the problem is the design of my dash in my truck. Pioneer does not include any contrast or brightness controls although you have setting control for ever other option you can imagine. I also tried playing with the postion of the radio by moving and adjusting the mounting screws or adjusting the motorized display but it has not helped. I had read someone else's review that stated they were having the same issue as I was researching the product. The second major complaint I have is that this unit has a detachable motorized display. There is a latch at the bottom of the display that you slide to the side to remove the face of the unit. This sliding latch was hitting the outer frame they sent me as part of the installation kit. Even if I was not going to remove the face completely, it was getting stuck as the face moved to insert a disc or SD card. At one point it actually got stuck and could not move in or out and the radio starting beeping it's warning alarms. I had to file the frame that sits under the latch to allow it to move. I called their tech support and they suggested, I adjust the mounting screws so that the headunit would stick out forward beyond the frame but I was not happy with how it looked. I also purchased the Pioneer Iphone5 cable kit to use with the App Radio feature. I have not had a lot of time to play with it but I am able to control my Iphone5 music through the head unit. One thing that I misunderstood was that I thought I was going to control all of my Iphone5 apps through the head unit, as far as I can tell, you can only control those you download that are meant to be used with the App Radio feature. So far, I have not been impressed with those compatible apps. I was able to use the App radio feature with my Iphone 5 without having to upgrade the firmware as I had read on the internet. I am guessing my head unit came preloaded with the correct firmware. One other thing I would like to mention that may be of use to someone researching the product is that the headunit has an option to turn on the rear view camera at anytime but based on the camera installation, the camera only powers on when the vehicle is shifted to reverse, the camera turns on when the rear white lights are engaged. You can wire the camera to turn on when the ignition is turned on. This is not a

    Pros: easy to use, lots of settings and features

    Cons: ** hard to see in bright daylight, lack of contrast and brightness settings. ** detachable sliding latch gets stuck with mouthing frame

    Great item

    Josh from New Orleans. LA on 6/16/2013

    2003 Honda Civic
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    For those with an 03 Honda civic, be prepared to shave the bracket down so that the detachable face may open and close. The system works great!

    Pros: Great sound quality

    Cons: None

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    Leroy from New Orleans,La on 6/12/2013

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    The Best!!

    Pros: Better than the AVH-P8400BH

    Cons: None


    Serevok from NH on 5/30/2013

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Current setup: 2013 WRX, Maestro SW, AVH-X8500BHS, Backup Camera, iPhone 5. The AVH-X8500BHS overall is very good unit. It does what I wanted to do, which is has Waze running in the foreground and music playing from a source (the source I use is a USB stick loaded with mp3 files) in the background. I have full control of Waze from the H.U. and with steering wheel controls can skip tracks and folders on the USB stick. You do have to go through a lot of button pushes on the phone and the head unit to get an app running on the head unit, I wish it was more "plug & play". I find the low end base not very clean (I am not using an amplifier). The two biggest faults I see with the H.U. is the lack of brightness on the display and touch screen accuracy. The unit is near impossible to view on a bright day with sunglasses on (I am always have to move my head to get the correct angle to view the display). I find the resistive display not very accurate.

    Pros: 1) Run an app from iPhone and play music at the same time. 2) 8 band equalizer, excellent for tweaking the sound to your liking. 3) 2 USB ports

    Cons: 1) Dim display 2) Resistive touchscreen (wish it was capacitance based) 3) A bit pricey for such a bad display.

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    AR from Goodyear, AZ on 5/23/2013

    2008 Chevrolet Corvette
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    Small screen icons. Otherwise, excellent product..

    Pros: features..

    Cons: Small screen icons..

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    Rayland from Louisiana on 5/19/2013

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

    Looks and sounds great. Only installed 24 hours ago so still tweaking some settings. Have listened to FM, Video, SriusXM, IPod and flashdrive. The sound retrieval function is simply amazing on improving MP3 files. Only complaint is cannot get Auto-EQ to work (grey on selection so cannot select it) so will need to call tech-support. All other features working fine and well worth it. Running stock amp and speakers in 2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited. Added Pioneer Steering wheel remote but to make it work well also used an IR repeater.

    Pros: wonderful sound and looks in otherwise stock system. Added Bluetooth capability to vehicle. Functions for most part easy and self explanatory.

    Cons: Manual is poorly printed with faint ink and newprint quality paper. NOT the easiest to read in less than direct sunlight at my age. Resorted to printing PDF version from website. Auto-Eq not working yet but will call tech-support as all other functions worked fine first run.

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    Anonymous from NY on 5/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No complaints so far. This head unit is sick and the video quality is awesome. It definitely has way more power output than the stock head unit so upgrading the stock speakers are a good idea for even better sound quality



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    D from Florida on 5/12/2013

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

    Great overall unit

    Pros: Lots of features. Starts up quickly. All functions are easy to use and switches between functions quickly

    Cons: None

    Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS

    Anonymous from East Orange on 5/12/2013

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

    Only had it installed for three weeks and all is going well so far.



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    Jimm2000 from Baltimore, MD on 5/7/2013

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

    I have had the AVH-X8500BHS installed in my 2006 mustand for about a month and I must say it is fantastic. I have the SiriusXM SXV200V1 Tuner tuner and a Pyle PLCM18BC License Plate Mount Rearview backup camera installed and they work perfectly. I also have remoted both the aux input and the USB2 input using a PAC 6' USB Cable with Mounting Bracket USBCBL and a similar mount for the aux and they also sound and look great. my only complaint is the i pod input with the app mode/ while it does work sometimes the screen does not show it it is either green and distorted or it is just blank. I have a dock for my i phone 4s and i hacve found that it works most times if i turn the radio on before i place the phone in the dock. I contacted pioneer and they were useless and think it is a radio issue and i should return it. i am an electronics tech and seriously doubt it is a hardware issue more likely it a firmware issue with the radio. If I shut down the phone and eset it while it is on the dock it sometimes works. yet sometimes if I completly shut doewn the car and restart it comes back. it does the same thing with my wifes phone. I am using the Pioneer CD-IU201S cable. hopefully this will fix with a firmware update. I considered getting an i phone 5 but it will look terriable if I have to use the short HDMI adapter from apple. come on pioneer you can do better than that.

    Pros: looks great rear camera looks great display is great for DVDs

    Cons: app radio display is intermittent too many cables for the i-phone 5

    Better than its predecesor

    tigerdongal from Texas on 5/3/2013

    It replaced the AVH-8400 which had some serious issues with the touch screen. It would lock up if the outside temps exceeded 75F. Anyway this is perfect, does not mess up, the HD radio is great, bluetooth is simple enough, ipod connection is smooth and the appradio works well. I am using a Motorola Photon (will change soon) and it works with the Pioneer Appradio app. The problem is the phone does not support the newer droid software as the ARliberator app would be on it. It mirrors the phone completely, not limiting the user to the thirteen or so Pionner have for appradio. Now us android users have a better option than the IOS fans. Waze works flawlesly even through appradio, however I have to go through the sync feature every time I use this. It could be down to the older droid os or an inherent issue with the unit. To be hones I don'r really care, as I shall be on a newer phone running ARliberator shortly.

    Pros: Touch screen does not freeze like the 8400 did (three bad units)

    Cons: Apps for appradio are not so plentiful.

    Great Head Unit

    Milo from Ft. Bragg, NC on 4/29/2013

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    I was in desperate need of a new head unit for my 06 Tacoma. I really needed bluetooth capabilities and I was so use to a big screen to navigate my way around that a single din would not do. The head unit syncs up to my phone effortlessly and adding a new bluetooth device is the easiest set up I have ever had with a stereo. I get no complaints about the included microphone when making calls. Sound is way better then the JVC I had last; I can't wait to install some new speakers and see what it really can do. Yeah this head unit is a bit pricey but I find it well worth it. Installation was a breeze with Crutchfields instructions. My only hic-up was the metra dash kit that I could not get to fit even with some "modifications." No big deal cause I picked up the scoche dash kit which fits perfectly and was way easer to install then the metra. My only gripes is that the sun can make the screen unreadable at certain angles and the expensive iphone cable is a bit more then I am willing to pay for right now. Going to hold out for my next phone upgrade; in the meantime the basic charging cable works great. You can't go wrong with this Pioneer.

    Pros: Bluetooth is great and is a breeze to set up, Sound is awesome and the unit has a lot of features to play with your sound.

    Cons: Hard to see in certain angles with the sun right on it. Expensive iphone cable; but you only need it to watch video from the phone or use apps.

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    Raymond from Moriches,NY on 4/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice radio but it comes with some issues. After having it installed by a professional car stereo shop we found out that the remote wire doesn't work properly.( the wire that turns on amplifier or power antenna) there was only 2 volts not 12. So I had to bring it back and have them wire it a different way in order to run the 2 amplifier's I had installed. This apparently is a common issue with this radio. As far as sound quality it's awesome really sounds great. As far as functionality it's cumbersome. You really have to read the manual in order to use all the functions properly. The app radio is a real pain to use, almost not worth having. Other than that its a great radio!! I'm only giving 4 stars due to the remote wire issue and the difficulty of use on the app radio.

    Pros: Great sound awesome video quality nice looking radio. Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: App radio is a nightmare!!

    Worth every penny!

    Anonymous from Catoosa, OK on 4/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced a pioneer in dash DVD changer from 2006, the avh-p6800dvd with this unit. It's like I went from a econobox car to a Lexus. I was unhappy with MANY features of the old unit and hoping they would be better with this one and I am actually amazed at how much better this unit is. Bluetooth was lackluster and buggy on older pioneer products but this unit is first rate. The control menus and actions are also intuitive and responsive. I can do most anything from the main screen or first submenu. It has so many great features I can't list them. Even the Mixtrax feature (sounded gimmicky) is actually fun with playlists. The advanced app mode is hands down slick with navigation apps. . I paid MSRP and don't regret it. Crutchfield is always a safe, helpful and trusted company to work with.

    Pros: Blue tooth auto connects my iPhone. Supports advanced app mode and hdmi. Awesome sound and mixer controls.

    Cons: Advanced app mode apps are two few attm. Pricy to get to the full iPhone 5 support due to extra cable needs.

    AppRadio needs more time in the oven

    DJ from Baltimore, MD on 4/23/2013

    DVD's look great, HD radio is wonderful, BT audio streaming is a dream, and telephone controls are a must have here in Maryland. However, all of the other functions are a nightmare. I have an iPhone 5, 64GB, iOS 6.1.3, and I cannot get any of the direct connection things to work properly. When I plug my phone in (using all of Pioneer's recommended cables), the iPod app on the head unit immediately pops up and sits at "reading format" forever and never goes further. The Pandora function refuses to connect, it just continuously says "connection failed, reconnect?". If I attempt to use any of the AppRadio functionality, I first launch the app on my phone, then launch it on the head unit. I am never prompted on the phone to "trust" the head unit, so all I see on the screen is an image of whatever is displayed on the phone. I have no control from the head unit... if I have to do everything from the phone, what is the point of having a second screen installed in my dash? So far, I have not received any support from Pioneer, hopefully they release a firmware update soon. I have been a loyal Pioneer customer and user for many years, I swear by and highly recommend their products. This is the first time they've let me down, and man, is it a let down.

    Pros: So many features, so many possibilities

    Cons: Primary "coolness factor" features don't work (yet)

    Great Product

    Chrisdf84 from Miami Fl on 4/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think its a bit over priced, I think it could be sold for $100 less and I would have given 5 out of 5 stars for everything. However, great unit!!! Pretty innovative. The display is pretty awesome and the layout is easy to navigate. I am satisfied with my purchase.

    Pros: Bluetooth - Main reason why I purchased this unit. The Bluetooth audio for streaming music is great. You wont be able to tell that you are streaming thru bluetooth. It sounds great even if you are streaming audio from interenet on your phone thru the bluetooth. The phone option for voice calls are good as well. I suggest mounted the mic along the head line in your car. If you are not looking for it you wont see it. However, the microphone pics up pretty good, I haven't tried it at high speeds tho

    Cons: AppRadio - If you purchased the andriod connection kit , you can display your phones screen (dual screen) on the unit, however you cant operate the phone from the unit unless you download the car keyboard app that pioneer suggest. That app ONLY allows you to operate the phone thru the units screen within appradio. If you try outside appradio it wont work. It may if you have a jail broken iPhone. (i saw a video on YT)

    Good To Go!

    Chad from NorCal, CA on 4/8/2013

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

    It was time to upgrade from a single din to a double din stereo again and this was a great upgrade. Everything is running great as I expected with the acception of the App radio. The HD radio is useless unless you are parked in a spot that has good HD reception. But that is not the fault of the radio, that is just HD radio. The pre-sets are nice that you can expand and minimize, the layout is good as well. The DVD player works as expected with a quality picture. The Bluetooth is very nice and the mic is clear, maybe a little too powerful but you can adjust the volume so that is good. I attached the Boyo VTL375 rearview camera and it works great, nice and bright with the view coming on immediately after you place it in reverse. The settings are pretty good throughout the radio. I have not used the SD chip yet. The App radio works but takes some settings to get it to work. I am using it with an iPhone5. It does have some tweaks that are needed and hopefully there will be an update soon on it. You have to have your bluetooth on, then open the appradio on your phone. The first time you connect each of the apps to your car you might have to allow it access to your phone. It seems to take a few tries the first time then it works good. The pandora radio through the apps mode works great as you can search through pandora just like if it was on your phone.

    Pros: The features, sound, solid unit oh and the cool factor :)

    Cons: App radio is in progress its a little fussy at times but its only been out a week.

    Will be a great stereo soon

    Tyler from West Lafayette, IN on 4/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo works about 80% right now. Radio works great,Bluetooth works great DVD works great. HOWEVER when you wire it in and (using a hdmi cable,lighting cable, digital adapter from apple) you have a few options to choose fro. If you listen to your iPod through just the iPod function you lose your subs if you have them installer. Everything else works. If you go into "app mode" any of the sound apps ( car media play,mixtrax, or just iPod) you lose control of volume can't turn it up or down and lose subs if you have them installed. So it's unusable hard wired into the stereo. The apps "work" to an extent maps work but there's no way to input a destination? Pioneer has release a iPhone 5 stereo before it was complete. This stereo will be good when they fix all this but as it sits its a waste of time and money

    Pros: Looks Sound

    Cons: Ease of use Non functioning features

    Great Stereo

    CindyR from Texas on 4/1/2013

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

    Replaced my three year old Alpine Unit for this Pioneer. I chose it because of its apparent ease of use and the iPod/iPhone 5 functionality as well as the ability to upgrade firmware. The menus and functions are all easily accessible. The sound quality and ability to adjust the sound levels to taste are both fantastic. My only complaints revolve around the AppRadio functions. It's not very intuitive and is somewhat difficult to get set up. Finally I wanted to point out that crutchfield site stated this unit was not recommended for my vehicle (Toyota Highlander); however, it fits fine and works well with my system.

    Pros: Easy of use Great display Sound quality is perfect Works well with iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth

    Cons: AppRadio features are quirky and not easily connected. They are cumbersome to use.

    Great Product

    James from Jacksonville, FL on 4/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! works with Android phones as advertised (with adapter). It takes a little bit to get set up and make sure you have room for all the adapters if you want to keep your steering wheel controls and onstar and the seperate pioneer adapter for your phone.

    Pros: Works with Android phones

    Cons: Price adds up with all the adapters you have to buy.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (R), Compoiste (R)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD/SDHC memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    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 Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 8
    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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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Control
    AppRadio (for iPhone & Android)
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.95" Motorized Touchscreen Display (Detachable): The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS features a 6.95" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a paired Bluetooth device, or a connected component such as your iPod/iPhone or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system. The unit's touchscreen display is motorized. The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and eject your discs and SD/SDHC cards. The angle of the motorized touchscreen display can also be adjusted to five different positions to meet your viewing needs in the car.

    Note: You can detach the head unit's touchscreen monitor to deter theft. A soft carrying case is provided.

    Display Adjustments: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS offers the following monitor display adjustments.

    • On Screen Display Color/Background Adjustment: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background can be set to one of four preset still images, a moving image, a stored JPEG image, or turned Off.
    • Picture Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for each source and the optional rear view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast), color (adjusts color saturation), hue (adjusts the tone of color), and temperature (adjust the color temperature).
    • Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video (Full, Zoom, Normal, or Trim).

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).

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

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double -DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS 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. 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).
    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 AVH-X8500BHS.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-X8500BHS 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.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AVH-X8500BHS 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 AVH-X8500BHS 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 AVH-X8500BHS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).
    • 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, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for the phone number by alphabet search mode.
    • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    • Voice Control: If your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone is equipped with the voice control feature, you can use voice commands to make calls.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to access these functions.

    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. The external microphone must be installed for Bluetooth hands-free communication.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Meta Data Display): The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The AVH-X8500BHS 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 Art. The AVH-X8500BHS 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.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S/5 via Bluetooth (not USB), the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen controls and external microphone. Simply press head unit's on-screen voice control key to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the AVH-X8500BHS and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer DVD receiver; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Multimedia Playback: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS features a hidden disc slot and SD-card slot, plus dual rear-panel USB ports for playback of audio, video, and photo files.

    • Compatible Discs: The disc slot is located behind the head unit's motorized slide-down touchscreen panel. The AVH-X8500BHS supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs.
    • SD Card Slot: The AVH-X8500BHS features a hidden SD card slot (located behind the motorized touchscreen monitor) which will accept SD (up to 2GB) and SDHC (up to 32GB) memory cards.
    • Dual USB Ports: The unit features dual rear-panel USB ports and includes a 59" USB extension cable. You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/-RW/-R DL) Flash Memory (SD/SDHC, USB)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, UDF FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio

    MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
    16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-44.1kHz sampling rates

    MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 48-320kbps bit rate; 32-48kHz sampling rates
    16-320kbps bit rate; 11.025-44.1kHz sampling rates
    WAV: 8- or16-bit rate; 16-44.1k sampling rates
    Video DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    : 720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size
    H.264: : 720 x 1280 max resolution; 8GB max file size


    JPEG: max resolution of 4092 x 4092
    Maximum # of Folders/Files

    99 folders/999 files (700 folders/3,500 files for DVD)

    1,500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver. 1.0,/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags
    Note: Video and still-images can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    Playback Functions: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS offers the following playback functions:

    • Automatic Playback: When a DVD disc with DVD menu is inserted, this unit will cancel the DVD menu automatically and start playback from the first chapter of the first title.
    • Bookmark (Resume Playback): The Bookmark function lets you resume playback from a selected scene the next time the disc is loaded.
    • Frame-By-Frame Playback: This feature lets you movie ahead on frame at a time during playback of your DVD or Video CD.
    • Slow Motion Forward: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you can choose to play back video in slow motion (no audio).
    • Repeat Play: Audio/Video content can be repeated. You can choose from Disc (entire disc), Folder (current folder) Chapter (current chapter), Title (current title), Track (current track), File (current file), Folder (current folder), or One (current video/song/track).
    • Random (Shuffle) Play: Audio/Video can be played back in a random order. You can choose from Songs (videos/songs in selected list), Albums (videos/songs from selected album), Folder (songs/tracks in selected folder), or Disc (all songs/tracks on disc).

    Search Functions: The AVH-X8500BHS provides the following search functions:

    • Track Title List: You can select tracks to playback using the track title list which is a list of the tracks recorded on a disc, USB memory device or SD/SDHC card.
    • Scene Search: You can use the search function on the unit's on-screen display to search for a desired scene on your DVD by specifying a title and chapter track.
    • Return to Scene: You can return to the specified scene where the DVD you are currently playing has been preprogrammed to return.
    • Skip Search: You can skip to the previous/next track, file, folder, title, or chapter on a disc, USB device, or SD/SDHC card.
    • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse through a current track, file, or title on a disc, USB device, or SD/SDHC card.

    Advanced Playback & Search Functions (for SD/USB): Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB device's or SD-card's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad.

    Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-X8500BHS.

    Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone Connection: The Pioneer multimedia head unit supports both audio/video & app playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Select the appropriate cable for your model Apple device and media content.

    • Audio Only: Using Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone, you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music, podcasts, and Pandora Internet Radio on your iPod or iPhone through the Pioneer A/V head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Apple Lightning to USB cable that came with the Apple device to connect it to the Pioneer head unit.
    • Audio/Video: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod/iPhone connector cable (130IU201V, sold separately) you can enjoy audio playback, plus video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone; as well as music or video based apps streamed to your iPhone. Not compatible with iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
    • Audio/Video + AppRadio: The Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App cable (130IU201S, sold separately) not only provides audio/video playback, but also allows you to launch the AppRadio Mode on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.2+), for playback of advance applications (such as navigation and internet radio) on the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS. You can also access audio/video files and AppRadio Mode from your iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) using Pioneer's CD-IH202 cable, the Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (all sold separately).
    Note: Video from your iPod/iPhone device can only be displayed while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen or from the iPod/iPhone's touchscreen, clickwheel, or downloadable app.

    • Head Unit: Head Unit mode lets you control your connected iPod/iPhone device from the AVH-X8500BHS's touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music content by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Rental. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • iPod/App: App Control mode allows you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM,, Rhapsody, & Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. In addition, you can watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+) or iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+). Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include; Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next. The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The DVD head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, as well as metadata from Pandora and Advance Apps; including Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to 'basic App mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 3/26/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Mode Pandora App AppRadio Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.3 Y* Y** Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 6.1.3 Y* N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4 6.1.3 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 6.1.3 Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    • *Requires the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable (included with Apple device).
    • **Requires Pioneer's CD-IH202 cable, the Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (all sold separately).
    • 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.

    AppRadio (for iPhone & Android)

    AppRadio Mode: The AppRadio Mode allows you to access your Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Photos and other Advanced Applications from your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, or Android smartphone (using proprietary cable, sold separately) and displays content directly on the Pioneer head unit's larger touchscreen display. The AppRadio mode will even recommend and notify you of the latest compatible apps.  Please view the AppRadio Compatible Device List for the latest compatible iPhone 4/4S and Android smartphone information to see if your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, or Android smartphone is compatible. You must initially download the AppRadio App onto your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, or Android smartphone from the iTunes App Store or Google Play App Store. Choose the appropriate cable for your model iPhone or Android smartphone.

    Note: Make sure to use the head unit's USB 1 port for connection (not USB 2 port).

    AppRadio Apps: Pioneer has teamed up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps. Popular apps include (as of 3/26/2013):

    App Categories Application Description


    AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music. With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs, genres, or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner". Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
    CarMediaPlayer: CarMediaPlayer allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your music library directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View function. When you're searching through your library, Alphabet Search allows you to select the first letter in the desired song, album, or artist name from the Pioneer receiver making it quick an easy to get to the music you want. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the Pioneer's touchscreen.
    iHeartAuto: The iHeartAuto app offers access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country. Plus, you can create custom stations based on your favorite artists or songs. With the top live radio stations in America and more than 15 million songs in our catalog, iHeartAuto features more music, backed by better music programming, than any other service available.
    Livio Radio: The Livio Radio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.
    Rdio: Rdio (from for $4.99 per month) gives you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist,/Album/Song information, as well as Album art.
    StreamS HiFi Radio: The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.
    Google Music: Google Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic offers full playlist editing, scrobbling, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation.
    7digital: 7digital is a leading digital music provider which sells high quality MP3s across 32 countries worldwide. With over 20 million tracks you're sure to find what you're looking for. With this app you can Sync your 7digital music from the cloud to your phone wirelessly, play music that is already stored on your device, and browse top album and track charts, new releases and recommendations right on the screen of the Pioneer DVD receiver.
    MIXTRAX: Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
    Apple Maps: You can view Apple maps on the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen as you would on your iPhone. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    MotionX-GPS Drive App: The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone 4/4S (not compatible w/ iPhone 5). There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee with an additional $19.99 per year for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone.
    iGO Primo North: iGO primo app ($24.99) is powered by the same tried-and-trusted iGO Engine used in millions of GPS navigation devices around the world. The maps are part of the application so there are no roaming fees and no need for cellular/network coverage. Highlights include - Fast, short, easy-to-follow, and Green routes; automatic route recalculation; multipoint-route support; smart keyboard & history; TTS Pro; in-app shop; local/POI search; and more.
    NavFree GPS Live: NavFree GPS Live is a free navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search, live searches via Google and Microsoft Bing, and many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating.
    My GPS USA: My GPS USA is the next generation GPS satellite navigation from the makers of NavFree. Full featured with voice guided, turn-by-turn satellite navigation with no hidden costs. It offers a HD live map display with 2D and 3D modes. You can navigate by pinching, swiping and touching. Full voice guidance is available in 12 languages. Multiple Routing Modes include - Fastest, Shortest, Easy, Pedestrian, and Economical Routes. You can even navigate from your Contacts.
    INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 per year) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the Pioneer head unit, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
    Beej!: Beej! is an in-vehicle location/navigation application ($1.99). Beej! quickly identifies your position and allows you to select the nearest bank, bar, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant and more. Beej! provides a complete list of all the businesses in the category selected, including the distance from your current location and address, with options to get directions (via MotionX-GPS Drive app) or place a call to the selected business. The layout and aesthetics provide optimal in-vehicle viewing, without becoming a distraction for drivers from safe vehicle operations.
    Extra Mile: Extra Mile ($1.99) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel.
    EasyCar Touch: The EasyCar app is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.
    Waze: Waze is a cool social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.
    DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone, the DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Best Parking: Best Parking is a parking search engine that steers drivers towards the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports.
    Parkopedia: Parkopedia ($1.99) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.
    CarBrowser: CarBrowser ($1.99) allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    CommuteWX: CommuteWX ($0.99) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.
    Contacts: Access your iPhone's contacts. This function is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Calendar: Access your iPhone's calendar, so you can view important events and reminders. This functionality is bundles with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Photos: You can view photos stored on your iPhone. Access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshows. Functionality is bundled with the Pioneer AppRadio app.
    Note: As the library of Advance App compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store.

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. 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. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multicasting, 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. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • 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.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio or RDS FM broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.
    • 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 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 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps/Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS3+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AVH-X8500BHS via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (see iPod/iPhone Control section above) or the connector-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The AVH-X8500BHS provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and 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 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.

    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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The AVH-X8500BHS 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 DVD 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 touchscreen.
    • You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets.
    • Direct Tuning lets you select a broadcast channel directly by entering the desired channel number.
    • 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.
    • When listening to SiriusXM, Content Alerts notify you when your favorite songs, artists, or games involving your favorite sports teams are playing on other channels. The radio will display an Alert message when a matching artist, song, or team is found on another channel. Then you can choose if you want to tune to that channel or ignore the Alert.
    • The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your connected iPod/iPhone. 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.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVH-X8500BHS are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS 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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Crossovers: 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.

    Subwoofer Controls: 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. You can also adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 8-Band Graphic EQ: There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2. The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 8-band graphic equalizer (40Hz, 80Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz, and10kHz).

    Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's 3.5mm input (located behind motorized front-panel). The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).
    • Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.
    • Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).
    • Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.

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

    Mute/Attenuation Level: You an select the muting/attenuation level of head unit. Choose from Mute (0 volume), -20dB (1/10 volume), or -10dB (1/3 volume).

    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.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The AVH-X8500BHS features a rear-panel composite video/3.5mm minijack audio output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can playback audio/video content from a Disc, iPod/iPhone (not iPhone 5), USB device, SD-card, and the AV 1/2 inputs in the rear zone; or you can simply have the rear AV output mirror the head unit's selected source. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.

    Rear View Camera: The AVH-X8500BHS is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera input jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5, sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the AVH-X8500BHS's harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    HDMI Input (for AppRadio mode): The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS is fitted with a rear-panel HDMI input which allows you to access the head unit's AppRadio mode from your connected iPhone 5 or Android smartphone using proprietary Pioneer & Apple accessory adapters (sold separately; see above AppRadio section for details). This HDMI input cannot be used to connect other external AV devices, such as a Blu-ray/DVD player or game system.

    Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC250, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

    Note: If you are already using the head unit's RGB input to access AppRadio Mode from your iPhone, then you cannot connect this add-on navigation module (or vise-versa).

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS includes an IR remote control (CXE5116) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices. There are no controls to answer/end or dial call from your Bluetooth-enabled phone.

    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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    20 questions already asked

    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 15, 2014 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Apr 16, 2014 ]  Staff
    With my cell phone [ NORBERTO  Apr 15, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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  Apr 15, 2014 ]  Staff
    You can put 1 dvd or 1 cd in at a time [ DONALD G  Apr 10, 2014 ]
    You can slide a disk or DVD into it. Great unit! You won't regret it. [ E. GRANT  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    It will hold one disc. [ CLINT  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    It has a built in CD/DVD player. So, yes you can put disc's into it as well as an sd card slot behind the screen. [ Gooch  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    yes you can place disc or dvd's in this unit and they both play great. [ KEITH  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    It will take 1 cd/dvd. [ THOMAS  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    It's a one CD player. Not sure if there in a disc change accessory or not. The cd part is behind the screen which poops down when you want to put a cd in or eject [ JONATHAN D  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    Yes 1 disc at a time [ ALBERTO  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    Yes, you can put discs in it, the disc player is behind the faceplate. [ KATALIN  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    You can put one disc in the unit. [ JOSHUA  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    Yes; you can put a disc in the unit, one disc at a time not multiple disc's as you would a changer, but the beautiful thing about this deck is you really don't need a disc if you have a phone or mp3 player with bluetooth..thousands of songs a click away [ TONY  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    There is a single DVD/CD slot behind the flip down screen. [ SETH  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    I don't know. [ E. GRANT  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    No audio only will show pictures though [ JAMES  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    Yes but you have to put it into the sd holder that comes with your micro sd card [ Brian  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    Daryl, I'm not sure if it will or not. I have not got the unit installed yet. [ ROB  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    You must purchase the Android or Apple connectivity kit separately for this unit in order to stream video of any kind to the unit. Bluetooth connects up to pipe through the touch-screen commands from the stereo to the phone while plugged in. Other than that, audio is the only signal able to stream through Bluetooth alone [ BRETT  Mar 23, 2014 ]
    Your phone has to be connected in order to watch netflix or you tube. Only audio can be streamed over bluetooth. [ ADRIAN  Mar 22, 2014 ]
    I love my system but I did not connect the cable to my break, so I do not know. I do believe that you have to connect via cable to use video. Pandora sounds just as good via Bluetooth as cable. The quality does improve and requires less volume adjustment to achieve loudness when connected using the USB. [ JOSHUA  Mar 22, 2014 ]
    As far as I can tell on my unit the Bluetooth only supports audio. I can play a music video on my phone see both video and audio on phone but on Bluetooth no video on Pioneer, only get audio. I did try the Pioneer Media app for android as well since I am using Samsung Galaxy S4 for phone. No longer have a functioning iPhone to try and my iPod does not support Bluetooth. Sorry could not fully answer question. [ RAYALND K  Mar 21, 2014 ]
    Streaming video is something I haven't tried. But I can say the Bluetooth quality is very good. Hope this helps. [ SEHON  Mar 21, 2014 ]
    You can stream audio only, quality will be that of Bluetooth may have a little noise on it but will sound just fine [ CHRIS  Mar 21, 2014 ]
    Both, you need the proper cable to connect to your radio and Bluetooth. [ LEROY  Mar 21, 2014 ]
    Absolutely. You can use the speaker wire outputs and the RCA outputs. [ Jeff  Mar 13, 2014 ]  Staff
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Feb 24, 2014 ]  Staff
    no it does not support siri [ KATHERINE DAE  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    Yes [ BROOKING  Feb 03, 2014 ]
    I haven't installed the unit yet, but it should support the iPhone 5 because it is USB compatible and it works with my new IPOD with no problems at all. It is also Bluetooth compatible, I hope I've been some help? [ CARLFRED A  Feb 03, 2014 ]
    I have an old Pioneer AVH4200DVD and it played Divx formatted videos via SD card/USB drive....I'm sure Pioneet didn't deviate from that. [ SPENCER  Mar 10, 2014 ]
    I have idea. not once since June 2nd upon putting this radio in my truck have i had Sirius radio?? Sirius cant figure it out and now my $100 ipad5 wire doesent do a thing [ MARK  Jan 31, 2014 ]
    I have never tried playing movies from a sd card. I have only used the DVD option. I was successful putting pictures and music files on my sd card. [ CHRISTOPHER  Jan 31, 2014 ]
    Did you engage the emergency park on? [ MANUEL E  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    There is a wire that must be connected to the parking brake and the brake has to be engaged to play video. If the wire does not send the proper signal to the headunit then the video is disabled and you get the message you describe. It is important to make certain that the wire is connected on the proper side of the parking brake switch ( the one that sends the signal to illuminate on your dash when the brake is engaged) or the proper signal is not sent either. I mistakenly connected on the wrong side on the first attempt and had to redo it but as it was several months ago I do not remember which side it was. Also, unless you have super vision I found it much easier to download a users manual from Pioneer's website and print it as a reference as the print was too small and too faint in the boxed manual to read in anything but perfect conditons. [ RAYALND K  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    Have not tried to play a DVD on the unit as I had a rear unit in the SUV for the kids so I don't know..... Sorry. Did have it installed locally as well. [ KEITH W  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Hello, Try the E. Brake a couple of times. depending on the car it may need extra parts to work properly. [ Leon  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Ben, not only do you have to have the car in park but the emergency brake also has to be set as well. If that still doesn't work, I would lean towards it not being quite installed right. Hope this helps. Virgil. [ VIRGIL  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Of what ive read the stereo works off of a ground on ground off switch not like the older ground only switch, if you hooked it up according to directions the wire should be hooked up to the emergency brake and you have to have the vehicle in park put the emergency brake on and take it off and reapply the parking brake to watch Dvds [ NOE G  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    they may have forgotten to connect the cable that goes to the ebrake/park so then unit never picks up the signal that the car is in park. i'd take it back [ VINCENT  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    It's been a while, but as I remember it, there is no quick fix. Your issue results from how they wired the power to the unit. There are two different power wires, red and yellow, I think, one of which effectively enables DVD video play. You will need to change where that one is getting its power. The installation manual explains it. In my motorhome, video is not viewable from the driver's seat, and we play the unit most of the time when parked. Both my power wires are hot full time, not wired through even the ignition switch. [ EUGENE  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Pull the emergency brake [ JUAN  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    You have to have the parking break on. I sometimes have to release the parking break and reapply it then on the screen a warning will come up, the hit ok and the video should appear. Hope that helps. [ CHAD  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Try engaging the parking brake. There is a wire that is supposed to be connected to the parking brake switch to let the system know the car is parked. I am assuming they connected it as described In the installation manual. You can see the manual on the Crutchfield website. Hope this helps. [ RAOUL  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Did you attach the green wire to the wire running to the parking brake switch? [ NICHOLAS A  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Hi! You must engage the parking brake, then disengage, then reengage the parking brake. [ BRANSON  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Do you have your e brake on? [ TYLER S  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    I have not tried a MP3 DVD but it will read from a flashdrive at least up to 64 GB as I have done it. [ RAYALND K  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    If I am not mistaken yes you can load a DVD of MP3's and it will play. Hope this helps you. [ JEROME  Jan 05, 2014 ]
    Yes you can also if have a usb memory stick it comes in handy too [ FREDERICK L  Jan 05, 2014 ]
    Sorry, but my unit is not yet installed, so I cannot answer the question... [ Stephen  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    My AVH 8500 BHS receiver has two USB ports at the rear of the unit. Referred to as USB 1 - for iPhone connection. USB 2 is located at the top of the two. Perhaps Crutchfied has an adaptor - USB to 30 pin connector cable. If your iPod uses the 30 pin type connector. Hope this answered your question [ Jesse  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I am not sure, I have an android device which i connect via the HDMI port. If i am not mistaken. For Apple connection, you can use the RGB as well as the 2 USB ports for connection.. [ SOUND EQ GUY  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS 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. [ Jeff  Dec 27, 2013 ]  Staff
    I purchased this radio in June of this year because i was told that my android would do exactly what you are trying to do. It is now December and I still can not get it to work. I have done research on the Internet and have tried numerous things that have been suggested from both Crutchfield and others. I hope this helps. [ TOMMY  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I purchased this radio in June of this year because i was told that my android would do exactly what you are trying to do. It is now December and I still can not get it to work. I have done research on the Internet and have tried numerous things that have been suggested from both Crutchfield and others. I hope this helps. [ TOMMY  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I am not sure. I have an iPhone and that's all I use is my USB cable and it works. You should be able to use nav if you get all the cables. [ JONATHAN D  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    There is a kit that has all the wiring for your android device. The only thing is the kit is compatible up to a galaxy s 2. However there is an adapter to solve that problem. Once you got everything connect there is a few apps that can be controlled by the display on the radio. Other apps on your phone will be just a mirrored screen. [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 19, 2013 ]  Staff
    Please contact an Advisor for help on this question. It is not likely that two will be a match, but the Advisors will be able to look into it for you. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
    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  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
    Yes [ RENE  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    I don't know I will look and see [ KEITH W  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    Yes it does detach. [ EVAN  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    Yes with a case [ JAMES  Dec 10, 2013 ]
    Yes, the whole front detaches [ STEVEN  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes, it does [ ABAD  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes, in the description of the stereo, it states under Highlights: detachable 6.95" motorized touchscreen display [ BRETT  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    yes. The screen tilt button is pressed and then there are options to insert CD, microphone or detach faceplate. [ RAYALND K  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. [ HEATH  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Hi, I believe it does, though I have never removed it. [ JIM  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes the faceplate is detachable. [ MILO  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    It does have a detachable face plate and a pouch to put it in once detached. [ NICHOLAS  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes [ JUAN  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Sorry, but I don't know whether the faceplate detaches or not. It's not something I care about. I would have to research it in the manual, and that is available online. [ EUGENE  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes. The unit has to be powered on, then you hit the eject button, and the touchscreen menu option to detach the faceplace (the other options at that screen are to lower the faceplate to insert a CD or memory card), then it rotates and you press and hold a switch in to get it off. [ CHARLES  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes it does have a dettachable faceplate. This unit is awesome. [ JOEL  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    yes [ VINCENT  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes it does [ BENJAMIN  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes, the entire front of the radio detaches. [ TIMOTHY  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes it does, I've not detached it but it does come off. [ BRANSON  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes, it does. A command on the display orients the screen to a position where it can be released. It comes new with a carrying or storage case. [ CHARLES P  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    I can't remember. I returned it almost as soon as I got it because it was a useless unit to me. For Pandora to work 100%, i had to use a wire to connect to my phone. My phone wasn't compatible with it, so back it went. The only thing Pandora should need to sync with an android is bluetooth, so I downgraded to the 3500BHS [ NICHOLAS A  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes it is, has a soft case for storage as well [ NOE G  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    yeah it does [ MARCUS G  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Sure does. [ KENNETH  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it has am/fm radio as well as a built in hd radio tuner [ CHRIS  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    The system does have AM/FM. It includes a digital tuning system as well which allows you to tune into local digital radio stations. [ JOSHUA  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. In addition to the normal analog radio receiver it will also receive HD radio signals. [ ZACK  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Hi Will, Yes it does! [ JOHN  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it has AM/ FM and HD radio [ LEROY  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    It has both Analog & digital [ DAVE  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes. [ BRUCE S  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it does... [ ASA  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes am fm and hd radio bluetooth audio and wired from any portable device but apple is the preferred interface. [ KENNETH  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes, and the ability to pull in the HD version of each station if its available. [ LAWRENCE  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it does, it is also nice when those radio station give off a data signal. Giving you an image and name of current song & artist. [ SEHON  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    yes it does [ FRANCISCO D  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Will P. This unit does have FM/AM radio. The stations are broadcasted in HD. Hope this helps you. [ JEROME  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it does and HD radio [ IAN  Dec 06, 2013 ]
    Yes it does have am/fm radio. [ DAVID  Dec 06, 2013 ]