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Pioneer DEH-X8600BH

CD receiver

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HD Radio™ = the best sound in radio

If cruising down the road with radio on is your idea of fun, Pioneer's DEH-X8600BH CD receiver will get you tuned into HD Radio stations that offer the best sound you'll hear coming over the airwaves — FM that rivals CDs, and AM that's clear and static-free. HD Radio is free, and thousands of stations are broadcasting in HD Radio so you'll likely find participating stations in your area.

Built-in Bluetooth®

This versatile CD receiver also offers the convenience and safety of built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Answer incoming phone calls with the push of a button, and then talk as if your caller is sitting next to you. And forget all the hassles with plugging in your music player when you get in the car —you can stream music wirelessly from your device to this Pioneer, and even control many functions on your player, like "track up" or "track down" right from the receiver.

Siri Eyes Free for hands-free control

Got an iPhone® with Siri? The DEH-X8600BH supports Siri Eyes Free, which means you can ask Siri to make calls, select and play music, compose and hear text messages, read notifications, even use maps and get directions — all commanded by your voice through the receiver. This convenient feature can make your drive safer and more productive.

Take charge of your tunes

The rear USB input allows you to connect your and control iPod® or iPhone, so you can play your stored music files, plus enjoy control over your favorite Pandora® stations from the receiver. You can also use the USB input to tap into the music stored on many Android™ devices, while the front aux input handles just about any other audio source. If you're into your CD collection, you'll enjoy excellent sound from your store-bought and home-burned discs. This Pioneer also features Media App Control,  so you can play and control music from music apps like iHeartRadio®, Aupeo™, and others when used with an iPhone (via USB connection) or Android (via Bluetooth) devices

Eye-catching display

Pioneer DEH-X8600BH

The LCD display on the DEH-X860BH is sharp and detailed.

Pioneer's Full Dot 3-line display adds a big dose of "wow" to this stereo, with a variety of animated backgrounds and sharp, detailed presentations of song and system info. For an extra kick, turn on Pioneer's MIXTRAX feature when you're listening to the music stored on your iPhone or Android™. This cool feature adds a light show to your favorite playlists, as the receiver's bright multi-colored display pulses in time with your music. And MIXTRAX fades in and out of each song just like a DJ would, adding special effects and keeping the musical energy high. Even when you're not using MIXTRAX, you'll enjoy the color combinations you can create with the separate display and button illumination options.

Find your perfect soundscape

Pioneer's potent MOSFET amplifier delivers plenty of power, while the 5-band EQ lets you tweak the sound as much as you want. The three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs let you build a rocking system with external amps and subwoofers.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

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.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and WAV files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Siri "Eyes Free" support with compatible iPhones
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • Pandora control through iPhone
    • Media App Control for playback and control of many popular music apps
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices (see Details)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input, rear USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    Everything about the receiver that I have used is excellent. The UR function provides clarity, the Bluetooth is sensitive. I still have use options to explore. A great alternative to the factory product.

    Ken C K, Fort Myers, FL

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 58" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • External microphone w/ sunvisor clips (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

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    Pioneer DEH-X8600BH Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (45 Reviews)

    Great Transition

    Ken C K from Fort Myers, FL on 1/28/2015

    1997 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything about the receiver that I have used is excellent. The UR function provides clarity, the Bluetooth is sensitive. I still have use options to explore. A great alternative to the factory product.

    Pros: The sound is excellent. The manual provides great directions to gain the use of all the receivers options.

    Cons: It takes real focus on the manual directions to use some options


    Southbound from Georgia on 1/26/2015

    I put this stereo in my truck and liked it so much that I ordered another one and installed it in my husband's work van. It installed easily with the harness supplied by Crutchfield. It takes a while to learn the menus because there are many ways to customize your experience. We are very happy with our DEH-X8600BH stereo.

    Pros: Good sound and look

    Cons: Difficult to learn the menus. Manual font is tiny and hard to read.

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    W Winder from Dover, DE on 1/15/2015

    2008 Jeep Patriot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    New stereo to replace factory system in my Jeep Patriot.

    Pros: Ease if use, Nice display

    Cons: Have to purchase all the extras for steering wheel controls to work, Cannot use fade control, Needed to buy an adapter for factory sub to work, An additional 100.00

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    Anonymous from Brighton, Co 80603 on 1/12/2015

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

    Overall a good value. Controls are a little confusing at first, but are understandable once they are used numerous times.

    Pros: Value, looks, and sound

    Cons: Confusing controls

    Excellent Single Din Deck

    Duncan from Raleigh, NC on 1/9/2015

    2011 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent deck for the price. However as of writing this review I see the item is no longer available for sale. Anyhow, I bought the item as an "open box" for a cheaper price, and the box had all the original parts needed for installation; even the plastic wrap on the front screen was still in place. The only reason I gave four instead of five stars in the sound quality was because I am running stock speakers in my 2011 Subaru Legacy...they're not great to begin with. Definitely louder, but still need to upgrade the speakers for fuller sound. The only quip I have with the "ease of use" is that there are no buttons to select presets; you have to hit the search button and then scroll through your list of saved presets with the dial and push the button to select the station. The built-in HD radio tuner is excellent. I'm not a fan of the MIXTRAX option, but it is only activated at the push of a button; no big deal. Lastly, I mounted the microphone for the on the steering column, but I've been told it's either difficult to hear me(without yelling) or filled with static. Overall, this is an excellent deck and I am extremely pleased with my purchase. This is not my first purchase from Crutchfield, and as always their mastersheets and included installation equipment made installation a breeze. No problems with the unit whatsoever, and I'm very happy with my purchase.

    Pros: HD Radio built-in, Separately adjustable button and screen illumination, Android phone connectivity with bluetooth; Pandora control with phone connected via bluetooth, Ease of installation.

    Cons: No buttons to select presets, a little tedious to select presets while driving.

    Upgrading stock radio

    Mark Merchant from Ravenna, OH on 1/8/2015

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

    This thing is fantastic. I always do my own installs and of course always use Crutchfield. I needed to start upgrading the audio in my 05 Corolla, after a few days of research and browsing Crutchfield I settled for this guy. It had all of the features I had to have and a few extras. I had to have something that connected with my iPhone 6, audio playback, receiver control, Bluetooth built in for streaming and calling, included mic, at least 3 line display, sub pre outs, 6ch, etc... As with most things from Crutchfield it comes with everything you need to install it in your specific vehicle. Install went smooth as always. After getting it all installed (about 45 minutes give or take for the tear down of the stock and install of this. Might be longer for you if you're not experienced in doing it before but still very easy to follow directions) this thing sounds great. I can't wait to get the rest of my system updated. The receiver does a great job in making my stock speakers sound so much better! Can't wait to get my JL's in there. Once you get a feel for the controls it's pretty easy to use and the included remote can perform 99% of the controls you'll need to use besides changing settings. The multi color display and being able to change color zones is great for being able to make it stand out or blend into your vehicles dash colors, whichever is up to you. Extremely happy with my choice in not only this specific receiver but also with Crutchfield in general.

    Pros: Sounds great. Remote. Crutchfield support. Looks awesome. Tons of features.

    Cons: Took a couple days to get the hang of using it. (That's expected with any new receiver, but the only thing I could think of for a con.)

    Good Product

    Taps from Oregon on 1/8/2015

    1988 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Satisfied with this unit. Wish the manual was printed in larger font, so I didn't need a magnifying glass to read it!!




    Jer from Washington on 1/3/2015

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

    Great head unit, love the HD radio and bluetooth connection for phone calls and Pandora. Crutchfield instructions are great, but the Pioneer instructions could be better. Eventually found the right combination of settings to enable all the features I wanted, and the answers are in the manual, but it could be structured better for the end user. I was initially a little concerned with the lack of individual radio pre-set buttons, but it is really easy to toggle through the stations. It even let me set an HD-2 station as one of the pre-sets, with just a few second delay while it establishes the signal. Paired this with 4 Pioneer TS-G6844R 2 way speakers, and the improvement over the stock system is incredible. Really happy with the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH and the outstanding support staff at Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great value for all the features. HD radio comes in clear and strong, no issue with intermittent signal Pandora controls on the head unit. Phone calls are clear. Intuitive controls (once initial setup is complete). Crutchfield instructions are clear and easy to follow.

    Cons: Pioneer instructions could be more clear.

    Lots of Features

    Lamontthefish from Maryland on 1/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recently installed this head unit in a 2004 Jeep Wrangler- it replaced a POS Panasonic head unit that I was never happy with. After 2 weeks, this little guy is making me very happy! It has lots of features and its bluetooth integration works well (I have an iPhone 5 that sits in a bracket- the head unit recognizes the phone both through bluetooth and through the usb port.) I especially like the Pandora feature which works well (I could swear I getting a lot less commercials now!!!) There aren't very many HD radio stations in my neck of the woods but the ones that are around come in beautifully. The CD player works well and there is plenty of configurability WRT the display settings (big one for me as I need a display that is easy on the eyes at night on dark country roads...) I'm happy with this head unit. It provides plenty of power to the amp that is pushing my four 5 1/4 kickers and the underseat powered sub- the sound is clean and there are lots of features. If you are a gadget hound like me, this is a great unit! This may not be the best unit for you if you still haven't figured out how to program your VCR...

    Pros: Lots of features, great appearance and good integration...


    anthony plantation florida

    anthony c from Florida on 12/29/2014

    i by this unit mainly for the BT i install on 1987 mustang 5.0 manual shift. whit my old radio on i dont ear the phone ringing (2) so easy talkin on the phone using BT i loved piooner is good unit for the price cant go wrong.

    Pros: good sound. price. BT

    Cons: display culd be better

    Great product!

    Billy from Houston, MS on 12/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, easy to set up

    Pros: Color change display, multiple audio settings

    Cons: No radio preset buttons

    Great sound

    Gary H. from Millsboro,De on 12/17/2014

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

    Easy Install , Crutchfield sent me all the necessary parts to make it look like it belonged in the car. I got this as a Christmas present for my wife and she is not a Tech person she has a hard time getting around on all the buttons but she is learning. She loves the fact that she can use her phone while driving thru the bluetooth feature.

    Pros: Sounds good with a lot of Features, looks nice

    Cons: Not for someone who is not technically inclined.

    Nice radio

    Anonymous from KCMO on 12/11/2014

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Much better than the factory radio I replaced in my 2007 Dodge Ram. Navigating the setting can be a bit taxing but in the end it's a solid piece of hardware. Next up is to replace the cheap Infinity speakers the truck came with.

    Pros: Much better than the factory radio.

    Cons: Navigating and setup.

    instant bluetooth

    gizwiz from Washington on 12/8/2014

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

    I had the earlier model, the 8500, and loved it. I sold the car I'd put it in and had to get another like it. I keep my tunes on my Moto X and use bluetooth 99% of the time. When I start the engine, the music follows. The setup took me a little while, and I flubbed the setting that set it up to drive a subwoofer directly by mistake. This disabled the 'fade' setting and I had no rear speakers at all. I was too dim to recall what I'd done to undo it. After servicing the battery, I had to go through the setup again and got it right on the second try. One quibble is that the "info" display often shows the info for the next tune in the shuffle rather than the one that is playing. This isn't enough of a beef to drop a star, though.



    Great Head Unit

    AaronD from South Carolina on 12/3/2014

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. Easy to install in a 2004 F-250. Sounds good and has the features that I was looking for.

    Pros: Blue tooth, USB Charging, HD Radio

    Cons: Blue tooth a little screwy right now.

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    jimmy from jacksonville,fl. on 11/15/2014

    2005 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    replaced factory installed radio with this pioneer and am very pleased with sound clarity and other options available

    Pros: good looking deck

    Cons: would like to see a larger display

    Great features, reasonable price

    Grant from Indianapolis, IN on 11/10/2014

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

    Installed this receiver for my brother-in-law in his 2002 Ford Escape with the base factory stereo. Installation was easy due to the simple instructions provided by Crutchfield. Once installed, the unit impresses with all of the connectivity options and built in HD radio. It easily and quickly connects via bluetooth and is quick through the usb interface as well. My brother-in-law liked the ability to change colors and it definitely makes the stock system sound much better than the stock, Ford headunit.

    Pros: Connectivity Sound Ease of Installation

    Cons: I think some of the button functions aren't THAT intuitive but that is a minor complaint as the learning curve probably isn't more than an hour.

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    Ricky from Charleston SC on 11/10/2014

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

    Great unit!!!

    Pros: Awesome and way cheaper than the local shops.


    Great Buy!

    VLA from Ohio on 10/12/2014

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

    Great sound and features to adjust to the sound you like. Bluetooth is a plus for this. I Also like the iPod controls and the Pandora mode. You can't go wrong with this purchase.

    Pros: Bluetooth, iPod controls, sub woofer controls etc.

    Cons: Mounting the mic for Bluetooth. Would like to see a wireless mic that would connect to the receiver.

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    Ricky from Newport News, VA on 9/3/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome deck!



    I like it

    Craig from 18020 on 8/11/2014

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

    Controls are flawless and responsive. Sounds good, not great. (I replaced speakers as well). ipod interface is perfect. Blue tooth connects quickly.

    Pros: Bluetooth volume control, nice display, easy to use.

    Cons: Mixtrax function is unnecessary. I prefer individual buttons for preset.

    Almost good

    Greg from TX on 6/24/2014

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

    I replaced my Shaker 500 with this so I could use a USB memory stick rather than my phone via AUX, plus I could have handsfree telephone (which works great). HD radio is a plus. Also replaced the door speakers (to Pioneer TS-A6885R). The system sounds very crisp even at loud volumes. It has plenty of power, at maximum the loudness is quite unbearable but still not distorted. I like the way it looks: very clean face, no unnecessary buttons. Except that I'd replace the MIX button with a pause... There is no pause button! You have to go into the function menu, then the pause sub menu. (Or use the remote.) Crazy. The build quality is better than the average units I've tried. The volume knob is big enough and easy grab, not flimsy. I like that you can select the colors (keys and display separately) but it's rather hard to see it in daylight. The manual says it's audiobook/podcast compatible but only if you have it on iPod, etc. I don't see the point... So you can NOT have a collection of audiobooks on USB drive and resume playing where you've left them. Also, the fast forward is a pain. It's not accelerating so forwarding 50 minutes takes about 5 minutes pressing on the button! And if your hand shakes - you're playing the next song... Very frustrating! (Only solution is to slice the long mp3s) Oh, and in your mp3 album playlist "12" is prior to "2"... Seems like that this is how the receivers are nowadays, so despite of it's flaws this is a pretty good choice.

    Pros: Powerful, clean sound. USB. HD radio. 6 channels (4 volts preamp). Audio fine tuning choices (sub reverse, HPF, etc). Variable display color. Good build quality, firm buttons. BT connectivity. Good microphone.

    Cons: Fast forward is one speed only. No pause button. Does not remember audiobook/podcast position on USB drive. Display is hard to see in daylight.

    Good value and good sound.

    mqbeers from Marietta, GA on 6/17/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking to replace another CD receiver that I purchased from Crutchfield previously, not that there was anything wiring with it but because I wanted to upgrade to Bluetooth functionality for my iPhone 5s. This unit meets all my requirements and I am happy with it. Easy to use and great sound.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to connect my phone, good sound when calling.

    Cons: Don't care for the colors available for the display lighting except for the white. The blue, red, and green are too "neon" for me. Also - I would like the text display to be larger.

    Awesome receiver at a great price

    sodjer from Lincoln, NE on 6/7/2014

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

    Great little receiver with amazing sound quality. I was pretty shocked at the difference between this unit and my last. The Bluetooth paired effortlessly with my S3 and Pandora control is awesome! BT quality is great, from Pandora or music on my phone.

    Pros: Sounds great, looks great, easy to use once you start clicking through the menus. Also the wireless aspect of Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Can be difficult to see the display during the day, and the included manual leaves much to be desired.


    larryt from humboldt tenn. on 5/29/2014

    2007 Chrysler Pacifica
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    p for perfect

    Pros: 5 star


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    BP from Attleboro, MA on 5/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks and sounds great. It makes the original Bose speaker system sound so much better I will be keeping them.

    Pros: great reception and sound

    Cons: It will take a while to figure out how to use all the features. Don't even try to read the screen in daylight.

    Cool, Well Constructed Unit with Features

    R W from New Haven, CT on 5/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always liked Pioneer head units for their build quality, abundance of features, and ease of use. This model is no exception. With the lack of buttons on this unit it is astounding how easy it is to control with just the dial and flippers. The only thing i found to be lacking is integration with spotify which is ok because bluetooth streaming works fine and sounds great.

    Pros: Great sound,, lots of features, minimalist button layout

    Cons: Spotify integration, minimalist button layout.

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    Richard from Rancho Mirage, CA on 5/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio as advertised; radio and accessories shipped timely and as represented.


    Cons: Small screen on radio and illumination make it difficult to see during the daytime.


    Anonymous from massapequa, ny on 4/28/2014

    2007 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this a few months ago, at first it was confusing to maneuver because the buttons do other things then just what the labels say, (Ex. Band changes FM/AM. But also pauses android Bluetooth player). Once learning how to use this radio it is easy to use, improved my car speakers and looks great. No complaints, great buy.

    Pros: Display is beautiful Illumination entertainment even for android Speakers sound clearer/more powerful

    Cons: Must have time to learn controls

    Love it!!

    Anonymous from Pa on 4/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the DEH8600 to get hands free phone capabilities. Works very well with the IPhone 5S. Stores up to 3 phones at a time and is easy to switch between them. Mic quality is excellent. Install instructions could be better but tech support was awesome.

    Pros: As advertised. BT works well Sounds good

    Cons: Instructions not easily followed.

    Better than anything I ever had

    Anonymous from Tennessee on 4/14/2014

    1995 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my son's Cherokee. This is the first head unit I have bought in over 20 years. I am amazed at the value that is packed into this thing. I can recommend it without reservation. I especially like the hands free and Bluetooth. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, and still get a lot of value, then this is a great choice.

    Pros: Price, features, ease of installation

    Cons: Lot of button pushes to make changes.

    Great HD Radio

    Eric from Hockessin, DE on 4/11/2014

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

    Everything works as advertised. Occasionally Pandora won't automatically start, but generally closing and reopining it works fine. Only other complaint is that the radio scanning is slow. Otherwise, everything works very cleanly, easily, and sounds great!



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    Anonymous from Nashville TN on 3/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was easy to install, and works flawlessly. Crutchfield really saved the day by their selection software. Just enter your vehicle make and model and they show all the stereos that will fit your vehicle and all the accessories you will need to install it. Also, i qualified for free accessories since my purchase was over certain amount. That saved me from shopping all over to find the correct accessories. I was able to prepare the night before installation, and was finished in about an hour. I will use Crutchfield for all my auto stereo purchases. Am already anticipating my next vehicle stereo upgrade.

    Pros: phone mic and bluetooth are great. Like the remote too and the multicolor system allows you to pick from a variety of choices or create your own custom color!


    Good, but

    Don from Huntsville, AL on 3/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio itself is good, though somewhat complex. Complexity, however, goes with increased capability. My main two complaints are not with the radio but with 1) the instructions & 2) mounting hardware (or should I say plastic). The mounting hardware, that you have to assemble, did not properly fit in my Honda CRV. With a little personal modifications, I managed to get it installed, in spite of the poor or erroneous instructions. I'm not sure whether the instructions were so poor I couldn't understand them or were just wrong. The instructions for assembling the mounting hardware were extremely poor and confusing as well as wrong. The Crutchfield supplied mounting hardware did not fit without removing a metal surround on the front of the radio. No mention of this in the mounting instructions so I had to first figure out that it needed to be removed and then how to remove it. Again no instructions. Anyway the radio is installed and working.

    Pros: Good quality radio. Plenty of capabilities for audio input (which I like). Nice illumination options (again that I like). Really liked that the color of the lights on the buttons could be different to that on the display. Good wiring pigtail but I'd use the wiring diagram from the manual - the one with the pigtail was not accurate. Very well laid out function buttons on remote control. Overall a good buy with a lot of functionality (and complexity). BTW 'coolness' was not a factor for me.

    Cons: No instructions for uninstalling the factory radio. User's manual is printed small fonts so unless you have very good eyes (I don't) forget the paper manual and download the PDF manual from the Pioneer site). Clock on the radio is too small for old eyes. Bluetooth was hard to connect. It kept having errors. Apparently the signal is weak. Running the USB & microphone cables thru the dash was very difficult. Front USB would be much better.

    Great head unit!

    MikeM from MD on 3/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio with lots of great features

    Pros: great sound,loaded with features,easy to install, and most important of all Android compatible

    Cons: none so far

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    Car Stereo 1 from L.A. on 2/28/2014

    1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    $200 for a feature-packed receiver is a great deal if your car is a standard DIN fit.

    Pros: Easy to install. Basic functions simple to operate. Excellent bluetooth and USB connectivity with iPhone.

    Cons: Multilayered operation control. Poorly designed radio tuning and preset system.

    DEH 8600BH-Great Head Unit!

    J.B. from San Bernardino, California on 2/24/2014

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

    A great quality head unit. Works perfect, talking on the phone via Bluetooth sounds crystal clear and the people on the other end cant tell either!! This unit has a lot of great features for a great price. Works perfect with my iPhone.

    Pros: Quality. Preamp outputs. Bluetooth. Can match button and screen color to match vehicle. Connects to i phone.

    Cons: Mixtrack is not my kinda thing...find it kinda pointless....but that's just me.

    Great HU

    AOei from Los Angeles, CA on 2/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needed a HU to replace the HU in my A3. Also wanted it to "fit in" with the existing switch gear design of the Audi and not stand out screaming "aftermarket radio". Set to red illumination all around, this Pioneer blends in pretty well especially after I blacked out the face of the large aluminum colored knob. Have no complaints about the performance; I use it mainly to access the iPod and HD radio. Installation was pretty straight forwards.

    Pros: Overall quality.

    Cons: The manual was atrocious. Very poorly written. The toilet paper used for the manual was disappointing. I know this is one area manufacturers are cutting back on... but seriously, bad manuals are a put-off.

    Updated my pioneer

    JonS from Menomonie Wisconsin on 2/2/2014

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My old premier deck died so had to upgrade. Very happy with my choice in this deck!!!

    Pros: Easy to setup, use, and customize. Love the color adjustments, mixtrax features and sound quality. Buttons are much easier to use than my old deck.

    Cons: Face plate feels kinda cheaply made compared to my old one but that's it so far.

    Best radio I've bought

    Nick from San Antonio,Tx on 2/1/2014

    2009 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best radio Ive ever bought, a lot of great features.. Easiest stereo to connect via Bluetooth devices.. Strongly recommend this stereo to any one who's looking to buy a aftermarket stereo for their vehicle..

    Pros: Easy to use apps. So many features built in to the stereo. Hands free works flawlessly. Connects via Bluetooth automatically with no hassle..

    Cons: n/a

    Just what I was looking for...

    AndyC from Philadelphia, PA on 1/22/2014

    2008 Mazda CX-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I initially purchased a touch screen Pioneer DVD receiver with App Radio to replace an OEM stereo, what a disappointment - clunky navigation, lack of good iPhone compatible apps, costly cables, and poor reception in my area. After getting extremely frustrated with what seemed like a downgrade from my factory setup, I replaced it with the Pioneer DEH-X8600. Not nearly as flashy but has the all the features I need - Bluetooth compatible, HD Radio, and Siri Eyes Free. It is not satellite radio ready, which many in this price range are, but this wasn't a deal breaker for me. Also, menu navigation isn't exactly intuitive but I had no problem figuring it out after a few minutes so no big deal. Overall I am very happy!

    Pros: Bluetooth streaming Siri Eyes Free Great Sound Value

    Cons: No sat radio Menu navigation

    Predictable Pioneer player

    DougW from Cleveland, OH on 1/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We bought this to put in a 1985 Porsche. The car is too old for there to be any compatible harness or set of concise instructions. Once we figured out how we wanted to configure it the wiring was pretty straightforward and could be done without tearing the dash or door panels apart. It's my son's car and he's been really pleased with the iPod connectivity. We were able to discretely run the hook-ups for USB input and the microphone. The HD radio is just great.

    Pros: Good sound. HD Radio reception. USB connectivity to iPod devices. Ease of use.

    Cons: The controls aren't immediately intuitive. I kept turning the unit on pressing the volume button and it took me to set-up screen. I should have been pressing the SRC (source) button. Once I figured this out the rest of the controls were pretty easy.

    Great product

    Fastmc from Genoa IL on 1/13/2014

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

    Very nice overall, blue tooth works great. Other person cannot tell they're on speaker. Nicely setup menus. Plenty of sound control options. My only gripe would be that it wants to go to Pandora whenever the phone is plugged in but hit the source button 5 times and your back to your radio station. It has a special tuning feature where it seems to grab the radio signal and enhance it. Pretty cool, I'm happy with it.

    Pros: Bluetooth, sound tuning options, menus, layout, colors

    Cons: Sound quality 8.5/10. Could be my other equipment but I'm still very pleased overall.


    Chase from Virginia on 1/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really great radio. I love the bluetooth connection with my phone! First calls so far everyone can hear me great with the included microphone! So much safer and the primary reason I got this unit! The sound and options are fantastic and really wakeup the factory speakers! Will upgrade them one day regardless but what a difference!! Quick call about some connections was all I needed and as usual Crutchfield rep was nice and very helpful. Easier install than I ever expected and made it fun to work on my truck! Thanks Crutchfield. Will get another one for the Jeep after some use with this one!!

    Pros: Features, Sound, voice iPhone control!!

    Cons: No front USB or SD card option.

    Very Nice Unit

    Slowride from Klamath Falls, Or on 12/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit with updated look and feel. Some of the special graphics are still a little dated, but the look and control layout has a modern look.

    Pros: Updated look and feel. Media flexability built in.

    Cons: Light show display a little outdated.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The DEH-X8600BH is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0, allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.  In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH.

    SPP + USB Pairing w/ Guest Mode: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X8600BH without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must also support SSP). When your paired 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 paired to this head unit, but nly one device can be used at a time. You can also pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Pioneer head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. In addition, the DEH-X8600BH features "Guest Mode", which allows you to add and replace a mobile device instantly to the receiver. Guest Mode is a great feature for a family vehicle with multiple drivers or a driver with multiple devices because it allows users to pair and delete devices easily without a lengthy registration or deletion process.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The DEH-X8600BH supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The DEH-X8600BH allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the DEH-X8600BH, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
    • Voice Dialing (Siri only): When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth, the Pioneer head unit has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. You'll be able to dial a phone number or contact via voice command.
    Note: The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures 0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth). The unit is not equipped with an integrated microphone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (with Song/Artist Info): The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. The DEH-X8600BH will be able to control basic playback features; Play, Pause, & Skip Tracks (app must also support). The head unit will also display your  music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (app must also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

    Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. iPhone with Siri can take advantage of Siri Eyes-Free functionality with a long-press of the 3-way rotary dial on the Pioneer receiver's front-panel. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle's speakers and the user's commands and questions are received and transmitted to the receiver using the external microphone. Siri Eyes-Free provides access to many iPhone Siri functions such as music selection, making phone calls, and audible navigation (map will be displayed on iPhone); as well as listening to text messages, calendar information, and reminders. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: Your iPhone with Siri can be connected via Bluetooth and USB simultaneously. You can only access stored music using Siri when the head unit's source is iPod or Bluetooth Audio. All other Siri functions can be accessed from any source. The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

    HD + Pandora Radio

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • Station Text + RDS: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. For analog FM stations, the Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as song/artist information when listening to compatible RDS FM stations.
    • Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
    • Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
    • 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.

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

    Pandora Internet Radio (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App (either fromiTunes Apps orGoogle Play) lets you play music from thePandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the DEH-X8600BH via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (130CDIU51/130CDIU52, sold separately) 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 DEH-X8600BH. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The DEH-X8600BH provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List w/ Shuffle: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.
    • New Stations: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Rear-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's rear-panel USB port supports Android OS 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean) as a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device. It also supports Android OS 2.2+ (Froyo/Gingerbread) as a Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; as of 11/25/2013. The receiver does not support Android OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.

    MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV Playback: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH supports the following types of MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RWUSB (MSC/MTP)
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 16-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 11.025-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files99 folders/999 files500 folders/15,000 files
    TagsID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-/AAC-tags

    Music Browsing & Link Play: The Music Browsing feature lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order. The Link Play feature 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.

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

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

    Media App Control (for Android): The Media App Control mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps on your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Media App Control lets you take control of compatible music apps on your paired Android device through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH. Media App Control allows you to play, pause, and change tracks from a compatible music app directly from the controls on the Pioneer head unit. The app's name (i.e. "iHeartAuto"), station identification, and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app). Compatible music apps include (as of 11/25/2013):

    App NameApp DescriptionApp NameApp Description
    iHeartAutoiHeartRadio for Auto (iHeartAuto). is a version of the free iHeartRadio digital radio app specifically designed for use in your car, truck or SUV. SpotifySpotify gives you instant access to millions of songs. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium.
    Aupeo!AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music with a focus on the discovery of new songs and artists. Search by artist, song, genre, or mood. TuneInTuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with sports, news, talk, and music streaming from every continent. Enjoy 100,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.
    AhaAha organizes your favorite Internet content into personalized, live, and on-demand radio stations, making it safe and easy to instantly access your favorite stuff on the go, all from a single dashboard. With choices that span Internet radio, podcasts, music, traffic, audiobooks, Facebook, Twitter, and more (all as presets). SlackerSlacker Radio is handcrafted radio from passionate music experts. Listen for free and discover the perfect music for any moment with hundreds of stations and recommendations.
    RdioRdio (from $4.99 per month) is a subscription based music service that enables you to create a library and listen to unlimited music on- or offline. Compatible with version 2.1.8 or older (version 2.2 or newer is not supported) Livio The Livio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world.
    SiriusXMWith the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, you can listen to SiriusXM's sports, talk, comedy, entertainment and commercial-free music programming. SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription is required. gMusicKeep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud without having to use any space on your Android device.
    Note: Access to online music services and apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your Android device to connect to the Internet. 

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Off Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

    Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH's rear-panel USB port and 58" extension cable can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The DEH-X8600BH supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DEH-X8600BH.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DEH-X8600BH.
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

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

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Play, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random& Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name.
    • iPod Mode: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Control: The App Control mode mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. App Control lets you take control of compatible music apps on your connected Apple device through the Pioneer DEH-X8600BH. App Control allows you to play, pause, and change tracks from a compatible music app directly from the controls on the Pioneer head unit. The app's name (i.e. "iHeartAuto"), station identification, and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app). Compatible music apps include (as of 9/25/2014):
    App Name App DescriptionApp Name App Description
    iHeartAutoiHeartRadio for Auto (iHeartAuto). is a version of the free iHeartRadio digital radio app specifically designed for use in your car, truck or SUV. AhaAha organizes your favorite Internet content into personalized, live, and on-demand radio stations, making it safe and easy to instantly access your favorite stuff on the go, all from a single dashboard. With choices that span Internet radio, podcasts, music, traffic, audiobooks, Facebook, Twitter, and more (all as presets)
    Aupeo!AUPEO! Personal Radio offers free online music with a focus on the discovery of new songs and artists. Search by artist, song, genre, or mood.Livio The Livio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world.
    RdioRdio (from $4.99 per month) is a subscription based music service that enables you to create a library and listen to unlimited music on- or offline. Compatible with version 2.1.8 or older (version 2.2 or newer is not supported) SpotifySpotify gives you instant access to millions of songs. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium.
    StreamS HiFi RadioStreamS ($3.99) is a full-featured iPhone streaming audio player delivering thousands of tested, reliable, high quality hi-fi HE-AAC streams. TuneInTuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with sports, news, talk, and music streaming from every continent. Enjoy 100,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.
    gMusicKeep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud without having to use any space on your iOS device. SlackerSlacker Radio is handcrafted radio from passionate music experts. Listen for free and discover the perfect music for any moment with hundreds of stations and recommendations.
    iTunes RadioiTunes Radio is a free streaming online music service. You'll have access to more than 250 DJ-curated and genre-focused stations. SiriusXMWith the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, you can listen to SiriusXM's sports, talk, comedy, entertainment and commercial-free music programming. SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription is required.
    Note: Access to online music services and apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. 

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/25/2014):

    Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideoHead UnitiPod/iPhoneApp ControlPandora AppArtist/Song TextTrack Info
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNNNYYY
    6th1.1 PCYNYYNNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYNNYYY
    video 5th1.3YNYNNNYYY
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: The DEH-X8600BH is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    Audio Section

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

    MOSFET Amplifier: The DEH-X8600BH is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the DEH-X8600BH are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH 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. The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Crossovers: The DEH-X8600BH employs high pass and low pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speakers.

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

    Equalizer: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

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

    Audio Level Settings: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH CD receiver offers a variety of audio settings to tailor the bass, treble, and volume level to your preference.

    • Bass Boost The DEH-X8600BH features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.
    • Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    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/Media App Control mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH in-dash CD receiver features Detachable Face Security. If the front-panel is not detached from the head unit within five seconds of turning off the ignition, a warning tone will sound. The warning tone can be turned off in the menu, if desired. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    3-Line Full-Dot LCD w/ Ever Scroll: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH features a 3-line, full-dot LCD which makes it easier to see what is playing in most lighting conditions. You can easily view file/folder lists from your MP3, WMA, AAC, and CD Text-encoded discs, Radio presets, or data from your connected iPod/iPhone. When the Ever Scroll feature is set to On, recorded text information scrolls continuously on the display. It will auto-scroll up to 64 characters. Set this feature to Off if you prefer the information to scroll only once.

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

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 5 preset colors (White/Red/Amber/Green/Blue), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors. In addition, the brightness and contrast of the display can be adjusted. You can also select "ILLUMI FX"  to enable an illumination effect (on the display and keys) that will slowly fade in and out in a set pattern when a command or operation is made from the head unit.

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

    Calendar/Clock + Entertainment Displays: The Pioneer DEH-X8600BH provides time, date, month, and year display. You can choose to have the head unit display the calendar and clock even when the unit is powered off (your vehicle must be running or in the accessory position. You can also enjoy entertainment displays while listening to each sound source. You can choose from the following;  Background Visual, Genre, Background Picture (1/2/3/4), Spectrum Analyzer, Level Indicator, Movie Screen, Simple Display, or Calendar.

    Note: The Clock display can be turned on or off. When the Clock display is turned off, the head unit will completely shutdown when the "SRC/Off" button is held down for one second. When the Clock display is turned on, the head unit's clock display will remain on when the "SRC/Off" button is held down for one second; the rest of the unit shuts down.

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

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X8600BH comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    11 questions already asked

    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.[ Krissy  Dec 07, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes u can turn them off.[ Kendall  Nov 22, 2014 ]
    Yes. It takes some patience going through the menu's but yuo can turn it off.[ Charles  Nov 21, 2014 ]
    Bluetooth is one of the functions. Similar to radio, cd, etc. if your streaming from your phone, then you would pause it on your phone. However when paired with your phone for calls, your music is interrupted for the call, similar to ford sync and music resumes at the end of your call even if it's bluetooth or radio, cd, etc. hope this helps.[ curtis  Nov 21, 2014 ]
    I believe the only way to pause the music when streaming through Bluetooth is to pause it on the source device.[ Daniel  Nov 21, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Aug 17, 2014 ]  Staff
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I'm afraid you can't turn off the HD tuner in these units. It will always try and pull the HD signal when available and only do analog if the HD is not available.If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  May 02, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through install. 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: [ Krissy  Apr 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    The unit comes with a USB extension cord that you plug into the rear panel and you simply bring it out and tuck it into a convenient spot until you want to use it.[ GREG  Apr 24, 2014 ]
    I have not tried that function yet, sorry![ ROBBY  Apr 22, 2014 ]
    If you go to Pioneer and look at the manual for the unit, on page 8 & 31 it discusses the compatibility of usb stored music. As long as the music is formatted properly the storage device is not a problem. USB flash drive should work fine.[ RALPH  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    It will play MP3s without issue from a USB. I have not had any luck with it recognizing any of my AAC or FLAC (lossless audio) files.[ Kevin  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    Hey Erik,Have not done it yet, but I would assume so as my other vehicles that have USB port it just treats it as a drive.[ Wayne  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    Yes![ JAMES J  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    Works great!! Best upgrade I could ever do for the inside of my truck! Plus extra safe to drive with completely hands free integration to my iPhone!! Thanks![ CHASE  Mar 21, 2014 ]
    Siri is still ran through your phone that I know of lol I use it and stuff. But yeah I haven't had any problems with using Siri on it through Bluetooth connection[ Jonathan  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    Sorry Daniel, I'm using Android system and It's been working flawlessly (bluetooth/phone/video/music player, usb, cd), and I am more than happy with the unit. However, according to the manual, this unit seemed to me more tailored for apple.[ JAVIER  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    Soni have an iphone 4 without Siri. But Gwen I use google search which is voice activated like Siri u just hit the talk button I. Your phone and then wait for beep and talk.[ Kendall  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    Gotta set the fader controls[ JAMES J  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    I don't remember any setting for mono or stereo. Does this only happen with the radio or any input. I might check the fader setting to see if only the front speaks are up. Sorry I can't be more help. Good luck. Overall, I'm very happy with the unit other than the bass is weak.[ MATT W  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    Hello, You have a balance and fade setting on this unit. It sounds like the fade is set all to the front.Hope this helps, [ Wayne  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    Just had radio installed 3 days ago & after seeing this email found out I am getting nothing out of rear speakers as well. I'll keep trying but would like to know if u resolve this. Thanks Ted[ TED  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    I had the same issue with my install , after rewiring with no prevail I just needed to unplug the connection and plug it back in to the radio that was it, it was just a loose connection with the wiring harness[ ANTHONY  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation.[ Jeff  Jan 13, 2014 ]  Staff
    Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best speakers for your system I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between models and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.[ Jeff  Jan 05, 2014 ]  Staff