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Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver

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About the Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

Ken Nail

Two is better than one

I often wonder why more CD receivers don't offer what Pioneer's DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver does — front and rear USB inputs. Seems like a small thing, but consider the possibilities. Run the rear USB cable behind the dash to your glove box, connect a thumb drive or iPod® loaded with music, and you've always got tunes when you get in the car. Meanwhile, you can plug your smartphone into the front USB port to charge it and enjoy features like streaming music services, your favorite podcasts, and more. But that's not all that's cool about this receiver. 

Two is better than one

I often wonder why more CD receivers don't offer what Pioneer's DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver does — front and rear USB inputs. Seems like a small thing, but consider the possibilities. Run the rear USB cable behind the dash to your glove box, connect a thumb drive or iPod® loaded with music, and you've always got tunes when you get in the car. Meanwhile, you can plug your smartphone into the front USB port to charge it and enjoy features like streaming music services, your favorite podcasts, and more. But that's not all that's cool about this receiver. 

Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS

Choose your own color scheme.

Let's start with Bluetooth®

The DEH-X8800BHS offers the convenience and safety you expect with built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling, and this Pioneer supports two paired phones at once, so other drivers in your family can enjoy the advantages too. And with audio streaming, if you can listen to it on your smartphone, you can stream it wirelessly to the receiver. It's a great way to enjoy your podcasts, audio books, or a variety of music

Got an iPhone with Siri?

This versatile CD receiver supports Siri Eyes Free with your iPhone through Bluetooth, 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.

Awesome music options

Plug your iPhone® or compatible Android™ into either of the USB inputs and you can access your stored music files from the receiver's controls. And, if you're a Pandora® user you'll control of your favorite playlists or stations, either via USB with your iPhone or Bluetooth with Android. Pioneer's ARC app gives you in-depth access to receiver controls from your smartphone.

The DEH-X8800BHS also features App Mode, so you can play and control music from music apps like iHeartRadio®, Aupeo™, and others when used with an iPhone (via USB connection). If you're into higher fidelity, spin your favorite discs from your CD collection, or enjoy FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files you've loaded onto USB thumb drive.

13-band EQ

Whatever you're listening to, you can tailor the soundscape with the 13-band EQ, complete with seven preset EQ curves. Three pairs of preamp outputs let you build a rocking system with external amps and subwoofers.

The best radio

The DEH-X8800BHS's built-in HD Radio tuner takes listening to your local stations to the next level. Tune into a station that broadcasts an HD Radio signal and you'll enjoy the best sound in radio, plus extra programming choices on second and third channels when available. For some stellar variety, add a satellite radio tuner (not included, subscription required) and tap into the galaxy of music, news, sports, and talk programs offered by SiriusXM wherever you go. 

Colors to match your dash

The DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver adds some pop to your dash by letting you choose from over 210,000 colors with 10 brightness levels, so you can match this Pioneer's display to your vehicle's dash illumination. When you're in the mood, Pioneer's exclusive MIXTRAX feature adds a light show to your dash as you're listening to your favorite playlists and music files. You'll enjoy a pulsating multi-color display that's synchronized with your tunes, plus DJ-style audio transitions from song to song. It's sure to liven up the audio experience in your ride.

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.

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

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.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons and 10-level dimmer
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • FLAC playback from USB drives
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility):
    • built in iPod, iPhone, and iPad controls
    • Pandora control with iPhone and Android
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    • ARC app for smartphone control of receiver
    Audio Features:
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • 13-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    • works with SiriusXM SXV300 tuner (supports new Tune Mix feature)
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs, rear USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # DEH-X8800BHS

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 58" USB extension cable
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1044)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • Auto-EQ microphone (attached 6.5' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector)
    • External microphone w/ sunvisor clip (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 2 Extraction keys
    • 4 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

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    Stacey B.

    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    USB Port Power 1.0A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Y
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size 5Gen and newer
    Nano 1Gen and newer
    Touch 1Gen and newer
    iPhone 2G and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback N
    The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android & iPhone Integration
    Pandora+SiriusXM+HD Radio
    Disc/USB/Aux Connectivity
    Audio & DSP Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS 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 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (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-X8800BHS.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this receiver. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. You can only stream music from one phone at a time; you will be able switch between the two phones in the head unit's menu. Additional pairing features include -

    • SSP (Simple Secure Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the DEH-X8800BHS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must also support SSP).
    • USB Pairing for iPhone: You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Pioneer head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.
    • Guest Mode: "Guest Mode" allows you to add and replace a 3rd 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-X8800BHS supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And, thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the DEH-X8800BHS provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. 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-X8800BHS 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-X8800BHS, 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.
    • Presets: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • 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 & Google Voice): When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or later via Bluetooth, the Pioneer head unit has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. It also supports Google Voice for select Android smartphones (not compatible with Samsung "S Voice"). 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 (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS 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. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the DEH-X8800BHS lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4+ phones only). 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 Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press and hold head unit's phone 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 DEH-X8800BHS and its microphone. You can even 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 with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's front-panel LCD will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer CD receiver; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front-panel or rear-panel USB port. There are two types of modes to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

    • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the DEH-X8800BHS's front-panel or rear-panel USB port and listen to stored music and select music apps from your Android device through the Pioneer receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Stored Music w/ Song/Artist Info): The DEH-X8800BHS also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Pioneer receiver's front-panel or rear-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.
    • Before connecting your Android device, you will need to setup Android connectivity within the head unit's menu - select "Memory" for MTP mode and "App Control" for AOA 2.0 mode. You will also need to indicate which USB input (Front or Rear) you are using, before connecting your device.
    • Only one USB input can be active at a time; only the active USB input will display as a source selection. You cannot simply toggle back and forth between the Front & Rear USB input. To change USB inputs, you must disconnect the Android device and make the change in the receiver's menu before connecting to the other USB input.

    iPod Direct Connect via USB: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS supports audio playback of stored music & music apps on your Apple iPod/iPhone, along with control and song/artist information display through its front-panel or rear-panel USB port. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DEH-X8800BHS. If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DEH-X8800BHS. 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. 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. Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked, so you can access music apps; other iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during this mode.
    • iPod/iPhone: 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 and control basic playback functions from the head unit. You will not be able to browse your iPod/iPhone's music by category from the head unit or use Link Play in this mode.
    • Apps: App 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. Once you have selected the music app from your iPhone, you'll be able to listen to music from that app through the Pioneer head unit, view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD, and operate basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the head unit's front-panel control. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.
    • Before connecting your Apple iPod/iPhone device, you will need indicate which USB input (Front or Rear) you are using within the Pioneer receiver's menu.
    • Only one USB input can be active at a time; only the active USB input will display as a source selection. You cannot simply toggle back and forth between the Front & Rear USB input. To change USB inputs, you must disconnect the Apple device and make the change in the receiver's menu before connecting to the other USB input.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/30/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone ARC Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th/6th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    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.

    Mobile Device Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected Android smartphone or Apple iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your Android device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). The receiver even offers a "USB Auto Switch" feature so when your device is connected via USB you have the option to choose whether the receiver uses the phone as a source, or just charges the device.

    Pandora+SiriusXM+HD Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the DEH-X8800BHS via the CD-IU52 Pioneer iPod connector cable 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 receiver. 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-X8800BHS 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).
    • Shuffle Station List: You can listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.
    • Advanced Station Creation New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora. The DEH-X8800BHS also allows you to create new Pandora stations from the current playing song or artist while listening to sources such as iPod or HD Radio, even when you're not listening to Pandora.
    • 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Pioneer CD receiver is SiriusXM 3.0 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 (220SXV300, sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the head unit and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 175 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features include:

    • Channel + Category Lists: The Channel List displays a list of all available channels. The Category List displays all available categories and stations within those categories.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Instant Replay & Category Scan: The SiriusXM Instant Replay function lets you pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content from the station that you are currently listening to. During Category Scan, the live broadcast for each channel in the current category plays for six seconds at a time.
    • Presets: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets with special tuning features.
      • TuneStart: TuneStart automatically start songs from the beginning when you tune to one of your preset music channels stored on the current band of presets.
      • TuneScan: TuneScan lets you scan through short previews of songs you may have missed on music channels stored on the current band of presets.
      • TuneMix: Create a music channel that's a blend of songs made up from the music channels stored on the current band of presets.
    • Parental Control: 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.

    HD Radio: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS'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 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
    • Emergency Alerts: Emergency Alerts work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Alert Services to provide more advanced messaging during emergencies or disasters. Providing relevant local content, particularly in times of severe weather or other natural emergencies make HD Radio's Emergency Alerts feature an invaluable resource.
    • 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.

    Disc/USB/Aux Connectivity

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs.

    • 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.

    Dual USB Ports: The CD receiver's front-panel and rear-panel USB (type-A) ports allow you to connect USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) devices, such as a USB thumbdrive or flashdrive (up to 32GB). The receiver comes with a 58" USB extension cable for the rear-panel USB port. The USB ports enable audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS. Basic playback controls included Play/Pause, FW/RW, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Song/artist information such as track, artist, and album name will also be displayed on the head unit.

    • Before connecting your USB thumbdrive, you will need to indicate which USB port (Front or Rear) you are using.
    • Only one USB input can be active at a time; only the active USB input will display as a source selection. You cannot simply toggle back and forth between the Front & Rear USB input. To change USB inputs, you must disconnect the USB device and make the change in the receiver's menu before connecting to the other USB input.

    Compatible Music Files: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, & WAV music files recorded onto a CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB MSC device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 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 11.025-48 kHz
    bit rate of 8/16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 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 11.025-48 kHz
    bit rate of 8/16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not supported by MTP)
    bit rate of 16/24-bit w/ sampling rate of 8-96kHz (not supported by MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 1500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA/AAC/FLAC tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of albums and tracks on a connected USB device or inserted CD-R/RW disc, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title.

    Song/Artist Information: During music playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA/AAC/FLAC 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.

    Auxiliary Input: The DEH-X8800BHS is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable digital audio player.

    Audio & DSP 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-X8800BHS 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.

    • 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 power specifications for the DEH-X8800BHS 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS 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-X8800BHS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+10 to -24).

    Auto-Calibration Microphone: The included auto-calibration microphone automatically measures your vehicle's interior acoustic characteristics and the distance between each speakers and the driver's seat. Based on these measurements, the DEH-X8800BHS create an auto-equalizer curves and adjusts the time alignment for better sound quality inside your vehicle. The auto-calibration microphone plugs into the head unit's front-panel Aux input and should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward during setup.

    Crossovers: The DEH-X8800BHS employs high-pass and low-pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speaker setup.

    • Standard: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.
      • HPF: The head unit's -6 to -24dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
      • LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an -6 to -24dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.
    • Network: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub using low-level outputs only.
      • Highs: The high-pass crossover for your tweeters can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.
      • Mids: You can set a high-pass and low-pass crossover from your midrange/midbass drivers. The high-pass crossover can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off. The low-pass crossover can be set to 26, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.
      • Lows: The low-pass crossover for your subwoofers can be set to 26, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.

    EEQ (Easy EQ) w/ 13-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 13-band graphic equalizer (50, 80, 125, 200, 315, 500, 800, 1.25k, 2k, 3.15k, 5k, 8k, and 12.5k Hz).

    Audio Settings: The head unit provides further sound adjustments for your car audio system.

    • Listening Position & Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-200") for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Speaker Level: You can adjust each speaker and sub channel independently from +10 to -24 to best even out the sound in your vehicle.
    • 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 unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.
    • Auto Level: This function automatically corrects the audio level difference between the music files and/or the sources.

    Rear Speaker Setup: 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.

    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 3 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 iPod/iPhone, 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, and is not supported by USB MTP devices. The Advanced Sound Retriever function is disabled when MIXTRAX is activated.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS in-dash CD receiver features detachable face security. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 12 preset colors, customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors.

    Brightness Control: You can manually adjust the brightness (1-10) of the head unit's display to suit your viewing needs. You can also sync the receiver's illumination to the head units' clock or your vehicle's headlights. To dim the receiver's display automatically when the vehicle's headlights are turned on, you'll need to hardwire the orange/white wire of the head unit's harness to your vehicle's parking light circuit.

    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 different 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.

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

    Remote Control

    Advanced Remote Control App (for Apple iOS & Android): Download the Pioneer ARC (Advanced Remote Control) App onto your Apple iOS (8.0+) or Android (4.1+) device to turn your smartphone or tablet device into a remote control for the Pioneer head unit. Your Apple iOS device can be connected via USB or Bluetooth, while your Android device can only be connected via USB. The following control features are available via the Pioneer Advanced Remote Control App.

    • Source Selection: From the app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can select between the head unit's sources for playback. Choose AM/FM tuner, disc, Aux, or the music library on your device.
    • Playback Functions: The app offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat for your mobile device's music library. You are also able to browse your Apple iOS or Android device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. For AM/FM tuner, you are able to seek stations, switch AM/FM bands, and select presets from the Pioneer ARC app.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: The Pioneer Advanced Remote Control App provides song/artist information with album art for the music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device. You also get station identification for AM/FM radio; if an AM/FM station supports RDS, you will even get song/artist info.
    • Favorites: The app lets you quickly display radio stations saved as favorites, plus favorite songs in your Apple iOS or Android device's music library. From the Favorite screen, you also get access to contacts saved as "favorites" on your smartphone.
    • Select Apps: From the Pioneer ARC app, you can also pick from select music apps (like Pandora, iHeart, TuneIn, and more) that are installed on your Apple iOS or Android device. Once you select a specific music app, that particular music app opens on your mobile device for playback control.
    Note: If you switch to other applications and functions, such as using other iOS device or Android applications or placing calls from your smartphone, you must restart the Pioneer ARC app on your iOS device or Android device.

    Wireless Remote Control: The DEH-X8800BHS comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause playback, skip music tracks, change display info, and answer/end Bluetooth phone call. 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).

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    Customer Q&A

    25 questions already asked

    Although they have the same power rating does the 8800 sound better than the 6200 unit model ?
    cocobob  Nov 27, 2022
    1 answer
    You should definitely notice an improved sound with the 8800 over the 6200 which is about a decade old. You have new technology built into the 8800 as well as much more versatility to fine tune your sound.
    arielle  Nov 27, 2022 (Staff)
    Will the voice control talk to google in Android and respond through the speakers?
    ron  Sep 05, 2022
    1 answer
    It only supports voice dialing and will play an alert through the speakers that it is calling the person you indicated
    jason  Sep 06, 2022 (Staff)
    How do I disable "safety" / weather alerts? I'll be listening to something on USB and be interrupted by a safety alert that forcefully changes source to an HD radio station that rarely even mentions weather or traffic. I'll change it back to what I was listening to and it just keeps happening. Most of the time these alerts are not even relevant to my area. This is absolutely frustrating. Does anyone know? Or do I have to call the pioneer hotline. This has gone too far...
    wes  Aug 10, 2021
    1 answer
    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.
    kristina  Aug 13, 2021 (Staff)
    What size USB device is supported?
    don  Jun 28, 2021
    1 answer
    It has a full size USB port on the front right side, as well as a remote cord installed in the back, again, full size. NOT the USB C, mini port.
    david  Jun 28, 2021
    How to set the time onmy pioneer?
    marv c  Feb 12, 2020
    4 answers
    Press the dial to access menus spin to cycle through until you find system. Press dial again cycle to find clock set press again can go back by pressing return button to bottom right of dial. Also can change the clock hour format 12/24 hour in the system menu.
    travis  Feb 12, 2020
    Push your volume button once and it will read menu on the screen. Once it reads menu you can scroll through the list by turning the knob until it reads system. Push the knob again to open the list of things you can adjust. Turn the knob until it reads time.
    neil  Feb 12, 2020
    Read the book
    jason  Feb 12, 2020
    Please Google "Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS manual" then download the PDF file. Your answer is on page 6.
    clifton  Feb 12, 2020
    Does this unit have some type of Crossover cross over feature you it?
    aaron  Feb 02, 2020
    3 answers
    Yes it does. I use the crossover features on the head unit and not the crossovers that came with my door speakers. I didn't even install the crossover that came with the door speakers because I want a pure signal from amplifier to speaker.
    justin  Feb 04, 2020
    yes of course
    shaun  Feb 04, 2020
    Yes this unit has a low pass crossover for subwoofer and independent high pass crossovers for the front and rear channels
    ronald  Feb 03, 2020
    Please How,Do You Get It To Stay One,Color...???
    dusty  Nov 24, 2019
    4 answers
    Menu>Illumination>Chose color
    justin  Nov 27, 2019
    Go into the Illumination settings and change the color. You can change the color for display and the buttons separately also . Download a manual if you don't have one. There is a lot of features in that radio.
    samuel  Nov 25, 2019
    Gone into menu & you'll see illumination & color & that's how you can make it 1 color or scan for it will go through all the colors
    scott  Nov 24, 2019
    I have no idea. I do not use that feature.
    terry  Nov 24, 2019
    Please How,Do You Get It To Stay One,Color...???
    dusty  Nov 24, 2019
    1 answer
    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.
    kristina  Dec 05, 2019 (Staff)
    Does anyone know if this uses the aptX Bluetooth Codec? Or is it just SBC/AAC? I can't find any Bluetooth codec info on this unit anywhere.
    daniel  Sep 17, 2019
    1 answer
    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.
    kristina  Sep 25, 2019 (Staff)
    Will this installation kit fit the DEH-X8600BH stereo, since it replaces this one?
    zach  Jun 06, 2019
    1 answer
    Hi Zach, This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on 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 what you will need for an installation.
    jessica  Jun 16, 2019 (Staff)
    does this unit support iphone XR?
    travis  May 04, 2019
    1 answer
    Don't know about that it supports my IPHONE 8+
    scott  Nov 24, 2019
    does it have an output for a power antenna?
    dave  Nov 15, 2018
    3 answers
    I think all units have that output. It's typically a blue/white wire that is normally used for turning on an amp, but can also be used for power antenna. Talk with a crutchfield advisor for more info.
    william  Nov 18, 2018
    Yes. It has a blue and white wire that operates both external amps and electrical antennas.
    john  Nov 15, 2018
    Yes it does
    darris  Nov 15, 2018
    I'm considering this radio to replace the factory unit in my 2003 Ford F-150 Extended Cab. Does anyone know how it sounds with the Ford stock speakers?
    john  Nov 12, 2018
    2 answers
    I found that this radio has enhanced the sound of my stock Mazda2 Speakers.
    jonathan  Nov 15, 2018
    My son put this in a stock 1996 f250 std cab stock speakers. Sounded better than the Ford radio. Speakers would take it to next level I am sure
    paul  Nov 14, 2018
    Good Afternoon, I am inclined to purchase a Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS receiver for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport. Looking at also replacing all 4 OEM speakers. What do you recommend? Does it matter what the impedance is? Should all the speakers be the same brand? I am considering the following speakers: I. JBL Club 5020JBL (4X6 for front) & JBL Club 5020 (5 & 1/4 for the rear) II. Infinity Reference REF-6432cfx & Infinity Primus PR5012is - Noted that the ohm rating of these speakers is different... III. Kenwood Excelon KFC-X463C & Kenwood KFC-1366S -- Noted that the ohm rating of these speakers is different... VI. Opened to other speaker suggestions.
    carlos  Jul 22, 2018
    3 answers
    I have 2 sets of Polk Audio DB6501 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component. Sounds amazing on a dual channel amp with this head unit, but it will run normal speakers well. I'm currently running a hifonics for that purpose.
    michael  Jul 22, 2018
    This is a great stereo. Links to phone real well. I used new non oem speakers on mine with no problem. Only complaint is that you might get alternator whine. Look up pioneer alternator whine on Google to solve. So be sure to ground rca jacks to unit when installing.
    michael  Jul 22, 2018
    The pioneer deh-x8800 is an excellent head unit. As far as speakers go the brand doesn't matter but impedance is important. The 8800 only provides 14 watts rms at 4 ohms per channel. A 3 ohm speaker will work but will place a higher power demand on the receiver and will effect sound quality. Also if the speakers call for a higher power input than the 14 watts the receiver provides will also effect sound quality. Your best bet would be to use the preamp outputs on the receiver into a 4-channel amp with an output power and impedance to match the speakers you want to use.
    keith  Jul 22, 2018
    One thing to mention, The LIMITED version comes with Auto EQ microphone. DOes this one come with it as well?
    mickey  Jun 04, 2018
    2 answers
    It has a built in microphone with improved call quality. So it must be a sort of EQ, even if not specifically mentioned.
    marek  Jun 05, 2018
    My unit came with the auto-eq microphone, and I have the unit you are asking about.
    george  Jun 04, 2018
    Does this radio have audio setting control on the ARC app or is it just to control music?
    lucas  Feb 21, 2018
    2 answers
    Just controls the music
    mike  Feb 21, 2018
    Yes you can control audio settings with the ARC app on the DEH-X8800BHS.
    jason  Feb 21, 2018
    What is a good amplifier to use with this radio? I have 4 JBL speakers 4X6 and in my 1988 Jeep I cannot hear clearly when traveling down the road at speed. I need more volume as it seems the built in 14 watt amplifier is not hefty enough.
    randal  Feb 13, 2018
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your Jeep's system, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can offer a more personalized recommendation to fit your vehicle, system and budget.
    david  Feb 18, 2018 (Staff)
    removable face plate?
    jeramie  Dec 12, 2017
    3 answers
    douglas  Dec 12, 2017
    john  Dec 12, 2017
    Yes, it does. They call it 'front panel'.
    marek  Dec 12, 2017
    Will this model charge android phones when plugged into the sub port?
    carlos  Jul 18, 2017
    4 answers
    When connected to the front USB connector, the unit charges my Android 4.4 phone. Not sure about the rear USB port.
    macgregor  Jul 25, 2017
    If you are talking about the USB port then yes it will charge But mind you this is not a phone charger Meaning it will not charge a phone fast like a home charge does It works for my phone just fine,I use an Android and an ipod.
    daryl  Jul 20, 2017
    Yes Sir, this charges my phone when plugged into the USB port.
    gilbert  Jul 19, 2017
    Yes it will!
    douglas  Jul 19, 2017
    When nothing is connected to the aux input, I hear a high pitched ringing noise when the radio is in aux mode with the volume all the way up. The noise goes away when I plug a device into the aux jack. Is anybody else hearing this?
    savern  May 19, 2017
    1 answer
    Tech Support is included with your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections 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.
    kenneth  May 19, 2017 (Staff)
    The mic plugs into the front of the radio?
    david  Mar 21, 2017
    8 answers
    It plugs into the rear
    mike  Mar 21, 2017
    The microphone plugs into the rear of the unit. See the diagram in the PDF manual for full connections.
    brian  Mar 21, 2017
    the mic plugs at the back. the logic is that it is a constant connection so you do not want the cord dangling in the front.
    isaac  Mar 21, 2017
    No. There is a jack on the back. Everything is concealed, if you can route the wire that way.
    joseph  Mar 21, 2017
    No. The mic plugs in the back.
    keith  Mar 21, 2017
    The mic is built in to the back. You run the line. Mine runs to and clips on to the visor. Your other option is to run it to the steering column, which I'm thinking about doing, because I'm not getting the voice clarity out of this unit that I got out of my older Pioneer unit. All and all I'm happy with this unit, but you get what you pay for. Sound/power is top notch, but the blue tooth is finicky and response time is slow when switching between anything. It's an A+ budget buy.
    phillip r  Mar 21, 2017
    It plugs into the back, then you route it where ever you want it to sit.
    nickolas  Mar 21, 2017
    The mic for the phone system ( so that you can talk hands free on a cell phone) plugs into the BACK of the unit, but the mic that you can use to do equalization of the frequency response plugs into the front of the unit.
    george  Mar 21, 2017
    How bright is the display? Would it be bright enough for use in a convertible?
    john  Mar 19, 2017
    5 answers
    Horrible I read reviews stating how it is not bright enough and bought anyway thinking those people where picky. They were all right, it looks pretty at night but during the day you cant see anything.
    justin  Feb 04, 2020
    No, it is not bright enough. I wish I could find a display that was truly BRIGHT enough to see in sunshine, but I have not yet seen one. Other than that, it is a great receiver.
    alan  Mar 21, 2017
    The display is quite bright. It is likely to be fine in a convertible because you have a wide scale of brightness along with a wide election of display colors, so the combination should be fine.
    marek  Mar 21, 2017
    Probably not. I can't read it in my hardtop sedan in sunlight. It is the one thing I don't like about the unit. Otherwise, it has worked fine for me.
    lee  Mar 20, 2017
    As long as the sun light doesn't hit directly on the face. Note: I turned of the dimmer option; so it stays the same brightness if you turn your head lights on or not. As with any display; there will be certain situations where it will be hard to see. Hope this helps.
    troy  Mar 20, 2017
    Does this unit have XM Radio built in or is it an add on through the auxiliary input?
    vern  Jan 12, 2017
    9 answers
    You need the satellite adapter, which works great. This is an excellent unit!
    alan  Jan 16, 2017
    Ithe has a xm port on back of unit to plug in the xm radio Xm is not built in to this radio
    daryl  Jan 13, 2017
    It's XM ready, so it connects through an add-on option.
    brian  Jan 13, 2017
    You need a separate tuner for SirusXM, like the SXV300.
    kent  Jan 13, 2017
    You'll need a separate tuner (I used an SXV300) which plugs in to a dedicated port on the back the receiver. The Pioneer tuner controls all the relevant functions.
    lee  Jan 13, 2017
    I don't use xm radio but I did some digging for you. The manufactor says it's xm ready because the tuner is sold separately.
    matthew  Jan 13, 2017
    It does NOT have XM Radio built in. You need to add a tuner if you wish to receive XM Radio. But it has HD Radio which provides many more programs (stations) everywhere, with better audio quality and song information.
    marek  Jan 13, 2017
    This unit requires an add-on tuner which is connected as shown on page 25 of the manual. I'm not sure which tuners are compatible. It used to be the SiriusXM-SXV200V1 Tuner, but it is no longer available at Crutchfield and has been replaced. Not sure if the replacement is compatible.
    macgregor  Jan 13, 2017
    You need to add the SiriusXM SXV300 tuner.
    j scott  Jan 13, 2017
    FLAC: bit rate of 16/24-bit w/ sampling rate of 8-96kHz (not supported by MTP) What does the not supported by MTP mean?
    john  Sep 30, 2016
    3 answers
    This simply means it won't accept media transfers like pictures or docs.
    j scott  Oct 01, 2016
    MTP is explained on that page: It stands for Media Transfer Protocol, allowing transfer of media (music in this case) with all its data and attributes. In this case MTP also supports controlling the music on your Android device, but not for FLAC. In this case, in order to playback FLAC encoded files, you need to connect to USB memory that carries the files. Your phone case still be in USB mode, but this Pioneer receiver will not be able to control the phone, as it does for other music encoding types (MP3, AAC). Probably not an issues for most of the user, except of those that know what FLAC is and actually use it.
    marek  Sep 30, 2016
    MTP stands for "Media Transfer Protocol." When Android uses this protocol, it appears to the computer as a "media device." The media transfer protocol was widely promoted as a standardized protocol for transferring audio files to digital music players using Windows Media Player and similar applications. It was designed to allow other media player companies to compete with Apple's iPod and iTunes. This protocol works very differently from USB mass storage. Rather than exposing your Android device's raw file system to Windows, MTP operates at the file level. Your Android device doesn't expose its entire storage device to Windows. Instead, when you connect a device to your computer, the computer queries the device and the device responds with a list of files and directories it offers. The computer can download a file - it will request the file from the device, and the device will send the file over the connection. If a computer wants to upload a file, it sends the file to the device and the device chooses to save it. When you delete a file, your computer sends a signal to the device saying, "please delete this file," and the device can delete it. Android can choose the files it presents to you, and hide system files so you can't see or modify them. If you attempt to delete or edit a file that can't be modified, the device will refuse the request and you'll see an error message. Your computer doesn't need exclusive access to the storage device, so there's no need to connect the storage, disconnect it, or have separate partitions for different types of data. Android can also use ext4 or any other file system it wants - Windows doesn't have to understand the file system, only Android does.
    josh  Sep 30, 2016

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