Lots of features. So many options for music input. Great value. Only con is the buttons are very small.
Showing 33 reviews for Pioneer DEH-X6500BT
Richland Center, WI
July 10, 2013
Bought this at the local Walmart I work at to replace my old Alpine head unit and the Pioneer head unit is much better than the Alpine. The Alpine had a two band equalizer, this has 5. The Alpine didn't have a USB hook up without buying an extra cable to hook up into the back, the Pioneer has one in the front built in, you can choose the color and brightness of this as with the Alpine you could not. I dislike the usability of the Pioneer slightly only due to the fact that it's not that easy to get the mixtrack off and it only has two RCA outputs and the heat sink is pretty small so hopefully it won't over heat in my 02 Impreza. With mixtrack on it randomly ends songs and starts new ones. Overall the Pioneer is better than the Alpine for features alone and the Alpine was much more expensive when it was purchased. The Pioneer was about half the price. Better quality at a better price.
19 of 34 found this helpful
June 6, 2013
Awesome headunit, upgraded from 2000 F-150 stock to this, and even with stock door speakers this thing brings them alive. Bluetooth works great, display works and looks great. very feature packed for the money. sounds good, looks good. great job pioneer, although i wish you would beef up the wire gauge in your wiring harnesses.
19 of 34 found this helpful
December 5, 2013
Had this installed every thing was very good except the screen was very small and I have bad eyes and could not see the station or anything else. Had to return it to the store and traded it in for the X700BT It is an in-dash double DIN CD/MP3/USB w/Bluetooth
16 of 29 found this helpful
April 22, 2013
I purchased this product For my 99 Buick Century. it was a great look, fully loaded with features that would peak the interest of any beginner or advanced car audio enthusiast. It made my factory speakers sound like an entire new system. you can't really go wrong with a pioneer head unit.
14 of 26 found this helpful
Clinton Township, MI
Mountain Lake, MN
September 24, 2013
Great value stereo, very user friendly, easy installation, had all the functions I was looking for. The hands free phone function has great clarity using the 'stand alone' mic compared to other units I have owned that have the microphone for the phone incorporated in the stereo unit, to date by far the best ''after market" stereo I have used with this feature
15 of 30 found this helpful
June 16, 2013
This is a great stereo and it works great. However, two times I stated my car and the stereo reset to factory settings. It is very weird, and has only happened twice, since I bought it 6 months ago. But, it is very annoying to have to re-program it.
15 of 30 found this helpful
May 12, 2013
I love this head unit! I actually have 2 of them in 2 different cars. I purchased them due to USB, iPhone and Bluetooth capabilities. I agree with many users, the display, though very cool, can be a bit dim in full sunlit days. However, the features on this more than make up for that.
16 of 32 found this helpful
April 11, 2013
Purchased this head unit over half a year ago for my 2005 Ford Focus and I regret nothing. Definitely worth the money I paid for it. If you're looking for the majority of the features this unit has then it's probably the top choice in this price range. The only issue I've had with this is that the screen is difficult to read when its bright out or light is shining directly on it.
17 of 34 found this helpful
October 6, 2013
The pioneer radio sounds excellent and the features for the price are more than what you would expect. The mintrax feature is a little confusing but with the manual know how you should come to understand the process. Overall it is a great head unit with plenty of power.
13 of 27 found this helpful
Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 2, 2013
I would Definitely recommend this to a friend. This thing made my stock speakers sound great. This head unit has lots of customizable features such as two custom equalizers you can tune to your ear plus various others such as flat, vocal, etc. It has mix track which I didn't think I'd use but its very nice, and it even changes color and dances to your music. Navigation through the menus is probably the best I've seen, very easy to use. The brightness of the buttons at night is my only real complaint, I found deep blue with dim on seems to be the least distracting, I hope Pioneer has a firmware update to allow you to control the brightness a little more. This head unit will last for years to come. My previous dual unit overheated, so i took it apart and found a very tiny heat sink. Just look at the heat sink of this Pioneer in the pictures, it's meant to dissipate some serious heat. I like this stereo enough that I'm going to buy another one for my truck.
14 of 29 found this helpful
May 23, 2013
Great deck. I wanted something simple , pleasant to look at and most of all practical and easy to use. The bluetooth hands free was definitely a priority in my choice. I wanted the hands fee to be easy to use with no hassle, and it is. From the first time i turned the key it found my iPhone device in seconds and synced seamlessly. It's been consistent ever since. On occasion it has trouble finding my device but a simple off/on with the Bluetooth setting in the phone fixes this. Calls come in crisp & clear and fade my music or podcast which resume automatically once the call is comlete. Simple system - it just works
16 of 33 found this helpful
October 11, 2013
Bought to replace the factory stereo in my Ford Escape. Mainly wanted music and phone through Bluetooth since I travel a lot. It works great and for the price you can't beat it. sounds great. Operator manual a little difficult to use but not impossible. Yes I would buy one again in a minute.
10 of 22 found this helpful
September 17, 2013
This system is great, the sound quality of the CD player is awesome! Unfortunately, there appears to be a problem with my antennae, which needs to be addressed by a Subaru dealer. Huh. But, whatever... I am able to connect wirelessly to radio stations through my iPhone apps. It's the next best thing, I suppose, until such time as I can afford Subaru's fee. And the blue tooth feature is worth the price of the unit: clarity is excellent, can't even tell I'm on the "car phone"
Highly recommend this unit if your car's antennae is operational!
11 of 24 found this helpful
June 11, 2013
As always Pioneer quality shines...
I'm very pleased with the unit and all of its features. fairly easy to program and has all the bells and whistles I wanted.
I just wish they had included a dimmer feature.... the lighting can be a little too bright at night.
14 of 30 found this helpful
December 19, 2012
I want to start by saying this Pioneer head unit freakin rocks!!!! I love the bluetooth capabality and the seemingly unlimited amount of illumination colors...I love how i can control my subs from my deck and I would recommend this product to anybody
7 of 16 found this helpful
San Diego, CA
November 24, 2012
This is a great stereo for the price. I bought it for the Bluetooth and Ipod connections. It is very versatile with many ways to set it up. I also wanted a unit that had at least 2 sets of preamp outputs. This has one set for the front and a second set for the rear or for subwoofers - not sure how I am going to hook up the amp yet. I would have given this unit 5 stars except for one flaw. There is no way to dim the front buttons and screen. There is a dimmer but it only has two settings - On and Off. With the dimmer On, the unit is still too bright at night. I had to find a front color that was not too bright, so far I think that either red or dark blue to be the least annoying at night.
10 of 22 found this helpful
North Hollywood, ca
September 1, 2013
I wanted to get a simple radio for my girlfriends Mini Cooper and found this awesome stereo. Bluetooth was excellent and Bluetooth streaming was flawless. Quality was great. The multicolor display really helps you match the stereo with your factory dash lights. So many color options to choose from and you can even custom make your own colors. A very nice clean stereo and great quality for the price. Easy to use and setup. I installed it myself with the installation kit. Super easy if you are mechanical savvy. If you ate looking for an affordable stereo that is simple and very nice to look at, then this is for you.
15 of 33 found this helpful
Winter Park , Fl
June 18, 2013
I got this Pioneer Head Unit for my girlfriends car and she absolutely loves it. She likes the Bluetooth streaming for her music. Plus it lights up whatever colors you want when someone calls. Overall its a great product.
10 of 23 found this helpful
May 16, 2013
Good value for all the features you get. Never realized when I bought this unit that I would later be buying a 4 channel amp to to power my mids and highs. Could of used a RCA splitter due to there only being two RCA jacks for fronts and nothing for rear. Not the head units fault. I ended up buying a Clarion equalizer later which gave me 7 volts into my amps instead of the 2 volts this head unit provides. Also the equalizer in this Pionees DEH-X6500BT is lacking. For this reason if you are using an amplified system I would recommend something different unless you buy a external equalizer like I did.
11 of 25 found this helpful
December 11, 2012
I bought this unit because the town I reside in recently passed a no cell phone ordinance. $200.00 fine using a cell phone while driving. Came with free dash kit and wiring harness which are about $20 each at B*** ***. I received free shipping as well.
Pretty simple install if you have done a stereo before. Manual is weak on wiring diagram, make sure you match up all the wire colors properly.
Blue tooth functions great-paired up easy with my HTC droid, pulled my phone numbers from my phone. Visual display of missed calls, most called, phone book, 6 presets for favorites. Easy menu for phone navigating. Had to move mic around several times to get best location. Do this with the vehicle running for vehicle noise.
USB is cool. Downloaded files onto USB drive and stuck in to port. Deck plays file in order of file date, so even though you may have it arranged differently on your PC, the deck will still play files in date seguence. Not a big deal if you are listening to random files and you don't care about the order.
Mixtrax function is not even on my radar, so I have no comments about that.
Illimunation color is very cool as you can set the key color and display color to a ton of combinations. The down side of illumination is the dimmer function. Dimmer off/on has almost unnoticable difference in brightness. No big deal during the day, but at night, the very bright light emiited from the display is very distracting and I would say way too bright. You can adjust the colors to find the least blinding variation, but this is definitely a negative.
Comes with a remote control, but to me this is silly. This is like having a remote control for your alarm clock. Dude, you're right there, stretch out your arm 3 more inches.
I would recommend this and I am thinking of buying another one for my son.
I also would have given this a 5 except for the dimmer problem.
Graded 3 on design and 4 overall because of this.
Kinda of hard to grade on durabilty since I just installed it. :)
9 of 21 found this helpful
September 19, 2013
Quick and easy install, easy set up. TONS of features. Streams Pandora from my galaxy s3, phone calls are good quality.
Dimmer is useless. it's SUPER bright. I set mine on dark red for the knob/buttons and scan for the display.
12 of 28 found this helpful