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Customer Review Summary for Pioneer DEH-X8500BH
Average Customer Rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars:
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July 2, 2013 Great Value
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John from Petaluma, CA
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Bluetooth and the HD radio are the great features that i love. it is easy to operate also
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March 22, 2013 Great mid-range head unit!
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kjbad from Chandler, AZ
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I purchased this radio and a set of Kicker DS65, DS693, and DS35 speakers to replace my son's worn-out factory speakers. My son and I worked on it together and this was his first install. Sonic was nice enough to provide a free dash kit and wire harness for the car, which I appreciated a lot. I had no issues with the installation because I've done them before, but the instruction manual was no help at all for people who have never matched up wires before. The wires that came with the radio were on the thin side - my Alpine decks have thicker wire for all their connections. This is the one big shortcoming I have for a radio in this price range -better install instructions and thicker wire would be nice.

There was a vast improvement over the factory setup, so no surprises there. The head unit was too powerful for the worn-out factory speakers, but it matched well to the Kickers. If (when) my son ever expands his system to add amps, the three sets of pre-outs are a nice touch. The system hits highs well and offers a lot of sound customization, but the big plus was the bass response - the unit fed the Kickers well and did not seem to strain or overheat after a long session of loud play (I am in Arizona, so we'll see in the summer months). Only a basshead will need more low end than this setup is putting out, and amps would be a must for that person anyway.

The BT works well - on my Alpine deck, it can be hit or miss with the controls but the Pioneer syncs up every time, has no problem with calls, and even displays song titles when it plays music from my son's phone. It also controls an iPod, but if you already have a good BT phone with a 32GB SD card, you won't need the feature. The USB extension was another nice touch, we hid the cord on the bottom of the dash and there is a perfect space for him to stow his phone and charge at the same time. Same with the wired microphone, the cord was plenty long enough for any dashboard install and we had no problem hiding the mic near the bottom of the dash. We didn't test the CD player, but he will never use it anyway. The HD radio is a huge plus, we have a decent amount of HD stations in our area and the AM does sound like FM! The FM does sound CD-quality, but I'm sure that is partly because the radio and speakers match up so well - with lesser speakers, it wouldn't sound as good.

So far, the price is right and the head unit exceeds his expectations for a first system. Sonic is the fastest, I ordered on Tuesday and had it installed by Thursday. From jazz to hip hop, this is a great radio and the features are nice.
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February 14, 2013 Awesome head unit!
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Marcus from Conover, NC
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I installed this head unit earlier today. Face plate does feel cheaply made when you remove it. But good thing is that I dont plan on taking it off too much. I am using an re audio dts 500.4 for mids and highs kicker componet front and rear 6) kicker 6x8's with power bass asa 600.2 to push my kicker solo classic 15" so I cannot comment on the power of the unit. But the bluetooth audio works GREAT! perfect for streaming music or making a phonecall using the external mic provided with the headunit. Has a pretty cool feature for when receiving a call. The key side of the screen flashes differnet colors and displays caller id for thr person calling and has a preloaded ringtone that plays through the car. My kids loved talking on the phone in the car thought it was just the coolest thing ever. Has nice customization options for the display colors. You may want to go on YouTube and watch the videos from Pioneer on how to use the unit to see if it would be a good fit for you. I would highly recommend this unit it is simple enough to use and has a lot of cool features that I think most people would be happy with.
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November 4, 2013 perfect radio
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Douglas from Fredericksburg, VA
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This radio is small just perfect with all the features that I need
The bluetooth is just perfect when you are driving and also nice with my playlist for my music.
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September 17, 2013 Great stereo
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Mike from Othello, WA
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I put this Pioneer stereo in my big rig freight liner classic. it sounds great and it has so many different options. I also installed a sub and amp shortly after and I couldn't be happier with the sound its nice!!!
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