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December 9, 2012 Decent unit, but not the greatest
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Review by
Aaron from Tempe, AZ
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This is a decent unit, I have been waiting for it to release since forever in hopes it would look and feel better than the DEH-P8400BH which it replaced. The only difference appears to be the ergonomics of the faceplate and button layout, the 8500 is much improved even though they just centered the knob and rocker lever; the right side of the unit was made a little more tacky.

Pros:
3 sets of 4v pre-outs
Great amount of features
Great sound quality for what it is
Great call quality
Bluetooth syncs and streams just fine with Gingerbread (Android) no song information is displayed however.
Ipod navigation is easy enough, and app mode works great.
Active display with fully adjustable illumination for both keys and display: totally independent or synced.
Great HD reception
Unlike several reviews of the previous model 8400, which is basically the same, I found it easy enough to adjust and go through the menus while driving, and they don't lag at all.

Cons:
Build quality: its made in Thailand but, if they make this thing and the accessories it comes with any cheaper, they'll be made out of paper. Prepare to bend or break the din tools, pray to god you never need to pull the radio out of the din chassis once mounted. It took me a couple of days to decide where to place the mic, and I had to pull the radio; more like, bend the din tools and tear the entire dash apart again because they wouldn't work.

The faceplate, I now understand why they don't bother giving you a case for it, every time you remove it, you pray you don't break the thing its so cheaply designed and made.

The wire loom looks like something that would be sold with a BOSS radio or Pyramid, not to mention the nearly non existent heatsink.

The built-in amplifier is sufficient, but its not something I would recommend using, and if you're buying a headunit with 3 sets of 4v pre-outs I would hope you wouldn't be using it anyway except for maybe rear fill.

Limited EQ adjustability, yes, you can control the level up and down, but that's about it, there's no slope, or adjusting the preset bands. I would have rather had Pioneer ditch the gimmick that is "Mixtrax" for a real spectrum analyzer and made the 5 band EQ fully adjustable.

Overall its a decent headunit with a lot of features, but this isn't the Pioneer that reigned dominant in the mid 90's early 2000's. I go all the way back to the days of Pioneer tape decks, and still have my full din DEQ-9200 which is basically a standard feature of the 80-PRS.

Rather than trying to read the horrible manual, Pioneer has made several youtube videos to show you how to operate the unit, I suggest you google Pioneer DEH-X8500BH and click on the "Video" tab for all of their video's showing you how to operate the unit.
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