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Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB

CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote and uBus USB + USB-to-iPod Cables Included

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Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote and uBus USB + USB-to-iPod Cables Included
  • iPod interface cable included for iPod controls, charging and playback
  • Detachable face
  • 2-Line dot-matrix display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 2-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, AAC, WAV, and WMA
  • Supertuner IIID with 18FM/6AM presets
  • 1-bit D/A Converter
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
  • Two-Way Crossover Network
  • Selectable high-pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, 125 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • Selectable low-pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, 125 Hz, 18 dB/octave with 0-12 dB bass boost)
  • EEQ (3-band parametric equalizer)
  • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) enhances the playback of digitally compressed music

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear, and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: A subscription is required for service as well as either the Pioneer SIRIUS Satellite Radio Package or Pioneer XM Tuner
  • USB Ready: Built-in USB connection and controls
  • iPod interface cable included for iPod controls, charging and playback
  • Bluetooth Ready: Pioneer CD-BTB200 Bluetooth module required and sold separately
  • Rear auxiliary input: RCA and optional auxiliary input ( Pioneer CD-RB20 is required and sold separately)
  • CD Changer and DVD control
  • Display output
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-PSv1 required and sold separately

Key Features:

  • BSM (Best Stations Memory)
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
  • Electronic Balance/Fader
  • Source Level Adjuster (SLA)
  • Subwoofer Direct Control Key
  • Operation Beep Tone
  • Display Off Mode
  • Internal Amp Off Mode
  • Cellular Mute
  • Face Case (Included)

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P490iB)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P480MP)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P470MP)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P460MP)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
EEQ (3-band Graphic Equalizer)
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Blue
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
91 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Optional

Monitor Screen Features

Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Yes
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Labor Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
79%
4 Star
21%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.7
Features
4.7
Design
4.5
Usability
4.2
Dwayne

Columbia, MD

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Great System!

August 7, 2009

The system is great and the very easy to install. It takes a little getting used to to understand the buttons to access all the functions, but it will come. Other than that i really enjoy hearing my ipod music, cd's, and radio. Well worth it!

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Randolph

Panama City, FL

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Great Stereo

September 21, 2009

I love the clean look and ease of use, particularly when using my ipod.

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Andrew

Vallejo, CA

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Great Value!!

October 2, 2009

pros: nice, sleek design; easy to use; plays tuner, iPOD, CD, MP3 CD; excellent with my 2 10" subs; clear, loud sound

cons: only compatible with certain, newer iPODs.

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julianzo

edinburg,TX

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This stereo is perfect...

March 4, 2009

I hate radios with flashy displays so I got this one. Man im so glad I did. I really like the display on this stereo it's simple but nice. The sound is awesome, I replaced my alpine 9885 with this pioneer and I can actually say that the pioneer sounds better. The features I like about this stereo is the USB port which I can just plug in my flash drive with music and the fact that it has 4 volt preouts. High pass and low pass filters are a plus and the subwoofer control is awesome.

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Mikey

Kissimmee, FL

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Awesome radio

February 9, 2009

I just finished replacing my stock radio with this one in my Chevy Colorado. All I got to say is this is one great radio with many audio tuning options, makes the stock speakers sound better but they still need to be replaced for better sound.
Installation was easy as 1,2,3 with all the wire colors matching (no problem there.) iPod function is awesome you can control it by the radio it-self songs, album, gender, artist, playlist and sounds good.
For the price you cant go wrong and if you got or are gonna get a subwoofer, its got a woofer control which is a great feature for optimum sound with high pass filter for door speakers.

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Richard

redmond, OR

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Great hu

July 10, 2008

This is an awesome hu for those that dont wanna purch an equalizer and need to run mult amps. Has 3 preamp outputs and the ipod control is awesome. The looks are great, very sleek design and catches your eye at night with the blue lighting. Definitely a steal at sonic too good price.

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John

Concord, GA

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I LOVE THIS RADIO!

April 25, 2008

I recently bought and installed this headunit to replace my Pioneer DEH-1400 unit. I instantly fell in love with this unit due to the fact that i can plug my MP3 player directly into it and i dont have to mess with FM transmitters anymore. This head unit was very easy to install since sonic electronix sent me the wiring harness for my truck along with the radio. i highly recommend purchasing this head unit if you are looking for and easy to operate radio that can do a large variety of different things and can be added on to.

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Jose

Marion, TX

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really good

March 6, 2008

This head unit is among the best I've ever owned. The display in awesome like the blue goes with the ride features are superb especially the usb/ipod. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a new head unit. This one is really really good!!!!

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Doug

West Bend, WI

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Pretty good except for AM radio

January 12, 2009

I bought this unit to replace my factory stereo in a GM vehicle because it didn't have MP3 capabilities or aux inputs. I don't like lots of small buttons and I wanted decent radio reception so the Pioneer made sense. The unit sounds and looks great and I like the Multi-Control although there is a learning curve. The FM reception is very good but AM stinks. What gives? No one makes decent AM tuners besides the automakers...

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Benjamin

Harvest, AL

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Awesome!

December 4, 2009

This head unit increased the sound quality and loudness of my car sound system by a lot! It's pretty easy to use once you get used to it, which didn't take me that long. The iPod feature makes it easy to find my songs cause the menu is the same on the unit as it is on my iPod. The only complaint that I have is that you have to hold a button to turn it off and when I'm trying to turn it off quickly to get to the phone and not blow the persons eardrums that is calling me it's a hassle. I would prefer to just be able to hit a button and it turn off instantly. It's not that big of a deal though

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Mike

Rockford, IL

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Good stuff

September 6, 2009

This is a great deck in every respect. Ive had it for six months and havent had a problem with it. Very easy to use, has some cool features when youre in ipod mode. Only thing it could use is all of the words on the buttons could be backlit, but no big deal.

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jason

Irving, TX

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July 11, 2008

Over All I am Very Very Happy. The sleek look is very impressive and the design is such that it uses minimal dash space to do alot. The knob is actually more like a multi function joy stick. The Features and flexibility is a HUGE plus. The MP3 CDs are awesome and the Aux in allows me to use any mp3 player and the included ipod cable is a nice bonus. 3 FM bands lets my parents and myself have several presets so we are not changing each others stuff. There is some decent Engine noise after 25 (out of 55? ) but I got rid of most of it by re running the ground. The USB control and MP3 CD control allow me to hook up my USB media and i will eventually get a harddrive

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OMAR

SELMA, CA

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GOOD PIONEER STEREO

July 11, 2008

I RECENTLY BOUGHT THIS ITEM FOR A 2001 FORD EXPEDITION AND TRUST ME I BLEW ME AWAY BECAUSE THIS STEREO PRODUCES GOOD BASS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE SUBS IT SOUNDS AMAZING.THIS PRODUCT HAS SOME AMAZING FEATURES TO IT LIKE A BUILT IN PRE-SET EQUALIZER IT EVEN LETS YOU FIX UP THE BASS FOR THE SUBS ALSO IT HAS AN IPOD (AUX) IN THE BACK SO YOU CAN CONNECT YOUR IPOD TO IT.BUT THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME.

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Richard

Chatsworth, CA

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i love it

July 11, 2008

i have it in a 85 oldsmobile toronado and it makes tuning so easy with the easy interface and the powerful preouts i would suggest it to anyone, its not to flashy but not boring either if you need a head unit i dont know if you need anything more than this for almost all installs

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Daniel

Houston, TX

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Stepping forward and stepping back

August 12, 2009

I have always been a fan of pioneer and have purchased several of their head units over many years and never because I had any problems with the unit, I usually sold the care it was in. Pioneer has a consistant sound quality that I enjoy, plus the adlustments you can with the built in EQ and L/M/H let's you set your sound preference. This unit can really send some some threw your speakers and amps. I have usually bought the 7 or 8 series of pioneer, but this time I thought I was stepping down to a 5 series, but in reality it never felt like a step down. I did lose the screen features that can be entertaining, but that got old quick. I love the simply and informative blue screen. The screen takes care of any bit of information that I need. The single button takes a little getting used to and I may accidently skip to another track or station by mistake, also you need to extra when making sound adjustments.
I had to have a unit with a subwoofer output, which this unit has, also using the built in High Pass Filter feature with a good amp is all you need to turn some heads. I use the the built in 25w x 4 amp to run my factory speakers and a small amp fed from the sub output, plenty of clean sound.
When MP3's first came out, I got one of the earliest pioneer models that could play them. I used this to eliminate the need for a mutlidisc changer. One CD could hold 500 songs. This newer model scan and processes much faster that older units which had a 2-3 second delay before the next song started playing. This unit plays just as quick as you can press the button.
The added feature of having a USB port was my next evolutionary step. I don't burn many disc anymore because of this feature. I love it just download your music from your computer to you USB flash drive and stub it into the cable and play. I don't like the cable though, I wish it had a front port option, as well as the cable, to give the user freedom of choice.
The price for what you get with this unit is an exceptional value, I bought a package deal, which included the dash kit and harness, here at sonic electronix and would gladly do business with them again,
You won't go wrong at all with this Pioneer head unit, it can really jam when you turn it up and the clear sound makes the sound delivery even better.

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Rupert

Miami, FL

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Beautiful Musical Experience

August 12, 2009

I am very happy with my purchase of the Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB, this baby is the "Head Unit" for my after market car stereo. I enjoy driving long trips much more, while listening to my system, which consists of the head unit, one mono block Amp for my Sub, a 4 Channel amp for my 4 satellites, and a 6 pack CD Changer.
Because the controls resides in the multi - control unit, it is sometimes challenging to tweak the sound. But this challenge can be overcome with practice.
I have no hesitation in recommending your products and service.

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barrett

El Centro, CA

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Premier for CHEAP!!

August 11, 2009

Very high quality says it all, the thing has more functions that I know what to do with, works flawlessly with my ipod. Love it, wish that is was a little easier to search the folders.

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MP

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Good unit, does a lot for cheap

April 6, 2009

So I've had this head unit for just over 6 months now. Everything still works great. I've got it in my truck and it bounces around a lot. I don't use CD's however, i've got a 32 gig Patriot Xporter flash drive hooked up to the USB wire that comes with it, with around 2900 mp3's using about 15.6 gigabytes of the 32. If you're looking for a USB thumb drive for your deck, I recommend a patriot thumb drive too. It was very cheap, it's water resistant, and it's encased in rubber so you can drop it or step on it as many times as you want.

The USB wire comes out of the back of the unit, so you just run the wire down below the dash. I keep the jump drive sitting in the 4WD gear shifter plastic on that middle column between the driver and passenger leg room. I like this design better than the USB-capable head units where you plug the jump drive into the front because if this one was like that, i definitely would have smashed it out of there or bent and broke stuff when reaching for a drink or to shift. Note that this head unit comes with an iPod adapter set up just the same way and works great with iPods.

The features for the price of this head unit were easily the best that I could find. There seemed to be lots of fanboy BS over what brand you should choose - ignore them. Look at what is selling, whats popular, and get that - regardless of brand. I checked out a bunch of other sites that had reviews, then chose sonic because it was the best deal - and i'm glad i did, they threw in a mounting brace and a wire kit for my model of truck for FREE which was absolutely AWESOME!

The only gripe I have with this unit is that when you turn the "random" function on, the next song chosen will only be random when the song you are listening to completes. What i mean by this is, lets say you have songs 1 through 12. If you are on song 3, and you hit the next button, it will go to song 4 *even if you have random on*. If you let song 3 run out, only then will it randomly pick the next song. I still hate this but I've learned to deal with it. I emailed support asking them about this but they told me to call their support line to talk to someone in person and I never did.

Otherwise, solid unit, good quality, great features for price.

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Joshua

Boyd, TX

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great value

March 15, 2009

great sound for the money

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Jared

Gardendale, AL

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Excellent Product! Highly Reccomend!

March 7, 2008

I recently installed this head unit in my 2004 Ford F-150. I am extremely pleased with the results. The fit was flawless with the included Scosche dash kit. The ipod integration is near seamless. However,sometimes if you are searching through the artist list, it will start over at the A's each time. If you have a lot of files on your ipod it the display will lag a bit. But none of this really affects performance. I easily connected the pioneer xm tuner, and am also pleased with it. Sonic Electronix is very helpful, and ships items fast. I highly recommend this product to anyone.

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Frank

Johnson City, NY

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Exactly What I Was Looking For

September 13, 2009

The features built into this thing are amazing. I was looking for a head unit that had a rear USB input to play back MP3 files from a flash drive, and as a bonus it did end up working with my Blackberry Storm. Since it plays that through the USB instead of the headphone jack I can fully access my music from the head unit's menus and keep the phone charged during longer trips. You can never go wrong with the Pioneer name and this unit is no exception. Sound adjustments are extremely detailed. Took some time to get everything set the way I like just because you can fine tune your sound so much. The built in high pass filter is probably the best thing by keeping my Kicker 6.5's in the doors from going too low and distorting. Only gripe I could possibly have is because of the wheel design rocking in 4 directions, pressing directly down on it to access the menu can be tricky. I've only hit it wrong maybe 2 or 3 times, but that's because I have to actually make an effort to line my finger up perfectly on the center of it before pressing down. This really does not bother me enough to not enjoy using this unit. It's just something that takes that 1 point away from the ease of use. I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for high quality performance without breaking the bank. I'm extremely satisfied with my system with just this piece and Kicker 2 ways all around me.

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Kevin

Clifton, NJ

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Great value

August 31, 2009

I bought this headunit maybe 6 month ago it's great!!! I love it.. Clear sound, 3 RCA input for any other system upgrades the eq is incredible. I would recommend this any day

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Mitch

Birmingham, AL

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Great Product and Great Price

August 24, 2009

Performs wonderfully and I haven't had a single problem with this radio.

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Michael

Huntington Beach, CA

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Great Head Unit!

July 10, 2008

This head unit is a steal at this price! So many functions and looks great. Buy this Head Unit you won't be disappointed.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

DEH-P500UB

UPC

012562875118

Weight

5.00lbs

Internal SKU

dehp500ub

Internal Product ID

11105

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB