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Pioneer Premier DEH-P960MP


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Pioneer Premier DEH-P980BT

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The new Pioneer Premier DEH-P960MP has tons of features like CD/MP3/WMA playback and a customizable Multicolor Organic EL Display! To match the beauty of the receiver, Pioneer decided to destroy the competition by including a whole slew of equalizer and sound enhancements such as a built-in digital sound processor (DSP) with 13-Band graphic EQ, Auto-EQ, Burr-Brown DAC's, BMX Digital Compression, and built-in MOSFET50 50W x 4 channel amplifier! 3 pairs of 6.5V top-notch RCA Preouts are included to allow ultimate sonic clarity for your entire system (speakers and subs!)... A 10-key wireless remote is included for your convenience.

The OEL Display now allows you to customize your screen with fresh background pictures or screensavers, or create your own from your digital pictures or home movies, using the FREE Pioneer OEL Screensaver Studio software!

Key Features:

  • Click Here to View Movies, Screensavers, and Background Images Included on the CD Player (allow a few minutes for download)
  • detachable, motorized, fold-down face
  • multicolor Organic EL display
  • customizable display
  • 24-bit Burr-Brown D/A converter for incredibly rich sound
  • Supertuner IIID
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • plays MP3 and WMA files on CD-R and CD-RW
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • CD Text
  • disc naming
  • Easy EQ (5 preset and 2 user EQ curves)
  • BMX digital processing (for improved sound from MP3 and WMA files)
  • Auto EQ (uses an included microphone and 13-band equalizer to fit the sound to your vehicle's acoustics)
  • time alignment
  • Automatic Sound Levelizer (adjusts receiver's volume automatically to compensate for changes in road noise levels)
  • BBE sound processing
  • SIRIUS, XM Satellite Radio controls (tuner, antenna, and subscription required and not included with purchase)
  • CD changer controls
  • built-in high-pass and low-pass filters
  • 6.5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • optional auxiliary input
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 99 dB
  • FM sensitivity 8 dBf

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS)
Pioneer DEH-P9400BH thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS)
Pioneer DEH-P980BT thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer DEH-P9400BH)
Pioneer DEH-P960MP thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer Premier DEH-P980BT)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

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.

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.
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 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.
6.5 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.
Easy EQ, BBE, 13-Band Graphic EQ + 5 Presets
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
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.
99 dB

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
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.
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.

Expandability Features

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)
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.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Labor Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating



Littlefield, AZ



October 20, 2005

This is the best cd player i have ever had!!! This cd player not only looks good but it makes your whole system sound way better. Plus it's got so many features. The backgrounds are also awsome. This cd player left all my friends with there mouths open!!! Now every one of them wants me to sell it to them. Its worth every last penny i spent on it. The only thing i fear is getting it stolen.

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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-P960MP