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Pioneer DEH-X8500BH

In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Car Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, HD Radio, iPod Control and MIXTRAX Technology


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Pioneer DEH-X8600BH

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Commercial Free Pandora Listening Through 2013

Pioneer Electronics is now helping consumers enjoy Pandora Internet Radio service in their vehicles commercial free! More than 20 Pioneer in-dash receivers offer built-in Pandora control, providing users full control and playback of the Pandora app through a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone device. Simply launch the Pandora app on the device and connect to a compatible Pioneer car stereo via a hardwired connection or Bluetooth streaming on compatible receivers to receive commercial-free listening through the end of 2013. Pioneer's way of saying thanks!









General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote
  • Bluetooth Technology built-in for hands-free calling and A2DP music streaming
  • HD Radio integrated for highest quality digital sound
  • MIXTRAX Technology creates a non-stop mix of your music with DJ inspired effects
  • Pandora internet radio integration with connected iPhone
  • Full-dot 3-line LCD display (192 x 48 pixels)
  • Detachable theft-deterrent, anti-dust face plate
  • Selectable illuminated button lighting with over 210,000 colors
  • Complete 2-way iPod control from the stereo or device
  • App mode allows listening of content from downloaded iTunes apps
  • iTunes Tagging marks your favorite songs on HD Radio and loads them in iTunes
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • CEA-2006 Rated RMS: 14 watts x 4 channels
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Wireless remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WAV, AAC and WMA
  • AM/FM Supertuner IIID with 24FM/6AM presets
  • Advanced Sound Retriever enhances compressed audio
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 5-band graphic equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves (5 Preset, 2 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • High Pass and Low Pass crossover filters
  • Separate subwoofer level control

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable is compatible, however Pioneer USB-to-iPod Cable is recommended
  • Front Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • Rear 1 Amp USB Input: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-PSv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 3.0 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
    • GAP: Generic Access Profile
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a wired microphone for clear, distortion-free talking
Also Found As: DEHX8500BH, DEH-X8500-BH, DEH X8500 BH, DEH8500BH

Product History:

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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.

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.
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.
14 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.
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.
5-band graphic equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves
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.

Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Color Illumination
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.


Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

Front 3.5mm

Expandability Features

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.

Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
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.

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.
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.
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
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.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
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)
  • PAC SWI-PSv1: Pioneer Specific Steering Wheel Control Interface
  • Axxess ASWC: Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
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.
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
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.

Smartphone Integration

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 (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
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.
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



Petaluma, CA


Great Value

July 2, 2013

Bluetooth and the HD radio are the great features that i love. it is easy to operate also

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Chandler, AZ


Great mid-range head unit!

March 22, 2013

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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Conover, NC


Awesome head unit!

February 14, 2013

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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Fredericksburg, VA


perfect radio

November 4, 2013

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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Oceanside, CA


Good item

October 19, 2013

Works good .I do like how the call mode works well . I do have to sometimes discount my iPhone 5 and reconnect it for it to read don't know why but works about 98% of the time with out having to disconnect and reconnect.

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Portland, OR


Great system

September 18, 2013

I had to upgrade my Sony because the bluetooth was out of date and wouldn't connect with my new Nexus 4 phone. The Pioneer streams music, podcasts, phone calls via bluetooth perfectly. Rear usb is really nice - I use usb extension cable that is hidden out of the way. Better than having the USB drive sticking out of the front face. Great sound as well.

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Othello, WA


Great stereo

September 17, 2013

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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Mahopac, NY


Good for the price

August 5, 2013

This head unit works as advertised. It is a good deal for the price and puts out good sound even without an amp.

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Tempe, AZ


Decent unit, but not the greatest

December 9, 2012

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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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Pioneer CD-iU51

This iPod cable is made specifically for the audio playback of this in-dash receiver.

Your Price $27.99

Axxess ASWC

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $59.99

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony Radios and More

Your Price $49.95

Monster Cable MPC CLNKIT-SM CN

2 Bottles of LCD Screen Clean with Cleaning Cloth

Your Price $2.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

Your Price $14.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

SoundKase DFC1X

Soft-Sided Nylon Receiver Faceplate Case

Your Price $5.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-104

Audiophile reference series test disc for evaluation of all audio components.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-105

Demonstrates different characteristics and specifications of an audio system.

Your Price $11.99

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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 DEH-X8500BH