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Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS

In-Dash 7" DVD/MP3/USB Touchscreen Car Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, HD Radio & MIXTRAX Technology


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General Features:

  • In-Dash Double DIN AM/FM, DVD, CD, MP3, USB Receiver
  • Full-color 7" LCD touchscreen WVGA high-resolution display with angle adjustment
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and AVRCP audio streaming for hands free phone calls and music playback
  • Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required
  • Pandora Link integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Pandora Internet Radio
  • Android compatible with Pandora Internet Radio and Aha Radio apps
  • App Mode for iPhone and Pandora allows control of compatible apps from the display
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output (14.4V):
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels (Pioneer Certified)
    • RMS: 14 watts x 4 channels (CEA Certified)
  • Variable Color Illumination with 112 color selections
  • Intuitive interface provides an easy to use in-car experience
  • Customizable home menu with drag and drop function icons for easy one-touch access
  • Improved alphabet search and dual-speed scroll for List Searches
  • Dynamic interface shortcuts for all built-in or connected media sources
  • 16:9 Aspect ratio and anti-glare technology for bigger picture and exceptional viewing
  • Theft-deterrent, partially detachable face plate
  • Song info and album art appear on the screen
  • 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/RW, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DivX, MP3, WMA, AAC, WMV, MPEG4, JPEG and H.264
  • MIXTRAX application will create a non-stop mix of your music library with DJ inspired effects
  • iTunes Tagging marks your favorite songs on HD Radio and loads them into iTunes
  • Playback of Region 1 DVD discs
  • Automatic down-mix of Dolby Digital signals
  • Advanced Sound Retriever to restore your compressed media to near CD quality
  • Advanced analog and digital processing for smoother broadcast signal reception
  • 24-bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • AM/FM tuner with 24FM/6AM presets
  • High Pass (HPF) and Low Pass (LPF) crossover filters
  • 8-Band graphic equalizer with custom preset memory
  • 7-Preset equalizer curves (Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Super Bass, Custom 1 and Custom 2)
  • Supports Pandora Radio streaming with a unique custom interface displayed on the receiver
  • Aha Radio iPhone App integration provides up-to-date information about social networks, helps find places to eat, view traffic, download and play audio, and much more
  • Dual Zone audio and video controls allow the front and rear zones to utilize different AV sources at the same time
  • MicroSD Card reader for audio and video playback

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM Radio Package and subscription required and sold separately
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod/iPhone Ready: Search for music by artist, album, genre, and playlist. Pioneer CD-IU201S required and sold separately
  • Rear Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • GPS Navigation Ready: Pioneer AVIC-U250 required and sold separately
  • Dual Rear 1 Amp USB Inputs: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Rear RCA Audio/Video Input: Used for connecting accessories such as game consoles, video cameras, etc.
  • Rear Audio/Video Outputs: Used for connection to separate monitors and devices
  • Dedicated Backup Camera Input: Used for universal rear view cameras with an RCA composite input. The Pioneer ND-BC6 is recommended and sold separately
  • Steering wheel remote 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 2.0 +EDR certified
  • Supports A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • 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
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes an external wired microphone for clear, distortion-free, talking

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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.

Double 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.
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.
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.
8-Band Graphic EQ
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.

TFT-LCD Monitor
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.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Color Illumination with 32,768 selections
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Monitor 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.
Monitor Angle Adjustment

This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

Display Adjustment
This refers to the many ways that a units display can be adjusted.

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.

Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
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.

1 Video RCA Output
3.5mm Stereo Mini-Jack Output
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 - SiriusXM (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.
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)
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.
Yes (Accessory recommended and sold separately)
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.
Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
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)
iPod Touch 5th Generation (16, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
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.
Yes (via Android USB Cable or Accessory Cable)

Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating



Rancho Santa Margarita, CA


Excellent HU for the money...

April 15, 2013

I installed this HU last week and have about 40 hours of listening time put in. Although largely unchanged from 2012, it remains a solid deck for the money. Detailed assessment below: - Build quality is first rate. Paneling and hardware is solid. - User interface is responsive and intuitive. Accessing most major menus can be done within 2-3 inputs. The 800x400 resolution screen is bright and crisp Ė even in direct sunlight. Color balance and saturation look good. - Sound quality is what you'd expect for this price range. Pioneer offers a simplified time alignment interface called Sonic Center Control with 7 alignment variances per side. - The graphic EQ has 5 standard and two custom settings (8 band adjustable). Custom #1 can be adjusted independently for each audio source (BT, radio, iPod, DVD, etc). The Advanced Sound Retriever works pretty well on some of my older MP3 tracks. But I donít notice much of a difference on my more modern iTunes collection. - Bluetooth works as expected. Get in, start the car, and it syncs within 3-4 seconds. Contact list transfers over seamlessly. Voice control works great for basic call features. Calls over Bluetooth are clear; and Iím told thereís little background noise when speaking to others. Pandora streaming works great. But youíll need the AppRadio, a compatible phone, and the right Android/IOS cable in order cable to stream artist, title, and the like/dislike features. If youíre in ACC mode with a connected device, and you start the car, it can sometimes cause a hiccup in that the HU cannot find your phone again. I found that waiting 10 seconds or cycling the Bluetooth switch corrects the issue. - HD Radio is nice but the transition from analog to HD is a bit clunky. Analog plays at a much higher volume over HD stations. It would have been nice if Pioneer leveraged a built-in leveler between the HD and analog signals. - iPod control is quick and flawless. You can search for content by playlist, song, artist, or genre. Video works great and allows for basic picture adjustment. Youíll need to buy the CD-IU201S cable to play video. Or if youíre running one of the newer iPhone/iPods with the lightning cable, youíll need the more expensive CD-IH202 adapter. - DVD and CD player offer standard controls. No noticeable delay in startup or playback. - SD card works OK. There is no standard menu screen to browse folders. You use the seek buttons to browse forwards or backwards. Pioneer does separate by file type so you can look at audio and video files separately. Lower speed SD cards like CAT 4 donít play very well. My CAT 10 card did fine. - The adjustable button/screen color is a nice touch. I was able to match up the deck pretty close to the OEM lighting (red with blue accents). There is also room for one JPEG image that you can set as your screen background. - Adjustable LCD panel with detachable face. In my opinion, this feature alone is worth the extra $150 over ACH-X5500BHS. Although this causes the screen to protrude a quarter inch. - Dual USB input for multiple audio/video sources. I found this to be useful as I can run one to my glove box for the iPod, and one to the lower panel for my phone. This unit also features dual zone integration which is great for a second monitor for the backseat passengers. For 2013 Pioneer also added an HDMI input for Android devices. - Mixtrax was an unexpected surprise but no change from 2012. Provides a 10 second mash-up between two adjacent tracks. I do find it annoying when trying to seek through songs but my daughter finds it amusing. Mixtrax also provides visual accents to whatever is playing at the time. Think of it as a spectrum analyzer with flashing lights. - AppRadio mode. I am glad Pioneer has taken the leap to support both IOS and Android apps. But donít expect anything grand here. Youíll get basic connectivity with things like calendar and contacts. Thereís a basic maps application with pinch and zoom. A couple music apps. And a couple of specialty apps for fuel consumption and parking. But donít expect turn-by-turn GPS, YouTube, Netflix, or any other full feature app to run through the HU. Also, youíll need Pioneerís proprietary cable (varies by device) in order to run AppRadio mode. The problem with AppRadio is that Pioneer has to update the firmware anytime Apple or Google update their OS. So if youíre the type that has to have the latest and greatest OS, donít expect that AppRadio will automatically get updated with it. In my research, it is taking Pioneer around 2-3 months to catch up from a major OS upgrade. The full list of apps can be found through this link (sort by IOS or Android): Before taking the plunge, do yourself a favor and make sure your phone is compatible!! The most updated list of IOS/Android devices can be found here (Samsung phones require a proprietary 5-to-11 PIN adapter): Itís worth mentioning that both IOS and Android have aftermarket developers that mirror the smartphone screen to the HU's touchscreen. If youíre willing to jailbreak or root your phone, and itís on the list of compatible devices, AppRadio might be a more compelling solution for you. I will update this review once I have had a chance to experience myself. All in all this a great deck for the price. Great audio with a plethora of add-on capabilities. The only big changes for 2013 are Android AppRadio and HDMI.

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portland, OR


works great

January 4, 2014

Its a solid head unit with a lot of features it works well paired with my Samsung galaxy note 2 works with the note 3 too I've tested it out. I'm using a rooted note 2 to get the most out of the touch screen. pioneer limits what can be accessed when u mirror your phone you can bypass that by purchasing a 30 app and a rooted phone . Also I bought a parking brake micro bypass 20 bucks .That's so you can use app features while driving . Also bought a mhl for my phone which can cost 20-60 pending phone or official Samsung or apple product so I'm kinda invested which is my only real con this setup can cost some loot. But worth it to me. Also this head unit powers my non factory speakers really well without external amp.

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South FL


The best

December 23, 2013

This is the best radio I have ever purchased. I had a choice between this radio and the appradio 3. Although the appradio has a better screen it does not have all the features this radio contains. If your looking for a dvd player w/ tons of features don't look any further than this head unit.

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Eastcoast SQ-GUY

South Jersey


Excellent Pioneer Head Unit

December 10, 2013

I have using an 5 year old eclipse AVN6620 and upgraded to this pioneer avh-x8500bhs. I first say I should not noticed a difference in SQ. Boy was I wrong. This unit blew me away. I had no idea what I was missing. The technology has been vastly improved from the eclipsed days. I also noticed that my component speakers was vibrating. Now no issues with the pioneer. The eclipse was definitely sending out dirty signal. Love this unit. My only issue now is getting the appradio to work for GPS. If I cannot get this rectify. I will have to upgrade to the AVIC-Z150. As for now hats of to pioneer.

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Great investment

February 4, 2014

I just installed this AVH-X8500BH , and must say that I'm truly amassed!!!!! This unit makes every penny . The sound it's loud and cristal clear , and moist important for me it's pretty natural . Don't know about durability , but the rest is SUPER .

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Pure Sound Quality

Riverdale, GA


Great head unit for the money.

September 20, 2013

The only complaint I have with the unit, is that the internals are very loud. this was my first Double Din with video so it mat be a trait to them but overall I would recommend.

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Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

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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 AVH-X8500BHS

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