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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
First, for the money... This receiver is going to be exceptionally hard to beat.
Installation: The installation was very straight forward, as long as you have the appropriate Metra/Scosche mounting kit and wiring harness specific to your vehicle year/make/model. I did notice that the wiring harness for the receiver was very chincy and the wire gauge was smaller than what I have seen in other car audio receivers. I actually broke the plug on the harness when trying to disconnect the harness from the receiver. It didn't affect the receiver itself, but I was unable to unplug the harness, so I worked around it. Not a huge deal and not something I would dock a star for.

Sound: The sound quality of this unit is great. I love the graphic EQ for tuning. Much easier than previous units where I would have to +1 or -1 on things like Bass/Mid/Trebble. It's a lot easier to adjust the frequencies visually, from one screen. The sound field adjuster made it easy to find the vehicle's sweet spot as well. Overall, the sound is better than an older Alpine I had previously.

Video: I recommend getting the MicroBypass parking-brake bypass for use with video. After paying the $20 for the bypass and following the straight forward instructions, I inserted a DVD. The sound was good, the video was decent. I didn't buy the unit for its video capabilities... I bought it for its connectivity to my iPhone..... This is where it starts getting docked.

Iphone Functionality: I have an iPhone 5 with iOS6.1. This stereo is new for 2013, but doesn't cater very well to the newest Apple technology. The Lightning adapter was an afterthought. You cannot simply connect your USB/Lightning cable to this unit. It will not work. You have to purchase the Lightning/30pin adapter. STUPID. See here for the compatibility chart: [...]
Even after purchasing the lightning adapter, you still cannot make use of the AppRadio functionality, unless you buy the $120 Pioneer CD-IV202AV adapter and the $50 Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter. That's another $170 to use the AppRadio functionality that allows you to interface with your iPhone with the receiver.

*IF* you have an iPhone 4, you can simply plug your phone into the USB cable and you're good to go!

WTF? How can a receiver that has come out in 2013, not support the iPhone5 functionality that the iPhone 4 does right out of the box? I understand perhaps, having to buy the lightning/30pin adapter, but to have to pay $170 for the Pioneer/Apple VGA adapters is ridiculous. If this is important to you (which many will be) you're $400+ at that point and I'd be willing to bet there were better options at that price-point.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I tend to keep cars for a long time, and always lust after features in newer ones while my car lacks the new toys. So, three years ago when I bought my car, I decided that I'd replace the factory stereo when my payments were through.

I wanted: a) bluetooth so that I can use the phone in the car, b) USB-input so that I could load up a memory stick with as much music as would fit, and c) a back-up camera (since the units I liked had screens anyway). I didn't want or need navigation, don't really care about HD or satellite radio, or anything that requires yet another monthly subscription to something.

The Pioneer AVH-X2500BT fit everything I wanted it to do. It's more intuitive than the single-DIN unit in our other car. I was able to figure out most of its features without resorting to the manual. The volume controls and forward/back track/radio advancing buttons take a little getting used to, but took just a couple of days to master. The bluetooth was very easy to set up, and works great. Playing CDs is a snap. Customizing the display to match my car's interior lighting (orange) was cool. I like the changeable display background, but it's curious that most of the designs are largely obscured by album art when playing media.

There is no on/off switch, which takes getting used to. There is a mute button and a "turn off screen" button, so pressing one after the other would effectively silence and blank the image, but to turn it off requires pressing the home button, and choosing "off" from the list of icons. The unit is designed to compliment iPhones and iPods (with the proper connections), like many audio devices. I have an Android phone, so I can't speak to the features that are made for the iUniverse. But my Android integrates fine via bluetooth, with Pandora working seamlessly, and my phone's audio content working fine as long as I have it cued up before I get in the car (which I do with the DAR.FM app on my Evo phone).

My car doesn't have steering wheel controls, so I do have a little "new car lust" for that feature. The more I use this unit, the easier it's getting to get it do do what I want, but I'm still learning. And one thing that almost everyone will have to deal with is the fact that an after-market stereo doesn't look like it came with the car. The color-adjustments help that a bit, but unless you have a car with a rectangular-shaped hole in the dash, you'll have to deal with the kits that are out there to make it fit. They're uniformly bland/ugly. In my Mitsubishi Galant, my silver factory dash was replaced with a flat black plastic kit, and a chintzy black gasket. I didn't much like it, so I came up with a solution:

I work in a sign shop, so I measured the space around the unit, measured the surrounding area, and cut a piece of satin silver applique to fit around it. It was a very easy, inexpensive solution to dress it up a little, and make the unit look less like it's after-market. (Every town has sign shops with laser CNC cutters, and self-adhesive appliques come in a variety of colors. Keep the idea in mind if the after-market look bugs you!)

I'm not an audiophile, and wasn't buying this unit for its amazing sound, but it really is pretty good, even out of my factory speakers. The depth of sound, and clarity at higher volume is much better than the factory Mitsubishi stereo, which topped out (and distorted) at ridiculously low volume, and always sounded tinny. This is much better, and will suit more casual listeners. I just know I like it, and will not be wishing I had a newer car with newer toys for a while!

NOTE: I loaded my 64GB memory stick with music, which I separated into folders for artists, and a few hodgepodge categories, but found that this unit (and most like it) puts the folders and songs in order by their creation date. Do yourself a favor if you make one of these yourself. Google "How To Make Your Songs Play in Order: Sort Your MP3 Player's Songs Alphabetically" and follow the link. It will make your song surfing so, so much easier.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
The product was easy to install, and has a fantastic feature set. The Bluetooth Audio feature works really well, and my iPhone 4s automatically pairs with the device within a few seconds of power-on.

My problems
- No real iPod functionality until I bought the ridiculously overpriced Pioneer CDIU201S. As if this functionality couldn't be easily integrated into the unit when everything is USB connected.
- The features that work/don't work based on when you're stopped are arbitrary and ridiculous. Why can I set a graphical Equalizer but not change the display brightness?
- Also, the receiver is WAYYY too sensitive about when the brake is on. On my 350z, it usually takes me at least 4 or 5 tries to get the stereo to realize that my brake is on...

Conclusion:
- Buy the receiver, but if you're using iOS devices, count the cable in with the cost. Also, buy one of the Brake Override/Bypasses. Don't watch a movie while you're driving but Pioneer stupidly locks you out of so much stuff, it's worth it to get the bypass (maybe the bypass is made by the same team of people who decide which features work/don't work when the brake is on?)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
I installed this unit in a 05 audi a4 for the sole purpose i had no aux input n was sick of burning cds everyweek. Was quite impressed by the look and feel of this unit for a fraction of the price for other units with similar features. Screen looks great i think even durrin the day but i do have 20% tints all around so that might make a difference. The bluetooth pairing took the press of a button wich is one of my favorite features. I will say if u do but this unit dont be fooled by the $20 parking brake override offered on this site for u can buy a $3 toggle switch that will do the same exact thing(wich is what i did and is working nicely) also i would like to add coming from the audi bose system i was a little worried about the loss of sound quality with an aftermarket unit. But the axh-x2500bt delivers great sound quality with custom EQ that can also be preset for different uses u can switch between very easily. If your looking for a nice monitor without breaking the bank. This is definatly the one u want. Enjoy. I will :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
I purchased this unit and had it installed last week and couldn't be happier. I have a 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer with the factory Mach audio system which was always very good but the sound went south one day. The subwoofer worked but sounded like a normal speaker instead of a sub. With this unit the sound is amazing, there are so many adjustments over the sound with the 8 band eq, high and low pass filters, bass boost and loudness controls. The bluetooth works great, sounds incredible and pairs with my phone and begins playing music about 20 seconds after I start the vehicle. Overall the unit works great with my iPhone5 with just a usb to lightning cable. Phone charges, you get album art in iPod mode and Pandora and iHeart radio. I was originally going to buy the expensive array of Pioneer and Apple cables and do the much anticipated firmware upgrade to have video capabilities including GPS apps showing on the display but read too many negative reviews of how poorly the combo works so I decided against it and saved $140.00, both Apple's Maps app as well as Motion X GPS Drive give spoken directions thru the audio system while fading down the music. As others have said, some of the icons/controls are small and take some getting used to while driving, a lighter touch on the display is all it takes. Had a back-up camera installed as well which comes on with reverse or can be activated on the fly, get the parking brake override too as some functionality of the unit is locked out unless you are parked with the brake on. This stereo looks great as well and gives my older vehicle a new, high-tech look. I am very happy I chose this unit and would recommend it to anyone considering a double din stereo.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
Really nice piece of equipment here! The controls are easy to use, touch screen is pretty responsive and Pandora integration with Android isn't too bad. (I think it's the app that screws up rather than the radio) Bluetooth streaming works great and if you hook up the mic it all works together rather well. There's an emergency brake safety for viewing DVD video while driving but I bypassed that lol. The built in amp works awesome now that I've hooked up a sub, relieving some stress on the head unit to reproduce bass. Once that was all tuned and set it's deafening. For me, there's a threaded hole in the back where I was able to modify and reattach my OEM radio support bracket however they don't supply you with such a screw. If you have a garage door opener you probably have said screw so try it. Make sure it's going into metal and not a plastic nut though. Unless it becomes problematic I won't regret this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
Pioneer makes a great product ,this stereo is top notch, the clarity of the sound is great.the touch screen works very well. The Bluetooth also works great. I have bought pioneer stereos for years even the cheapest stereo pioneer makes sounds great. I have them in my boat and cars. The remotes work very well also. You cannot beat the price of this unit it's worth every penny.The shipper was very fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
Awesome! my cell phone is linked to it to play my songs or pandora. It's like my 1996 honda accord is a state of the art 2013 honda. i can watch videos and answer the phone all hands free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
For the features, this is absolutely the best radio on the market for its price. I beleive mine was already updated because it synced immediately with my iphone 5's bluetooth playing music, and has features to make calls from the radio. The mic quality is superb, and I have immediately gotten compliments on how much better it is than using my phone (I currently have no ac so I drive 60+ with the windows rolled down and my friends say they can hear me perfectly now) The built in EQ gives me a huge amount of control over my music, but I have yet to really dial it in. Built in hi-pass crossovers which allow you to change on the fly and immediately hear the difference. The radio looks absolutely beautiful in my dash, and isn't too flashy for my outdated 2000 F150. No wires in the front leave a clean finish. My only complaint... I tried to come up with one and I have absolutely none.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
This receiver works great except for the app mode. I have an IPhone 5 and with a lightning to 30 pin adapter and USB cable everything works except app mode. Bluetooth audio, IPod mode, Pandora, Siri all work great either wired or through bluetooth. I can even do navigation on the phone and it will mute the music and speak the directions with no problems as long as you are in IPod, Pandora or Bluetooth Audio mode, but not with the radio or CD playing. What doesn't work easily is app mode. It will work fine with IPhone 4 but for IPhone 5 you need to buy the pioneer CD-IV202AV cable ($100) plus the Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter ($50). So for another $150 you get the same functionality that the IPhone 4 has but with a whole pile of cables that you need to find room for behind the radio.

Other than expensive cables for app mode, I am very happy with the receiver.
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