Tag: Pioneer Car Stereo

Pioneer Premier FH-P800BT

Pioneer Premier FH-P800B

By Chelsey P – Sonic Electronix Writer

If you’re one of the few people who have a Double DIN opening in your vehicle, you will definitely want to get the most out of it. Why waste space with a single DIN if you don’t have to? Pioneer has designed the perfect head unit to expand your car stereo system and provide superior sound quality all at the same time. The Pioneer Premier FH-P800BT is a Double DIN In-Dash AM/FM, CD and MP3 Player. This unit is unique because it does not have a screen like most Double DIN receivers. Don’t think of this as a bad thing, because this unit is packed with features! By not having a LCD Display, you will be able to keep a factory OEM look to your vehicle’s dash. The clean design and rotary knobs keep operation simple while trying to locate favorite songs or make changes to the system.

One of the many exciting features the FH-P800BT has is built-in Bluetooth. Pairing your device is extremely simple and can be used to set-up three Bluetooth compatible cell phones. And with the phone pairing option, you can transfer your entire phonebook at one time into the head unit. This means that it can memorize up to 3600 different phone numbers. Your phone calls will come in crystal-clear through your vehicle speakers with the advanced echo cancellation. When you’re not using hands-free calling, Bluetooth can be used to control and stream wireless audio straight from the receiver. Along with built-in Bluetooth, this receiver comes with an iPod direct cable. By plugging the cable into the USB Input, you will receive direct connection allowing you to search for artist and other information directly from the head unit.

There are a few expandability options that can be added to this receiver to make it complete. This includes Sirius and XM Radio and even HD Radio. These items can be used when installing your new receiver. By adding these optional accessories, the FH-P800BT will be perfect for your vehicle.


Pioneer Premier DEH-P710BT


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Sometimes it’s best to trust the experts. And when it comes to car audio, the Pioneer Corporation has been designing top quality products for over 70 years. The Pioneer Premier DEH-P710BT is the latest car stereo from this prestigious brand. This in-dash, CD, MP3 receiver with built-in Bluetooth will make your drive safer and more enjoyable. You will not need to purchase any additional accessories as this stereo includes the Bluetooth adapter and microphone. This unit will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel as you make and receive calls. Once you finishing talking on the phone the stereo will automatically switch back to whatever type of music or programming that was playing prior to phone call. That makes for a drive that is, pardon the pun, safe and sound.

Besides the built-in Bluetooth, the DEH-P710BT also includes many expandability features. The two rear USB inputs give you tons of flexibility for connecting your iPod, thumb drive or any other USB compatible digital media players. Most iPods can be connected directly via the USB cable. Beyond that, this head unit is also compatible with Satellite and HD radio. To add either of these special radio options you will need to purchase a combination of adapters and modules (as well as a subscription in the case of Satellite radio). Further connectivity options include connecting a CD changer (via the rear aux input) to hold additional discs and wiring a steering wheel control interface to retain your factory steering wheel controls. This makes controlling playback while driving easier and safer.

In terms of the actual faceplate, the DEH-P710BT has an easy to use interface with a large turn style knob for quick and easy volume/tuning control. The sleek faceplate is detachable, a great way to safeguard your stereo from theft. This is important since the OEL motion display allows you to load 3D full motion backgrounds. It almost goes without saying, but this stereo certainly catches the eye. It will also please your ears with its incredible sound quality. With a rating of 94 dB, it simply doesn’t get much better and from testing this unit, I can certainly attest to that. Beyond clarity, the 3 sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer) will enable you to build your entire car audio system around this pioneer stereo.


Pioneer AVH Car Stereos

Pioneer AVH-P3100DVD

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Pioneer car stereos are well known for their excellent dependability, design practicality, and fantastic performance.  Given that a head unit is the center piece of your sound system, it is important to make the right choice. Aftermarket in-dash car stereos offer such a wide variety of features and capabilities that it can be overwhelming when you try to figure out which model is best for you. Pioneer models are a good place to start your search because the Pioneer brand has always produced stereos you can count on.

If your vehicle can accommodate a double din sized head unit, the Pioneer AVH-P3100DVD 5.8” touchscreen is an excellent choice. This is not your ordinary DVD/CD/MP3 player. One thing that sticks out in particular about this model is its exclusive Touchslide technology. This allows you to search (rewind/fast forward) through your music by sliding your finger across the touchscreen. You can also use the touchscreen to control DVD playback or to use your iPod, USB and other connected modules through the stereo.

When you’re not playing music, you can enjoy watching your DVD movies on the vivid LCD display. The two most common complaints about in-dash LCD screens are glare and reflection from the sunlight. To combat this, the AVH-P3100DVD’s widescreen is specially designed with a special layer of gloss to reduce glare. This results in a clear picture that is easily readable and perfect for vehicle use. The display also has five customizable color schemes, which makes a great looking unit that much more aesthetically pleasing.

The sound quality is amazing. The built-in amplifier and 3-band EQ produces a finely tuned sound. If you want additional power, the two sets of 4V preamp outputs enable you to add amplifiers. This unit also has further expandability options, as the AVH-P3100DVD is compatible with the iPod (via front aux input, adaptor required), Bluetooth (adapter required), satellite radio (requires an antenna, subscription and tuner), and HD Radio (tuner required). For a safer drive, you can configure it with your vehicle’s steering wheel controls (adapter required) or even a backup camera.

The next step up from the 3100 is the AVH-P4100DVD. This head unit is another great option for a double din dash opening. At 7 inches, this unit has a bigger LCD touchscreen.  The 4100’s touchscreen functionality and display is comparable to the 3100, only larger. As a head unit, it has many of the same options as the AVH-P3100DVD along with a few extras. It has three sets of 4V preamp outputs (one more than the 3100 ), which allows for additional expansion possibilities. One of the preamp outputs is designated as a subwoofer preamp output (the 3100 does not have one of these). On the other hand, the 4100 has neither a front aux input nor a front USB input, while the 3100 has both. So while the 4100 is clearly an upgrade, you get a few different options from each head unit. Select the one that best suits your needs.


Lastly, in case those of you with a single din dash opening have become intrigued with Pioneer stereos, the AVH-P5100DVD is a nice alternative with similar features. This unit fits in a single din opening because it has a motorized, fold-out 7” inch touchscreen monitor. Like the other two models mentioned above, it is a DVD/CD/MP3 player. The AVH-P5100DVD has all of the options the 3100 has except it does not have a front USB or aux input (instead it has rear inputs for both). Unlike the double din stereos, this model can “hide” its screen, as it is fully retractable. The screen is also detachable. These options are help prevent theft because you can keep your screen hidden while driving or remove it altogether when you park.

All three of these Pioneer stereos are available and in stock. If you are unsure of your vehicle’s dash opening size, check out our double din fit guide.