Pioneer systems are excellent in terms of performance, but they have poor after sales service. They do not have a worldwide support network. I recently bought a Pioneer DEH P5500MP. It has very good featurs and a great sund quality, but it does not have a selectable US/European Tuning for AM and FM. Hence one cannot use a set bought in US in Europe and some other countries in Asia. I had bought the set in US without knowing that it will not work in India. When I asked for help on the internet to suggest a solution for this problem, I was told that you should have bought it in the location where you are going to use it. Can someone suggest a soultion for this?
I bought this player about 3 months ago, and it has performed flawlessly ever since. I bought it because it had all the features you could ever want in a car MP3/CD player, and every other reasonably priced model was missing something. I picked mine up online for $240. It has lots of EQ options (for a low priced receiver), has folder and disc random/repeat, and sounds great. One of the big buying points for me was that it supports all the possible file formats (ISO, Joliet, Romeo); usually people use Joliet, and many receivers don't support this, which is ridiculous. I haven't had any skipping problems, and it hasn't had any trouble reading any disc I make, no matter what speed I record it at (though I recommend recording at half what the CD-R drive is capable of, as this yields a better copy that is less prone to skipping, particularly if you are using cheap CD-R discs). Finally, the graphics on the electro-luminescent (organic LED) display are pretty neat. My only (minor) complaint here would be that the colors invert every 20 seconds, which I think is stupid. Let me explain: the display uses 3 brightness levels of the same aqua color; when it inverts, black swaps with bright aqua, and second darkest aqua swaps with the second brightest aqua. It reads the ID3 tags for artist, title, etc for each MP3 and displays it nicely (my only complaint is that it doesn't scroll names that are too long to fit). Also, some really cheap MP3 players start at the beginning of the last song it was on before you turned off the car... this is lame! This player starts wherever you were within the song as it should. I only have one real complaint: track skip with MP3 discs is really slow. It takes almost 6 seconds from the time you hit the track skip button (or stop hitting it, if skipping multiple tracks) to the time the next track starts playing. But if you create your own disc, you'll probably like every track on it, s
o you wont need to skip. I've heard that the seek time for discs with folders (especially more than one level deep) is even slower, but I haven't tested this (I've been using discs with no folders). I've heard that other players have this same problem though. Actually, I have one more complaint, which is that with the EQ features, it is not obvious what's going on, and the manual doesn't make much of an attempt to explain it. Anyway, in conclusion, this player is definitely the best MP3/CD player around.
Since I bought my car in 2000, I have just had a bog standard radio cassette fitted, and either plugged in my portable CD player when I wanted to play CD's. This was not ideal, as it meant the unit was not as stable, and the quality was nowhere near as good. I carried out some research online, and then went into high street stores to have a look at the ones I liked the most, and that is when I decided on this Pioneer model. My main reason for choosing a unit which allowed me to play MP3's was that I could have the number of CD's on 1 disc that it I would need a 5 disc multichanger for on a normal unit, and it was a lot less hassle. The unit has a decent sized removable flip down face, was also very attractive, and the features were eyecatching, however I would have liked to have been able to decide which colour I wanted the 3D graphic display in, as it kept changing, and at times this can be quite irritating. Although being the gadget freak that I am, I loved the unique screensaver feature. Using the unit is simple, and the sound quality is as good as I would have wished, and so far I have had no instances of sound dipping or any tracks skipping, no matter whether I am using a standard shop purchased CD, or even a budget price CD-R, and it also reads CD text. When reading MP3's it is a little slower initially, but then that is to be expected. The same praise can be heaped upon the radio tuner, which should satisy even the most discerning of listeners as you can pre set up to 24 stations. It is simple to tune in and the sound quality is far superior to many of the other units I tested out which fell into the same price range. It has 2 pre outs, which for hardcore stereo lovers may not be enough, but for me this was acceptable. Mine also came with a remote control, but to be honest I find it easier just to use the controls on the unit itself. The unit surpassed expectations for the price I paid (£139.99), and I do a
pologise if this review is less technical than you would have hoped, but I am not a techie!
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After a great deal of research into units currently available on the market I bought this one and have never looked back. Following some unfortunate experiences with portable MP3 players I was slightly apprehensive purchasing one for my car. I decided to be sensible and do some research into the different units available before shelling out my hard earned cash. Additionally I refrained from buying one of the cheaper units, as this is what I feel impaired my satisfaction with portable devices. I was prepared to spend up to about £400 so this gave me a variety of good quality units to choose from. My two main concerns were 1.) Sound quality and 2.) playback without skipping. Of the more reputable brands I investigated only the Aiwa models received bad reviews. This made the features on the various models the deciding criteria for my choice. After narrowing it down to two contestants, I chose the Pioneer DEH7400MP over its older an slightly more feature intensive bigger brother the DEH740MP. The unit has two sets of pre-outs, one for front and another, interchangeable between rear and sub, a nice option. Apart from the ability to play many formats in multi subfolder structure, one of my favourite features was the ability to set a the variable subwoofer filter on the integrated four channel speaker output and set the pre-outs independantly. Thus, if like me you have a sub on a separate amp, you don?t have to unnecessarily drive low frequencies to your door speakers. Another useful feature is the ability to use the rear speaker outputs for sub by activating the internal the sub filter on these speaker outputs. The sub-filter has three selectable cut off frequencies of 80hz 125hz and 160hz. Each of the bass, mid and high level controls, has three separate frequency adjustment values. E.g. Mid levels can be adjusted at 500hz, 1khz and 2..5khz. Additionally there is a ?Q? adjustment for each frequency. These are
just some of the useful controls in this feature packed model and I could find no other that even came close to matching the facilities provided for the price. GBP300 USD289 (I actually purchased my model from the US via the internet and saved about £80 though if you do this, make sure you specify the UK model as the increments in ~FM tuning are different) The unit is especially attractive and has a variety of pleasing displays which my son claims are ?Wicked? Unfortunately no UK retailers had this in stock when I went to purchase it so I was unable to hear a demo before I purchased. I decided to buy it anyway on the reputable name of Pioneer and my satisfaction with previously owned products. The unit is now installed and operational and I am totally satisfied with it?s performance. The sound quality is excellent and it has yet to skip a track even at high volumes an over rough and bumpy surfaces, so my two major concerns have been completely allayed. Before I forget there is a radio tuner with this product, which though I use rarely is the best I have ever had. I was again very impressed with the functions and similarly so with the quaulity of the output. Well, after hearing me singing the praise of this product you could be forgiven for thinking there are no cons, but you would be wrong, though in all honesty they are not particularly significant . There is no graphic equaliser virtual or physical and even though they do provide multiple frequency adjustments with the bass treble and mid controls, in addition to some nicely pre-determined factory settings, these have to be selected independently with buttons, which can be a lengthy and intricate process. I feel a graphic, (a feature provided on the Sony CDX-MP30 AND MP70) would have better served the same purpose. The display for all functions alternates between normal and inverted image every ten or so seconds. (i.e. black on white to whi
te on black) There is no either/or setting and I found this somewhat annoying as it was quite distracting while I driving, especially at night. The manual is somewhat confusing and is not sensibly arranged so you might feel like you are doing a course in rocket science when trying to decipher it. E.g. It does not say that in order to set the subwoofer Int/Ext setting the unit must be switched off at the power button. After scratching my head for a week I found this out by accident. The faceplate can be a bit fiddly to insert. If you are interested in finding information on the products currently available try the website http://www.carstereomall.com/ or http://www.audio-warehouse.com/ The product information on these websites is quite comprehensive and they will answer any additional email queries. ADDENDUM I have decided to write a supplement because of the number of emails I have received concerning the seek time between tracks for this unit. Firstly let me say; as I have had a few queries about this also, that I have had no problems with reading lesser quality CD?s on this unit to date. I normally use Sony CDRW's but I also use Imitation and even some unbranded types of both CDR and CDRW format which have given me no problems. On the subject of pauses between tracks, there are NO pauses for normal Music CD?s. Mixed tracks and live music tracks will play continuously even though the tracks may be listed separately or tagged on the CD. So those of you who had concerns about this can stop panicking. On MP3 tracks there can be a pause of anything up to about 5 seconds, though on average this is about 3 seconds. Remember MP3 tracks are essentially files which have to be read and usually buffered to memory before playing this is why there is probably going to be a delay of some sort with most units. Additionally it would be prudent to remember that the larger the buffer the long
er it will take to load, but also larger buffers are far less likely to have track skipping problems. So you may want to bare this in mind before ruling out a five second wait as being unacceptable. If you do think that waiting for this period of time is like watching a kettle boil or paint dry, then I would advise against buying this product. 2nd ADDENDUM I also keep receiving emails requesting where this unit can be purchased in the US and the differences between the UK and US models. The relevant information is listed below. US Standard AM Frequency Intervals 10 kHz Frequency Range 530 to 1710 kHz FM Frequency Intervals 200 kHz Frequency Range 87.9 to 107.9 MHz European (and other countries) frequency standard is as follows: AM Frequency Intervals 9 kHz Frequency Range 531 to 1629 kHz FM Frequency Intervals 50 kHz Frequency Range 87.5 to 108 MHz http://www.cmttrading.com http://www.audio-warehouse.com/ http://www.crutchfield.com http://www.carstereomall.com/ Rather than remove information I have given previously, I will simply add another update. Unfortunately the companies listed above no longer supply European models, but the unit can be purchased from http://www.caraudiocentre.co.uk for £239 on special offer at the time of writing 11-10-02 -thanks Paul. Please please, no more emails asking me for this information. There is only one annoyance I have unveiled with the unit since I have had it, and that is it has a linear algorithm for fast forward and rewind. With most digital equipment that you may need to perform a search function or change a setting, (such as a digital clock or timer) when you hold down the button to advance the time it proceeds through the range slowly at first, then the longer the button is pressed the more quickly the time scans through the range. This is a l
ogarithmic advance mechanism. In the pioneer unit this doesn't happen, it simply continues to scan through the range at the same rate regardless of how long the fast-forward or rewind button is pressed. Even though it is in fast forward mode it is simply not fast enough. This is a mere an annoyance with most MP3 tracks because lets face it, if you don?t like the song you simply skip to the next one. But! If you have a MP3 megamix as one large file, or - as I have - you have converted one side of a 90 minute cassette to a single MP3 file, then you will undoubtedly have a sore finger by the time you have advanced half way through the file to find a particular song. Not to mention not being able to change gear while you are doing it. Additionally, the unit does not have the RDS feature. Just thought I'd let you know. Eyes Open
The pioneer DEH-P7400MP is a car mp3 player.It has a built in radio player as well as the standard features of a car stereo.It has a high capacity for mp3's which is a good advantage. It is in a very colourful dtyle with lots of flashing lights and a silver background which makes it very pleasant to the eye. It is a lso heavily packed with features so you will get a lot of use out of it.Although mp3 car stereo's are a new idea this one is definatly a cut above the rest. In concusion I think that this product is one of the best on the market which is easy to see just from a glimpse.