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Pioneer DEH-X6500DAB CD RDS Tuner with Integrated DAB+ Digital Radio (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Pioneer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Product Type : CD receiver
  • Recommended Use : Car
  • Form Factor : Full-DIN - in-dash unit
  • Sound Output Mode : Stereo
  • Equaliser : Yes
  • DAB Radio
  • Full iPod/iPhone Control and Charge
  • Front USB and Aux in
  • Steering Wheel Control Compatible
  • 2x RCA Pre-outs


Product details

  • Item Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: DEH-X6500DAB
  • ASIN: B009CUE1S6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Oct 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,288 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Drive to DAB Digital Internet Radio.

The DEH-X6500DAB's built-in amplifiers produce pristine sound delivered at 4 x 50W of pure, proven MOSFET power. If that isn't enough, you can always use the 2 RCA pre-outs to hook up another stereo component, like an extra amp for the front and rear speakers or a subwoofer, for example.

The built-in DAB+ tuner with Timeshift function gives you access to thousands of radio stations. You can also play tunes from traditional CDs, CD-R/RW and even SD, including MP3, WMA and WAV files.

If your music is stored on a portable device, like an iPod, Android smartphone or USB stick, the front panel's illuminated USB and Aux-in gives them a direct connection to your car speakers via the DEH-X6500DAB's sound system.

The multi-colour RGB display can be customised to match the lighting in your car or to add effects using the MIXTRAX EZ feature. MIXTRAX EZ creates non-stop, club-style mixes from your music, illuminating your dashboard with colour effects based on the beat and mood of each song.

Product Description

Front USB and Aux-in iPod/iPhone Control and Mixtrax


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DAB head unit 15 Mar 2013
My previous head unit died so a new one was required.
I love my tech in my car so it has to be right

My criteria were

I didn't need bluetooth(already have voice activated Bury system)
Not interested in watching DVD's(I have a laptop and tablet for that)
DAB essential as I was already going to buy a DAB addon for my old head unit
CD/MP3/WMA essential
AUX in required
USB required

The Pioneer ticked all the boxes so I bought it. I also fell for the Pioneer hype(you need a Pioneer film antenna(AN-DAB1). No, you don't
I paid nearly 30 for one and reception was average/poor.
I got a Sonichi magmount and the difference was incredible.
I now get lots of DAB stations with crystal clear reception so now I have Kerrang and Planet Rock wherever I go.

The unit can be customised to suit as I find the flashing "disco" lights irritating but you can set the illumination to suit your taste.

Audio quality when plating CD's is fantastic, better than I expected for the price.

Considering the DAB addon I was going to buy was around 70, this was a bargain and I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of making the jump
to DAB but a good antenna is essential
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a new Pioneer DAB! 12 Oct 2012
As a fan of Pioneer car radios I've been waiting for them to put out a single DIN DAB/MP3 CD head unit for a while. I sadly retired my previous Pioneer MP3 player a year ago and replaced it with Blaupunkt DAB, but this new unit blows that one away for speed and sound quality.

You get of course a CD player with MP3/WMA playback, DAB+ tuner, FM/AM analogue tuner, front USB in and front 3.5mm aux. in. It does not have Bluetooth but that's not something I needed. As with previous Pioneers it is swift switching between sources and using MP3 cds and USB sticks quick selecting tracks. I have not used it with an iPod but the literature suggests it'll work fine with one and no doubt any other phone etc through the USB. DAB works well with the magnetic external aerial I have, picking up stations strongly. The connection is standard mini SMB.

The unit itself is nicely built with a classy glossy finish, a nicely made main control/volume knob, and feels up to Pioneer's usual build standard. The track select/preset buttons are a little small but operate positively. The source button is a good size and there is a dedicated DAB source/pause button. There are about a zillion different colour combos to suit the dash lighting of your car, there are some slightly annoying graphics switching between certain modes etc but thankfully most of these can be turned off and the styling in the main is thankfully restrained- Pioneer seem to either do nicely tasteful or over-the-top silly graphics.

Most menu settings are made though the main control knob, and it's pretty straight-forward to set and operate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer DHE-X6500DAB 11 Dec 2013
By Paul159
I bought this to replace the standard CD/Radio in my 320D BMW. The difference is apparent straight away, sound quality is excellent and the extra volume is amazing. The old unit was 2X20W and the Pioneer is 4X50W....
The DAB radio is fantastic, although tuning is a bit hit and miss, the back light effects are nice and you have hundreds if not thousands of colours to pick, the CD works fine. I have full use of the steering wheel controls, the only thing missing is the ''speed volume control'' (the bit that increases the volume the faster you go) The best bit for me though is being able to plug a tiny 16GB USB stick in the front of the unit and it has over 1700 tracks from my ITunes account on it, so I will never have to listen to rubbish again. You can plug your IPhone or IPod in the same USB socket if you wish...
I didn't buy it from Amazon as I found it for 30 less at Road Radio in Red hill, the whole unit including wiring and face plate fitted for 179.00, barging of the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for DAB. 21 Mar 2014
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Very good car radio, I love it every day I use it.
But beware with DAB that you may need a new antenna or special FM/DAB splitter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish 24 July 2013
By Daniela
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Love this stereo. You can play your music through your mobile phone, simply plug the aux lead into your phone and into your stereo or even play your tunes through your USB stick, simple. Sounds fantastic, looks brilliant. Highly recommended.
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