Pioneer DEH-X7500S Review and Thoughts

I have been using the Pioneer DEH-X7500s for a few months now so I thought I’d write up a short review. Lets start off with the factory specs of this entry level head unit.

The DEH-X7500S CD receiver features Pioneer’s MIXTRAX™ technology, is SiriusXM Ready, is Pandora® radio ready for iPhone®, and offers direct control of an iPod®/iPhone. The full-dot LCD display is customizable with several backgrounds and animations to choose from. Further customize the receiver with your choice of key and display colors. A rear USB port allows for that clean, installed look. Fine tune your sound with the 5-band graphic equalizer, high-pass and low-pass filter settings, and subwoofer control. Take your system to the limit and expand using the 3 hi-volt RCA preouts.

  • Full-Dot LCD Display, 3-Line (192 x 48 pixels)
  • Built-In MOSFET 50W x 4 Amplifier
  • 3 Sets of Hi-Volt RCA Preouts (4V) for System Expansion
  • 5-Band Graphic Equalizer
  • Rear USB Port
  • Front AUX Input
  • Advanced Sound Retriever
  • Wired Remote Input
  • Included Remote Control
  • Lever Key
  • Detachable Face Security™
  • Enjoy Your Favorite Music in a Non-Stop Mix with MIXTRAX

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Factory Photo of the DEH-X7500S

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Installed in my car, with the illumination color adjusted to match the gauges. The other one is now connected and has a matching bulb.

Onto the review, for starters I will give this head unit a 4 out of 5 star rating. The price is very fair, I got mine for about $115 on Amazon. It’s got fully adjustable illumination so it can match any car. It has a USB input for easy connection to an ipod or iphone. You can use you factory ipod cable with it and control the phone from the radio. It’s also got a remote which is cool but not really needed much. The built in amp is weak, you need a proper amp for anything other than moderate output, especially in the bass department.

The unit also has built in crossovers, which is great. It’s also got a 5 band eq which helps you fine tune the output for your personal taste. The display options are lacking in my opinion, I would like a live output type screen, like the older ones had. They had the bouncing Eq and power meter displays. They don’t really do anything but they look sort of cool to me.

It’s also got 3 rca outputs, which have adjustable crossovers and levels for the sub. The volume knob is large and easy to use. I do not use the Mixtrax feature, so I cannot comment on that. I can say the iphone 4 works with it great. The screen is bright and easy to read. It’s got a detachable face too, in case you want to remove it for security reasons.

I would suggest this unit if you’re on a budget like I was, it sure does a lot given the really low price.

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