Released April, 2009
The Pros:Attractive design that looks good both day and night. Solidly constructed, can handle some rough use without a problem. Controls are simple and easy to work with as you drive.
The Cons:Very slow interface with the iPod in general. Controls are a little confusing at first, takes a bit of getting used to. Difficult to scroll through a large number of songs through the iPod interface.
The Pioneer DEH-P490IB is a mid-priced car CD receiver. The major feature of the DEH-P490IB promoted by Pioneer is its built-in "iBus" iPod direct control technology. This technology allows you to play songs from your iPod on the car stereo, control your iPod with the receiver' s controls and even charge your iPod's battery.
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The cable for iPod connection is included. The 2 line display of the DEH-P490IB shows up to 16 characters, so that the full information will show, instead of an abbreviated version of song or artist name. This display is OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) and bright. Provided they are burned on a CD, the DEH-P490IB can play MP3s, WMAs and AACs (from iTunes). Like many of Pioneer's car CD receiver offerings, the DEH-P490IB is satellite radio ready, which means that with the addition of Pioneer's digital satellite tuner you can pick up Sirius and XM.
- "iBus" iPod direct control
- iPod cable included
- Bright 2 line OEL display
- 16 character display
- Two-year warranty
- Hi-volt (4V) pre-outs (for amplifier connection)
- Card remote included
- iTunes AAC playback compatibility
- MP3 and WMA playback
- Satellite radio ready (Sirius, XM)
- Bluetooth wireless available
- Built-in rear auxillary input
- Two-way crossover
- Direct subwoofer key
- BMX (Bit Media eXpander) digital enhancement
- AM/FM radio tuner
- 4 50 watt speakers
- 3 RCA preouts
- Rotary knob volume control
- MOSFET amp
User Reviews (2)
attractive design that looks good both day and night
solidly constructed, can handle some rough use without a problem
controls are simple and easy to work with as you drive
very slow interface with the iPod in general
controls are a little confusing at first, takes a bit of getting used to
difficult to scroll through a large number of songs through the iPod interface
panel buttons are very small, sometimes not sure you hit them right
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