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.