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PIONEER DEH-2100 CD PLAYER: Drunk Driving

  • Jul 13, 2001
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Pros: Better than stock radio,no skip, clear reception

Cons: tiny buttons, hard to see in day time

The Bottom Line: Despite the inconvenience of tiny buttons (miniscule labeling), it's built like a tank. CD's don't skip even over railroad tracks. Not the top, but an excellent buy.

Ever pass cars on the road that are weaving back and forth over the center line in the road? Maybe you are thinking like I often do...


It was not until purchasing the PIONEER DEH-2100 CD (in-dash) stereo that my opinion has taken a radical change in direction.

Now when I see a car bobbing and weaving over the roadway, my first thought is ...

"Must have a PIONEER DEH-2100."

Don't get me wrong. This is a great unit. The sound is far better than our manufacturer's stock radios in the two cars that we have had them put into. The reception is great.

These little beauties can power 4 speakers with no problem. The CD's play beautifully without a hitch. No skipping even over railroad tracks.

The problem comes with the face of the unit. The buttons are so tiny and the labels on them miniscule that in order to see them, you have to get up really close like an old granny without her reading glasses.

You can live with that on a home stereo as annoying as it is, but on a car stereo, well, they just may increase insurance premiums on cars with these due to the increase in potential accidents!

Another thing that is really strange is that in order to set the manual tuning or seek tuning, you are supposed to press the directional buttons either less than 5 seconds or more than 5 seconds.

Well, who the heck has the concentration to devote to counting (once you manage to find the stupid button) the seconds while driving????


Removeable face plate. This unit comes with a carrying case to store the faceplate in that looks like a carrying case for glasses.


6 preset buttons- recall is 2 seconds or less, setting is 2 seconds or more. Another distraction from safe driving....

4 band modes- FM1,FM2,FM3, and AM.

The display mode for the tuner shows the Band Indicator, Frequency, and preset number indicator.


The disc loading slot is hard to find when you are trying to drive, or when it is dark out. This unit is completely black. The slot is at the top, but almost invisible until you get right up to it.

You do not want to load this while driving unless desperate.

Left and Right directional buttons will give you either FF and REW or SKIP FORWARD and SKIP BACK. Again, we are back to the idiotic counting thing.

SEARCH is .5 seconds or less
FF/REV is more than that.

HILARIOUS ASIDE: Instructions strictly warn that you are only to place ROUND CD's in this unit. What other kinds are there?


Individual buttons for:

Local Seek Tuning- strong signals

Best Station Memory- With a 2 second press, all of the strongest signals will be stored in the presets in order of strength. For the NON - PICKY listener.....

Repeat Play- press the button - FF/REV cancels this

Random Play- press button for on or off

Scan Play- When desired track is found, press same button to cancel. Will cancel automatically when entire disc is scanned.

Pause- another button

EQUALIZER- 4 curves EQ1, EQ2, EQ3, EQ4

A Button for Audio gives you access to

The only buttons to light up and are white are the EQ button, and source button. The other buttons have tiny light up dots on them. You just have to memorize what they do.


Although this is a nice sturdy unit and we are very pleased with both of them, The buttons are awfully tiny.

When the CD is done, you have to press the SOURCE button to play the radio again. Kind of strange, but sometimes I like it.

I find this player a bit distracting to use while driving. To be safe, any serious adjustments, I try to make BEFORE driving. This unit is just too distracting to use intricately while trying to drive, unless you are on a very clear rural route.

Sometimes the unit is hard to read the display on. This does depend on the actual vehicle, however. One of our cars has a better view than the other- the sun hits it differently.

Sound is excellent and even manages to bring a good sound to tiny COLT speakers.

Maximum output is 45wx4 for speakers. Constant power output is 22W.

I would highly recommend this unit to people who drive budget cars an who want a tank for a stereo unit. It will last a long time and I love its consistency in performance. I can not stand skipping CD's

There is a newer model coming out soon, so if you can grab one of these now, you might be glad you did- better price too?


Amount Paid (US$): 149

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It's pretty amazing how far car receiver technology has progressed since the days of 8-tracks. Take Pioneer's DEH-2100. This detachable face CD receiver balances affordability with flexibility, and succeeds on both counts. If keeping the setup simple is a priority, then you'll appreciate the built-in high-power MOSFET45 4-channel amp. Contour your soundscape with Direct EQ - you'll get 3 preset EQ curves plus "flat." Supertuner III's outstanding reception quality makes listening to the radio a real pleasure. You'll have no trouble finding stations, thanks to travel presets and seek tuning. When you're ready to expand your car audio system to get more volume and punch, you'll find a set of rear preamp outputs for hooking in a component amplifier. Press the loudness button for robust, full-frequency sound at low volumes.
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