Pioneer MVH-MS512BS - Marine Digital Media Receiver Quick Start Guide

Pioneer MVH-MS512BS - Marine Digital Media Receiver Quick Start Guide

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Pioneer MVH-MS512BS - Marine Digital Media Receiver Quick Start Guide


If your boat's ignition has no ACC position, some settings are not saved to the memory. To save, detach the front panel or wait for the unit to shut off completely for 10 seconds after turning it off by pressing and holding SRC/OFF (when [ON] is selected in [PW SAVE]), then turn the ignition off.

This guide is intended to guide you through the basic functions of this unit. For details, please refer to this product's Operation Manual, which you can look up here:

See Operation Manual for instructions to turn off demonstration display (DEMO OFF).

Before You Start

To ensure proper use, please read through this guide and the Operation Manual before using this product. It is especially important that you read and observe WARNINGS and CAUTIONS in this guide. Please keep the guide in a safe and accessible place for future reference.

MODEL NO.: MVH-MS512BS IC: 4250A-C95
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
The Bluetooth antenna cannot be removed (or replaced) by user.
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines. This equipment has very low levels of RF energy that it deemed to comply without maximum permissive exposure evaluation (MPE). But it is desirable that it should be installed and operated keeping the radiator at least 20 cm or more away from person's body (excluding extremities: hands, wrists, feet and ankles).

Alteration or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user's right to operate the equipment.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Model Number: MVH-MS512BS
Phone: 1-800-421-1404

The Safety of Your Ears is in Your Hands
Get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level—a level that lets the sound come through clearly without annoying blaring or distortion and, most importantly, without affecting your sensitive hearing. Sound can be deceiving.
Over time, your hearing "comfort level" adapts to higher volumes of sound, so what sounds "normal" can actually be loud and harmful to your hearing. Guard against this by setting your equipment at a safe level BEFORE your hearing adapts.


  • Set your volume control at a low setting.
  • Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it comfortably and clearly, without distortion.
  • Once you have established a comfortable sound level, set the dial and leave it there.


  • Do not turn up the volume so high that you can't hear what's around you.
  • Use caution or temporarily discontinue use in potentially hazardous situations.
  • Do not use headphones while operating a motorized boat; the use of headphones may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many areas.

  • Do not attempt to install or service this product by yourself. Installation or servicing of this product by persons without training and experience in electronic equipment and automotive accessories may be dangerous and could expose you to the risk of electric shock, injury or other hazards.
  • Do not attempt to operate the unit while operating the boat. Make sure to stop the boat in a safe location before attempting to use the controls on the device.
  • Do not allow this unit to come into contact with moisture and/or liquids. Electrical shock could result. Also, damage to this unit, smoke, and overheating could result from contact with liquids.

  • Allow the unit to cool down before using it if your boat has been docked in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave the detachable front panel sitting in direct sunlight, which may cause malfunction due to overheating.
  • Using this unit after your hands have touched sea water may cause rust or malfunction. Please wash your hands thoroughly with clean water before use.
  • Always keep the volume low enough to hear outside sounds.
  • This product is evaluated in moderate and tropical climate condition under the Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus - Safety requirements, IEC 60065.

After-sales service for Pioneer products
Please contact the authorized Pioneer dealer from which you purchased this unit or an authorized Pioneer service company for after-sales service or questions you may have about the product. You may contact Pioneer directly as follows:
Do not ship your unit in for repair without contacting Pioneer first. Units sent without a return authorization number will be refused.

In the U.S.A. and CANADA:
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
P.O. Box 1760
Long Beach, CA 90801-1760
For warranty information please see the Limited Warranty sheet included with this unit.


In the following, "NW" represents network mode and "STD" represents standard mode. According to the connections you have established, change the speaker mode to standard mode (STD) or network mode (NW).

  • If your boat's ignition has no ACC position: Be sure to set [PW SAVE] to [ON] (for details, refer to the Operation Manual). The unit will automatically shut off completely after the unit is turned off to prevent battery drain. Otherwise, press and hold SRC/OFF until the display turns off each time you turn the ignition off.
  • When using 4 channel speaker output, use speakers rated 50 W (maximum input power) or higher and between 4 Ω to 8 Ω (impedance value). Do not use 1 Ω to 3 Ω speakers with this unit regardless of the number of channels.
  • When using a 2 Ω subwoofer with the rear speaker output, use speakers rated 70 W or higher.
    * Please refer to connections for a connection method.
  • The black cable is ground. When installing this unit or power amp (sold separately), make sure to connect the ground wire first. Ensure that the ground wire is properly connected to a metal part of the boat's body. The ground wires of a power amp, this unit, and any other devices must each be connected to the boat separately with different screws. If the screw for the ground wire loosens or falls out, it could result in fire, generation of smoke or malfunction.
    Two devices connected to the boat separately (ground wires)
    Connections - Step 1
    *1 Not supplied for this unit

  • When this unit is installed in a boat without an ACC (accessory) position on the ignition switch, failure to connect the red cable to the terminal that detects operation of the ignition key may result in battery drain.
    Connections - Step 2

  • Use this unit with a 12-volt battery and negative grounding only. Failure to do so may result in a fire or malfunction.
  • To prevent a short-circuit, overheating or malfunction, be sure to follow the directions below.

    • Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery before installation.

    • Secure the wiring with cable clamps or adhesive tape. Wrap adhesive tape around wiring that comes into contact with metal parts to protect the wiring.

    • Place all cables away from moving parts, such as the shift lever and seat rails.

    • Place all cables away from hot places, such as near the heater outlet.

    • Do not connect the yellow cable to the battery by passing it through the hole to the engine compartment.

    • Cover any disconnected cable connectors with insulating tape.

    • Do not shorten any cables.

    • Never cut the insulation of the power cable of this unit in order to share the power with other devices. The current capacity of the cable is limited.

    • Use a fuse of the rating prescribed.

    • Never wire the negative speaker cable directly to ground.

    • Never band together negative cables of multiple speakers.

  • When this unit is on, control signals are sent through the blue/white cable. Connect this cable to the system remote control of an external power amp or the boat's auto-antenna relay control terminal (max. 300 mA 12 V DC). If the boat is equipped with a glass antenna, connect it to the antenna booster power supply terminal.
  • Never connect the blue/white cable to the power terminal of an external power amp. Also, never connect it to the power terminal of the auto antenna. Doing so may result in battery drain or a malfunction.
  • The graphical symbol placed on the product means direct current.

This unit

Connections - Step 3 - This unit

  1. Microphone 3 m (9 ft. 10-1/8 in.) (not waterproof )
  2. SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner input
  3. Power cord input
  4. Microphone input
  5. Rear output (STD) or middle range output (NW)
  6. Front output (STD) or high range output (NW)
  7. Antenna input
  8. Fuse (10 A)
  9. Wired remote input
    Pioneer marine wired remote control (CD-ME300) can only be connected (sold separately).
  10. Subwoofer output
  11. SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately)

Power cord

Perform these connections when not connecting a rear speaker or middle range speaker lead to a subwoofer.
Connections - Step 4 - Power Cord
Perform these connections when using a subwoofer without the optional amplifier.
Connections - Step 5 - Power Cord

In the above case, two 4 Ω subwoofers wired in parallel will represent a 2 Ω load.

  1. To power cord input
  2. Left
  3. Right
  4. Front speaker (STD) or high range speaker (NW)
  5. Rear speaker (STD) or middle range speaker (NW)
  6. White
  7. White/black
  8. Gray
  9. Gray/black
  10. Green
  11. Green/black
  12. Violet
  13. Violet/black
  14. Black (chassis ground)
    Connect to a common ground point.
  15. Yellow
    Connect to the constant 12 V supply terminal.
  16. Red
    Connect to terminal controlled by the ignition switch (12 V DC).
  17. Blue/white
    Connect to the system control terminal of the power amp or auto-antenna relay control terminal (max. 300 mA 12 V DC).
  18. Subwoofer (4 Ω)
  19. When using a subwoofer of 2 Ω, be sure to connect the subwoofer to the violet and violet/ black leads of this unit. Do not connect anything to the green and green/black leads.
  20. Not used.
  21. Subwoofer (4 Ω) × 2
  22. Orange/white
    Connect to a boat's illumination signal.

Power amp

(sold separately)
Perform these connections when using an optional amplifier.
Connections - Step 6 - Power amp

  1. System remote control
    Connect to blue/white cable.
  2. Power amp (sold separately)
  3. Connect with RCA cables (sold separately)
  4. To rear output (STD) or middle range output (NW)
  5. Rear speaker (STD) or middle range speaker (NW)
  6. To front output (STD) or high range output (NW)
  7. Front speaker (STD) or high range speaker (NW)
  8. To subwoofer output
  9. Subwoofer


  • To customer:
    This product includes a radio transmitter. According to UNECE Regulation no. 10, vessel manufacturers may impose specific conditions for the installation of radio transmitters into boats. Please check your boat's operation manual or contact the manufacturer or your boat dealer before you install this unit.

  • Carefully select a dry mounting location where the unit will not come into contact with water/liquids, which may cause internal damage.
  • Not SAE J1171 or UL-1500 certified; Installed unit must be isolated from gasoline fuel source in compliance with 33 CFR §183.410
    • Ignition protection, and boat manufacturer instructions.

  • Check all connections and systems before final installation.
  • Do not use unauthorized parts as this may cause malfunctions.
  • Do not install this unit where:
    • it may interfere with operation of the boat.
    • it may cause injury to a passenger as a result of a sudden stop.
  • Install this unit away from hot places such as near the heater outlet.
  • Optimum performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60°.

  • When installing, to ensure proper heat dispersal when using this unit, make sure you leave ample space behind the rear panel and wrap any loose cables so they are not blocking the vents.

DIN mount installation

  1. Insert the supplied mounting sleeve into the dash panel.
  2. Secure the mounting sleeve by using a screwdriver to bend the metal tabs (90°) into place.
    DIN mount installation - Step 1
    1. Dash Panel
    2. Mounting sleeve
      • Make sure that the unit is installed securely in place.

When not using the supplied mounting sleeve

  1. Line up the holes on the mounting bracket with the holes on the sides of the unit to attach the bracket.

  2. Screw in one screw on each side to hold the unit in place.
    DIN mount installation - Step 2
    1. Tapping screw (5 mm × 9 mm, not supplied with product)
    2. Mounting bracket
    3. Dash Panel or console

Removing the unit (installed with the supplied mounting sleeve)

  1. Remove the trim ring.
    Removing the unit - Step 1
    1. Trim ring
    2. Notched tab
      • Releasing the front panel allows easier access to the trim ring.
      • When reattaching the trim ring, point the side with the notched tab down.
  2. Insert the supplied extraction keys into both sides of the unit until they click into place.
  3. Pull the unit out of the dash panel.
    Removing the unit - Step 2

To secure the front panel

The front panel can be secured with the supplied screw.

  1. Screw

Installing the microphone

The microphone should be placed directly in front of the boat operator at a suitable distance to pick up their voice clearly.

Carefully select the mounting location to avoid internal damage by water entering the microphone.
Areas subject to water splashes should be avoided.

It is extremely dangerous to allow the microphone lead to become wound around the steering column or shift lever. Be sure to install the microphone in such a way that it will not obstruct operation. It is recommended to use cable clamps (sold separately) to arrange the lead.

  1. Slide the microphone base to detach it from the microphone clip.
    Installing the microphone - Step 1
    1. Microphone
    2. Microphone clip
    3. Microphone base
  2. Install the microphone as follows.
    Installing the microphone - Step 2
    1. Double-sided tape
    2. Clamp (sold separately)

Basic operation

Basic operation

About the main menu

You can adjust various settings in the main menu.

  1. Press the M.C. dial to display the main menu.
  2. Turn the M.C. dial to select one of the categories below, then press to confirm.
  • FUNCTION settings
  • AUDIO settings
  • SYSTEM settings
  • ILLUMINATION settings
  • MIXTRAX settings
  1. Turn the M.C. dial to select the options, then press to confirm.

Frequently used operations

Purpose Operation
Turn on the power

Press SRC/OFF to turn on the power.

Press and hold SRC/OFF to turn off the power.

Adjust the volume Turn the M.C. dial.
Select a source Press SRC/OFF repeatedly.
Change the display information Press DISP repeatedly.
Return to the previous display/list Press BAND/.
Return to the normal display from the menu Press and hold BAND/ .
Change the display brightness Press and hold BAND/ .
Boost the bass level Press BASS.
  • You can select the bass level ([HI] or [LOW]) in [D.BASS].

Setup operation

When you turn the ignition switch to ON after installation, the setup menu appears in the display.

Do not use the unit in standard mode when a speaker system for network mode is connected to the unit. Do not use the unit in network mode when a speaker system for standard mode is connected to the unit. This may cause damage to the speakers.

  1. Turn the M.C. dial to select the options, then press to confirm.
    To proceed to the next menu option, you need to confirm your selection.
    Menu Item Description
    [FRA] (Canadian French)
    Select the language to display the text information from a compressed audio file.
    CLOCK SET Set the clock.
    1. Turn the M.C. dial to adjust the hour, then press to confirm. The indicator moves to the minute setting automatically.
    2. Turn the M.C. dial to adjust the minute, then press to confirm.
    Switch between two operation modes: the 2-way network mode (NETWORK) and the standard mode (STANDARD) according to the connections you have established. After selecting the appropriate mode, turn the M.C. dial to select [YES], then press to confirm.
    • You cannot complete the setup menu without setting the [SPEAKER MODE].
  2. [QUIT:YES] appears.
    To return to the first item of the setup menu, turn the M.C. dial to select [QUIT:NO], then press to confirm.
  3. Press the M.C. dial to confirm the settings.

Canceling the demonstration display (DEMO OFF)

  1. Press the M.C. dial to display the main menu.
  2. Turn the M.C. dial to select [SYSTEM], then press to confirm.
  3. Turn the M.C. dial to select [DEMO OFF], then press to confirm.
  4. Turn the M.C. dial to select [YES], then press to confirm.

Tuner operation

Receiving preset stations

  1. Press SRC/OFF to select [RADIO].
  2. Press BAND/ to select the band.
    [FM1] [FM2] [FM3] [AM]
  3. Press a number button (1/ to 6/).

Best stations memory (BSM)

  1. After selecting the band, press the M.C. dial to display the main menu.
  2. Turn the M.C. dial to select [FUNCTION], then press to confirm.
  3. Turn the M.C. dial to select [BSM], then press to confirm.

To store stations manually

  1. While tuned to the station you want to store, press and hold one of the number buttons (1/ to 6/) until it stops flashing.

USB/iPhone®/AUX operation

(iPhone source is not available when [USB MTP] is set to [ON] in the SYSTEM settings.)


  1. Open the USB port cover.
  2. Plug in the USB device/iPhone using an appropriate cable.

MTP connection
A device installed with Android OS 4.0 or most later versions can be connected to the unit via MTP using the cable supplied with the device. However, depending on the connected device, OS version or the number of files in the device, audio files/songs may not be able to be played back via MTP.
If you use an MTP connection, [USB MTP] needs to be set to [ON] in the SYSTEM settings.


  1. Insert the stereo mini plug into the AUX input jack.
  2. Press SRC/OFF to select [AUX IN] as the source.

Bluetooth connection

Up to two Bluetooth mobile devices can be connected simultaneously.

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth function of the device.
  2. Select the unit name shown in the device display.
  3. Make sure the same 6-digit number appears on this unit and the device.
  4. Select [YES].

Bluetooth telephone

Basic operations

Purpose Operation
Answer an incoming call Press any button when a call is received.
End a call Press .
Reject an incoming call Press and hold when a call is received.

Activating voice recognition mode

  1. Press and hold and then talk into the microphone to input voice commands.
    To exit voice recognition mode, press BAND/.

Making a connection with Pioneer Smart Sync

Pioneer Smart Sync is the application that intelligently brings your maps, messages, and music together.

Do not attempt to operate the application while driving. Make sure to stop your boat in a safe location before attempting to use the controls on the application.

  1. Enter the SYSTEM menu (refer to "About the main menu").
  2. Turn the M.C. dial to select [APP CONTROL], then press to confirm.
  3. Turn the M.C. dial to select one of the below.
    • Select [WIRED] for the USB connection.
    • Select [BLUETOOTH] for the Bluetooth connection.
  4. Turn the M.C. dial to select [AUTO APP CONN], then press to confirm.
  5. Turn the M.C. dial to select [ON], then press to confirm.
  6. Connect this unit with the mobile device via USB or Bluetooth. Pioneer Smart Sync on the iPhone/Android device starts automatically.

Regardless of whether the [AUTO APP CONN] setting is set to [ON] or [OFF], you can also perform the following to start Pioneer Smart Sync.

  • For devices other than a USB-connected Android device, press SRC/OFF to select any source and press and hold the M.C. dial.
  • For iPhone, launch Pioneer Smart Sync on the mobile device.

Preparing for the SiriusXM Satellite Radio service

  1. Press SRC/OFF to select [SIRIUSXM].
  2. Press to select Channel 0.
    The Radio ID appears on the display.
    In addition, the Radio ID is located on the bottom of the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner.
    The Radio ID does not include the letters I, O, S or F.
  3. Activate the SiriusXM service online or by phone.
    For US Subscriptions:
  4. [SUBSCRIPTION UPDATED] appears on the display when your SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner has been subscribed successfully.
    Press any key to clear the activation message.

(Serial number)
The serial number is located on the bottom of this unit. Be sure to record this number on the enclosed warranty card before the unit is installed.

Documents / Resources


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