One touch of the Blaupunkt Casablanca MP54's sturdy, detachable, brushed aluminum faceplate, and you'll know that it's a solidly-built receiver. But slide in a CD or MP3-loaded disc, and you'll learn that the quality doesn't stop there. With a powerful internal amp (18 watt RMS x 4, CEA compliant) and advanced tone-shaping controls, the Casablanca is capable of dishing out some of the best sounds this side of Rick's Cafe.

Access one of the six preset tone curves, then use the 5-band parametric EQ to shape the sound to fit your vehicle. X-Bass juices up your lows with 6 levels of bass boost with adjustable center frequency. Listen to a lot of radio? Blaupunkt's award-winning DigiCeiver digital tuner adds amazing station-grabbing power and ultra-clear signal processing to your entertainment options.

Like to keep your options open? Two optional auxiliary inputs (adapters required) allow you to connect more audio sources (satellite radio tuner, iPod, DVD player) to the Casablanca. If you're adding external amplifiers to your system, the preamp outputs (front, rear, and sub) send out a 4-volt signal for superior performance. A wireless remote allows you to make basic adjustments while keeping your eyes on the road.

Product Highlights:

  • detachable, fold-down face
  • white display
  • DigiCeiver tuner
  • 18 FM/12 AM presets
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3-loaded CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • DEQ Max with 5-band digital parametric EQ and six preset tone curves
  • X-Bass (6 levels, center frequency can be set at 32, 40, 50, 63, or 80 Hz)
  • two sets of 4-volt preamp outputs (front, rear)
  • 4-volt mono subwoofer output
  • two optional auxiliary inputs (adapters required)
  • CD changer controls
  • clock
  • remote control
  • 18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels (CEA-2006 Compliant)
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 98 dB
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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Nice stereo

Written By David, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, April 04, 2005

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First my review on the install into a 2002 Dodge 1500 Quad-cab. It couldn't be any easier ! The wiring harness, and dash plate, made this so easy, too kme longer crimping the two harnesses together than it did to install.
Review of the stereo, Nice...
I wanted MP3 capabilities, and RDS, Milwaukee has gone nuts with RDS deployment. Sad part was not enough choices for that mix on rutchfield, of MP3 and RDS. Ease of use and programming is good, selection of screen displays is nice, overall sound is good, changing between CD and Tuner has a large volume difference, I need to look into that. Overall bang for the buck, I'm happy with, now I need to upgrade factory speakers.

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  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring (attached to unit)
  • Power harness
  • Speaker harness
  • Preamp output harness
  • 1 IR sensor with attached 40" cord
  • RC 823 wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 1 Plastic bushing
  • 1 Plastic bumper extension
  • 1 European to Motorola antenna adapter
  • 1 Antenna adapter clip
  • 4 Self-tapping ISO-DIN mounting screws
  • 4 Face security pins (only two required)
  • Operating and installation instructions (English/French/Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Benefits Registration card
  • Equipment pass
  • "I Love Blaupunkt" bumper sticker

Features and Specs

General
CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
RMS Power Output 18 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 5-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 4 volts
Display Color White
Key Button Color Red and blue
EQ Bands 5
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
Tuner
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
Radio Data System Yes

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Features
Changer Controls

Features

DEQ Max: This unit is equipped with a DEQ Max digital equalizer that provides you with three adjustable 5-band equalizers (EQ1, EQ2, and EQ3). The five EQ bands include: Low 1 (20-250 Hz), Low 2 (20-250 Hz), High 1 (315-20,000 Hz), High 2 (315-20,000 Hz), and High 3 (315-20,000 Hz). The level of each band can be adjusted from -12 dB to +12 dB.

Sound Presets: Another feature of the DEQ Max digital equalizer is the use of Sound Presets for various music styles. These presets are added to the settings of the active user EQ to give you optimal sound for each music type. You can select from the following music style presets: Pop, Rock, Techno, Jazz, Classic, and Speech.

Car Acoustics Presets: To further improve the sound properties in your vehicle, you can match your vehicle to one of seven Car Acoustics Presets: Compact, 4Door, Convertible, Van, Roadster, Mini, and Truck.

X-Bass: The X-Bass feature can be used to boost the bass at low volume levels. You can set the X-Bass boost for one of the following frequencies: 32 Hz, 40 Hz, 50 Hz, 63 Hz, or 80 Hz in steps from 0 - 6.

Power-On Volume: You can choose the volume setting at which the receiver plays when it is turned on. In the menu, you can choose "Last Volume" and the unit will be set to the same volume level as when it was last turned off. Or you can choose "On Volume" and choose a default volume setting between minimum and maximum. Note: If the power-on volume is set to a high level, you can possibly damage your hearing or your audio equipment.

Automatic Sound: This function automatically adjusts the volume of the unit depending on your driving speed. The automatic volume adjustment can be set to one of six levels (0-5). The head unit's Automatic Sound wire needs to be connected to the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS). With the signal from the Vehicle Speed Sensor, this feature can increase and decrease the volume level of the unit. Assuming the vehicle has a non-mechanical speedometer, this feature will work.

Tuner: This receiver features the Blaupunkt exclusive DigiCeiver Codem D all-digital tuner.

DigiCeiver Technology: As a result of advanced high-integration strategies, the complete functionality of a car radio has been reduced to a two-chip set (an analog tuner IC and a digital radio IC). The digital IC performs the following functions: A/D conversion at the IF-level (intermediate frequency level), IF filtering, AM/FM demodulation, stereo and RDS decoding, RDS error correction, tone control (bass, treble, EQ), D/A conversion at audio frequencies, and volume control. The digital chip contains additional inputs for analog (AUX input) and digital sources (CD/CD changer). Compared to conventional Blaupunkt receivers, the number of components required to perform the functions listed above has been reduced by 200.

RDS (Radio Data System): This unit supports the following RDS functions:

  • PTY (Program Type): allows you to scan and select RDS stations based on their program type
  • Radio Text: this unit displays text info that might be transmitted by RDS stations

Travel Store: You can automatically store the strongest 6 AM and 6 FM station using the Travel Store function. These presets are stored in bands FMT and AMT.

SHARX Adaptive IF Switching: When turned on, the SHARX feature changes the IF (intermediate frequency) bandwidth to eliminate most, if not all, interference caused by strong adjacent radio stations. The SHARX feature may be turned on or off.

HiCut Function: The HiCut function improves the sound during poor radio reception by automatically reducing the treble level to one of three available levels: HiCut 0 (no treble reduction), HiCut 1 (minor treble reduction), or HiCut 2 (maximum treble reduction).

Adjustable Scan Tuning: The scan feature briefly plays all the receivable stations. You can set the scanning time between 5 and 30 seconds.

Note: When the radio scan time is changed, it also resets the CD intro scan time for the in-dash player and the connected CD changer.

MP3 Playback: The Casablanca MP54 can play MP3 files recorded onto CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The format of the CD-R or CD-RW must be ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 or Joliet. Each disc can have a maximum of 253 directories and 65,535 files.

Disc Naming: This feature allows you to name up to 30 discs. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

Auxiliary Input Capable: You can add up to two auxiliary input sources, such as a portable MiniDisc/DVD/MP3 player or a navigation system. You can connect the first external source (AUX 1) instead of a CD changer. You can connect the second external source (AUX 2) in addition to a CD changer or AUX 1 source. The external audio sources will require an adapter cable (023AUXIN1R for AUX 1 and 023AUXIN2 for AUX 2).

Compatible with Optional Remotes: This unit is compatible with the following optional remotes: RC 08 and RC 10.

Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that Blaupunkt calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the vehicle's headlights are turned on, the display dims to a user adjustable level. It must be connected to the vehicle's dimmer circuit.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This head unit can directly control the following Blaupunkt changers: CDC A 03, CDC A 08, and IDC A 09. In addition, the unit can control the MDP-01 MP3 Microdrive player.

Disc Naming: When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to name up to 30 discs. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

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