Blaupunkt Cupertino 220

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German engineering in your dash

Blaupunkt's Cupertino 220 CD receiver sets a high bar for audio performance while keeping the price point low. Behind the elegant front panel, you'll find a powerful built-in amp that delivers 22 watts per channel, complemented by a 3-band equalizer that'll shape the sound to match your car and your style. Eight preset tone settings make it easy to enhance your music with the touch of a button.

iPod® controls and more

You can play your favorite CDs in the Cupertino, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can plug portable satellite radios and other sound sources into the front-panel auxiliary input, while a USB port accepts your iPod, iPhone®, or a thumb drive. And you can control your playlists and song selection from the receiver when your iPhone/iPod is connected, so you won't have to pick up your device to find your favorite tunes.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls with 4 EQ presets
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear)
    Other info:

    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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    Blaupunkt 220

    Written By Tim B, Wisconsin on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My 2nd Blaupunkt from Crutchfield and I can't help bu be impressed. Very clean looking unit with easy to use controls. Radio reception is fantastic(about the best of any units I've ever used). Overall just a very solid unit that makes a nice upgrade over factory without looking out of place in the dash.

    Pros: Very clean looking unit. Easy to use controls. Incredible radio reception.

    Cons: Mounting depth is a bit deep(but I knew it was going to be a tight fit in an '04 Vibe when I ordered it).

    True Junk

    Written By MNG, Broken Arrow Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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    Don't waste your money.

    Cons: CD player overheats and shuts down after 3 to 4 tracks, My 8 track from the 70's had better quality sound. The USB port is so cheap the thumb drive will fall out on the interstate highway. FM reception works like a satellite dish in the rain.

    2001 BMW 525i

    Written By M, New Hyde Pk, NY on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It's a decent unit for the price. It sound better than my factory system, but it doesn't give that wow factors that the Blaupunkt from the 80's and 90's use to give me. Blaupunkt has undoubtedly cut back on quality.

    Pros: Easy to install and operate. Reasonable sound quality

    Cons: Display panel is not visible on a bright day. It could you a "loudness" button to boost the sound. USB port is hard to find in the dark - It's not lit and the port cover is very flimsy

    it can fit

    Written By agnelson, Washington on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an excellent choice for any car. My 1973 VW Super Beetle had the dash modified for another Blaupunkt, years ago. Many VW's have been modified to fit other radios. This fit right into the previous hole and the sound is great. I'm enjoying the ability to plug in my iPhone and enjoy all of my music.

    Pros: sound quality, easy installation, USB and alt input

    Cons: none

    excellent stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Spokane,Wa on Friday, December 12, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
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    Really nice stereo. Looks great in '79 Alfa Spider. Simple design will look good for a long time. Relatively easy install. Sounds great powering 2 Infinity Kappa speakers in kick plate. Hooked to Kenwood 2 channel powering Infinity Kappa on parcel shelf. Sounds great!!!! Menu on stereo is typical European & not really user friendly. Bottom line great quality head unit & excellent value. Highly recommend!!

    Pros: Great classic looks w/o tacky lights & styling (most Japanese brands). Adequate power for 2 speakers sounds great with amp.

    Cons: Limited instructions & menu isn't user friendly

    Minimalist design looks fantastic

    Written By SMshadow86, Fort Washignton, MD on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 is a really good looking receiver especially if you are looking to use in a classic car and desire to not distract the look and feel of the automobile. I decided this would be the motivation for purchasing the unit for my classic Mercedes Benz and it not only meet my expectations it actually exceeded them.

    Pros: Great minimalist looks, reasonable sound quality, ipod connectivity, usb connectivity, easy installation. Removable faceplate is a great theft deterrent when installed in a convertible vehicle such as mine.

    Cons: Wiring improperly labeled by the manufacturer. + and - speaker wires were labeled in reverse fortunately i knew how to properly wire otherwise the outcome may not have been so good. Blaupunkt needs to do something about their quality control department.

    Blaupunkt Cupertino 220

    Written By MattL, Hopewell, NJ on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Nice stereo for the money. Got it to replace the 20 year old Blaupunkt in my BMW. Fits perfectly and sounds good.

    Pros: Perfect fit and easy to install

    Cons: None so far

    Brassy, harsh trebles, muted, muddy bass

    Written By Thaddeus, Saint Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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    Bought the Blaupunkt Cupertino from Crutchfield to put in my commuter Beetle. I started with stock speakers but since uprated those to Pioneer 3 ways in front and Infinity reference speakers in the rear. The deck is good looking, with simple, straight forward controls, installation was easy and professional looking (thanks to Crutchfield), and it didn't even require a wiring harness because I was plugging it into a VW.

    After living with it 3 weeks, I am underwhelmed by the sound quality. There's a harshness and brassy distortion to the treble that can't be gotten rid of unless you turn the treble down to the point the music sounds dull overall. The bass is muted and lifeless. I'm primarily listening to jazz, acoustic blues, and orchestral music, not kicking out hiphop or rock, so I'm not demanding a ton of bass, but in any event it just isn't there. If I could do it over I'd opt for one of the inexpensive Pioneer decks that have been my mainstay for years.

    Pros: Simple installation, elegant look, simple controls

    Cons: Sound quality inferior to other low-cost decks; no amount of tweaking sound levels can make this thing really shine. Not the cheapest deck out there, so a real disappointment.

    First Aftermarket Headunit

    Written By Austin, New Jersey on Sunday, March 23, 2014

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    This is the first aftermarket headunit I have installed and so far I am very impressed. This head unit brought out the quality of my stock speakers and allowed me to use my phone or ipod to play better quality music. The only problem I have had with the new unit is that it does not always read my phone or ipod through the USB cable. It will keep attempting to read it but be unsuccessful. I have found that by unplugging the usb from the unit, and then turning the unit off before turning my car off and then turning the unit on after turning my car on and then plugging the usb in and then my phone/ipod it usually works, but it still isn't guaranteed. If this problem could be worked out with a simple solution this unit would be PERFECT. It has awesome sound quality, a clean simple look, it is easy to use (except when it does not read your device) and an all around great device.

    Pros: Clean simple look, great sound quality, easy to use remote, simple to install, charges phone and ipod, when it doesnt read the device you can still use the usb to charge it while using aux for audio.

    Cons: Does not always read devices through usb cord, the face is not very bright and can be difficult to see during the day when it is bright outside.

    Good buy

    Written By Evan, Algona iowa on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good for VWs no wire harness required, factory harness plugs right into the unit. Good power and pretty good sound, not a lot of adjustments for sound, just bass and treble, no mid setting. Matches dash lights perfect. I have a 2000 passat.

    Pros: Matches VW dash lights, good power. Easy install in 2000 passat, took less than 15 min.

    Cons: No mid or loudness adjustments

    Decent understated deck

    Written By Long, Palm desert on Friday, February 28, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I didn't want a bunch of crazy disco lights and obnoxious visuals so I chose this deck because of its understated elegant look. It's very streamlined and generally pretty good. I have an 86 BMW so I wanted to stick with German manufacturing and this deck was re commended specifically for my car. That being said the deck doesn't sit perfectly, it's pretty loose and sticks out about an inch further than the stock stereo.The sound is about the same as the stock deck which finally died after 27 years.

    Pros: Elegant, mellow streamlined display

    Cons: No Bluetooth & doesn't answer phone calls even when plugged in via USB even though there is an answer phone call button on the remote.

    Excellent value and features, good sound

    Written By C, Charleston, SC on Monday, February 17, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    We purchased this unit to install in a customer's VW camper van, replacing a broken Pioneer unit. The customer's primary concern was "Will it work with my iPod?" The Cupertino 220 certainly does that, using the factory iPod cable to connect and control the iPod. Sound quality is O.K.; for its price point, I doubt you're going to find anything better. The unit blends well with the early 90's VW dash we put it in, but it would probably look good in most cars. Being Bosch, I expect it to last.

    Pros: Value, full feature set, not garish or fiddly-looking.

    Cons: Slight learning curve to work all the features.

    Nice Stereo, Nice Price

    Written By 70440758, Annapolis, MD on Friday, January 17, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
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    • Sound Quality
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    Installation, as always with Crutchfield, was easy and all the parts, as always, were thankfully included. This radio is a quality product you'd expect from Blaupunkt. Not only does it look elegant but it's 'reserved elegance' that screams class instead of tons of lights and goofy displays, it remains totally minimal and cool. The sound is as good as the speakers in your vehicle. I can say this unit sounds 1000x better than the factory installed stereo in my Dodge 3500 even with the factory speakers. The radio signal reception is extraordinary. The CD player is great. Face it, this is a great stereo, especially for the price. Get one.

    Pros: Great look, great sound, detachable face, remote control, easy to install, solid quality.

    Cons: Because it's a Blaupunkt you expect lots of quality stuff. You get it. Only there are so many features it takes awhile to comprehend all of them. SUGGESTION: Do NOT try and 'learn' this unit while driving. Mess with it in the safety of your garage or driveway until you can utilize all the features without thinking about it instead of the road. Us other drivers thank you for that.

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    • CD receiver (10A fuse installed)
    • Face (inside face-case)
    • Trim-ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Face-case
    • Remote (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Operating/Installation Instructions

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red/Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Disc + USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Radio & Audio Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Disc + USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Cupertino 220 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback & control of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a compatible USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Blaupunkt CD receiver supports the following types of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps
    Maximum # of Folders/Files N/A 20,000 total files
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1/2), WMA tag

    Folder Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the first track in the folder.

    Playback Functions: The Cupertino 220 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.

    • Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 4/8/12/16/60 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD; or the first 4/8/12/16/60 seconds of the first track of all the folders on a MP3/WMA disc or USB device.
    • Repeat Play: This function allows you to play the current track on a disc or USB device repeatedly or play a file currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder on a disc/USB repeatedly.
    • Random Play: This function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a disc/USB or particular folder of a Disc/USB in a random order.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Mounting: For proper CD playback you must install the unit within 30° of horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The Cupertino 220 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.

    • Music Playback: The Blaupunkt head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter.
    • iPod Control: You can use the head unit's front-panel controls to search your iPod/iPhone's stored music library by Artist, Album, Playlist, or Genre. Many iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).
    • Song/Artist Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). 

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/22/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Radio & Audio Section

    AM/FM Tuner: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek/scan, & preset tuning.

    • Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 5 radio stations in each bank, giving you 15 FM and 10 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.
    • Scanning Station: The Scan function will play the first 4/8/12/16/60 seconds of each station, until you find a station you like.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • US/European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing. The head unit is set to European tuning out of the box.

    22 Watt x 4 Channel Amp: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 is equipped with a 22 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (50 watts Peak x 4 channels).

    2ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Blaupunkt Cupertino 220 features a set of 2.0-volt preamp outputs.

    Tone Controls + Sound Presets: The head unit offers independent Bass (+/-7dB) & Treble (+/-7dB) control; along with Balance (L9-R9) & Fader (R9-F9) adjustment. Four sound presets (Classic, Pop, Rock, Off/Flat) allow you to easily recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features detachable face security. A hard plastic face case is included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Single-Line Display: The single-line, 15-digit LCD (with black background and white characters) on the Cupertino 220 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

    Illumination Dimmer: The CD receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. You can adjust the brightness (1-16) for the Daytime and Nighttime preset. The wiring harness includes an orange lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    12/24-Hour Clock: The in-dash head unit offers a switchable 12- or 24-hour clock display. You can set the unit's clock to display even when the head unit is turned off (key still in accessory position) or have it turn off with the head unit.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    IR Remote: The Cupertino 220 comes supplied with an 18-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3V battery (already installed).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with one of these SWC adapters (541SWIRC/794ADSMSW, sold separately).  Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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