Blaupunkt New Jersey 220

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Need a break from all that bridge traffic? Blaupunkt's New Jersey 220 CD receiver offers multiple entertainment options, including a USB port for your digital music files, an old-school CD player, and Bluetooth® audio streaming. Blaupunkt wraps all that up into a double-DIN (4" tall) radio with subtle styling that looks great in your dash.

Built-in Bluetooth

You can answer a call from a Bluetooth-enabled phone with the push of a button, and your end of the conversation is picked up by the microphone that's built into faceplate. The New Jersey 220 supports Bluetooth audio streaming too, so you can stream music wirelessly from compatible devices to the receiver, plus control basic functions like track up or down.

Your choice of music

In addition to audio streaming, the New Jersey 220 also offers crystal-clear CD playback, a sensitive AM/FM tuner for radio broadcasts, a convenient front aux input for your portable audio player, and a USB port for iPod, iPhone® or a thumb drive full of MP3 or WMA music.

This Blaupunkt helps you get the most out of your music with a beefy built-in amp that'll make your speakers sound more dynamic. You can tailor the sound to your preferences with the 3-band parametric equalizer, and you'll find the two sets of preamp outputs handy for adding an amp or powered subwoofer.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM RDS tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • loudness control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    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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    OEM Look, Great Sound, Some Flaws

    Written By HattHa, Milwaukee on Monday, July 27, 2015

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    Installed in my '99 F-150, which is not a double-din vehicle, but can be with some creative dremel work. The head unit sounds great, all of the features work well. Menu navigation is typical German: everything is nested in different menus and not overly intuitive. Love the look of the unit and the large volume knob. A very solid performer all around. Major cons: No way to make the clock the default setting (as others have mentioned) and the system does not dim automatically when you use your car's dimmer.

    Pros: Great looks Amazing sound Everything works well

    Cons: Clock does not display as a default setting Brightness does not dim when you dim your car (you can dim the brightness manually within the head unit)

    No frills, just works

    Written By mdelgado, Washington on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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    I absolutely love the look and feel of this unit. My 2001 IS300 had an aftermarket stereo from a previous owner that was covered in gaudy lights and cheap buttons, which didn't really match the interior. This is much more discreet, and is a cost-effective alternative for people that don't need features like GPS/navigation or satellite radio. I primarily use this for streaming audio from my Android smartphone, and couldn't justify the extra expense of a full Android Auto capable unit.

    Pros: Stock/OEM style that won't draw attention away from the road. Buttons have a solid clicky feel, and the overall enclosure feels sturdy. Play/pause/skip functions for Bluetooth audio are built into the volume knob and the forward/back buttons. Great sound quality on mids/highs, at least compared to my old unit.

    Cons: White and blue LEDs might not match the interior on older cars. No color changing options. Bluetooth audio quality is hit or miss, with some distortion likely due to the compression. Some smartphones are better than others in this regard, so your mileage may vary. No apt-X. I recommend using the AUX port instead if sound quality is your primary concern.

    radio

    Written By Carlos g, Illinois on Sunday, July 19, 2015

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    Love everything about this stereo, simple and does,make the factory speakers pop.

    Pros: Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: I didn't by it sooner.

    New Jersery 220

    Written By Jim, New York on Monday, July 13, 2015

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    Great radio, 100 tomes better than factory radio.

    Pros: Bluetooth, caller id,

    Cons: None

    A Particularly Serious Flaw

    Written By Joe, Maryland on Thursday, July 02, 2015

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    The serious flaw occurs in the operation of the USB input. It is not possible to browse the folders contained on the USB drive. In order to switch folders, you must press DISPLAY repeatedly until the FOLDER symbol is displayed and then hit the right or left arrow to skip to the next folder (pg. 28 of user manual). The problem is that after advancing to the next folder, the folder name does not display. The next title that you will see is the first track of the next folder; you will not know in which folder you have landed unless you know in advance what your library looks like. This continues through every folder change. You cannot scroll through your folder names. Therefore, you may need to keep a paper cheat sheet listing the contents of your USB drives. Even then it is a semi-guessing game trying to figure out where you are in your library.

    The next negative is the clock display. Other reviews on this site mentioned this but, I had no idea just how inconvenient this is. ANY change that you make, you must hit the DISPLAY button to get the clock back. If you change inputs, you lose the clock display. Skip a CD track, change a radio station, adjust the volume, lose the clock.

    Sound quality is quite good in CD or USB mode. FM radio is good given the limitations of over the air broadcast. I haven't had this long enough to comment on radio reception while driving.

    Hands free call quality is good on both ends. Scrolling through phone contacts is tedious and slow

    Pros: Pairs well with Focal Integration ISC 570 speakers given the Focals' high sensitivity spec and modest power requirements.

    Cons: - Cannot browse USB folders. - Constant manual clock display reset.

    Great product!

    Written By Scotty, Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, June 20, 2015

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    The NJ 220 is a a great product! It's the only aftermarket radio that has the look of a stock radio. The install was super easy and the quality is fantastic. I love being able to use Bluetooth for hands free calling on my iPhone. The USB works great for playing music with Spotify. I like the amount of control offered. Essentially the cons that I list below are just mild annoyances that could be solved with a better display. Once you figure out how to use this radio you'll love it.

    Pros: "Stock radio look", sound quality, Bluetooth and USB hookups work perfectly. Brightness is great in the day.

    Cons: Control options aren't intuitive, and in some cases difficult to use (ie: scanning for a new station). You'll definitely want to keep the manual in the glove box. The volume button and display don't change color (always blue), and the clock displays with "CLK" which is annoying. It would be great if the display brightness would automatically dim at night.

    Awesome!

    Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Monday, June 15, 2015

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    Looks factory, not like something aftermarket and flashy. More classy. Sound is excellent as is Bluetooth connectivity

    NIce OEM Look!

    Written By KevinM, Tennessee on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    This is the simple, sleek, minimalist style that has been missing in aftermarket head units. I won't overly elaborate on the quality of Blaupunkt. It sounds great! The New Jersey has just the right amount of power without needing to push a sub, which I don't use. Frankly, there were other good options for a double-din unit, but the design of the New Jersey 220 made the decision easy for me. Thank you Blaupunkt!

    Pros: Almost everything! Clean OEM Appearance. Sound quality. FM reception is excellent, even though I was prepared for it not to be, based on some reviews. Maybe their setting were for "local" instead of "distant".

    Cons: No setting to default the display to the clock after temporarily displaying the station, volume, source, etc. Minor, but a huge annoyance. Needs auto nighttime brightness dimmer or at least a "one click" button to toggle between day and night.

    Great features and appearance

    Written By Will A., Trubull, Connecticut on Sunday, June 07, 2015

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    I bought the Blaupunkt New Jersey to replace the factory radio in my Town Car. Besides the quality reputation of the brand, the radio had a factory appearance and didn't have all flashing, colored disco lighting that many aftermarket radios have now.

    Pros: Stock radio appearance, built-in mic for Bluetooth phone, USB port and Aux input on front panel

    Cons: It doesn't make coffee(?)

    Simple yet amazing

    Written By Dwayne B, North Dakota on Saturday, June 06, 2015

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    I chose this radio to replace the previous owner's cheesy looking after market stereo with flashing lights and rolling display that never stopped. The 220 blends very well with the dash and fools almost everybody who rides in my truck because they think its factory. Easy to use and the Bluetooth connection is phenomenal. Great value and strongly recommend as a way to disguise an aftermarket stereo.

    For my 2003 CR-V

    Written By mike, California on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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    While I like the way this unit displays just very simple and clean with out all the dancing lights the need to push the display to get the clock back is kind of weak. I would be nice if it just rolled back to Time after a minute or two. The information on the install was also weak along with the mounting screws being wrong. When I contacted tec support about this they said I was right the screws were wrong I told him I did not have this problem with Pioneer the tech guy said the support on that manufacture was better. Over all I can live with it all.

    Pros: Easy of use and the simple clean display

    Cons: display does not roll back to time and the install instructions weak.

    Blaupunkt 220

    Written By TS1955, Long Island on Monday, June 01, 2015

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    I wanted a radio to replace the original in my 2007 Passat. Plastic on the original bubbled up and flaked off. Chose the Blaupunkt because of its conservative styling, bluetooth and bitstream capabilities. The radio performs well. FM sensitivity improved somewhat (car has antennae in the rear side windows). The only negative I've found is the buttons feel flimsy and the main volume/control wheel could be better dampered. It is difficult to position it accurately.

    Pros: Built in microphone

    Cons: Flimsy-feeling controls

    Blaupunkt New Jersey 220

    Written By Roger, Texas on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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    Very happy with this purchase.

    Pros: Great value

    Cons: Menus not very intuitive

    Little Letdown

    Written By PhillipC, Kentucky on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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    Very nice sound and works well but for the life of me I cannot understand why, when you finish adjusting the volume, the display does not return to clock. Also, a couple of Apps associated with it would be nice.

    Pros: Looks factory Great sound

    Cons: Does not return to clock when moving any of the controls, including the sound level

    Blaupunkt New Jersey 220

    Written By mike, Wyoming on Monday, May 25, 2015

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    Great for a factory look, Does not have tje lights that you just want to turn off, bluetooth section great.

    Pros: The look,bluetooth stream seems to be stronger than my alpine,and kenwood, no mic needed as it is built in

    Cons: Tuner good be slightly weaker for my rural area.

    Yup

    Written By Maxximius, Texas on Monday, May 18, 2015

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    Worth the money. I would buy it again for my older vehicles.

    Pros: Pound for dollars, well worth the money paid. Great Value.

    Cons: More money would bring more in-depth features and controls.

    Perfect Fit

    Written By Anonymous, Saunderstown, RI on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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    Great upgrade to my factory stereo. Easy to install, clean sound great features.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Pretty Nice

    Written By JBS, Texas on Friday, May 15, 2015

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    Overall pretty nice. For the money - very nice. One large tuner dial is a little klunky functional wise. They do their best making it multi-functional. Blue-tooth phone functionality is pretty good. Sometimes it gets lost re-tuning to radio station when I hang up. Instructions for my vehicle were less than complete but I eventually figured it out.

    Pros: Good sound quality, good blue-tooth, good value.

    Cons: Metra adapter was a bit on the cheesy side but hey - it came with for free.

    I love this radio

    Written By Anonymous, rockville md on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    I love this radio so much. I had it in my 2002 saturn sl2. It was so functional and easy to use. I loved that my phone would automatically connect. A couple months after having it installed I was in a pretty bad car accident and my car way totalled. I wasn't able to get the radio out :(. When I purchased a 2001 ford Focus it had a crappy radio so I went ahead and repurchased the radio. I could not be more pleased with the product

    Pros: Big buttons that look like a factory radio Bluetooth compatible

    Cons: Doesn't desolate the current song playing on the radio on bluetooth device

    NJ-220

    Written By My new radio!, California on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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    Aftermarket replacement for ford mustang 2007- overall no regrets , a good fit.

    Pros: Good factory look, Bluetooth ,USB, aux inputs a plus.

    Cons: Clock can not be kept on display at all times, could use more options under user eq settings to fine tune the sound even more.

    2007 Sporttrc Install

    Written By CT Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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    Liked the look of the unit. Always went with pioneer units but wanted the traditional factory look. Paired it with Pioneer 3 ways. .Install was easy with Crutchfield help.. I could tell that Blaupunkt put all their money in the Amp as it was incredible! Very easy to program and customize the EQ. AM and FM reception was poor to fair. As stated the Amp is where the money is. CDs Sound AWESOME! Even low fi music through my phone sounds good.

    Pros: Excellent sound and power

    Cons: Need to work on the tuner as reception even in a big city is poor to fair.

    2012 Tundra Install

    Written By Jeffro, New York on Monday, May 04, 2015

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    Purchased the New Jersey as an upgrade for my 2012 Tundra.....Wanted an upgraded system but did not want the cheesey look of an obvious upgraded stereo. The double din size and conservative look of this radio fit my needs and the install was incredibly easy! I had 1 question regarding an extra plug when installing and I called Crutchfield - my question was answered in about 10 seconds - seriously - 10 seconds and I was done. Also customer service was awesome - Reid helped me out when my stereo was delivered without a remote in the box.....in about 5 minutes he had one prepared and it was shipped out the following day....Onto the radio - sounds great and after reading the manual and playing around it's pretty simple to navigate. It's not a tech savvy unit, but it does have plenty of sound adjustments that allowed me to tailor the speakers to sound richer,, fuller and deeper then the factory unit allowed. The Bluetooth is super simple - my wife jumped in the truck today and when she got home commented on how easy it was to sync up her phone. My only negative is that the unit has a volume knob but you have to use buttons to tune - I would prefer a 2nd knob to tune but I did choose this unit for it's conservative looks and it has more than met what I had expected. I did read all the prior reviews before I ordered this unit - any negative comments regarding navigation, clock display or Bluetooth issues are false - read the manual it's all there!

    Pros: Sound quality of music, Bluetooth sync and sound quality when talking, factory look of an after market radio

    Cons: I think this radio is more than worth what I paid for it - it's better than expected.

    Awesome!

    Written By AdamZ, Washington on Friday, May 01, 2015

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    I'm not a fan of the stereos that are all flashy and colorful and obviously not stock. This one is clean and simple. Looks factory in my 06 Mustang! Blaupunkt has the right idea for sure.

    Love this radio

    Written By Jeff, Texas on Friday, May 01, 2015

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    Love the radio, it has large buttons that you don't have to squint to find, and you don't ever push two at a time or the wrong one. It's easy to set up and use and it looks great. I didn't change the speakers but what a difference the Blaupunkt made from the factory radio. I highly recommend this radio.

    Pros: Easy to install, and use. Looks great in my Dodge Ram, the install kit from Crutchfield was a breeze to use and makes the radio look like a factory install. The double DIN radio gives it a great look. Can turn off and on with out the key feature, clean lighting, easy mute, front USB plug, works great with Ipod and Iphone..

    Cons: No Cons

    Great clean-looking receiver

    Written By VA, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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    The NJ220BT is a great value for aesthetics and sound quality. I wanted an upgraded stereo with BT, but also wanted to keep the stock look of the dash intact. Using a standard LCD screen instead of a touch screen display reduces the ease of use that I have become accustomed to with new products, but the price of the unit reflects the lower-cost interface. Android phone syncs up fine, hands-free calls have been clear on both sides of the connection.

    Nice Radio

    Written By Pete, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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    I bought the Blaupunkt New Jersey as a replacement for my factory radio. I liked the clean look and simple lighting that didn't turn my vehicle into a rolling disco. The instructions provided by Crutchfield were pretty easy to follow. The installation took less than an hour including the removal of my old radio. I spent more time than necessary getting this thing programmed correctly. I think Blaupunkt could make the menu easier to use. One thing that bothers me about this radio is the clock doesn't automatically display. I have to reset the display to show the time after switching radio stations. Kind of trivial, I know, but it is annoying. The sound from this unit is really nice. The radio comes with preset equalizer settings which cover a lot of different styles. I was surprised at how clear the sound is on my factory speakers. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. The controls aren't all that intuitive, but now that I understand the function of each button, I can find my way through the programming menu. I think the only coolness factor associated with this is the name Blaupunkt.

    Pros: Clean, not flashy

    Cons: Confusing programming menu

    Nice unit, but ...

    Written By Alex, Illinois on Monday, April 20, 2015

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    Ordered this to update the factory double-DIN in my 2005 Santa Fe. Liked the clean styling and had previous experience with Blaupunkt years ago. Looked great in the dash, sounded fine, but... main reasons for swapping radio were to add Bluetooth and a USB drive. Pairing the phone was easy but making calls was a bit cumbersome, particularly searching the phone book (although part of that may be my old phone). Call quality was just OK, limited by the internal mic and the lack of volume & NR adjustments. The major issue I had with the unit was the way it handled files on the USB drive. On my Clarion and Kenwood units the folders come up in alphabetical order and changing between folders is direct. On this unit, the order seems somewhat random and whether you change folders or tracks depends on what is being displayed - if the information is set to scroll you need to time your button push precisely in order to get what you want, watching for the (tiny) indicator light to change. If you try to go back or forward to the folder you were just in - too bad, random jump each time. Definite deal breaker, unfortunate because I really liked the styling, simple and elegant. One other minor point, the RDS data in the display often lags significantly or hangs up on either artist or title. Returned it for a Kenwood DPX-791BH, a little bit more but proper file handling, separate mic with adjustments, and adds an HD tuner and Pandora control. All better? Well, not quite - but that's my next review!

    Pros: Great styling, good sound, built in mic

    Cons: Poor handling of USB folders, menu selection sometimes cumbersome, RDS info lags

    Blaupunkt NEw Jersey 220

    Written By Bad Andy, SF, CA on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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    Great price, easy installation, user interface is not the most intuitive, looks good if you like symmetry. Not the coolest head unit on the market but perfect for the clean budget look. I put this in my 13-year old commuter car simply for a head unit replacement that won't break my bank.

    Pros: The price is right and won't break your bank. The sound quality is decent for a no-amplifier/upgraded speakers type of system. Went in very easily in about 30 minutes thanks to the wiring harness adapter provided by Crutchfield. Sound is decent but needs to be cranked up in order for fuller sound. Lower volumes sounds flatter (again, this is a no-amplifier setup).

    Cons: User interface is not very intuitive.

    New Jersey

    Written By Mike, Montpelier , ohio on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    Put the blaupunkt New Jersey in my Mercedes Benz , best choice I've made , sounds amazing !

    Blaupunct Jersey

    Written By Anonymous, Acworth, GA on Saturday, March 21, 2015

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    I was looking for something that would have a factory stereo look however perform better. Specifically Bluetooth and USB.

    Pros: Interface with the factory wiring harness was a breeze with the instructions that were provided top-notch

    Cons: None

    Classy Addition

    Written By Michael, Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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    Looks amazing in my Chevy Silverado, controls are easy and bluetooth works great.... Love it !

    Pros: Appearance, easy to operate

    Cons: none

    Super easy bluetooth!

    Written By Josh, Minnesota on Friday, February 20, 2015

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    Excellent deck, easy to set up bluetooth!

    Terrible bluetooth connectivity

    Written By TimW, Delhi, CA on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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    I purchased the NJ220 to replace my stock stereo that had no bluetooth functions and no auxiliary input. The NJ220 stereo installed fairly easily, but the bluetooth implementation on this stereo is a joke. Pairing the device was simple enough, but from then on, bluetooth function has varied from frustrating to inexplicable. When starting the vehicle and the stereo, most of the time, it will see my iPhone (5s) and register on the display, but it will not resume playing. You need to press the large center button for that. About half the time, this will actually succeed in causing playback to start. The other half, you will need to press play and pause a number of times on the iPhone itself. The iPhone will show it is playing the source through bluetooth, counting down the duration, but nothing from the NJ220. Eventually, you'll get audio from the stereo if you fiddle with it enough. When this connection is made without all the monkeying around, it will play for 10 seconds then go silent for 10 seconds, then resume playing again. It does this every single time. After that, if you don't touch anything, it will continue playing. But it you dare to use the center button on the NJ220 to pause your iPhone, it will certainly pause it, but 90% of the time you cannot simply hit the same button to resume playback. You are back to fiddling with play and pause on the phone itself. The bluetooth on my little $10 speaker is a dream compared to this! Can't recommend this stereo.

    Pros: Easy installation, good audio quality, good value, decent power.

    Cons: Worst bluetooth implementation ever.

    New Jersy 220

    Written By WXO, North Carolina on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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    I wasn't planning to replace the factory unit in my '08 Trailblazer when this all started. I had two speakers that had stopped working so I called Crutchfield to get replacements for all four. The Crutchfield sales rep strongly suggested I get a new aftermarket radio to replace the factory unit promising significantly better sound. Well, I was quite satisfied with the factory unit, but followed his advice anyway. I selected the Blaupunkt New Jersey 220 because of it's conservative appearance. I selected four Kicker CS65 to replace the factory speakers. The end result was quite pleasing. I love the simple, straightforward, intuitive layout of the controls. The unit matches the factory dash nicely without standing out with flashy colorful displays. Finally, the sound puts a smile on my face. It's a serious upgrade from the factory sound! Rather than just background sound when I drive, I now look for music to exercise this new system. I'm very pleased with the outcome! The disappointing part of this experience was the installation. Crutchfield support was great and I used them multiple times, but their installation kits leave a lot to be desired. The speaker mounting kits turned out to be unnecessary. Instructions were pathetic. Installation was more difficult and time consuming that it should have been. I have done many custom installs over the years and I'm not happy with this experience even with the support and installation kits.

    Pros: Attractive, conservative appearance. Intuitive controls. Great sound.

    Cons: Installation was tedious and time consuming. Install kits don't fit right and require phone calls to figure out what to do. Kit install Instructions were useless.

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    Written By MMac, Texas on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    Looks great in 2007 nitro works great! Dose't have the light show or all the flash which is great. Only problem I had is that after initial installation radio stations very weak. Tech support said that blue power antenna wire needed to be connected.(I do not have power antenna on car and left it unconnected as per instructions) tech told me that blaupunkt needs this. After taking stereo back out and connecting blue wire and reinstalling stereo picks up stations from a long distance. Very happy with sound and hands free phone calls integrated mic sounds good. I would recommend this to anyone with double din installation.

    Pros: great look and great sounds

    Cons: installation instructions need to be more complete, menus take awhile to get use to

    Nice upgrade!

    Written By chadvi, California on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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    I was on the fence about this HU because of the lack of info on the net. i don't like to buy anything these days without intensive research. and i hate buyers remorse.. the few reviews i did find here on Crutchfield seemed all over the place.. you really need to read the reviews and not just look at the star rating. how can you give a bad review on a car stereo because of the clock? which I've learned will stay on if you simply push the Display button a few times Anyway.. i liked this HU mainly because its simple yet elegant looks.. I asked here on Crutchfield some questions i was concerned about and thanks to the speedy replies i was able to make a more informed decision and ordered it.. Ive had it now for a couple weeks and have no regrets. Im loving this thing!! . easy install with the free goodies supplied by Crutchfield. It looks stock in my 1st Gen Tacoma which is just what i wanted. very well built... the dial and buttons are solid.the display is easy to read. the tuner is picking up stations i didn't know existed... and most important, the sound is amazing!! making my stock speakers come to life. good EQ settings and a loudness feature that adds a nice full sound to the music. Ill admit the interface isn't that user friendly but read the manual. figure it out. set it. and enjoy. Sometimes you can't go backwards in the setting so you have get out and then back in to make adjustments. If you're someone who likes to mess with the sound for every song this might prove frustrating.

    Pros: Looks. build quality. sound!!

    Cons: user interface

    Awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Laurel delaware on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    I gave a coolness factor a 1star but that is a good thing I wanted to retain factory appearance and the blaupunkt did just that with all the bells and whistles

    Very good, not perfect

    Written By JImDubs, New York on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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    Overall I am pleased with this stereo. It looks good for my taste, I didn't want something that looks like the computer from a UFO (how 99% of todays stereos look). I like that it doesn't have 200,000 display color options, or unnecessary features. It does the job for someone like me who just wants a simple upgrade. As for negatives, there are a few annoying things. First, the volume knob is overly touchy and will do things you don't want it to when scrolling through the menus. Second, the cd read/recognition time as well as the usb recognition time is quite slow. Third and most annoying to me, the CD shuffle play feature sucks. It consistently shuffles to the same 2 or 3 tracks, sometimes going back to the beginning of the song it just played. You are constantly hitting the next button to try to skip to a new track. I am old fashioned and much of my music is still on CD format so this bothers me. Overall, I am pleased with it. I just wish some other manufacturers would offer "simple" units like this to give consumers a few choices.

    Pros: Clean looks, simple and good sound quality

    Cons: Touchy volume knob, slow processing, horrible cd shuffle feature

    Good but......

    Written By Chief Drop, Biloxi, MS on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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    I bought this radio because of it's simplistic look. I installed it in my 2002 Xterra with virtually no problems and it looks great in the dash. The sound is good and it connects to my IPhone via Bluetooth quickly. Hoever, as stated in previous reviews, the display is a joke. The radio does not default to clock and, even though you can dim the display, the lights in the buttons stay bright. This is very distracting when driving on dark roads. Also, when the time is displayed, it displays in big letters AM or PM. I am in a car! I should know wether it is night or day but anyway... This radio would rate 5 stars if they would fix the display problems.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Sound Bluetooth

    Cons: Not defaulting back to clock. No intensity control of the button lights.

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    Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    easy install and good sound quality

    Cons: no auto dim (DAY/NIGHT) but the day display is not that overpowering

    Fit perfect in Scion xB

    Written By sak54, Wooster, Oh on Thursday, December 25, 2014

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    Installed this in my daughter's Scion xB. It fit perfect. You can't tell is is not factory installed. My daughter figured out how to set things in a short amount of time. Still need to set up the bluetooth with her phone. But overall very happy with it. I also found out by accident that you can turn it on without the key in the ignition.

    Pros: Quality aftermarket radio for the car.

    Cons: None

    Works great in Volvo V70

    Written By Bhima2100, Port Townsend, WA on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    I installed one of these in our 98 Volvo V 70. It took a little work with a Dremel to make it fit. It now works great, sounds good, and looks cool. I also put one in our Chimook RV with the same results. I like to larger buttons and simple controls - less time with eyes on the stereo to change functions.

    Pros: Ease of use, sound, reception of radio stations better than previous units.

    Cons: Modification of dash opening needed

    User friendly

    Written By Rickb, Florida on Friday, December 05, 2014

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    Excellent product. Very user friendly once you learn the controls. Syncs to iPhone with USB or Bluetooth easily.

    Pros: Great upgrade product, great sound and reception

    Messed up the Most Basic Part (The Clock)

    Written By Dissatisfied Customer, Florida on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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    Overall a great radio that is built to look and feel like OEM when installed in the car. However, that does not excuse the glaring issue that the programming for the Head Unit is flawed at the basic level in how the clock behaves. The system defaults the display to the input, not the time. Given that this is a user preference, one would think you could change the preference; however, that is not the case. You can select to display the time; however, any button push (E.G. changing the volume) will then cause the system to display the input again. When on "AUX", it tells you that you are utilizing the AUX input from two locations because it forces back to the input versus the time. When the radio shuts down completely, instead of showing the time, the head unit turns completely off. I originally thought that this was defective; however, after speaking with Blaupunkt they confirmed that this is how the head unit is supposed to work. Potential to be one of the best head units out there; however, critically flawed at the most basic level gives it a would not recommend rating.

    Pros: Looks good in the dash. Decent sound quality. Overall simple menu to navigate.

    Cons: The clock. Everything about the clock. Fix the clock and there will be none.

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    Written By CSI502, Louisville, KY on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    Radio system works as described. Was a pain to install in a 2003 Yukon XL SLT. Had to cutout supports in the dash to wedge it in. once it was all done it looked real nce.

    Pros: Bluetooth Pairing worked flawlessly. Simple operational interface. Good sound quality when paired with the Bose system in the Yukon.

    Cons: Not a lot of customization in the system.

    Awesome upgrade

    Written By Nate, New Jersey on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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    Sound product from a quality company, this radio fit perfectly in my 07 ford truck. Sound quality is great, it was easy to install, and it has a sleek and simple design, nothing too flashy.

    Pros: Easy to use, simple design, affordable

    Cons: menus are tricky to navigate until you get used to them

    Aesthetically pleasing, but terrible performance.

    Written By casesensative, Florida on Monday, October 20, 2014

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    I bought this cd player originally because I wanted a double din CD player to replace the factory double din in my truck, and my truck is a basic model so I wanted something that was simple in its look to kind of fit with the rest of the interior. It succeeded on that part, and failed on almost every single other part.

    1. Sound quality was lackluster, and forced speakers to crack at mid-high levels. EQ options are very minimal.

    2. Bluetooth almost always skips for a few minutes before eventually settling it to a working fashion.

    3. Very simple, almost overly so. There is not much here in the way of controls, and yet it was still complicated to do a few simple things.

    4. Compact Disc reading was incredibly slow. Skipping tracks lagged, and moving around through the cd, bluetooth or anything involving your music was sluggish at best. The overall performance of this thing is absolute garbage for nearly $200.00. Build quality also seems not as good as other brands.

    Overall I was disappointed with the performance of this cd player, so I sent it back and replaced it with the Pioneer FH-X720BT. I was IMMEDIATELY BLOWN AWAY, by the difference in performance of these two units.

    The Pioneers sound quality right out the gate blows the Blaupunkts out of the water. The performance is quick and agile, moving through tracks with ease. The bluetooth connection is 100 times better, and the buttons and menu allow for much more customization.

    Overall would highly NOT RECOMMEND this unit.

    Pros: Simple Looks

    Cons: Everything else

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    Written By Patrick, Houston, Texas on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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    I am pleased that I made the decision to pay more than I could have by purchasing some average equipment. This unit makes the stock speakers in my truck sound far better than what I had before. The reason I gave 4 stars on "ease of use" is that it took me awhile to understand the users guide. The unit has so many cool options of use that it takes awhile to understand but then becomes easy. I really am enjoying this player so much that I am going to by another to use in my outdoor bar and then will have use for the remote control that comes with it. I don't have use for that in my truck.

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    Written By TerryK, Canton, OH on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    I am very happy with the purchase of this unit. The installation was fairly straight forward and it looks great in my Honda Civic. It took me a little time to learn about the operation and all of it's functions but I am comfortable now. I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone looking for a reasonable price on a very aesthetically pleasing unit.

    Cons: There needs to be more emphasis placed on removing the two transport screws installed at the factory for the CD player. I missed this during the initial installation and had to take the unit back out of the dash just to remove the screws so that my CD player would work.

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    Written By Anonymous, Dubuque, IA on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    If you are looking for a double din radio to replace an OEM radio this is perfect. Made to work seamlessly with Iphones..

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    Written By RZR, Puerrto Rico on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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    Initially I had some issues with the wiring connection, but after going through it again everything went well. BT was easy to pair. Sound quality is good. Control buttons are easy to use.

    Cons: Unfortunately, I live on an island with irregular topography. News radio stations in PR are broadcast over the AM band which seems to be poor if you compare it with the factory radio.

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    Written By Anonymous, Otay Ranch, CA on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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    Very please with unit and features. Replaced second malfunctioned factory unit in Mercury Milan. The sound and control is far superior even with factory speakers. Can now actually hear tweeters and sub-woofers.

    Pros: Conservative design looks like it belongs in Milan. Previously had 6 CD player that always jammed. Now have choice of one CD at a time or USB flash drive with lots of albums on long trips. Many sound and receiver function settings and options. Receiver much stronger than OEM. Bluetooth works with my smart phone better than old dedicated speaker phone and automatically connects.

    Cons: Numerous menu options take awhile to work through until set up mainly by trial and error. But end result is worth effort.

    Beautiful but a bit shallow

    Written By Casual Adventurer, Denver, CO on Saturday, September 20, 2014

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    The unit looks as simple as its operation. It was very easy to pair a cell phone to the Bluetooth receiver and all the functions you need are easy to locate and use. While I do not have a sub woofer in the car, I was still disappointed with the bass response. I listen to classical and modern rock, so its not like I'm pumping up the jams, and still the low end is almost non existent. I imagine with a subwoofer this would deliver, so I'm going to install one in a few weeks and see if it improves the overall balance. And in case anyone thinks it may be my new speakers that are causing the issue, they are also form Blaupunkt and are a part of their Blue series. Blaupunkt receiver with Blaupunkt speakers means a total Blaupunkt experience, and its lacking.

    Pros: Easy to use Easy Bluetooth pairing looks sharp

    Cons: