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Denon AVR-S500BT

5.2-channel home theater receiver with Bluetooth®

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by David Brown
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

A simple solution for true home theater sound

Is your TV room missing something? If you call it just a TV room, then the answer to that question is probably "yes." Transform it into a home theater with Denon's AVR-S500BT. This receiver can power a 5-channel home theater with one or two subwoofers for jaw-dropping surround sound. Movies and TV shows will sound better than ever, while your music will fill up your room with lush detail. Connect your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and other sources. Then, just a single HDMI cable connects your TV, so you can enjoy up to 4K picture quality. This receiver will even calibrate your speakers for optimum sound based on your room size and setup.

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Bluetooth invites your smartphone to the party

If most of your music lives on a smartphone or tablet, you might be wondering how to play those tunes in your home theater. With the AVR-S500BT, it doesn't get easier. It has built-in Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly stream all your digital tunes from virtually any smartphone or tablet, as well as many computers. Pair your device with this receiver, and you can play music stored or your device or streamed from apps like Pandora® Internet radio. There's also a front-panel USB port, so you can plug in USB memory devices loaded with digital music files. The 'S500BT can play high-resolution FLAC files to enjoy better-than-CD sound. Or if you're playing MP3s, Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer can make those lossy files sound richer and fuller.

Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 70 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • automatic speaker calibration optimizes your speakers for your room and setup (microphone included)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an external storage device or thumb drive
    • Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer improves sound quality of MP3s and other digital music files
    • plays high-resolution FLAC files from connected USB memory devices (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
    Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 5 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 2 analog stereo audio inputs
    • preamp outputs for two powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives
    • outputs for 5 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R)
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • intuitive on-screen guide
    • AM/FM tuner
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 12-5/8"D
    • weight: 16.5 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 70
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20,000 Hz
    FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Y
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion No
    S-Video Conversion ---
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    Internet-ready No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    Bluetooth-compatible Built-in
    USB port for iPod/iPhone No
    DLNA Certified No
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote No
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6
    Depth (inches) 13-1/2
    Weight (pounds) 16.5625
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, DD+, TrueHD
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    S-Video Inputs ---
    S-Video Outputs ---
    S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 5
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Clips
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 5.2ch A/V receiver
    • Remote control (RC-1196)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Auto calibration microphone
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Safety Instructions
    • Notes on radio
    • Warranty Information
    • Online Product Registration Card
    • Color-Coded Lables

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Bluetooth + USB Integration
    Convenience & Remote Features

    Audio Features

    Discrete Amplification: The Denon AVR-S500BT AV receiver features a powerful Class AB power amplifier section equipped with discrete high current power transistors. This discrete amplifier design delivers optimum realism and stunning dynamic range. By using high current, high power discrete power devices, the amplifier is able to easily drive high quality speakers. The AV receiver's five channel Class AB amplifier is rated at 70-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels).

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-S500BT AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    Other Listening Modes: You can also choose from the one of the following Listening Modes.

    • Stereo Playback: Sound is output from the front left and right speakers, as well as the powered subwoofer. If multichannel signals are input, they are mixed down to 2-channel audio. The tone settings can be adjusted.
    • Virtual Surround: Enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or set of headphones.
    • Multichannel Stereo: Left and right stereo channels are distributed to all the speakers so that stereo sound can be heard from all directions at any listening position.
    • Direct Mode: The Denon AVR-S500BT offers a Direct Listening Mode which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. Direct Mode provides playback of 2ch or Multichannel audio in its original form, without any surround or tone processing.

    Auto Room EQ: During the auto speaker setup process (known as "Auto Room EQ"), the included measuring microphone determines the right combination of optimum settings for the receiver to deliver the best possible sound quality from your particular speaker system and room. You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust - Panorama (broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels), Dimension (allows you to move the sound field forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the center channel).
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

    Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-S500BT receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

    • Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB.
    • Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals.
    • Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
    • Night Mode: The Night Mode optimizes sound for late night listening. This function can be set to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
    • Audio Delay: If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.

    Volume Settings: The AVR-S500BT offers the following volume settings.

    • Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
    • Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output.
    • Power On Level: You can define the volume setting that is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
    • Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).
    • Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Denon AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital & Analog Inputs: The AVR-S500BT features two optical digital (Toslink) inputs and a coaxial (RCA) digital input; the digital input are assignable. There are also two stereo analog (RCA) inputs.
    • Color-Coded Speaker Terminals: The receiver has spring-clip terminals for all speaker connections. The spring-clip terminals can accept bare wire and pin connectors. The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm. The AV receiver comes with color-coded labels to easily identify which channel a speaker cable should be connected to. Since the speaker cables have labels in the same colors as the connectors on the AVR-S500BT's rear panel, there's no longer any confusion about which terminals they should be connected to.
    • Dual Sub Outputs: For compatibility with dual subwoofer home theater systems, the AVR-S500BT features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs. With dual subwoofers, which can be placed in different parts of the room, you'll benefit from response averaging, which helps provide smoother and more detailed deep bass, compared to a conventional single subwoofer speaker system. The same signal is output from each sub output.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets manually.

    Video Features

    HDMI Inputs/Output: This AV receiver is equipped with 5 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, enabling connection to various HDMI compatible devices such as Blu-ray Disc players, satellite/cable boxes, game consoles, and HD video camcorders. The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K video signals to a HDTV (depending on input).

    • 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The receiver's HDMI 4 (Blu-ray) and HDMI 5 (Game) inputs, as well as the HDMI Monitor output support 4K/60Hz Ultra-HD and 4:4:4 Pure Color video pass-through, a feature of the latest HDMI 2.0 specification for Ultra-HD content.
    • 1080p: All of the receiver HDMI inputs and output support 1080p (24 or 60Hz) for playback of high-definition content from Blu-ray, satellite/cable, and gaming devices.
    • 3D Ready: Every HDMI input and output of the AVR-S500BT is able to pass through 3D video signals from your Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box to your 3D ready TV via HDMI.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The receiver also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.

    HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" or in "Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver's HDMI monitor output.

    • HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-5) for which the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "Standby" mode.
    • Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.

    Composite Video Inputs/Output: The receiver features two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. You must connect the receiver to your TV via composite video to view incoming video from the receiver's composite inputs. There are no component video inputs or outputs.

    Video Select Function: This receiver can display video from a different source on your connected TV during audio playback from Tuner, USB, or Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth + USB Integration

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Denon AVR-S500BT features built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.4. You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the Denon receiver. You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info. Up to eight Bluetooth devices can be remembered by the AVR-S500BT, so family members as well as friends can enjoy their favorite tracks.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Denon AV receiver.

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. Compatible USB storage devices must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 99 folders/999 files. You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. Song/artist information will display on your HDMI-connected TV and the receivers front-panel display. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.

    Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
    WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz N/A .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-320 kbps .aac/.m4a
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz N/A .flac

    Note: The receiver's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

    Convenience & Remote Features

    Stylish Front-Panel Design: The AVR-S500BT features a stylish and ergonomic front-panel design, with a brushed, glossy finish, along with dual control knobs for volume and input selection. The front-panel graphical display features clear text and easy to understand icons.

    OSD w/ Setup Assistant (via HDMI): With Denon's on-screen menu and setup assistant, you can connect, configure, and use your home theater system with ease. The OSD and setup assistant features clear on-screen graphics and text that optimizes critical system settings for your particular home theater setup. The on-screen menu and setup assistant can be output to your TV via HDMI only. If you connect the receiver to your television via only composite video, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display for menu and source adjustments.

    Quick Select: On the AVR-S500BT's front-panel, you'll find four Quick Select buttons that let you quickly choose from the most popular input sources; the ergonomically designed remote also includes Quick Select function buttons. With Quick Select, the AVR-S500BT remembers not only your preferred inputs but also your preferred audio settings, so you can enjoy precisely tailored sound with each one.

    Timers: The Denon AV receiver features a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Standby function.

    • Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
    • Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode automatically when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time (15/30/60 minutes). Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is displayed on the front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.

    ECO Mode: This receiver is equipped with an ECO Mode function that allows you to enjoy music and movies while reducing the power consumption during use, Eco mode adjusts the maximum power available according to the volume level selected to reduce power consumption.

    Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

    Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-S500BT comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the AV receiver.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Denon S500BT

    Written By WilliamK, Antioch, CA on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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    Very good Receiver, good sound. I wanted this for the USB port so I could use flash drives for my music and this works very well. I am completely satisfied with this receiver.
    Pros:
    Good display, good sound, more volume than I need. No complaints.
    Cons:
    Set up instructions are awful. I do not have this connected through a TV, so cannot access the on screen setup. I think a printed manual would be a good addition.
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    4 out of 5

    Denon + Crutchfield = 1 winning team!

    Written By Roger, Ashland, KY on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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    This was the first order I have placed with Crutchfield, that it was necessary for me to experience for myself, their legendary return policy. The first receiver had a bad amp in the front right channel. Another was shipped to my door pronto! This Denon was a replacement for a Onkyo receiver that I had purchased from Crutchfield about ten years ago. I had been quite pleased with the Onkyo, but it died; and when I read the specs of Denon at such a reasonable price, I HAD to give it a try. I am so glad that I did! The first improvement in audio that I noticed, was in the quality and separation of the rear channels. But it didn't stop with the rear speakers. Sound was better all around.....including the subwoofer. It was if I had upgraded my entire speaker system! And keep in mind I thought they sounded pretty darn good already! As you can probably tell, I'm just about as happy as I could be with this purchase. Just about. Which brings me to "why four stars instead of five?" The remote. I realize that this is Denon's entry level home theatre receiver. However I feel it is inexcusable to not include a learning remote. Most of us are juggling far too many remotes these days, and it just makes sense that this remote should be the "one to rule them all". Oh well, maybe a Harmony One is in my future!
    Pros:
    Superior sound Discreet separation between the channels Biggest bang for the buck
    Cons:
    Remote control
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    4 out of 5

    Denon AVR-S500BT

    Written By RichR, West Linn, Or on Thursday, September 18, 2014
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    Nice receiver and very easy to set up. Not enough power is my only complaint. Have to turn up a lot to get some thump and this is with 2 Definitive speakers. Concerned somewhat because I plan to use the 5.1 set up at some point. My 70's Marantz receiver and Cerwin Vega speakers have a better sound! Going to need a sub for sure.
    Pros:
    Nice entry level receiver for today's needs. Easy set up.
    Cons:
    Not enough power.
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    5 out of 5

    Great low cost AVR

    Written By EdM, Mississippi on Friday, September 12, 2014
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    Great entry to mid-level AVR without sacrificing features. I was pleasantly surprised on the excellent quality with this low cost Denon AVR. I would expect to spend more on this type of AVR. I picked this Denon over more expensive AVRs because this one had just what I needed and nothing more at a low $250 price point. I use a Chromecast in the AV port to play music and videos on my home network so I did not need WiFi. The Denon was easy to set up and sounds great with my Polk New Monitor series speakers and Grado SR225e headphones.
    Pros:
    Low cost AVR with just the features you need
    Cons:
    Could have better speaker connectors
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    5 out of 5

    love it

    Written By Scott, Marion, NC on Thursday, September 11, 2014
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    works great....love the Bluetooth feature
    Pros:
    easy set up...does what it says it will
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Value!

    Written By Garry, Redmond, WA on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    For the price, nothing compares. Sounds better than my $2,000 rotfl downstairs!
    Pros:
    Value, features, calibration mike Bluetooth...etc...
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Denon AVR-S500-BT

    Written By Brian, Colorado on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    Great value and easy to setup and use. Sound is much better quality than my old yamaha unit. Brings my the Infinity Primus speaker set to life.
    Pros:
    Value
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Solid receiver

    Written By Matt, Florida on Sunday, August 10, 2014
     
    Receiver works great! The Bluetooth streaming was easy to set up and so far has worked flawlessly with my iPhone. The only thing I didn't notice before ordering was that, from what I can tell, it completely lacks the ability to connect to your network. That means I cannot control it with my phone or my iPad like I can the one in my theater room. That's the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
    Pros:
    Pushes my Polk speakers great
    Cons:
    Lack of network connectivity
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    3 questions already asked

    Does this work with a Roku? I've read complaints from others, that have said certain receivers they bought, doesn't seem to work well with their Roku device. [ Billy T  Aug 03, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    How do you connect Bluetooth headphones to the unit? [ Bill  Aug 03, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    Can you connect an iPod touch to the front usb input? [ Danny  Jul 04, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 09, 2014 ]

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