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DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Great DVD bang for the buck

Axxera's AV614BH DVD receiver shows off its video chops and intuitive icon-based controls on a brilliant 6.2" LED-backlit touchscreen display. Its MHL-enabled HDMI input accommodates compatible iPhone® or Android® smartphones. It also comes with Bluetooth®, DVD/CD playback, front and rear USB inputs, an SD card input for your digital music, and a redesigned graphic user interface (GUI). Axxera backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

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A great apps display

Axxera's DualMirror™ function mimics your phone's display on the receiver's bigger display, providing you an easier way to see your apps at a glance. You can check out turn-by-turn directions from your navigation apps, as well as artist and track info from your music apps. You'll still use your smartphone to control the apps, but you won't have to squint at its smaller display.

DualMirror gear

The AV614BH's DualMirror function relies on the receiver's rear HDMI input to display your smartphone's apps, while the rear USB port charges your phone. With your smartphone connected, you'll see your apps in action on the receiver's display for easier viewing. Here's the lowdown on what you need depending on your smartphone:

On to the audio

You can also play your MP3 and WMA music using the front USB input, DVD/CD player, and SD card slot. You can tweak your music with the four EQ presets, plus the treble and bass controls. If you're adding amps, the three sets of preamp outputs send out a 4-volt signal that maximizes performance and minimizes noise.

Video options

Use the AV614BH's front or rear analog audio/video inputs to hook up your favorite portable audio player, game console, or another video source. This receiver boasts a video output to send movies to a rear video screen, so your passengers will stay happy on the interstate.

If you've got a big vehicle, you'll appreciate the input for a rear-view camera — helpful for when you're maneuvering your vehicle in tight spaces.

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.

Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" LED-backlit touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • DualMirror displays select music, navigation, and other apps from connected iPhone and Android
    Audio/visual Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • four EQ presets
    • bass, treble, loudness controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front and rear USB ports (rear USB port for device charging only), front SD card slot, rear HDMI digital A/V input, front and rear analog A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 16 watts
    Peak Output 60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (f)
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch 5/4
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4/4S
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.2" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone (w/ attached 9.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor-clip
    • 8" Minijack-to-RCA AV adapter
    • 8.25' Parking brake detection wire (Pink)
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • 8 ISO-screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide
    • DualMirror Operation Instructions
    • SWC Settings
    • "Warning" note
    • "Congratulations" note

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    Touchscreen & Remote Features
    Smartphone Integration
    Multimedia Playback
    Audio/Video Section

    Touchscreen & Remote Features

    6.2" LCD Touchscreen: The Axxera AV614BH features a 6.2" LCD touchscreen monitor (800x480) with LED backlighting. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics make menu navigation simple and intuitive. You can adjust the screen's brightness, contrast, and color.

    Parking Brake Detection: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the lavender wire of the included harness must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

    2-DIN Chassis: The AV614BH has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Remote Control: The Axxera AV614BH comes supplied with a 40-button IR remote control which provides wireless operation of the Axxera DVD receiver.

    2004-12 Acura 2003-12 Honda 2003-11 Lincoln 2002-04 Oldsmobile
    2004-09 Buick 2006-13 Hyundai 2003-12 Mazda 2001-08 Pontiac
    2000-08 Chevrolet 2006-13 Kia 2003-11 Mercury 2004-12 Scion
    2004-12 Ford* 2003-12 Lexus 2005-11 Nissan 2003-13 Toyota
    *2012 Ford F-150 not compatible

    Smartphone Integration

    DualMirror Input: The Axxera AV614BH features a rear-panel HDMI audio/video input and USB charging port for connection of select Apple iOS devices and MHL-enabled Samsung smartphones. You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your compatible Apple iOS or MHL-enabled smartphone, using the head unit's HDMI input and USB charging port (know as the "DualMirror" input). The HDMI connection provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. Even though the AV614BH will mirror the display of your connected device, it will not allow you to operate playback functions of your mobile device; you will still continue to use your Apple iOS or Android device's touchscreen to navigate your smartphone's menu and control audio/video playback. You will need to purchase additional cables for connection based on your type of smartphone device (see below).

    • Apple iOS Connectivity: If you have an Apple iPhone 5/5C/5S or iPod touch (5th gen) with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter, Apple's Lightning-to-USB cable, and Dual's mobile-grade DL5i HDMI cable (all sold separately). If you have an Apple iPhone 4/4S or iPod touch (4th gen) with a 30-pin Dock connector, you will need Apple's Digital AV adapter (sold separately), the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone, and Dual's mobile-grade DL5i HDMI cable (sold separately).
    • Android Connectivity: Most MHL-enabled Android devices, will require Axxera's microUSB 5-pin to HDMI/USB cable (070SL55A, sold separately). If you have a Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 or Note II/III, you will need Axxera's microUSB 11-pin to HDMI/USB cable (070SL115A, sold separately).
    Note: Parking brake does not have to be engaged for DualMirror input to function.

    Bluetooth (v2.0) Technology: The Axxera AV614BH features built-in Bluetooth (Ver 2.0) Technology. With built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled audio player. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles - HFP (Hands Free Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), & AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    • Hands-free Communication w/ External Mic: The AV614BH supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The AV614BH allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the included external microphone and your car audio speakers. The AV614BH allows you to answer a call from the head unit's touchscreen monitor. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's LCD monitor. You can make a call from the AV614BH using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9) or a call history data log of dialed, received, and missed calls. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
    • Audio Streaming: The Axxera AV614BH also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control (Play/Pause/Skip) the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the AV614BH. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    Note: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the AV614BH. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the AV614BH.

    Multimedia Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Axxera AV614BH supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD +R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3/WMA music files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, or CD-R/RW disc.

    microSD Card Slot: The AV614BH DVD receiver is fitted with a front-panel microSD card slot which supports playback of MP3/WMA music files and JPEG photo files stored on a microSD/SDHC memory card (up to 32GB).

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Axxera AV614BH is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) 2.0 port for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

    Note: The unit's front-panel USB port is not compatible with direct USB connection of Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad. There is also a rear-panel USB port for charging purposes only.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AV614BH features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning. The built-in AM/FM tuner allows you to store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets. You can tune your presets manually or have the head unit do it automatically. The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals. You can switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.

    Audio/Video Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AV614BH is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the AVH614BH are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 16 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 60 watts x 4 channels (240 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for the XDMA6510 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    4V/6Ch RCA Outputs + Sub Control: The AV614BH features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt RCA outputs. The front and rear speaker RCA outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer RCA output is non-fading.

    Audio Settings: The Axxera DVD receiver features the following preset EQ curves (Jazz, Rock, Classical, Pop, & User) to customize your music listening. In User mode, you can adjust the head unit's Bass & Treble manually. The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can even set the head unit to turn-on to the last volume level adjustment when turned off, or turn-on to a pre-defined volume level (0-40) every time you power up the radio.

    Note: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation (this can be turned On or Off).

    Dual AV Inputs/Video Outputs: The Axxera AV614BH DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. There is a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting a temporary external AV source, such as a MP3 player or game console. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA input for connection of a permanent external audio/video source, such as a Blu-ray player or TV tuner. In addition, the DVD receiver features two rear-panel composite video outputs for integration of a ceiling-mounted or headrest entertainment system in your vehicle.

    Rear-View Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera (sold separately). This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (brown wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.25 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

     
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    3 out of 5

    nice radio

    Written By Dan, stafford, va on Monday, September 15, 2014
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    Nice overall radio. Does not multitask. If you are using the phone for navigation, you can't listen to the radio.
    Pros:
    Good look, nice fit
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    3 out of 5

    Axxera AV614BH

    Written By Joe, Hayes, VA on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    This radio does everything it says it does. The mirroring works, as does the Bluetooth, DVD, CD, and of course the stereo. It does have some room for improvement. It can't multi task. When I mirror my android phone for navigation it looks and sounds good. The issue is that it kills any other audio such as Bluetooth phone conversation, radio etc. So I wish it multitasked better but it still works. The dimmer does not dim down enough. On the lowest setting it is a bit brighter than I like but I will get used to that. The audio is great but 1 is about as loud as 5 and 0 is mute so it needs some more range on the quieter side.
    Pros:
    it mirrors. Plays DVD/CD. Is inexpensive.
    Cons:
    No ability to multi-task. Charges slowly.
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    3 out of 5

    Right for the price

    Written By Huntington, Brooklyn NY on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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    Price is great for the features. Sound quality is fine, not amazing, but you get what you pay for (the speakers in my car aren't great either).

    Mirrorlink works flawlessly and easily with iPhones and Androids - you really do just plug the phones in and then presto, what's on your phone's screen is displayed instantly on the Axxera. The one problem with Mirrorlink is phone battery drain: iPhones can't be charged while they're being used with Mirrorlink, and even though Androids can be charged, I've found that the battery gets drained faster than the phone can be recharged. I'm still experimenting with Android phone settings to see if I can prevent that from happening. While connected to Mirrorlink, you can also play music from your phone through the stereo, although the more you're using your phone, the quicker your battery will drain. Best advice is to turn the phone display down to the lowest brightness while using it with Mirrorlink.

    A couple of these negative reviewers definitely installed their systems incorrectly.

    Pros:
    Mirrorlink easily displays everything on your phone on the display. Value for the price is unbeatable
    Cons:
    Screen is on the small side, sound quality isn't amazing. Blank blue screen displayed when using front 1/8" jack is incredibly poor engineering. Much better to use bluetooth or the HDMI ports. EQ options are very limited.
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    2 out of 5

    So Much Wrong

    Written By Curt, Coatesville, Pa on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    There is so much wrong with this unit.

    -Bad Plug Connecton When I first plugged it in I tested it before mounting it in dash and it kept shutting off on me. After checking I found out that when a little upward pressure (not a lot at all) would be applied to the plug in the back it would lose connection and shut off, but with the unit mounted it is not a problem (so far).

    - Pop Sound when Starting Also when I initially turn on the vehicle there is a pop sound that comes from all my speakers. I don't know if this is the head unit or maybe my PAC unit, but before those two were installed I did not have that problem.

    -Equalizer First of all the EQ is very bland, only bass and treble. Also, at first it seemed that the EQ was only for the radio source and not the other inputs because you can only access the EQ when on the radio screen. But the changes you make there are actually global but its a pain to have to swap the source to radio to make adjustments.

    -Dimming The screen is bright! Even when you turn the brightness and contrast all the way down. I personally like it dark in my vehicle at night.

    -Screen Display Quality The contrast is not good on this unit. The darks are really dark and the lights are really light. No in between really. Mostly notice this when play a video from my iPhone or when using the back up camera. If the sun is casting a shadow behind the vehicle good luck seeing anything.

    Ran out of characters so I will continue in the "Cons" section.
    Pros:
    -Price -Screen Size -HDMI in
    Cons:
    -Bright Blue Screen When you are using the front headphone jack just for audio the head unit just displays a bright blue screen that says no video signal. Very annoying at night. -Radio Signal It does not pick up radio station very good. -Display Off There is no option to just turn the display off. -Sound Quality Before this unit I had the stock head unit with my amplifiers and It sounded good. After installing this unit it seems like I just can't get my music to sound good.
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera AV614BH

    Written By Sara T, San Bernardino, CA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    This product is great for the price. It had everything we could ask for.
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    3 out of 5

    Good entry level dvd player

    Written By losemoneyg, kaneohe, HI on Saturday, July 12, 2014
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    Over all I like this stereo, you get what you pay for though. I purchased this stereo because I'm cheap and wanted to watch Netflix in my car. It has an hdmi input which is what really swayed me to purchase this stereo.

    Let me explain my issues. Hdmi works great I use a mhl to hdmi adapter to connect my Galaxy s4 which works but you need to disconnect the bluetooth. I actually returned a unit thinking it was a defect cause I would get no sound when using the adapter. I was confused cause it was the first thing I tested after installing the unit. After setting up the stereo, time, date, and bluetooth the sound wouldn't work but the picture was there. I went through a process of elimination by replacing the adapter, hdmi cable and came to the conclusion it was the unit. When I received the replacement which was simple through Crutchfield I had the same problem, picture with no sound. So I got lucky by turning off the bluetooth, now it works.

    It has 6 pre outs which was another appealing feature. I'm running a 4 channel amp for mids highs and another 2 channel amp for my subs. Everything works fine but adjustability is very limited. You basically have bass and treble control. No sub control at all. All adjustments need to be made at the amp.

    The main reason to purchase this is for the screen, which is not good. I have to set it to the brightest settings to see details in the pic. It's unwatchable at times.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth works great, 6 pre- outs, hdmi
    Cons:
    Screen is terrible, adjustability non existent, hdmi doesn't work if bluetooth is connected
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    5 out of 5

    Good Quality great support

    Written By Jerseypm, Woodbridge NJ on Friday, July 11, 2014
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    Goood quality product. Crutchfield makes it easy to install. Had one issue , called the tech line.. hadit corrected in a couple of minutes,
    Pros:
    price, features looks great, great fit
    Cons:
    noe yet
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    1 out of 5

    Great Marketing - Terrible Engineering: Don't Be a Sucker ... Like Me.

    Written By MikeF., MN on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
     
    First of all: This is not a direct replacement for my '05 Xterra. Doesn't fit well, whatsoever. The installation kit Crutchfield sent was unusable. There is a huge gap under the unit that looks awful. It's almost shocking how far off the sizes are. Seriously. So far off. Thanks, Crutchfield.

    Second of all, this thing just doesn't turn on anymore. It was working fine when I pulled into work, when I got out and started it - nothing. It's been a few days and it still isn't working. So, now, I have no radio at all! AWESOME!

    Next, laundry list of cons: Bluetooth speaker phone doesn't work. The person on the other line can't hear you, so handsfree isn't even a considerable option with this receiver. DO NOT think that you'll be able to make calls through the bluetooth.

    THERE IS A TYPO IN THE WARNING TEXT. Obviously, Axxera pays a lot of attention to detail..... -- Also, that warning text NEVER goes away, hindering the ability to navigate around the unit.

    The sound cannot be equalized unless you're listening to radio. If you plan on using your AUX or bluetooth, then be ready to have nothing but bass blowing out your speakers. (Thanks again, another expense I've incurred from this worthwhile venture - new speakers.) Nothing but bass=Incredibly annoying roadtrips. Nothing but radio=Incredibly terrible roadtrips.

    Don't waste your money. I am returning mine and headed to a local shop. This machine is a classic example of cheap production, poor engineering and quality marketing.
    Pros:
    60 Day Money-Back Guarantee
    Cons:
    No EQ control with AUX/Bluetooth Call receivers cannot hear you via bluetooth Doesn't fit '05 Xterra Shuts off, causing you to reset all settings and date/time Front USB does absolutely nothing Installation manual is non existent (Also - You better have some wiring skills!!!) Delayed start up HDMI, other cables sold seperately Incessant beeping with every touch of a button Will probably just stop working.
    Crutchfield response on Monday, June 30, 2014
    We reached out to the customer to offer some help, but so far haven't heard back from him. The problems he's having with the stereo might be easily fixed, assuming it's not defective:  The warning screen text staying on the screen is likely due to the parking brake wire not being connected correctly or securely.  When people report these kinds of problems with Bluetooth performance, the problems are often due to the external mic getting disconnected during the final installation or due to the mic's volume control being set too low. And it's not always easy to find this adjustment in the stereo menus.  Finally, when the stereo fails to turn on anymore, that's likely due to a power or ground wire coming loose. We could help advise the customer how to fix all of these possible issues. And of course, if it turns out that the stereo is a dud, we would certainly replace it or refund the customer's money.
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    4 out of 5

    Not Flashy - But Lots of Functionality

    Written By SteveC, Charlotte, CN on Monday, June 23, 2014
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    Overall this is a solid unit. Not as Flashy of some of the other units in terms of screen backgrounds, animations and button color adjustment, but it has all the same, if not more, functionality.

    For the DualMirror technology, make sure your phone supports MHL first.

    For everything else, the SD card reader supports video files even though it doesn't advertise it and their tech support denies it. I use a 32GB SD card in it and have a huge library of movies, music videos and audiobooks on it - works great. DVD playback is solid, but loading time is a little slow. Dim controls on the unit are "meh", but acceptable even in bright daylight. It can be hard to see sometimes at a sharp angle, not at night-time though - this thing will blind you if you don't dim it down. For the steering wheel controls, you don't need any adapters - it's all built-in. You will need T-Taps for the connections, however.

    I'm using this with a power subwoofer along with its pre-amps and it can support ample power to shake the car. Excellent sound quality. The one downside is the EQ controls. You have control over the basic Bass, Treble, Fade, etc., but no control over frequency settings. Some of the other high-end headunits offer this, but not this one. So, if you're a big one into fine-tuning your audio output, this might not be the best unit for you.

    However, the device offers features that typically only $400+ headunits provide for < $250. Can't beat it.
    Pros:
    - Watt Output - Video Playback Flexibility (video files, DVD) - DualMirror Support (MHL for Navigation, etc) - Ease of Use - Easy Installation and Configuration - Easy Steering Wheel Control - Cost Value!!
    Cons:
    - No Audio Frequency Customization - Slow DVD Load Times - No Menu Animations, Background Customization, Button Color Customization
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    3 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Scott, New York on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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    After much research and debate about what double-din unit to buy, I finally settled on the Axxera for its mirroring capabilities with my iPhone 5s. Like others have said, when mired the unit still has a black border around the edges, but that really doesn't bother me....Not being able to physically touch the screen to change songs or give a "thumbs down" in pandora is what bugs me. But when in maps/navigation this thing rocks, the display is clear, and very visible while navigating roads. Bluetooth works well, but like others have said that the sound quality is not the greatest when connected, sounds is much better when connected via the lightning cable. This unit is a great value for what it offers, very easy to use, but the mirroring capabilities is what made me buy this unit for me.
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    1 out of 5

    Basic

    Written By Raul, Boston on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    All i did was power on at home and it just looked to cheap screen wasn't sharp I didn't even install it i just sent it back
    Pros:
    Affordable
    Cons:
    Looks cheap
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit for the money

    Written By dnut, Ann Arbor, Mi on Sunday, June 01, 2014
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    I've had this unit installed for 1 week now in my 2014 Mustang. Looks great. It is hooked up to an Alpine PDX-V9 5 channel amp and matching speakers - sound is awesome. - Bought this unit after much consideration of the state of app control. I tried the Mirror-Link system last year in my previous Mustang with a Sony head unit - not impressed. After much research, I decided to take the low-end approach of this Axxera unit - just get the display prom my phone up on the screen of the head unit when I need it. Like when navigating with Google maps. ==> The mirroring works, though I still have a black border around the image. Also, it seems like the car needs to be running for the image to mirror, not sure why that is. Would be 5 stars if this was better. - Bluetooth works great. Calls and music sound great. I put the mic on the steering column, just like I did on the Sony unit in the other car, seems to be a good spot for the Mustang. ** Love having the micro-SD for music. That way you don't have a USB stick hanging out from the unit. - Got the ADS-MRR Maestro for the steering wheel controls. Took a call to the vendor to get the wiring correct - and they just guessed, they have not verified this unit yet. I have 4 out of 5 buttons working, not yet sure where that issue is.
    Pros:
    - Looks/sounds great - Display mirroring of phone is good, still needs a little work to get 5 stars - microSD for music - Bluetooth works great
    Cons:
    - Display mirroring of my Galaxy S4 does not fill the screen (has black border around the image) - No album art when playing music from SD/USB
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    4 out of 5

    GREAT VALUE

    Written By BRYCEV, NC on Friday, May 30, 2014
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    Replaced factory Bose radio in 2004 suburban easy to install fits well and works with rp-5 interface to retain SWC. No need for any modification on install other than using the rp-5 interface. The sound is beyond expectations and it is easy to use. The down is a very basic visualization when on music apps. You can not change display. The DVD pic is great but you can tell a slight blur when you zoom in about 3times. Added a back-up camera and it engages almost instantly. Overall best bang for the buck and a great replacement for the "cheap" non-standard lemon Bose systems that GM installed from the factory. If you have steering wheel controls (SWC) make sure the radio you pick will adapt to the interface. Not all radios that list their compatible are.
    Pros:
    easy install, great sound, great price, lots of media options
    Cons:
    only one display them that I have found
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    3 out of 5

    Close, but no cigar

    Written By Ryan O., Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, May 23, 2014
     
    I know what you're thinking. If I gave it 4 or 5 stars for the specific attributes, why is it only a 3 star overall? Well, it's basically missing several settings that would make it an outstanding unit. First of all, the price for what you do get is amazing, but here are the issues. -There is no setting to adjust for the overscan from the Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter, resulting in a black box around a mirrored screen instead of taking up the entire screen. -You can only control iPod/Pandora from the radio when in Bluetooth mode. The quality of audio streamed over Bluetooth is terrible (in my opinion). But the only other option is to use the screen mirroring feature, which means you have to control it from the iPhone. -Bluetooth calls simply didn't work. I tried calling several different people from several different locations. They all said I sounded "garbled". As soon as I turned off the Bluetooth and tried talking from the phone, they said I sounded fine. -Radio tuner would lose signal in places that my factory radio didn't. -The only "manual" is the Quick Start guide (which can be found on their website).

    Those are all the features I really tried before I decided to spend the extra money and try the Kenwood DDX5901HD. It hasn't arrived yet, but from the videos, it seems like it will solve the issues I had with the AV614BH.
    Pros:
    -price -touch screen was surprisingly responsive for a low-cost unit -Bluetooth included (despite calls not working) -the fact that screen mirroring is included on such a low-cost unit (even though the image doesn't fill the screen)
    Cons:
    -the image displayed from screen mirroring doesn't fill the screen -no iPod/Pandora control from radio except in Bluetooth mode -Bluetooth calls didn't work -Radio tuner lost signal in places the factory radio didn't -no manual, only a Quick Start Guide
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