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Our take on the Axxera AXD530

by Dave Delamere
Axxera

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.

Talk freely

The Axxess AXD530 CD receiver features built-in Bluetooth that allows you to concentrate on the drive and not on the phone. You'll be able to talk hands-free when using your Bluetooth-equipped phone, and you can listen freely as well, as audio streaming lets you enjoy your favorite music wirelessly. You get all of this while your phone is stowed safely out of reach.

Stunning display

Axxess adds some zing to your music information through a beautiful 3" QVGA display, something you don't usually see on receivers in this price range. Using its Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display surface, you get everything you want to know about your songs in a high-contrast presentation. Song info will look great on the display, and you'll be able to check out all your other system information with a quick glance.

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Pandora® control for the big three

You don't have to worry which type of phone you have to enjoy your Pandora Internet Radio stations. Android or Blackberry owners can use the AXD530's Bluetooth audio streaming for Pandora control, while iPhone owners will simply plug into the USB input to get your streaming radio fix. You can give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down," switch between your favorite stations, and even tag songs for future purchase.

More features

Axxera includes a remote control for your back seat passengers. Three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs supply a super-clean signal to your outboards amps, keeping noise out of your system. Axxera protects this sharp-looking receiver with its 2-year warranty.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Axxera stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Axxera, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with multi-line 3" TFT display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • subwoofer level control
    • 3-band equalizer
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod controls
    • inputs: front USB input, front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 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 No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Multi-color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Rear
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Detachable face-plate (in face case) Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • Bluetooth microphone (w/ attached 9.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • Self-adhesive clip
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 8 ISO-mount screws
    • Rear-support bolt
    • Lock washer
    • Hex-nut
    • Quick Start Guide

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Axxera AXD530 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. 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:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile)
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    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 Axxera AXD530.

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the AXD530. You can only pair one device at a time with this unit. Once paired, when your Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the Axxera receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units. The Axxera AXD530 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Axxera AXD530 allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's front-panel control or included remote; or you can set the head unit to auto answer all incoming calls. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's front-panel LCD. You can manually enter a phone number using the included remote or transfer a call from your phone. You can also select a phone number from a recent call list (dialed/missed/received) or quickly redial the last number. Use the included external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call.

    Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Axxera AXD530 also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause, Stop, & Next/Previous Track. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    Disc & USB Playback

    CD Compatibility: The Axxera AXD530 head unit supports CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW disc playback. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

    USB Port: The Axxera AXD530 is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA  music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device. The unit's USB port will also charge (max. 0.5A) your USB devices during connection.

    Compatible Compressed Music Files: The AXD530 supports the following types of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Yellow Book Mode 1/2, Multi-Session FAT 32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32-48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 Folders/999 Files 500 Folders/5,000
    Tags ID3 tags (ver. 1.0-2.4), WMA tags

    Playback Features: The AXD530 offers playback features such as Repeat, Random and Intro scan.

    • Repeat: You can repeat a single track, a specific folder, or an entire disc.
    • Random: You can shuffle the playback order of all your songs or only the songs in a specific folder.
    • Intro Scan: You can scan the first 10 seconds of each track or the first 10 seconds of each track in a folder.

    File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto-Reload: If a disc is ejected and not removed within 10 seconds, the unit will reload the disc.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The Axxera AXD530's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), metadata display, control, and charging of select iPod/iPhones through the Axxera CD receiver.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 80dB.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The head unit allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music by Artist, Album, Song, Playlist, Podcast, or Audiobook (music content listed alphabetically). The unit also provides Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan for your connected iPod/iPhone. In addition, music apps can be accessed directly from your iPhone's touchscreen.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge (0.5A max) your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Axxera AXD530 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 7/31/2013):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The AXD530 features dual auxiliary inputs. There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a temporary external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player. There is also a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting a permanent external audio device.

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AXD530 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets (manually or automatically). The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals. You can even switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Axxera AXD530 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable supplied with your iPhone. The AXD530 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AXD530 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.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AXD530 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. The power output specs for the AXD530 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 60 watts x 4 channels (240 watts total)

    4V/6Ch RCA Outputs: The AXD530 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.

    Subwoofer Control: When the subwoofer preamp output is active, you can adjust the output level (0-12) of the sub preamp output. You can also set the low-pass crossover to 80, 120, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).

    Equalizer: The Axxera CD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves (Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, or User) to customize your music listening. The User mode activates a 3-Band EQ which lets you adjust Bass, Midrange, & Treble manually. EQ settings are stored for each source. 

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -6 to +6
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz  -6 to +6
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -6 to +6

    Loudness: The Loudness function enhances the bass & treble frequencies at low volumes.

    Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, CD, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, iPod, Pandora). You can set the source volume level (+/-6dB) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

    Program Volume: You can set the AXD530 to power-on to the same volume level (0-30) every time.

    Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every button press will output a beep tone.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Axxera AXD530 features a manual fold-down face-plate. The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Note: The head unit needs 1.75" of clearance in front of it for the face-plate to fold down.

    3" LCD Screen: The Axxera AXD530 features a 3" QVGA (320x24) TFT LCD screen with 3D-like background graphics. The 3" screen provides enough room to display song, artist, and album information at the same time.

    Screen Adjustments: You can adjust the color, contrast, and brightness of the LCD screen.

    Text Scroll: You can change the scrolling style used for displayed information on the LCD screen. Choose from Off (no scrolling), Once (scrolls once), 15 Secs (scrolls once per 15 seconds), and On (constantly scrolls).

    12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock can be set to 12-hour or 24-hour mode.

    Power-On Message: This feature allows a "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening" text message to be shown on the unit's LCD screen when it is powered on.

    Demo Mode: You can enable or disable the  units demonstration mode.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The AXD530 comes supplied with an 21-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Axxera CD Receiver.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera is more than "Axxceptable"!

    Written By Eric, Monument, CO on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
     
    This radio works great. Love that it automatically links to my phone via Bluetooth when I start the vehicle. Wiring harness was dead simple. I'd be hard to screw it up. Sounds great and was a huge improvement on my factory JEEP radio. My radio was on clearance as "scratch & dent" but I couldn't find a mark on it. No issues.
    Pros:
    Great choice of "sources". Bluetooth connects automatically. Lots of adjustments for equalizer.
    Cons:
    No way to dim the basic lighting of knobs at night. Maybe I haven't read enough. There are a lot of adjustments in the settings/menu. Maybe I'm missing it.
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    3 out of 5

    Looks good...but not the best

    Written By Robb, SA, Tx on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    I was pretty excited when I ordered this unit a couple of months ago it had all the features and it looked cool at a good price, I should have known with axxera being part of dual that it was going to suck. Brand new out of the box it wasn't half bad, appearance was nice sound was decent bluetooth was ok but not the best. After about a month the next track button just decided to take a dump and stop working. For some reason when I don't have my phone plugged in the whole unit gets stuck the moment you touch something and now it's latest problem is that it overheats all the time and it's really annoying. This ones going in the dumpster and I'm going to buy a sony.
    Pros:
    Looks cool and that's about it
    Cons:
    Not worth the headache buy a better brand
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By JoshJ, St Louis, MO on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    Put it in the wife's care and haven't heard one complaint
    Pros:
    She hasn't complained
    Cons:
    It only shut her up about the car.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Excelent Head Unit!

    Written By hancom, Everett, WA on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    Radio works great! I have been surprised with the quality of the sound and ease of operation. The one thing I don' t like so far is that there is a sticker they put on the from of the display at the bottom. Maybe they intended for it to be permanent but it covers up displayed information. Tried to pull it off but they used gorilla glue or the like. got all the opaque sticker and glue off but there is still a clear sticker on the display. Maybe I was not supposed to remove but It looks like tit should come off.
    Pros:
    Great price, Easy to install, great sound,
    Cons:
    Sticker on display.
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    4 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By JeffC, Walker, La. on Monday, July 07, 2014
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    I bought the Axxera AXD530 to replace the stock radio in my GMC truck. This radio had a lot going for it right out the box. High end features, good looks and great value. Whats not to like. Bluetooth works well with my android phone and I really like the hands free feature. Sound quality isn't phenomenal but acceptable and you won't be disappointed. There are a few things that I didn't like such as I like AM talk radio and the Am receive seems to be weak. Controls take a little getting use to and the control buttons are really bright at night. All in all not bad at all and I'm satisfied with my purchase.
    Pros:
    Lot of bang for the buck. Good looks. Great screen. Decent sound quality. Hands free phone. Good looking.
    Cons:
    Weak AM receive. Controls a little difficult.
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    2 out of 5

    Problem out of the box.

    Written By Danzig, Burns, OR on Friday, June 27, 2014
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    Out of the box the front left/right fader is broken. It just makes the front speakers get slightly quieter. It doesn't actually have 2 channels or it's broke. Triple checked the install. Rear outputs work fine. Don't know if this affects low level outs. Just spend the extra money and get a brandname receiver. Not worth it.
    Pros:
    Cheap, bluetooth.
    Cons:
    Doesn't function correctly out of box. Cheap plastic feeling, build quality is pretty crappy.
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By Anonymous, puerto rico on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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    Excellent product
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    4 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By Apotts94, Galloway Ohio on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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    Great after market stereo!
    Pros:
    Good sound and easy to use. Love the Bluetooth function.
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    5 out of 5

    Good fit Good Sound

    Written By Bruce B, Monticello, Utah on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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    The radio fit easily into the dash. It made my old speakers sound much better than the old radio. The Blue Tooth works great with my HTC phone. It's easy to answer phone calls without having to turn the stereo down. One button push and your talking hands free.
    Pros:
    Front USB and Aux make hooking up my Itouch very easy. Blue tooth works great
    Cons:
    I installed the radio in a 1996 Bronco with a single DIN dash the radio sits a little bit too recessed. The CD door hits when you flip it down, but not too little to be able to get a disc in and out
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    5 out of 5

    Pretty good

    Written By Chadwick, NE on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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    Great piece, sounds good and is easy to put in, I mainly use the Bluetooth and it works fine
    Pros:
    Easy to navigate, looks great
    Cons:
    A bit buggy at times, an a bit touchy
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530 Worth a chance!

    Written By drdoug, Ohio on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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    For the amount of features you get with this, and for the value conscious shopper, I don't think anything else compares for what you get with this Axxera AXD530 receiver. I've owned high car stereos over the years from Kenwood, Pioneer, and my last 3 receivers have all been JVC, ranging from 200 to 500 dollars. With the advancement of technology over the past 5 years, this Axxera easily beats any of my previous stereos in terms of features. I've never had Bluetooth before, and that is a really cool feature just for the hands free calling, let alone the audio streaming.

    I have an Android phone, so it limits the Pandora and other functionality if I had an Apple device, but that doesn't bother me, I will mainly use my USB flash drive loaded with music.

    I was skeptical with Axxera being that their parent company is Dual, I've never used Dual before, but they and other brands have always been associated with bargain bin stuff, and for a few dollars more I would always go with a name brand like my JVC's that I've been fond of. This surprised me with the quality, it feels heavier than my JVC, which hopefully means the internal circuitry and electronics are decent. The faceplate is easy to attach and remove, and all the buttons have a similar look and feel to my JVC as well...buttons have a solid click, the rotary volume knob is solid too.

    I noticed a big difference in sound quality just listening to the radio over stock, overall very happy with this purchase.
    Pros:
    - 4 volt preamps including sub - very rare in this price range. - Clear display with lots of information at a glance. - Bluetooth calls are clear for me as well as for people on the other end. - User interface well designed, easy to navigate, lots of EQ settings and other adjustments to fine tune, again, very rare at this price range. - Quality is on par with any other stereo i've had, with the exception of a top of the line unit costing 400 or more dollars.
    Cons:
    - Really none at this price. Sure things could be improved, but then again the price would also go up accordingly.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product! Best value!

    Written By Vince, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    Just installed this radio in my car. It works great, it was very easy to install myself, and the display is great! For the price of the product, there is no better option. You get the great interactive display screen with the bluetooth capabilities of a more expensive player. Haven't had an issue with the functionality!
    Pros:
    Awesome display. Great price. Great features.
    Cons:
    Unknown brand.
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    5 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By Manuel, Chicago, ILLINOIS on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    Very Easy To Install With Supplied Hardware. Had A Question, Called Tech Support And Quickling Answer My Question. Saved A Lot Of Money Buying From Crutchfield And Installing Myself,
    Pros:
    Lots Of Features, Beautiful Display, Excellent Stereo Sound.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By Ethan, Beaumont, TX on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    Good radio works great with iPhone Bluetooth is okay, sound quality isn't exceptional but good for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver!

    Written By Kirby Hilderbrand, Nacogdoches, Texas on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Was looking for something that had bluetooth and stumbled on to this and immediately wanted it. I got it in and installed it very easily but there was no sound. Turns out the plug in the back is a very tight fit so make sure it's really plugged in all the way, this was my problem. Sound is great, and bluetooth connectivity is great and it connects automatically when you start the car. Using it was a bit confusing at first but it only took about a day or two and I had everything down. The only thing I don't like is the brightness of the power button. I thought the screen might be a bit distracting at night but it's the power button that causes problems for me. It's so bright and it's angled towards the driver. However unlike the screen the button cannot be dimmed. But other than that it is a great receiver and great value.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Large color screen Great Sound Front and Rear AUX
    Cons:
    Bright at night
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    2 out of 5

    Cool Features, Bad Quality

    Written By Andrew, Oregon on Friday, December 27, 2013
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    I got this receiver because of the many features included in the price, yet this was a mistake. This receiver would be good if the sound quality was there, but sadly it just isn't. There is an exorbitant amount of static over the Bluetooth connection, and an underlining buzz in all other forms of playing music. (ex radio, usb, aux, etc) At first i thought this to be my installation, and went about checking connections and trouble shooting various possibilities for the noise. I finally determined it to be the receiver, and thinking this was just a lemon, exchanged the receiver, only to find the new one experiencing the same problems as the first. By this point i decided to switch brands, and went with a Kenwood excelon kdc-x797 and couldn't be happier. This receiver works flawlessly, and although it was $60 more then the Axxera, it far surpasses it across the board. The only feature i find the Axxera to be superior is in the 3 in color display, which allows for easy access to changing settings, but even this isn't all that great as the quality of the screen is poor, and is nearly useless in sunlight. Basically don't buy this receiver! Go with a Kenwood or a Pioneer, any brand which has a good reputation. They have receivers which are competitively priced, but will leave you far more satisfied in the quality.
    Pros:
    Nice 3 in display, makes changes settings easy. Nice plastic case for faceplate removal
    Cons:
    Bad overall sound quality Bluetooth is horrible Feels cheep (the buttons, dials, and faceplate) Display is hard to see in daylight
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By J Ramsey, Fayetteville,TN on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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    Great stereo. Got it and put it in in 5 minutes. All accessories included. But Crutchfield only.
    Pros:
    Colorful display. Bluetooth clear.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Ruff start but all is well

    Written By ldireland, Fresno,Ca on Saturday, November 09, 2013
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    I received my first unit and the display was faulty. Crutchfield immediately sent me a complete new unit which works flawlessly
    Pros:
    The unit is inexpensive and loaded with features.
    Cons:
    The display isn't all that good. Very difficult to see in sunny conditions and if you wear sunglasses you might as well not have a display. It goes invisible.
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    4 out of 5

    Axxera AXD530

    Written By Anonymous, Columbia City, IN on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    Cool feature for the price, has some noise over the phone connection and bluetooth
    Pros:
    good features for price
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    5 out of 5

    little pro but good so far

    Written By dbm, riverdale, md on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    Well it is nice but am just having problems with the bluetooth pandora playing music on music and also taking time to connect and also the phone has a noise in the background but so far its great love it
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    2 out of 5

    AXD530

    Written By Chaz, Colorado on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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    I was excited to get this deck as it looked like something different and had a lot of functionality. I should have even installed it as the build quality was poor. I had already wired everything and installed the new speaker so I gave it shot. It has some great user controls and features. The sound quality was okay at best and although it got loud, it did not sound good. I return it for the Kenwood KDC-X597 and I could not be happier. Dont take a gamble like I did, you will be dissapointed.
    Pros:
    A lot of functions and screen size
    Cons:
    poor sound and build quality. You push a button and get no real feedback, sometimes it would go one track forward and other times three or four.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great head unit for the money

    Written By Jeremy, Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    Install went great. Get a lot of compliments on the look and sound. Bluetooth works pretty good, not the best, but good enough. Head unit is well worth the price.
    Pros:
    Look, sound, straight forward install, has Bluetooth
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    5 out of 5

    AXXERA ADX530 Nice receiver with i nice price

    Written By degrl, Jacksonville,Fl. on Monday, September 09, 2013
     
    I have had the AXXERA AXD530 installed in my 1999 Hyundai Elantra for about a month and i must say, this is a nice receiver with a nice price. It fits perfectly useing the included Crutchfield adapter and removeing trim ring on receiver. I found this receiver to have the most included features for the lowest price. I like that this unit has 3-4volt Preamp Outputs. Mine are hooked up to a 8-inch Pioneer powered subwoofeer and a Clarion XC1410 4ch amp. What a beautiful sound that is easy to shape with the AXXERA head-unit. You have 5 preset EQ curves and one user to choose from. I do recommend useing upgraded, full range speakers to fully appreciate the sound potential of this head-unit. Another feature i like about this receiver is the Bluetooth. Very easy to use. Just set phone to bluetooth and when asked, put in the AXXERA code and your done. The unit will display and save all phone numbers. You also have a mic with a long wire, so placement is easy. Other features i like are the 3" Color TFT LCD screen. Clear and easy to read like a HD TV. Much better than dot matrix in my opionion.Perhaps future models will have several backrounds to choose from. The tuner section and CD playback are on par with what is expected of todays receivers so all in all, this is an excellent receiver. The many other features i have not used yet so i will comment on them at a latter date.
    Pros:
    Packed with features at a great price. I also love the TFT LCD screen
    Cons:
    None that i know of
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    1 question already asked

    It indicates that I will need to run new wire from the speakers .... can I splice from the incoming existing wires on the factory head or will there need to be new wire from the speakers. (installed on a Mini Cooper S 2005)? [ Michael  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • What is the ohm rating in this received? [ scorpionkiller   Feb 07, 2014 ]
    • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on the wiring in your vehicle. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 03, 2014 ]

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