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Dual XC4100

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Item #: 070XC4100
 

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by Ken Nail
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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.

The Dual XC4100 cassette player will go where most other stereos won't — into the "shaft-style" dash openings of many older cars. But even if the car is dated, the XC4100 is ready for the future — just connect your iPod or other portable player to the handy front-panel auxiliary input, and transport your vintage vehicle into the digital age.

Expand your system and ramp up the output by connecting an amp or powered sub to the preamp outputs. And track down your favorite stations with the AM/FM tuner's old-school analog tuning knob — an LED indicator lets you know when you've got an FM stereo signal locked in.

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Highlights:

  • cassette player in shaft-style chassis
  • FM LED indicator
  • bass boost
  • preamp outputs
  • front-panel auxiliary input
  • 15 watts x 2 peak power output
  • tape frequency response 60-6,300 Hz
  • tape signal-to-noise ratio 40 dB
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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No
RMS Power Output
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7 watts
Peak Output
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15 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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N/A
Preamp Outputs
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2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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N/A
Display Color
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White
Key Button Color
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N/A
EQ Bands
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None
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Front
USB Input
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No
Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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No
HD Radio
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No
Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
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European Tuning
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Seek/Scan
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Radio Data System
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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/Cassette receiver (has a hardwired harness with in-line 3A and 0.5A fuses)
  • Sleeve
  • 2 Keys
  • 2 Hex nuts
  • 1 Bolt
  • 1 Metal support strap
  • 1 Replacement 3A fuse
  • 1 Replacement 0.5A fuse
  • "Dual" sticker
  • Installation/Owner's Manual

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Features

Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

Bass Boost: This feature enhances the bass frequencies when listening to music at low volumes.

 
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1 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Friday, May 04, 2012
 
I didn't want to cut the dash in my car to put a new style radio in it so I bought this Dual brand radio. After one year the cassette player stopped working. It hardly puts out any watts and the quality just isn't there.
Pros:
none, there are plenty other options for a old school knob style radio.
Cons:
produces less watts than factory 1983 radio. Cassette player broke after one year.
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4 out of 5

The way I remember it

Written By Adam, Santa Rosa, CA on Saturday, March 24, 2012
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This is the way I remember radios to be, simple but efficient. This was a snap to install and suits my needs perfectly.
Pros:
Simple but efficient
Cons:
Not a lot of bells and whistles, lacks fades.
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3 out of 5

Got what I paid for

Written By alan, West Bridgewater on Monday, March 19, 2012
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Poor sound
Pros:
Very cheap
Cons:
Poor sound; no presets
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By heavyduty84, TN on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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radio is working like a champ delivery was fast would buy again good value
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Anonymous, cleveland, oh on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Inexpensive yet performs well as a radio. I like the none electronic tuner when using a battery cutoff ie. storage or security.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

great deal

Written By max, yonkers,N.Y. on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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great quality for the price, meets all my needs, could not find a better deal
Pros:
perfect for anyone with alot of cassettes
Cons:
i do not have any
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By mark, new hampshire on Monday, January 23, 2012
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it is exactly what is says it is---two shaft replacement radio to play music. no frills- just is
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4 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By DavidBar, Frisco, TX on Friday, September 09, 2011
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Good selection of features, and low cost provided best bang for the buck for this "retro" shaft-mount radio in my CJ7 Jeep. I did not have to drill or cut my dash, and was able to quickly adjust the shaft screws for the proper mounting depth. The AUX input is a very nice feature allowing me to plug in my iPod Shuffle. I need to also compliment Crutchfield's technical service department. When the AM Band reception did not work, they actually helped me troubleshoot a problem with my antenna, which fixed the problem. My first purchase from Crutchfield....I will be back.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

fit

Written By doug, ma on Monday, August 29, 2011
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this did not fit my car like the web site said it would the center of the knobs are not the same
2 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works for me!

Written By MidnightMike, Alsip, Illinois on Thursday, June 30, 2011
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I own a 1968 Buick Skylark, and it came with a AM radio, and that one lonely speaker on top of the dash. I wanted to keep the original look of the radio in the dash so I mounted this radio in the glove box, and installed two 6X9 speakers in the back. This little radio packs a nice punch, and I love the AUX input so I can play my MP3 player as well. I like the manual tuning feature on this radio because I do not have a dedicated line coming from the car to keep the clock, and pre-sets intact from a modern digital radio. Every time I shut the car off, all my pre-sets would be gone, so this Dual works great! I leave it set to the oldies channel here in Chicago when I want to listen to the radio, and when I want to listen to my MP3 mix from my MP3 player, I just plug it in. Great product, and easy to install. I am buying another one for my other '68!
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Okay, but too many shortcomings

Written By Ruffin, Charleston, SC on Wednesday, May 04, 2011
 
I replaced an older stock radio with this to add its auxiliary port, letting me listen to iPods
and my Android phone. Mission marginally accomplished. There are some drawbacks,
namely max volume, lack of station favorites, two speaker output, and no cassette
rewind.

Remember the five or so buttons old dial-based radios had that allowed you to
remember stations? None of that here. You have to retune from scratch each time. No
favorites. It does tune fairly well, but tuning anew each time is a pain.

Many podcasts are very quiet. The deck's built-in amplifier isn't much, and won't let me
make up for the podcasts' low volume. I can't listen to many podcasts with the windows
down, and struggle with a few even with them up. (I've got normal hearing.)

Remember that most cars these days -- even my regular cab Dakota -- have at least four
speakers. This only has outputs for two.

The lack of a cassette rewind is regrettable. I've also had the tape player stop working
with a few tapes, once making a fairly nasty smell. (The deck still works.) You also can't
listen to the radio while fast forwarding.

This is a no-nonsense, bare bones deck, but there are stronger, fully-featured, CD-
based, auxiliary port equipped decks on sale here for a few bucks more. Unless you
absolutely have to have a cassette player, trade up. Even if you do, check out your other
options. If you've got an old tape walkman, consider hooking that up to your CD deck's
aux port!
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By farm74, Ft. Dodge, Iowa on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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I purchased this radio to replace the one in our International 1086 tractor. Fit
perfect except for bolting it in. Wasn't hard to fix. More stations and
reception the the old one ever had. Great product....Thanks.....Will do business
again.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Joe

Written By JoeD, riverside ca on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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tuner dial stopped working a week after i installed it
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Andre, Orland. CA on Friday, March 25, 2011
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Perfect for our application, ex-Police patrol car. Good sound.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Rodney, Prague, NE. on Thursday, February 24, 2011
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I like the look of this radio and for the price it sounds good. The only problem with it is
the balance, it dosen't work. The vehicle it is in doesn't get used that much so it's not that
big of a problem.
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4 out of 5

Plain looks nowadays performance

Written By Mike, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
 
Bought mine two years ago...great radio. It has the look of old school but the
performance of a modern DIN. Fits my car perfectly... would and have recomended to
others that need a shaft type radio and don't want to cut the dash up putting in a DIN.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By mike, ky. on Friday, November 05, 2010
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this is a very good radio at a fair price , it would be nice if the tape player had auto reverse
but the radio reception is great.................AND you dont have to get a loan from the bank to
buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 out of 5

simple and good

Written By gcy, arizona on Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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I tried a Retrosound unit in my 1978 Ford pickup before this one. The Retrosound was complicated with the moveable shafts (both in/out and left/right), and took a long time to get right. It was fragile, too. The Dual is extremely simple. The shafts are fixed and fit the openings perfectly. The entire unit is a model of simplicity. It turns on instantly... nothing to run through before playing music. The volume knob adjusts with less than one turn, stop to stop. Nothing digital to wait on. The tuner knob is quit sensitive because it covers the entire band width in a small distance. IPOD hookup couldn't be easier, just plug it in or unplug it. I'm listening to some Polk 6.5" speakers, and haven't had any clipping issues so far. I do plan on using a 50 watt amp. There are no bass/treble adjustments, only bass boost - on/off. I'm delighted with this simple radio/cassette/ipod unit. A snap to install. No delay on startup, easy volume control, good looking and inexpensive. Seems sturdy, too. My Ford pickup isn't exactly an audiophile's dream listening environment, so this unit is doing a good job for it's intended purpose. Many thanks. I'm telling my friends.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A very fine classic radio that fits shaft style or DIN 1.0 mounts...

Written By Yekta, Temple City, California on Wednesday, August 04, 2010
 
This is a very fine, classic radio which fits not only shaft-style openings, but also fits the DIN 1.0 openings as evidenced by the two elliptical, double-key holes on each side of the front bezel, and the included DIN 1.0 sleeve. Only the plastic fit kit needs to be modified (cut some tabs off as indicated, and round the corners to match the opening), to complete the JEEP Wrangler radio opening to DIN1.0. The JEEP middle dashboard, when installed back, then covers the key holes on the front bezel of the radio, which prevents it from being pulled out easily even if you have the keys. Should you need a little more power and want to add two more speakers for four channel (front and rear) audio, you need to buy an amplified equalizer that takes direct speaker outputs as inputs and supplies four speaker outputs (2 front and 2 rear) . The equalizers are DIN 0.5 size and they mount almost anywhere convenient, with some ingenuity without drilling any holes, depending on the model of the vehicle. You would be surprised when you hear how well this radio sounds, especially with an equalizer that lets you tailor your speaker outputs to the vehicle environment.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect little radio.

Written By Henry, NJ on Saturday, May 08, 2010
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ThIs radio is great with a classic. Fits like a glove in old Bimmer's and plays cassettes like a charm. I had a 20 year old Blaupunkt radio before, and this was easily comparable. Very simple and very much perfect. The only thing i wish it had was a way to reverse the tape direction.
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5 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Anonymous, Fort Smith, AR on Monday, April 05, 2010
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I purchased the radio for my 72 Ranchero to replace a radio installed nearly 20 years
ago and speakers in a box behind the seat which was begining to fail. The radio went in
easy and I purchased Pioneer TS-G1643R 6-1/2"/6-3/4" 2-way Speakers for the doors
and the system sounds great. The aux input will be used for my MP3 player on long trips.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Basic Unit

Written By 91hardbody, Jonesboro, AR on Friday, September 25, 2009
 
I bought this for my 2005 Mazda B-Series truck. My factory system consisted of a Pioneer stock CD player and 4 6x8 speakers. The main reason I got this is because I have an IPOD and wanted an easy connection to it. I am really happy with it. It only has 2 channels of power which is enough to drive my front speakers really well at high volume without distortion. The next thing I am going to do is replace my front speakers. It is a regular cab, so the front speakers are enough. If your looking for a good basic unit, this is it.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Ryan, Tampa, FL on Monday, July 20, 2009
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Ordered this receiver for an '87 Jeep Wrangler, it installed easily without any modifications to the Jeep itself and it looks good in the dash. No frills, of course, but it gets the job done and the auxillary input is nice. Also, I find it easy to find stations even with the knobs. Good product.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great radio

Written By john, streator il on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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its a great radio there hard to find. it works fine. sounds very good. got it real quick .thank you.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Excellent solution to a specific challenge

Written By James, Las Vegas on Friday, January 16, 2009
 
Installed in a 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6. This car came with a console mounted shaft-knob unit from the factory. Someone had replaced the factory stereo with a used, low-end unit, and I wanted to improve on it without changing the factory appearance of the car.

This unit satisfies the need to upgrade to the 21st century while preserving the physical appearance of a classic 1980s sports car interior. The unit looks like it belongs in the car, yet offers modern audio connections and capability.

I found that the Aux input is perfect for my iPhone or Sirius audio, and that the 15 watts was sufficient to drive two 6in speakers for decent sound (it wouldn't win any bump-offs, but it was a 10x improvement over what was in there before). That said, I am ordering an amp to connect to the pre-amp audio outputs and get a little more audio oomph.

If you are seeking a modernized deck to keep the classic black interior of your 1980s sports car solid, this is an excellent choice. Otherwise, you'll be cutting your dash and installing a fancy graphic display unit, and that's okay too I suppose.
15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Retro Radio

Written By Thomas, Cambridge, NY on Thursday, October 16, 2008
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No frills, but I was looking for a basic radio to fit an old VW Beetle. Perfect!
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Dual XC4100

Written By Brett, Catawba, NC on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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This radio does what it's supposed to do. I use the front input jack to play a satellite radio thru it.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

This is ok for the price

Written By david, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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This is ok for the price, if you need a radio with knobs. However, I used it
with an amplifier, and I get a lot of alternator wine threw the radio. I have
done as much noise suppression as I can to it with little improvement. The
input feature for an mp3 player is nice.
11 out of 17 people found this helpful
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