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by Ken Nail
Dual

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.

Dock your iPod®
Dual's made it easy to use your iPod or iPhone® in the car. The XDMA5280 CD receiver comes with an iPod/iPhone cradle that puts your player up where you can see it — keeping your console clear of clutter and protecting your player from the knocks and dings of daily use.

Dual XDMA5280

Built-in controls
When your Apple player is connected to the front-panel USB input, you'll enjoy cruising control from the face of the receiver. Search for your favorite playlists, artists, songs, and more, all while your device gets charged. If you prefer using your iPod's controls, you can use its clickwheel or touchscreen to navigate through all your stored music.

Front auxiliary input
When you don't have your iPod on hand, you can keep the music going by loading in a CD, even a disc full of MP3 and WMA files, or by jacking another device into the front-panel aux input. A set of preamp outputs simplifies the job of adding a powered sub for some extra bump in your bass.

Solid power output
The XDMA5280's built-in MOSFET amplifier uses a special type of transistor that delivers extra power. And you'll find seven preset EQ curves that allow you to quickly change the tone to match your music.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 10-digit white-on-black display
    • iPod/iPhone cradle included
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls with 7 preset tone curves
    • source volume level
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding an optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    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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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White/Black
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    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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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    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
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    8.5 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver(w/ 2 transport screws installed on top of chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness (w/ inline 10A fuse)
    • XDM5280 IR wireless remote control
    • CR2032 Lithium battery
    • iPod/iPhone cradle
    • Cradle mounting bracket
    • Mounting post
    • Mounting nut
    • Small wrench
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Short pan-head screws
    • 2 Long pan-head screws
    • 2 Counter-sunk screws
    • Rear-support bolt
    • Star washer
    • Hex nut
    • Spare 10A fuse
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • "Portable Device Mounting Installation" sheet
    • "Attention" note (attached to chassis)

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    Disc Playback
    USB/Aux Input
    iPod/iPhone Connection
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc Playback

    CD Compatibility: The Dual XDMA5280 head unit supports CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, & CD-RW disc playback.

    MP3/WMA Compatible: The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R & CD-RW discs.

    Compatible Files MP3, WMA
    Recording Format ISO9660 level 1/level 2, Yellow book Mode1/Mode 2, Multi-session
    Sampling Frequency MP3: 8-48khz, WMA: 32-48kHz
    Bit Rate MP3: 32-320kbps, WMA: 32-192kbps
    ID3 Tag Support MP3 Tags: version 1.0-2.4, WMA Tags
    Character Support Song/Artist/Album Names: 30 characters, File/Folder Names: 32 characters
    File Folder Limit Maximum Files: 999, Maximum Folders: 255, Maximum Folder Levels: 8

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

    Playback Features: The XDMA5280 offers playback features such as Repeat, Random & 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.

    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 & begin playback.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for approximately 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect it from damage.

    USB/Aux Input

    USB Port: The Dual XDMA5280 is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of MP3/WMA files stored on a USB mass storage device. The XDMA5280 offers the following playback features for MP3/WMA USB files - File/Folder Search, Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random, & Intro Scan. The unit's USB port will also charge your USB device during connection. The MP3/WMA files stored on your USB mass storage device must meet the following requirements for proper playback on the XDMA5280.

    File System FAT/FAT32
    Compatible Files MP3, WMA
    Recording Format ISO9660 level 1/level 2, Yellow book Mode1/Mode 2, Multi-session
    Sampling Frequency MP3: 8-48khz, WMA: 32-48kHz
    Bit Rate MP3: 32-320kbps, WMA: 32-192kbps
    ID3 Tag Support MP3 Tags: version 1.0-2.4, WMA Tags
    Character Support Song/Artist/Album Names: 30 characters, File/Folder Names: 32 characters
    File Folder Limit Maximum Files: 50,000; Maximum Folders: 255; Maximum Folder Levels: 8

    Auxiliary Input: The XDMA5280 features a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for temporary connecting an external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player.

    iPod/iPhone Connection

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The head unit's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the Dual in-dash head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Cradle: The Dual XDMA5280 includes an iPod/iPhone cradle which provides a place to secure your iPod or iPhone next to the Dual head unit. The cradle will attach to the XDMA5280 when ISO-mounting or DIN-mounting the head unit in your dash.

    iPod DAC Bypass: 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, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB. The Dual head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the Dual head unit's front-panel controls or from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: From the Dual head unit, you can search your iPod/iPhone's music from the XDMA5280 by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Audiobook, or Podcast. The head unit also supports Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random, & Intro playback functions for your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.

    iPod Display: The Dual XDMA5280 will display song, artist, & album information of stored music on your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection will charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Dual XDMA5280 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/11/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 N N N N N N N
    2 5.0.1 N N N N N N 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.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Dual XDMA5280 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 XDMA5280 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 XDMA5280 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)

    Preset EQ Curves: The Dual CD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves (Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, & User) to customize your music listening.

    Bass &Treble: The Bass & Treble can be independently adjusted from -6 to +6. Bass & Treble settings are retained for each mode individually. Any adjustments to the Bass or Treble settings automatically cancel the current EQ curve.

    2V/2Ch Preamp Outputs: The Dual XDMA5280 features a pair of 2-volt preamp outputs to connect an external amplifier.

    Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can program the unit to turn on at a specific volume (1-46).

    Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (AM, FM, CD, Aux, USB & iPod). You can set the source volume level for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Dual XDMA5280 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning.

    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.

    Local: The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals.

    European Tuning: You can switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Dual CD Receiver features a detachable faceplate to deter theft (no face case is supplied). The head unit includes a face-fixing screw if you prefer that the unit's faceplate always stays attached.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    10-Character LCD: The XDMA5280 features a 10 character LCD with white text & black background for easy viewing during the day or nighttime.

    Display Settings: The head unit offers the following display settings.

    • Scrolling: 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).
    • Display Dimmer: The head unit's display features three illumination dimmer settings (High/Medium/Low).

    12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock will display 12-hour AM/PM time in USA frequency spacing mode. In European frequency spacing mode, the clock will display 24-hour time.

    Note: The clock can be set to stay on even when the head unit is turned off.

    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 unit's demonstration mode.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The XDMA5280 comes supplied with an 9-button IR remote control which provides wireless control over the Dual CD Receiver.

     
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    Radio does not work properly. CD USB AND AUX INPUT work fine radio is not very good at all.
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    Save your money for a better stereo

    Written By Matt, Denver, CO on Friday, August 03, 2012
     
    I'm a value shopper and that means I want the best product for the least amount of money. This unit looks good on paper, but its sounds and controls leave something to be desired. There were no reviews when I bought this open box stereo, so I took a chance. Originally had the Kenwood KDC-MP342U, but then needed a new stereo. This unit was far poorer in quality than the Kenwood. Muffled sound, the programming was klunky. I lost my radio station presets without disconnecting my battery. Ipod controls had a few bugs- for example, the title of the song on my iphone was not displaying on the unit properly. I returned this unit and got a different one. I'd reccommend the JVC Arsenal KDA735BT CD Receiver- for just a little more, you a much better stereo.
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