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by Zak Billmeier
Dual

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

Dual's XDVDN8290 DVD receiver incorporates navigation and Bluetooth into a supremely capable entertainment center for your double-sized dash opening. The SD™ card-based navigation system offers millions of points of interest, plus easy updates via the card slot. You'll get voice prompts, plus accurate and easy-to-follow maps of North America for all your expeditions, so you'll roam without worry wherever you go.

Touchscreen control
The motorized 6.5" touchscreen display opens up with the touch of a button. Put in a CD or DVD that you've loaded with your favorite MP3 or WMA files, and you'll have enough music for the longest road trips. And the included adapter cable lets you control your iPod® right from the touchscreen. A built-in Bluetooth receiver allows you to conduct phone calls through your car's speakers with a compatible phone.

Theater on wheels
Take in your favorite films or videos when the car is parked, or entertain the passengers in the rear seats by sending the picture to an optional backseat monitor. The XDVDN8290 sports dual-zone operation, so your passengers can check out flicks in back while you drive to music up front. The XDVDN8290 features built-in 5.1-channel surround-sound decoding, and includes a center-channel amplifier — it's ready for you to build a real movie theater on wheels.

iPod 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/60 peak x 5 channels)
    • 6.5" LCD video monitor with touchscreen controls
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in navigation with millions of points of interest (uses SD card slot for map updates)
    • wireless multi-zone remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • iPod controls available through touchscreen interface
    • Dolby Digital and Dolby ProLogic II decoding
    • 24-bit D/A converter
    Expandability:
    • Bluetooth wireless technology compatible with most enabled cellular phones
    • built-in Secure Digital memory card slot (up to 2GB)
    • inputs: rear-view camera input, A/V iPlug connector (with iPod input, auxiliary input and audio/video input)
    • outputs: one set of audio/video outputs, 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer, and center)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 17 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 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Y (2)
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input A/V
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot SD card
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/DVD/CD/Navigations receiver with a 6.5" LCD screen
    • Sleeve
    • Thin trim ring
    • Thick trim ring
    • Wiring harness (has an in-line 20-amp fuse on the constant power lead)
    • 8.25' Parking brake detection wire (has male bullet connector on one end)
    • GPS antenna with magnetic base and attached 16.5' cord terminated by an SMB connector
    • iPlug Interface with attached 80" cable (has stereo RCA audio jacks/composite video/3.5mm stereo minijack/8-pin DIN connector on the interface and stereo RCA audio jacks/composite video/8-pin DIN connector on the other end)
    • 6' Audio patch cord (with stereo RCA plugs on each end)
    • 6.5' iPod cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and 8-pin DIN connector on the other end)
    • 43" Audio adapter cord (has 3.5mm stereo miniplugs on both ends)
    • 44" Audio adapter cord (has 3.5mm stereo miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
    • Wireless remote control (Main)
    • Wireless remote control (Multi-zone)
    • 2 CR2025 Lithium batteries (installed in remotes)
    • Screen cleaning cloth
    • 4 Pan-head DIN screws
    • 4 Flat-head DIN screws
    • Metal support strap
    • Stud with hex nut
    • Rubber bumper
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Pan-head screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Stylus
    • NavAtlas 2GB SD-card
    • Map Database & Utilities CD-ROM
    • Self-adhesive Dual logo badge
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • Bluetooth Mobile Phone Compatibility sheet
    • Technical difficulties sheet
    • Warning sheet concerning driver watching videos

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    Display Features
    Built-In Navigation
    Audio Section
    DVD/CD Playback
    External Device Connection

    General Features

    6.5" TFT LCD Monitor: The XDVDN8290 double-DIN DVD receiver features a 6.5" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touch-screen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 480 x 234 for a total of 280,800 pixels with a contrast ratio of 350:1. The screen has a 120° horizontal viewing angle (60° left or right), and a 95° vertical viewing angle (40° up and 55° down). The display is motorized and slides down and out to reveal the disc slot and SD card slot.

    Display Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the display's vertical angle for better visibility. There are 6 display angles to choose from.

    Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the displays brightness, sharpness, color, contrast and tint from 0 to +20.

    Display Type: The unit's integrated monitor can be set to display a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio image.

    Video Lockout: 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 supplied yellow/blue wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged and disengaged in a preset sequence.

    Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power for more than 40 seconds.

    Built-in Navigation

    Navigation: The Dual XDVDN8290 features built-in NavMate navigation software. The unit comes supplied with a NavAtlas 2GB SD-card which must be installed for navigation operation. The NavAtlas SD-card contains maps of the United States and Canada with approximately 10 million points of interest. The XDVDN8290 can map routes from point A to point B with stops in between if desired using the unit's touch-screen graphic interface.

    GPS Antenna: The XDVDN8290 comes supplied with an external GPS antenna which features a magnetic base and 16.5" antenna cord terminated by an SMB connector which plugs into the back of the unit and mounts to the outside of your vehicle.

    Voice Guidance: In addition to on-screen visual guidance, the XDVDN8290 utilizes turn-by-turn instructions with voice guidance so you don't have to take your eyes off the road.

    Go To Menu: The Dual multimedia navigation headunit provides six choices for selecting a destination.

    • Address or Intersection: This option navigates using an exact address or cross street.
    • Previous Destination: This option allows you to scroll through and select from a list of recent destinations.
    • Point Of Interest: This option is helpful when traveling to a public place or looking for a type of location, such as a gas station or restaurant.
    • Home Address: This option allows you to store and select your Home address as a destination.
    • Office Address: This option allows you to store and select your Office (Work) address as a destination.
    • Favorites: This option allows you to navigate to a specific location previously stored as a favorite.

    Route Preferences: You can set the unit to calculate your route by shortest distance or shortest time. You can also select for the navigation unit to avoid tools, freeways and ferries.

    Trail Book: This function leaves a trail from the start point to the end point and name/save the trail for future reference for an off-road route.

    Trip Book: This feature allows on-road trips to be created for future reference. You can then simulate the route.

    Trip Computer: The Trip Computer displays the following information during your travel - Average speed, Maximum speed, Total trip time, Stopped time, Drive time, Elevation, ETA, Trip, Odometer, Digital clock, and Current speed.

    Auto Recalculation: The Dual XDVDN8290 will automatically recalculate your route if you veer off the original calculated route so you can get back on track.

    Map Orientation: You can change the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with  your direction of travel at the top of the screen), or Split-screen.

    Display Setting: The navigation display can be set for day or night time driving.

    Audio Section

    Speaker Outputs: The unit has 5 speaker outputs: front L/R, rear L/R, and center. The unit features a center channel speaker output, hardwired to the rear panel. The other four speaker leads are included in the plug-in harness.

    Preamp Outputs: The XDVDN8290 has 6 channels of preamp outputs: front L/R, rear L/R, center, and subwoofer. If you want 6-channel theater-style sound, you can hook up the appropriate external amplifiers and speakers to the front, rear, center, and subwoofer preamp outputs. When the unit is in 6-channel mode, you can independently adjust the level of each speaker.

    Dolby Digital: This unit supports Dolby Digital playback using its 5-channel speaker configuration or 6-channel preamp outputs.

    Surround Mode: You can choose between full 6-channel output or a downmixed 2-channel mode.

    Surround Setup: You can input the size and presence of each speaker in your sound system by entering "Large" or "Small" for Front left/right, and "Large," "Small," or "None" for Rear left/right and Center. For the Subwoofer, you can enter "Present" or "None." You can select "Large" for speakers that give a full-range output. When "Small" is selected, it will activate a high-pass filter for those speakers.

    Dynamic Range Control: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On or Off.

    Pink Noise Generator: The built-in pink noise generator helps you set the relative speaker levels for multi-channel playback. You can play pink noise through the left front, right front, left rear, and right rear.

    Center/Rear Delay: You can adjust the time difference between the center and the front speakers to create a time delay between 1 and 5 milliseconds to produce a more accurate audio effect. You can also adjust the time difference between the rear and front speakers between 3 and 15 milliseconds.

    Audio Controls: The Audio Menu allows you to adjust the following:

    • Preset EQ: Select from the following EQ Presets:
      • Flat: Bass 0, Treble 0
      • Jazz: Bass +6, Treble +4
      • Pop: Bass +4, Treble +6
      • Classic: Bass +4, Treble +4
      • Rock: Bass +6, Treble +6
      • News: Bass -2, Treble -2
      • Urban: Bass +4, Treble +5
      • Rave: Bass +5, Treble +6
      • Movie: Bass +3, Treble -2
      • Techno: Bass +5, Treble +3
      • User: set by user
    • Bass, Treble, Subwoofer: individual controls between -7 and +7
    • Fade, Balance: individual controls between -9 and +9
    • Loudness: On, Off

    Selectable Bass/Treble Center Frequencies: You can set the center frequency for both the bass and treble effects. The bass can be set to 60, 80, 100, 130, 150, or 200 Hz. The treble can be set to 10, 12.5, 15, and 17kHz.

    Subwoofer Low Pass Filter/Q Factor: The cutoff frequency for the subwoofer output's low pass filter can be set to 80, 120, or 160Hz. The Q Factor can also be set to 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0. In addition, the phase of the subwoofer can be switched from 0-degrees to 180-degrees.

    Multi-Zone Capability: Independent sources can be played simultaneously on the unit. In addition to the main source output from the front and rear channels, you can select an alternate source to be output through dedicated multi-zone preamp outputs for headrest monitors, overhead monitors, etc. Sources that can be selected as the multi-zone source include CD/DVD, rear camera, auxiliary a/v input, or SD card. The unit comes supplied with a dedicated IR remote for Zone 2 use.

    Relative Volume Gain: The gain settings allow you to customize the relative volume of the various modes to compensate for volume differences between the sources. The range is adjustable between -7 and +7, with 0 being the reference point. Relative volume can be set for AM/FM, DVD, iPod, Bluetooth, XM, Aux In, SD Card, and Nav.

    DVD/CD Playback

    Electronic Skip Protection: This unit is equipped with a high-speed flash memory buffer for skip resistant playback. This ESP offers skip protection for DVD, CD, MP3, and WMA discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The XDVDN8290 can play MP3/WMA/JPEG files that have been recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2, Yellow Book Mode 1 or Mode 2 Form 1, or Multi Session. Compatible bit rates are 40 to 320 kbps for MP3, and 40-192 kbps for WMA. Recorded discs can have up to 1500 files and 8 folder levels. Playback functions include file skip, fast forward (2x, 4x, 8x, 20x), file repeat, folder repeat, file random play, and direct file select for MP3/WMA audio file playback. JPEG images can be rotated clockwise and counter-clockwise 90-degrees, as well as zoomed in and out from 1/2, 3/4, 4/3, 3/2, 2 or 3. Images can be displayed one at a time or in a thumbnail view of nine mini-images at once.

    Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.

    Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions (2x, 4x, 8x, and 20x).

    Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file or folder. A-B Repeat allows you to repeat any portion of a DVD.

    Zoom Mode: Using the remote control, you can change the magnification of the image from normal to 1 to 2 to 3 to 4. While the image is enlarged, you can pan the screen up, down, left, and right.

    Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    External Device Connection

    Aux Input: The Aux input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external A/V equipment to this head unit.

    Video Out: This RCA composite video jack allows you add an external monitor.

    Camera Input: This RCA composite video jack allows you connect an optional rear view camera. The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image when a rear camera is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. In the menu, you can switch the image from Normal to Reverse

    Headphone/MultiZone Output: This output consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect an external headrest monitor, overhead monitor, or a wireless headphone system.

    iPod Compatibility: Select iPods equipped with the proprietary dock connector, can be connected to and controlled by the head unit. When the iPod is connected, it can be controlled via the unit's touch-screen The screen displays all information including playlists, artists, albums, and songs. You can also view pictures and videos from 5th Generation iPods. In addition, your iPod will charge while connected and the system is turned on. The XDVDN8290 is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    click-wheel/color-display 4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPod mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPod video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd  Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
    3G N N N N N N N
    3GS N N N N N N N

    Note: The included iPod cable can be connected to the head unit through the iPlug or through the dedicated iPod jack on the rear panel. For iPod video playback, you must connect your iPod, using the supplied cable, to the iPlug adapter and run a composite video cable from the iPlug adapter to the XDN8290. The iPod photo/video display of the unit will not operate while the vehicle is moving. The parking brake will need to be engaged just like when watching a DVD. Apple firmware updates may effect compatibility.

    Bluetooth Compatible: The XDVDN8290 features built-in Bluetooth and Bluetooth Version 1.2 compliant. The unit is compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled wireless phones, and allows you to make and receive calls via the touch-screen. It has a built-in microphone for hands-free operation. One-touch dialing from the phone book and on-screen caller ID are also available.

    SD Card Slot: Just below the DVD/CD slot is a slot for SD (Secure Digital) memory cards for playing MP3, WMA or JPEG files. This unit will support SD-cards up to 2GB. Playback functions include file skip, fast forward (2x, 4x, 8x, 20x), file repeat, folder repeat, file random play, and direct file select for MP3/WMA audio file playback. JPEG images can be rotated clockwise and counter-clockwise 90-degrees, as well as zoomed in and out from 1/2, 3/4, 4/3, 3/2, 2 or 3. Images can be displayed one at a time or in a thumbnail view of nine mini-images at once.

     

     

     
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    I wanted to like this, but I just can't

    Written By William, Baltimore MD on Saturday, September 19, 2009
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    I want to like this head unit, but I just can't. I purchased it in Feb, 2009 because of the features and the price. I've tried to like it, but I really wish I could just get my money back and buy something else. It only supports old firmware versions of ipods, so if you've updated your ipods in the past 3 or 4 years, you won't be able to control them with the head unit. Dual has no intention of updating the firmware for the unit either according to them. I've had many many issues with the GPS system. First was the SD card reader, which I had to send back to Dual after only owning the unit for 3 months, then had to wait 3 months to get it back to me. I've now had it for almost 2 months and I can't get the voice to work on the GPS unit. Just stopped working for no reason. I get no help from Dual. I really wish I could just get a full refund on this unit and get a different one. I wanted to like it, but I just can't.

    The only things I do like about it, is that I can burn MP3s to a DVD-R disc and it will read it, so I can have tons of MP3s that way. And the blue tooth was decent, as far as blue tooth goes, but as one of the other posts said, it is somewhat cumbersome to set up. I expected a lot more from this unit.
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    2 out of 5

    Dual 8290 is slow/ poor FM reception

    Written By DJ, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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    The DUAL is a budget system that has the right idea. But, you get what you pay for. The built-in bluetooth works well, but was difficult to set up. the DVD navigation was off, the screens were very slow and the POI management was painful. The IPOD control was both slow and non-intuitive. Try changing IPOD folders while driving, you will be distracted to the point of danger. The touch screen was not responsive and often required hard taps. My spouse's finger nail tips did not work on it. The remote steering wheel interface with the PAC-SWI-X stopped working it worked when it wanted to, thus negating the safety feature of having steering wheel controls in your car. I had to remove this unit for fear of my spouse possibly being distracted while driving and the FM radio stations faded in and out when they are normally strong. I have to assume the unit was both defective and of low quality.
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    4 out of 5

    Niiiiiiiiiice

    Written By Roofie, Ashburn, Va on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
     
    This is a very nice screen. Much more information than tiny handhelds.
    Hooking up a license plate backup camera makes it very useful.
    What more could you want.
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