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Dual XHD6425

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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.

Dual's XHD6425 CD receiver provides an amazing variety of listening choices. For starters, a built-in HD Radio tuner lets you enjoy the improved AM/FM sound quality and increased programming choices offered by free HD Radio broadcasts.

Playback options
This versatile receiver also makes it easy to play your entire music collection. You'll find a convenient front-panel USB input, perfect for connecting thumb drives or many portable music players. The CD drive plays your favorite MP3 or WMA files, so you can load a disc with multiple albums or playlists and hit the road. A front-panel auxiliary input bats cleanup, providing a convenient place to plug in your portable player or a Dock & Play satellite radio.

Power and tone
Versatility doesn't count for much if the music doesn't sound good. No problems here — the built-in amplifier boasts plenty of power, and five selectable EQ curves alter the sound with the touch of a button. The two sets of preamp outputs allow plenty of options if you're considering adding an amp or powered subwoofer.

Optional Bluetooth
Have a Bluetooth phone? Add the optional Bluetooth module and you'll be able to answer and place calls using the receiver's front panel controls.

Highlights:

    General features
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • HD Radio tuner built in, receives multicasting content (where available)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • 5 preset EQ settings
    Expandability
    • compatible with Dual Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs (USB input not compatible with iPod®)
    • outputs: two sets of preamp outputs
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    17 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-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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    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    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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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Touch
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    Tuner
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    8.5 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10-amp fuse and two transport screws installed in the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (has one set of preamp outputs)
    • XHD6425 wireless remote control
    • CR2032 Lithium battery
    • Rear stud bolt (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 1 Metal support strap
    • 4 Counter-sunk ISO-mount machine screws
    • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount machine screws
    • 3/4" Bolt with nut attached
    • 5/8" Bolt with flat and split lock washers and nut attached
    • Star lock washer
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Self-adhesive Dual logo badge
    • Installation/Owner's Manual (English)
    • Installation/Owner's Manual (French)

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    HD Radio Tuner
    CD Playback
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Faceplate: The headunit features a detachable faceplate and comes supplied with a hard plastic carrying case.

    Display Priority: You can set the unit to a source display or clock display priority. When set to source display priority, the radio tuner frequency, CD track/elapsed time, selected MP3/WMA information (track name, directory name, title, artist, or album), or Aux display will be displayed. The display priority is easily changed with the Display button.

    Clock Display: Normally, the clock display illuminates only when the unit is on. You can program it so the clock is displayed when the ignition key is turned on and the unit is off.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The Dual XHD6425 features a CEA-2006 Compliant rated amplifier that offers 17 watts RMS x 4 channels in 4 ohms at 1% THD+N with a Signal-To-Noise Ratio of 80dBA. The headunit also features two sets of 2-volt preamp outputs for connecting an external amplifier.

    Preset EQ Curves: You can choose from five preset curves: Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, and Rock. Any adjustment to the bass or treble settings automatically cancels the current EQ curve.

    Bass And Treble: The headunit's Bass and Treble can be independently adjusted from -6 to +6 dB.

    Loudness Curve: You can activate this feature to enhance the bass and treble frequencies when listening to music at low volumes.

    Source Audio Memory: Individual bass and treble settings are retained in memory for AM, FM, CD, USB, and AUX modes. This allows you to save the Bass and Treble settings separately for each mode.

    Turn-on Volume: You can preset the unit's volume when it is powered on. Each time the unit is turned on, the volume is reset to the preset level regardless of the volume level when the unit was last turned off.

    Beep Confirmation: You can enable or disable beep confirmation for the headunit's control buttons.

    HD Radio Tuner

    Built-In HD Tuner: In addition to the unit's standard analog AM/FM tuner, the headunit features a built-in HD AM/FM tuner. With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD radio delivers near CD quality sound to FM broadcasts, and FM sound to AM broadcasts. You can store up to 18 FM stations and 12 AM stations, including HD Radio stations. This headunit also supports HD Radio multicasting and allows multicast HD Radio stations to be stored as presets.

    Note: Your local stations must be broadcasting HD AM/FM broadcasts to receive HD Radio content. No subscriptions fee needed for HD Radio programming.

    HD Seek Mode: In addition to searching through both analog and digital stations, you can search only HD stations by using the headunit's HD Seek Mode. During this mode the headunit will skip over all analog stations and tune to only HD Radio stations.

    Automatic Presets: The headunit can automatically store the six strongest stations in the current band selected. Multicast channels are not stored during Auto Preset and must be manually preset.

    CD Playback

    SRAM Buffer: An internal SRAM buffer provides ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) to virtually eliminate skipping of your MP3/WMA CD-R/RW discs and allows alphanumeric or direct track search even while a song is currently playing.

    DSP Processor: The headunit's powerful on-board DSP processor decodes MP3/WMA compressed audio files while maintaining near-CD sound quality.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded with constant bit rate (MP3: 8-320 kbps/WMA: 32-192 kbps) or variable bit rate compression on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded using ISO 9660 level 1 or level 2, Yellow Book MODE 1, or Yellow Book MODE 2 FORM 1. In addition, this unit is compatible with ID3 Tag version 1.x. Discs should be recorded with a maximum of 256 folders and files and 8 folder levels.

    MP3/WMA Search Modes: The preset buttons and other buttons on the front panel can be used for entering letters or numbers to assist you in locating specific MP3 or WMA files and folders. The following search functions can be performed by this unit:

    • Direct File Select: search for specific file number
    • Alphanumeric File/Folder Search: search for file or folder names by entering alphanumeric characters
    • File/Folder Navigate: search for all available files within a folder

    External Device Connection

    Auxiliary Input: There is a front-mounted 3.5mm auxiliary input on the headunit for connecting an external portable audio device such as a portable MP3 player. If you aren't using the aux input, it can be turned off in the menu so when you toggle through the sources aux doesn't appear.

    USB Port: The XHD6425 features a front-panel USB port for connecting an external USB mass storage device. The headunit's USB port allows you to play MP3 (32-320kbps constant or variable bit rates) and WMA (32-192kbps constant or variable bit rates) files from most mass storage USB devices. The XHD6425 has a playback capacity of 48,896 MP3/WMA with 127 maximum number of folders, 382 maximum number of files in each folder and 8 maximum number of folder levels. In addition, the USB input also supports ID3 tags, version 1.x. The XHD6425 will display either elapsed time (default), track number, clock, track name, directory name, title, artist or album when connecting and playing a USB external source. Your connected portable USB mass storage device will also charge through this headunit's USB port. The headunit does not need to be in the USB mode in order to charge your connected device through the USB port. The USB port is found on the front panel of the headunit behind a protective cover. The XHD6425 offers the following playback and search options through it's USB connection.

    • Direct File Select: you can use the rotary encoder or the number buttons on the front of the headunit or on the supplied remote control to access MP3/WMA music files directly
    • File Navigation: you can use the rotary encoder to search through and select a desired track
    • Folder Access: you can use the next/previous buttons to search through and select a desired folder
    • File Repeat: repeats a selected MP3/WMA music file
    • Folder Repeat: repeats all MP3/WMA music files in the current folder
    • Random: plays all MP3/WMA music files in random order
    • Folder Random: plays all MP3/WMA music files in the current folder in random order
    • Intro: plays first 10 seconds of each MP3/WMA music file on your USB device
    • Folder Intro: plays the first 10 seconds of each MP3/WMA music file in the current folder
    • Track Select: skips to beginning of the next or previous track
    • Fast Forward/Reverse: fast forwards or reverses through the current track
    • Pause: temporarily stops USB playback

    Note: MP3/WMA playback sequence is based on the order in which the files are copied to your USB device and begins in the root folder. Any empty folders or folders that do not include MP3/WMA files are skipped.

    Bluetooth Ready: The XHD6425 supports Bluetooth wireless hands-free calling (HFP), advanced wireless audio distribution (A2DP), and wireless audio/video remote control (AVRCP) when connected to the optional DUAL BTM60 Bluetooth module (070BTM60, sold separately) and used with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player. The optional BTM60 adapter connects to the 8-pin plug on the rear of the headunit. The unit can communicate with up to 8 Bluetooth devices.

    • Hands-Free Calling (HFP): When connected to the optional BTM60 adapter and used with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, you can make, receive or end  phone calls from the XHD6425. You can dial out using the unit's front panel numbered buttons or from a listing of the last five phone calls from received, dialed or missed call categories that are displayed on the unit's front display panel. Incoming phone numbers will scroll across the unit's display so you know who is calling and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. The BTM60's built-in microphone and transfer of incoming audio through your vehicle's speakers allow you to carry on a mobile conversation without picking up your cell-phone.
    • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP): The XHD6425 also supports A2DP wireless streaming music audio from your Bluetooth enabled device when connected to the optional BTM60 allowing you to listen to audio wireless from your Bluetooth compatible mobile phone or portable MP3 player. You can choose for the Bluetooth audio to come through all of your vehicle's speakers or only your front speakers.
    • Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP): In addition, you can control your wireless streaming music audio from the front panel of the XHD6425 using AVRCP when connected to the optional BTM60 Bluetooth adapter. The BTM60 adapter allows you to control the following playback functions of your wireless streaming music audio from the XHD6425- Play, Pause, Stop, Next Skip, and Previous Skip.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The XHD6425 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control that operates playback, audio and menu functions of the headunit. Dimensions: W = 1.845", L = 3.738", D = 0.779"

     
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    5 out of 5

    High quality at low cost

    Written By Captain Nieves, Oviedo, FL on Monday, January 28, 2013
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    I bought this radio for my son's 1997 Toyota Camry. It gave "new life" to my son's car and to its speakers. My son loves the flexibility that it offers through it USB and 3.5 mini din.
    Pros:
    The radio has worked perfectly for over two years, the sound is great, even with old factory speakers, has "extended" connection, such as USB and 3.5 aux din, has HD built-in, etc. Bluetooth available through Crutchfield (even after being discontinued!)
    Cons:
    None that I can think of.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By stang, iowa on Monday, January 23, 2012
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    Good stereo for the money
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Anonymous, greer s.c. on Monday, January 23, 2012
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    great product and very good sound
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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    For the price and function what a deal. Bluetooth works great,sound quality through factory speakers better than factory unit. Plenty of ins and outs. Volume control a little short, hard to turn for bigger fingers, HD Radio kicks in and out from analog to digital, would not be so bad but there is a slight delay between signals sounds like a skip
    Pros:
    Price and function
    Cons:
    ergonomics
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    4 out of 5

    The best

    Written By Elpacha, Boston. MA on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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    So far for the money it's perfect
    Pros:
    Very easy to used
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Anonymous, orange ct on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    I love the HD channels. I get music I never got before and the signal is pretty good around here. All I listen to is hd now,. You do need a good antenna and I was wondering if a booster would work for the really distant stations.
    Pros:
    Way better radio with features my out set didn't have so I am happy.
    Cons:
    HD signal has to be strong. I get good signal around here but when I travel you can't expect the best signal. Really upset that after I put it in i eanted to buy another and they had no more in stock. Discontinued them?
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Anonymous, lewisville tx on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    Good. Product
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit for the money

    Written By Bob, Waukegan, IL on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    I am very happy with the money I had to spend that I chose this receiver. The HD radio is a great feature on such a low cost unit. Love the front AUX and USB inputs
    Pros:
    Low cost and easy to use. Very nice features and functions.
    Cons:
    No way to turn off HD radio. When using USB and then deciding what I want to see on the display it does not store my choice forever, have to reset everytime I start car.
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    5 out of 5

    Great features and quality for the price!

    Written By Dan, Orlando, Fl. on Monday, June 21, 2010
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    This is the best deal for the money! Dual makes the only unit with all the features I was looking for in a head unit. I installed this in my Vintage Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible. After installation, I tested all the features, but could not get the USB port to read my 1GB flash drive. I talked to some Computer friends, and found out My flash drive was USB 1.1, Not USB 2.0. I got a 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive and the Reciever worked like a charm! I am very happy with this purchase. I have been recomending Crutchfield.com to my customers at work as a great source for Quality Electronics. I would definitely buy from here again!
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    5 out of 5

    great radio

    Written By full T., chicago on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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    i got this radio and finally got around to putting it in. it is very well priced and works great. the hd radio is amazing and i love the usb input.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Dual XHD6425

    Written By Rodney, Otto, WY on Wednesday, June 02, 2010
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    I've had this car reciever for a few weeks now....i havent had any problems yet. i absolutely love this thing. the buttons feel a little funny when you push them, but i can live with it. 200 watts is a huge step from my 80 watt factory stereo. it was very easy to install. Crutchfield sent everything that i needed. Very good head unit for the very low price...if you want a very nice but affordable car reciever, i definately recommend this one.
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the money

    Written By David, Lakeville, MA on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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    Easy installation and good sound. The only issue seems that the power coming into the radio has some noise so that you can hear a noise/ sound when you speed up or slow down. Was told to purchase another part to solve the issue, had purchased an Aiwa radio from crutchfield which did not have this issue unfortunately that one died and that is why I purchsed this model. All in all this is a good radio for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Upgrade from previous aftermarket Radio

    Written By Anonymous, Miami, Florida on Monday, May 17, 2010
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    I have a 1999 Honda CR-V that came with a factory cassette deck. Several years ago I replaced the factory radio with an Pioneer CD/Radio that was better than the factory but did not support MP3 and newer formats. The Pioneer radio was having problems and I wanted to replace it. My car is old so I did not want to spend a fortune and I saw this HD radio and several friends recommended Dual saying they were underrated.

    I got the radio and mounting kit and wiring harness for a great price, including shipping. My previous aftermarket radio was installed by a national electoronics store. For years my AC adapter in front never worked but I made no connection with my radio install.

    First off the instructions were crystal clear. I am mechanically inclinded and this was a snap. I spent the night before soldering the wiring harness and using heat shrink tubing. I could have used wingnuts but I wanted that "clean" look. It took me an hour to install and I found out that the guy who installed my radio had unplugged the AC adapter outlet and the cigarette tray light and had NOT plugged them back in. It was tough for me because I have big hands but I did a more prefessional installation than they did. Everything on the instructions is where they said it was.

    The radio is great. I am enjoying "hidden" HD channels. I listen to a lot of different music and the sound quality across the spectrum is great. Worth the price.
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    4 out of 5

    good value but with quality issues

    Written By Anonymous, los angeles, ca on Saturday, May 15, 2010
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    The features and price point of this head unit can't be beat but it had issues that I
    couldn't deal with and I had to return it. First, the display is too reflective. I had problems
    reading it in the daytime and this is dangerous while driving. Second, the signal to
    noise ratio at 80 dBA is equivalent to "hiss" on cassette tapes. There was also an
    interference issue that created an audible whine from the speakers. I'm not sure what
    caused it but the factory receiver did not have this problem.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By lee, Seattle, WA on Friday, May 14, 2010
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    Best upgrade to my car along w/ bluetooth speakerphone. Easy installation. Great sound. Features galore.
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    4 out of 5

    slick install

    Written By Anonymous, Peacham, VT on Monday, May 03, 2010
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    Once again, bravo to Crutchfield Team for great installation kit and phone support. The unit is great, especially for the price! It is hard to tell how great it will sound as I have not installed the speakers, amp and subs yet and am playing through standard yukky speakers.

    But features are nice and Crutchfield kit and instructions top notch. I had never bought a Dual unit, but many online sites seem to give them excellent reviews and I don't think Crutchfield would be pushing them if they weren't decent units.
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    1 out of 5

    There are better options

    Written By Craig, Ohio on Sunday, April 25, 2010
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    I bought a 6425 for my car and it was great except that no matter how many songs I put
    on a USB drive, it only played about 40. I called Dual and they said to return it so they
    could replace it. As it turned out there was nothing wrong with the unit. Dual tech support
    had no idea how their unit worked. You had to put music files on the USB drive like data
    and not with Windows Media Player. The subfiles exceeded the capacity of the unit. The
    replacement they sent me has horrible HD radio reception. The local HD stations keep
    cutting in and out even when the car is not moving! My wife just replaced the 6425 in her
    car becasue the display went blank and the volume control went haywire. She replaced
    it with a Sony and the HD reception is great. I will be making the same move soon.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product so far

    Written By Gary, Bloomsburg, PA on Sunday, April 25, 2010
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    Recently purchased this receiver for my 1996 Dodge Ram truck. Still had the original receiver unit installed and it was to the point of non-functional...Searched the Cruhtfield site and found this Dual XHD-6425 unit. It has the features I was most interested in ( Aux & USB) for a fair price that I was willing to pay. The installation was quite easy with the Crutchfield installation package, everthing was included for mounting (except for wire crimps). Complete installation took a few hours and looks great. The standard radio function is fine, but points to my need to also replace some speakers...The HD radio has limited use in my rural area; looking forward to a drive to an area which offers HD stations to check out this feature. The Aux jack works great with my iPod shuffle. Haven't yet used the USB connection. Overall quite satisfied so far...
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    5 out of 5

    great HD radio and sound, better than Sony for the price

    Written By Riley, Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, April 24, 2010
     
    This was first installed in a Buick Regal and then changed into a Toyota Solara. I like most everything about the unit. The only cons are that sometimes I can't read the display because of the glare from the shiny display plastic or from the sun washing out the blue digital display (I think that this will happen with any unit unless it has an LCD display). Also, I think the power to the power antenna should only activate it to go up when the radio is on and not when the DVD player is on. The power antenna goes up as soon as you turn the unit on and stays up all the time until you turn it off.

    I have the Bluetooth module installed and it works well. No complaints other than the price was 40% of the unit's price. I love the remote, the presets are normal, 5 for each band, 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands, power is plenty, and this unit has many features. HD radio is nice and sounds better than regular radio and gives many more channels to choose. I shopped locally and the only units with built-in HD tuners cost much more, especially Sony's, which I did not think was worth paying twice the price of this unit for.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Sounds

    Written By Ornery, Colorado on Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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    I really like the sound from this unit. Bought to replace my factory radio. The HD is nice
    becasue there are hidden HD stations. It was fairly easy to install but there was some
    soldering for the interface harness (GM door open alarm).
    One thing I noticed is that certain stations will "skip" if you get in a weak reception area.
    It reminds you of a CD skipping. I guess there must be a delay in the broadcast of HD
    stations.
    The othere thing is I wish the Volume control knob stuck out farther, it's a bit low profile
    and not as easy to adjust as I would like.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for the money!

    Written By Mick, Elsmere, KY on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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    Well lit display, great sound, great features. What else can I say.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Dan, Tampa, FL on Monday, March 22, 2010
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    I ordered the radio and received it 2 days later by standard delivery. I was already impressed. I had no installation problems what so ever. I was concerned because I had read many blogs on the Miata.net site about guys having problems with the replacement of the Bose system with a non Bose system and I had never installed a radio before. It was a breeze. Everything worked the first time. I have had the unit installed just a few weeks but have really enjoyed the HD radio and the usb input the most.
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD 6425

    Written By Bill, Cincinnati Ohio on Sunday, March 21, 2010
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    I ordered this from Crutchfield on 3/3/2010 at about 6 pm. The car stereo was on my door step when I got home from work on 3/5/2010. Talk about fast service. I had the stereo installed the next morning in about 2 hrs. The Crutchfield supplied wiring harness made installing a breeze. I had a little problem with the mounting kit, but I was able to get it to work. The HD radio is the reason I bought this model, and it works well. The only problem with digital signals is going through tunnels, under bridges, etc. You will lose the signal, instead of an analog signal just fading. I've had it installed for over two weeks now and am very happy with the extra radio stations this unit receives.
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    2 out of 5

    Deck was basically DOA..

    Written By Will, Idaho on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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    Having never purchased a brand new reciever before, I was reluctant to spend even $100 on a brand I wasn't familiar with, but felt that everyone deserves a fair shot. I wish I had trusted my gut! I got this unit and struggled with it from the start. After installation It powered up and appeared to work correctly. After about 15 minutes of play the unit would lock up no matter if on the radio or inputs. I couldn't determine if it was overheating, or what. After 15 mins the deck would become completely unresponsive, even when pushing power on the deck, or remote. Even after I had removed the faceplate THE DECK STILL CONTINUED PLAYING. After I turned the key to the off position, the lights on the deck remained lit, but music no longer played. After the reciever was unresponsive I'd have to reset the deck, then it would only work when it wanted to, and for less than 15 mins. It did have great sound and features for the price, but I'm not gonna deal with Dual again. I'm going back to Sony and Pioneer. Yikes. Sent back and ordered the Sony MEX-BT2800. Also, I did check all the voltages and everything going to the deck from the car and found nothing out of the ordinary. I assume I just got a bad deck due to the number of great reviews on this product. Don't let this discourage you. It had a great sound to it. I was pretty impressed! Too bad it didn't work. :-/
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By dave, Texas on Tuesday, February 02, 2010
     
    i own the Dual XDM6400BT bought it about 1 1/2 years ago, it still works perfectly, no issues of any kind. The difference between my stereo and this model (Dual XHD6425) is the HD radio, for the price of DUAL's, they're well worth it!!!!
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    2 out of 5

    Don't discount poor reviews

    Written By Tom, CA on Friday, January 29, 2010
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    I really haven't had any problems with items I have purchased. And I have never given a review, good or bad.

    I have owned it since Oct 2008. However, my Dual unit mode switch has stopped working as of yesterday. The USB and AUX options are no longer available. CD and Radio still work but what I liked was the USB and AUX options.

    This Christmas I nearly invested in the BTC60 adapter.

    I haven't decided if I want to keep it or change brands. I am not likely to replace it with a new unit by DUAL.

    I called DUAL for out of warranty service providers and there are none. So if you still want to buy the unit you may want to purchase an extended warranty.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    HD Receiver is not good

    Written By Manik, San Diego, CA - 92126 on Thursday, January 14, 2010
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    The HD receiver is too finicky. It looses reception even with a slight change in driving altitude or entering/leaving a car port with front and back sides open. Since, I'm driving in San Diego with quite a bit of undulating terrain the HD radio volume never stays the same, it goes higher, lower, sharper, mild etc., It's really irritating.

    But the USB input and MP3 CD player is working well for the past month that I have used in 02 Camry. May be OK for the price I paid.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    After 30 years...

    Written By Barry, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, December 12, 2009
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    I got about 18 months out of the XHD6425. Last week, the output just went totally quiet... in any mode. Took it out of the dash and heard something rattling inside. Turns out a tiny internal screw came loose. I speculate that it shorted something out as it rolled around at the bottom of the unit and main PC board. Since the repair will cost a substantial amount of the retail price, I asked Crutchfield for a deal on a replacement unit. I asked for just a replacement head, no wiring harness, no mounting kit, no instructions... Crutchfield denied my request. I've been a loyal Crutchfield customer for over 30 years. My first car stereo install was an 8-track into a '74 Capri. Yes, the unit is out of warranty, but you would think Crutchfield would offer up some wee token deal. Guess it's time to move on...
    15 out of 37 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Steven, Gatesville, TX on Monday, November 16, 2009
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    What a great device! The sound is great and the features are too. The initial set-up and the optional items were very easy to perfrom. The manual is well written and the remote control is a really neat component that I wasn't sure I would use in the car, but it is just right for a shirt pocket while comuting to work and makes it easy to control the receiver while not destracting your control of the car. I received a call the other day and used the mute feature instead of needing to turn the receiver down or off while talking and with a push of a button I resumed right where I left off. Speaking of that, the MP3 song will pick right up after you turn off the car and restart as well as continuing the play instead of going to the start of the tracks.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice in-dash set - I really like that USB port!

    Written By Andy, Kensington, MD on Friday, October 02, 2009
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    I subtracted a star only because even tho I can easily reach the faceplate
    in my car, the controls are a little difficult to read (day or night) and
    manipulate. This means that it is easier to use the remote, which seems a
    little silly to me.

    But, it sounds great for the use I put it to,which involves two kinds of
    driving. First, tooling around the WashDC 'burbs listening to the HD radio,
    which is great until I get amongst the tall buildings and then the HD might
    cut in and out - not really the fault of the unit.

    But I often drive out to West Virginia near the U.S. Radio Quiet Zone (look
    that up if you don't know what it is!) and I can pretty much forget about
    ANY radio reception. There, on the more rural roads the USB feature is
    great - with no moving parts to skip! The same goes for the speedhumps
    (no, that wasn't a typo!) that are proliferating in the burbs. With the
    equivalent of a 40-60 CD changer on each thumb drive I have with me, I
    seldom bother with CDs (audio or MP3) anymore.

    Some have complained about "loading time" for USB drives. With 4GB, 8Gb
    or even 16GB drives, I have not experienced any serious delay. The
    biggest challenge is organizing one's music (or audiobooks) on each drive,
    but that's something to do back at the computer.

    There are one odd thing about the USB feauture. It will play one's "folders"
    in the order in which they are copied to the thumb drive - NOT in alpha-
    numeric order. HUH?!?
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Quality Control & Customer Service...

    Written By Andy, Tri-Cities, WA on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
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    After using this stereo for around six months, the CD player stopped reading CDs of any kind. No problem, these things are bound to happen occasionally. I contacted Dual about it and received no response. Contacted them again, and again no response. I contacted Crutchfield, and they were great handling the return on Dual's behalf. The new stereo went in and worked great... for about 4 months. Then the volume knob started to "spin free" without making any adjustment to the volume. This time I went straight to Crutchfield for warranty support (still within my year of warranty). My third stereo is on the way now and I hope it lasts longer than the first two. It was installed in my wife's 2003 Camry, so it isn't being subjected to any sort of adverse conditions, and while it can get hot here in eastern Washington, there are certainly hotter places it could be in operation. If I hadn't also installed the blue-tooth adapter, I would be looking for another brand, but I sort of locked myself in to the Dual brand by buying it, so I just hope this third unit is a charm...
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425 Receiver

    Written By Brad, Bartlesville, OK on Monday, September 07, 2009
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    This is a sweet product. I never heard HD Radio till I got this installed and it was worth buying. It is just like listening to a CD over the airwaves. Crystal clear, no static whatsoever !!!

    This unit is very easy to setup and use. I just bought a mp3 player for 50 bucks and it plugs directly into the USB port on the front of this receiver and it is so simple to use. The CD Next and Previous buttons change the songs on the MP3 player so you dont have to look at the mp3 player to actually use it.

    I am so glad I bought this receiver and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this unit.

    Have a nice Day,
    BRAD
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By 1031982, Chicago suburb, IL on Monday, August 17, 2009
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    I had this radio professionally installed, and I can honestly say I really like it.
    I got it for the HD signal, front auxiliary input, and easy tuning. When I am in range of HD signals, it's extremely clear. Regular analog radio signals are good as well, but they were better on the previous radio. Not by much, but to me it's noticeable.
    The auxiliary input is solid, and is crystal clear as expected.
    The simple audio tuning (Base, treble, balance, fader) made this very easy to fine tune, and the pre-set equalizers corrected anything else. But if you use an equalizer settings, it sets the base and treble settings back to default.
    For the price and features, I find it to be an extremely good easy to sue radio.
    The only issue I have is that it does not read scratched disks well. I have a CD that can be read in any other player I put it in, but this radio skips multiple songs and has some trouble loading it. But I am not going to use the CD-player to much, so it doesn't bother me.
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    4 out of 5

    Has this happen to anyone else?

    Written By Chris, Apopka Florida on Thursday, July 02, 2009
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    I bought this unit back in Feb. of this yr. It worked great until a couple of days ago. I had my brother make me a CD-RW, but when i went to put the CD in the CD player it read loading and then eject with an error code of Error-02. But if I play with it long enough it will eventually start reading it, But at first I thought it was just the type of CD but now when I go to put in a regular CD in it wont even read it. So up till now it was a really good Unit, but i also have a really good speaker system and when i turn my bass up (when my CD player worked) it would skip. So I would still rate it high.
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    3 out of 5

    Not Bad but.......

    Written By Lee, Michigan on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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    I bought this stereo for the UTSB and Aux input. The power and sound is okay, has a nice faceplate.

    A few things I don't like compared to my JVC in my family sedan.
    1. Only has bass and treble controls. Not many choices in sound customization. At this price, i'd expect at least a 3-band EQ.
    2. after putting in a disc or thumbdrive, it will not revert back to the time clock automatically. Just shows the elapsed time of the song. have to push "display" button twice to get back to the clock. very irritating.

    I will end up uninstalling this out of my truck and give to my sister and purchase a JVC or Pioneer with all the same inputs but with better sound customization and time clock always on.
    2 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great at the Price

    Written By John U, Seal Beach, CA on Thursday, April 30, 2009
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    I was looking for a receiver that would give me a digital input. I ddi not buy it primarily for the HD. But the HD is becoming one of the nicest features of the receiver.

    I live about 35 miles from most of the LA FM transmitters. In the time that I have had it, listening to HD and HD-2 I have experienced only one digital signal droput. For those who posted that sensitvity is not all that great, I have not had that problem. But be sure sensitivity is set to 'DX'.

    I plugged a flash drive into the front panel USB input (nice feature) and it came right up. A good feature is the abilty to randomly play all the tracks in all the folders on the drive.

    The CD player also came right up when I put an MP3 disk in.

    Sound quality is a giant step above the factory installed unit that came out.

    A great receiver with lots of features for a really nice price
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Value & Quality

    Written By saul, Los Angeles, Ca on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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    Great product!

    PROS
    Offers more features for your dollar than similar radios costing much more.

    Bluetooth - Great for cellphone use clear both ways and easy to pair with my Tmobile shadow. It will also accept streaming wireless music from my cellphone to my car radio. Bluetooth a must have!

    USB - Don't have music on your cellphone to send via bluetooth to car radio? No problem the USB feature is easy to use just plug in.

    HD Radio - Want better reception with fuzzy FM signals.

    Auxiliary Plug - Want to have your sons protable DVD movie heard in the back speakers of your car or your IPOD. Just use the Aux plug in front of the radio.


    CONS
    Buttons are very small but easily solve using the wireless device that comes with the radio.
    HD radio will bounce between FM and HD making it annoying. But heck it the signal is bad in FM and HD just change the channel.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio, Awesome sound

    Written By medman25, Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, April 25, 2009
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    This was a real easy install on a dodge dakota. The radio works great, is easy to set up and the sound is awesome. I did not think I would use the USB port, however I have used it a couple of times now. I like that fact that I can listen to the songs on the mp3 player while also charging it. With all the free stuff you get with it, you just can't beat the deal. Then add in the Crutchfield support, you simply won't be able to do better. The radio has all the high end ones have at a big box store price, lol. It looks factory installed after getting the install kit.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good deal for the price.

    Written By David, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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    Like several people have already said, the price is difficult to beat with all this unit has to offer. I have a Saturn L200 and the installation went very smooth.

    My experience so far...

    The HD radio works pretty well. I love having the new stations.

    The CD works great, but I wish the "skip track" buttons were bigger.

    I've had a few problems with the USB port. I have an older iPod (iPod photo), and it isn't playing the files on my device... It just makes a huge playlist. I don't know what the problem is but I hope I can figure it out.

    Because the USB port doesn't allow you to use the iPod controls, it's nice to have the AUX port.

    Overall I'm very happy with my unit. The Crutchfield service was great.
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    4 out of 5

    Worth the Money

    Written By Jeremy, Franklin, MA on Saturday, April 18, 2009
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    The stereo works great and it was well worth the money. It's awesome having the Aux jack right in the front for my Sirius receiver. The one problem is the capacity of the USB port. If your like me and you have a pocket drive with a lot of music (I have about 60 gb), don't expect to just plug it in and go. The stereo can't handle more than 127 folders, so essentially I had to spend about a week extracting all the songs from their folders. Even doing that though, I am within the 40,000 maximum files allowed and the stereo still has a serious problem reading my drive. I've also tried converting everything from wma to mp3 and still have not had success. I guess I'm going to have to pony up the cash for a 120 gb Zune (seeing as the stereo can't read AAC files off an ipod. Overall it was worth it though. A significant upgrade from my factory deck.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo, HD radio is a major plus

    Written By Mark, Lutz, FL on Thursday, April 16, 2009
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    Cheapest stereo with built in HD radio tuner. HD radio sounds great, no static and major improvement on sound quality for both AM and FM. Simulcast broadcasting is a very nice feature.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Harold, La Feria, Tx on Monday, April 13, 2009
     
    The stero works great, along with the bluetooth adapter makes a good combination. The stero puts that extra umph in my ride. The USB is awesome, I feel like im a portable DJ.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice budget HD radio

    Written By Matthew, Avon, IN on Friday, April 10, 2009
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    Every thing works well. Remote is really nice (I generally find remotes in the car to be a silly "show-off" item). Charging from the USB is really nice. Did not purchase the bluetooth adapter so I don't know about that part.

    Only two real complaints... the buttons are a bit tough to easily navigate due to their small size and close proximity and the screen does not scroll through artist - title - station - frequency. You can pick any one of those or use the clock.
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Scott, Indiana on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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    I got this to replace the stock radio in my 1999 F-150 (the tape player had stopped working). The HD tuner works well and gets the staions I listen to in town. The HD enables me to pick up stations I couldn't get before. The remote is nice to have since I can change staions or modes without taking my eyes off the road. The CD player works very well and the USB has been great to have. I haven't used the AUX port yet. All in all, a good value for the price paid. The wiring harness and installtion kit fit perfectly and it looks good in my truck.
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    2 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Dave, Kansas on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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    I bought this radio for my Nisan Frontier hoping to improve the sound and the reception because I live in a rural area. The quality of the radio is good but the reception is poor. It has a very good fm sensitivity rating but performs worse than the factory radio that I had. If it wasn't so much work, I would probably put the factory radio back in because I have to manually tune in stations, the seek will not work for the stations that I listen to. The bottom line is that it hasn't been a good experience for me.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Radio and features

    Written By RichManFL, Port Charlotte, FL on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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    After buying this radio for my Toyota Matrix, I was surprised that the setup of the radio and installation was effortless. The included kit was a piece of cake, and the instructions clear and concise. Now that the unit has been in the car for 4 months, I can say that everything works well with the exception of very weak AM reception. I have tried to listen to sports broadcasts, and get little luck. My factory radio was much better, but the HD radio and the MP3 and USB features make this unit rock. I have even used my MP3 with 30GB of music.... and it works like a dream! NOTE: the USB is not capable of charging your unit which is attached, so that is another downfall.... but no biggie!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Great head unit for the price. HD is awesome

    Written By sprinkler268, St. Louis, MO on Saturday, April 04, 2009
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    Gets a thousand stations, but doesn't get the one station that i listen to(the point). USB in the face is great. Works great with my ipod or even a thumb drive. The only bad thing was the dash kit that crutchfield sent with it didn't fit in my dash, had to do some cutting of the dash to make it work. Other than that everything was fine.
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Brad, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, March 25, 2009
     
    I am very happy with this radio, the install was easy and took about 1 hour total time. The only concerns I have are the buttons are small and I need to steady my hand on the dash to turn the volume knob with any control. If you are considering the optional BTM60 Bluetooth adapter, I would look at the Dual XHD7714 with built in Bluetooth for about the same price as this model with the adapter.

    Overall very happy with this radio, I love the HD tuner.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6425

    Written By Raul, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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