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by Zak Billmeier
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.

The Dual XHD6430 CD receiver gives you lots of features that'll rock your road trip or commute without stretching your budget. Whether you're looking for better AM/FM sound quality and increased programming choices offered by free HD Radio® broadcasts, or you just like to listen to tunes from your iPod®, the XHD6430 makes it happen with intuitive control and ease.

Playing your tunes
Plug your iPod into the front-panel USB input, and you can browse your music library with the XHD6430's controls. This lets you stash your iPod in a secure place and keep it charged while you drive. The USB slot is also perfect for connecting thumb drives or other portable music players. The CD drive plays your favorite MP3 or WMA files, so you can load a disc with multiple albums or stacks of files and hit the road. A front-panel auxiliary input makes the XHD6430 even more versatile, providing a convenient place to plug in your portable player or a Dock & Play satellite radio.

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.

iTunes® tagging
Ever hear a tune you like on the radio but couldn't remember it when you got home? With your iPod connected and an HD Radio station tuned in, you can "tag" the songs you like to buy later on iTunes. Once a song is tagged, you'll be reminded to purchase it from the iTunes store the next time you sync your iPod on your home computer.

Power and tone
Dual designed the XHD6430 to play great no matter what the source. The built-in amplifier boasts plenty of power, to improve your music's clarity and impact, and five selectable EQ curves sculpt the tone to match your car's environment. The two sets of preamp outputs allow plenty of options if you're considering adding amps and subs. The rear output can be switched to subwoofer mode, giving you control over your bass level from the driver's seat.

Talk hands-free
Have a Bluetooth phone? Add the optional Bluetooth module and you'll be able to answer and place calls on your compatible cell phone using the receiver's front panel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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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
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • built-in iPod control
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • 5 preset EQ settings
    Expandability
    • compatible with Dual Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: two sets of preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other info

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    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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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    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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    Yes
    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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    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    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/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    8.5 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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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 (installed)
    • Face (inside included face-case)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • XHD6430 wireless remote control
    • CR2032 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 1 Metal support strap
    • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount machine screws
    • Star lock washer
    • Rear stud bolt
    • Hex nut
    • 2 Face fixing screws
    • 4 Small machine screws
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • Service note (attached to top of unit)

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Wireless Communication

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The head unit features a manual fold-down, detachable faceplate and comes supplied with a hard plastic carrying case. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD Display: The head unit features a 2-line black/white LCD display.

    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.

    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.

    Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's display features three illumination settings. You can choose from Low, Med, or High.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The Dual XHD6430 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.

    Selectable Preamp Outputs: The XHD6430 features front and rear preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output. The selectable subwoofer preamp output offers separate volume control from 0-12 to enhance the sound of your connected amplifier and subwoofer without effecting the rest of your car audio speaker system.

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

    Bass And Treble: The head unit'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.

    Source Volume Level: The source volume level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (AM, FM, CD, AUX, USB and Bluetooth). You can set the source volume level (-6 to +6) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

    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 head unit's control buttons.

    Radio Functions

    Built-In HD Tuner: In addition to the unit's standard analog AM/FM tuner, the head unit 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.

    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 head unit's HD Seek Mode. During this mode the head unit will skip over all analog stations and tune to only HD Radio stations.

    Multicasting: This head unit also supports HD Radio multicasting and allows multicast HD Radio stations to be stored as presets.

    Preset Tuning: You can store up to 18 FM stations and 12 AM stations, including HD Radio stations.  The head unit 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.

    Scan Tuning: The Scan Tuning feature momentarily previews strong stations on the current band, pausing for fives seconds at each station.

    iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature of the XHD6430 allows you to "Tag" songs that are playing on HD Radio station and enables them to be purchase later through iTunes. With the touch of a button the unit will remember the title and artist song information, and then transfer that information to your  iPod the next time you connect it to the XHD6430 using the supplied 2-wire cable. The following iPods support iTunes Tagging.

    • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
    • iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen)
    • iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd gen)
    • iPhone (2G/3G/3GS)

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The XHD6430 supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    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 head unit'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: 32-320 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 1.0 to 2.0. Discs should be recorded with a maximum of 256 folders and files and 8 folder levels.

    File/Folder Navigation: You can search for all available files within a particular folder.

    Playback Modes: The XHD6430 supports Repeat, Random, and Intro playback modes.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The XHD6430 features a front-panel USB port for connecting an external USB mass storage device. The head unit'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 formatted in  FAT or FAT32 file system. The XHD6430 has a playback capacity of 48,896 MP3/WMA files with 127maximum 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 1.0-2.0. The XHD6430 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 head unit's USB port. The head unit does not need to be in the USB mode in order to charge your connected device through the USB port. The XHD6430 offers the following playback and search options through its USB connection.

    • File/Folder Navigation: You can search for all available files within a particular folder.
    • Repeat: Track (continuously repeats selected track), Folder (continuously repeats all files in selected folder)
    • Random: All (plays all tracks in random order), Folder (plays all tracks in folder in random order)
    • Intro: All (plays first 10 seconds of each track on device), Folder (plays first 10 seconds of each track in folder)

    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.

    iPod Operation: The front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the XHD6430 using your iPod or iPhone's USB/docking cable. Once you have connected your iPod/iPhone and set the XHD6430 in iPod/iPhone mode, your connected iPod/iPhone will automatically begin playback (if a song is playing on the iPod/iPhone before it is connected, it will continue to play). The XHD6430 provides audio playback, navigation control, display information, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked during connection. The XHD6430 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of July 2010):

    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
     mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th Y N 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
    6th 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
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    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 an newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: There is a front-mounted 3.5mm auxiliary input on the head unit 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.

    Wireless Communication

    Wireless Remote: The XHD6430 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control that operates playback, audio and menu functions of the head unit. The remote operates off of a single 3V Lithium battery (CR2025). Dimensions: W = 1.585", L = 3.385", D = 0.3125"

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Bluetooth Ready: The XHD6430 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 head unit. 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 XHD6430. You can dial out using the remote control's numbered keypad 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 XHD6430 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 or remote control of the XHD6430 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 XHD6430- Play, Pause, Stop, Next Skip, and Previous Skip.
     
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    1 out of 5

    Didn't Last

    Written By brad, athens ga on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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    Unit purchased 18 months ago by daughter as replacement for factory radio in Ford Explorer. installation relatively easy. However, CD player now skips and won't play cd's. Still plays through aux input and radio. will be contacting Crutchfield for options. Warranty 1 year but this model is discontinued.
    Pros:
    inexpensive
    Cons:
    poor quality build, didn't last. works better through aux input than iPod/iPhone usb input
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    1 out of 5

    Skipped badly, then died

    Written By NathanL, Georgia on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
     
    Any tiny bump in the road would cause a CD to skip. Sufficient RAM to bufer an entire song probably costs a dollar these days, so that's inexcusable, even if the internals were mechanically unstable. After a few months, the unit died and would no longer turn on.

    I realize the unit is discontinued, but I hope this rating reflects poorly on the manufacturer. Worst CD unit I've ever owned.
    Pros:
    USB thumb drive playback was nice
    Cons:
    Skipped on CDs and died in a few months.
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    5 out of 5

    Car Stero

    Written By Rachelle P, Crossett Arkansas on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    This was one of the best investments i have done! It is way cool stero and can not beat the price!!
    Pros:
    It was a great stero and i love the price i got it for
    Cons:
    Remember to take the packing screws out when installing it
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    1 out of 5

    This is junk

    Written By Gary, Philadelphia.PA on Friday, May 24, 2013
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    I agree, after 1 year, this thing has needed to be re-set. (taken out of dash and re-set) 3 times now, so I emailed crutchfield, said I have to contact MFG. dont wast your money on non name brand units. I'm going with a Sony this time around. I see why its discontinued, it's junk.
    Pros:
    there is none if if dont work
    Cons:
    it's junk, it was cheap. I saved $10, what a mistake, never again
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    1 out of 5

    POS

    Written By Steve, MIchigan on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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    Not even one year and the thing needs to be reset frequently due to the solid red light lock up. Sound quality not so great, buttons are finicky. I'm glad this is discontinued, so nobody else will have these problems.
    Pros:
    Cheap.
    Cons:
    What's point of cheap if it doesn't work for didly.
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio

    Written By Brandon, York, South Carolina on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
     
    It was easy to install and sounds good. A very good quality product. It only took around an hour. It has everything you need right out of the box. I like the blue color of it. It got great into my mustang.
    Pros:
    -blue -sound quality -durability -easy installation
    Cons:
    -Cost
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    5 out of 5

    Dual xhd6439

    Written By Alex, Millerton ny on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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    I live this radio allows me to use my phone with and iPod cable and charges it at the same time. Love it all around.
    Pros:
    Their are a bunch of pros to this radio. The sound is good, a nice bass. And have no other problems.
    Cons:
    The radio light does not go very low. On the lowest dimming settings it is pretty bright. But live the radio. Wish the radio head that comes with the radio was blue tooth built in and not have to buy a different head.
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430 In-Dash Review

    Written By Mojoaudioguru, Chicago on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    Surprisingly, it was very easy to install. Took less than 15 minutes, with the supplied harness and frame. The sound quality is great. It puts out the power that its rated at, (50 watts x 4), and the threshold of sound fills my full size van completely. The value was good. But the radio's removable front clip seems a little fragile. Still, it does what it was intended to do. I'm happy with it. I coupled this with 4 6x9 speakers. The original front OEM door speakers, and a pair of Pyle Pro audio tri-axials for the rear deck. Again, the sound quality is fantastic. For what it's worth, it did the trick. I'm happy. Crutchfield knowledge and helpful hints, helped out tremendously. The only one's in the industry that supplies harnesses, and materials specifically to employ an easy worry-free install.
    Pros:
    Fragile front plate. CD skips and jumps until the memory / buffer catches up.
    Cons:
    Does what it's intended to do with all it's features. The Blue Tooth is a nice touch and the mute button is a well needed feature.
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    5 out of 5

    Radio

    Written By Landrews, Stafford VA on Friday, March 22, 2013
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    i THINK THE RADIO IS A GREAT VALUE FOR THE PRICE, IT WAS DIFFICULT FINDING A RADIO THAT FIT OUR 1993 FORD RANGER, IT IS A GREAT RADIO ADN WORKS WELL, AND IS COOL LOOKING AS WELL
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    2 out of 5

    See why it's discontinued

    Written By Scohar4, Cincinnati on Monday, February 11, 2013
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    I also only get the red circle of death. Purchased in October, I actually had it professionally installed but it has been non-working now for a while. I thought it might have been a fuse. Replaced that. It came back on for half a day and is now back to the red light around the power/volume button. Serves me right trying to save a couple bucks. Will be contacting Dual but not with high hopes from what I am reading here.
    Pros:
    HD radio, tagging, usb
    Cons:
    Ummm, doesn't work
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Good until it started locking up...

    Written By RC, Cary, NC on Sunday, January 13, 2013
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    Nice stereo, and fit my car perfectly. Great reception, sound quality and features. However, after about 9 months, it has begun to inexplicably "lock up" on me. Like any other stereo, when I park my car and turn off the ignition, I expect to be able to use the stereo again when I get in my car. However, it has now reached the point where it locks up and will not power on about once a week. I must pop off the faceplate and do a reset. I lose all of my settings from my clock to my preset stations. If there is a good side to this it is that I use it primarily with my satellite radio, so when it locks up, I only lose about 4 or 5 local stations and my operating preferences. Now I find myself trying to find the receipt so I can get it in under warranty.
    Pros:
    Price. Good reception, features, easy to install.
    Cons:
    Has begun to lock up about once a week for no reason. Usually after turning off ignition and coming back later and starting car. Other reviews seem to point to this being a common problem.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By Anonymous, Las Vegas, NV on Monday, January 07, 2013
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    Great radio. Lots of features. Only complaint is the interface is a bit complicated compared to all the modern touch screen stuff. Definitely the early 2000s style with all the lights and buttons.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Worked for a few months

    Written By Mooose, Kansas City-ish on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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    I installed it after my old stereo got ripped off. I didn't want to spend too much but wanted the USB port.

    It installed well and worked as designed for a few months until one night it just up and died.

    It is getting power, the lighted ring around the volume knob is red, but it will not power on no matter what I do.

    I see now, that it has been discontinued. I think I know why.
    Pros:
    Cheap.
    Cons:
    Not so cheap when it only gives you a few months of tunes.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great features for the money!

    Written By DJ LT, Wauconda, IL on Thursday, November 15, 2012
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    I was looking at a similar Kenwood model that was about double the cost with the same features. Some people complain about the ease of use in their reviews. If you read the owners manual, you will have no problem programming and using many of the features. The HD will drop off as you get to the outskirts of major metropolitan areas. If you are within range, there are no issues. The iPod plug works great! The CD player has some issues displaying the track names on home-made CD's but the sound is great. Be sure to get the wire harness for easy installation. I installed this in a 1994 Lincoln Town Car as a replacement for the cassette AM/FM radio and it is HUGE impovement in sound quality and features. I did purchase the Bluetooth adapter. The sound coming into the car is great but the people on the other end say they hear a buzzing sound. Probably due to a gounding issue.
    Pros:
    Great value for the features included HD CD iPod connectivity
    Cons:
    Bluetooth adapter buzz CD home-made track names not displayed on radio screen.
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    1 out of 5

    Put one in my 2006 Silverado. Face plate went bad within a year

    Written By Emory, Land O Lakes , Fla on Thursday, November 08, 2012
     
    Nice features,worked great less than one year. Dual says sorry buy another.
    Pros:
    Sounded good and liked features
    Cons:
    faceplate started dying within first year. Was no longer usable without purchasing a new face plate.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By Jeff, Knightdale NC on Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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    Very Solid Purchase!!
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By JL, Melbourne, FL on Monday, November 05, 2012
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    Unbelievable value for the features loaded in this unit, including built in HD radio
    Pros:
    Good Fit, easy self install, sound and controls are nice.
    Cons:
    not compatible with iPhone 4s
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    2 out of 5

    Confused

    Written By Phillip, Richmond, VA 23225 on Saturday, November 03, 2012
     
    Only works with the remote and only picks up 2 radio stations
    Pros:
    Good when I use AUX
    Cons:
    Only works with remote.. Radio picks up 2 stations... Can't use buttons in faceplate properly because of some odd reason
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By UB, Malden Ma on Saturday, November 03, 2012
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    It was easy to hook up to my system I use it in my work truck
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By radial, Pickerington, OH on Thursday, November 01, 2012
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    Good sound, great function, bonus of having front USB.
    Pros:
    Overall value.
    Cons:
    Face plate does not attach firmly, will occasionally fall off in rough road conditions
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    5 out of 5

    Using w/ bluetooth in Commercial KENWORTH WORK TRUCK - BLUETOOTH great

    Written By M, ST, CLOUD,MN on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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    With the new "no cell phone in commercial vehicle" law, only bluetooth handsfree is acceptable. So I looked this up online and my emplyer bought it with the optional matching boothtooth, for my big work truck I use as a heavy equiptment field mechanic.. I am on the road a lot and need to pick up calls a lot and it was really not an option to get an in the ear bluetooth with all my mechanic issues - mainly I'm always oily, dirty, you get the picture! This is a great unit, set up great with my basic cell phone. I get in, turn on my bluetooth on my cell, the stereo knows what to do, I get a call, I push the button, the mic is good, everyone hears me. I am in a VERY NOISY TRUCK! So, I give it a A+. I didn't really review it in the "cool factor" as I guess it is cool, I dont know! So a 4 seemed like a good rating, the options are cool! It sounds good, my speakers are not great and with better speakers the whole thing will be better! I have to have t he treble all the way up for the bluetooth - again, better speakers are needed and I will be getting to those. As a sidenote, liked this unit so much, bought another one for my 2002 Dodge Pick up and will install it soon and add another review if anything else should be noteworthy.
    Pros:
    Whole unit functions great with bluetooth adapter and sound is great, easy, no fail, big truck likes it!
    Cons:
    None really, for the price it would be dumb to complain.
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    5 out of 5

    Good System

    Written By Shaidow, Newport News on Monday, October 29, 2012
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    I like the system. No real complaints. Sometimes I have to remove and reinsert the usb for it to read but that's a minor annoyance.
    Pros:
    USB; HD
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    i installed it to mercury villenger

    Written By pete, whitestone,newyork on Monday, October 29, 2012
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    this radio is great buy , but has it problems to i already traded in one for another so i hope it does not start up again because then i am goingto have to change my mind
    Pros:
    the radio is great the cd is awsome
    Cons:
    having problem with listen to usb when it gets hot it freezes and then you have to reset everytime
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    2 out of 5

    Unit stopped working

    Written By cliffro, Albany NY on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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    Installed unit in a Honda CRV.

    Had the same problem as another reviewer: After about a week of use, the radio would not turn on. The on button was lit but the radio itself would not turn on. Trouble shooting guide does not seem to get at the problem. Will have to take unit out presumably to see if it's the fuse. (It's not the under dash radio fuse - that one is fine.)

    Connected black cable to black cable (ground) with the indicated wire connector pack that I bought with the radio. Perhaps the radio black wire should have gone to chassis instead.
    Pros:
    Really enjoyed it when it was working.
    Cons:
    Stopped working
    Crutchfield response on Monday, October 22, 2012
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice stereo, but the radio reception is lacking

    Written By xspook, Florida on Sunday, October 14, 2012
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    I have had this for about 2 months and mostly use it for listening to the radio and playing MP3's from a USB memory stick. For the money, it's a great buy. It has plenty of power for my 2002 Ford Sport Trac with factory speakers and factory subwoofer.
    Pros:
    Has USB input and HD radio. You can take a 2, 8, 10 Gb or larger USB drive, load it with thousands of songs, set it to random and you'll never have to worry about a scratched CD again.
    Cons:
    Radio reception is lacking. My factory radio was much better. When using HD radio, the FM stations often will have moments of signal drop, where the audio will be echoed. When set to HD and listening to AM, it's unlistenable. There are frequent electronic interference sounds that are difficult to describe, but will have you reaching for the power button the moment it happens. Once HD is disabled, the problem goes away. I would actually prefer an SD card input, but the USB suffices.
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    1 out of 5

    Dual Disaster

    Written By Scot, Charleston WV on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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    It broke today 6 months after installation. the face plate FELL OFF when the latch plastic deteriorated. I rarely mess with this feature and remove the plate only once or twice but the latch is now irreparable. I hope to replace with help from Dual or Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    cheap, easy to install
    Cons:
    Hard to work with Ipod, broke in 6 months.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall Very Good Head Unit

    Written By Casey_CO, Denver, CO on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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    I've been satisfied with everything about this head unit so far, it's been great in my is300. It blows the stock stereo out of the water and is just as good as the $150 sony I bought for my 4Runner a few years ago.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By steve, napa, ca. on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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    Really cool product. Super easy to install and use. Sound is great. The radio reception is a little staticky but I think I may need to replace the antenna and wire. I won't really use the radio anymore now that I can play MP3 files and my iPod.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By WillG, Morriston, FL on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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    Bought this for my mother-in-law, she is still getting used to functions, but she's liking it so far, USB input lets her leave her ipod at home, and 3.5mm allows her to use her phone trough the stereo. Loves that part. Sound-wise does sound good even with stock speakers which I'm replacing next. Remote has just enough buttons so you can learn them quickly without having to take yours eyes off the road, or pumping the volume while seating outside of car.
    Pros:
    USB, 3.5mm, ipod connectivity, bright clear display, remote control
    Cons:
    Buttons are a little hard to read at first, but getting used to them should be no problem.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By Anonymous, Harrisburg,NC on Saturday, September 15, 2012
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    Good item would recommend to friends and Family.
    Pros:
    easily setup and controls.
    Cons:
    It would have been nice to be able to change the panel color to match the car dash lights.
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    4 out of 5

    Little surprises, but worked great

    Written By Tim J, Corpus Christi, TX on Friday, September 14, 2012
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    The unit plays well. I'm not sure why, but most of the time when turning on the ignition, the unit powers up but no sound. You have to select a station other than the one it's already on to get it to play. It looks attractive in my Chevy Blazer. A flash drive was readable and worked the best. A CD of mp3s made on my desktop would not play (ERROR 2). A CD burned on a former computer did play successfully, but skipped in places. I have observed no skipping when playing a commercial CD.
    Pros:
    The sound quality is acceptable. The large number of presets (18) makes it nice when going on regular out of town trips. Display options are good. Not a fancy display, but for the price, it's great!
    Cons:
    Some CDs of mp3 files tend to skip, even while the vehicle is not in motion. CDs with mp3s burned on a desktop DVD don't seem to play. Installation was a bit more involved that originally thought.
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By Brian, Las Cruces NM on Thursday, September 13, 2012
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    Love the unit for it's value, only problem is unit's controls cannot be dimmed, only display, at night it is bothersome and will have to come up with a shade for it.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Pleased

    Written By Tim V, ALEXANDRIA, VA on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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    Was a bit weary of the price being so cheap. Once I got it installed, it made my 88 Jeep YJ speakers actually sound semi decent. I love the USB port, I plug my iPhone in and let it charge while listening to music. Also if I have my GPS going on my phone, it will interrupt the music and give directions through the speakers. The removable face also proves to be useful, it is nice to have the option of making it look like nothing is there, especially when you on a older jeep.
    Cons:
    No Cons so far
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    3 out of 5

    Dual XDMA6430

    Written By Richard, Orinda, CA on Monday, September 10, 2012
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    I bought 2 of these radios. One for myself and one for a friend. I only listem to am talk or home made mp3 cd's. After only 2 weeks of use on 8/2/12 the radio would not turn on. The on button was lit but the radio would not turn on. Reading the truble shooting pages no mention was made of the problem. The manual did say that with the ignition off you could push the eject button and the cd would eject. I did that and with the ignition on and the cd removed the radio could be turned on and played cds like nothing ever hapened. On 8/3/12 I told my friend, who only listens to the mp3 how to fix her radio should the same thing happen to her. 8/4/12 my friend tells me her radio did the same thing but her eject button would not go in. She had never ejected her mp3 cd from the first time she put it in {3 weeks} so we do not know if it ever worked or not. She is going to the installer to get it checked in a few days. Hope other piople have better luck..
    Pros:
    The cd player has ok tone Quality.
    Cons:
    cd player quit playing after two weeks. My friends cd player quit playing after 3 weeks. The radio sounds like it is not quit on the station
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, great price.

    Written By Bud, Alabama on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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    I purchased this unit to replace the dead radio in my 1972 VW convertible. Hey: new school meets old cool, right? It only took less than 30 minutes of modding to get this unit to fit. The unit works great. Instructions are clear, functionality is top-notch. I was delighted with the price (open box and all). And if anything goes wrong, I know Crutchfield's got my back. All in all, a solid unit.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, superb documentation, great supporting hardware. USB & audio-in available from front panel. Small size.
    Cons:
    Controls are a bit non-traditional for my taste--the volume, for instance, is in the middle of the unit, rather than towards the left side where most companies put it.
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    4 out of 5

    Great features

    Written By CG, Georgia on Friday, September 07, 2012
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    Installed this in my Toyota Tacoma. Mainly picked this because of the USB reader and the ability to play MP3 CDs. After a few days it seemed to be 'dead' except the power button still had a red glow. I removed the radio and checked my connections. It started working. Happened again a few days later. I came back here and read the other reviews saying that this tends to happen and the solution is to press the reset button under the faceplate. I thought about sending the radio back and getting a different unit but after looking at the other radios in my budget, I decided that this is the one I wanted, regardless of the 'glitch.' Problem hasn't reoccurred. I suspect the problem is either caused by heat or something to do with the USB feature. I don't have the bluetooth accessory or an iPod but might get them in the future now that I've decided to keep the radio.
    Pros:
    Sounds good. Ability to play MP3s on disk or USB drive. More features that I may use in the future.
    Cons:
    Had to be reset twice in the first week after I got it.
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    4 out of 5

    Latest HD unit shows improvement

    Written By Alan60085, Waukegan, IL on Thursday, September 06, 2012
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    I have had the two previous generations of Dual Single DIN HD stereos. With each generation the operation got better, but even with the previous one the build quality was lacking and it was a simple mechanical failure of a switch on the faceplate that did it in. On this version the build quality is noticably better, I expect years of good service. The HD performance is MUCH better, and the IPOD and Data Stick file navigation show much improvement. For the money I'd say you likely won't go wrong, and in very many ways it is worlds better than the entry level HD offering from Pioneer - but to be fair that Pioneer deck is a train wreck.
    Pros:
    Better HD performance, data file navigation. Easy to use. Very inexpensive.
    Cons:
    Buid quality not as good as many others.
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By brad k, bassett nebraska on Thursday, September 06, 2012
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    Love this it makes my old truck like new its all the radio . I am very happy with it and I have told many friends about the sound and how easy it was to put in
    Pros:
    One good sounding radio. Don't jump the cd when going down the back roads here in the sandhills of nebraska
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Akiva F, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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    I was really happy with this purchase, both the radio and the awesome Crutchfield service. Crutchfield's whole system is great - website, ordering, shipping, tech support- the best! The radio worked really well and you cannot get another unit with even close to the features for less. Somehow Crutchfield has much better prices than everyone. All the features worked well. I really liked how the HD radio and iPod support worked. Sound quality was not amazing but still good esp if you consider how this radio has basically every cool feature. Only problem I had was that the CD was skipping (the anti-skip buffer was not working). I called Tech Support and they told me to push the reset button on the radio and the problem was solved. Highly recommend Crutchfield and this radio.
    Pros:
    Lots of features. Crutchfield support. Great price.
    Cons:
    Display a little bright even when turned down to low and a technical glitch with cd skipping which was resolved.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value for the money

    Written By Norm, San Jose, CA on Saturday, September 01, 2012
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    Add car stereos to the list of electronic items that have greatly decreased in price over the years. I was looking for an inexpensive radio to replace the factory cassette player in a 20 year old car that died. This more than fits the bill. Many features, HD radio, fairly easy to use, better quality - more powerful sound. I just put up with the factory radio and bad speakers had no plans to replace them until the radio quit. The only annoyance so far in this unit is that I cannot leave a disc in the CD player and listen to another sound source.
    Pros:
    HD radio, relatively easy to use, inexpensive, not bad looking, powerful sound
    Cons:
    Cannot listen to another sound source while a CD is in the player.
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    5 out of 5

    Great option and look for the price

    Written By Team22, ALEXANDRIA, VA on Thursday, August 30, 2012
     
    Great deck for the price. Installed in an 88 Jeep Wrangler with ease. The HD stations are great in my area, also nice because my antenna broke off about 3 years ago.

    I would not recommend the in-dash kit the offer with this unit - 142FJ1550MFord/Mercury/Chrysler 1986-Up Kit E/S. It was inexpensive, but in my opinion a waste of money. Poorly made and does not support the head unit at all. I used a top mount bracket that I had from my previous install, just had to modify slightly to get screws into the new head unit.

    All and all I am very happy with the sound quality and options. USB for Ipod/Iphone which you can control with the remote and it charges the device. Nice blue illumination display and song info.
    Pros:
    Great Price. Good Features Easy Install Descent Quality build Good Look Detachable Face
    Cons:
    None Yet
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    2 out of 5

    Trouble with firmware lock-ups

    Written By MikeG, Lake Zurich,IL on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
     
    Problems with the firmware are an issue. I'm looking for a fix now. Unit started locking up every few days about a week ago. Unit worked OK the first three weeks although it does have an issue with some USB folders/files with music on them. On 2 larger drives that had GB+ of music it just locked up. I placed a smaller amount of music data (maybe 100-200 songs) in the root directory of a clean USB drive and it read the songs OK. Now though it is having issues locking up and you need to pop the cover off and reset the unit which clears all the radio settings. I'm not sure if this started happening because we began to try other "functions" and settings. We are looking for a solution now. I will post an update if these get fixed.

    Also the HD radio seems to have some trouble locking/staying locked on HD stations. I don't have a reference point on how problematic this is compare to others because this is my first HD radio.
    Pros:
    Cool radio with lots of features for the $.
    Cons:
    Lockups and resets are annoying and erases/clears all your AM/FM station presets.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Pleased

    Written By MM Kid, New Jersey on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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    Easy to install. Great sound quality. Great features. A wonderful product for the price!
    Pros:
    Versatile, plenty of power, fits car well
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By Wes, Ponchatoula,LA on Monday, August 27, 2012
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    Radio is performing excellent, well worth the money. Love all the features this radio offers.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By JerryK, North Las Vegas, NV on Monday, August 27, 2012
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    Can't beat this receiver for the price. For ease of use, I'd prefer to have dedicated knobs for treble and bass, and I'm not crazy about the blue lighting that cannot be dimmed, but these are small complaints that don't keep this receiver from being a great value. It works and sounds great.
    Pros:
    Great value. Works well and sounds good.
    Cons:
    Blue illumination lights cannot be dimmed.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By TylerH, Oceanside, CA on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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    Excellent value. It has HD radio, Aux input, iPod syncing, tagging, and excellent sound.
    Pros:
    Good sound. CD, HD Radio, Aux input, iPod syncing, song tagging.
    Cons:
    Complicated buttons. Cheap power button that wiggles (cheap feel). Can't charge your Zune and listen to music at the same time. Lighting does not dim with car.
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    4 out of 5

    Super product

    Written By chazz, Micro NC on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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    Excellent product no problems found
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Nothing
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430

    Written By Terry G, Clayton, NC on Friday, August 24, 2012
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    Great Stero for the price.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation with Crutchfield adapter kit
    Cons:
    None- I like green lights over blue but for $70, I'm not complaining.
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD6430 CD receiver

    Written By JerryN, Cleveland, Oh. on Thursday, August 23, 2012
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    Good radio, HD is nice, also has USB port which is nice to connect iPod, or iPhone to play you own tunes or pandora, or iHeart radio.
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