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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.

Get loads of features without spending loads of money. Dual's XHD7714 CD receiver includes a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, iPod® control, and Bluetooth® — all of which are often expensive upgrades on other receivers.

Lots of listening options
Versatility is the name of the game with the XHD7714. You'll get full control over your iPod with the included cable — browse through your artists, albums, and playlists right on the receiver, or by using the included remote.

Connect other sources to the front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs, or play CDs you've loaded with your favorite MP3 and WMA files. One thing's for sure, you'll have the tunes covered for your next road trip.

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.

HD Radio with iTunes™ tagging
A built-in tuner delivers the enhanced sound quality of HD Radio — participating FM stations will sound almost as good as a CD, while AM stations sound more like traditional FM. And most HD Radio stations send out text info, so you can see artist and song info right on the XHD7714's screen. Many stations also offer secondary channels on the same frequency, giving you even more listening choices.

Here's the coolest part — with an iPod connected to the XHD7714, you can "tag" songs you hear on an HD Radio station for downloading later. The next time you sync your iPod to your computer, you'll be prompted to buy the songs you tagged from the iTunes store.

Built-in Bluetooth
You won't have to purchase an additional adapter to make safer hands-free calls in your vehicle — Dual builds Bluetooth right into the XHD7714. With your compatible phone, you can make and receive calls through your vehicle's speakers.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Power and tone
Of course, none of this means much if it doesn't sound good, and the built-in amplifier has plenty of power to do your tunes justice. You can tweak the sound to your taste using 5 preset EQ curves, while bass and treble controls let you fine-tune to perfection. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for maximum sonic kick.

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

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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
    • HD Radio™ tuner built in, receives multicasting content (where available)
    • full iPod® control with iTunes™ tagging (on HD Radio stations)
    • built-in Bluetooth®
    • detachable face with 2-line display
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • 5 preset EQ settings
    Expandability
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs (USB input not compatible with iPod — a separate iPod cable is included)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    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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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Built-in
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    Mini2/Mini1
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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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
    • XHD7714 wireless remote control
    • CR2038 Lithium battery
    • 39" iPod connector cable with a proprietary iPod connector on one end and a USB type-A and 3.5mm connector on other end
    • 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
    • Rear stud bolt
    • 2 Face fixing screws
    • 2 Metal mounting brackets
    • 4 Small machine screws
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • Service note (attached to top of unit)
    • "Semi-permanent front-panel installation" note
    • Dual logo sticker

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

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

    Display Features

    Fold-Down Detachable Face: The headunit features a manual fold-down, 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.

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

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The Dual XHD7714 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.

    3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The Dual XHD7714 features three sets of preamp outputs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer). The Front and Rear preamp outputs allow you to fade your music front to rear and balance the sound left to right. The Subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The 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 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.

    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 headunit's control buttons.

    Radio Functions

    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.

    iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature of the XHD7714 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 XHD7714 using the supplied 2-wire cable. The following mode iPods support iTunes Tagging.

    • iPod video (5th gen)
    • iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen)
    • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The XHD7714 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 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: 32-320 kbps/WMA: 48-192 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 2.4. 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

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The XHD7714 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 (48-192kbps constant or variable bit rates) files from most mass storage USB devices formatted in  FAT or FAT32 file system. The XHD7714 has a playback capacity of 28,000 MP3/WMA with 255 maximum number of folders, 999 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 XHD7714 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 XHD7714 offers the following playback and search options through its 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.

    iPod Operation: The front-panel USB port along with the front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary port can also be used to connect your iPod or iPhone to the XHD7714 using the included 39-inch, 2-wire iPod cable. Once you have connected your iPod and set the XHD7714 in iPod mode, your connected iPod will automatically begin playback (if a song is playing on the iPod before it is connected, it will continue to play). The XHD7714 provides audio playback, navigation control, display information, and charging of your iPod. Your iPod's controls will be locked during connection. The XHD7714 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    click-wheel/color-display ) 4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    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 headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    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.

    Wireless Communication

    Wireless Remote: The XHD7714 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control that operates playback, audio and menu functions of the headunit. The remote operates off of a single 3V Lithium battery (CR2038). Dimensions: W = 1.585", L = 3.385", D = 0.3125"

    Steering Wheel Input: The steering wheel interface input located on the back of the unit allows connect to the PAC SWI-PS interface module (127SWIPS, sold separately). The SWI-PS interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-PS is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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

    Built-In Bluetooth: The XHD7714 supports Bluetooth wireless hands-free calling (HFP), advanced wireless audio distribution (A2DP), and wireless audio/video remote control (AVRCP) when connected your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player. The XHD7714 features a front-panel microphone for speaking and transfers audio over your vehicle's speakers for listening. The unit can communicate with up to 8 Bluetooth devices.

    • Hands-Free Calling (HFP): When paired to your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, you can make, receive or end  phone calls from the XHD7714. 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 XHD7714's front-panel, 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 XHD7714 also supports A2DP wireless streaming music audio from your Bluetooth enabled device 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 XHD7714 using AVRCP when paired with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or portable MP3 player. The XHD7714 allows you to control the following playback functions of your wireless streaming music audio - Play, Pause, Stop, Next Skip, and Previous Skip.
     
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    3 out of 5

    Backlight stopped working

    Written By JB, Somerville, MA on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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    I loved that this unit was packed with features and was a bargain. The HD radio works great, even if it does sometimes seem to take a while to link up. The bluetooth was "meh." I gave up on using it because nobody could hear me clearly. The unit only works with an up to 4GB thumb drive (8GB drive would get Reading for a long time and then eventually fail). Did not use the iPod feature, nor the aux port. CDs and MP3 CDs played very nicely. Having said all that, I was very happy with this unit up until a month ago. Suddenly the backlight started flickering... it was just a minor annoyance at first, and then it got worse and worse until now when the unit's screen is sometimes totally dark. Thank goodness I was able to get back to my favorite settings before it ended up this way, but if I ever have to do some electrical work to my car and the unit gets reset, I'm going to be stuck. This quality problem really has me bummed about what was, otherwise, a purchase I was very happy with.
    Pros:
    MP3+WMA CDs, nice CD sound, USB port very convenient, easy to use, stylish, remote is good
    Cons:
    Quality, Limits USB device to 4GB, bluetooth mic quality is pretty awful, linking to HD stations can take a long time
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    2 out of 5

    Function Failure

    Written By Jeff, Langley, WA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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    I bought 2 of these, one for my daughters car and one for my Miata. I never heard any complaints from her on the radio's performance. She didn't use her phone with the Blue-tooth so this was not an issue. But for me it was. I don't think the microphone in the radio (as opposed to wired separately can work in a car with a higher than average noise level. It was impossible to use. Also impossible to use was the ipod connection. It seems any face-plate that moves will eventually have connection problems. It happened within weeks of using this one. If I pushed on the plate, I could make the connection for both channels to play. But then I can't drive. I didn't know anything about Dual. The price and features were attractive so I thought I'd give them a try. Experiment failed.
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    1 out of 5

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    Written By H, NJ on Sunday, November 27, 2011
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    The unit lasted approx 2 years, now it only works with 1 radio station and bluetooth stopped working completely. Called tech support was asked to reset the unit but no luck. Be aware DUAL is lacking in quality.
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    2 out of 5

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    Written By Harold W, Wichita, KS on Thursday, October 13, 2011
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    This unit worked fine WHILE it worked. After two years, the radio stopped playing, the unit wouldn't scan for channels, I could run an MP3 player through the front but the front panel kept jumping between AUX and Bluetooth by itself. The unit still looks like new but it doesn't work. I emailed Dual and they told me it wasn't worth fixing. Dual products DON'T LAST!
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    4 out of 5

    Worth the money

    Written By DougRose93, St. Louis, MO on Saturday, July 16, 2011
     
    For sub $100, I had to try it. The unit plays CDs great. A little slow in starting to play. Bluetooth audio is great. Connects quickly. Can walk around my vehicle and no breakup in audio. The phone part, well, it works. The problem I see is the faceplate mic. Being so close to the vents and with regular road noise it is sometimes difficult to hear my wife while she is driving. While driving however, the speakers work great for in-car conversations. HD Radio is amazing. I did have to turn on the local option due to when between channels on the same frequency, it would give you both audio channels, very annoying. AM channels that are broadcasting locally here are a little hit and miss. They drop in and out of HD all the time. FM channels are rock solid. The USB connection is giving me some difficulty with my Sony X10 on reading. It just states reading over and over. Might be a memory issue. Will be trying a thumb drive to hopefully remedy that. The AUX port is also questionable. I am getting a very small amount of engine whine while driving. Different levels each time we plug in. Will be locating a better shielded AUX cable to further test. The amp is adequate. I will be adding a multi-channell amp soon to build my system with. The display is clean and readable. Again, for the purchase price, this things ROCKS!! Purchased a second one for our second vehicle. This was exactly what I asked for and not looking back.
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    1 out of 5

    Dual XHD7714

    Written By Mark, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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    I bought this radio for my wife's car . I was impressed with the features it offered, particularly the integrated bluetooth and front panel USB connector. After installing it (very easy with Crutchfield's excellent guide) and configuring the various user settings, it worked fine... for about a month. After that, the radio would periodically mysteriously lose all of its setup info, and would have to be reconfigured. All of the preset channels, the clock, the bluetooth settings... all lost. After a couple of months of dealing with this, Dual agreed to replace the radio under warranty. The new radio behaved properly... for about 6 months. At that point, the CD player stopped working, and even though the second radio was only 6 months old, Dual would not honor the warranty since it was over one year since the initial purchase.

    Although the sound quality was good and the feature list impressive, my experience with this radio and Dual was not good. Their quality control leaves a lot to be desired, as does their customer support. I won't be purchasing any of their products in the future.
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    2 out of 5

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    Written By Chris, Detroit MI on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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    HD radio dosnt get good reception. My stock radio had better reception! Bluetooth doesn't work well. People I am calling say there is static on the other end when I talk.
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    5 out of 5

    Great upgrade for our old car

    Written By BobL, New Rochelle, NY on Monday, April 25, 2011
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    My son and I installed this in a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The wiring harness that
    Crutchfield supplied was handy (we soldered and taped), and had wiring all
    ready to go before we even took the unit out the car. Didn't want to spend too
    much in adding equipment to this car. But still wanted to get lots of features,
    including trying HD radio and Bluetooth for use with the phone. Only had this
    unit in for a few days but everything works great including Bluetooth. On the
    Odyssey the radio sits at a good position and angle for the built-in mic to work
    properly. HD radio is great in metro NY area. I've paired two phones to the unit
    so far and everything works well. It's not as good as the handfree system that
    came with my other car, but that setup costs 4X as much as this unit. I have
    seen reviews where there is a complaint about not getting radio mode back
    after making call over Bluetooth. Haven't seen this here but I had this problem
    with another car, and solved it by disabling the streaming sound mode from the
    Bluetooth on my phone (leaving on Hands Free mode only). The trim and
    buttons etc. aren't exactly real-solid but at this price point I'm fine with it. To be
    fair I haven't tested Ipod connection yet but I recommend this unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Budget receiver packed w/ features

    Written By Eric, Washington, PA on Thursday, April 21, 2011
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    This is a really nice unit. If you've never heard of Dual, don't let the name
    scare you off. This is a nice unit. I had a budget of $200 and I wanted
    something with HD Radio because the Pittsburgh Penguins have their own HD
    station dedicated to them 24/7. I also wanted a front USB and Aux port to run
    my Siruis radio and my Zune. This unit had all of that, plus iPod (wife has
    one) and Bluetooth and was well within my price range, so despite the brand, I
    decided to give it a shot.

    Installation was a breeze and the unit works great. The Bluetooth is a bigger
    convenience than I thought it would be. The HD tuner is great and being able to
    store HD stations on the presets is a nice plus.

    The only minor complaint I have is with some of the menu/feature navigation -
    some of the features are a little hard to find and I would have like to see the
    main jog dial used a bit more (tuning for example). That's far from a major
    issue, and I expect the more I use it, that will become even less of a quibble.

    This is a great unit and if you're looking for a feature-rich receiver on a
    budget, look no further!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Tim D, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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    An excellent head unit. Does everything exactly as advertised. I really like the
    HD radio, didn't realize how cool that would be. Bluetooth works great with my
    iPhone.

    No complaints.
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    3 out of 5

    Good features for the money, but quality just "okay"

    Written By Copacetic1, Alabama on Monday, April 18, 2011
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    Crutchfield service was great as always. This unit has a nice feature set for the
    money, but quality is just OK. Display is unreadable in bright (but indirect)
    sunlight even in highest brightness setting, iPod controls work fine with iPod
    Nano and iPhone 4, but I had intermittent problems with iPhone 3GS which
    according to the web it is compatible with, and knobs/buttons somewhat cheap
    feeling. Still, since it is at least $100 less than a comparable JVC or Kenwood
    I can't complain too much...just don't expect the same level of quality if you are
    considering this receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By JohnN, Marietta, GA on Sunday, April 17, 2011
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    Love this stereo. Bluetooth works great with my HTC Inspire 4G. Listen to
    audible.com books, napster music, and podcasts from phone over bluetooth.
    Radio works great. Very, very pleased with my purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    Still working well after over a year....

    Written By Tim L, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, March 31, 2011
     
    I've had this unit for over a year now in my Prius, I have to say for what I
    would consider an "offbrand" this is a very nice unit. The buttons feel kind of
    cheap, but they always work and are still not showing any sort of paint wear.
    The HD radio is very clear and excellent. There are independent audio settings
    for each input, very helpful getting each input sounding just how you like it.

    The only problems, my bluetooth input has a whine...it's at the point where if
    it was any louder I would probably have to trash the unit, but it' still just
    quiet enough where you can't hear it during 90% of the song. This is annoying,
    as besides the whine, BT audio is crystal clear and what I use most often. I've
    also had some problems with the faceplate on the unit...it doesn't mount as
    secure as other units I've had. This is only a problem because fitment is
    extremely tight where my unit is in my car, in most cars I don't ever see this
    being an issue.

    I am very critical of my electronics and expected to replace this in about a
    year, but I'm not going to....I am still completely satisfied.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value, easy to set up

    Written By Aaron H, Pittsburg CA on Thursday, March 31, 2011
     
    I was hesitant to buy this as I am not familiar with the brand name. I really like the design, the automatic connection to bluetooth audio is great. I installed it in my '04 subaru in about 15 minutes! the included instructions and pics make the installation THAT easy. the only downside (but low on my priority list) is that I can't lower the face as it hits my stock trim. I dont use CD's anyway, so its not a loss really. there are ipod controls, aux input, and a USB input as well. so no biggie for me. All in all 4 out of 5 stars. recommended for anyone wishing to make a simple upgrade with bluetooth.
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    5 out of 5

    2 Thumbs up for this Radio :)

    Written By Gilbie, Prairie du Chien, WI on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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    I must say, hats off to the Crutchfield Team. Very easy install with the
    Installation Kit. I installed this Radio into my 2001 Ford F-150 Extend Cab, and
    the install took me about 1 hour. I was blown away by the radio's performance.
    The bluetooth synched right up to my Blackberry storm, and operated beyond
    my expectation. I could not believe how good the sound was. The radio even
    controls the mp3's on my Blackberry remotley, no wire attached. Best thing I
    bought all year.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By Phil C., Indiana on Monday, March 21, 2011
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    This is a pretty awesome stereo. I LOVE the hands free bluetooth set up on this! With the help of Crutchfield's easy to read instructions and adapters, it made installation a breeze! I'll always come back !
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Paul, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, March 06, 2011
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    I have had the unit for week so far and I am learning more about it each day. The best
    feature I have FOUND is the ability to stream music to the reciever over the Bluetooth link.
    I knew it had BT but thought this was only for making and recieving calls. I have tried the
    streaming feature with a Droid 2 and Iphone 4 and works well.

    All the features work well including the HD radio. It is a little weak in recieving channels
    that are more than a 100 miles away though. All the local HD channels come in strong
    and clear so I think that would be expected though. I would assume if you live in a hilly
    area then HD radio may not work well for you.
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound and features for the price

    Written By Elwood, Euless, TX on Thursday, February 24, 2011
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    Pros:
    The unit sounds very good and has excellent features. I really love the bluetooth
    capabilities. Streaming music files and Pandora from my phone sounds a lot better than
    I would have imagined. I also like the ability to connect a flash drive to the USB port. The
    hands-free phone capability is very convenient, as it pauses whatever you are listening to
    when call arrives. I also love the HD radio feature. There are plenty of stations in the
    DFW area that offer HD content and they sound great.

    Cons:
    Searching for music on a flash drive is time consuming and non-intuitive, so I usually
    leave it on random mode. While the sound of a phone call is excellent on my end through
    my vehicle's speakers, the small microphone in the unit itself doesn't appear to have
    much in the way of noise cancellation. People I call frequently have difficulty hearing me,
    but if I keep the windows up and speak loudly and clearly, I don't have too many
    problems. And it's better than holding the phone to my ear or fishing around for a
    headset when I get a call. Also, the CD player seems to malfunction a lot - skips, cuts
    out, etc. - after I've been using the unit for a while. Tech support recommends I do a
    reset, so I'll try that soon. Bottom line, though, is that I don't really listen to CD's anymore
    due to the USB and bluetooth features, so it isn't a huge problem in my case.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    had it for 2 yrs now

    Written By david g, denver, co on Thursday, February 24, 2011
     
    5 STARS for the money. has the CD/MP3 player, both bluetooth, HD radio, as well
    as USB and aux/mp3 inputs. my phone connects automatically every time i get in
    to the car.
    and i can play songs off my phones memory card in two ways, either bluetooth
    streaming or a 3.5mm jack to jack cord. i have a nano ipod hooked into the USB
    at all times. so with CD/MP3 player, HD radio, tunes from my phone or the ipod,
    i have high quality music at all times. the phone works well with calls on the
    bluetooth, but sometimes callers have difficulty hearing you. works better at
    lower speeds and less interior noise. if you have a quiet car, it shouldnt be a
    problem. i dont remove my faceplate, so i cant attest to any reliability
    issues. its been a great unit for WAY less than i have paid for "higher
    quality" brands over the years, with the features i want. good control over
    your music with separate outputs for front/rear/sub. good level controls,
    with gain controls over each source as well. i havent noticed too much drop out
    on HD radio, but it does happen. it is a newer technology as well. love that
    some stations have several channels within the same station. one local station
    has 4 channels on its one location. i have looked for other radios for my other
    vehicles that have these same features, but cant find many within this price
    range. and i already know: this one works great.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio!

    Written By ErikB, Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, February 17, 2011
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    Could not be happier with this product. Wanted to update my factory radio from my 1995
    Mercedes Benz and I did that and much more. I had a couple of questions when I was
    installing it so I called Tech support and I was off the phone in 10 minutes with everything
    working. Great Service.For what I paid for this radio and being able to play and charge my I-
    phone, listen to HD radio, play MP3 files and more I have not even used, it is well worth the
    money. I have recommended this radio and crutchfield to all of my friends. Thank You
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By Fly210, Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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    Great clear sound. Works great with bluetooth EVO phone. Paired up with the Polk
    Audio speakers makes a great combo. Highly recommended.
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    5 out of 5

    All the features for half the money

    Written By Reverend, Vashon, WA on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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    For the money I give this a 5. Features I wanted: single din, bluetooth and HD built-in
    vs paying an additional $150 as add-ons, reputable brand, ready to play
    AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA, USB & auxillary ports, and removable face plate for security.
    I immediately noticed improved sound with the HD radio.
    The Bluetooth not only does a great job of automatically receiving calls and displaying
    caller ID, it sounds great using the full car speaker system.
    One caution: not sure how well the detachable face will hold up snapping in and out.
    One suggestion: buy before it gets phased out as very few newer models have the
    bluetooth andd HD built in.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Value but not perfect

    Written By kbk, Hudson, WI on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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    Overall the value for this product is five out of a five stars. The only reason I am rating it 4 stars is that the microphone with bluetooth does not provide a clear enough voice signal for people listening while you are driving. Now some of this is due to road noise but maybe they could do a better job with noice-cancellation.
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    4 out of 5

    Good value for the price

    Written By unzarjones, huntington beach, ca on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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    After shopping around for a car stereo on a limited budget I found that most head units
    under $200 were lacking in one or more features which I really wanted. I needed the
    bluetooth connection for my work phone and wanted the usb port for ease of use flash
    drive for my audio books and podcasts. I have owned this unit for a couple of months
    and have been impressed with it for the most part. At this point I am still using the Ford
    factory speakers, to be upgraded later with an amp.

    Likes: USB, HD radio, sound quality, decent power. Bluetooth connectivity is automatic
    and fast, don't even have to take the phone out of my pocket.

    Dislikes: HD radio reception is iffy at times - it will drop often to analog. I live in Orange
    County, CA and there are not many tall buildings around here to block reception. I don't
    know where the signals originate from, though. Also, on occasion the USB drive will not
    start unless I unplug/replug the drive. It will start playing from the same place where I left
    off if I turn off the stereo but not if I unplug the drive. Would be nice to have a bookmark
    feature for longish audio books that remembered specific drives.

    I never remove the faceplate so have never had an issue with the construction as some
    others have complained.

    Installed easily with the adapter/harness from Crutchfield. I would have ordered a
    universal connector between the car wires and the stereo harness to avoid splicing and
    taping if I had known.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value for money

    Written By letmusiclive, Saint Charles, MO on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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    This unit does everything it says it will - and is especially nice on a tight budget.

    Call quality for the bluetooth could be improved, but for the price, I am not complaining!
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    4 out of 5

    Dual XHD7714

    Written By Jason, Oak Hill, VA on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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    Good radio if it works. First one I got had a defective radio tuner. Changing stations didn't work, was always stuck on 87.7 (note that even if you don't plug in the FM antenna, you should be able to change stations on the dial). After second-guessing my wiring for hours, I threw in the towel and returned to Crutchfield retail store and got replacement unit without any hassle (as always fantastic service that'll keep me coming back for years).

    Once working, the unit works quite well. The blue LED backlighting looks very crisp and cool at night. Amp does a decent job of driving my wife's factory speakers, and the radio does a better job of handling HD signal popping in and out than previous Dual HD radio I had. Ipod control works well (dial + Select/Power button work like the scroll wheel and button when menu navigating).

    Biggest gripe with this unit is the display. The dark parts look a bit "washed out" at night, very difficult to read in sunlight or during the day, The thickness of the letters/numbers is too thin IMO. It also refreshes slowly in cold weather, and scrolling function is a blurry mess to read. If you plan on using the Ipod controls, make the passenger fight with reading the display; you could also unplug the USB part of the cable and switch to AUX source where you can control the Ipod directly.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value for price

    Written By Mike P, New York, NY on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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    I recommend this unit; everything works great. No problem with Bluetooth transmission or
    reception. Streams audio from Blackberry fine, HD is operable - lots of stations in this
    area. Do no own and ipod but assuming this works just as well. I like the feature that locks
    the removable faceplate. Sound is superior on OEM speakers to factory installation. Plays
    all mp3 on various USB devices (something my Sony would not do. No regrets. After
    soldering the new harness install to play took about 15 minutes.
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    3 out of 5

    Does not work for 1999 Sonata

    Written By jjk, Newport News, VA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    Purchased to replace factory radio in 1999 Sonata. Only reason for marking down this product is that it is not a compatible match for this vehicle. Once installed, there was a continuous "buzz" which I could not eliminate. The Help line tried to assist, but it sounded like it was a grounding issue. Crutchfield worked with me and sent out a second unit with no improvement. After exhausting all ideas, I finally switched to a different brand radio (Clarion CZ500) which installed effortlessly and sounds GREAT! The Dual unit had the functionality I was looking for, but did not match up with my vehicle as listed on the Crutchfield site...Suggest an update!
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    4 out of 5

    cant complain

    Written By dante, ct on Monday, December 27, 2010
     
    cant complain it does everything you can ask for without paying as much as others that dont
    i would reccomend to a friend lots of audio options too that arnt listed
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    2 out of 5

    Not for use with higher end systems

    Written By Robg, San Antonio,TX on Sunday, December 26, 2010
     
    Bought this deck after reading all the rave reviews about clarity. I purchased a higher
    end component system with the hopes that this deck would suffice. The clarity is not
    that great, there is no depth to the signal, and I could have gotten the same sound from
    a cheap special. The microphone on the front is not powerful enough for normal
    speaking. I have to literally yell to have a conversation that could be heard on the other
    end. Dual needs to make an external microphone that could be located closer to the
    driver to have a decent conversation. I have only had the deck for a year now and have
    found that the face continually comes loose while driving comes looses connection
    when changing channels. This unit is packed with features that are great for a factory
    stereo replacement, but do not purchase if you are looking for quality sound. I will be
    replacing my soon with a higher quality unit.
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    5 out of 5

    good unit

    Written By rhp-997, San Antonio, Tx on Saturday, December 25, 2010
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    This is a great head unit for the money. The first one I received was a dud and I had to return it, but that's not
    really a problem with Crutchfield. The replacement unit they sent me was brand spanking new, not a refurb or
    an open box like some retailers would have done. I slapped it in and it worked great.

    There are tons of options on this unit, and I haven't found myself wishing for any features. It does just about
    anything you want a stereo to do. I have it installed in a 2003 F150 supercrew and it fits great with the provided
    install gear from Crutchfield. The bluetooth works great, the hd radio works great (probably my favorite feature),
    the usb works great. I've never used it with an ipod.

    Overall it's a good buy, no buyers remorse here.
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    3 out of 5

    Does many things OK but nothing really well

    Written By Overline, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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    You get what you pay for. Bottom line is it does a lot of things OK but none of them well.
    All of the functions work though. I bought this specifically because it was the only one
    available with both Bluetooth and HD built in and at a decent price. The previous reviews
    are pretty accurate - the Bluetooth is moderate to poor (people have a hard time hearing
    me and it cuts out) and the HD takes a while to lock in. The receiver sensitivity is
    moderate - it does not pick up signals my OEM unit would and the HD flips in and out with
    all but the strongest signal. As for the EQ you can get pretty good tone quality but the mid
    ranges seem to be a little flatg no matter what you do. Still, again, for the price you
    don't expect Denon quality. Install in my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad cab was a snap - 45
    minutes but you need to do some soldering to build the harness and mate the adaptor. If I
    had it to do all over I would get a good quality HD rig with a Bluetooth add on.
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    3 out of 5

    Nice features - but some negatives

    Written By alanp, Portland, OR on Saturday, December 18, 2010
     
    I've no been living with this for 6 months, and some things it does very well -
    some not so well. The best thing is that in one unit I have a HD radio, USB
    input, Bluetooth and even an aux jack. The negatives include lighting with no
    provision for automatic dimming, poor FM reception, and limited audio controls.
    I sure wish Kenwood or some other manufacturer had HD and Bluetooth in the head
    unit as this does. And when they do I'll probably switch.
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