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Dual XHD7714

CD receiver

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Item #: 070XHD7714

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Original Price: $179.99

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Overview

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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.

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.

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.

Tim D, Nashville, TN

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What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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
    Reviews

    Dual XHD7714 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    260 Reviews

    Backlight stopped working

    Written by: JB from Somerville, MA on March 29, 2012

    1999 Toyota Camry CE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Function Failure

    Written by: Jeff from Langley, WA on March 14, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: H from NJ on November 27, 2011

    2005 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Harold W from Wichita, KS on October 13, 2011

    1998 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Worth the money

    Written by: DougRose93 from St. Louis, MO on 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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    Written by: Mark from Phoenix, AZ on June 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Chris from Detroit MI on April 26, 2011

    1998 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great upgrade for our old car

    Written by: BobL from New Rochelle, NY on April 25, 2011

    2002 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Budget receiver packed w/ features

    Written by: Eric from Washington, PA on April 21, 2011

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Unit

    Written by: Tim D from Nashville, TN on April 19, 2011

    2005 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Written by: Copacetic1 from Alabama on April 18, 2011

    2003 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Love it

    Written by: JohnN from Marietta, GA on April 17, 2011

    2000 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Still working well after over a year....

    Written by: Tim L from Charlotte, NC on March 31, 2011

    2005 Toyota Prius

    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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    Great value, easy to set up

    Written by: Aaron H from Pittsburg CA on 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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    2 Thumbs up for this Radio :)

    Written by: Gilbie from Prairie du Chien, WI on March 29, 2011

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: Phil C. from Indiana on March 21, 2011

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great product

    Written by: Paul from Charlotte, NC on March 6, 2011

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good sound and features for the price

    Written by: Elwood from Euless, TX on February 24, 2011

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    had it for 2 yrs now

    Written by: david g from denver, co on 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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    Great Radio!

    Written by: ErikB from Scottsdale, AZ on February 17, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Receiver

    Written by: Fly210 from Cincinnati, Ohio on February 12, 2011

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    All the features for half the money

    Written by: Reverend from Vashon, WA on February 12, 2011

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Value but not perfect

    Written by: kbk from Hudson, WI on February 10, 2011

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good value for the price

    Written by: unzarjones from huntington beach, ca on February 9, 2011

    2000 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great value for money

    Written by: letmusiclive from Saint Charles, MO on February 1, 2011

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Jason from Oak Hill, VA on January 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great value for price

    Written by: Mike P from New York, NY on January 19, 2011

    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Does not work for 1999 Sonata

    Written by: jjk from Newport News, VA on January 18, 2011

    1999 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    cant complain

    Written by: dante from ct on 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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    Not for use with higher end systems

    Written by: Robg from San Antonio,TX on 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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    good unit

    Written by: rhp-997 from San Antonio, Tx on December 25, 2010

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Does many things OK but nothing really well

    Written by: Overline from Alexandria, VA on December 21, 2010

    2003 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Nice features - but some negatives

    Written by: alanp from Portland, OR on 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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    Great deal

    Written by: Tim from INT on December 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this radio. Caller complian they cant hear me on the blue tooth, but maybe I havn't configured it correctly. Everything else is great. Install kit was awsome, Less than an hour and it was in.

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    Great value and performance

    Written by: John N from Budd Lake, NJ on December 7, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Dual XHD7714 has everything I needed and asked for. Bluetooth, HD radio, plays CDs with mp3s, external inputs infront with USB. Installation was easy (Steering wheel adapter took some thought). Crutchfield support helped me through that without a hitch. The instruction that come with the radio are a bit vague in same areas and can use some clarification, again Crutchfield support helped with that also. Great radio and support!!!

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    Nice unit for the money but there are better

    Written by: Rychehawk from RI on December 2, 2010

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was shopping for a receiver with Bluetooth built in and USB/Ipod control when I came across the Dual XHD7714. I purchased the Dual XHD7714 because of the amount of good reviews the price and it had HD radio installed and I was curious as to the "big deal" HD radio is making on all its commercials. Well if you are a fan of regular FM radio then HD is for you. But I soon remembered "I hate regular radio" so why do I want to listen to something I hate in CD quality??? Oh well if the rest is ok then the HD is a bonus...wrong! The biggest reason I got a new receiver is for the Bluetooth and this one has the mic built into the faceplate and sounds tinny/garbled, with no option to add an external mic. The USB read time is slow 15+ seconds, remote is hard to use without looking at it all the time, all the buttons are the same and you cant even tell if you have it facing the radio. It looks nice and sounds good and is packed with features but the features are not packed..the Ipod control is weak the Bluetooth features are weak (no phone book transfer) USB, USB Ipod is slow but the HD radio is good as far as I could tell. Bottom line: If you want HD radio and can live with slow USB/Ipod reading and tinny phone calls this unit is for you!...If not buy the JVC Arsenal KDA-815 WHAT A RECEIVER!!! I will review this one next and it will be 5 stars all the way!!!

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    great deck

    Written by: Al.B from San Gabriel, CA on November 26, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tundra

    I love this receiver. It has the features i been looking for, Ipod control, HD radio and bluetooth. A great receiver at a great price.

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    Nice radio but horible reception.

    Written by: securtis from Sumter, SC on November 23, 2010

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio because of the HD and bluetooth features. I installed the radio and was impressed with all the features and it worked well with my IPOD but the problem comes when I try and listen to a radio station it will only pic up stations that are very close I verified it was not the radio by using a JVC that I purchased for another application. I sent the radio back thinking it might be defective but the one I received in return is just as bad. I will be finding something else and it will not be a DUAL.

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    Good value for the money.

    Written by: RobertO from Portland, OR on November 21, 2010

    1992 Chevrolet Suburban

    Pros: Has front USB and Aux inputs, can play most music CD formats, has bluetooth and HD radio. Cons: Display is too dim in daylight and lacks any contrast adjustment, also lacks personally adjustable equalizer although you can pick from factory preset equalizer settings. Overall, it's good value for the money, especially if you have HD radio in your area.

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    Good Value with room for improvement

    Written by: PhatD2012 from Seattle, WA on November 17, 2010

    1990 Honda Prelude SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the features, the value can't be beat at the price you can get it for. I've owned it for 6 months, paired with 4 Infinity Reference speakers in a '90 Prelude Highs: -HD/USB/iPod/CD/Aux/Bluetooth for cheap -Good Power & Sound Lows: -Quirky mount for attaching faceplate, pretty tricky to do one-handed. I pretty much have to be stopped to do it safely, whereas other faceplates are pretty simple to do one handed. -A 4GB thumb drive take a full 1-2+ minutes to load. -No Midrange adjustment, just Treble and Bass -Cool to talk through the stereo, but the mic sucks and I have to speak way up on the highway. This might be solved by Dynamatting the interior, but it's a bit costly. -If you remove your iPod in the middle of the unit uploading tagged songs from the radio, the radio gets stuck on "Sending Tags" mode, and there is no way to see what radio station you're on unless you plug an iPod back in to finish the tag sending. I don't have an iPod, but my girlfriend had hers connected, and she removed it in the middle of the upload. Alas, she's an ex-gf now and I have to find a friend with an iPod to fix this quirk. Luckily I had 6 preset radio stations set up, so I know what they are, I just can't see what frequency I'm on. Overall, I'd recommend this to a friend with the warnings, mainly pertaining to the quirky faceplate mount. For the price it's pretty nice.

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    Great deck for the price

    Written by: Ben from Seattle, WA on November 16, 2010

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this deck from Crutchfield two weeks ago. What can I say, it is a great deck for the money. I can't speak to how well it will hold up, but so far so good. Installation was a snap. Thank you crutchfield for sending all the extra's! The bluetooth works well. I was worried because it did not come with an external antenna. I have a 2001 Jetta, and it can get noisy from the road, but this deck is crystal clear. There is a bit of noise on the other end when I am at highway speeds, but nothing that is a deal killer, and like I said, my car is loud. HD radio is awsome! It takes a while to lock into stations, or switch stations, I guess that must just be HD radios in general? Itunes tagging works great. The fact that you ahve to plug both a usb and aux in for the IPOD was wierd at first, but it works well, so who am I too complain. Overall, the coloring is easy to see in any light. The buttons are a little small for my big man hands, but I work it out. Sound is sharp. This deck is responsive! It pushes the monsoon speakers in the Jetta like never before. I would give this deck a A (it loses the plus from button size)....

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    Dual XHD7714 Review

    Written by: Greg from Houston, TX on November 12, 2010

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for about a year and a half, and I'm mostly pleased with it. It's one of the only units I've seen that has an HD tuner and Bluetooth built in. I will say the Bluetooth is just okay. It's difficult for people on the other end to hear me, so I seldom use it. The ability to play music from my phone through Bluetooth is pretty cool, but the sound quality is not as good as if I just plug it in to the auxiliary input. The HD radio is awesome. There are a lot of HD stations in the Houston area, and the HD sound quality is phenomenal. I listen to NPR on my way to work, which is pretty fuzzy over an analogue signal, but crystal clear in HD. I am disappointed with the iPod input. I use my iPod to listen to audiobooks, and there's static when I plug it in using the connections that came with the unit. Someone who uses their iPod just for music might not notice the static, but audiobooks have no background noise, so it's really noticeable. I usually just plug it in to the auxiliary input, and the sound is fine. Doing this sort of defeats the purpose of getting an iPod ready device, though. All in all, I like the stereo. That said, if I had to do it again, I might get a unit without Bluetooth. I thought I'd use it all the time, but I never do. Could have saved some money just getting a unit that supports HD.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: RRH from Greenville, SC on November 8, 2010

    This was easy to install and this stereo has all the features I was hoping for. I love the HD radio, iPod controls and remote. The only detractors from this unit is sometimes the display goes haywire and displays all sorts of weird symbols instead of the usual readable display. I suspect this has something to do with temperature - heat mainly. Secondly, the built-in microphone. In my car, the sterio is positioned rather low and my car is noisy, as a result I can hear my end of the phone call, but the recipient cannot hear me as well. Thirdly, the connection for the iPod is a Y-cord that has a USB connector plus an additional connection that connects into an Aux plug. My iPod seems to heat up which has not been a problem so far, but I wonder if it could limit its battery life.

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    Many Features but Poorly Made

    Written by: Justin from Shelton, CT on November 4, 2010

    2003 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit looks pretty cool. I like how its got the volume knob in the middle but that's the only good I'm going to say. THE BAD- I got no FM/AM reception except for 2 stations of which i never listen to anyway, the bluetooth feature is nice but when i tried talking with someone they said i sounded like I was in a tunnel. What else.. oh yea I didn't like the way they had the wire connection for the ipod where you have to connect both aux and usb on the unit and the worst part was when the music all of a sudden paused for either a split second or 5 seconds then played, I didn't mind it at first but it got worse as the weeks went on, one song that was 6 minutes long paused 8 times throughout that one song. This unit might have been defective but I wouldn't recommend anyone to take a chance and buy it.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: MackW from Orlando, Fl on November 2, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I only had this unit for 2 weeks and it works Great. My only problem was during installation. I have a 04 Dodge Durango and the accessory face plate that came with it, would not allow the Face of the unit to flip down all the way so I could insert or access my cd's. We had to shave down the bottom of the of the plastic face plate so it would open up far enough to insert and retrieve my cd.s . Other than that; it a Super Great UNIT.

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    Good Radio, poor display

    Written by: Allablur from La Marque, TX on November 1, 2010

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sounding unit, I have put two in, the only issue I have is the poor display contrast and brightness. They need to put in brighter LED backlights. Sounds good, had two installed for over a year in son's car and mine. Still working fine and still can't read the display in daylight!...

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    1999 Town Car

    Written by: Rob D from Charlotte NC on October 30, 2010

    2001 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great HU for the $! all features work as they should. I now have 2 of these in different cars, one is a 2001 Expedition and now a 1999 Town Car. The USP/IPOD ports commonly pick up static, I wish there was a better connection method. Bluetooth music streaming does not seem to work at all. The display in the Expedition is a little more vertical and shielded from the sun than in the Town car sand I never have any issue seeing the display in the Expedition but in the Town Car I can's see the display at all during the day(I didn't have that problem with the factory unit). I did have bad wiring harness and they send another one out right away. Crutchfield customer service is always fantastic! This unit is great for features for the $ but overall feel and quality is less that other brands, you just need to realize what you are buying.

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    An amazing deal

    Written by: TimO from Cocoa, FL on October 13, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow... I can't say enough good things about this radio and Crutchfield in general. First the radio: - All the features I was looking for without any "modules": iPod control (works with and charges my iPhone 3GS) Bluetooth calling Bluetooth iPhone music playback and control HD Radio The Bluetooth calling sounds clear and easy to configure. All this and the price is impossible to beat. As for Crutchfield, everything shipped quickly and as ordered and for free. The parts were exactly what I needed to install the radio myself. I missed one wire connection and a 2 minute phone call to tech support had it figured out and fixed. I couldn't be happier and will recommend Crutchfield to friends.

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    Amazing

    Written by: Charles G. from South Florida on October 11, 2010

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I price shopped for this radio for about a month, read the reviews, and bought it. This is by far the best radio i have ever owned and its only been plugged in for 24 hours. The only detractor i would say would be the way it reads mp3's from usb drive, I cant find a way to use the directory structure, though it will go more than 3 folders deep i broke up my songs by Name(Me or my GF), genre, artist, album, and then songs, so thats 4 folders. Bluetooth for calls is like im on my phone (better actually) i even had to turn down source for that because it was loud, clear though. HD is great, some stations get a little quiet so you may need to switch to analog tuner if you have a weak signal or out in the country, CD is amazing, and bluetooth for stream is amazing!

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    Exactly what I needed

    Written by: Buckettruckguy from Butler PA on October 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is exactly what I needed for my work truck. The radio receiver and CD player work fine with my factory speakers. I really bought it for the bluetooth capability because I am often on the phone in my truck, and this function works well, although it does pick up a bit of the vehicle noise. I usually have to turn off the climate control when I take a call. The ipod control works well and I have enjoyed exploring the HD radio stations around Pittsburgh. I recommend this receiver if you are interested in the built in features without the big cost.

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    Don't waste your money if you want HD radio

    Written by: nicomp from Cincinnati, OH USA on October 2, 2010

    2000 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Assembly I bought this unit in August of 2009... is was the least expensive unit with sat. radio capability, HD, Bluetooth, CD, USB, and iPod. I could have paid more for the same features from a 'name brand' vendor, but I took a risk on Dual. What a waste. The switchgear is tolerable, but obviously flimsier than the more expensive brands. The faceplate is difficult to reattach to the base. The biggest problem is the HD reception: it's virtually useless. I live in a city with a 50K watt AM radio station and the unit can't even hold on to that. It drops out for seconds at a time, then picks up again, usually. It's rotten on FM as well. It's actually gotten worse since I bought it. Driving the same routes, I get worse reception now than when I first installed it. That could be a symptom of a different problem, I admit, but as I'm not an RF engineer, I can't say for sure.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: ScottV from Grand Rapids MI on September 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2003 Jetta with the stock speakers still in place what a huge improvement! I can't say there is anything I don't like about this unit. I can't wait until I replace the stock speakers!

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    Great for everything but Bluetooth Audio

    Written by: ExcaliburVT from Martinsburg WV on September 19, 2010

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was great for everything but Bluetooth A2DP Audio. Tried the same music via CD, iPod Connection and bluetooth A2DP Streaming. All audio sources except the Bluetooth A2DP one were perfect. The A2DP audio was horrible in the high frequency range, absolutely terrible. The interesting thing was that it was not simply the iPhone that i connected that had the problem. I linked my bluetooth laptop as a source and it had the same problem. I've read other reviews and discussions about this unit and they all have the same problem. The video review seemed to show that the Bluetooth audio was great and had no problems. There is no way in the world that you could miss the issues with this unit. I've since returned this unit and purchased a Sony unit and had no problems with the A2DP Audio.

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    worth the purchase

    Written by: Phil F from Brockport, NY on September 17, 2010

    1999 Saturn SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, installed very easy. does everything it said. only one con, the signal is weaker than i would expect.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: GabeC from Silver Spring, MD on September 11, 2010

    1993 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    An excellent product.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Boomer from palm harbor Fl on September 7, 2010

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo, easy to hookup isnt cheap, is everything i need, really easy for me to stream bluetooth pandora from my droid. The usb quality is great. the aux cable is handy for anything else. love the tagging, kinda useless for me cuz i dont have an iphone or ipod, not a mac fan. seems like decent quality, doesnt feel cheap. glad i got this one in comparison to any other. THE ONLY ONE ON THE SITE OTHER THAN A GPS FOR 1,200 BUCKS THAT HAS HD RADIO READY AND BLUETOOTH READY

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    Good Deal

    Written by: Vince from Atlanta, GA on September 7, 2010

    2001 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great buy. This radio does everything the product description said. I am very happy with my purchase.

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    Not as good as the XHD6430...

    Written by: Schmidty from Phila, PA on September 4, 2010

    OK so I bought both this unit &the XHD6430, and I wntd to compare them. The sound quality of this 1(maybe I got a bad unit) was horrible compared to the other. I mean this thing had to be turned up to 20+ to get decent sound, compared to 9-10 on the 6430. I can literally blast the 6430 up to 30 with no distortion after some tweaking of my amps. This unit distorted around 15 unless I had the B set at -4, sub -6(just b4 the off setting), & my amp -10. The sound was outright horrible. Ok so the iPod adapter that comes with this unit - I hated r2 wire hook-up & it wasn't near the sound quality of my USB hook-up with the other. The volume knob to scroll through your songs worked half of the time & the adapter was so wide that I had to take my iPod out of its case to even hook it up. I figured I would try the Blue-tooth feature, same lower quality sound & defeated my main reasoning for getting a unit that was iPod compatible, you have to have your iPod out to do everything but fast forward or rewind the current song. The drop down face is another horrible feature. Save your $ and pick up the 6430 & if you need Blue-tooth buy the adapter for it. Hands down it is a much better head unit than this one.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: wwhite from New York, NY on September 3, 2010

    2002 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the radio. It does everything that I expected it would. I love the blue tooth operation with my phone, the remote is easy to use, the reception is excellent, sound quality is excellent and quality of the device is very good too. I am very happy with the price and the instructions were very easy to follow. I love the Ipod controls as well.

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    Can't beat it for the price!

    Written by: AJ from Chicago on September 3, 2010

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound on radio stations and lots of fun crankin with the iphone! Cool talking thru stereo for iphone too using BlueTooth!

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    Slow USB read, too bright display

    Written by: Joe from Knoxville TN on August 28, 2010

    2007 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought a new stereo primarily for the USB functionality. Maybe they are all slow, but this takes about 1-2 minutes to read the USB before it plays. Any interruption (besides pause) makes it read again. The bluetooth was the second priority. It seems to work ok, I liked the built in mic for not having to fool around with another item during install but I wonder if it doesn't work as well as a separate mic. The screen is ok but the blue lights are too bright. I have it dimmed all the way down for day time and might put something on them to cover them up at night! I might check and see if Crutchfield has a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.

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    Better sound

    Written by: Hector Ramos from Fairbanks Alaska on August 21, 2010

    2008 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This car audio is better than the one i got,you hook your mp3 player and you can change the music by useing the audio,and the bluetooth outstanding love it.

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    USB/iPod

    Written by: Tony from New Milford, NJ on August 2, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Feature rich and a very nice unit. That is, until you realize that the iPod cable has a separate USB and audio inputs to the front of the unit. This is clunky. Why isn't the USB connection entirely handling the data and audio. Plus, the connection to the faceplate is clunky - why isn't it done on the back of the unit (with USB alone and with a set screw). Finally, the cable is junk. After a half year of use, the non-USB, audio cable/plug is crackling and causing certain speakers and sounds to cut out. It's a nightmare. As if this wasn't enough repellent, if you use the USB alone with a thumb drive, the connection is loose and causes the unit to re-read the data multiple times. Again, why not a set screw of some sort. Such a simple solution and so poorly designed. Sorry Dual, you've got a way to go in order to hit this one on the mark.

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    Worked for about 6 Months

    Written by: Jay from MA on July 16, 2010

    It worked well for about 6 months, then the display started flickering, and the volume knob would only work sporadically. Now it will turn the volume up and down on its own. I'll be replacing it ASAP.

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    Awesome car stereo for the money

    Written by: Homer0768 from Coventry, CT on July 14, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a car stereo that offered various inputs and features and this radio blew me away with what it offered. The streaming audio across BlueTooth from my LG Voyager to the radio sounds excellent and allows me to not even need the optional Audio Input jack on the front of the unit. Between the USB port, the Optional Audio jack on the front, MP3s on a CD, regular audio CDs and then Analog and HD Radio (another reason I chose this unit), the only think you can't play on this unit are audio cassettes (which are going the way of the 8-track). And although I don't use it often, the remote control is a nice feature too - my daughter gets a kick out of controling the radio from the back seat. I can definitely see what some folks are saying about the faceplate - if I had to remove mine often I would be concerned one of the support pins might break. So if that is a concern for you look to a higher end model. Besides that, the layout of the radio and the sound quality are exceptional. I would highly recommend this unit and the price is hard to beat for the features you get.

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    good for the money

    Written by: jdlightning from NJ on July 14, 2010

    2010 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Still have the factory speakers in, so I can't get into sound quality to much but, Installation was cake on a 2010 accent. And it works fine, If your looking for features and have a budget, this is for you. Easy to figure out, figured out most things without the instructions. Like another reviewer said, people have said I sound like charlie browns teacher (thet means my voice is hard to understand, for young people) but at times it is fine. But reception on my end is awesome. Bluetooth set up is easy. (for LG phones anyway). IPOD hooked up instantly, and the menu is easy. HD Radio seems good. I don't plan on taking the faceplate off often, but if you do frequently, I can definetely see some issues with the hinges possibly breaking. Definetely would recommend at this point.

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    Simply the best

    Written by: Catdaddy from Lubbock Texas on June 30, 2010

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What can I say, this thing is the bomb. Put all these features on a alpine and its almost a grand. The people who gave it a bad review simply do not know how to use it. Well worth every penny.

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    Faceplate is a deal breaker

    Written by: Amanda from USA on June 28, 2010

    1997 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this for 8 months now and I am looking to replace it already. Everyone that had concerns about the cheap feeling of the faceplate was right - one of the plastic clips on the bottom has broken and the plate won't stay on now. I live in a city so I have to remove it every time I leave the car, so it gets taken on and off several times a day. With my old Panasonic radio I would just slide the faceplate in with one hand and it clicked in place. To get this one on you have to carefully (with both hands) line up the bottom over the plastic things and try to flip it up while another plastic thing presses forward against it. Then when you've got it up you have to press on the top left and right at the same time and hope the bottom doesn't pop off while you're doing this. Now that the bottom clip has broken the bottom part pops out whenever I hit a bump. The only plus to all this is that it has a flashing red light when the faceplate is off so it looks like an alarm. If you don't have to remove your faceplate for security then none of this will really bother you. To put a CD in, you can just hit the button to flip it down and leave the bottom part attached. Then flip it back up and click it in place when you're done. This is definitely one of those "get what you pay for" purchases.

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    Awesome!!

    Written by: Donald from Rockwell,N.C. on June 23, 2010

    1993 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simply awesome!!Bluetooth Picks up my samsung impression as soon as I get into the car. Clear reception from analog and HD radio. This receiver is in a mustang convertible and I was worried about the display not being visible, but no worries here, I can read the display in direct sunlight. As always crutchfield customer service was top notch!! I highly recommend crutchfield and the Dual xhd7714!!

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    Dual XHD 7714 well worth the price

    Written by: DUSTIN from Greenfield, WI on June 16, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was hesitant to pruchase a Dual based on some of the reviews but this receiver is by far the best I have ever owned. I have used the HD radio and it comes in crystal clear, The bluetooth has worked to stream Pandora from my HTC Eris phone from Verizon. The only thing bad I can say is that when I use the bluetooth to make a call some people have said they cannot understand me, I sound like I am under water but other callers have said they can hear me loud and clear. For the money, nothing can top this receiver.

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    Great Deal For The Price

    Written by: Anonymous from Dumfries, Va on June 10, 2010

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall for the money, this is a great product. The only CON that I can find is the same as other reviews, the in-dash MIC for calls. It would have been nice if we had been given an option for an external MIC. Given that I knew this when I bought the unit, I really can't complain...it works..... I was easily able to configure the bluetooth and pair it with my phone. For the iPod.. I had to actually read the instructions!!...but it works and sounds great! I strongly recommend this product!

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Robert from Sandston, Va on June 7, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this unit in a 2003 GM Silverado P/U . Great receiver...has everything I wanted in a radio. Blue tooth works well. Sounds a little "tinny" to the person receiving the call. HD radio also works with AM stations...no static on AM. USB is great for loading your own programs (I listen to audio books.) I don't have an I-pod yet so I can't comment on that. The instructions were helpful for removing the trim piece (just pull) but were weak for actual radio installation. Instructions basically said "remove old radio...install new radio." Using a little common sense makes it go in relatively easy,

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    Great value

    Written by: stonemark from Pittsburgh, PA on June 1, 2010

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has every feature I wanted built in. HD radio, iPod/USB, Bluetooth with A2DP. The sound is much better than stock, even with the factory speakers I'm still using. Bluetooth call quality is good on my end, but people I'm talking to say they have a hard time hearing me. Also, A2DP streaming quality is just barley adiquet. The buttons are a little cheap feeling and some are awkwardly placed. But the sound and display are good, and overall I am very happy with this unit. I'd like to say that Crutchfield has the best service I've ever received, online or in person. My order was shipped within an hour of purchase, I received free 2 day shipping, and tons of free extras. I found the unit for $30 cheaper somewhere else, but by the time I paid for shipping, mounting hardware, etc. it would have been slightly more, and I would have never received the same quality of service I got from Crutchfield. Don't hesitate to order from them!

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    Written by: John from Los Angeles on May 30, 2010

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great feature set for the price. This is my first HD radio and I love it - lots of new stations lurking there (as with over the air DTV). Much more powerful than my original equipment radio, and much better sound. Bluetooth is great if parked, but in my small car, the road noise makes it essentially unusable at freeway speeds because the mic is in the faceplate (not remoted to headliner).. Instructions, free install kit and phone support were all great. This installation made for a fun father-son project.

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    Works well so far....

    Written by: Brian from Mascoutah, IL on May 25, 2010

    1995 Buick Regal
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing was a breeze to install with the Crutchfield supplied wiring kit and trim kit. I have a 95 Buick Regal, and wiring it was a snap. I have run into one problem after the installation. The iPod connectivity seems to drop every so often. It picks back up after about a second, but that pause is getting really annoying.. Other than that, tested bluetooth functionality with my phone making calls, no problems there, other party could hear clearly. The remote is nice, seems to work better than some other remotes that I have used in the past. Overall, you get what you pay for. For the price and the features, I wouldn't hesitate to buy again!

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    Great value for money, if only it would charge my iPhone

    Written by: John from San Jose CA on May 22, 2010

    1995 Volkswagen Jetta III
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far this is great. It installed into my 95 Jetta without tooooo much difficulty (just a little filing on the plastic lip on the L&R sides as DIN bracket was just a hair too wide to fit). Bluetooth connectivity worked fine, HD radio is fine, iPhone streams audio fine, but neither Apple cable nor the Dual supplied (much larger cable with a huge connector in the iPhone end) will charge my iPhone3G (others say it will with the Dual cable, but so far no go for me). Even if the Dual cable can be made to work, its so huge I can't use it where I have the iPhone mount, so I was really hoping the Apple cable would work (since it will stream audio over BT, I don't need the wired connectivity). So that is a real let-down, and why I only gave it 4 out of 5. I also have not tried the mic yet, if that is as poor as others say, that might slip it to 3.5 . Still great value for the money.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Anonymous from Melbourne, FL on May 22, 2010

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Good: Having everything built in is a big plus. HD Radio works great. Ipod controls are easy to use. 3 sets of a RCA outputs area big plus. Sound is EXCELLENT. I thought I needed to upgrade my entire system. After replacing my Alpine (4 years and worn out), my speakers, from highs to subs came alive. It sounded like an entirely new system. The Bad: Microphone for Bluetooth isn't very good. You have to speak loudly for people to hear you. Signal range for radio is a bit sub-par. A lot of stations fade in and out of HD range, which is a bit annoying if you live on the outskirts of the station range.

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    For this price cannot ask for more!

    Written by: Anonymous from Houston, TX on April 25, 2010

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good, a couple of hicups: 1) Somehow looses connectivity with the Ipod... particuarly when is tuned OFF adn then back ON.... many times have to manually disconnect / reconnect the Ipod and then it works again.. annoying.. 2) Some acceleration noise / interference occassionally... Other than that, very happy, good sound, better that the OE radio... bluetooth OK, have ot tried the CD player..

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Anonymous from Jeff in Fort Mitchell, KY on April 22, 2010

    Dual replaced a warranteed (out of stock) unit with this one for me (had to "fight" them a little, kept delaying the replacement). The old unit had the external mic, which was a better sounding set-up (from the caller's end). The thru-the-speakers sound on calls was better with the other unit, too, but this one's "okay". Feature-wise this is a great unit and has worked well the 3-4 weeks I've had it (the defective unit was maybe 10 months old). The removable faceplate of the old unit was a one-hander, while this one has taken me a while to get good at (because it is also a fold-down and the other wasn't). It feels like too much force is necessary to get the second pin to click in, and for the long haul that worries me (durability of plastic pins). Hope that is unfounded. Overall you can't beat the features for the price.

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    Great Features So-So Performance

    Written by: Jack from Wayne, NJ on April 18, 2010

    First the Pros: This radio has every feature that you could ask for, except voice recognition on the Bluetooth. Everything works and the USB port makes the Ipod connection obsolete, but it works anyway! When in range, the HD stations are clear as CDs. AM reception is also quite good except some of the local strong stations sound a little distorted, even with the local attenuator switched in. Go figure. Regular FM reception is average. Plenty of power and the sub woofer connections function beautifully. So the sound is great. A few Inconveniences: As others have reported it is very difficult to see the Display in full sunlight. If you look at it "dead-on", it is readable. But more than a 5 degree slant and it's a problem. Out of direct sunlight, the Display is fine. The blue tooth connects fine but the mic does a lousy job especially if there is any kind of road noise. Without a Voice Command feature it makes the hands-free a bit awkward. You must use your cellphone to choose your contact, or dial it using the remote. Very unsafe and awkward. The menu takes some getting used to but I guess thats part of the learning curve. Overall, I love this radio but just wish the few annoyances could have been engineered out!

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    Mic for Bluetooth really bad

    Written by: Steff from Goshen, KY on April 3, 2010

    2003 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The negatives: I just returned yesterday after having almost 30 days. My biggest concern is the built-in mic for the bluetooth. I specifically bought this model because I wanted a speakerphone in my car, but was told by many that I was very hard to understand or sounded like I was in a tin can. Duel should consider adding an external mic for better clarity. Additionally, the main radio station that I listen to, 105.9 FM, would not clearly come in. Not sure why since it does on my factory stereo. The positives: All the features. The iPod connections/tagging, bluetooth audio streaming, and the built-in HD receiver. Duel is the only company to make a receiver with all these built in. I'm disappointed that it didn't work better as the features were great.

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    Not to bad

    Written by: John from Cherry Hill, NJ on March 31, 2010

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not the greatest but it is by far the best for the price. I bought one then got another a week later for the Mrs. It was pretty easy to install and haven't toyed around with the HD much I mostly listen to Pandora through my droid which is fantastic

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    Written by: flrhcarr from Puyallup, WA on March 14, 2010

    2007 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The wattage isn't clear, as you can see on the comparisons. Read the specs closely for contents A nice feature is that you can set it to come on at the volume you were listening to, or a preset volume. This is set for each mode (radio, cd,). There are 3 pair of RCA connections (Front back & sub) which is fantastic. Blue tooth sound quality is comparable to speaker phone. I didn't have to yell into it, just upped the volume & sat back. The dimmer works fine for me. Pros: It remembers song place even on USB Plays removable media via mass storage reader. That is your reader has to tell the unit that it is. Also as long as the disc disk or card is in FAT or FAT32 format. So if you have an old laptop drive & an external case with a USB connection it reads. I tried it with an ancient 6 gig drive that was partitioned for 5 & 1. It read the 5 gig (4.51) side but not the 1 gig. Cons: If the station is in HD, the Dual will pick up that broadcast, not either or. Have to scroll through modules to get back to 1st module Local/distance not as good as OEM Bluetooth has to be on to receive call. You have to scroll through to connect to your phone before the call ends. Often you wind up ending the call Doesn't play wavs or lossless MP3 Doesn't read NTSF formatted cards or drives

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    A very good product

    Written by: Anonymous from San Diego, CA on March 12, 2010

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Some reviews made me apprehensive when I bought it, but after using it 2 weeks, I would definitely recommend it. HD radio works well, and the quality is noticeably better. Bluetooth works great. You can talk on your phone via the bluetooth hands free profile, and you can play audio from the phone. I have a few audio files that the Dual 7714 does not understand, but I can play them on my phone over the speakers! And I can even be on a Skype call on my phone and talk over bluetooth handsfree! Playback of audio and MP3 CDs works as claimed. I like the USB play feature. While it takes 20 seconds to start playing an MP3 CD, it takes much less to start to play off a USB flash drive, and has higher capacity. Browsing the MP3 CD or USB stick for music is user-friendly -- you can skip albums or skip a track in an album with just a button press each. The user interface is good (although one could do better). A few caveats: The face-plate feels cheap and not very durable. There are small glitches that you learn to side-step. For example, when you turn on ignition, you need to give it a few seconds to connect to the phone via bluetooth; if you try doing too much else, bluetooth connection may not succeed. Some reviewers were concerned about the dislay being invisible in daylight. But it's really not bad at all w/ the "medium" setting. Installation instructions were good and easy to follow, although not wholly sufficient. But customer service was v. helpful.

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    Pretty great

    Written by: mot from Seattle, WA on March 8, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, this stereo is a great value. I love the HD radio and the A2DP Bluetooth profile so I can play music from my iPhone without connecting anything. What other stereo offers these features built-in for < $200?!?! Why only 4 stars? Because of some stuff I already knew from reading reviews before I bought it, so I'm not too disappointed, but here we go: First, the microphone for placing Bluetooth calls is too quiet for the other end to hear me, so it makes this feature almost worthless. Some people have this problem, some don't. I can lean over and yell into the microphone and it works well enough for the few calls I make in the car, but it's kind of silly. Second, using the iPod features sort of works but isn't worth it. You have to use the included special cable which splits into the USB port AND the 3.5mm port (blech). It charges some iPhones but not mine. With the iPhone, it takes over the UI so you have to use the stereo to pick songs (not good). You're better off using a regular 3.5mm cable and not using the iPod features. This works fine. Third, the design of the removable faceplate is not good. It is not anchored in the top right so that corner is always kind of sticking out and loose. Also, to anchor the bottom left you have to snap a plastic post into a plastic clamp, which is hard to do and seems like it will eventually break. Not sure what to do if/when that happens. Anyway, great value, 4 stars all the way, love the radio and A2DP!!

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    Written by: Clay from midwest on March 8, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this stereo about a week ago. The wiring harness was easy to figure out. Great instructions, too. I also received the steering wheel adapter. That was a pain to set up until I talked with tech support. I swear, this guy sound like he installed hundreds of these before! I told him what all I did. He knew exactly what was wrong, how to program it, etc. When I got it set up, and heard my 1st song in HD, I was sold. This thing is so easy to operate. Has every feature you can imagine. I can even load all my CD's on a thumbdrive and pipe them through. When making a call using Bluetooth, the mic isn't the greatest. But if you love good tunes, this is well worth it.

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    Good for the money

    Written by: J from USA on March 7, 2010

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: Fantastic sound!!!! Great looking display. Fast pairing and decent interfacing with Bluetooth. Super easy installation. Great radio reception. You really get a lot for this price!!! Cons: The manual needs some serious work. You'd think that for its thickness, it would actually tell you how to get to all the features of this receiver, but it usually just leaves you guessing in most cases. Some of the radio's features aren't even mentioned in the manual at all. I found most of them by accident-really by just thinking to myself, "this has to be in here somewhere!", and then just searching for it. There is no phonebook transfer-at least, I haven't found it and the manual doesn't mention it at all. Navigating the menu tree(s) is tricky as it doesn't seem to follow any logical or familiar path and the button sequence(s) is almost impossible to remember requiring one to hold a button for a few seconds for some settings and tapping the button for others in during the same process. It wont appear difficult as you read this, but trust me-it's ridiculous. There is no real tweaking of the preset EQ curves; any changes made to it cancels the setting out completely. Said EQ is only 2 band, although the receiver sounds excellent. Summary: A GOOD PRODUCT INITIALLY- IN DIRE NEED OF SOME POLISHING.

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    Bang for your buck

    Written by: Corey from Deerfield, IL on March 3, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you're looking to upgrade your stock stereo, you can't go wrong with the Dual XHD7714. For the price, it's packed with features. Some reviews say the controls are complicated. When you have a unit that does so many things, of course it's going to take some getting used to. The bluetooth works with my iPhone, I can hear and be heard fine. I haven't used bluetooth streaming music, I use the connector so I can control the music easier. With Crutchfield's install kits, intallation is a snap. Even a minor wiring issue was solved with a 5 minute phone call. Pros: Built-in HD tuner, iPod/iPhone controllability (yes, it's works correctly with my iPhone), built-in bluetooth, low price to feature ratio. Cons: Removable face seems flimsy, iConnector needs to be unplugged to access the CD (if you're using an iPod/iPhone, I doubt you'll use the CD much), HD tuner has trouble locking in some stations (probably more of a signal issue), Bluetooth doesn't always connect automatically. Some have said the remote is useless. Get a piece of heavy duty double stick tape, stick it in the proper location on your steering wheel, and voila, steering wheel controls! In summary, if you're looking for all the features, you're a tech junkie (like me), and you don't care that it's not built like a tank, this is the one for you.

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    Good Unit for the Money

    Written by: Robert from Baltimore MD on March 2, 2010

    1998 Ford Contour
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed the unit in my son's 1998 Ford Contour. Install was painless, unit works great, all the input options cover him and his friends music completely with whatever format they have at hand. Sound quality is good with the stock speakers, even better with the Infinity upgrades we put in. With Bluetooth phone pairing was easy, and sound quality was reasonable. In the Contour the unit is angled towards the driver, and low in the dash, which is probably why I did not have any issues with washout on the display or mic pickup with Bluetooth that others have had. Unit quality for the faceplate is suspect, it flexs a lot when removing or replacing it. The buttons feel cheap and lightweight, as is the selector dial in the center. It has held up well in the 6 months it has been in service, and has not gotten any worse, so it probably will not be an issue Be sure to clean your antenna connection when installing this unit, and make sure it is in good condition. The HD quality was only fair when I first hooked it up to test it, it improved somewhat on the second time during final install, but reception was still less than I had seen with HD in other vehicles. On a hunch I pulled it back out and cleaned up the antenna connector and the reception is now superb

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    Written by: mike from Alabama on March 2, 2010

    i have this head unit here are my system specs 6x9 c2 jl audio 3 way fronts 6.5 c2 jl audio 2 way rears 2 jl audio w3v3-4's powered by 2 kicker 750.1 @ 4 ohm this unit powers my subs nicely even though it has 2 volt output (should be 4.0) and the 17 watt rms is more than enough to power the c2's i have. but the problem i have with this unit is listening to HD stations... it will knock the radio off and try to sync with the HD stations more than it plays it plays regular stations fine . so its not a big deal seeing how the other features are nice im using a ipod touch with the unit although i wish the interface was 100% better after a few mins i learned how to navigate the ipod. bluetooth is nice i use a Blackberry Storm , however after i end a call the BT hangs on the radio and i have to turn my phone off. so far i have had this radio a total of 4 days now and i have played with all the features i do recommend reading the manual as there are alot of features thats not turned on that needs to be. its a great overall radio for the anyone saving pennies, or like me who wanted all the features in one unit without spending more.

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    Feature Rich

    Written by: Greg from Indianapolis, IN on February 28, 2010

    1998 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for the Bluetooth streaming function and thought I'd try HD radio at the same time. I've been quite pleased with this feature rich head unit. It pairs with my HTC Droid Eris and streams Pandora and pod casts without trouble. I have an hour long drive to work and it never drops out. I really enjoy getting my phone calls over the speakers. The mic is not that great, but I'm not closing business deals, so it works fine for me. The people I call say that I sound tinny and sometimes as if I'm in a tunnel. Apparently this is tolerable. The music sound quality is ok for me. A bit flat. Not as nice as my previous Alpine, but I'm not that discriminating. And for the price, I'm not complaining. This many features costs a whole lot more on other units. I don't know how Dual gets away with it. BTW, Crutchfield rocks. Quick order turn and free shipping in 3 days.

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    Buy this

    Written by: Anonymous from Columbus, OH on February 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The receiver does everything it says it does. It is a great performer. When I bought it I was worried because there were some negative reviews. It had everything I was looking for at the best price. Installation was easy and a Crutchfield specialist answered the only question that was not addressed in the instructions. The only problem is that sometimes with the bluetooth there is an echo for the person on the other line.

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    Good unit for the price

    Written by: Josh from Madison, WI on February 25, 2010

    2000 Ford Escort ZX2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit because it was the only Bluetooth integrated receiver with HD built in in my price range. I was pulling in stations with reasonably clear reception from 70 miles away. Most HD stations came in crystal clear but a couple kept flipping back and forth between HD and FM, but that's probably because I was at the edge of the HD range. Bluetooth is a nice addition. My only complaints are that the phone output is very quiet, I had to crank the volume to hear the caller. I also felt like I had to speak loudly because the mic was so far away. It doesn't sync with your contacts either, but that's not a dealbreaker for me. Bluetooth audio streaming works great. The sound quality isn't the best but it's the only way to stream Pandora from my phone to the receiver other than a 3.5mm cable The midrange is a little muddy, but tolerable. The included iPod adapter plugs into the front only which is a minor annoyance. It's not made to work with the iPhone, so you'll get the Airplane Mode warning when it's connected. It will charge your iPhone still. Also, you can only play the songs directly stored on the iPod/Phone, you can't stream from any other source. The only other thing that's really annoying is that the controls are mostly on the passenger side so there's a lot of reaching for the controls. Still, this is a good receiver for the price

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Pete from Walworth NY on February 24, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit with a great price. Very easy install. The only issue I have is the Bluetooth doesn't always auto connect.

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    With iPhone 3GS, It's Good, But Not Great

    Written by: Anonymous from Fort Worth, TX on February 21, 2010

    2004 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had multiple problems with the audio cutting out at random intervals (not enough to bother, but enough to remark about it). Also to note is that there are no audio controls through bluetooth other than "play" and "pause". You can't change songs, you can't even rewind the audio of a track. Pressing those buttons does nothing. The phone functionality works great, though I still don't know how to end a call without disconnecting the device from the stereo (I need to read the manual). People say they can hear me just fine through the integrated microphone in the deck, and they don't hear their voices when speaking (and I normally have the radio volume in the 30's, as I drive on the highway a lot). The HD radio is alright, but I find myself not listening to it because it seems like all they've done is opened up higher levels of Hz on the radio band. This has lead to the majority of stations (in the DFW market) to sound like crappy MP3s with tinny, garbled highs, since radio stations traditionally don't broadcast that high of frequency. I also don't know whether there is functionality to turn off HD radio (but I would if I listened to the radio more). I'm not sure whether this is an HD radio problem, or the deck's problem. The deck itself feels extremely cheap. The volume wheel is unsatisfying to turn, which some other reviewers pointed out. When ordering, I didn't think i would mind the cheap feel, but I definitely do.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Warren, PA on February 15, 2010

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver. It was super easy to install. After the installation I learned how to use basically every feature within minutes. Also to note that the sound is amazing. I have stock speakers in my truck in with this unit it honestly sounds like I have a full system installed. I highly recommend this product.

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    Features made me optimistic, but.....

    Written by: Joshua from Carlsbad, CA on February 12, 2010

    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had high hopes for this unit, because of all the included features - bluetooth with built-in mic (easier to install), HD Radio, and ipod controls. Unfortunately, all of these features are poorly implemented on this unit, and I'm sending it back. Bluetooth - integrated mic is awful. I tried many calls at different speeds, everyone told me it sounded like I was in a tunnel. Bluetooth audio from my iphone worked well. HD Radio - the FM tuner and HD barely worked for my favorite station. The Dual's tuner couldn't hold the station on either HD or regular FM, mostly with horrible interference. My factory radio didn't have this problem, nor does my replacement head unit from Crutchfield. ipod controls - I use an iphone 3G and this unit is not completely compatible as an iphone accessory. Requires both the USB and audio ports be connected - it's not implemented as an ipod docking connector, but some less complete USB implementation. Annoying. My replacement unit has rear USB and full docking support, along with well integrated ipod controls and the option to bypass them and use the ipod. Overall - I had high hopes for great results with this receiver. Unfortunately, the low cost got me what I paid for in the implementation of the features I was really looking for. I ended up spending an additional $90 to get a Kenwood unit with a Parrot bluetooth module and external mic, and better iphone integration. Much better.

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    Good value; many features

    Written by: Jay from Athens, GA on February 12, 2010

    2005 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this head unit because I wanted something that had iPod integration. Pros: Many features for the price (Bluetooth, HD radio, iPod integration) Sound quality is very good Bluetooth speakerphone quality is pretty good, although some callers still have a hard time hearing me. Relatively easy to install; I had to do some soldering to connect the wiring adapter to the head unit's wiring harness, but you could do this with screw caps too Cons: Controls on iPod get locked out when connected to head unit. You have to control the iPod through the head unit's interface. Album artwork is not displayed on iPod, although Title and Artist information are displayed. Radio reception is a little fuzzy at times, but I think I may have a loose antenna cable or it may just be because of where I live Have to use remote or the phone itself to dial numbers (can't dial numbers directly from head unit display)

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: Anonymous from Concord, California on February 12, 2010

    2004 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product for the money. Other reviewers have indicated the buttons and dial seem cheap and I have to agree. I've tested the phone sync via Bluetooth and the person called said I sounded like I was far away from the microphone. Otherwise, all the features work very well on this unit. Some have said reading USB drives takes a while but I've found my 1GB drive to be read in a couple of seconds.

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    Great unit with excellent bang for buck

    Written by: Tony from Renton, WA on February 11, 2010

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What can I say that the other 159 people haven't? This is a great unit for the cost - Love the HD Radio support in it and the integrated Bluetooth for my phone. I only have 2 issues - 1. When using this with the Crutchfield install kit for a 2003 F-150 the flip front doesn't work with the kit's faceplate, you need to use the faceplate included with the unit. 2. iPod integration - While this works fine the way you pick the songs, playlists etc is pretty poor when you take into account that the dial doesn't seem to be completely accurate. Other than that great unit.

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    GREAT PRICE AND FEATURES! 02/01/10

    Written by: Gina from CHARLESTON, SC on February 5, 2010

    2007 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great features for the price! I love the bluetooth - easy to sync and automatically syncs when i get in the car. Clear quality over the speakers of my car and a great safety feature. No problems with others hearing me. Ipod features work great. Brightness is not an issue in my Toyota Highlander - all is very clear night and day. Buttons are a bit small but compared to my husband's JVC (too complicated), it is very well laid out. I had everything pre set and working within 30 minutes without the manual. Only complaint is the didgital signal for some HD stations fades in and out and this stereo does not lock onto the analog sytem automatically - you choose between digital and analog in the set up menu. A minor problem compared to all this stereo offers! I would definately buy another for any car or truck! I also purchased the install card and had absolutely no problems - had it installed the following day after receiving the stereo and the guys at were knowledgeable and professional.

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    Written by: Clay from New Mexico on February 4, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As most say, Good bang for the buck. Lots of features that you would otherwise have to pay a lot for. Contrary to what others say, I do not find the display to be too bright at all, and I am usually picky about this. Besides, it has a dimming feature! Anyway, I have only two complaints, both relating to Ipod function. First of all, you can't select "Genre's" as an option through the headunit. Kind of annoying when you want to listen to a shuffled mix of all your country or all your rock. Secondly, and the most annoying thing: The sound quality of the IPOD suffers. You can set the source level to be louder or quiter for each function (i.e. radio ,cd, Ipod), BUT, even when you set the level higher for the Ipod, the sound quality lacks. Bass is not as pure, treble is almost piercing or non existent. When my Ipod is plugged into my JVC in my other car, sound quality is better than CD, In this thing, it is nearly as bad as AM Radio. Horrible. But, I suppose I will live with it. Good overall buy.

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    Written by: magerbak from Arlington, MA on February 3, 2010

    2003 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, pretty happy. Some negatives though: - I really wish the bluetooth mode allowed the presets to be programmed as speed-dials. - It takes a long time time (20s) for the system to read an 8GB USB stick when first selecting the USB input before music playback begins. - Layout of buttons is not great - track forward in particular is tiny.

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    Good Value, Unbeatable Gizmo Factor

    Written by: Jim from STL, MO on January 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have an older car whose radio quit. Since I'm a bit cheap, and practical, I want to keep this old economy car (2000 Beetle) and drive it until it is completely used up. So I came to Crutchfield looking for solutions. Wow, this is a great solution. Never having HD radio before, I now know what I was missing. The BlueTooth connects automatically to my Android G1 phone after the easy setup. I can even stream audio from my phone using BlueTooth and never carry a USB or iPod again! Caller ID shows up on the radio! USB is a great way to transport music also! My kids can charge their iPods and share their music in the car. It looks great! It operates incredibly well! If you want Geek/Gizmo Factor on your car stereo, but have a budget, this is a great solution. Don't be afraid if you've never heard of the brand. This radio is excellent! Plus Crutchfield shipped fast, with all the parts I needed, and it was painless. I connected the harnesses together using the easy installation manuals the night before I installed the radio. I installed the radio at lunchtime in only 20 minutes using the tools supplied. AWESOME!

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    Very Good but not great

    Written by: Bill from Ft Worth, TX on January 25, 2010

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, this is a very good stereo for my basic needs. Huge upgrade from my factory stereo. I have two small complaints...1. This is not "made for iPhone". The box says "made for iPod", not "made for iPhone". You can also tell when you plug in the iPod cable, and it asks you to turn your iPhone into airplane mode. A made for iPhone device will not do this. Thats not a huge deal since it has bluetooth, so its not a deal killer. Second, when installed in my truck, the face plate has to come all the way off to change CD's. Again, not a big deal since I dont listen to CD's that much. Overall, good buy. If I was to buy again, I might look for something with more subwoofer control, but would consider this on as well.

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    Written by: Rick G from North Plainfield, NJ on January 25, 2010

    2007 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this item from Crutchfield last week primarily based on features, price, and strength of the reviews here. I installed it fairly easily into a 2007 Honda Ridgeline. Pros: This little receiver has just about everything (except maybe XM/Sirius ready) for a very good price. IPod connectivity is great. Bluetooth works well. Aux connectivity works fine (although seems to require turning up the volume a bit more then the other modes). FM appears to be just as good as stock radio. HD radio stations are a nice addition, especially in the NYC area where there are at least a handful of good ones. Cons: As others have mentioned here, the faceplate feels a bit cheap. There's a bit of give to it and the buttons are definitely very plastic feeling. That being said, I don't see this being a major issue for anyone who doesn't plan on smashing their fist repeatedly into it. The buttons are also small compared to the stock Ridgeline radio. The stock radio was nice and roomy whereas the Dual feels quite cramped by comparison. As for one major item that a lot of people seem to mention, the display and its brightness, I have to say I haven't noticed it. Seems nice and bright to me. Maybe it's the configuration of my dashboard that helps, but I haven't seen anything even remotely like the viewing issues that others have been mentioning. This is not a luxury receiver by any stretch, but for the price you get an exceptional amount of functionality.

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    Great Features, Bad Display

    Written by: Alexey from North East on January 24, 2010

    Good & Bad -Charges iPhone 3GS using the provided cable. Also, if you use your regular USB cable and plug iPhone 3GS to USB port on the unit, it won't charge the iPhone. So you have to use the provided cable. Also, you can't control iPhone using the built in iPod control. -Using the provided cable music plays OK through the Aux port. However, I occasionally have static noise when I play music of the iPhone using the provided cable. -Bluetooth works well with iPhone. The bad thing - because it uses built in microphone, the other person on the line barely could hear me even though I was trying to talk as loud as I could. -Price is excellent but LCD screen is very cheap as it has no more than 5 degrees Vertical Viewing Angle. My radio sits slightly at the angle in the 05 Honda Civic. So basically I can't see what is on display during a daylight even after I set the illumination to highest possible setting. It is fine after sunset. -It may be cool to have red light around the main Power On/Off button when you turned off your radio. However, I have my radio connected to direct 12V battery and I bypass the key switch. So even though I turn the radio off and leave the car, this button stays illuminated through the night and draws the power from my car battery. I am sure it is not a lot of power but I don not know how much and how many hours would it take to drain the battery enough not to start the car. There is no way to turn it off. The only way is to take the faceplate off

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    Why so Bright?

    Written by: WesK from Pittsburgh, PA on January 23, 2010

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this mainly for the Digital Radio, AUX and USB inputs. Installation my 2000 Honda was easy, but I've done this a few times over the years. Anyway, the unit works great so far. I didn't find the controls to be all that intuitive, but they were easy enough to figure out with the instruction manual and a little patience. The Bluetooth feature is nice too. Anyway, I really like the features of this radio, but I really don't like the lighting. I knew it would be bright, because all aftermarket radios are bright for me. I thought that the dimming option would work for the whole thing, but it only works for the LCD screen. During the day, the unit looks great. However, at night the buttons are the brightest blinding blue. I really don't get it. Whoever designs these things apparently doesn't do much night driving, they have much different tastes than I do, or they don't care if they can't see the road. Also, when you turn it off, the big center select button turns into a big ugly red thing. WHY? Hey radio designers. Here's a suggestion. I want to hear it. I want it to be easy to use. I want it to look good. I don't want it to be visible from outer space at night! Thank you! Anyway, my solution was simply reuse the hinged cover that I made for my last car stereo.

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    Not a great experience.

    Written by: Chris from Hendersonville, TN on January 22, 2010

    2004 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I can't think of the last time I gave a bad review to a product. I'm pretty easy to please. I purchased this item because of the good reviews, and I'm lukewarm about it. I like the iPod controls and the USB input. The radio itself sounds good on my stock speakers. I am having trouble with some HD channels. Sometimes the regular channel sounds better than the HD version, but the radio keeps reverting to the HD, which fades in and out (satellite I assume). I need to figure out a way to control that - if there is a way. We had the receiver professionally installed ($65) because it seemed too complicated for my vehicle (04 Saturn Vue), but that would be any radio. The small watch-type battery that came with the remote was dead. I had to go out and pay $5 for another one (and hope that it was the battery and not the remote, because you can't return batteries.) I emailed Dual to let them know and they just said, "Sorry." Also, the bluetooth sounds bad to people I'm calling. They can't understand me and say I sound like I'm in a tunnel. I disabled it because it's unusable. I have a Motorola phone. I guess I'm a little disappointed. I could have bought a cheaper brand-name radio.

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    Over all it's a great radio for the price!! Thanks again Crutchfield!!

    Written by: Jeff from Milwaukee, WI on January 19, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio as a Christmas present for my wife. The ordering process was great! The customer service rep. was very helpful and answered all of my questions. It was shipped with all the wiring and dash kit for her car. I installed it after Christmas with no trouble. She has a 2006 Ford Escape and it installed just as the instructions said it would. My wife loves her new radio. The blue tooth paired right up with her LG phone and the sound quality is good. Using her Ipod is easy as well. Just plug it into the USB & Mini jack, it works and sounds fantastic. The ipod controls are simple and easy to use. The only slightly negative things are: As many other reviewers have stated the buttons feel flimsy. I think if you normally take care of your things the radio will be just fine. My main complaint is the display is very dim. Over all it's a great radio for the price!! Thanks again Crutchfield!!

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: RG from Chula Vista, CA on January 16, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You get more than what you paid for!! I installed one of these on a 2005 Honda Accord. It has all the features anyone could possibly want. Plays all media, easily connects to your ipod or MP3 player, HD radio tuner, has bluetooth for your phone or wireless media player, and compatible with the steering wheel controls!!! All for under $200. Not to mention all the connectors and customer support from Crutchfield. Installation was clean and simple. Yes, the plastic may feel alittle flimsy, the front interface gives a little, but it works and works well, no matter if driving over choppy roads or smooth surfaces. I don't even need to touch the radio, since I have steering wheel controls. Oh yeah.....has a remote control...sweet!!!!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Oregon City, OR on January 16, 2010

    1992 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works great, HD Radio is great, Bluetooth works great (as well as any of them work). Instalation was easy, very good instructions. Very good value for all the features that this radio has.

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    A Good Value

    Written by: Chris from Los Angeles, CA on January 16, 2010

    2001 Chrysler 300M
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After acquiring a 2001 Chrysler 300M I desperately wanted to replace the factory stereo. I had looked at other decks that allowed for HD radio and BlueTooth connectivity, but they typically required the purchase of additional components that pushed the cost up. This Dual deck satisfied my desire for the hands-free phone, iPod control, and HD radio. Plus, it sounds really good on the stock factory speakers. I only wish that the iPod connection wasn't through the front of the deck. It would be much nicer to be able to run a cable into the glove box. All in all, a very good value.

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    Beavers

    Written by: Brian from North Carolina on January 16, 2010

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio install was so easy with Crutchfield instructions. Radio is great. Bluetooth is average, regarding sound quality, but it reconnects to phone in an effortless manner. HD is good, but radio could stand to have signal booster built-in. HD fades, periodically.

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    Good bang for the buck

    Written by: Anonymous from Chicago, IL on January 15, 2010

    1997 Ford Expedition

    I bought this head unit because of the number of features available as standard options. I was replacing a factory installed unit with a new one and wanted something I could interface my iphone with. I saw that this also had HD radio built in along with usb input and bluetooth I had to get it. I wasn't disappointed. I was very impressed with HD radio. It really is worth it. Sound is crisp and clear and definitely a degree of improvement over FM radio. Plus the additional HD stations in my area are great. Seems to give programmers some room to play more than same ol', same ol'. I was able to pair my iphone with the radio easily, even though I had never done that before. Calls sound fine but I am told it is not the loudest on the receiving end. Still workable and beats getting a ticket nowadays. When I plugged my iphone 3Gs into the usb port it said on the phone 'application not compatible with phone' or something to that effect. Hopwever, I was still able to play music through the radio and control it from the head unit. It also displayed song information. I haven't tried tagging as I don't use the itunes store much at all. The only downside is not the prettiest of displays. For all the features you get I can deal with that.

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    Would be nice if I could read display !

    Written by: robert from Bay area, California on December 9, 2009

    2006 Ford F-150

    This radio is fair at best. The radio reception is fair, local FM stations often fade out, The display is almost impossible to read during the day. Bluetooth with cell phone works great. Can make and receive calls through the receiver, can play music from phone using bluetooth to receiver which works good. Its hard to imagine why Dual could not improve the display so that you could read it. I would not recommend you purchase this receiver. If you still want to buy one you can have mine. I would like to upgrade to something better.

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    Great features, awful display

    Written by: cfw from New Orleans LA on December 5, 2009

    2005 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in my '05 Xterra 6 weeks ago. The lock-in and sound on HD is awesome, as is the analog FM sensitivity. Bluetooth phone link is flawless, and the iPod interface is easy to navigate and works well. Now the bad news. In this car, the display is unreadable in daylight. At night it's OK. There is no adjustment for contrast. Maybe it's the angle of the radio, or maybe I got a bad sample, but unless I move my head over to right in front of the radio, it's just a black blank. And the removable faceplate feels like it's terribly flimsy, and if I dare to take it on and off a few times it will never latch correctly again. So I leave it in place. Most of the time, I'm using HD presets or an iPod playlist, so it's not a continuing annoyance. But I sure wish I could see the caller ID on the radio's display....

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: narana2005 from New Haven, CT on December 2, 2009

    1999 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After reading the reviews, I purchased the DUAL..lost all my cassette capability but the bluetooth & usb more than made up for that :).....I love the DUAL....worth every penny and the Crutchfield free add-ons make the install simple. Great unit.

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    Do it all radio

    Written by: Eddie from Virginia Beach, Va on November 27, 2009

    I bought this radio for my wife as a Christmas present, it came in a very timely fashion and came with all the wiring and dash kit for her car. She loves her new radio (i put it in now so i wouldn't have to worry bout doing it on Christmas) The directions that crutchfield sent made installation a breeze. The blue tooth paired right up with her phone which is good cause my brand new Magellan gps (4700) couldn't even do that. i pod cable comes with the unit, a special one that goes into the usb and aux port, so if anything happens to that might b hard to replace it. The ipod control is simple and easy to get accustomed to easily. Also another not on the blue tooth, it works and sounds excellent. Ive used several headset and also speaker type blue tooth and this one by far exceeds any of them. i can hear people without any problems and i haven't had any complaints from anyone Ive been on the phone with. The only negative things Ive noticed so far: 1.) The faceplate has to come all the way off to change cds which can be a pain in the butt cause its rather difficult to put it back on. This could be easily fixable if it would just fold down instead of completely removing it. 2.) Like many other reviewers the buttons feel extremely cheap like loose plastic. I understand its a cheap receiver but should feel that cheap. If your looking for a good basic upgrade from stock and want multiple options this radio is the best way to go.

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    Great Radio, Great Price

    Written by: Anonymous from St. Louis MO on November 25, 2009

    1998 Volvo S70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very pleased with this. I really wanted built in Hands Free BlueTooth at a reasonable cost. This with the built in IPOD controls and the HD radio, you really can't beat it. The only mild downside and I'm not complaining is what is mentioned in other reviews. The plastic is somewhat cheap. It looks nice but it's definitely not $300 head unit in appearance. It's just a $300 head unit in performance. The HD radio is nice. Not only do you pick up other station feeds (typically commercial free) but some AM stations are broadcast on these feeds so hockey and baseball games come in great. The Ipod integrates well too. The cons? It's in my wife's car thought I have one sitting at home I'm going to put in our van and I may put it in my car as well. I haven't been using remote either. This radio install easily into a '98 S70 and is flush. Crutchfield says you need to notch the dash but you do not need to. There are two notches on the vertical sides of the cavity at the front that match up with stereo box frame (can't remember the term for it).

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    Great value

    Written by: Bob from Worcester, MA on November 18, 2009

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo for the money. I installed it in an '02 4Runner. Having the Crutchfield wiring diagrams, the pocket kit, and the wiring harness made this a no brainer. The hardest part was figuring out I did not need the bezel that came with the radio for my car. The HD stations are great, I listen to the radio again. I use the bluetooth to listen to podcasts from my smartphone and also use it to make calls. It really works well. I really have nothing negative to say about this radio, you get lots of features for pretty short money. It sells for less, but then you need to get the wiring harness, the pocket kit, pay taxes, and you don't get the Crutchfield wiring diagrams and support (if needed). Crutchfield was the way to go.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: David from Long Island, NY on November 18, 2009

    1999 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed the Dual XDH7714 in my 1999 Nissan Altima with minor hassle. The plastic mounting bracket included fit fine but the screws were not sufficient to hold the factory radio side brackets in place....so some heavy adhesive was needed. The unit powered up and worked fine for approximately 30 minutes before showing problems. Buttons were slow to respond and receiver would black out after 20-25 mins after each start-up. Crutchfield sent a replacement unit right away and after swapping the old for the new, the unit has been great. All the features work perfectly and the HD radio here in NYC sounds excellent. I am very happy with the product.

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    Written by: Schatz from Tulsa, Ok. on November 14, 2009

    1999 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was a little scared to buy a product that had all of the features that this stereo had at this creap of a price. I am always under the asumption that you get what you pay for. Well I guess in some instances that saying is wrong. I decided to order 2 units. One for my tacoma and one for my wifes 4runner. The package came with all the goods to get it installed (thanks to crutchfield). I installed both units in about 2 hours. now to the good stuff: These units are AWESOME. They do everything they say they will and more. I spent almost the whole night in the garage playing with them. I feel like a kid again. Great Unit, Great price, Great features! What more could you ask for?

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    Written by: Anonymous from Delray Beach, FL on November 13, 2009

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was worried after reading some of the reviews. I had already purchased my stereo. Wow! It is wonderful. It looks great in my car and the sound is wonderful. I love the features. I paired my phone with it right away. People can't believe how little I paid for this stereo or how easily it was installed. Took less than an hour. The sound is great the iPod works fabulous, my phone sounds great through the stereo - cd/mp3 are great!

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    Written by: Bob from St Paul, Minnesota on November 9, 2009

    2001 Daewoo Lanos
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, easy installation, iPhone works perfectly via Bluetooth. A real value!

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    Great Stereo!!!

    Written by: lewdog916 from Sacramento, CA on October 29, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is great!! I installed it in a '97 Eclipse Spyder and it looks and sounds great. I didn't know the Sacramento area had so many HD FM stations. I installed it the hard way...I didn't empty out the shipping box, I just pulled the reciever box out and left everything else in. After drilling holes and a lot of other work, I had finished. I finally emptied out the shipping box and discovered the installation adapter. I took everything out and re-did the install. This adapter took my install from an ok mammy-jammy, okie rigged look to a professional look in no time flat. My install looks great...just as if I had a stereo shop install it. The wiring adapters made the install that much easier. There was even a factory amplifier adapter to the amp I didn't even know the car had! That amp took the sound quality even much higher than before this install. I am thrilled with Crutchfield and even pleasantly surprised by the quality of the install. I shouldn't be surprised though because their great quality and customer service is why I have been doing business with them for over ten years. Thanks to my advisor, Duke for his help in the product selection.

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    Dual XHD7714 review

    Written by: BigTufGuy from Gloversville, NY on October 27, 2009

    I purchased this unit as a replacement for the factory BOSE system in my wife's2003 Nissan Pathfinder that was dying a slow death. This was a great choice. So many options for listening to music and the bluetooth works great. As usual, Crutchfield made the install as slick as a greased goose with all the info I needed to do the job right and make it look like a professional install. Thanks Crutchfield and Dual !

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    You won't find anything better for the money!!!

    Written by: John from Atlanta, GA on October 25, 2009

    1997 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to upgrade the stereo in my 1997 Tahoe and bought the DUAL. The 1st unit had an issue with volume from the CD. Crutchfield was very good about return of the unit. The 2nd unit arrived quickly and took minutes to reinstall! I also am not sure why the reviews note quality issues - the face plate maybe a bit more flimsy than higher end units but still acceptable. I use the HD radio in ATL and have doubled the available stations using the existing 12 yr old factory antenna. As for Bluetooth, it works better than any other system I have tried (4 or 5). The microphone is great & sound over the speakers is clear. A MAJOR improvement and safety feature! It upgrades my old truck to features on contemporary expensive vehicles of today. The AUX works great with my MP3 player but the USB is amazing. I used an extra 4gb card and easily plugged it in. The USB is so easy because you can just update the files on your home computer and file them in directories. With USB cards dropping in price, it is an easy way of carrying your music library around. I don't have an IPOD. The remote is useful - I can easily change channels and FF and pause USB files. I've put a small piece of Velcro and I'll never misplace it. Overall except for the returned defect I am extremely pleased with this affordable unit with every feature! Thinking about upgrading my BMW since it does not have half the features.

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    Written by: js from Kansas on October 20, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with this stereo. It has all the features I wanted, HD, USB, IPOD, Detachable face, MP3 CD, 3 preamp outputs, subwoofer volume control. I was also looking for large buttons for the presets, which this has. I was also happy to find it has a blinking red light after the face is removed, so it looks like a security system. It glows a nice blue at night. The volume dial is big and has a clicking when you rotate, which is good.

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    Written by: dude from Minnesota on October 19, 2009

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had no major problems with this receiver. It may be a little shottier on the build quality, but it works just fine. The buttons seem to be cheap but again, have always functioned perfectly the way they should for me. I use my iPod through the receiver almost 100% of the time I'm in the car, and it works great! All the display options and sound settings make it really easy to customize it for me. I especially appreciate having the option to set a certain volume that the stereo will always start at when you start the car (so if I forget to turn it down after driving with the music blaring and the windows down, it won't blow my ears off the next time I start the car. :) Overall a very nice stereo loaded with features! Crutchfield made it SIMPLE to install this on my own, with no previous car experience! Instructions are straight forward and easy to do. Installed in a total of 30 minutes. Definitely suggest this radio and this website!

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    Written by: A Customer from Phila suburbs, PA on October 18, 2009

    2000 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    ...but most of the comments are way off. Maybe Dual is new in the car stereo market, but they've been making high-end audio equipment for *at least* 35 years. I don't know what the people who complained about display brightness were talking about. Maybe it's a RTM issue: you can set brightness to one of 3 levels. The buttons at the bottom of the display are small and a little tricky to use at first, but if that's the worst thing about the unit (and IMO it is), it's still an incredible deal. I set mine up without the manual, but you really should read it because there are a lot of cool features that you might not know to look for, and it's exceptionally detailed and well-written. I have not tried the bluetooth, but sound is stunningly beautiful and crisp, even through factory speakers. I don't have an ipod, but there is a very ipod-looking cable in the box. The only real problem I've encountered it's so beautiful that I'm going to take the faceplate off when I park -- but the faceplate comes in a custom, padded case that looks like you could drive over it with a truck. Could not be happier. It's worth at least twice the price, which was actually less than I'd have paid elsewhere because Crutchfield threw in the install kit and specific detailed instructions for my car. I could say lots more, but not in 1500 chars :-) BTW, there's no reason to buy car stereo from anyone but Crutchfield: price/performance beats any other vendor by miles.

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    Written by: Mark from Bel Air,MD on October 9, 2009

    1997 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio for all the options that it offered and at the price offered. After I installed it in my car and started to use it I realized it was too cheap feeling for me. Below are my pros and cons: Pro 1) HD radio built in 2) Fairly easy to use right out of the box. Other units with all these features take time to learn. 3) I would say the bluetooth but my con below eliminates it. However, my cell phone connected with it very easy and the functions were good. Cons 1) Sticks far out of the dash 2) Buttons feel cheap when pressing them. 3) When I made calls the other line said it sounded like I was in a tunnel. Others said they could hear themselves. 4) The HD stations would come in and out making it very frustrating to listen to. 5) I know I could put a filter on but when using the ipod or other device I could hear engine whine through the speakers. I returned the unit and am thinking about buying a Pioneer now. One more thing, I would only buy from Crutchfield even if the price is a bit higher. Their support and policies are top notch!

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    Radio great Instructions Not

    Written by: jec00702 from Mckinney texas on October 1, 2009

    2003 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo, with great features, for the price . Sound quality is far superior to the factory installed stereo. And I didn't change my factory speakers out for upgrades. If you are going to install this yourself you had better have a little bit of an idea of what you are doing to begin with or be very mechanically inclined. The instructions they send for installation are ALMOST useless not quit, they do give you a starting point. I would have like to seen a lot more detail in the instructions and the pictures in the instructions. This kit was for a Toyota Camry the pictures should have looked at least a little like a Camry dash. I gave it 4 stars because of the poor instructions.

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    The Right Choice....

    Written by: Anonymous from Indianapolis, IN on September 28, 2009

    2005 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I must say that I was a little hesitant at first to buy this radio after reading some of the reviews. But as of now I couldn't be more satisfied with my decision. I don't know what the big deal is with the comments about the buttons and the display. Sure, I've seen better buttons and dials but I think these work and feel fine. As for the display, the unit has a brightness setting that you can adjust. I can see mine fine in all lights. I really like all of the features in the radio. The HD and USB work great. I don't have any problems picking up the HD stations and the reception of the analog stations is still good too eventhough I live in a rual area. The BT phone works better than I thought it might. The controls take a little time to work through and I found myself going back to the manual a couple of times but no big deal. With all of the settings and features on this, I am surprised I have been back to it more often. The installation wasn't bad at all. I had a couple of questions regarding the installation kit I got for Crutchfield but tech support answered them right away. For me...I made the right choice. I think this is a great radio and for the price and I will probably end up with another one in my wife's car before the end of the year.

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    Works great with my Blackberry

    Written by: Parf from Lakewood, CO on September 19, 2009

    2004 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with my Blackberry Storm. Uses bluetooth to play music from my albums, and makes calls perfectly. The HD radio is great too. I'm going to buy at least one more for my our minivan.

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    key2mine

    Written by: key2mine from Miami, Florida on September 10, 2009

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Dual XHD7714 for my 2002 GMC Sierra after the original radio went out. I decided on the unit because it gave me multiple options to play my music (USB mainly). The controls take a little getting used to but it's an easy transition. I'm able to get a good sound out it with the bass and treble controls (never been much for the preset equalizer - I like to tailor my sound my way). The unit has good separation and I'm hearing instruments that I didn't hear before. We have a lot of HD radio stations in Miami and I had no problem locating them even without reading the instructions. The reception is excellent. The volume/selector knob feels light, it spins too easily. If Dual put a dampener on the knob to make it rotate with more resistance, that would solve the problem. I don't use the phone much so I haven't tried the Blue Tooth yet. Very good unit for the price.

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    Great Car Stereo

    Written by: Baiju from Orange County, CA on September 10, 2009

    1998 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this radio about a month ago. With the help of Crutchfield tech support I installed the radio in a 1998 Ford Explorer. I am very happy with this radio. The sound quality is great, I get great HD Radio reception pretty much everywhere in Orange County and LA County. When I am driving in the hills it cuts out a little. Now I do not like to listen to nonHD stations. It synced up with my Blackberry with no problems. People can hear me clearly on the Bluetooth and I can hear them clearly as well. I can stream Pandora radio from my Blackberry over the Bluetooth to the radio. I like being able to plug in a memory stick into the USB or my IPod, very handy feature. With all the features you get in this radio for the price you cannot go wrong.

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    Written by: Shane A from Aloha, OR on September 6, 2009

    2002 Ford Taurus SES
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in my Ranger about 9 months ago. I love it! I wanted a radio with bluetooth and HD, which this had both. I have not had any complaints about sound quality during phone calls from other people. I love how my phone will automatically connect as soon as I turn my truck on. The only complaint I have is, you can not dial out a phone number from the unit. (or if you can, I haven't discovered how yet). Great unit for the price.

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    Great Features-Cheap Quality

    Written by: Doug from Cincinnati, OH on September 6, 2009

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this into my 2001 Chevy S10 it looks great and produces great sound quality. I love all of its combination of features it has everything i was looking for. Comes with a wire for your iPod. However the manufacturing quality wasn't up to par. The buttons feel cheap when you press them and the dial feels flimsy. The screen is tiny. The wire that comes with it is made with a cheep plastic and the way it is positioned is liable to break off the faceplate. Overall I bought this for its looks on the net and its features it gets the job done but had i known about the overall manufacturing quality I would have bought a different stereo.

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    bad receiption

    Written by: Anonymous from Rocheser, NY on August 30, 2009

    1999 Buick Century
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    The instructions for installing the radio in my 1999 Buick Century stated that I had to cut out the back support plate. This was easy with a dremel. The special notices did not mention that the ring cover would not fit over the radio when the dash molding was put back in place. So the looks aren't as good as they could be. FM HD stations mostly come in but sometimes fade in and out. AM reception is completely horrible. Forget about HD there. I can barely receive even the most strongest analog stations in the area. Outside of that, the radio operates fine and was a good price for all the features.

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    Dual XHD7714

    Written by: operez from bryan, texas on August 30, 2009

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    very nice receiver ,lots of features ,great sound , radio light is just right not too bright

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    Lots of Features - Disappointing Performance

    Written by: uconnkoala from Newton,MA on August 27, 2009

    1999 Toyota Camry XLE
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    The good: I purchased this radio because of its excellent feature set, and yea, it definitely does everything it says...Bluetooth, IPod, HD, etc. The bad: The first radio I installed had terrible static on the AUX channel. Its Bluetooth mic was also very tinny. I could also hear the radio stations over the speakers even when I was on other inputs. RMA. Retry. The second radio had less static problems, but acted very weird. Radio stations would cut out and not come back until I powered the unit off. It almost seemed like there were software logic problems in the unit. Sound quality doesn't seem very "full", even playing with Bass/Treble/EQ.

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    Budget shoppers rejoice! (Audiophiles BEWARE!)

    Written by: F430TH from LA on August 26, 2009

    (Installed in 2004 Honda Odyssey) After considering numerous reviews on this product, I decided to roll the dice and see for myself if this unit was right for me. My MAIN GOALS were to have BT, and a outlet to play ipod from my Iphone 3G. After trying this unit out for a day or two, it is now back on its way to Crutchfield for an exchange. For simplicity, I will outline my opinion in pros and cons: Pros: 1) To me, this is a nice looking radio. Sure the buttons don't 'feel' as expensive as they could, but for that I refer you to said price. 2) PACKED with features. 3) Display is adequate for day or evening. 4) Nice buttons to connect/disconnect phone within easy reach. 5) When HD stations tune in, very clear sound quality. 6) Handy, slim remote. 7) CD sounds great. Cons: 1) Iphone 3G connects to BT, and sounds Ok on my end - but it sounds hollow and echos to your listener. When fumbling around with settings the phone disconnects and then has to be re-paired. - both deal killers for me. BT needs lots of improvement! 2) Plugging in my XM on the front outlet produces a low buzzing noise when playing - a deal killer for me. (turn the fan up on the A/C helps to quiet it for those blessed with patience) 3) Overall sound seems skewed to treble, but this is adjustable to be fair. Hope this helps you. (I'm going for the more expensive Pioneer now - lesson learned!) PS - Thanks Crutchfield for a pleasant, easy transaction.

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    Bluetooth could be better

    Written by: Michael from Tampa, FL on August 26, 2009

    2002 Honda Accord
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    The features of this deck are great for the price. I really enjoy the HD radio receiver being built-in. It opens up a whole new world of radio stations for you to listen to. However, the main reason I wanted this deck was for the Bluetooth and it is subpar at best. Sound comes through just fine but whoever I talk to can barely hear me due to all the static and noise.

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    Outstanding radio regardless of price.

    Written by: Southern from Houston TX on August 25, 2009

    2000 Ford Mustang
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    On a 1-10 Scale: Overall: 9 Ease of Use: 9 Features: 9 Quality: 8 Sound Quality: 9 Value: 10 I've had this radio in my mustang for a month (stock speakers), and it literally blows me away. The sound quality is excellent, especially for the HD stations, and is extremely crisp & clear. The built in iPod charger/connection works great, and the ability to throw in a 4GB memory stick and play from that was exactly what I was looking for. Also, they must have fixed/revamped the display, because I find it perfectly readable even in direct sunlight (convertible, top down, sun overhead) - no trouble reading the display at all. It's the best radio that I have found with the features & sound quality that it has without going up to a $350-$400 unit. I'm going to buy another one of these for my wife's car. If there were only 1 thing I wish could be better on this unit, it would be the faceplate itself.. The buttons do feel a little "Cheap", and even after a month I have a little trouble putting in on in the morning as it doesn't just "pop" in, it has to go on exactly in a certain way and you have to make sure the bottom tabs snap in. Other than that, no complaints about this unit at all. Sounds great, features are plentiful, and I find it compares very well even to higher priced units that don't offer BT or HD except as "options". Would definitely recommend this radio to someone looking for a feature-rich & good sounding unit.

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    Nice radio

    Written by: Arthur from Rochester, NY on August 24, 2009

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
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    This radio was easy to install, as are all of the systems purchased from Crutchfield, with their adapters and instruction. I shortened cabling a little, wished that I hadn't, apparently didn't learn from last time (did the same thing). My advice is to use as received. The radio performs as advertized. The handsfree doesn't work too well in my 2003 VW deisel (TDI). Part wind and road noise, part my failing hearing - echoes and background noise due to needed volume. My Sirius transmits to the FM band and the iPhone 'bluetooths' my tunes to the Dual. Very handy. All of those CDs can go back inside on the shelf. The HD is a new experience, cleaner than FM and I like it. Only flaw is some (alternator, I think) noise on AM band, where I mostly listen to NPR - can't be ignition. Aurally great, visually kinda 50's chrome and glitter - not at all as pleasing and european as the Monsoon that came out. Still learning how to adjust everything, but it does everything that I need, again, as advertized. Had some questions at install time, tech support was great.

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    Almost the Best

    Written by: Nic from Londonderry, NH on August 23, 2009

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
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    Radio was very easy to install. I have had it for a couple weeks now and i'm pretty happy with it overall. The Bluetooth and Ipod are the High points. The HD Radio part is the one part that needs impovement. You get service every now and then so the song gets clearer when u have HD Service and staticy when you don't so it can get a bit irritating...it sounds like you are raising the volume when HD comes in. Overall it is a Great Radio with a ton of features just needs HD Radio improvement.

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    Best Deal for the Money

    Written by: Stephen from Houston, TX on August 19, 2009

    1996 Honda Civic
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    Taking into account I installed this in a 13 year old Honda Civic with a stock radio and speakers, this really was the best choice given I wanted new features but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. The plethora of features offered at such an affordable price and positive reviews are what motivated this purchase. Installation was a breeze but I wish I could have the trim piece on so it looked a little cleaner in the dash. Of particular interest is how it sounds: amazing (considering what I had originally.) I don't even think I need to purchase new speakers since I intend on purchasing a new car within the next year. I don't have the same issues with the display others have mentioned, but it may be a lighting issue. More importantly, the HD radio reception is absolutely fantastic. My iPod Touch hooked up seamlessly. The Bluetooth recognized my phone right away and I haven't had any complaints about sound quality.

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