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Eclipse CD3000

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

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by Tim Sprinkle

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Want the functionality of an in-car navigation system without the high price tag? Then check out the E-iSERVE Area Shot feature on Eclipse's CD3000 CD player. Included software lets you download point-to-point destination details from the internet, load the route data into the stereo on a CD-R/RW disc, and then display direction arrows and text information on the CD3000's faceplate.

The CD3000 does a good job in the music department, too, with a powerful onboard amp and hands-on audio controls that ensure great sound from all your recordings. Choose from four preset tone curves, or use the 3 tone controls to create your own custom curve. The motorized, slide-open face sports a 3-color display to fit in with any interior style.

If system building is your goal, three sets of high-powered preamp outputs offer convenient connections and great sound quality for your external amps and subs. You even get frequency filters for optimizing system performance, as well as subwoofer controls for front seat bass adjustments.

You can play discs that you've loaded with up to 10 hours of MP3 and WMA music files. If radio's your thing, controls for an optional SIRIUS satellite radio make it easy to put 120+ channels of music, news, sports, and entertainment at your fingertips. Add an optional HD Radio tuner for AM that sounds like today's FM, and FM that sounds almost like a CD.

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Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
  • motorized, slide-open faceplate with 3-color LCD display
  • E-iSERV compatible with Area Shot — trip directions (arrows and text only) appear on display (The CD3000 is not compatible with E-iSERV's advanced audio controls, just the basic directions.)
  • EQ3 (three preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • loudness
  • three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs
  • subwoofer control with low-pass filter
  • optional auxiliary input
  • CD changer controls
  • satellite radio-ready (SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
  • iPod-ready
  • HD Radio-ready
  • ESN anti-theft protection
  • CD Text compatible
  • clock
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • optional remote control
  • CD frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 95 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 13 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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Yes
RMS Power Output
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14 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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5 volts
Display Color
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Red/Wht/Blue
Key Button Color
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Amber
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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Optional
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Optional
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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Sirius
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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13 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • CD/MP3/WMA receiver
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (with in-line 10A glass fuse on +12V Constant lead)
  • 2 Side brackets
  • 4 Hex/Phillips-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • Stud bolt
  • Rubber bushing
  • Face fixing screw
  • Owner's Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • Installation Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty/Registration card

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Features
CD Changer Control

Features

MP3/WMA Playback: The Eclipse CD3000 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1 and 2. Recommended bit rates for MP3 are 64-320 kbps and 48-320 kbps. Variable bit rates from 64 to 320 kbps for MP3 and 48 to 320 kbps can be used, however there will likely be a discrepancy in the time display. The receiver can recognize a total of 999 files and folders, 255 folders, or 8 directory layers on a single disc. The receiver can show the names of albums and artists, and ID3 Tags for MP3.

CD Text: If a CD Text disc is inserted, the receiver will display the artist name, disc title and track title information.

ESN Security: This unit is equipped with the Eclipse Security Network. You can register a particular music CD as a "key" device which unlocks the security. If the registered CD is not detected, the navigation and audio functions will be disabled when the main unit is disconnected from and reconnected to the vehicle's battery. You can turn the security on or off, or change the "key" CD as desired.

Tilting Motorized Faceplate: The CD3000 is equipped with a motorized faceplate with a bright 3-color dot-matrix display. You can change the contrast, plus adjust the angle of the faceplate for best visibility.

Area Shot: Using the special E-iSERV website from Eclipse, you can download map data for the U.S. and Canada (from NAVTEQ) and driving instructions to your destination and burn the data to a CD-R for importing into the CD3000. The Area Shot feature allows you to display the driving instructions to your destination on the receiver, including arrows indicating turn directions. Text information includes intersection street names and turn directions. A maximum of 9 characters can be displayed on a single screen, with the excess characters scrolling across the screen.

Radio Band Switching: If you wish to take the receiver out of the country, the tuner frequencies and interval can be switched on any of four possible regions:

  • USA: 87.7-107.9 MHz (0.2 MHz step)
  • Asia (includes Europe): 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.05 MHz step)
  • Australia: 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.1 MHz step)
  • Latin America: 87.75-107.9 MHz (0.1 MHz step)

3-Band Graphic Equalizer (3-band GEQ): You can adjust the bass +/-12dB at 80Hz, the midrange from +/-12dB at 630Hz, and the treble +/-12dB at 10kHz.

Loudness: To provide a boost of bass and treble when listening at low levels, you can turn on the Loudness contour. When activated, the loudness provides a +10dB boost at 100Hz and a +6.5dB boost at 10kHz.

Equalizer Mode: The CD3000 has an Equalizer Mode with 3 preset values of bass, midrange and treble according to the type of music you're listening to. You can also store your own settings in the Custom Mode, or bypass the EQ settings in the Defeat mode. The EQ presets have the following settings:

  • Power (bass emphasized): Bass +06, Mid +1, Treble +02
  • Vocal (midrange emphasized): Bass +02, Mid +6, Treble +02
  • Sharp (treble emphasized): Bass 0, Mid +1, Treble +04
  • Custom: Bass 0, Treble 0 (stores user preferences)
  • Defeat: Bass 0, Treble 0 (turns off EQ mode)

Preamp Outputs: The CD3000 features three sets of 5-volt, low-impedance (55Ω) preamp outputs, including a non-fading output for a subwoofer. You can independently adjust the level of the non-fading output (0 to 6).

Source Volume Controls (SVC): Because the level of each source can vary greatly, the Source Volume Controls allow you to raise or lower the volume of AM radio and CD audio compared to the FM radio signal. The volume differences can be set within a range of -10 to +20.

Sound Adjustment Mode: The Sound Adjustment mode allows you to apply an 80Hz low pass filter (LPF) on the non-fading output and a 100Hz high pass filter (HPF) on the front and rear outputs. The slope for the crossovers is 18dB/octave. In addition, you can choose between normal and reverse phase on the non-fading output, whichever makes the best improvement on the sound.

Illumination: During normal operations, the main display is on and the Disc, AM/FM, Sound, and Display buttons and the rings on the Audio Control and Select dials are illuminated. When the vehicle's lights are turned on, the CD Eject, Mute, Return, Power, up/down and the 6 preset buttons are illuminated as well. The orange/white wire in the unit's harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the additional buttons to illuminate when the lights are turned on.

Optional Remote Control: The CD3000 can be controlled by the optional RMC105 remote control (item # 099RMC105). With the remote you can access the following functions: Power, Mode, Volume Up/Dn, Source select (Disc/Tuner/Aux), Band select, Mute, Preset Channel Up/Dn, Disc Up/Dn, Track Up/Dn, and Tune/Seek Up/Dn.

Compatible with Factory Steering Wheel Radio Controls: Through the special E-iSERV website from Eclipse, you can download software that enables factory steering wheel remote operation of the CD3000. This software can be burned to a CD-R and imported into the receiver. Two wires (brown/black and brown) in the supplied wiring harness need to be connected to factory wiring in order for steering wheel remote commands can operate. To take advantage of the optional wired remote capability of this unit, you must have a vehicle with steering wheel radio controls. Note: Depending upon the vehicle's make and model, not all downloaded material may be compatible with steering wheel remote functions.

Auxiliary Input Ready: The optional AUX105 Aux cord (item #099AUX105) can be plugged into the E-LAN connector so you can connect an auxiliary source, such as a portable MP3 player or plug-n-play satellite radio tuner. If the AUX105 is used, you cannot add a CD changer.

iPod Ready: You can enjoy music from your Apple iPod when it's connected to the head unit via the optional Eclipse iPC-106 Interface Adapter for iPod (item # 099IPC106). The adapter is compatible only with iPods with a dock connector. While connected, the unit will power the unit, and charge the iPod's battery. You can perform playlist, album, artist, genre, or song searches. Playback functions include track up/dn, fast forward/rewind, track repeat, track random play, and album random play. Display selections include song, album, or artist. The iPC-106's E-LAN pass-through allows you to add a CD changer to your system.

HD Radio Ready: The CD3000 is compatible with the optional HDR105 HD Radio Tuner (item #099HDR105). When the HDR105 is connected, you can enjoy the digital sound quality of your favorite radio stations that are now broadcasting in HD. Digital broadcasts from FM stations sound as good as CDs, and AM stations sound as good as today's analog FM stations. The tuner has an E-LAN pass-through connection, allowing you to daisy chain an Eclipse CD changer.

SIRIUS Satellite Ready: The SIRIUS Connect SIR-ECL1 (item # 099SIRECL1) plugs directly into the CD3000's E-LAN bus connection to give you access to over 120 channels of digital-quality radio programming, including 65 commercial-free music channels and over 55 channels of sports, news, and original programming. When you are listening to SIRIUS programming, you can choose to display (one line) the channel name, category name, song/program title, artist, or SIRIUS unit ID number. Long names/titles will scroll across the display. The SIR-ECL1 has an E-LAN pass-through connection that allows you to connect other compatible Eclipse components such as a CD changer. Note: A subscription to SIRIUS is required in order to receive programming.

CD Changer Control

E-LAN Bus: The CD3000 can control up to two Eclipse CH3083 8-disc CD changers (item # 099CH3083) through its E-LAN Bus connector.

Changer Controls: When an optional CD changer is connected, the CD3000 has the following controls: Track Skip, Disc Skip, Fast Forward/Fast Reverse, Track Intro Scan, Disc Intro Scan, Track Repeat, Disc Repeat, Disc Random, All Disc Random, and Direct Disc Select (Discs 1-12).

 
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5 out of 5

GREAT

Written By Zach, Hickory, NC on Sunday, October 15, 2006
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This radio works great. It installed in no time and was running great. The add-on Sirius reciever works flawlessly with the radio and the display is extremely easy to read in the day or night. Even if your driver seat is at a wierd angle the tilt fucntion will remove most if not all of the glare on the screen.
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3 out of 5

OK unit

Written By Bob, Fremont, CA on Monday, August 28, 2006
 
I got this unit as a gift and it is pretty good. It's 'ready' for just about anything, but is a little skimpy for $250. The controls are good. The sound from CD's is fine through my Acura stock speakers. I was OK with using a jog-wheel to scroll through MP3 tracks. The FM radio reception/sensitivity was a bit disappointing compared to the stock Pioneer tuner it replaced.
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5 out of 5

I love It!!!

Written By will, Charlotte,NC on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
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It is the best cd player i have ever had! Happy with the sound and price,and it looks good too.Everyone should have an eclipse you wont regret it!
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5 out of 5

Eclipse CD3000

Written By Jerrid, Bucksport, ME on Thursday, June 29, 2006
 
in the past few years, i have had many head units, and this is by far the best, in the sound quality aspect and overall look. the unit is pretty customizable to get that perfect sound, but i would have liked if sensativity of the nobs were slightly less. the unit itself is beautifully put together, however installing it was one heck of a head ache.(but its definately worth it the end)
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1 out of 5

Eclipse CD3000

Written By Arron, Lusby, MD on Sunday, June 18, 2006
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This unit is overpriced for what it can do. Most of its capabilities are limited and mostly require you to purchase separate things (read the description as it tells you everything is "ready"). The knobs are too flush with the main face which make it terribly hard to use and at times changes your CD track all by its self. The knob on the right changes your tracks - vs. using arrow keys (bad idea). The "area shot" feature is useless and it a far cry from a $250 Navigation system. Some people may like this head unit but don't be fooled . it's the bottom of the line unit in my opinion.
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