Eclipse's CD3100 CD receiver will get you grooving to great sound on the highway, and its Area Shot feature guides you to your destination by text information and direction arrows. Just download point-to-point navigation instructions from the Eclipse web site, and then load the data into the receiver via a recordable CD disc.

The great sound comes courtesy of a solid internal amplifier that puts punch and clarity into your tunes. The 3-band equalizer and built-in frequency filters adjust the receiver's output to fit your vehicle's acoustics and your listening tastes. Three sets of preamp outputs send a high-voltage signal to external amplifiers — just the ticket if you're expanding your system.

The versatile CD3100 covers all the bases — it plays CDs loaded with MP3 and WMA files, and includes the option to add an auxiliary input so you'll have room to connect an outboard audio source to your system. You'll also find a connection for adding an Eclipse SIRIUS satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, or iPod® control adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • motorized detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with five presets
    • loudness
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • compatible with optional Eclipse iPod adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • HD Radio™ ready
    • optional auxiliary input
    • CD changer controls (for two changers)
    • three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    Eclipse 3100

    Written By tpm1868, Clovis Ca on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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    I like the quality of the Eclipse reciever, very nice sound, not as strong as i hoped, but maybe with an amp the 5V might help. The only thing i did not like was how slow the nob was at turning up and down the volumne, and the stone age remote. You have to point the remote directly at the deck to make it work, and it's very slow, so frustrating. I wish it would be more like the Pioneers remote. Other than that i really like it, no regrets. Would i recommend this or Eclipse to others, YES

    Eclipse Radio

    Written By Hilda, Tampa, FL on Monday, February 16, 2009

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    I am in love with this radio! I am a fan of eclipse radios. the sound quality that comes from this radio is amazing also a great thing about this is that I have some scratched CD's, and they play just fine! I mean I never tought they would play again. It is Awesome!!!

    Eclipse CD3100

    Written By Mark, Black Mountain, NC on Sunday, February 08, 2009

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    I gave this product 4 out of 5. The cons: There is a slight hiss over the speakers. This is due to the 5 volt pre-out or something and can be adjusted with treble settings and is covered up by engine when driving. Also it is a little difficult to change out cds when I'm driving- between the fold out face and 5 speed gear shift. The pros: great looking colorful display. Also many equilizer settings can make every song on every cd sound great. Great power to factory or aftermarket speakers. Convenient RCA outputs for up to 3 amps. I'd say for the price, free shipping, and free wire harnesses, this is a must buy- and I did.

    Eclipse CD3100

    Written By Jesmarie, Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 01, 2009

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    Great looking radio and great sound for little money. Only problem is the clock I cant get it to set but who cares about that every other thing works great

    bang for your buck

    Written By Shannon, Siox Falls, SD on Saturday, January 31, 2009

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    Best deck you can buy for this price, you can look and review as many decks as you want but the features and sound modeling you can do with this deck none can compete for this price range, only thing that isnt great is the display its very plain, but i'll take great sound over a fancy display anytime.

    Very Happy

    Written By James, Raleigh, NC on Friday, January 30, 2009

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    My rating is based on the purchase experience as much as the item - I was able to install the unit directly out of the box with no issues with the kit of items that Crutchfield included.
    The stereo is a step up from the factory installed, with good radio reception and sound for both AM and FM with the factory antenna, and the CD player is stable and clear with quick response. I do not have experience for comparison against higher-end equipment, but am very satisfied with the quality and value for this receiver.
    The fact that I was able to get from opening the delivery box with everything that I needed to having the stereo working within an hour made me very happy with this purchase.

    Great Receiver

    Written By JR_Kzoo, Kalamazoo, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2009

    I really love my deck... i purchased it in december of 2008 and still have had
    some issues with the opening and closing of the face but nothing
    crutchfield isn't more than happy to replace. As for its job, outside of
    paying over $350-400 you don't get any better.


    Written By waters, Waycross ga on Friday, January 23, 2009

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    I bought this receiver to replace the jbl stereo in my avalon. had been pumping two subs and an amp with it.

    the main reasons i wanted a new one was for an mp3 capable system and to see if the 5volt preamp output made a difference.

    i like the mp3 cd player... i LOVE how much harder my subs hit. I mean it was a drastic difference. 5v is clean and hard. max experience

    Low price but high quality... so what it doesnt have usb input,, the mp3 cds are enough convenience.

    If i were to spend more money on a stereo,,, and i wouldnt,,, but if I were,, the only better neccessity it could have would be a better screen,, just so you could read more at the same time. the current one for this stereo is plenty functional so dont be scared but a high res screen would great

    Another good one from Eclipse

    Written By Dane, Temple, TX on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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    I bought this deck for two main reasons: First, I wanted another Eclipse HU. I have one in my '02 Dodge Ram QC, a CD2000 that I bought a few years ago. I was so impressed with that one that I have become sold on Eclipse. Second, this is one of very few manufacturers that have 5V preouts, Sirius control, and the expandability that I want for future growth. And for the price that Crutchfield had it was a no brainer. I installed it in a project car, a '94 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible. After listening to it through the anemic 5 1/4" front AND rear speakers (one of the first "expansion" projects...custom enclosures for bigger speakers!) I was amazed at how much better it sounded than the aging JVC deck the previous owner had in.
    This deck has way more adjustability, power, and (after getting used to the single knob, as opposed to the dual knobs on my CD2000) is super easy to use. I haven't been able to put real power out to the speakers, but can't wait until I get some in that can handle it.
    Come to think of it, why didn't I put this in my truck? Dang....

    I like it

    Written By Ray, Olive Branch,Ms. on Saturday, January 10, 2009

    For the money this is a good receiver, I'm pleased with it's performance, and it's fairly simple to use. I wish I had noticed it's NOT HD compatible,but really no big deal taking into consideration the price.

    on my application 93 Mustang the install kit is not quite straight forward(unless you don't mind losing your pocket under the radio, it really don't say you are going to lose the pocket,but comes with a blank strip to put in it's place) I didn't like that idea so a little work on the install kit faceplate with a Dremel tool and the pocket fit back in it's place with only minor modifications to the pocket itself(2 screws and grinding a couple tabs off the sides of the pocket.)

    the other thing that's not clear is what to do about the 2 speakers in the dash(I'm not using the factory amp,)but it looks like I'm going to be getting one to drive the front door speakers and rear speakers and drive the dash speakers straight from the receiver .
    I choose not to use any of the wiring that came with the install kit and run my own speaker and power wiring.(another decision I don't regret)

    I'm satisfied with the results!

    Great Receiver

    Written By Richard, Chareston, SC on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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    Just received and installed this unit. Easy installation, replaced Eclipse CD
    1200 with this product. Sounds great. Allows for more tone adjustment.
    Great price. The CD 1200 is a great unit, but the 3100 is definately sounds
    better. Very good value.

    Eclipse CD3100

    Written By steven, preston ct on Friday, December 05, 2008

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    if you are looking for a great sounding cd player and on a budget,buy this
    one, awesome mirrors vibrate..could not ask for more..150%
    better than the stock deck..BUY IT!!!

    Great Deck

    Written By Pa, Ghetto Cali on Friday, November 07, 2008

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    This is a great stereo, I live the features of the stereo. Its powerful enough to run the inside speakers, without having an amp to do that. The only didn't i didn't like was the way the cd players flips out. I feel like its going to break off.

    I really like crutchfield's free installation kit. Works very well.

    Nice but no usb

    Written By Owen, Long Beach MS on Sunday, November 02, 2008

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    Sounds good, like the way it looks, maybe i just have poor aesthetic judgment, lolm but it does have an ipod option, so i guess i am going to go invest in an ipod and play around with it.

    Nice for the price

    Written By Benjamin, Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 01, 2008

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    Well, the install went great, Crutchfield's inclusion of install stuff is GREAT as usual. Everything I needed. Couple of wire questions but that turned out to be nothing. The sound quality is amazing now, night and day difference. The screen is the only part that's problematic.
    1)When the screen comes down when you hit eject, the arms that control the movement of the screen on the left and right end up hitting the plastic trim that's just below the radio on my dashboard on my 97 Mustang. I don't know if it's actually being stopped or if that's where it stops anyways (or nearly), but it definitely hits it.
    2) Occasionally the screen will freak out if you press on it wrong, and then only the volume will change, no other buttons work, and the screen locks on to just displaying the time. Kinda goofy connection problem, I have yet to try to solve that.
    Great radio otherwise.

    Eclipse CD3100

    Written By Jose, Orlando, Florida on Friday, October 31, 2008

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    Nice radio good sound. The integrated steering wheel control only works with the 07 and 08 Honda. I have a 04 Accord and I had to buy the PAC controller to connect the steering wheel control. I'm not too happy with the kit for the bottom packet, is too flimsy, I had to remove it to install the PAC controller and one of the clips broke. It looks nice once installed, make sure everything works before you secure it; it feel like it will come apart when you try to remove it.

    Good Basic Head Unit

    Written By Zackery, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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    I ordered this Head unit for the 3 sets of 5v RCA Outputs. I am building my system in steps, so right now the Head Unit is powering the speakers, and it does a good job, sounds way better than the Nissan Head unit.

    not bad

    Written By Neils, Gaithersburg, Maryland on Saturday, October 25, 2008

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    Sound quality is very good. Nice parametric equalizer though there is little audible distinction in the different width settings and it can not be tailored by frequency range. I like the 3 band eq for bass, middle and treble though very much. the range is wide here. Appearance is rather old school, not on par with the look of the Alpines. controls are not that intuitive. pulls stations very well. I like my Alpine 9884 better on the strength of its appearance and slightly cleaner sound, but the Eclipse has greater sound tailoring with the mid control.

    really nice radio

    Written By John, teutopolis ill on Saturday, October 25, 2008

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    it is a really nice radio and i have to say a steal for the price i have had systems for the past 5 years and this is definitely one of the best radios i have ever had.

    Awesome cd player

    Written By Carrie, Fresno Ca on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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    Happy with crutchfield and the deals they make although the price went down another 20 dollars after i bought it. Install went great with the supplied instructions, looks great and sounds great although the antenna adaptor they supplied i think is the wrong one because it really didn't fit right and pretty much broke the attenna lead , I have it held together with tape for now and fm reception is kinda staticy, im sure its the adaptor and not the stereo. I always buy my recievers from Crutchfield because i love everything thats included for free!


    Written By Anonymous, Naperville,IL on Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    This is my first eclipse love it price is right no problems installing.Will buy again


    Written By james, TEXAS on Monday, September 22, 2008

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    At first i was skeptical aout this unit because of the problem it was having. But after reading the leter from eclipse i felt alittle better. The sound this thing puts out if crazy. I had a Kenwood and thought it was great. The eclipse puts it to shame. Great highs,mids, and bass. i recomend this unit to any one who wants amazing sound output.

    Problems with CD3100

    Written By Erich, Houston, TX on Friday, June 20, 2008

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    I received this
    radio in January
    2008 and promptly
    installed it. After
    about a month, the
    face plate got stuck
    open trying to eject
    a CD and would not
    close. I called
    Crutchfield and they
    resetting the unit.
    All was fine for a
    few months. Now
    suddenly it is stuck
    open again with a CD
    in it. I have tried
    resetting it
    multiple times to no
    avail. Called
    Crutchfield to get a
    replacement but they
    have discontinued
    the unit (I wonder
    why). At least it
    is still under
    warranty with
    Eclipse so I will
    deal with them


    Written By steve, CHESAPEAKE, VA on Tuesday, December 04, 2007


    Eclipse CD3100

    Written By leo, hyattsville maryland on Thursday, September 27, 2007

    I had this unit hook to the 1040 profile amp ruanning my four infinity 6 by 8 cappas
    and it soun very clear and loud I am very happy with

    CD 3100 --WOW

    Written By Paul, Mason,Wv on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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    The first thing I noticed was its box that it came in.
    Easily the box was 1 1/2 the normal single din size box. The padding and protection of the unit are impeccable. The build quality is great and the sound quality is clean and strong with the 5v preamp outs. The unit is top rate quality, which justifies the price. The controls were easy to learn. With the addition of the parametric eq there are many ways to fine tune the sound. Motorized face works smoothly and the remote is simple and not to small. All around a great unit.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Sleeve
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 10A fuse)
    • Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 2 Side brackets
    • Stud bolt
    • Rubber bushing
    • 4 Red hex-head bolts (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Red flat-head screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw (M2 x 6mm)
    • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty/Registration card

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color Multi-color
    Key Button Color Green/Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    External Device Controls


    MP3/WMA Playback: The CD3100 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1 and 2. Recommended bit rates are 64-320 kbps for MP3 and 48-320 kbps for WMA. Variable bit rates from 64 to 320 kbps for MP3 and 48 to 192 kbps for WMA can be used, however there may be a discrepancy in the time display. The receiver can recognize a total of 256 files, 191 folders, and 8 directory layers on a single disc. The receiver can show the names of albums and artists from and ID3 and WMA tags.

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

    Area Shot: Using the special Eclipse E-iSERV website, you can download turn-by-turn text directions to a destination using NAVTEQ map data for the U.S. and Canada. The directions are burned to a CD-R and imported into the CD3100. The Area Shot feature allows you to display the driving instructions to your destination on the receiver, you manually flip through the pages as you follow the route. Text information includes intersection street names and turn directions.

    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:
      • FM: 87.75-107.9 MHz (0.2 MHz step)
      • AM: 530-1710 kHz (10 kHz step)
    • Asia (includes Europe):
      • FM: 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.05 MHz step)
      • AM: 522-1629 kHz (9 kHz step)
    • Australia:
      • FM: 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.1 MHz step)
      • AM: 522-1710 kHz (9 kHz step)
    • Latin America:
      • FM: 87.75-107.9 MHz (0.1 MHz step)
      • AM: 530-1710 kHz (10 kHz step)

    High-volt Preamp Outputs: The CD3100 features three sets of 5-volt, low-impedance (55Ω) preamp outputs, including a non-fading output for a subwoofer. The outputs are affected by the crossover settings (see below).

    Sound Adjustment Modes: The CD3100 is equipped with several sound adjustment features:

    • Parametric EQ: The 3 band parametric EQ allows more accurate tonal adjustment than typical bass and treble controls or a graphic equalizer:
      • Bass:
        • Q (Width of adjusted band): Wide, Midwide, Normal, or Narrow
        • Center frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz
      • Middle:
        • Q: Normal or Wide
        • Center frequency: 700Hz (fixed)
      • Treble:
        • Q: Normal (fixed)
        • Center frequency: 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz
    • Crossover: The crossover allows you to independently apply a low pass filter to the non-fading (subwoofer) outputs and a high pass filter to the front and rear outputs. The slope of both is 12 dB/octave.
    • Non-fader: The phase and output level of the non-fading (subwoofer) output can be adjusted.
    • Loudness: The loudness control may be turned on to emphasize low and high frequencies at low volume levels. When selected, the loudness contour provides a +10dB boost at 100Hz and a +6dB boost at 10kHz.

    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.

    Illumination: The front panel buttons are backlit in green and red; the large buttons and rotary knob are green and the presets, EQ, mode, and mute buttons are red. If the accessory power is on and the unit is turned off, most of the LED display turns off (the clock stays on) but the buttons and rotary knob stay backlit. When the unit is on and 12 volts is applied to the illumination wire the LED dims, but the button backlighting remains unchanged.

    Remote Control: The CD3100 is controlled by the supplied RMC105 remote control. 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.

    Steering Wheel Remote: Through the special E-iSERV website from Eclipse, you can download software that enables factory steering wheel remote operation of the CD3100. This software is 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. Note: Depending upon the vehicle's make and model, not all downloaded material may be compatible with steering wheel remote functions.

    Angle Mounting: Eclipse recommends mounting the CD3100 no more that 30° above horizontal.

    Auxiliary Input: The CD3100 is compatible with the optional AUX105 Aux cord (item #099AUX105), it's plugged into the E-LAN connector on the rear panel. If the AUX105 is used, you cannot add a CD changer. You can set the input sensitivity of the Aux input to Low, Mid, or High.

    External Device Controls

    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 including the iPod video (5th generation), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), classic (80/120/160GB) and iPod nano (3rd/4th generation) or iPhone/iPhon3G. While connected, the head unit will power the iPod, and charge the iPod's battery. You can perform playlist, album, artist, genre, or song searches. Playback functions include track up/down, 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.

    Note: This adapter will not charge the iPhone3G, iPod touch 2nd generation, or iPod nano 4th generation. The iPod classic and nano 3rd generation should have the latest version 1.1 or higher installed for compatibility. This version can be downloaded from Apple's website. 

    HD Radio Ready: The CD3100 is compatible with the optional HDR105 HD Radio Tuner (item #099HDR105). When the HDR105 is connected, you can enjoy your same FM and AM stations with digital sound quality. 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.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are two options for connecting an optional satellite radio tuner to this receiver, and a direct XM option will be available soon:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Eclipse SIR-ECL1 tuner (item # 099SIRECL1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Ready: With the optional BT-E500 Bluetooth adapter (item number 099BTE500), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone; communicate using an included microphone and your vehicle's speakers.

    Changer Controls: The CD3100 can control up to two Eclipse CH3083 8-disc CD changers (item # 099CH3083) through its E-LAN Bus connector. The CH3083 CD changer has a E-LAN pass-through input for the second changer, so no special adapter is needed. When an optional CD changer is connected, the CD3100 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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