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by Zak Billmeier

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.

Built for superb sound

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Eclipse built the CD5030 CD receiver to be a serious tone machine. Its powerful internal amplifier does your tunes justice, and you can tweak the sound to your taste with the 7-band parametric equalizer. High-power, 5-volt preamp outputs send a strong, noise-free signal to your amps and subs. Built-in filters let you send your speakers and subs the frequencies they were designed to handle.

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Built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calls

No need to buy an adapter — built-in Bluetooth connectivity means you can make hands-free calls with your compatible phone. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes your music so you can answer the call and hear your caller over your speakers. You can keep your hands on the wheel while you talk.


iPod compatibility

Connect your iPod®, plus other playback options

Connect your iPod to the USB slot, and you can browse your playlists, albums, and artists on the receiver's display. Put your MP3 and WMA files on a recordable CD or a USB thumb drive for hours of tunes — you'll even see song info on the display. A handy rear auxiliary input lets you play a portable MP3 player, satellite radio, or another source.


System-building options

Add an HD Radio™ tuner and hear what you've been missing on digital radio. Listen to an HD Radio station with your iPod attached, and you can "tag" the songs you like with the push of a button. You'll be reminded to buy them from the iTunes® store the next time you sync your iPod with your computer. You can also add a satellite radio tuner to tap into the almost endless variety of entertainment, or hook up a CD changer.

iTunes tagging

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

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.


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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • built-in iPod control
    • motorized detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 7-band parametric equalizer
    • built-in crossover
    Expandability:
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    • works with Eclipse satellite radio, HD Radio tuner, CD changer
    Other features:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 25 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth N/A
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue/Red
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver with built-in Bluetooth
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Mounting sleeve
    • 2 Mounting sleeve tabs
    • Trim ring
    • Microphone with attached 9.75' cord (right angle 3.5mm miniplug)
    • Microphone visor clip
    • Wiring harness with in-line 10A glass fuse
    • 4 Hex-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Stud bolt
    • Rubber bushing
    • 2 Face fixing screws (M2 x 6mm)
    • Reference guide (En/Sp/Fr)
    • 2 Manual Correction sheets
    • Addendum sheet
    • Installation Manual (En/Sp/Fr)
    • Warranty information

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Overview: The Eclipse CD5030 is a multi-source receiver that, in addition to playing CDs, will play digital music files you have saved to a USB memory device. You can also connect your iPod via the USB Direct cable input. Through its E-Lan bus connector, you can add an optional HD Radio or Satellite radio tuner, or a CD changer. The CD5030's built-in Bluetooth wireless technology lets you make and receive calls on your Bluetooth-compatible cell phone, as well as playback your music wirelessly on a Bluetooth-enable audio device. A wireless remote control is included to help you switch between all of your connected sources.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Tuner
    CD Playback
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Display and Button Illumination: The CD5030 features a black and white OEL (organic electro-luminescent) display panel. The front panel buttons are backlit and can be set to glow Red or Blue. If the accessory power is on, the unit is turned off, and the clock is turned on in the menu; the display turns off (the clock stays on) but the buttons and rotary knob stay backlit. When the unit is on and voltage is applied to the illumination wire the display dims, but the button backlighting remains unchanged.

    Customizable Display: The unit gives you a choice of display patterns or you can import your own images. You can choose from two Motion Picture options, two spectrum analyzer displays, a standard black background, or the display can be turned off. Using the E-iSERV website, you can download other display data and applications for creating motion pictures. Images are loaded onto a CD-R or USB drive and imported to the head unit.

    ESN Security: The CD5030 is equipped with ESN (Eclipse Security Network). A music CD, called the Key CD, is registered to the unit. If you have to disconnect the battery, or remove the radio from constant power, you will need to re-insert the Key CD in order for the radio to function again.

    Audio Section

    High-volt Preamp Outputs: The CD5030 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 CD5030 is equipped with several sound adjustment features:

    • Parametric EQ: The 7-band parametric EQ allows more accurate tonal adjustment than typical bass and treble controls or a graphic equalizer. There are four preset EQ curves, which can be overwritten by your own settings on Preset Buttons 1-4. You can adjust the level of each frequency band from -10dB to +10dB. You can also choose one of five Q Curve patterns (bandwidth): Wide, Mid-wide, Normal, Mid-Narrow, and Narrow. The bands include the following frequencies (default underlined):
      • Band 1: 63 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz
      • Band 2: 125 Hz, 160 Hz, 200 Hz
      • Band 3: 250 Hz, 315 Hz, 400 Hz, 500 Hz
      • Band 4: 630 Hz, 800 Hz, 1 kHz, 1.25 kHz
      • Band 5: 1.6 kHz, 2 kHz, 2.5 kHz, 3.15 kHz
      • Band 6: 4 kHz, 5 kHz, 6.3 kHz, 8 kHz
      • Band 7: 10 kHz, 12.5 kHz, 16 kHz
    • Auto EQ: With the optional MEI-100 microphone, you can automatically measure the frequency characteristics of your vehicle, and store the optimum EQ settings into the head unit's memory.
    • Time Alignment: The delay time and level of the sound from each speaker can be adjusted in order to correct phase mismatches in the sound resulting from the listening position. The delay time can be adjusted from 0 to 10.0 ms for each of the four speakers and the subwoofer (non-fader). With the optional MEI-100 microphone, you can automatically set the time alignment.
    • Position Selector: You can adjust the sound field to the listener's seat position. You can select from the following: Front, Rear, Front-Right, or Front-Left.
    • 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 (line-level and speaker-level). You can choose from 23 frequencies between 63 Hz and 10 kHz for the front and rear, and from 11 frequencies between 20 Hz and 200 Hz for the subwoofer. The slope of the crossover can be set to "Pass", 6 dB/octave, 12 dB/octave, 18 dB/octave, or 24 dB/octave.
    • Non-fader: The output of the non-fader (subwoofer) output can be set to stereo or mono, the phase can be set to normal or reverse, and the output level can be adjusted from -6 to +6.
    • Multi-Harmonizer: The Multi-Harmonizer uses harmonic synthesis to restore high frequencies that are lost as a result of the compression process. When you are playing MP3/WMA or USB memory files, you can set the Multi-Harmonizer to High, Low, or Off.
    • 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 +7dB boost at 50Hz and a +5dB boost at 10kHz.

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

    AM/FM Tuner

    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)

    CD Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The CD5030 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 are supported). The receiver can recognize a total of 511 files, 255 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.

    External Device Connection

    Bluetooth: The CD5030 has built-in Bluetooth technology, allowing you to integrate Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and audio players. Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls, and listen to a Bluetooth audio device. The unit comes with a microphone that you can clip to your visor to pick up your voice for hands-free calling.

    • Phone: Up to five phones can be registered with the CD5030. It can automatically connect to a registered phone whenever the phone comes within range. Once the phone connection is made the head unit stays in phone standby mode, and is ready to receive calls while you listen to other sources. You can dial out using your phone book, call history, or dial directly using the CD5030 or the phone's keypad. Six numbers can be saved and dialed using the radio preset buttons. You can answer incoming calls manually or automatically.
    • BT Audio: Bluetooth equipped audio players are supported. You can connect wirelessly and listen to the player.
    • Supported Versions and Profiles:
      • Bluetooth Specification: Ver.2.0
      • Power Class 2 (Max + 4dBm)
      • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Version 1.0
      • AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Version 1.0
      • HFP (Hands Free Profile): Version 1.5
      • OPP (Object Push Profile): Version 1.1

    USB Music File Player: The unit can play MP3 and WMA files loaded onto a USB Memory device (USB mass storage class). Supported file systems include FAT 12/16/32. Recommended bit rates are 8-320 kbps for MP3 and 48-320 kbps for WMA. Variable bit rates are also supported. The receiver can recognize a total of 3000 files and 699 folders on a single USB memory.

    Note: The USB port can be used as a Direct iPod Connection. See "External Device Controls" section below for details.

    iPod Direct: You can enjoy music from your Apple iPod when it's connected to the head unit via the optional iPod iPC-109 Direct Cable (099IPC109, sold separately), which is an automotive version of the iPod/USB cable that came with your iPod. Of course, you can use your own iPod cable, if desired. When connected, the iPod is controlled (and charged) by the head unit. You can search for music by playlist, artist, album, songs, podcasts, audiobooks, and genres. Playback functions include track up/down, fast forward/rewind, track repeat, and random play. The headunit supports the following iPod/iPhone functions when connected to the optional iPC-109 Direct cable (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    HD Radio Ready: The CD5030 is compatible with the optional HDR109 HD Radio Tuner (099HDR109, sold separately). When the HDR109 is connected, you can enjoy your same FM and AM stations with digital sound quality, as well as stations with sub-channels (multicasting). The CD5030 and HDR109 also support iTunes tagging. Information for songs you "tag" is transferred to your iPod when it is connected so you can purchase the desired tracks from iTunes.

    Auxiliary Input: A stereo RCA auxiliary input on an 8" pigtail is located on the back of the unit. The aux input can be turned off in the menu, so you don't have to toggle past it when you change inputs when there's nothing connected. A second auxiliary source can be added using the optional AUX105 Aux cord (099AUX105, sold separately), plugged into the E-LAN connector on the rear panel. If the AUX105 is used, you cannot add a CD changer, HD Radio tuner, or satellite radio tuner.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio tuner to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SiriusConnect tuner with the Eclipse Sirius Connect adapter (package item number 700SIRECLi).
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the Eclipse CNP-ECL1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMECL1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster 5, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

    Changer Controls: The CD5030 can control up to two Eclipse CH3083 8-disc CD changers (099CH3083, sold separately) 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 CD5030 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.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The CD5030 comes with a wireless 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 CD5030. 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.

     

     
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    4 out of 5

    Eclipse CD5030

    Written By iwong, Honolulu, HI on Friday, February 19, 2010
     
    This is my first foray with an eclipse deck and I must say that I am impressed.
    I'm not that into gadgets, so my review will be from a pure sound quality
    perspective.
    For reference, I switched from an entry level clarion deck, with polk dbs fronts
    and an alpine sub. When paired with the clarion, the polks did not impress (but
    were still better than the stock bose). The polks sounded veiled and lacked
    midbass. Switching to the eclipse, it was a totally different story. The veil
    is gone and some of the midbass has returned. The eclipse also improved the
    sound of my sub. Because the Clarion had low voltage, the settings were turned
    all the way up and resulted in a sub that sounded boomy and sloppy. With the 5v
    preout voltage, the settings are turned and the bass is much tighter. The added 7
    band parametric eq, crossovers and time alignment are simply awesome tools.
    The only drawback is the cd player. I noticed an audible background hiss.
    Granted, it could be a recording issue (I will try a telarc recording to
    verify), but the unit does sport an 85 db s/n ration, albeit at a
    very low thd. Sound quality wise, this is the only reason why I have given it 4
    stars. But to put things in perspective, I would give the clarion 2 stars
    for sound quality.
    All in all, I highly recommend this unit, if you can still get it. The step up
    from an entry level deck to a mid-upper level deck such as this one is well
    worth it and the extras like bluetooth, ipod controls, are a bonus.
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    5 out of 5

    Eclipse Rocks

    Written By Anonymous, Dover, DE on Monday, February 15, 2010
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    This unit is great and easy to install. I have no problems with my bluetooth
    mic. Menus take a little getting used to. Download the user manual from
    Eclipse's website. For some weird reason they only send a reference
    manual with the unit. The sound is amazing. I have a sub, and it makes it
    come to life. I now have to invest in Dynamat. Overall great product!
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    5 out of 5

    Eclipse CD5030

    Written By David, NH on Saturday, February 13, 2010
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    I love this receiver. After a lot of research on what features I needed, I chose this one. I wanted iPod connectivity, blue tooth, reasonable power as I was not going to use an external amp and a reasonable price. I was quite overwhelmed with the install initially, the adapter harness was confusing but after several calls to the tech dept of Crutchfield, I was able to get it successfully installed the first time around. It's easy to set up, I hardly referred to the manual at all. My opinion is that it should be self explanatory when using the device, you shouldn't have to keep a user's manual at your side when using it. The iPod connection is flawless and works as well as if you are using the wheel. Sound quality is great and I'm pleased with the power output. The blue tooth works great, too. I set it up then went for a ride with the roof off (Jeep Wrangler) and called my wife. She heard me fine and I heard her clear as day. As soon as she hung, the music started right back up again. All in all, I'm very pleased with this Eclipse and the features it offers.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice!

    Written By Anonymous, Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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    Eclipse has always had a good reputation period. This head unit is very basic as far as features but I think that is the best part. Most head units are too complicated making it difficult to fine tune your sound. This one is very straight to the point as far as EQ, colors, background display. But it puts out 5Volts and has great response. The Bluetooth is simple and it works great! I feel spoiled now that I have this in my ride. If you consider this item as an option, my opinion is jump on it.
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    5 out of 5

    Great features and low price

    Written By Anonymous, PDX on Friday, January 15, 2010
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    I tested many units in local stores with both a USB thumb drive and my iPod Nano. I settled on the Eclipse CD5030, and as a bonus it was a very reasonable price. I have an iPod Nano (5th gen) that I leave right in the car as a dedicated music server for the head unit. The HU browses the iPod quickly and easily. The volume knob acts as the click wheel, so it's nearly as nice. My iPod never leaves the glovebox.

    The Bluetooth is smooth, sounds good, and connects immediately. The screen is very visible and fits plenty of information.

    I do have a one complaint though. When you shut off the car and start it again, if the iPod has actually turned off (which it does after several minutes) the HU will not immediately start playing the iPod where you left off. Instead, it will start up with the radio and I have to hit the source button to switch to the iPod. It's very fast and easy, but it shouldn't be needed, IMO. Regardless, it's a nice unit and I am very happy with the purchase.

    Some reviewers noted the controls are tough to use. I did not have any problems, save one. The auto-EQ is not enabled just because you ran the auto-EQ routine. You have to hit the [6] key to turn on the auto-EQ while in the Parametric EQ settings screen, and then it shows "auto" at the top and you are in business.

    Note that it says this unit does not charge or control the iPod Nano 5th Gen. It charges and controls just great.
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    4 out of 5

    Another vote for almost perfect

    Written By Ernie, Florida on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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    This is a really good receiver. Syncs up great with the iphone but I cant get it to get my phonebook (not a huge deal). Bluetooth audio is awesome with my iphone 3g. The bluetooth handsfree sounds great , but as a previous person says, the microphone it ships with is awful. I bought a replacement on ebay and it works fine.

    The sound quality is great. I am very happy with the sound customization available on this unit. Overall, a great unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Worth every penny

    Written By Matt, nj on Sunday, December 27, 2009
     
    this receiver has so many features and truly pulls all of them off seamlessly. not to mention the 5 volt preamp and the 25x4 rms. really solid, good looking
    receiver. and buying it from Crutchfield is the best thing you can do. i must have called them 4 different times when installing it and they were of the utmost help
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    5 out of 5

    Almost perfect

    Written By scoobdude, central texas on Friday, December 18, 2009
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    1) sound quality is great
    2) microphone for auto tuning does a great job
    3) having USB is nice
    4) pre-out are really nice. I have the amp turned all the way down
    5)crossovers are nice, they go up pretty high, but wish they would go lower
    6) onboard amp is clean,
    7) BT, works great with both my phone and my wife's phone, it does have 6 mem presets. also shows signal strength
    8) source volume control is a plus
    9) USB reading is quick, and while it can read 8 layers deep it only reads folder with music. so it skips all my artist folders and only shows my album folders
    10) BT microphone could be better. I sound distance after only a few inches. Good news is its a 3.5mm so a replacement can be found
    11) RED BUTTONS
    12) display is bright on full and just right all the way down at night
    13) BT audio works well. again my phone acts weird but tracks skip fine, pause does not work except when a call comes in. Wife's works as its supposed to. No
    voice dial that i found
    14) phone book, i have only put a few contacts, but it will store 500 for each phone, you can dial out manually (tedious) and call logs are only for calls
    through the radio
    15) BT sound quality is great, you can also choose which speaker(s) you want it to come though, auto answer and auto connect
    16) display is clean, will organized. S/A is kinda slow and it does have a black out feature.

    my phone is a palm pre and wife's was a centro and now a touch pro. centro did not do music.
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    5 out of 5

    Bring Your System To Life

    Written By Justin, Davie, FL on Friday, December 18, 2009
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    This is a great stereo. If you don't already know Eclipse is a very good brand of car audio. This unit is loaded for fully expanding your system like me with amps new speakers, subs you name it it drives it all. With the 5-volt preamp oh my gosh did it bring my speakers to life especially my Boston Sub. Spend the money and get this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW

    Written By Paul, Guam on Saturday, November 21, 2009
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    What i can say is wow. I have installed many systems and was very happy with the exceptional quality. I had installed an eclipse 3100 awhile ago and wanted an upgrade with the system i have. components in the front door and 2-ways in the rear door. and I have one ten inch sub powered by a KicKer 300.1 , the sub is an sqx 10 rated at 750 rms, but i am only giving it 300 watts. It sounded fairly loud with my eclipse 3100, but when i changed to the cd5030, i needed to move the gain from half way to only 1 quarter. It made my mids and highs come out real good, and now i have to turn down the gain in the amp and put my fader on the player to flat or negative one on some songs, so it does not move so much. Really am plesed by this player well worth it. It was easy tuning since i put my time in and bluetooth is awesome
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    4 out of 5

    Shaker Waker...

    Written By Anonymous, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii on Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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    This head unit completely transformed my listening experience. I have an 05 Mustang with the Shaker 500 system on board. Before the install I would've never called it a 'Shaker' system... The install was a snap and my friends swear I have a sub in the trunk. Some may find the sound tweaking amenities to be a bit overwhelming and tedious. I do find myself playing with these features a lot and it can be a chore at times. Overall I would say that's a good thing and I would recommend this unit to anyone.

    Pros: Great power, easy install, easy bluetooth registration, ipod/usb cable included and the display is bright and crisp.

    Cons: Bluetooth sound quality could be better, interface is a bit quirky and commands from the remote are seriously delayed (i.e. volume control and advance)
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    3 out of 5

    Some Bluetooth Limitations

    Written By BobP, Rhode Island on Monday, September 21, 2009
     
    Unit sounds great, no problems with audio performance.

    Menus are somewhat odd, and it pays to read the manual very carefully as
    learning to operate this unit by trial and error is a waste of time.

    The built in Bluetooth does not play well with Nokia phones. Once it's
    configured, you can receive calls just fine, and make calls from the
    phonebook. Trying to dial from the phone itself doesn't work, and
    disconnects the phone from the unit. You also have to be sure Bluetooth is
    enabled on the phone before starting the car, or once again, you have to
    manually connect.

    The phonebook is primitive. It does not check for duplicates, so it's really
    easy to have multiple entries. You cannot edit the phonebook, no way to
    remove entries. The worst problem is that the phone book shows you all
    500 entries, no matter how many you're actually using.

    The 4 year old U-Connect system built into my old car outperforms this
    system.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent product

    Written By Seth, Iowa on Saturday, September 19, 2009
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    This would be my third generation Eclipse CD player. I have never had any issues with there product. I love the quality of the sound the CD5030 has when playing cd's and the ipod. This generation of Eclipse seems to be more user friendly because everything is closer to the drivers side.
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    4 out of 5

    Eclipse CD5030

    Written By Anonymous, Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
     
    I recently purchased the Eclipse CD5030 and installed it in a 2006 Honda Civic. The head unit looks and sounds amazing. I am very impressed by how the sound quality can be adjusted through this unit through features such as the 7 band EQ and time delay. The unit works well with my iPod, but the interface can be a little slow at times, especially when searching for songs.

    I specifically bought this unit because it was supposed to work with my steering wheel controls without requiring any additional equipment. I was very disappointed by the lack of instructions on how to set this up. When I called Crutchfield technical support, they first told me I needed an additional interface. When I continued to push them, they said this unit would work in a Toyota without an additional interface but wouldn't work in a Honda unless I purchased the additional interface. Luckily I didn't give up that easily and found a Civic wiring schematic online and was able to get the steering wheel controls to work.
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    3 out of 5

    Good unit overall, but has limitations

    Written By Lynn, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, September 02, 2009
     
    This unit installs easily especially. The wiring schematic is adequate but you have to study it. My 2001 Dodge 2500 PU was done in an hour. Sounds is pretty fuzzy through my factory speakers. i have to turn the volume almost all the way up to hear the music and telephone over my diesel engine.
    I agree with whoever said that the iPod controls are clumsey, but think that is true for all units as compared to the iPod controls. It is hard to look at the screen and dial in a song or artist while keeping the truck between the lines. I just set it on Playlist shuffle and see what happens.
    Because I aspire to be a purist, I insist on coming out of my iPod and iPhone from the pre-amp plug in the bottom and not out of the headphone jack. Initially, the sound came from the iPhone, not from the speakers. Called Crutchfield. They said, "Yep." A few days later, I plugged it in, the music came out the iPhone but, in a minute or so, it came out the speakers. Go Figure. I have a iPhone 3G and my son has a 3GS.
    The Bluetooth is my first but works okay. When you get a call you hit "enter" and to hang up you hit the telephone icon. Kind of funny to me. Seems like you'd hit the phone to both answer and call. I sure like the hands free. Overall, it is good, especially for the money. I've owned Alpine, Kenwood, Panasonic, Eclipse, Pioneer, Blaupunk, and Delco (just put Delco in so you'll know how old I am, smiles) This unit is okay.
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    2 out of 5

    Also Disappointed

    Written By Teapot, Battle Ground, WA on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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    Agree with another reviewer here that this might have been a great unit if not for all the quirks and annoyances.

    Easy to install. SQ good even w/ OEM speakers & wiring. Display clear & easy to read in all lighting, but too limited in # of lines & characters displayed.

    AM/FM sensitivity only fair. Ordered HD Radio module, but still isn't available.

    Manual just written copy of menus & functions, no index & little help when problems. Found 2 functions that didn't work.

    Bluetooth works well. Voices clear & easy to understand on both ends of call, but definitely sounds like speakerphone. Microphone placement & aim important.

    Phonebook very quirky. Able to upload *some* contacts from each phone along w/ hundreds of empty contacts & many duplicates. It's stored in sequential (not alphabetic) order! Cumbersome to delete entries & no way to delete blank ones. Found totally useless.

    Menus slow & inconsistent. Some use Back/Band to go back, others another button. Some end w/ Enter, others Back/Band or other button. Sometimes scroll with Up/Down arrows, other times Volume. Dangerous to use menus while driving. Must concentrate & carefully read display to see what to do next.

    iPod integration buggy. New 120G Classic iPod can only connect/disconnect while Eclipse turned on or locks up. Screen too limited to control iPod unless collection very small.

    Very disappointed. Would return if wife didn't insist on Bluetooth.
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    4 out of 5

    Eclipse CD5030

    Written By Keith, White Bear Lake, MN on Friday, August 07, 2009
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    I feel that this is a great HU and the sound quality is great! and I currenly have it hooked up to my Kicker KS 650.2 component fronts powered off the head unit, I'm hearing highs that I never heard when I had my Pioneer deh-6000ub. And I didn't even EQ it yet!! This is a great buy Only thing I didnt like is that the EQ didnt go down to 50hz and the lowest is 63hz but all in all worth every penny. I plan to Amp the door speakers with a Kicker ZX350.4 to see what they can to I'll post that review once its hooked up
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    4 out of 5

    Bluetooth rocks!

    Written By neozazdave, Allentown, PA on Friday, August 07, 2009
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    This unit was a snap to install into my Subaru Outback. Took maybe an hour total, including soldering the wiring harness together.

    What I love the most about this stereo is the flexibility of inputs. I had planned on plugging my iPhone into the USB port, but I've found that the Bluetooth connection is much more convenient - it automatically pairs up when I turn the car on and if I'm listening to the phone, the sound seamlessly switches over to the car speakers.

    (NOTE: Only the iPhone 3GS has stereo Bluetooth capability. Previous models only do mono through Bluetooth)

    So I just loaded up a USB thumb drive with music and plugged that into the USB port for use as a backup when I don't have, or don't feel like using, my phone.

    The Bluetooth handsfree feature works great with the iPhone, too. And if you reach your destination you can easily switch the call over to the headphones or the speaker or whatever from the bluetooth so you can get out of your car and continue the call.

    My only complaints are that the top row of text, which includes the time-of-day clock, get cut off from vision by the top of the unit, since the radio is fairly low in my car. They could have prevented this by moving that text down a few pixels, or by proviting a tilt mechanism, like Alpine has on some of their models.

    Also, removing the faceplate is somewhat troublesome because the molding in the Subaru kind of encroaches on it. If you like to remove your faceplate often, this may become irritating.
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointing

    Written By Kyle, Texas on Sunday, July 19, 2009
     
    The CD5030 is not a horrible headunit by any means, but it has a lot of little quirks that pile up and ruin what otherwise would've been an awesome headunit.

    This review is going to be very one sided because I am limited to 1500 characters so take it with a grain of salt. There were many more problems than just these, these are just the most glaring ones...

    I had to disconnect and reconnect my flash drive almost every time I used it in order for it to read the drive.
    The subwoofer cannot be "turned off" by the headunit, it can only be attenuated or boosted by 6 dBs, not nearly enough adjustment.
    Menus are slow and awkward. When you navigate, the selected text is wiped away, then the entire screen is refreshed. It's very strange and makes it hard to follow the selected text.
    The files and folders on the USB drive are not sorted alphabetically, but by how they are listed in the drive's filesystem (IOW, almost random). When navigating through your files, the list doesn't start at the file currently playing, but rather at the file you had last selected. There is also no folder structure either, it just gives you a list of all your folders in one gigantic list.
    The sound quality is not what I expected of Eclipse. My Kenwood eXcelon has much less background noise than this Eclipse.

    Unfortunately, amongst these and other problems, it was enough for me. I reinstalled my old Kenwood HU in the truck and sent the Eclipse back to Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit!

    Written By Gary, Temecula, California on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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    I have owned several Eclipse head units, and this one is by far the best yet. The previous model with bluetooth had an extremely small display which made it virtually impossible to read incoming phone numbers or anything else for that matter.

    This unit has a great display with lots of useful options. The set-up is pretty simple once you figure out how to navigate the menus. Sound quality and control layout are top notch. If you are considering this unit, don't hesitate. You won't be disappointed.

    Crutchfield as always has the best customer service of any electronics retailer I've ever dealt with.
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    4 out of 5

    02 Nissan Maxima

    Written By Austin, NH on Monday, July 13, 2009
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    For the money and my requirements, this is the best deck I have owned.
    For a while, I heard that eclipse decks were not staying up with technology. However, this deck definitely proved that it could pack a punch.
    Installation was easy, sound is amazing, and I will definitely buy eclipse again.
    I paired this deck with two sets of Polk speakers for the doors and am about to couple it with some kicker 10" subs for the rear and am eventually going to amp out the speakers if I can afford it.
    If you're not going to be doing a speaker upgrade, I highly recommend it, however even without the speaker upgrade you can tune the radio to a much higher volume with much less distortion.
    The only problem I am having with it is probably mostly to do with my mp3 player. The radio volume and the CD player volume are loud, however the auxiliary input to the CD player is not as loud as everything else.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall a great stereo

    Written By Joey, MD on Friday, July 10, 2009
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    This thing is packed with features! Bluetooth A2DP and hands free, usb, aux input included, I wish HD radio was included but where I live I don't have many stations anyways (my old unit was a JVC HD radio-reception was terrible). The EQ and crossover are great, I spent a while listening to different music and dialing in that perfect sound-the results were worth it; this unit has awesome sound quality (except for A2DP, described later). If you like to tweek like I do then here is a great feature-when you are in a menu and you don't press a button for a few secs, most units reset to standby display, this one stays until you tell it, you can also adj the volume too. Handsfree works great-but it was the only thing I needed the instructions for (in a good way since there are alot of features available). The reason I gave it 4 of 5 stars was the A2DP. My phone has been tested on many BT headphones and adapters, all crystal clear, but not on this receiver, its a little scratchy at all volumes, so not crank worthy (i may need to check settings in the phone). Every other feature made up for this. It's worth it.
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    4 out of 5

    Does not work with the Nokia N97

    Written By Tor, SF Bay Area, CA on Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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    I am sure that this unit is excellent in most regards - from my limited exposure to it, I can certainly say that the sound quality is great! (Much richer than, say, the Dual XHD7714, Sony MEX-BT2700; at least on par with the Pioneer DEH-P7000BT/DEH-P6100BT and Kenwood KDC-X492 -- all of which I have tried). Bluetooth handsfree pickup should also be good, given the microphone design.

    Also, controls are intuitive and well laid out (in stark contrast to, say, Pioneer and Kenwood units).

    Finally, I like the fact that it has a built-in support for Toyota and Honda steering wheel controls (simply download the correct firmware patch from their web site). Other cars may still need a Steering Wheel Interface module from Pacific Audio.

    The showstopper for me, as it was with the Pioneer units, was that it would not support the Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP) and Remote Control (AVRCP) profiles with my new phone, a Nokia N97. The Sony MEX-BT2700 would -- but as I said that one has much inferior sound.

    I'm back to factory stereo + cassette adapter now. :(


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    5 out of 5

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Timothy, Little Rock, AR on Monday, July 06, 2009
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    I had never installed a car radio before, but it was a snap. This particular receiver was easy to set up and install. Once in and running, syncing it with my iPhone 3G was painless. The menus are a little weird and cumbersome, but over time they're easy to navigate. I had initial issues with the wireless BT audio, but it turned out to be a glitch with the recent iPhone 3.0 upgrade. The screen just said "Reading" for a long time, but then suddenly the music just started playing. If I connected it to the USB cable (the Apple brand worked fine), it immediately recognized it and scrolled the song names across the screen. It's still easier to select music from the MP3 player over the unit itself, but it can be done relatively easily. Syncing my phone for BT calling was painless as well, and I mounted the mic on the visor and the sound quality is great. No complaints from callers on the other end. The blue hue is nice and not overwhelming, and can be dimmed if desired.

    Overall, a good buy. The price is a little steep, but it's tough to get truly integrated BT and iPod compatability at a decent price. Crutchfield advisors were very helpful as well.
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