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Panasonic CQ-C1333U

CD receiver with MP3 playback

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Item #: 133C1333
 

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by Tim Sprinkle
Panasonic

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.

Panasonic's CQ-C1333U CD player makes it easy to build a mobile audio system. Just connect your portable music player, add-on satellite radio, or other external source to the front panel auxiliary input. Then hook up your amps and subs to the two sets of preamp outputs, and hit the road with entertainment options and bass to spare.

Even if you have no plans for a system, this versatile CD player makes a great choice. Its built-in amp will make sure your tunes sound great, while Panasonic's SQ sound shaping gives you three tone curves with bass and treble controls to customize your sound. The CQ-C1333U also brings MP3 playback to the table, meaning the stereo can handle the digital music files that you've burned to disc.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 files)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • SQ sound shaping (2-band equalizer and four preset sound curves)
    Expandability:
    • auxiliary input (front panel)
    • two sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White on Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Red
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    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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    Front
    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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    No
    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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    11 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (EUR7641010)
    • CR2025 battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Sleeve lock cancel plates
    • Mounting bolt (5mm diameter)
    • Rubber bushing
    • 1 Security screw
    • Operating Instructions (English)
    • Operating Instructions (Spanish)
    • Operating Instructions (French)
    • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Panasonic Customer Care card (extended service plan)
    • Electrical Connections sheet (attached to unit)
    • Security screw note

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    Features

    MP3 Compatible: The CQ-C1333U can play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Apple Extension to ISO 9660, Joliet, and Romeo. The player can support up to 999 files, 255 files in one folder, 8 levels, and 255 folders.

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Panasonic for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    Sound Quality (SQ): In addition to the bass and treble adjustments (+/- 12dB @ 100 Hz and 10kHz), the unit's Sound Quality function allows you to apply various sound adjustments at the touch of a button in accordance with your musical tastes. There are four SQ settings:

    • SQ-Rock: speedy and heavy sound; exaggerates bass and treble
    • SQ-Pop: wide-ranged and deep sound; slightly emphasizes bass and treble
    • SQ-Vocal: clear sound; emphasizes middle tone and slightly emphasizes treble
    • SQ-Flat: flat frequency response; no emphasis applied

    Remote Control: The CQ-C1333U is equipped with a wireless remote control (EUR7641010). The dimensions of the remote are: W=1.64", H=0.664", L=3.762". The remote is powered by a CR2025 lithium battery (supplied).

    Display Note: Pressing and holding the Source button turns the unit off completely. After the unit has been turned off, you can use the DISP button to switch the clock display and face/button illumination on and off. If you leave the clock display and face/button illumination on, they are "keyed." If you turn the clock display and face/button illumination off, they only turn on when the unit is turned on ("unit on" operation).

    Note: The Source button stays lit even with the clock display and other button illumination turned off.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Low cost, and simple operation.

    Written By Raymond, N.Smithfield, RI on Thursday, September 28, 2006
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    The Panasonic CQ-C1333U is an inexpensive CD player which is simple to use and has MP3 capability. The sound is clean and the bandwidth is pretty flat (through the RCA connectors & CD output). The CD playback quality was better than expected for the price. If you listen to CD's mostly and want something that is simple to operate then this may be for you. The built in selectable sound eq is very aggresive and colors the sound too much, so I use it flat. The unit also comes standard with an easy to learn and use remote. The button controls, placement, and compact size make this a 'eyes on the road no look remote'. The face has no major distractions and blends well with the interior. I'm not sure of the AM/FM reception nor sound quality as I only use the CD player portion (I use the factory radio for all other operations...keep reading...). I have a 1994 Chevy 3500 P/U which I installed this unit in. The factory radio setup is rather unique (not a traditional in dash unit, but rather part of the dash), so I had to mount the CD player elsewhere. The unit is mounted at a 20 degree angle (unit capable of 30). The unit does not skip even when the truck is fully loaded over rough roads! I wanted something inexpensive but with a compact remote for obvious reasons and the capability of at least 2.0 volt RCA output to tie into the factory radio control unit . This unit filled the void perfectly . Installing any aftermarket radio to work with the factory GM radio controller is not plug and play, extensive electrical and electronics knowledge is required to fabricate and adapter. I'm only rating the CD player not compatability.
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    2 out of 5

    Bass Problems

    Written By Trav, Phoenix, AZ. on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
     
    I have no complaints about the controls or simplicity. But under heavy bass CD's skip really bad
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    3 out of 5

    Panasonic CQ-C1333U

    Written By Max, Davenport, IA on Sunday, June 18, 2006
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    Nice looking, Easy to use controls and front AUX jack makes it easy to plug my portable XM radio into.

    The only downside is that it suprisingly has less bass than the basic factory unit did in my '03 VUE.
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the $$$'s

    Written By Charlie, Phoenixville, PA on Tuesday, April 25, 2006
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    This is a very nice Stereo for the $$$'s. Sounds decent, it play's MP3 CD's and has a front AUX port which were both big selling points for me. Pretty easy to "Figure Out" all of the functions. I put mine in a '98 escort without too much trouble.
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