If you want musical flexibility, then take a look at the Panasonic MXE CQ-C5410U CD receiver. It plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, plus MP3 and WMA files on disc. There's also an auxiliary input so that you can play external listening sources through the receiver. That's in addition to the standard CD changer controls and excellent Alphatuner V AM/FM tuner.

The CQ-C5410U has three sets of preamp outputs that send your external amplifiers a strong, clean, 5-volt signal for improved amplifier performance. High-pass and low-pass crossovers let you route the sound frequencies to the proper speakers.

If you don't have a subwoofer, but have large rear speakers, just turn on the "rear speaker subwoofer" setting. It uses a low-pass crossover to block the mids and highs from your rear speakers, so that they can focus on the bass.

The SQ7 sound control (which includes six preset tone curves for quick music-mastery, and a 7-band equalizer so you can tweak the details) combines with a strong built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS x 4) to present you with outstanding sound. The blue glow of the Day and Night faceplate looks great when you're cruising at night, and the wireless remote gives you convenient audio control.

Product Highlights:

  • motorized, detachable faceplate
  • Day and Night illumination
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
  • direct track selection (with remote control)
  • Alphatuner V
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • SQ7 sound control (six preset tone curves and a 7-band equalizer)
  • MOSFET50 internal amp
  • CD changer controls
  • rear auxiliary input
  • 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • high-pass and low-pass crossovers
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • 25 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 96 dB
  • FM sensitivity 10.2 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wireless remote control (YEFX9992663)
  • CR2025 battery
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 DIN springs (installed)
  • 2 Sleeve lock cancel plates
  • Rear support strap
  • Mounting bolt (5mm diameter)
  • Hex nut (5mm diameter)
  • Self-tapping screw (5mm diameter x 16mm)
  • Security Screw
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty/Purchase Information survey card
  • Panasonic Customer Care card (extended service plan)
  • Panasonic Canada warranty sheet
  • Customer Services Directory sheet
  • Electrical Connections sheet (attached to unit)
  • Transportation label (attached to unit)
  • Security screw instructions

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Features
CD Changer Controls
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Features

Motorized Tilting Face: The CQ-C5410U features a motorized slide-down faceplate. The face automatically tilts to allow you to insert or eject a CD. The face angle can be adjusted to one of three settings (15°, 25° or 35°), or remain upright, whichever angle gives you the best visibility. When the face is removed, a red LED blinks on the front panel of the radio. The security indicator can be deactivated. Note: The bottom of the faceplate protrudes approximately 1-1/2" when a CD is being loaded or ejected.

Display Patterns: The source information is displayed as white alphanumeric characters along the top half of the display window. You can select one of 6 spectrum analyzer patterns for the bottom portion of the display or no pattern. The display has a blue LED backlight with 3 brightness settings. If desired, you can turn off the display and all button illumination, leaving only the source button illuminated.

Day and Night Faceplate: This unit also features the Day and Night faceplate. During the day, the face is dark gray with a silvery mirror-like finish on the ends. At night, or whenever it's dark in the vehicle, the outside edges of the faceplate and a "halo" around the volume knob illuminate in blue.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Apple Extension to ISO9660, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 trees, 255 folders, and 999 files. Each folder can have a maximum of 255 files.

SQ7: The CQ-C5410U features a SQ7 "Sound Quality" 7-band equalizer with 6 EQ presets. The presets include Rock, Pop, Vocal, Jazz, Club and Flat. You can further adjust any of the 7 EQ bands from -12dB to +12dB: 60Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, 6kHz and 16kHz.

Subwoofer Output: In addition to front and rear preamp outputs, the CQ-C5410U has a non-fading, two-channel subwoofer output. You can adjust the volume of the subwoofer output from -6dB to +6dB in 2dB increments plus "subwoofer mute". The subwoofer output has a low-pass filter with a selectable 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz cutoff frequency.

Super Bass Control Subwoofer (SBC-SW): You can drive small subwoofers with the rear speaker outputs with the SBC-SW. When the SBC-SW is activated, the subwoofer level and low pass filter settings are applied to the rear speaker outputs.

High Pass Filter: This unit has a built-in high pass filter for the front and rear speaker and preamp outputs with a selectable crossover frequency (90Hz, 135Hz, 180Hz, 225Hz or Off).

Mute/Attenuate: This unit allows you to choose between mute (volume at 0) or attenuate (volume decreased by 10 steps) when you want to decrease the volume instantly.

Auxiliary Input: A set of female RCA jacks 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. The jacks are on a 6" long pigtail attached to the back of the unit.

Alphatuner V: The CQ-C5410U's Alphatuner V tuner is designed to help suppress multi-path distortion and reduce the problem of radio signal reflections in metropolitan areas. It also features increased sensitivity for weak signal areas.

Direct Memory: One favorite radio station can be stored in Direct Memory and recalled at any time (even with the power off) with the push of the D-M button. In addition, you can store up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations in preset memory.

Remote Control: The CQ-C5410U is equipped with a wireless remote control (YEFX9992663). In addition to normal disc/tuner/audio controls, some functions are available exclusively by remote control only. The dimensions of the remote are: W=1.583", H=0.268", L=3.412".

CD Changer Controls

CD Changer Compatibility: The CQ-C5410U can control compatible 6-disc and 8-disc Panasonic CD Changers including CX-DP880, CX-DP88, CX-DP801, CX-DP610, CX-DP601, and CX-DP600.

Dual CD Changer Control: Using the optional CA-CD55 (item # 133CACD55) Dual CD changer adapter, you can control two compatible CD changers with this unit.

Changer Controls:

  • Disc Up/Down
  • Direct Disc Selection (remote only)
  • Track Up/Down
  • Fast Forward/Fast Reverse
  • Random (all available tracks)
  • Disc Random (current disc)
  • Scan Play (all available tracks)
  • Disc Scan Play (1st track of all discs)
  • Repeat Play (current track)
  • Disc Repeat Play (current disc)
  • CD Changer Selection (1 or 2)

Note

Clock/Illumination Displays: Pressing and holding the Source button turns the unit off completely. After the unit has been turned off, you can use the DISP (display) 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).

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