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Panasonic CQ-DF203U

CD Receiver

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Our take on the Panasonic CQ-DF203U

by Robert Ferency-Viars
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.

You'll enjoy the elegance of the Panasonic CQ-DF203U's detachable, fold-down face, blue and white display, and rotary commander! The simple design also means it's easy to use. It'll tackle your homemade CD-Rs and CD-RWs, as easily as it does your store-bought CDs.

Panasonic's Alphatuner V won't let you down when it comes to finding good radio stations, and you get plenty of presets for storing them. Pick your favorite, then spin the rotary commander to crank up the volume with 25 watts RMS of MOSFET power. If you're into system building, two sets of preamp outputs simplify adding amplifiers for your speakers or subwoofers. The wireless remote gives you extended control.

Details:
  • detachable, fold-down face
  • blue and white display
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • direct track selection (for quick access to any of the first 12 tracks)
  • Alphatuner V
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • Super High Definition Bass
  • MOSFET50 internal amp
  • front and rear preamp outputs
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 25 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 96 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11 dBf
  • 1-year warranty
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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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25 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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1kHz
Preamp Outputs
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4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2.5 volts
Display Color
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White/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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No
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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No
Seek/Scan
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Seek
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
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (CA-RC61EX)
  • CR-2025 battery
  • Trim ring
  • 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)
  • 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)

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Features
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Features

Display With Level Meters: The CQ-DF203U is equipped with a white display on a blue background. There are two curved level meters, one on each side of the display. You may select from 4 different level meter display patterns, or you may turn the level meter display off. Indicators light up when a CD is loaded, S-HDB is on, when tuning an FM stereo station, and when Repeat or Random play is on.

Super-High Definition Bass (S-HDB): Instead of the traditional loudness feature, this unit has Super-High Definition Bass (S-DHB). This feature accentuates bass output even at high volumes, when ordinary loudness controls often become ineffective. You may select "BOOM" (strong bass boost), "TIGHT" (moderately emphasized bass) 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. After selecting mute or attenuate in the menu, pressing the Mute button activates either function and the Mute indicator light glows in the display.

Scan Play: You can playback the first 10 seconds of each CD track in sequence.

Direct Track Selection: When playing a CD, you can directly access any of the first 12 tracks of the disc.

Alphatuner V: The 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.

Blinking Security Indicator: When the face is removed, a red LED blinks on the front panel of the radio. The security indicator can be deactivated.

Remote Control: The CQ-DF203U comes with a wireless remote control (CA-RC61EX). It can control Power, Mute (or Attenuate), Mode, Program (Band/Disc Up), Tune/Track Up or Down, and Volume Up/Down. The dimensions of the remote are: W=1.583", H=0.268", L=3.408".

Note

Display Illumination/Clock Display: 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).

 
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