Why should you have to choose between Panasonic's two great display technologies? The CQ-HX2083U CD receiver has both! Get the stealthy and easy-to-control "Ghost" touchscreen faceplate combined with the high-density, animated 3-D Dot Matrix display. Choose one of five display scenes (including a spectrum analyzer) and your favorite color, and let the visual excitement begin. The show is provided by a record-setting 20,480 pixels — you'd better buckle up!

Naturally, Panasonic packs in the audio entertainment as well. The 4-way, turbocharged, MOSFET60 high power keeps the music flowing through your speakers, while Super High Definition Bass lets you select how much of a bass boost your tunes get.

You certainly won't get bored listening to this stereo — there are too many options. You've got AM/FM, CD, MP3 and Windows Media (WMA) capability. Plus, choose from 100 channels of SIRIUS Satellite Radio entertainment, once you add a tuner, an antenna, and get signed up. There's even an auxiliary input for connecting your portable music player. Great entertainment is just a touch of the screen away!

  • detachable, fold-down face
  • "Ghost" touchscreen faceplate
  • 3DDM variable color display
  • spectrum analyzer
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • plays both MP3 and WMA files — for greater compressed audio flexibility
  • Alphatuner V
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • Super High Definition Bass
  • MOSFET60 internal amp
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio controls (SIRIUS Radio subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD changer controls
  • auxiliary input
  • 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • 80/120 Hz low-pass filter
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 26 watts RMS/60 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 95 dB
  • FM sensitivity 10.2 dBf
  • 2-year warranty

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/Changer controller receiver with an attached DC/DC converter and a 15-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • YEFX9992684 Wireless remote
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery
  • 1 Rear support strap
  • 1 Mounting bolt
  • 1 Hex nut
  • 1 Self-tapping screw
  • 2 Lock cancel plates
  • 2 DIN side springs (for "E" mounting)
  • 2 ISO-mount screws
  • 1 Wiping cloth
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Operation Guide (English/French)
  • Operating Guide for Sirius (English/French/Spanish)
  • Electrical Connection sheet (attached to the top of the head unit)
  • U.S. Warranty/Purchase Information Card
  • Canadian warranty card
  • Customer Services Directory list
  • Panasonic Customer Care Plan (additional cost extended service plan)

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant ---
RMS Power Output 26 watts
Peak Output 60 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 1kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Display Color Variable
Key Button Color Variable color
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 10.2 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research

Changer Controls


Touch Sensor Screen: Since the CQ-HX2083U has a touch sensor screen, a light touch of your fingertip is all it takes to perform most operations. Large text and button graphics make the display easy to read and easy to use. There is a different layout for each mode, allowing the interface to remain clear and understandable.

"Ghost" Blackout Panel: When the unit is off, the display turns completely off. With the display illumination off, all you see is a flat, blank, gloss-black front panel, so it appears as though there isn't a radio in the dash. For added security, you can detach the panel and take it with you.

Shutter LCD: This unit uses a shutter LCD to deliver a sharp color display.

HD 3DDM Display : This unit is equipped with a High Definition 3-D Dot Matrix Display. The large front panel display features 20,480 dots (pixels), providing music-synched 3D action graphics with crisp detail. Full-dot LCD technology enables 4-level gradation for smooth, attractive images. There are 5 graphic patterns to choose from: Formula 1 racing, car race, space scene, snowboarding, mountain biking, or "All" (a random display of each pattern). In addition, you can choose a standard 25-band spectrum analyzer display, or turn off the display altogether. The display's brightness can be set to one of three settings. The contrast setting can be adjusted to provide the clearest view from up to 5 vertical angles.

Customizable Display Colors: You can choose one of the following preset colors for the display: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Purple, or Aqua blue. In addition to the preset colors, you can create your own custom color by adjusting the Red, Green, and Blue levels. Each color can be adjusted from 0 to 100. You can choose from 4 different storm patterns that cycle through all the colors.

MOSFET60 Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with a 60 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion and high power output.

S-HDB (Super High Definition Bass): This feature accentuates bass output even at high volumes. This is different from ordinary loudness controls that often become ineffective when volume is raised. You may select "BOOM" (strong bass boost), "TIGHT" (moderately emphasized bass), or "Off".

Sirius Satellite Radio: The CQ-HX2083U can control an optional Sirius Satellite Radio tuner by Panasonic (item #133SRT100). In addition to the Sirius tuner, you will need an antenna and subscription in order to receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming.

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.

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.

Subwoofer Preamp Outputs: In addition to the 5V front and rear preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 5V subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer preamp outputs have a selectable low-pass crossover that can be set to 80Hz or 120Hz. Additionally, the subwoofer volume level is adjustable from -6dB to +6dB in 2dB increments.

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.

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.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit can control compatible 6-disc and 8-disc Panasonic CD changers.

Multiple Changer Control: Using the optional CA-CD55 dual changer adapter, you can control two compatible Panasonic changers with this head unit.


Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Display Setting has been set to clock, pressing and holding the source section on the display turns off audio output, but the clock display and display illumination remain on. When the Display Setting has not been set to clock, pressing and holding the source section of the display turns the unit off completely. This unit's clock is "keyed" only when the Display Setting has been set to clock.

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