Sanyo FXCD-550

CD/cassette receiver

  • Sanyo FXCD-550


Item #: 140FXCD550

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by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

Talk about multitasking — the Sanyo FXCD-550 receiver gives you both CD and cassette playback in a standard-sized receiver! You get a smooth, full-logic tape section with great playback features (like 9-track music search) to make it easier to navigate through the cassette. The CD section has 40-second skip protection for uninterrupted music.

This versatile receiver also includes an AM/FM radio tuner, so you're not limited to your own music collection. There's plenty of power (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4) to pump out your tunes. Switch on the Bassxpander for fuller sound at low to moderate volumes — choose either bass boost/reduced treble or bass/treble boost. Two sets of preamp outputs provide convenient connection to external amps for more power.

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  • In-dash receiver with built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • CD and cassette playback in a standard-size (2" tall") receiver
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • detachable face with blue display
  • full logic controls
  • 40-second CD skip protection
  • 12 FM/6 AM presets
  • preset scan
  • automatic music search (up to 9 tracks)
  • metal tape selector
  • Bassxpander
  • front and rear preamp outputs
  • clock
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • tape frequency response 50-15,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 90 dB
  • tape signal-to-noise ratio 52 dB
  • FM sensitivity 15 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
CEA-2006 Compliant ---
RMS Power Output 20 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth N/A
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage Not given
Display Color White on blue
Key Button Color Green
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input No
USB Input No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
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  • AM/FM/Cassette/CD receiver with a 15-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness with in-line noise filter
  • Rear strap
  • 2 Unlock levers
  • Self-tapping screw (M5 x 14mm)
  • Hex bolt (M5 x 8) with a flat washer
  • Face security screw (M2 x 8mm)
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish)

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CD and Cassette Playback: In addition to CD changer controls, this unit has a single CD and a single cassette player built-in.

40-second Anti-Shock Memory: This unit includes a 40-second memory buffer to help prevent skipping during CD playback.

D/A Converters: The FXCD-550 features twin 1-bit Digital-to-Analog converters.

Sound Effect Presets: Sound effect presets are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following presets: "Jazz" or "Rock."

Bassxpander: Bassxpander is a dual-mode sound equalization feature that enhances the unit's bass response. You can select one of two modes: B-1 enhances the low and high frequencies, while B-2 enhances the low frequencies and reduces the high frequencies.

Beep Tone: Each time a button is pressed, a confirmation beep is emitted. This feature may be turned off.

Automatic Music Select System (AMSS): By detecting the blank spaces between the songs, this feature allows you to skip forward, up to 9 tracks, and backward, up to 8 tracks, while playing a cassette.

Blank Skip: This feature automatically skips blank tape sections longer than 15 seconds, stopping and playing at the next recorded section.

Metal Tape Selector: The metal tape button provides smoother sound by selecting the proper equalization for playing back metal tapes.

Repeat Play: When playing a cassette, this feature allows you to repeat the current track.

Scan Mode: This feature allows you to play the first 10 seconds of each track on a cassette.

ATP (Auto Travel Presets): The Auto Travel Preset function searches for and memorizes the 6 strongest stations in the FM or AM band in order of signal strength.

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5 out of 5

sanyo fxcd love it!

Written By DJ STEVE A, akron, oh on Monday, September 17, 2012
I bought one of these 10 years ago, still love it! I want another one for another vehicle, but can only find them overpriced, or used.
CD AND cassette in the FACE, no annoying pop or slide outs., great sound, and CD anti-skip.
well, I dont know any
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5 out of 5

Absolutely Top Notch

Written By mchenley, Mississippi on Sunday, April 13, 2008
Never one problem with this unit. Simple to use and has plenty of "Punch".
Three years + service. Hope Sanyo comes out with MP3 in this design.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Reliable (reliably BAD!)

Written By Chiawatha, Fort Worth, TX on Friday, February 08, 2008
I inadvertently purchased this exact same radio as my parents had a year prior. Had they known this was the radio I planned to purchase, they would have talked me out of it. Just like clockwork, my radio is having the exact same problems as theirs at about the same time it happened to them. First, the CD player becomes harder and harder to read the discs (it is currently taking me at least 2 tries before the CD is read without giving me an error message). Second, the cassette player randomly sticks in fast forward. I've had the radio less than 6 months and these are regular occurrences. ~~

I'm told I should expect the following next: the CD player stops working all together, the cassette player will start to eat tapes and finally the cassette player will completely stop working. ~~
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little CD/Cassette/Radio in one package

Written By Bill, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, March 11, 2007
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I'm very pleased with the performance of this CD/Cassette/Radio in one little package. As an avid Books-on-Tape listener, I can now "read" books in either Cassette or CD format. Controls are easy to use once you get used to them, sound is great, anti-skip on CD works wonderfully on rough roads, CD remembers where you left off (an unexpected plus). Plenty of power for the casual user. Other reviews have said that this unit doesn't play MP3 - I'm not there yet, so that's not an issue for me. This unit does everything I expected and more, which is good, as this seems to be the only CD/Cassette player in single DIN size available.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Good sound, poor quality overall

Written By Brent, Halifax, PA on Monday, November 20, 2006
This CD player was in a VW Passat I purchased. The sound coming from it is great, good bass boost and overall sound quality (which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars) - when it decides it wants to play CDs. The reviewer above was right about the error messages constantly displayed by this player. I often have to insert a CD more than three times before it will play. Some CDs will not play at all in this player. At first I thought it was only on burned CD-R cds, but it won't play all new music CDs either, and has major problems playing CDs that have any kind of copyright protection stuff on them.
I'm getting a Pioneer to put in my car .. I'm tired of fooling around trying to get this player to play CDs when all I want is just to listen to music instead of fight with it. Definitely too much $$ for the problems I've had.
11 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sanyo FXCD-550

Written By John, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, August 20, 2006
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This product has worked out well for me. Actually, I did a lot of online searching for a cassette/cd player to fit into my Toyota Corolla and this was the only one available. Installation was simple. The controls took a bit of time to master, but I was surprised at how quickly I adapted. Now I want to get one for my wife as we both listen to books on cd and cassette.
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

I'm more middle of the road.

Written By Sharon, Louisville, KY on Friday, March 03, 2006
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We installed this ourselves, and the only problem we had was getting the original deck out. Everything was provided that we needed to hook up, and that went smoothly. I am on the road a lot, so I listen to books on CD and tape so that my time is more productive. The unit itself leaves a little to be desired. I don't like that you can't just scan through the stations on the radio when you're traveling. You have to keep pushing the button to find the next station and next . . .I haven't had any trouble with the CD player or cassette player, but I agree that the volume controls could be more convenient to the driver, like on the left, duh? The eject button is extremely small. I also don't like that the clock is not visible when you don't have the unit on. Any adjustments made to sound, like bass, treble and balance are better done when you are not driving, because they are a little complex. But I sure am glad to have a working deck in my Mazda Tribute again, and it was one of very few choices with both cassette and CD, so I'll give it a four out of five.
23 out of 24 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sanyo FXCD-550

Written By Brian, Lancaster, CA on Monday, February 27, 2006
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I have a Toyota Matrix 2005 and this stereo replaces my factory cd/radio stereo. I didn't do the installation myself but I took it to a local installer to do it for me. Crutchfield supplied all the necessary installation equipment free so it made their job easier.

As for the stereo, it works beautifully. It plays my cassette tapes, and cd's (cdr's and normal cd's). I haven't tried any cdrw's yet. This stereo does not play mp3's but now I can use a tape adapter with my mp3 player for that. The screen is well lit and displays the time. This is a bit redundant for my car since I already have an in-dash clock.

I like all the new tape functions I get like being able to hit a few buttons and automatically fast forward to the next track. The cassette player also has an auto reverse function so I don't need to eject the tape and turn it over.

I only have two minor gripes and one is that the volume buttons are not a dial and that they are on the right side of the stereo. My other minor complaint is the size of the eject buttons and such. They are a bit small but still functional.
20 out of 27 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Sanyo FXCD-550

Written By victor, Rapid City, SD on Friday, February 24, 2006
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This is a bad product. I bought 2 decks from different places at different times and they're both bad.
The CD's load up on the first try about 40% of the time otherwise deck just gives an error code. I have to reload the CD up to 4 times before it works. Sometimes I have to leave the deck off for a few minutes and then turn it on for it to load properly. Having a cassette and CD player in the same unit just isn't worth this price or trouble. Buy something else, I wish I would have.

28 out of 36 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sanyo Radio for Pontiac Vibe

Written By Joe, Myrtle Beach SC 29588 on Friday, January 13, 2006
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This radio/cd/casette player is far superior to the OEM, and Crutchfield supplied all hookups necessary for Circuit City to install.
66 out of 83 people found this helpful
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