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Nakamichi NA350iBTR

CD receiver

22 Reviews | 9 questions - 34 answers

Item #: 291350IBTR

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Nakamichi NA350iBTR

Overview

Our take on the Nakamichi NA350iBTR

Nakamichi's NA350iBTR CD receiver combines traditional good looks with today's technology, including Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, a USB port for a thumb drive, iPod®, iPhone®, or select Android™ phones, and an SD card slot for digital music. You'll also get CD playback and AM/FM radio, along with a variable color display that'll add a little flash. The NA350iBTR's simple front-panel controls and wireless remote give you control over all your music.

Old school meets new school

Nakamichi's NA350iBTR CD receiver combines traditional good looks with today's technology, including Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, a USB port for a thumb drive, iPod®, iPhone®, or select Android™ phones, and an SD card slot for digital music. You'll also get CD playback and AM/FM radio, along with a variable color display that'll add a little flash. The NA350iBTR's simple front-panel controls and wireless remote give you control over all your music.

Bluetooth means wireless

Bluetooth provides you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible smartphone. A sensitive Bluetooth microphone, built into the receiver's faceplate, picks up your end of the conversation.

Many ways to play your music

On the front panel, you'll find a USB port for plugging in a thumb drive or iPod, along with a mini-jack plug for portable audio players. An SD card slot is tucked behind the detachable faceplate for even more digital music. The included CD player also includes electronic shock protection (ESP) for playing tunes on bumpier roads, while the AM/FM tuner includes the Radio Data System (RDS) enabling you to see station information on the receiver's display.

Round out the experience

Nakamichi includes a variable color display on the NA350iBTR so you can customize the look of the radio in your dash. They also provide five hot 5-volt preamp outputs for adding outboard amps for your speakers and subwoofer. The NA350iBTR lets you refine your music with a 3-band parametric equalizer that lets you pick the centerpoint for your bass, midrange, and treble controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

My wife's 2000 Corvette is in like new condition, with 32K miles. But sadly behind in electronics - the Nakamichi adds Bluetooth phone connectivety, BT audio, MP3 CD, USB and SD card, plus traffic update functionality. Plus the sound quality is excellent with the OEM Bose speaker and sub-woofers.

MikeP, California

What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (15A fuse)
  • Face (inside face case)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim-ring (attached)
  • Power/ground harness
  • Speaker harness
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Four M5 x 6mm screws
  • Face-case
  • Instruction Manual

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM RDS tuner
    • built-in amplifier (24 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in iPod/iPhone control
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with single-line display and variable-color illumination
    • wireless remote control
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 presets
    • XBass bass boost
    • subwoofer level and low-pass filter control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front auxiliary, front USB input, and SD card slot behind detachable faceplate
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, and mono subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    Reviews

    Nakamichi NA350iBTR Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    22 Reviews

    Good product

    Written by: ChuckM from Elk Grove, CA on August 26, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed this unit in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport, along with a pair of Infinity Kappa 462.11cfp speakers in the dash, a pair of Inifinity Kappa 52.11i speakers in the overhead sound bar, and a Bazooka BTA10250D powered sub (w/remote control). The overall fit is perfect, and the sound is great! I still have to add an amp, but even without, my wife and daughter love it.

    Pros: Versatility, this unit includes a CD player as well as the AM/FM tuner, plenty of presets for differant channels, Bluetooth connectivity for iPhone use, and front ports for auxiliary and USB connections.

    Cons: None yet found.

    Upgrading Corvette to current tech

    Written by: MikeP from California on June 29, 2015

    2000 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My wife's 2000 Corvette is in like new condition, with 32K miles. But sadly behind in electronics - the Nakamichi adds Bluetooth phone connectivety, BT audio, MP3 CD, USB and SD card, plus traffic update functionality. Plus the sound quality is excellent with the OEM Bose speaker and sub-woofers.

    Pros: Good fit in car, nice dashboard appearance, excellent support from Crutchfield rep, even on a Sunday afternoon. My wife really likes the alternating colors of the stereo display in default mode

    Cons: Fair amount of soldering with supplied wiring harness, directions could have been better, had to call Crutchfield rep for directions

    Nice Upgrade

    Written by: Jeremy C from California on June 12, 2015

    1986 Porsche 944
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I chose the NA350iBTR on the basis of two attributes: feature set and appearance. I wanted a CD player, standard AM/FM tuner, USB and SD card input (BT and media player/aux input interfaces were not on my pick list, but are a nice bonus). I also wanted a head unit with a restrained appearance and a minimum of bling since it's being fit to a very clean and original 30 year old car, and most modern systems seem to go a little overboard on the lights and displays in my opinion. I wasn't necessarily looking for a high-end system, but rather a nice functional upgrade from the factory original cassette head unit. The NA350 has delivered on this and I am very happy with it. The most difficult part of the install was removing the original head unit - it had been in place for 30 years and was a little reluctant to come out of the center console. I soldered and shrink-wrapped the included adapter harness to the radio's harness (pro-tip: don't wield a soldering iron while barefoot. ow). Easy installation using the radio removal kit and adapter harness kit included by Crutchfield. I did need to move the "constant power" yellow molex lead on the adapter harness to a different socket position on the harness plug, as it was off by one pin versus the plug from the original head unit (moved from pin 5 to pin 6 iirc) - this is a cautionary note for anyone else doing the same installation and not a complaint (vehicle installation is a 1986 Porsche 944, replacing a Blaupunkt Monterey SQR23).

    Pros: Head unit works and sounds great, and looks nice. Most controls work pretty intuitively and it seems to do everything that I need it to. The additional installation materials that Crutchfield includes are great and very helpful.

    Cons: The Nakamichi instruction manual for operation is a little underwhelming - for example, album and track selection for USB/SD input isn't really covered in any depth and I had to kind of figure it out on my own (hint: push "band" button for album list, rotate "volume" knob to select album, push "volume" knob to select first track). The functions are all there, but it's more or less up to you to figure them out.

    Microphone not the best

    Written by: JulieC from Texas on June 9, 2015

    2002 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The microphone when you call someone hands free or someone calls you is not very good. There is a lot of noise on the line and very difficult to hear the other party.

    Pros: The system is easy to figure out without reading the manual.

    Cons: the quality of sound using the bluetooth microphone

    Nakamichi Rules !

    Written by: Larry D. from California on May 27, 2015

    2000 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I was looking for a new player for my 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup and found this cool Nakamichi.I always enjoyed their products having used them over the years in various cars and at home. One of the main reasons I liked this deck is the bluetooth capability. I didn't need a deck with all the fancy light show stuff also. The remote is a handy little item too. This one fit the bill for everything I was looking for. It sounds fantastic ! I'm really pleased with my selection.

    Pros: Everything was easy to install ! Looks cool ! Sounds great !

    Cons: Had to trim a bit off the sides of the original bezel. No big deal. Looks great after installation.

    Dodge Grand Caravan loving new Nakamichi!

    Written by: Ed C from Holtsville, NY on May 15, 2015

    2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Was looking for a system to upgrade 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX stock radio, and couldn't find right one, until my Crutchfield online advisor said "Have you looked at the Nakamichi? That seems to have what you're looking for." I wanted USB port, AUX port, CD, SD slot, Bluetooth, and a removable faceplate. This particular unit offered that and more. The adapter kit package (at $ 0.00) was easy to use, and the instructions on removal of old and installation of new were pretty detailed. I soldered the adapter wiring harnesses together, and each wire had what it was for printed on the wire! Really enjoying this radio now, and it worked as expected. Very satisfied here with Crutchfield team and the radio unit.

    Pros: - ease of installation - wiring harnesses - both from manufacturer and Crutchfield are pretty clear on what goes where - adapter face plate was a "snap" to install - Radio has many features and one can even charge their device via USB port - choice of LED colors to display information is cool feature

    Cons: - searching USB or SD is challenging - buttons on radio are small as there are many features available on this particular unit

    Nice system for my 2001 Subaru Forester

    Written by: DMZ from North Carolina on May 4, 2015

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    After 14 years of using the stock radio/cd, I decided to upgrade to an after-market HU. I knew of Nakamichi from the 80's as a very high-end brand of tape-decks, so I decided to try this unit out as a replacement HU for my Subaru. I received the HU, wiring harness, and extra DIN pocket all in one package. I had one of my employees solder the wires of the connector and covered the soldered connections with shrink-tubing. After removing the trim and the stock radio from its bracket, I installed the Nakamichi and the DIN pocket. It took me about two hours because I mistakenly instructed my employee to solder the wrong blue wire (it's the auto antenna-labeled wire, NOT the remote-labeled wire). A bigger concern was the Nakamichi appearing too big for the factory trim when I tried to snap it back on. A call to Crutchfield Support quickly resolved the issue once I removed the plastic bezel from the Nakamichi. The unit sounds great with the stock speakers and the controls are easy to use both with the radio and with my Nano iPod. The Bluetooth function is also nice. Plus, I now have storage below the radio for my iPod, cell phone, and other stuff.

    Pros: Easy to install. Controls are easy to use (once you've read the manual). Sounds great.

    Cons: None.

    Wow

    Written by: jp from Fruita, CO on May 1, 2015

    1995 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Near perfection.

    Pros: Sound (most importantly): very clear, powerful. The dynamic bass boost and x-bass settings are typical. Feature loaded: the adjustable center-frequency for bass/mid/treble is a very nice feature. Functioning of the Bluetooth/SD/USB is a step above everyone else. RDS info is functional.

    Cons: Display could be better, though its hard to complain for the price. Rear USB would have been nice. I'd trade the CD player for a few more media player functions.

    Nakamichi NA350IBTR

    Written by: John from California on April 30, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great value on a good looking head unit with adjustable display colors and blue tooth connectivity with the Samsung S4 phone. Sound quality and the range of adjustments to suit different types of music is excellent. I would recommend this unit and am looking at buying one for my other car.

    Pros: Display color can be adjusted to match the BMW orange color. Blue tooth connectivity with my Samsung S4 to play music files and take/make phone calls easily thru the head unit..

    Cons: A bit of a snug fit. 90 deg. RCA plugs at the head unit would make the fit easier.

    great product

    Written by: Uygar from Naperville, IL on April 22, 2015

    2001 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product, fantastic sound. Half of my home hi-fi is Nakamichi as well. You can depend on Nakamichi, solid products ;)

    Pros: All great except the cons below.

    Cons: - I did not like the fonts on the display, would be super cool if the display was LCD. - The clock looses its setting, and I could not yet find out why...

    Naka who?

    Written by: Scottw from Illinois on April 6, 2015

    1996 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I never heard of Nakamichi but after looking at the other stereos on the market, I am glad I did, it is everything I wanted and nothing I didn't want, no Sirius/XM, I did not want to pay for something I am not going to use, and it has an SD card slot, VERY COOL, you can put hundreds of songs on it and never have to worry about changing cds while you are driving, great looking and great sounding, I am very happy with this product and would buy it again.

    Pros: SD card, USB port, and accessory input, clean sound

    Cons: None

    my 2 cents

    Written by: Chris P from California on March 30, 2015

    1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For just under $200 you get an amazing deck. My original Becker was beyond dreadful and I thought I would probably need new speakers as well. Boy was I wrong. This unit makes the Benz sound like a concert hall. I just sit in the car and close my eyes. I have my Sirius plugged in to the aux connection and run my phone through the bluetooth which seems to work flawlessly. my wife likes to stream her iphone tunes through the USB so I think we have an endless supply of options. Easily installed, I soldered my harness connections and then shrink tubed them all . Thanks for the accesssory kit, Crutchfield , it worked perfectly.

    Pros: Awesome sound and easy to use and nice option package

    Cons: Wish the unit had a proper dimmer tied to the dash lighting. The low setting is still somewhat bright but I'm being a little nitpicky.

    Awesome

    Written by: Anonymous from Puyallup, WA on March 22, 2015

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very powerful and easy to use. The Bluetooth works great.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Nakamichi in '01 Porsche 996

    Written by: AndersonC from Orange County, CA on March 22, 2015

    2001 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I replaced an Alpine head unit in a car I just bought with this Nakamichi head unit. I primarily chose it because of how it looks and because I wanted to add Bluetooth in order to make hands free calls. The Alpine unit really looked out of place in the Porsche, and the Nakamichi's looks much better complement the 911's retro interior. The other reason I picked this unit is because of the built-in microphone since I did not want to have something sticking out of the dash; however, I haven't had the chance yet to see if this compromises the calling performance. In terms of audio performance, I have noticed better sound, particularly after having tuned. However, I believe the speakers are really limiting the sound system, and I'll have to therefore replace them if I want to make any significant improvements in sound quality. One important thing to know for the install is that for this car, there's a separate wire that must be connected to a power source. This is the amplifier power wire, and it wasn't mentioned in the instructions. However, some online searches solved that issue. So far I'm very happy with the unit.

    Pros: Clean looks Built-in Microphone Easy to Use Improved Sound vs Older Alpine Unit

    Cons: Wish it had more display color selections so I could get exact match.

    Great Product

    Written by: ER from California on February 28, 2015

    1986 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice deck, easy install in my mid 80's 911.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    And the winner is.... Nakamichi

    Written by: Jeff from Wisconsin on February 28, 2015

    2003 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    You won't go wrong with Nakamichi, I'm an old school audio nut, and this head unit sounds better than anything I've ever had before, so for perspective that's about 40 years of autos (about a dozen vehicles). The Bluetooth is assume, if you want to use your cell phone in your car, a good hands free option should be installed, this one works very well. Beware that the mic in the head unit is sensitive, and even ventilation fans may cause noise. The menus are intuitive and Crutchfield always fields the few question I have. I don't think I'll use the CD player as I carry my full music collection with me on my iPhone (>4000 songs), Pandora works great, and I play for my church so I can get music through the web for songs we're performing. In short the link between phone and car stereo is a must for me. To all who use cell phones in the car, would you PLEASE consider a good Bluetooth head unit, like this one, makes using your cell phone for receiving calls safe - and I pull over and stop when I want to place call(s). You will improve the sound and moreover improve your safe driving with a hands free Bluetooth solution. I just installed this in a 13 year old car, and it was very simple, just take your time, read the instructions, and call Crutchfields with questions.

    Pros: Bluetooth. The over all value is exceptional. Radio is great, make sure you connect the blue wire, as it's needed to get reception on the AM band.

    Cons: Country selection caused me to loose RDS, think I have it set to Japan now and it works, getting an firmware update from Nak may eliminate the problem - not a big issue. I actually called for the firmware update because if my iPhone 5s, 64MB is USB connected it shuts down the Nak, look at the questions - as this was an issue for another person. Even if I can't use the USB, I don't see it as an issue, given the excellent Bluetooth connection.

    Nakamichi NA350iBTR

    Written by: RVC from Maryland on February 12, 2015

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    All I wanted was a good radio and CD player for my old Honda Civic I live in a fringe area and focused on good sensitivity. I am older and only wanted simplicity - I did not care about "coolness". . The OEM Honda radio had a good layout but did not have a player or input jack. Otherwise I was happy with the old one. The accompanying install kit was good and made the installation easy. I have only used the radio for 2 days now. I have not tried the Bluetooth or SD card input yet.

    Pros: Very good reception sensitivity. Overall easy to use but the letters on the device and manual are so small they are hard for old eyes to even see. Very good sound The Sensitivity is very good as advertised.

    Cons: * Display has glare - that could be improved. My old Honda radio was always easy to read. * Channel selection buttons are small and ergonomics could be improved. * The big lighted ring around the volume knob is way to big and bright (even on the dim setting) - a distraction at night. It should be reduced in area. * The wild mix of pixels between tuning actions is unnecessary to any useful need. * It is hard to find a auto radio that does not prioritize "cool features" over function.

    Outstanding performance

    Written by: Memo from Illinois on December 27, 2014

    2003 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I went thru few of these because my first unit was shutting off when USB was being used or switched to. Crutchfield team was amazing in shipping new units and returning the old ones... absolutely great customer support! I could have decided to order some other brand but I just couldn't let go of Nakamichi. New unit works flawless and it was all worth while. Sound is amazing and I am in heaven! I put it together with 5 channel Hertz HDP5 Amp, 2 sets of Audison Voce AV K6 speakers (front and back) and Focal SB 30 Subwoofer. All running via new 12 gauge pure copper speaker wires. For some strange reason my wife keeps suggesting we go everywhere with my car ;)

    Pros: - Outstanding CD, USB and AUX sound quality - The best sounding Bluetooth sound I've ever heard - Unit looks very good and display is just right for my taste - Audio, Subwoofer and EQ controls - Very good RCA output for an Amp - Nakamichi remembers where it left off from USB, SD card and Bluetooth sources

    Cons: - No external Microphone option (even though Nakamichi website says it has it) - I received bad unit initially, Nakamichi could do better QC (than you Crutchfield for exchanges)

    Nakamichi NA350iBTR

    Written by: Chinoy from Illinois on November 26, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    AAAAAAA++++++++

    Pros: AAAAAAA++++++++

    Cons:

    Awesome radio

    Written by: ToddM from Kingford, Mi on September 20, 2014

    1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an awesome radio and crutchfield made it an easy process came with all mounting hardware and harnesses for an easy perfect fit but now in need new speakers

    Pros: easy installation, sounds great, has all the features I wanted.

    Cons: Japanese radio built in china

    Clean and simple layout

    Written by: Technical1 from Baltimore, MD on September 18, 2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I had a JVC KD-R900 installed and before that it was the factory headunit. The JVC was always a disappointment from overall sound--- with the the display being the worst part. No matter what color or contrast--- if it is sunny out or simply bright out--- it is hard to readl. Put on sunglasses and you cannot see it at all. I was ready to go back to the stock headunit but started looking around again and came across this unit. I also considered a Pioneer DEHX9600BHS or a DEH-80PRS but I did find some reviews complaining about the 9600's display being difficult to read. I decided and ordered the Nakamichi and I am glad I did. The install was like any other that I have done-- painless and dead simple. Once I turned it on and started to set it up--- I immediately fell in love with the unit and how bright and clear the display is. Yes, this is not a double din touchscreen with full graphics... it would have been nice but to make that happen was out of the scope of what I wanted. So far sound quality is very good and much less forced than the JVC ever was. I also enjoy that there are radio preset buttons on the front and buttons are very easy to see, especially the telephone buttons which are red and green. Currently I am on stock speakers as that will be changing in the coming weeks. For my car they are not bad, but I am looking at either a set of Focal's or Hertz. I still have to see how well the Bluetooth phone works as my car has background noise and usually plays havoc.

    Pros: Easy to read and bright display, no external microphone for Bluetooth phone, intuitive layout, clean and simple design, preset station buttons, SD card capability, CD loads without having to flip the face. Very good sound and good presence. The trim ring also snaps into place with authority.

    Cons: File compatibility for the SD card. I docked it a star-- I should be able to take music files directly from iTunes that I have bought and drop them on the SD card and go... the format is not supported. Not a huge deal, but is one more step for me to do. They should have also included a rear iPod input and also put the external device jack back there as well... I have an issue plugging things in the front and having wires dangling. Last is no night time illumination dimming.

    Nakamichi NA350iBTR

    Written by: Don from Nevada on August 20, 2014

    1999 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I just got this receiver today to replace a 15 year-old Toyota factory radio/tape deck. I like its clean clutter-free looks. The last thing I want to be is distracted hunting for buttons or features by a light show when I'm driving down the road at 70 mph. Obviously, the sound is much better than the unit I replaced, but then, the tape player was getting pretty worn. I like to bootleg tapes from CDs for off-road use. CD players don't tend to track well on rough desert roads when you're in 4WD. Even though most people would laugh at the idea of a cassette player in a vehicle these days, they don't drive the roads I sometimes drive where tracking is an issue. The roads you see in the Tacoma brochures at the Toyota dealer are nicer than some of the roads we drive out here. We'll see how this one does the next time I go camping off-road. One thing I really like about this unit is the radio tunes and receives FM stations better than the factory unit ever did. That alone makes it worth considering. I live over 200 miles from Vegas or Reno and I was really amazed that this radio could clearly pick up a classic rock station. I've never been able to do this in the 15 years I've owned my Tacoma unless I was within 60 miles of either city. The only reason I didn't give this unit five stars is because I haven't really had a chance to use it or play with all of the features yet and time will tell.

    Pros: Excellent sound and great radio tuning. So far, I really like what I am seeing.

    Cons: None that I can tell yet.

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Nakamichi NA350iBTR manual

    • CD receiver (15A fuse)
    • Face (inside face case)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring (attached)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 3V battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Four M5 x 6mm screws
    • Face-case
    • Instruction Manual

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 24 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Bluish white
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display + Remote Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR CD receiver is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.0+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile)
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Nakamichi NA350iBTR.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Nakamichi NA350iBTR allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, Android smartphone, or other Bluetooth compatible mobile phone. You'll be able to answer incoming calls, as well as redial outgoing calls.

    • Answer/End Incoming Call: When there is an incoming call, the current audio source is muted and a ring tone is played via the loudspeakers of the car sound system. The head unit's display will indicate the phone number or display "Phone In" if there is no phone number. You can answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You'll be able to speak into the head unit's integrated mic on the front-panel during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers.
    • Dialing Outgoing Call: You can easily redial the last number called from the head unit's front-panel controls. All other dialing functions (like phone number, phone book, voice, etc) will have to be done from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone first and then transferred to the head unit.
    Note: you can transfer the voice from your vehicle speakers to your mobile phone during a call for more privacy.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR allows you to wirelessly play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices using a Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP connection. You can control basic playback functions of your music on your Bluetooth-enabled device from the NA350iBTR's front-panel. Playback functions include Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.

    Note: This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices, instead it will display "BT Audio".

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Player w/ ESP: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR CD receiver features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The CD receiver offers ESP (electronic shock protection) to prevent your discs from skipping.

    SD Card Slot: The NA350iBTR CD receiver features an SD-card slot located behind its detachable front-panel. The SD-card slot supports SD and SDHC memory cards with MP3/WMA music files. The unit's face-plate must be detached to insert or eject an SD/SDHC memory card.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback & control of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a compatible USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Nakamichi CD receiver supports the following types of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc: CD-R/RW Flash: USB MSC, SD/SDHC
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps; sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320 kbps; sampling frequencies of 32, 44.1, and 48kHz
    Tags ID3 tag (v1.0 or later), WMA tag

    Playback & Search Functions: You are able to search the music tracks of music folders stored on a disc, SD-card, or USB device. You can also fast forward or rewind through a track, and skip to the next or previous track. In addition, you can activate repeat (file/folder/all) and random (folder/all) playback functions.

    Song/Artist Information: The CD receiver will display stored music file information on a CD, SD/SDHC, or USB; including track number, elapsed playing time, song title, artist name, and album title.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via the able which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The NA350iBTR supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone.

    • Music Playback: The Nakamichi head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter.
    • iPod Control: You can use the head unit's front-panel controls to search your iPod/iPhone's stored music library by Artist, Album, Playlist, or Genre. Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked, so you can access music apps. Other iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). 
    Note: This radio needs a firmware update to correct an issue with iOS device connectivity. The issue is that the radio will not read the device or will shut off as soon as it is connected over USB.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 7/14/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2/3 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    Notes:
    • This unit will need a firmware update to correct an issue with Apple iOS device connectivity. The radio will not read the device or will shut off as soon as the iOS device is connected via USB.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple devices). Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    20W x 4ch Amplifier: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR CD receiver is equipped with a 20 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (50 watts Peak x 4 channels).

    5ch/5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR features a pair of fading front- and rear-channel preamp outputs, as well as a mono-subwoofer preamp output (all rated at 5V). When the subwoofer preamp output is used, you are able to adjust its low pass crossover (80/120/160Hz) and gain level (0-12)

    3-Band EQ w/ Presets:  There are eight sound presets (Pop, Techno, Rock, Classic, Jazz, Vocal, User, and Off/Flat) that allow you to easily recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. For further adjustment, the in-dash CD receiver features a built-in 3-Band EQ.

    3-Band EQ Frequency Gain
    Treble 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 kHz -7 to +7 dB
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -7 to +7 dB
    Bass 80, 100, 200 Hz -7 to +7 dB

    Bass Boost: The head unit employs DBSS and XBass to dynamically boost bass sound safely at any volume level.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, & preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 6 radio stations in each bank, giving you 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. To receive more radio stations or only stations with strong signals, you can adjust the radio sensitivity (Local Seek feature).

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face Plate: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR features a detachable face to deter theft and includes a hard-plastic face case. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color Illumination: The NA350iBTR features a variable color display illumination. You can choose from one of twelve preset colors, have the unit scan through all preset colors continuously, or customize your own color. The twelve preset colors include - White, Green 1/2/3, Amber, Pink 1/2, Purple 1/2, Blue 1/2, and Orange. You can customize your own color by adjusting Red, Green, and Blue from 0-32.

    Note: The head unit's button illumination remains bluish white.

    Adjustable Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the head unit's display between High or Low.

    12/24-Hour Clock: The in-dash head unit offers a switchable 12- or 24-hour clock display. The clock is only displayed when activated; it is not displayed at the same time as song/artist, station, and track information.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    IR Remote: The Nakamichi NA350iBTR comes supplied with an 8-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote provides Power, Volume, Mute, Source, Audio, and Playback controls. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3V battery.

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    9 questions already asked

    Yes. If you connect your iphone/ipod through bluetooth you can choose your playlist or specific songs. [ Julie  May 03, 2015 ]
    There are various colors available including red and orange, mine also has gradations of various colors which you can use to fine tune the color match. you can't have different colors for the knob and /or the buttons.as far as I know. [ Chris  May 02, 2015 ]
    Yes. I'm not sitting in my car, so bear with me on this. You hold the menu button down for a couple of seconds until the display says "menu". Press the menu button to cycle through to "display color". You use the volume control to select the color you want. Leave it on the color you want, to select it. [ Sydney  May 01, 2015 ]
    yes you can change and hold the color you want.. click on the menu button.. [ Zachary  May 01, 2015 ]
    Yes you can change the color. I had mine set to red for a while. I think it's green now. Easy to change. [ PeteB  May 01, 2015 ]
    Yep ! Sure can! [ christopher  May 01, 2015 ]
    I believe you can connect 2 phones to the bluetooth, but if your vehicle is noisy (like a Jeep Wrangler), then the hands-free operation is not going to work for you. Using bluetooth for music will still work fine, but not hands-free. [ Lindel  Apr 08, 2015 ]
    Only one device( phone, iPad, iPod ect.) at a time. [ Brian  Apr 08, 2015 ]
    YOut can pair to 3 [ JOHN C  Apr 08, 2015 ]
    rca out for front and rear and reg wires for speakers. [ Dennis  Apr 06, 2015 ]
    I have not opened the box as of now. This is a project that will be done in the next few months. Sorry I can't help you today. [ Dennis  Mar 30, 2015 ]
    I'm really don't know. Sorry [ Melissa  Mar 30, 2015 ]
    Yes Blue wire is remote turn on. [ Delvin  Mar 04, 2015 ]
    There are 2 blue/white wires, one is for a power antenna, the other is for a remote amp turn-on. I used one to turn on a 4 channel amp, and the other for the subwoofer amp. The wires are connected prior to the connector of the radio. The yellow is for the memory and the red is for switched power, as normal. [ Lindel  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes. If you're not running an amp+ sub as well you just leave it capped off [ alejandro  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes. I put mine in a Mercedes with a Bose system. I just taped off that wire and didn't use it. If you add an amp it will switch it. [ JOHN C  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    I installed this some time ago but I remember a wire for some sort of remote switching and a wire for power antenna switching. I cannot say it is for a power amp but there is an additional wire there beyond the antenna. BTW, I love the unit. Sounds great, easy to use, and you get away from the usual AlpinePioneerKennwoodSony crowd. [ Ruben  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    It has a single RCA connector for the subwoofer audio out, on a 6 inch (about) pigtail out the back of the unit. Very nicely capped off for those that won't use it. The radio menu has a setting for subwoofer on or off. [ Carl  Jan 21, 2015 ]
    According to the manual, there's a subwoofer output on the back. I don't know, I had it installed with the OEM speakers. Manual can be downloaded from the Crutchfield listing. [ JOHN  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    Yes it does. [ Marc  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    When I installed the stereo I didn't connect it to a sub. I am not sure on the filtering sorry. [ DUSTIN  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    Christian, I am not sure about the old skool nakamichi, but I think it will be compatible with my Ford Explorer 2003 system. I have not had a chance to work on it yet. Soon I will install it into my Ford Exp. Sorry, I hope that help some. How was your installation? Nick. [ Inpone  Jan 13, 2015 ]
    Sorry, but your question is way beyond my level of use. it is simply a replacement radio. [ suanna  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    I don't run a subwoofer with it so idk. I bought it to replace a oem radio in a mercedes with a Bose system. I needed the high output voltage this unit pushes. 5 volts. I have a problem with signal noise with engine running, esp at lower volume.. I asked crutch field about installing a filter. They told me to not use the factory ground and ground directly to good body ground. I did and still have that problem. I have not had a chance to remove again to return for exchange. At higher volume it sounds excellent. I will return and exchange for same unit. [ JOHN C  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    Update on my initial USB problem: So, my Nakamichi was resetting (turning off) every time I would plugin my iPhone. I contacted Nakamichi customer support after Crutchfield guys did everything they could by sending new units back and forth. It turns out that iPhone 64GB or 128 GB were NOT SUPPORTED and radio was simply crashing. Nakamichi sent me new firmware and it FIXED IT. I've been using USB past few days and it works perfect. Funny thing is that Bluetooth sounds so good that I almost don't need USB haha. However USB connection gives you ability to browse library and displays ID tags of Artist, Album and Songs. I thought you should guys know about new firmware if anyone else needs it. I absolutely love this head unit! I am a very happy customer! Thank you! [ Elmedin  Jan 15, 2015 ]
    Mine does not turn off but it does get a lot of signal noise with the usb input. [ JOHN C  Nov 29, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Nov 29, 2014 ]  Staff
    I called my husband who was sitting in the vehicle and I was inside the house. There seemed to be a lot of interference from the microphone in the vehicle. At one point I asked, "WHAT is that??" and he said it was the air conditioner. It was loud. If you plan to talk a lot on the phone while driving, it may not be the best unit. If you just think you will talk occasionally, it will be just fine. [ Julie  May 03, 2015 ]
    The Bluetooth works flawlessly, the mic quality seems as good as an external, I have asked friends while on the phone and they do not notice a large difference. I would guess the car interior would have the biggest effect. [ jeremy  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    Sorry I haven't used that feature. The unit is in my son's car and he is banned from using the phone while driving. On another subject the radio reception is not very good. [ suanna  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    For me the internal mic is fair, but then again my car is not the quietest of cars on the inside due to other modifications and that the car itself is not particularly well sound isolated from the factory. Compared to the other three cars we have-- BMW, Jeep, and Toyota that all have factory Bluetooth.... this is not even close. For me it is for the convenience. I have had people say that it sounds like I am talking into a hollow can... such a shame. But to be able to talk for a minute or two and carry on.... it is fine. Otherwise I always have my Plantronics Voyager Legend headset with me and it works perfectly. Honestly I have yet to find an aftermarket headunit that has great Bluetooth hands free sound. I have had this unit as well as a JVC with the external mic and a friend has had a JVC, Kenwood, and now a Pioneer---- so far the Pioneer is better, but marginally as he also fights background noise problems. I understand manufacturers make it as part of the deal for a selling point, but with the requirement of hands free devices in many states..... it should be better engineered and have a real sound isolating/ noise cancelling mic. To give you an idea I use my iPad mini for recording track sessions.... it sounds perfect and that is with windows the down. I also have used my Windows phone to record.... perfect. I use a dedicated track camera with a special mic that I paid a lot for--- sounds poor. So it comes down to the mic design. So would I recommend this headunit? Yes. If you are going to heavily use it for talking... no. For me it is that I can see the display in the sunlight fairly easily and pretty good with sunglasses on. Sound is great and having the SD card is also great for me as it is simple, but not having rear USB for an iPod is not the best as I hate having wires sticking out from the front. [ Sean  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Do not buy! I bought it for the Bluetooth. Called Nakamichi and Crutchfield and found out there is no option for an external mic. Ended up buying another unit with an external mic and it works perfectly. Still waiting on Crutchfield to send me a RMA and shipping label. [ Jonathan  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Actually, the built in microphone is not good in my opinion. I need to get an external mic for this unit. [ Terance L.  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    The mic works flawlessly. Sound from blue tooth is exceptional. Every part of this head unit is superb. I have ran Nakamichi products in the past, NEVER disappointed. The price on this piece is phenomenal. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for fabulous sound, user friendly features, and a price that makes this unit a steal. [ Delvin  Nov 04, 2014 ]
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