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Our take on the Nakamichi NA99i

by Dave Delamere
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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.

Straight-laced CD receiver

The name Nakamichi may conjure up memories of home stereo gear with a sweet sound. Crutchfield now offers that sweet Nakamichi sound in the form of car stereos. The NA99i CD receiver enables you to enjoy your CDs, USB flash drives, AM/FM stations, and your iPod or iPhone – topped off with simple controls and a single-line display on a detachable faceplate.

Pick a source

The front-panel USB input allows you to connect and charge your iPod® or iPhone®, then access your playlists with the Nakamichi's controls. If you're into your CD collection, you'll enjoy excellent playback of your store-bought and home-burned discs – even ones loaded with MP3 and WMA files. Got a portable player or smartphone you want to listen to? Simply it into the aux input on the receiver's front panel.

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Tweak your sound

Nakamichi's punchy amp delivers plenty of power, while a pair of preamp outputs makes it easier to add a powered subwoofer or an external amplifier. The NA99i receiver's wireless remote control lets you crank the volume and switch sources.

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

Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in iPod/iPhone control
    • remote control
    Audio Features:
    • bass and treble controls with 8 presets
    • XBass bass boost
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (1.8-volt rear)
    Other Info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (15A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • 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

    Our Product Research Team

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    Disc + USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Disc + USB Playback

    Disc Player w/ ESP: The Nakamichi NA99i 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.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Nakamichi NA99i 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. 0.5A), 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 CD-R/RW USB Storage Device (MSC)
    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 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.

    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 NA99i'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 NA99i 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 0.5A 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). 

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Nakamichi NA99i is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 7/22/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    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 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    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
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    air 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: 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 NA99i is equipped with a 20 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (50 watts Peak x 4 channels).

    2Ch/1.8V Line-Outputs: The NA99i is fitted with a stereo 1.8V line-output for connecting an external power amplifier. The line-output is designed for the rear channels with fading capability.

    EQ Presets + Tone Control: 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. The User mode allows you to manually adjust Bass  & Treble from -7 to +7.

    Bass Boost: The head unit employs DBSS and XBass to dynamically boost bass sound for low volume and high volume playback.

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

    AM/FM Tuner: The Nakamichi NA99i 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 NA99i 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.

    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.

    IR Remote: The Nakamichi NA99i 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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    Phantastic purchase!

    Written By Phan, Louisville, KY on Monday, September 22, 2014
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    Very happy with my Nakamichi unit AGAIN (20yrs ago I owned a great Nakamichi unit in my 1st car). I drive a Ford Ranger and I switched out the 4 (6x8) factory speakers with low end Pioneer 6x8s. With this unit pushing my speakers they sound is so much more clear. I listen to a lot of live music and it seems like I'm hearing this music for the first time, so many sounds my factory speakers couldn't pick up. BIG PHAN!!
    Pros:
    Everything you could want from a unit.
    Cons:
    The same as it was 20yrs ago, the Nakamichi detachable faceplate is a little tricky to remove. Other than that, zero complaints.
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