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Axxera AM118BT

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 070AM118BT

It's official — you haven't listened to CDs since you don't remember when.

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About the Axxera AM118BT

Buh-bye to CDs

It's official — you haven't listened to CDs since you don't remember when. Axxera's AM118BT digital media receiver gives you everything you need to enjoy your music at a seriously friendly price. Choose between listening to your favorite AM/FM stations, plugging a thumb drive full of MP3s into the USB port, connecting your music player via the front minijack input, or stream tunes from your smartphone with a Bluetooth® connection. You'll hear a nice boost in sound quality compared to that old factory radio you've been rockin'.

Buh-bye to CDs

It's official — you haven't listened to CDs since you don't remember when. Axxera's AM118BT digital media receiver gives you everything you need to enjoy your music at a seriously friendly price. Choose between listening to your favorite AM/FM stations, plugging a thumb drive full of MP3s into the USB port, connecting your music player via the front minijack input, or stream tunes from your smartphone with a Bluetooth® connection. You'll hear a nice boost in sound quality compared to that old factory radio you've been rockin'.

Hands-free calls

Take advantage of your new Bluetooth connection to make and receive hands-free calls in the car. Axxera includes an external mic for the best possible capture of your voice, and you'll hear whomever you're speaking to through your car audio system.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • works with a wide variety of smartphones and devices
    • wireless remote control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-volt front and rear preamp outputs
    Other Features and Specs:
    • built-in internal amp (16 watts RMS CTA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • bass and treble controls with 4 preset curves
    • fixed face with 7-character display
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AM118BT
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    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide

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    More details on the Axxera AM118BT

    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 16 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 16 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/Aux Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Axxera AM118BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile)
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (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 Axxera AM118BT.

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the AM118BT. You can only pair one device at a time with this unit. The AM118BT is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including iPhone and Android.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Axxera AM118BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's number will display on the front-panel LCD and a ring-tone will be heard through your car stereo speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls.
    • Making A Call: You will continue to use your mobile phone to make a call. Once you have made a call from your paired phone, the conversation will automatically transfer to the head unit. There is a Redial feature, which allows you to dial the last number you called by pressing a specific button on the unit's front-panel.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Axxera AM118BT also allows you to play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, tablet, or player using a wireless Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause & Next/Previous Track. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information is still done from your Bluetooth source device.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    USB/Aux Playback

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Axxera AM118BT is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) input which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The head unit supports playback of MP3 music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device.

    • Control: Playback & Search functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, Repeat (All/On)/Random, and Intro Scan (play first 10 seconds of each track). You can also select between music folders and search for a specific music file for playback.
    • Display: The AM118BT will display artist name, song title, and album title, on its front-panel LCD screen.
    • Charging: The unit's USB port will also charge (max. 1A) your USB device during connection.

    Front-Panel AUX Input: There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a temporary external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AM118BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the AM118BT are as follows:

    • CTA-2006 Specs: 16 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for the AM118BT are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    2V/4Ch Pre-Outs: The Axxera AM118BT is equipped with 2V/4Ch pre-outs for the front & rear channels, so you can add an external amplifier.

    EQ: The Axxera AM118BT offers 5 EQ presets (Pop, Classic, Rock, Flat, and Off) to tailor the sound to your listening preference. The Off preset allows you to independently adjust Bass & Treble for a more custom sound.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. This feature can be turned On or Off.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This feature be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AM118BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets (manually or automatically).

    Display & Remote  Features

    Single-Line Display: The AM118BT features a single-line, 7-character display with large white text and a black background.

    Wireless Remote: The AM118BT comes supplied with a 17-button IR remote control which provides complete wireless operation of the Axxera digital media receiver.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    This item was purchased for a new driver. It appealed to me for the ease of operation so that a new driver would not be distracted in order to use it [ bob  Mar 02, 2019 ]
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    reasonable price for what I was shopping for [ William  Feb 24, 2019 ]
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    The radio is affordable and has bluetooth [ DILLON  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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    Cheap and gets the job done for simple needs. [ jeffrey  Jan 22, 2019 ]
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    price [ bobby  Dec 23, 2018 ]
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    value [ GREGORY D  Dec 16, 2018 ]
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    Because it was a affordable Bluetooth stereo [ Jordy  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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    Price and had good reviews [ Marisol  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    I chose this stereo because it has blue tooth on it. [ RONALD  Nov 29, 2018 ]
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    Price and bouetooh [ carlos  Nov 22, 2018 ]
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    Features I wanted for my work truck. [ Charles  Nov 21, 2018 ]
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    I do not use CD's any more and I can Bluetooth link by phone in my truck. [ Frank A.  Oct 27, 2018 ]
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    bluetooth connectivity [ Daniel  Oct 20, 2018 ]
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    good price [ Dylan  Oct 18, 2018 ]
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    Good looking unit and has Bluetooth at an affordable price! [ jon de  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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    Options for the price. [ Donnette  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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    Blue tooth pairing [ Ashby  Oct 06, 2018 ]
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    value [ Adam  Oct 03, 2018 ]
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    Great Stereo with all the features you need to upgrade an older system. [ David  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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    This is a very good entry-level upgrade to an existing stock radio. Not too much power output so, isn't harsh on stock speakers...unless they're weathered already. Great affordable unit! [ Jeremy  Sep 25, 2018 ]
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    I haven't listened to the radio since the late 90's, or a cd since Mp3 players. covers all my music needs without breaking the bank. Plus its a top seller and i'm only running a 500 watt system (2 x12" subs in a vented enclosure) [ jessica  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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    The price was right and had the features i wanted. [ David  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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    good price [ ROBERT  Aug 30, 2018 ]
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    Price, features [ Jeff  Aug 21, 2018 ]
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    It seems like a great value for the features included. [ Elizabeth  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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    with law changes just a cheaper Bluetooth choice for wife's 2000 crown vic [ Richard  Jul 22, 2018 ]
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    Customer reviews, Bluetooth and price point [ Cecil  Jul 17, 2018 ]
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    just needed a basic unit for my golf cart. Just wanted something with Bluetooth to play music off of your phone. [ Frank  Jul 15, 2018 ]
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    recommended by the crutchfield team member Tatum when asked about all options i wanted/needed [ richard  Jun 28, 2018 ]
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    It was inexpensive and I have one in another vehicle [ Edward  Jun 20, 2018 ]
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    Good reviews and good price [ salvador  May 14, 2018 ]
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    Looking for a nice radio with a few features and did not need a CD player. [ Dan  Apr 14, 2018 ]
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    Good price and lots of features I wanted [ Tyler Reed  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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    Affordable and for the year of the vehicle the USB, Aux, and hands free calling makes a difference. [ Edward  Mar 29, 2018 ]
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    14 questions already asked

    Q
    Can this model be used as a replacement Harley Davidson radio?
    [ Pickle  Jan 30, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    I don't know. We installed it in a Didge Caravan.
    [ Edgardo  Feb 01, 2019 ]
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    Radio reception is muffled spend more on a different unit
    [ TOM  Feb 01, 2019 ]
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    I plugged in a USB cord to the face plate. The radio stopped working and will not turn on. It was working fine for an hour before plugging the cord in. Anyone have any suggestions? I'd hate to pull it all out. I can only think it may be a fuse or the fuse on the back of the unit but I am unsure. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
    [ Ry  Dec 26, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    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.
    [ Krissy  Jan 07, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Is the remote control IR or RF?
    [ Grady  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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    It is IR but seems very responsive
    [ JOHN  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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    I don't know. The radio is literally mounted within my arms reach of where I sit when I drive, so I would have no reason to make it's use more difficult by using the remote, than just reaching the radio with my hand. If you were a disabled driver and needed to use the remote, you probably shouldn't be operating the radio while driving anyway.
    [ James  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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    Don't know but the radio reception is the worst of any vehicle I have owned. Would not buy again or recommend .. I know you won't pass this info on.
    [ TOM  Dec 14, 2018 ]
    Q
    Can the RCA outputs on the back hook up to an amplifier to power a subwoofer?
    [ Luke  Nov 27, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes
    [ Drew  Dec 05, 2018 ]
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    It does have RCA outputs, but depending on what amp and subs you're using, I'd consider a different unit. I've had multiple issues with mine freezing, power issues, and audio issues.
    [ Julian  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    Can I install a sub on this stereo?
    [ Luke  Nov 18, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    yes you can it's easy
    [ steven  Nov 19, 2018 ]
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    Hi! Though I didn't install a sub myself, I suppose you can by using the RCA outputs provided.
    [ Jose  Nov 18, 2018 ]
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    Will this help with AM/FM reception?
    [ meghan  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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    Yes ,,
    [ CHRIS  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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    Fm reception fades in and out. I do not recommend if you listen to Am and Fm
    [ TOM  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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    Is there a remote wire in receiver for amp?
    [ Shelton  Oct 19, 2018 ]
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    No
    [ Tj  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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    Yes
    [ Tj  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    Q
    Is their any way to turn the backlight off?
    [ Keith  Sep 30, 2018 ]
    4 answers
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    There's no way to turn the backlight off or to dim them when the lights come on, I've tried to wire a switch to the lights but it doesn't work unfortunately.
    [ Julian  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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    Not to my knowledge no sir
    [ Robert  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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    Not sure but will check tomorrow when I get a chance.
    [ Carmelo  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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    I haven't figured out how to do it. But I dont think you can
    [ Yvar  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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    Axxera AM118BT, is there a way to have the clock display by default when the unit turns on? It keeps changing back to displaying names or channels whenever I turn unit off and on again.
    [ monster13191  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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    Sorry accidentally hit inaccurate
    [ Carmelo  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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    Sorry--I don't know
    [ Anne  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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    I believe the answer is no. I have the same desire but have not found a way to default to time display. I just hit the display button and it goes to clock ..
    [ kim  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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    No idea. I solely bought this for Bluetooth only.
    [ Brian  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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    Axxera AM118BT, can it have the clock displaying every time it starts up or when you start the car. I jump in and go and while driving quickly look down to see the clock. If I forgot to hit display, it just shows Bluetooth or the time stamp of a song. Can it be programmed to always show the clock by default?
    [ monster13191  Sep 28, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    No, I've looked into it. I agree it is quite annoying. You have to hit the display button every time you start the car. I've just gotten in the habbit of hitting the button as part of my start up routine. You know... Key on, display button, then e brake off...
    [ Paul  Oct 04, 2018 ]
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    Yes, Often you have to click return to see it.
    [ Andrey  Oct 02, 2018 ]
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    Does this radio display a clock?
    [ SuperRedNova  Sep 22, 2018 ]
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    No
    [ Tj  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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    Yes you can push the display button and it will show you the time.
    [ Davina  Sep 22, 2018 ]
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    Yes, push the Display button after setting up your radio and the clock will show.
    [ Dominic  Sep 22, 2018 ]
    Q
    If I connect my phone to the stereo with usb, will it charge the phone and play music simultaneously?
    [ Lydia  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes
    [ Tj  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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    The USB port can charge most portable devices (1amp max) but will not play music from your connected phone via USB. You can play music from your phone wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired to the aux input (from the headphone output on your phone).
    [ Ryan  Sep 14, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does it play dvds?
    [ Mike  May 25, 2018 ]
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    No
    [ Tj  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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    No
    [ Brandon  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    Q
    How many Bluetooth devices can be connected at one time?
    [ Bicycleflyer  Apr 20, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    Only 1
    [ Edward  Apr 20, 2018 ]
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    1
    [ Chase  Apr 20, 2018 ]
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    I believe just one at a time i haven't tried to connect multiple devices it also has a code you have to put in to use first hope this helps
    [ Brandon  Apr 20, 2018 ]
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