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Axxera AM228BT

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 070AM228BT

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About the Axxera AM228BT

Big, bold style

A big volume dial and a bright display — what's not to love? Step up your dash with Axxera's AM228BT digital media receiver and integrate Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and streaming music from your favorite music service. And if you're an audiophile who likes making your own mixes, you can save your favorite FLAC files to a thumb drive and play them via the AM228BT's front USB input.

Big, bold style

A big volume dial and a bright display — what's not to love? Step up your dash with Axxera's AM228BT digital media receiver and integrate Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and streaming music from your favorite music service. And if you're an audiophile who likes making your own mixes, you can save your favorite FLAC files to a thumb drive and play them via the AM228BT's front USB input.

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You can officially retire your CDs because the AM228BT offers plenty of ways to connect your music: Bluetooth streaming, a front-panel USB port, a front aux input, and of course, an AM/FM tuner. Thanks to the built-in amplifier and four preset EQ curves, it all sounds great. It looks great, too, with a white-on-black 8-character LCD display that's easy to read day or night. The included wireless remote adds convenience, while two sets of preamp outputs come in handy when you decide to expand your system with an outboard amp.

Charge it

The powerful USB 2.1A port lets you keep your smartphone charged even as it's performing many battery-draining tasks at once.

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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • high-resolution music file playback
    • 8-digit LCD display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • wireless remote
    • bass and treble controls with 4 preset tone curves
    Expandability:
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear)
    • inputs: front USB input (no iPod control), front auxiliary input
    Other Info:
    • built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS CTA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • bass and treble controls with 4 preset tone curves
    • CTA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AM228BT
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    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse)
    • Detachable front-panel (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Trim-ring
    • 2 Brackets
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 8 ISO-screws
    • Quick Start Guide

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    Crutchfield customer from North Brunswick, NJ on 6/30/2019

    2006 Ford Explorer

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    It came at the right time and after mounting it in the car it works wonderfully well and clear. I thank you all very much.

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    Great gift

    Crutchfield customer from Antioch, CA on 5/27/2019

    2001 Toyota RAV4

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    Gift for my daughter, she was very happy. Easy installation great information and price. Can't complain.

    Pros: Installation instructions easy to understand and detailed. Fits as described in the website.

    Cons: The trim kit didn't match any screw mounts on the stereo.

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    Crutchfield customer from Phoenix, AZ on 4/23/2019

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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    Great device. Works well and as expected. Great quality for the price

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: No ability to change backlighting

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    Good aftermarket replacement.

    Crutchfield customer from Kinston, NC on 4/21/2019

    2004 Toyota Camry

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    Very good replacement radio. Would have gotten 5 stars except for fact that USB does not charge phone.

    Pros: Bluetooth in older vehicle.

    Cons: USB does not charge phone.

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    Crutchfield customer from E Liverpool, OH on 3/25/2019

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    Nice piece of equipment is easy to install, and a good value for the dollar.

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    Crutchfield customer from Otis, OR on 2/18/2019

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    attractive and good quality sound but the controls are little hard to decipher without studying the manual.

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    Crutchfield customer from Glen Burnie, MD on 1/10/2019

    2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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    Solid product. Works great. Used in a 2009 Malibu.

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    Crutchfield customer from Bridgewater, MA on 1/7/2019

    2005 Pontiac Grand Am

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    Placed this in a 2005 Grand Am which fits perfectly and made the radio sound so much better. The kit and wiring fee made installation a breeze. Bluetooth works great with the iPhone and sounds awesome. Highly recommend the stereo and Crutchfield.

    Pros: great sound easy install Get the prewired option great bluetooth interface

    Cons: none

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    Stan from Minco, OK on 12/31/2018

    2005 Ford F-150

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    Delivery was super fast, easy to install and sounds good. A radio that is simple without a whole lot of bells and whistles at a great price.

    Pros: Easy to see digital readout with big letters and numbers

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    Arl from Christiansted, VI on 12/17/2018

    1998 Toyota Tercel

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    I got the item in a timely manner and then I inspected the stereo and the other parts.... it was in great shape and I can't wait to put it into my Toyota tercel

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    Crutchfield customer from Jackson Heights, NY on 12/15/2018

    2008 Chevrolet Aveo5

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    Functions are okay but front panel button layout is less than ergonomic. My mistake for buying this.

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    Crutchfield customer from Crystal Lake, IL on 11/9/2018

    2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

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    Great Price, great product and unbelievable service from Crutchfield

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    David Arthur from Frederick, MD on 10/30/2018

    2005 Acura MDX

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    Great features and sound for the price. Swapped the old factory radio in less than a hour and my daughter now has Bluetooth.

    Pros: Price Easy installation Sound quality

    Cons: Not the best mic for the Bluetooth

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    Michael from Colorado Spgs, CO on 8/27/2018

    2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    The bracket kit did not match up with the AM228BT side holes. We had to use the kit brackets with the AM228BT face plate. Other that that smooth install.

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    Great Value

    Ronald from Pine River, MN on 8/13/2018

    2003 Pontiac Vibe

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    Simple. Elegant. Easy to use and packed with performance and features. Great value for the money!

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    Alexander from Bradenton Beach, FL on 7/23/2018

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    E-Z install, the premade harness is well worth it. I thought my speakers were bad but after installing this radio I was surprised how good they sounded. Bluetooth connection is very clear

    Pros: A lot of radio for the money

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    Crutchfield customer from Saint Paul, MN on 6/29/2018

    2005 Ford F-150

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    Great product. Easy to install. Helps with audio sound from factory speakers. Just need new speakers to make it excellent

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    Basic operation great, but reliability quirks.

    Peter from San Antonio, TX on 6/23/2018

    1999 Toyota Camry LE

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    Fit perfectly in my 99 Camry, with very good sound from the radio, and mp3 on my flash drive. The clock time setting function would not work straight out of the box; not important to me, but disconcerting. Then, when trying different function buttons (there is no User Manual) the radio quit working and produced only static. I had to power off to get it to operate normally again. Then, while repetitively hitting the Tune function to set an FM preset, it suddenly locked into an AM station and failed to respond to further operation of the Tune function. Once again, I had to power off/on to get back to normal operation. Bottom line: I lost confidence in the long term reliability of this unit, and have returned it for an upgrade to a higher quality (Kenwood) unit, an exchange that Crutchfield made very easy with excellent support.

    Pros: Perfect fit for 99 Camry Sound quality at least as good as OEM

    Cons: Operational quirks left me with no confidence in its long-term reliability.

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    Ryan from San Bernardino, CA on 6/14/2018

    2004 Ford F-150

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    Easy to install, sound quality is ok. It definitely needs a better mic for phone use. The USB charges my iPhone but will not play audio. Bluetooth connection is good, phone calls and music. I paid modest sum. At that price it's a good buy but you get what you pay for.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: USB not fully iPhone compatible

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    Jacob from Pendleton, OR on 6/13/2018

    2004 Pontiac Aztek

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    Really easy to install!! Came with everything I needed to make it as painless as possible and it sounds really good on the factory speakers (even tho I'm upgrading those as well) Very pleases with this product

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    More details on the Axxera AM228BT

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    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 Black/White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback N/A

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Axxera AM228BT 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).

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the AM228BT. Multiple devices can be paired to the unit, but only one can be used at a time. The AM228BT is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Axxera AM228BT 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 by pressing the "phone" button.
    • 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 and holding the "phone" button on the unit's front-panel.

    Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Axxera AM228BT also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, tablet, or player using a 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 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 AM228BT is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select portable digital audio player or USB thumbdrives (up to 64GB). The head unit supports playback of MP3 and FLAC (non high resolution) music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device. The unit's USB port will also charge (max. 2.1A) your USB devices during connection.

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support connection of Apple iOS or Android OS devices.

    Playback & Search Functions: The AM228BT offers several convenient playback & search functions for your music.

    • File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.
    • Repeat: You can repeat a single track, a specific folder, or an entire USB device.
    • Random: You can shuffle the playback order of all your songs or only the songs in a specific folder or USB device.
    • Intro Scan: You can scan the first 10 seconds of each track or the first 10 seconds of each track in a folder or USB device.

    Front-Panel Aux Input: There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of an external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    CTA-2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AM228BT 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.

    • 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)

    4Ch/2V Pre-Outs: The Axxera AM228BT is equipped with 4Ch/2V pre-outs (front & rear) to connect an external amplifier.

    EQ Presets: You can choose between 5 EQ presets - Flat, Pop, Classic, Rock, or Off (User). The Off (User) mode activates manual Bass & Treble adjustment.

    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 Radio: The Axxera AM228BT 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). You can select a preset station directly or scan through all your presets in the current band. The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals. You can select between US or European tuning.

    Display & Remote Features

    Extra-Large Display: The Axxera AM228BT is equipped with an extra-large, single-line display (8-digit) with white text and a black background that is easy to read. You can manually dim the brightness of the display.

    Detachable Front-Panel: The front control panel of the AM228BT is detachable to deter theft. No face case is included with the unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    IR Remote: The AM228BT 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

    8 questions already asked

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    Will this charge my Android phone?
    [ Dirk  Jun 23, 2019 ]
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    The Axxera's USB port does not support connection of Apple iOS or Android OS devices. It's possible it may charge but will definitely not playback music.
    [ Cosmo  Jul 02, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Yes it will... there's a USB port at the front of it... I use it to charge my iPhone and my USB headset so it can charge your Android
    [ Arl  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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    Will this charge my android phone?
    [ Dirk  Jun 23, 2019 ]
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    Yes, however, it does not charge quick
    [ Jon  Jun 23, 2019 ]
    Q
    Is there a way to dim the display? It is obnoxiously bright!
    [ matt  May 06, 2019 ]
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    Yeah push the volume button the first window that pops up turn it from H to L and it will dim.
    [ Gianni  May 07, 2019 ]
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    I believe There are two settings. High and low. Press the volume button and select dimmer. I agree, after sunset even the lowest setting is too bright. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. It's a very cheap radio. Mine doesn't even stay on clock mode.
    [ Michael  May 06, 2019 ]
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    Yes I believe there are only 2 settings though. Press the center wheel and the first option is "Dimmer High/Dimmer Low"
    [ Kyle  May 06, 2019 ]
    Q
    will this work with the in car hands free 2012 Chevy Malibu?
    [ Matthew  May 01, 2019 ]
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    Yes, It worked in my 2004 Ford Escape, Just be advised there is no CD player but it definitely does bluetooth for my phone.
    [ Joseph R.  May 01, 2019 ]
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    Yes if your car has the hands free option in it
    [ Evan  May 01, 2019 ]
    Q
    Can you run a powered subwoofer off of the preamp outputs?
    [ Gabe  Apr 15, 2019 ]
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    I haven't had a problem with mine yet I am running two dd 510 redlines and a 3000 watt amp it's preforming very well no clipping or any off sounds everything stays cool and seems to work great
    [ Marcos  Apr 15, 2019 ]
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    Yes, I have this radio and subs in a 2009 civic
    [ Braden  Apr 15, 2019 ]
    Q
    Where do I find the pin so I can connect to bluetooth?
    [ Brandon  Aug 16, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    It's in the instruction manual. Pretty sure it's 1234
    [ Jon  Aug 21, 2018 ]
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    The manual tells you to try 1234 or 0000.
    [ Caleb  Aug 21, 2018 ]
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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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  Aug 21, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Which wiring harness do I need for this and my Pontiac g6 2010?
    [ D-HAL  Jun 22, 2018 ]
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jun 27, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    How do you set the clock? I tried hitting Disp to have it show the clock and then holding the volume button but that failed to get to the clock setting mode...
    [ Dalton  Jun 21, 2018 ]
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    All the settings are accessible by pushing the volume knob keep clicking it you will eventually find the clock
    [ Marcos  Jun 30, 2018 ]
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    Press the center vol/sel button 9 times then turn the knob.
    [ Ryan  Jun 21, 2018 ]
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    Use your remote. Was the easiest way for me to set the clock. It has a 12 hour and 24 clock.
    [ michael  Jun 21, 2018 ]
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