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Axxera AM228BT

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 070AM228BT

A big volume dial and a bright display — what's not to love? Step up your dash with Axxera's...

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A big volume dial and a bright display — what's not to love? Step up your dash with Axxera's...

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Item # 070AM228BT

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.

More options

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.


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
    • 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

    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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    Features & specs

    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
    Alexa Voice Control
    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
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    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
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, FLAC
    High-res Playback N/A

    Product Research

    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.

    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

    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    Son suggested this one since it has bluetooth for hands free calling. [ Margie  Jul 24, 2019 ]

    8 questions already asked

    Will this charge my Android phone?
    [ Dirk  Jun 23, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    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
    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 ]
    Will this charge my android phone?
    [ Dirk  Jun 23, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Yes, however, it does not charge quick
    [ Jon  Jun 23, 2019 ]
    Is there a way to dim the display? It is obnoxiously bright!
    [ matt  May 06, 2019 ]
    3 answers
    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 ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    will this work with the in car hands free 2012 Chevy Malibu?
    [ Matthew  May 01, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    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 ]
    Yes if your car has the hands free option in it
    [ Evan  May 01, 2019 ]
    Can you run a powered subwoofer off of the preamp outputs?
    [ Gabe  Apr 15, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    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 ]
    Yes, I have this radio and subs in a 2009 civic
    [ Braden  Apr 15, 2019 ]
    Where do I find the pin so I can connect to bluetooth?
    [ Brandon  Aug 16, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    It's in the instruction manual. Pretty sure it's 1234
    [ Jon  Aug 21, 2018 ]
    The manual tells you to try 1234 or 0000.
    [ Caleb  Aug 21, 2018 ]
    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
    Which wiring harness do I need for this and my Pontiac g6 2010?
    [ D-HAL  Jun 22, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: 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
    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 ]
    3 answers
    All the settings are accessible by pushing the volume knob keep clicking it you will eventually find the clock
    [ Marcos  Jun 30, 2018 ]
    Press the center vol/sel button 9 times then turn the knob.
    [ Ryan  Jun 21, 2018 ]
    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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