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Axxera AXM230

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 070AXM230

The AXM230 digital media receiver will liven up your dashboard with its high-quality 3" VGA display.

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The AXM230 digital media receiver will liven up your dashboard with its high-quality 3" VGA display.

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10 questions - 27 answers

Item # 070AXM230

About the Axxera AXM230

Eye-popping display

The AXM230 digital media receiver will liven up your dashboard with its high-quality 3" VGA display. The display's Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) surface delivers a sharp, detailed image with powerful colors, so receiver info and song titles from your music files will look great.

Eye-popping display

The AXM230 digital media receiver will liven up your dashboard with its high-quality 3" VGA display. The display's Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) surface delivers a sharp, detailed image with powerful colors, so receiver info and song titles from your music files will look great.

Pandora® control with your iPhone®

Your streaming media doesn't have to take a back seat when you slip behind the wheel. The AXM230 offers Pandora Internet radio control with your iPhone. Once you're plugged into the receiver's front-panel USB input, you can take charge of your existing stations, create new stations, and rate songs with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down," right from the face of the receiver. And you'll be charging your phone while it's connected, too.

Plenty of playback options

You can connect your iPod®, iPhone, or a USB drive to the front-panel USB port, so you'll have the ability to browse through the tunes in your music library with the receiver's control knob. And you'll find both front and rear auxiliary inputs for any other devices you've brought along.

More features

Axxera equips the AXM230 with a 3-band EQ for sound adjustment, as well as a remote control for your backseat passengers. Two pairs of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for a high-powered system. And Axxera protects this receiver with their 2-year warranty.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • detachable face with multi-line TFT display
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility):
    • built-in iPod/iPhone controls
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band equalizer
    • subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front USB input, front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CTA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AXM230

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Detachable face-plate (in face case) Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 8 ISO-mount screws
    • Rear-support bolt
    • Lock washer
    • Hex-nut
    • Quick Start Guide

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front, Mini (rear)
    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 N
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB
    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 6/5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Multi-color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    USB/Aux Connectivity
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Axxera AXM230 is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA  music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device. The unit's USB port will also charge (max. 0.5A) a USB enabled device, such as your smartphone.

    Playback Features: The AXM230 offers playback features such as Repeat, Random and Intro scan.

    • Repeat: You can repeat a single track or a specific folder.
    • Random: You can shuffle the playback order of all your songs or only the songs in a specific folder.
    • Intro Scan: You can scan the first 10 seconds of each track or the first 10 seconds of each track in a folder.

    File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The AXM230 features dual auxiliary inputs. There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a temporary external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player. There is also a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting a permanent external audio device.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The Axxera AXM230's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), metadata display, control, and charging of select iPod/iPhones through the Axxera digital media receiver.

    • Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The head unit allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music by Artist, Album, Song, Playlist, Podcast, or Audiobook (music content listed alphabetically). The unit also provides Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan for your connected iPod/iPhone. In addition, music apps can be accessed directly from your iPhone's touchscreen.
    • Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge (0.5A max) your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Axxera AXM230 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/25/2018):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Song/Artist Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 4.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.2.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.2.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    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.

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AXM230 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). The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals. You can even switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Axxera AXM230 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable supplied with your iPhone. The AXM230 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AXM230 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.

    CTA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AXM230 are compliant with the CTA2006 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. The power output specs for the AXM230 are as follows:

    • CTA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 60 watts x 4 channels (240 watts total)

    4V/4Ch Preamp Outputs: The Axxera AXM230 is equipped with two pair of 2-Volt preamp outputs (Front, R/Sub). The R/Sub preamp output can be switched between a rear-channel full-range output or a non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Control: When the subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the output level (0-12) of the sub preamp output. You can also set the low-pass crossover to 80, 120, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).

    Equalizer: The Axxera digital media receiver features the following preset EQ curves (Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, or User) to customize your music listening. The User mode activates a 3-Band EQ which lets you adjust Bass, Midrange, & Treble manually. EQ settings are stored for each source. 

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -6 to +6
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz  -6 to +6
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -6 to +6

    Loudness: The Loudness function enhances the bass & treble frequencies at low volumes.

    Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, Pandora). You can set the source volume level (+/-6dB) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

    Program Volume: You can set the AXM230 to power-on to the same volume level (0-30) every time.

    Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every button press will output a beep tone.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Axxera AXM230 features a manual fold-down face-plate. The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Note: The head unit needs 1.75" of clearance in front of it for the face-plate to fold down.

    3" LCD Screen: The Axxera AXM230 features a 3" QVGA (320x240) TFT LCD screen with 3D-like background graphics. The 3" screen provides enough room to display song, artist, and album information at the same time.

    Screen Adjustments: You can adjust the color, contrast, and brightness of the LCD screen.

    Text Scroll: You can change the scrolling style used for displayed information on the LCD screen. Choose from Off (no scrolling), Once (scrolls once), 15 Secs (scrolls once per 15 seconds), and On (constantly scrolls).

    12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock can be set to 12-hour or 24-hour mode.

    Power-On Message: This feature allows a "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening" text message to be shown on the unit's LCD screen when it is powered on.

    Demo Mode: You can enable or disable the  units demonstration mode.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The AXM230 comes supplied with an 18-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Axxera digital media receiver.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

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    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    Grandson picked it out [ Linda  Nov 08, 2019 ]
    Cheap and did everything I want in the Neon [ Jamie  Sep 09, 2019 ]
    Replaces one just like it that quit working. Will save me time installing as it's already set up for this model. [ James  Jul 13, 2019 ]
    Needed inexpensive digital receiver [ Sarah  Jul 11, 2019 ]
    The display and the features of the device made it a better contender than the other options. [ KENNETH  Jan 03, 2019 ]
    For Indoor Pool Room. Need BASICS only [ John  Dec 09, 2018 ]
    This was a really good deal for what our family needs at this time. The factory deck locked out and the ride is completely silent. Kids are fighting and the woman nagging, we need our music to ride in harmoney. [ Frank  Nov 30, 2018 ]
    Cost [ ROLLY  Nov 28, 2018 ]

    10 questions already asked

    LxWxH dimensions?
    [ Nicholas  Jan 09, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    [ Calvin  Feb 13, 2020 ]  Staff
    Will this work if my car was a the navigation system in it? and if I have hands free link can my phone connect to both?
    [  Oct 14, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Krissy  Oct 22, 2019 ]  Staff
    What is the Mounting depth?
    [ Vance  Oct 06, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Hi Vance! The Axxera AXM230 has a chassis mounting depth of 6.735". If you would like to see if this stereo will fit your vehicle application, please chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. They will be happy to check on that information for you, or you can input your vehicle info into our site, and it will populate a list of stereos that will fit your application!
    [ Jess  Oct 17, 2019 ]  Staff
    Will the radio dim with the dash control or does it dim at all?
    [ Rich  Aug 18, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    There is no illumination wire to connect to the dash dimmer or headlight circuit. You can manually adjust the brightness, color and contrast of the unit.
    [ Cosmo  Aug 28, 2019 ]  Staff
    Will this radio work with my LG v35 phone?
    [ Michael  Jul 21, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    I have a iPhone X and couldn't connect Bluetooth but I just used the Auxiliary plug
    [ Timothy  Jul 23, 2019 ]
    How large of a flash drive can the system handle, I see the manual says 50K of files under fat32 format but not the drive size?
    [ James  Apr 14, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    I have a 1 tb flash attached to the radio and it works well playing my music on it
    [ Charles Edward  Jul 11, 2019 ]
    You can connect up to a 64GB flash drive to that Axxera AXM230.
    [ Cosmo  Apr 29, 2019 ]  Staff
    Does this charge your iPhone when a USB connection is used?
    [ Robbo  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    9 answers
    Yep, sure does. And you don't need the aux cable to play pandora, it goes the USB
    [ Dusty  Dec 30, 2018 ]
    Yes, it does
    [ Valerie  Dec 29, 2018 ]
    this does charge an iPhone when the USB is used, will not play music USB. Plays music with an aux cord or Bluetooth
    [ Kristen  Dec 29, 2018 ]
    No, the USB connection is mainly for usb "thumb drives" so you can load your music from a thumb drive into your player. Old school, but it is still there. If you connect your iPhone, it will search for music on phone to play.
    [ Jaquan  Dec 29, 2018 ]
    Yes it does
    [ Jeff  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    [ Bryan  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    Yes it does
    [ JAMES  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    Yes suprisingly it does!
    [ Nelson  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    Yes it does! As long as you have the phone charging cable of course??
    [ Luke  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    Does this screen display album artwork when connected to an iPhone/iPod via USB?
    [ stowbilly96  Nov 10, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    No artwork. Display looks just like photo.
    [ ADAM  Nov 12, 2015 ]
    The stereo screen will only display the song information. You will only see the artwork on your iPhone/iPod.
    [ KRISTYN  Nov 12, 2015 ]
    [ Robert  Nov 12, 2015 ]
    will this support aftermarket woofers?
    [ kkdkf;adksfn  Jun 07, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    Yes. I've hooked up everything from a powered bazooka tube to a pair of 500W memphis 12' woofers. Just use the sub output on te back (either RCA or speaker wire) and you'll be good to go
    [ Nicholas  Jun 09, 2015 ]
    [ Robert  Jun 09, 2015 ]
    Is this product a single din?
    [ Zachary  May 17, 2014 ]
    6 answers
    Yes, the Axxera AXM230 is a single DIN unit.
    [ MITCHELL  May 18, 2014 ]
    Yes it is a single din
    [ SHAWN  May 18, 2014 ]
    Yes, it is. It is a neat unit with some cool features. It is with a new owner now, but I would recommend it.
    [ CLARK  May 18, 2014 ]
    Yes, it is. It is a neat unit with some cool features. It is with a new owner now, but I would recommend it.
    [ CLARK  May 18, 2014 ]
    Yes it is.
    [ VADA  May 18, 2014 ]
    Yes. Single din.
    [ CORY  May 18, 2014 ]

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