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Dual XDVD251BT

DVD receiver

Item # 070XDVD251

Dual's XDVD251BT DVD receiver makes your dash a welcome home for CDs and DVDs, so you can enjoy your tunes as you...

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About the Dual XDVD251BT

Take your movies and music with you

Dual's XDVD251BT DVD receiver makes your dash a welcome home for CDs and DVDs, so you can enjoy your tunes as you drive and your video library when you're parked. On top of that, it offers Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calls, plus a dedicated button for summoning your smartphone's voice assistant, so you can receive info and get tasks done with your voice without touching your phone.

Take your movies and music with you

Dual's XDVD251BT DVD receiver makes your dash a welcome home for CDs and DVDs, so you can enjoy your tunes as you drive and your video library when you're parked. On top of that, it offers Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calls, plus a dedicated button for summoning your smartphone's voice assistant, so you can receive info and get tasks done with your voice without touching your phone.

Controls at a touch

This Dual's 6.2" touchscreen gives you convenient command over your media. A handy knob lets you make on-the-fly volume adjustments with a quick flick of the wrist. Along with its many other cool features, the XDVD251BT enhances your car's entertainment system with built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream music from your music library or favorite smartphone apps. Plus, you can take and make calls while keeping your hands on the wheel, while a built-in microphone ensures excellent call quality.

Dedicated smart assistant button

Dual recognizes that our phones are not getting any less important to our day-to-day activities, so they designed the XDVD251BT receiver with a dedicated push-to-talk button for your smart voice assistant. Whether you use Siri® from Apple or Google Assistant™, you'll be able to summon your assistant quickly by pushing the convenient button right above the knob.

Easy access to your phone's spoken directions

No matter what navigation app you use on your smartphone, you want to get to it swiftly and without fumbling for your phone. The XDVD251BT features a programmable touchscreen button that pulls up your favorite navigation app on your phone so you can hear the app's voice commands over your car's speakers. You can drive with the directions leading the way as you leave your phone safely stowed away where its screen won't distract you. You'll need the free Dual iPlug P1 app on your phone to take advantage of this feature.

More connections

The XVDVD251BT's USB input and microSD card slot make it easy to enjoy MP3 or FLAC music files during your excursions. The front auxiliary input lets you enjoy content from any audio device with a headphone output. A dedicated input on the rear panel accepts an optional rear-view camera to help you get in and out of tight spots.

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.

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:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • 6.2" TFT LCD touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution)
    • plays media loaded with MP3 music files
    Smartphone Features: (see Details for info on compatibility)
    • dedicated button for smart voice assistants (Siri, Google Assistant)
    • compatible with Dual iPlug P1 app (iPhone and Android)
    • programmable touchscreen button allows streaming audio directions from your phone's navigation app
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and microSD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 7-band EQ and 7 preset tone curves
    • surround modes (Concert, Wide, Church, Live, Passive)
    • inputs: front USB input, front aux in (minijack); front microSD card slot; rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (front or rear)
    Other Information:
    • built-in internal amp (16 watts RMS CTA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • CTA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # XDVD251BT

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.2" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • Trim-ring
    • 8 Pan-head ISO-screws
    • 8 Counter-sunk ISO-screws
    • Quick Start Guide

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Mini (front)
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    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 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) N/A
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) N/A
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 6.2
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    Built-In Bluetooth
    Disc/microSD/USB Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Aux & Camera Inputs
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Dual XDVD251BT 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 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile)
    • Wireless Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)

    Multi-Device Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the XDVD251BT. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Dual head unit, but only one can be used at a time. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the device and receiver.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the XDVD251BT.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Dual XDVD251BT supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The XDVD251BT allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the integrated microphone and your car audio speakers. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: The XDVD251BT allows you to answer a call from the head unit's touchscreen monitor or set the unit to automatically answer an incoming call. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's LCD monitor, while a ring-tone is heard through your front speakers.
    • Making A Call: You can make a call using the Dual in-dash head unit's touchscreen controls. Outgoing calls can be made by entering telephone numbers directly via the head unit's touchscreen keypad. In addition, you can use the receiver to make a call from your phone's Call History or Phonebook. If your phone supports voice recognition, you can even use your voice to dial a number from your contacts.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Dual XDVD251BT also allows you to play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions, such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track, from the XDVD251BT's touchscreen. This unit will also display song/artist information on its touchscreen monitor (no album art). 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.

    Push-To-Talk Voice Assistant: When connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone with Siri or Android smartphone with Google Assistant, you can access the mobile device's digital voice assistant through the Dual receiver by pressing the "Push-to-Talk" button on the front-panel. You'll speak your command into the head unit's front-panel microphone and the digital voice assistant will be heard through your vehicle's speakers (music playback will be attenuated). Compatible digital voice assistant functions include hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more. You'll be able to ask your digital voice assistant get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your compatible smartphone. The head unit's audio is attenuated while the digital voice assistant provides voice prompts.

    Note: The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other digital voice assistant functions are only audible through the Dual head unit; visual data will still need to be viewed from your smartphone device).

    Disc/microSD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Dual XDVD251BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD +R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3 music files and JPEG still image files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, or CD-R/RW disc. You can insert or eject a disc with the unit powered off. If the disc is not removed from the disc slot within 20 seconds of being ejected, it will be automatically reloaded to prevent it from being accidentally damaged.

    microSD Card Slot: The XDVD251BT DVD receiver is fitted with a front-panel microSD card slot which supports playback of MP3 music files and JPEG photo files stored on a microSD/SDHC memory card (up to 64GB).

    USB Port: The Dual XDVD251BT is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) 2.0 port for connection of a USB mass storage class device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The unit supports playback of MP3 music files and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 64GB). USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with Apple iOS devices, Android devices, USB hubs, and card-readers.

    Compatible Music Files: The Dual XDVD251BT supports playback of MP3 music files and JPEG photo files on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs; as well as on USB MSC devices (thumbdrives) and microSD/SDHC memory cards.

    Media Type CD (-R/RW) USB MSC & MicroSD/SDHC
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Joliet FAT 16/FAT 32
    Playbable File Types

    MP3 (8-48kHz; 8-320kbps)

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 200 folders/2000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (song/artist/album text; no album art)

    Playback & Search Functions: The XDVD251BT offers a variety of playback & search functions, so you can find and enjoy your music in the car.

    • File/Folder Search: The head unit provides a list of tracks and folders that you can search through to find the music you want.
    • Fast Forward/Rewind: The unit allows you to fast forward or rewind through a track or file.
    • Random/Repeat: The head unit offers Random (All/Folder) and Repeat (Track/Folder/All) playback functions.

    Song/Artist/Album Information: During playback, the unit's touchscreen monitor will display song, artist, and album information (no album art).

    Audio & Tuner Section

    CTA-2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the XDVD251BT 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. The power output specs for the XDVD251BT are as follows:

    • CTA-2006 Specs: 16 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    2V/2Ch RCA Outputs: The Dual XDVD251BT is equipped with 2-volt/2-channel RCA pre-outs for connecting an external amplifier. The 2V/2Ch RCA outputs will fade with the receiver's rear-channels. The RCA pre-outs are full-range and provide no subwoofer or crossover control.

    EQ and Surround Modes: The XDVD251BT is equipped with a built-in EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Flat, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 7-band graphic EQ (60, 150, 400, 1k, 3k, 7k, 15k Hz). There are also five Surround Modes to choose from: Concert, Church, Passive, Wide, and Live.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation (this can be turned On or Off).

    AM/FM Tuner: The Dual XDVD251BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning. The built-in AM/FM tuner allows you to store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets (for a total of 30 presets). You can tune your presets manually or have the head unit do it automatically. The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals.

    Aux & Camera Inputs

    Aux Input: The Dual XDVD251BT is outfitted with a front-panel 3.5mm Aux input for connection of a portable audio device for playback through your car stereo system.

    Note: The Aux input only support audio playback (not video). The XDVD251BT does not offer a video input.

    Rear-View Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional back-up camera (sold separately). This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. This increased visibility encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (orange wire of the harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.2" LCD Touchscreen: The Dual XDVD251BT features a 6.2" LCD touchscreen monitor (800x480) with LED backlighting. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive graphics make menu navigation simple and intuitive. You can adjust the screen's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpness level; as well as select from three different wallpapers/backgrounds.

    Note: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the pink wire of the included harness must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

    Optional Steering Wheel Control Interface: The unit features a SWC (steering wheel control) input and is compatible with a PAC or Metra steering wheel control interface adapter (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), so you can keep your vehicle's factory steering wheel controls.

    Dual iPlug Smart Remote App: The free Dual iPlug app (for Apple iOS 9.1+ and Android OS 4.4+) turns your Bluetooth connected Apple iOS or Android OS device into a wireless remote control for the XDVD251BT receiver.

    • Head Unit Control: This app controls most of the primary functions of your receiver, including Power On/Off, Source Selection, AM/FM Tuning & Presets, Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track, as well as Volume, Mute, & EQ.
    • NAV Button: Once the app is installed your smartphone and the XDVD251BT is connected via Bluetooth, the "NAV" button on the receiver's touchscreen monitor allows you stream audio from your favorite navigation app on your connected phone through your car speaker system (visual navigation is still done from your smartphone and not the Dual receiver).

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the 6.2" LCD touchscreen, the unit also has push-button controls and a 3-way rotary dial on the front-panel along the left edge of the screen.

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    Customer Q&A

    23 questions already asked

    Will this work wit my iPhone 11?
    [ Joseph  Nov 11, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    [ Alex  Nov 12, 2020 ]
    Yes I currently have an iPhone 11 and it works perfectly fine!
    [ KENDALL  Nov 12, 2020 ]
    If it has blue tooth connection it will work.
    [ ROGELIO  Nov 12, 2020 ]
    If I buy this radio and the kit what else do I need to buy for my 2006 Honda Element?
    [ Kayla  Nov 06, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    The site should show you what all you need to install the radio. I Need to let you know that I have had a lot of problems with the radio Im going to change it out to a better radio here pretty quick.
    [ STEVEN R  Nov 06, 2020 ]
    How well does the built in microphone work? How sensitive ?
    [ John  Oct 19, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    It works OK, but not great. You need to talk directly at the radio to get a decent, understandable call. If the driver is looking up, straight ahead at the road, it clips and gets a little garbled, still understandable, but I wouldn't want to carry on a long conversation that way.
    [ BRIAN  Oct 19, 2020 ]
    Well.. it works very fine. Don't having problems with it
    [ Manuel  Oct 19, 2020 ]
    Does the navigation show on the screen while you are driving?
    [ Karl  Oct 15, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    Navigation does not show up on the screen.
    [ Greg  Oct 15, 2020 ]
    Is this stereo compatible with an amplifier for my subwoofer? And will it work with 3-way speakers?
    [ Nicholas  Oct 07, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    This receiver has a preamp output for connecting an amp and subwoofer to it. As for the speakers, if their sensitivity is 90db or higher, then they will work well with this receiver's built-in amp
    [ Paul  Oct 27, 2020 ]  Staff
    Do the wires and dash kit come included or does it have to be purchased separately?
    [ John  Oct 03, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Included un the purchase nota separaly
    [ FELIX J  Oct 03, 2020 ]
    Mine came with
    [ jonny  Oct 03, 2020 ]
    Does it come with wires and dash kit or is that purchased separately?
    [ John  Oct 03, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    You will have to buy it separately but once you put in all your cars info and pick out the unit you want it will give you the wire harness and dash kit that you need!
    [ PEYTON COOK  Oct 05, 2020 ]
    It comes with it
    [ kiddgig  Oct 03, 2020 ]
    when the unit is off does it display a clock? Does it also display a clock for whatever mode you are in? I have a dual i bought for my truck and it will only display clock if I am using the tuner and it will not display when unit is off
    [ jpeterman15  Sep 27, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    does not show clock unless you touch display and then clock drops down momentarily. i hope there is a fix for this in settings but so far unaware of one.
    [ MARK  Sep 28, 2020 ]
    [ Odane  Sep 28, 2020 ]
    Clock will only show if the unit is off.
    [ Jair  Sep 27, 2020 ]
    Does this stereo work with the existing back up camera?
    [ G. Singh  Aug 21, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    yes but may need some mods
    [ jonny  Aug 21, 2020 ]
    Yes, it should.
    [ JAMES  Aug 21, 2020 ]
    How do I know what was settings I'm doing? There is no labeling showing treble, bass, etc.
    [ Bryan Fish  Aug 19, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    On the graphic EQ treble consist of the higher frequencies to the left. As you go to the right the frequencies will lower mid-range is in the middle and bass is to the left. Hope this helps
    [ MICHAEL  Aug 19, 2020 ]
    My radio plays but it shuts off while im driving then comes back on about ten mins later
    [ JAMES  Aug 19, 2020 ]
    Does this unit support Apple car play?
    [ 40 acres  Aug 16, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Hi Jorge, thank you for your question. The Dual XDVD251BT receiver, does not offer Apple CarPlay features. Please chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, we will be happy to help you out with finding an Apple CarPlay receiver for your vehicle.
    [ Jess  Sep 06, 2020 ]  Staff
    [ TD  Sep 02, 2020 ]
    It does not.
    [ Daniel  Sep 02, 2020 ]
    No its just a bluetooth radio, no custom apple interface.
    [ STEPHEN  Sep 02, 2020 ]
    So hands free? How do you talk is there a built in microphone?
    [ DAVID  Aug 07, 2020 ]
    6 answers
    Yes. Yes.
    [ MARLO  Aug 23, 2020 ]
    [ KIMBERLY N  Aug 10, 2020 ]
    yea there is a built in mic
    [ JIMMY  Aug 07, 2020 ]
    I`m sorry i can`t answer that question, we installed that radio and sold the truck before we got a chance to play with it. the radio worked great and installation was a breeze.
    [ MIKE  Aug 07, 2020 ]
    [ EDWIN  Aug 07, 2020 ]
    It is hands free and the microphone is built into the deck
    [ Johnathon  Aug 07, 2020 ]
    Does this receiver also allow for satellite radio?
    [ Nathan  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    5 answers
    [ LASHAWN  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    For what I can tell. No it does not!
    [ STEVEN R  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    With my limited experience, just installed, it has an amp/sub L/R out and camera in. I have Sirius streaming from my phone through bluetooth, much easier for me.
    [ MICHAEL  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    No it doesn't, but I have the SiriusXM app on my phone and you can stream it through the Bluetooth audio and works great
    [ James B  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    I believe it has an option to connect a satellite receiver, but I opted not to do that; I use my cell phone and bluetooth to listen to xm, pandora, etc.
    [ FRANK A  Aug 04, 2020 ]
    Does this connect to steering wheel controls?
    [ Steven  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    5 answers
    If you buy the correct wiring harness
    [ STAN  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    Make sure you purchase a wiring harness but yes it will
    [ Deon  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    Depends on the wiring. Mine isn't working right now but I haven't had the time to contact cruchfield about it
    [ benjamin  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    Yes it does if your car has a built in.. if not then you would need the steering control adapter for that system.
    [ Jair  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    It will bit you have to purchase the steering wheel kit
    [ SCOTT  Jul 20, 2020 ]
    Would this model connect to the rear camera that turns on when the gear is in reverse?
    [ Chris  Jun 26, 2020 ]
    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  Jul 10, 2020 ]  Staff
    Does this connect with the adapter I bought for m truck?
    [ Deon  Jun 24, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    The Adapter we bought for our 2013 F150 XL worked great pretty much plug and play, i did call in with a question about the parking brake wire, but other than that is was simple.
    [ MIKE  Aug 07, 2020 ]

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