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Panasonic CQ-C8803U

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

Item # 133C8803

Anchor your ultimate car audio system with the flexible, powerful CQ-C8803U CD player from Panasonic.

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Anchor your ultimate car audio system with the flexible, powerful CQ-C8803U CD player from Panasonic.

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About the Panasonic CQ-C8803U

Anchor your ultimate car audio system with the flexible, powerful CQ-C8803U CD player from Panasonic. It comes loaded with the strongest on-board amplifier in the business, along with some serious hands-on tone controls, and it offers enough inputs and outputs to accommodate even the most elaborate system.

Anchor your ultimate car audio system with the flexible, powerful CQ-C8803U CD player from Panasonic. It comes loaded with the strongest on-board amplifier in the business, along with some serious hands-on tone controls, and it offers enough inputs and outputs to accommodate even the most elaborate system.

The special-design amplifier delivers an impressive 31 watts per channel, plenty of power to get maximum performance from your front and rear speakers. And if you're looking for exacting control, Panasonic's SQ9 feature offers 9-band equalizer and six preset sound curves for precise sonic adjustments.

If you're a competitor, three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs send a clean signal to all the amplifiers in your system. Onboard filters let you select which frequencies to send to which speakers so you can optimize your system's performance, while the subwoofer controls let you manage your bass right from the faceplate.

Panasonic's optional iPod interface gives you on-the-go control over your digital music library, or you can use the auxiliary input to add any portable music player. The CQ-C8803U will also control an optional Panasonic DVD/CD changer, satellite radio, and HD Radio tuner.

Panasonic's digital AM/FM tuner delivers outstanding reception and static-free performance up and down the dial. And, to round out your entertainment options, you can play your favorite MP3 and WMA files on CD-R or CD-RW.

And this stereo is hard to beat in the style department. Its motorized, fold-down faceplate offers a stunning Organic EL display, complete with vibrant colors, 3D graphics, and highly-legible system info. The included PICT software allows you to add your own images to the display.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in Class T amplifier (31 watts RMS/70 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • motorized, fold-down, detachable face with color full-motion graphic display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • SQ9 9-band equalizer with six preset sound curves
    • SRS Circle Surround Automotive
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level control
    • compatible with optional Panasonic Bluetooth receiver, iPod adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: auxiliary input (rear RCAs)
    • outputs: three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs
    Other info:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • DC/DC converter (attached to unit)
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wireless remote control (EUR7641010)
    • CR2025 battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Sleeve lock cancel plates
    • Mounting bolt (5mm diameter)
    • Self-tapping screw (5mm dia. x 16mm)
    • Hex nut (5mm with flange)
    • Security screw
    • Back strap
    • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • System Upgrade Guidebook (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Panasonic Customer Care card (extended service plan)
    • Electrical Connections sheet (attached to unit)
    • Security pin note

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible ---
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio ---
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 31 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 70 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Organic EL
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback

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    Display and Installation Notes


    High Power Digital Amplifier: The Panasonic CQ-C8803U is equipped with a high power digital amplifier, which controls power amplification by rapidly switching the current on and off to drive the speakers. This promotes cooler operation so higher power can be handled without increasing heatsink size. The receiver produces 31 watts RMS, 70 watts peak per channel.

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Panasonic for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    MP3/WMA Compatible: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Apple Extension to ISO 9660, Joliet, and Romeo. The player can support up to 511 files, 255 files in one folder, 8 levels, and 255 folders.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the CQ-C8803U in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-PAN1 Satellite Tuner for Panasonic (item # 607SIRPAN1). Both Sirius and XM have compatible universal tuner packages (item numbers 700SIRPANA and 700XMPAN1 respectively) Additionally, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit to the head unit through the rear aux input.

    Motorized Sliding Face: The CQ-C8803U features a motorized sliding detachable face with a bright display. When you press the eject button, the face slides down to allow you to insert or remove a CD. For best visibility, you can utilize the 3-stage tilt function to angle the faceplate. When the security function is activated, an alarm will sound and a message will appear to remind you to remove the faceplate. After the faceplate is removed, a flashing red LED warns potential thieves. A hard plastic face case is supplied for carrying your detached faceplate.

    4096 Color OEL Display: The 4096 color OEL (Organic Electro Luminescence) display has 172 x 54 pixels for impressive clarity. OEL is a self-illuminating display technology that is easy to read, with a wide viewing angle and about five times the contrast of an LCD screen. Well suited to displaying motion graphics, OEL has rapid low-temperature response time for reduced ghosting and flicker compared to LCDs. The display offers 4 motion patterns and 10 still pattern presets to choose from, or you can set the display to automatically cycle through all of the motion patterns or still images.

    Graphic Pattern: You can choose from the following graphic patterns (motion displays):

    • A: Indy car racing
    • B: street racing
    • C: people surfing and snowboarding
    • D: swirling light pattern

    Still Image Pattern: You can choose from the following still images:

    • 1: sports car dash display
    • 2: side view of two sports cars
    • 3: soccer goalie diving to stop a shot
    • 4: island sunset
    • 5: snow-covered mountain
    • 6: swimming dolphins
    • 7: swimming clownfish
    • 8: tree leaves
    • 9: two chairs on a beach
    • 10: curved light pattern

    Customizable Display: In addition to the built-in images, you can customize the display by downloading additional images from a special Panasonic website or use your own digital images processed with Image Studio software. New images are burned to a CD-R or CD-RW and uploaded to the head unit.

    3-Level Dimmer: The display's brightness can be set to one of three dimmer levels.

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to front and rear preamp outputs, the receiver has a non-fading, two-channel subwoofer output. You can adjust the volume of the subwoofer output from -6dB to +6dB in 2dB increments. In addition, you can adjust the frequency of the built-in low pass filter from 60Hz to 160Hz in 5Hz increments, or the filter can be turned off.

    High Pass Filter: The receiver's built-in high-pass filter can be set to 90Hz to 225Hz in 5Hz increments or turned off.

    Super Bass Control Subwoofer (SBC-SW): When a subwoofer is not connected, the rear speakers can be used as a substitute subwoofer. When the SBC-SW is activated, the subwoofer level and low pass filter settings are applied to the rear speaker outputs.

    SRS CS Automotive: SRS Circle Surround Automotive (CS Auto) lets you experience a natural sound field anywhere in the vehicle, unlike other sound field manipulation methods such as time delay. SRS TruBass can be applied independently to front and rear speakers and the subwoofer. SRS Focus can be applied independently to front and rear speakers, or mixed between front and rear. There are 3 CS Auto presets: Music (default for sources other than AM radio), Cinema, or Mono (default for AM).

    SQ9: The CQ-C8803U features a SQ9 "Sound Quality" 9-band equalizer with selectable center frequencies and 6 EQ presets. The presets include Rock, Pop, Vocal, Jazz, Club and Flat. You can further adjust the presets at any of the 9 EQ bands and save the custom settings into memory for instant recall. The 9 bands can be adjusted from -12dB to +12dB and you can choose the center frequency from the following (default center frequency in bold):

    • Band 1: 25, 31.5, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60, 62.5, 65, 70, 75, and 80 Hz
    • Band 2: 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 150, 155, and 160 Hz
    • Band 3: 200, 220, 230, 240, 250, 270, 280, 290, 300, and 315 Hz
    • Band 4: 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, and 630 Hz
    • Band 5: 800, 850, 900, 950, 1k, 1.05k, 1.10k, 1.15k, 1.20k, and 1.25k Hz
    • Band 6: 1.6k, 1.7k, 1.8k, 1.9k, 2k, 2.1k, 2.2k, 2.3k, 2.4k, and 2.5k Hz
    • Band 7: 3.15k, 3.25k, 3.5k, 3.75k, 4k, 4.25k, 4.5k, 4.75k, and 5k Hz
    • Band 8: 6.3k, 6.5k, 7k, 7.5k, 8k, 8.5k, 9k, 9.5k, and 10k Hz
    • Band 9: 12.5k, 13k, 14k, 15k, 16k, 17k, 18k, 19k, and 20k Hz

    Seat Position Settings: In addition to the SQ Presets and SQ9 Equalizer settings, you can select a Seat Position where the sound enhancements will be focused. The Seat Position settings include Front Right (passenger), Front Left (driver), Front All, Rear All, or Off.

    Built-in Amp Control: When you are using external amplifiers, you can turn off the receiver's internal amplifier. When deactivated, an "Amp Off" icon appears in the display.

    Mute/Attenuate: This unit allows you to choose between mute (volume at 0), attenuate level 1 (volume decreased by 10 steps), or attenuate level 2 (volume decreased by 5 steps) when you want to decrease the volume instantly. After selecting mute or attenuate 1 or 2 in the menu, pressing the Mute button activates either function and the Mute indicator light glows in the display.

    Radio DSP: By digitally converting and processing AM and FM broadcast signals, adjacent interference and multipath distortion are greatly reduced. The radio's IF filter prevents neighboring frequencies from interfering with reception of the desired station. Radio DSP uses an advanced algorithm to perform this task with digital control by automatically adjusting the IF filter's bandwidth in response to changing interference as you drive.

    Direct Memory (D-M): You can store a favorite station into Direct Memory. You can immediately tune to that frequency at any time, even if the unit is playing another source, by pressing the D-M button.

    Auxiliary Input: A set of female RCA jacks is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the optional Panasonic CA-DC300U iPod adapter (item #133DC300). When an iPod is connected using the adapter, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Panasonic receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display.

    Optional Hands-Free Phone System: Connection of the optional Hands-Free Phone System (Hands-Free Kit featuring Bluetooth technology: item #133BT100) allows you to talk on a handsfree cellular phone if the phone supports Bluetooth.

    Note: This unit is designed only for receiving calls. It cannot send calls.

    Optional Expansion Module (hub unit): Connection of the CY-EM100U Expansion Module (item #133CYEM100) allows you to connect up to 4 optional components. You can choose from the following devices: DVD changer (maximum of 1 can be connected), CD changer (maximum of 1 can be connected), iPod (maximum of 2 can be connected), Hands-Free Phone System (maximum of 1 can be connected), or SIRIUS tuner (maximum of 1 can be connected).

    Changer Controls

    CD Changer Controls: The CQ-C8803U has controls for a compatible Panasonic CD changer, such as the CX-DP880. A CA-CC30U adapter cable (item 133CACC30) is required to connect a CD changer to this unit. CD Changer functions include: Disc Skip, Direct Disc Select (remote only), Track Skip, Track Search (FF/RW), Disc Intro Scan, Track Intro Scan, Disc repeat, Track repeat, Disc random and Track random.

    Display and Installation Notes

    Display Note: Pressing and holding the Source button turns the unit off completely. After the unit has been turned off, you can use the DISP button to switch the clock display and face/button illumination on and off. If you leave the clock display and face/button illumination on, they are "keyed." If you turn the clock display and face/button illumination off, they only turn on when the unit is turned on ("unit on" operation).

    Note: The Source button stays lit even with the clock display and other button illumination turned off.

    Installation Note: The CQ-C8803U features a DC/DC converter for additional power. The converter is attached to the back of the receiver via a 6-wire, 15" harness. The harness is hardwired at the receiver and can be detached at the converter. The converter is 3.476" long x 1.542" high x 1.815" wide. Space for mounting the converter in the dash should be considered when installing this receiver.

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