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Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT

Marine digital media receiver with Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

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Ready to upgrade the radio on your boat, motorcycle, or off-road vehicle? Aquatic AV's AQ-MP-5BT is a tough, smart all-weather digital media receiver that's ready for your next outing. This rugged single-DIN receiver brings a lot of cool features to the party, including built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a clever internal device shelf that'll hold (and charge) your smartphone or media player.

A rugged receiver with something extra

Ready to upgrade the radio on your boat, motorcycle, or off-road vehicle? Aquatic AV's AQ-MP-5BT is a tough, smart all-weather digital media receiver that's ready for your next outing. This rugged single-DIN receiver brings a lot of cool features to the party, including built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a clever internal device shelf that'll hold (and charge) your smartphone or media player.

Play almost anything

The AQ-MP-5BT gives you lots of entertainment options. You can enjoy your favorite AM/FM stations, connect an MP3 player to one of the two aux inputs, or just take advantage of the Bluetooth® connectivity to enjoy your tunes. The big control knob make it easier to manage your music when you're underway.

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Stash your device in this watertight compartment.

Built-in device storage

Behind the removable water-resistant face, you'll find a handy shelf that'll hold most phones and music players. Connect to Bluetooth, replace the face, and press play. You'll be able to enjoy your tunes without worrying about your device getting damaged.

Made for the open road

Weather happens, and this IP55-rated receiver is ready for the wet stuff, with a conformal-coated circuit board that keeps moisture from fouling the internal circuitry. That removable face is UV-resistant, so it'll stand up to bright sunlight.

Motorcycle compatibility note: This receiver will work with a variety of motorcycles, but not all. Your Crutchfield Advisor can help you choose the right receiver for your ride. If you're looking for a receiver for a 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson touring bike, check out the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H, which is designed specifically for use with select H-D models.

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.

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

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Class A/B amplifier
    • water-resistant storage pocket behind removable face
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity
    • works with Apple and Android phones
    • IP55-rated for moisture and dust
    • power rating: 24 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms (45 peak); 39.99 watts x 4 at 2 ohms (72 watts peak)
    • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
    • current draw: 6mA (standby), 7A (max)
    Other Info:
    • inputs: aux (minijack), aux (stereo RCA), USB (charging only)
    • outputs: 2-channel 2-volt preamp outputs
    • UV-resistant face, conformal-coated circuit board
    • mounting hardware included
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Marine digital media receiver
    • Face-plate
    • Wiring harness
    • Two 1A fuses (one installed)
    • Two 15A fuses (one installed)
    • 2 Brackets
    • 4 Machine screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rear-support stud
    • Backstrap
    • Hex-nut
    • Metal washer
    • 2 Rubber washers
    • Owner Manual

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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (front), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Charging
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot N
    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) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 24 watts
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote No
    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
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research


    Marine Certified: The Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT is a high quality, robust and durable waterproof digital media receiver which can be used in a variety of applications and environments - such as a spa, boat, ATV, golf-cart, and more. It is waterproof (IP55 rated), UV protected (ASTM D4329 compliant), and salt-fog resistant (ASTM B117 compliant). Its front-panel is made of ABS, while the chassis is ZAM coated and the PCB is conformal coated.

    Detachable Front-Panel: The AQ-MP-5BT features a detachable front-panel which you can take with you when the Aquatic AV receiver is not in use. You can purchase the AQ-MP-5DF protective faceplate/dust cover (sold separately) to protect the receiver when the front-panel is detached (there is no protective case for the detachable front-panel).

    Note: The AQ-MP-5BT will not function with the front-panel detached.

    Mobile Device Compartment: Behind the detachable front-panel is a mobile device compartment where you can store your smartphone and keep it protected. The mobile device compartment features a male 3.5mm aux input and a female USB (type-A) charging port. You can connect your smartphone to the AQ-MP-5BT via Bluetooth while your device is stored in the hidden compartment. The compartment measures 5.5" (w) x 1.0" (h) x 6.5" (d). It will fit up to the iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8; it can even fit two smartphone devices at the same time.

    Note: The detachable front-panel will need to be removed to access the mobile device compartment.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The AQ-MP-5BT features built-in Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP for wireless audio playback and control of your Bluetooth-enabled source device, such as your smartphone or tablet (only one device can be paired). You'll be able to wirelessly stream audio from stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device to the Aquatic AV receiver. You'll also be able to control Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Volume Up/Down from the receiver's front-panel. The unit will even display song/artist/album information (no album art).

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone communication for answering or making phone calls.

    Dual Aux Inputs: The AQ-MP-5BT offers two auxiliary inputs. There is a male 3.5mm jack inside the receiver's mobile device compartment (behind the detachable face-plate) to connect your device's headphone jack for music playback. There is also a female stereo RCA input on the rear-chassis for connection of a second external audio source.

    AM/FM Tuner: The AQ-MP-5BT is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets for a total of 30 tuner presets. You can select between US or European tuning. Connect Aquatic AV's AQ-ANT-1 dipole antenna ( sold separately) to the female antenna receptacle of the AQ-MP-5BT. For best FM performance make sure the antenna is extended to the highest possible position.

    USB Charging Port: Inside the AQ-MP-5BT's mobile device compartment is a female USB (type-A) port for charging your USB-enabled device, such as your smartphone or digital audio player. The charging port is rated at 5V/1A.

    Note: This is a USB charging port only; it does not support media playback.

    Built-in 4Ch Amplifier: The AQ-MP-5BT features an onboard 4ch Class A/B amplifier that is 2-ohm stable and capable of powering up to 8 speakers, or a combination of speakers and subwoofers.

    • 4-Ohm Rating: 24 watts (RMS) x 4ch / 45 watts (Peak) x 4ch
    • 2-Ohm Rating: 35 watts (RMS) x 4ch / 72 watts (Peak) x 4ch

    2V/2Ch RCA Output: The AQ-MP-5BT is outfitted with a 2V/2CH RCA output for the connection of an external amplifier to power additional speakers and subwoofers.

    Audio Settings: You can choose from 8 EQ Presets - Flat, Rock, Pop, Dance, Classic, Jazz, Vocal and User. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the receiver's Bass & Treble. The unit also has balance and fader control. In addition there is an XBS feature which further enhances bass output. A beep tone is heard when your press a button (this feature can be turned on or off).

    LCD Screen: The front-panel 3" LCD screen lets you view song/artist/album information (not album art) from a Bluetooth source device, as well as AM/FM station numbers, source inputs, volume level, and menu selections. The LCD screen will also display the time. In addition, you can brighten or dim the display.

    Optional Wired Remote: The AQ-WR-5F waterproof wired remote control (sold separately) allows for 2-way communication with AQ-MP-5BT, so you can control the Aquatic AV receiver remotely while viewing song, track and other system information on the remote's back-lit LCD screen. This waterproof wired remote control mounts flush onto a flat surface and requires an extension cable (such as the AQ-EXT-24, sold separately). You can also use the AQ-Y-1 splitter (sold separately) to connect two wired remote controls (in this case, you'll need two extension cables). You can connect up to 16 remotes to one Aquatic AV receiver.

    Mounting Options: The AQ-MP-5BT requires a single-DIN cutout in a spa, boat, ATV, golf-cart, or other application. It mounts from the front of the dash, bulkhead, or panel using the integrated mounting sleeve, two brackets, four screws, back-strap, and other included hardware.

    • Cutout Dimensions: 7.185" (w) x 2.075" (h) x 7.345" (d)
    • Front-Panel Dimensions: 8.405" (w) x 2.725" (h) x 2.0" (d)

    Note: The AQ-MP-5BT is not designed for standard installation in a vehicle's dash opening.

    Wiring Harness: A 12-pin wiring harness is included to wire the AQ-MP-5BT to your spa, boat, ATV, golf-cart, or other application, as well as to your marine/spa speakers.

    Pin # Wire Color Function
    1 Black Ground
    2 Blue Power Antenna
    3 Yellow +12V Constant (Battery)
    4 Red +12V Switched Accessory
    5 Purple/black Right Rear Speaker (-)
    6 Gray/black Right Front Speaker (-)
    7 White/black Left Front Speaker (-)
    8 Green/black Left Rear Speaker (-)
    9 Purple Right Rear Speaker (+)
    10 Gray Right Front Speaker (+)
    11 White Left Front Speaker (+)
    12 Green Left Rear Speaker (+)


    • In a spa application, the AQ-MP-5BT requires the red and yellow wires to be jumped together and then connected to the +12VDC output of the power source. In this set up the AQ-MP-5BT will always be on, with a very low current draw when idle.
    • In a boat, ATV or other application requiring power from a battery, the yellow wire (constant power) should be connected to the battery, and the red wire should be connected to the ignition or a switch.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    for my harley, it was the right price. [ C  Jan 17, 2019 ]
    reliability and waterproof [ Woody  Aug 10, 2018 ]

    5 questions already asked

    This version of the stereo requires the following cutout dimensions: 7.185" (width) x 2.075" (height) x 7.345" (depth) The Harley Davidson-specific model is the AQ-MP-5BT-H: But it's recommends for use in 1998-2013 models. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: [ Ryan  Feb 22, 2019 ]  Staff
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Feb 19, 2019 ]  Staff
    We have a number of options that would fit. I like this Rockford Fosgate package with speakers, amp and mounting gear for the front fairing in those Street Glides. If you have any questions about that setup or want to look at alternatives you can connect with a Product Advisor here: [ Cosmo  Feb 08, 2019 ]  Staff
    Hi Jim. That Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT will be a good fit in your 2007 FLHX Street Glide Harley. It should be a direct fit with the mounting accessories included in the box. Here is a link along with our vehicle specific Mastersheet: If you have any questions about the radio or anything else you can contact one of our Product Advisors here: --Cosmo [ Cosmo  Jan 07, 2019 ]  Staff
    Hi Dominick, That Aquatic receiver has all the connections to retain the factory radio connections. If that CB radio is tied into the radio it should work. If it is it's own separate system it should be unaffected. If you have any other questions or want to get a complete cart together before you place an order you can reach out to our Product Advisors via chat or phone here: --Cosmo [ Cosmo  Jan 01, 2019 ]  Staff