About the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT
A rugged receiver with something extra
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.
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.
- 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)
- 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
- MFR # AQ-MP-5BT
What's in the box:
- Marine digital media receiver
- Wiring harness
- Two 1A fuses (one installed)
- Two 15A fuses (one installed)
- 2 Brackets
- 4 Machine screws
- Self-tapping screw
- Rear-support stud
- Metal washer
- 2 Rubber washers
- Owner Manual
Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT reviews
Open Box item which offered a significant savings so gave it a shot. Item arrived quickly and could not see any difference from new. Bench tested and all functions worked as expected. Installed in a 2009 Road King aftermarket motorcycle fairing along with (4) Polk DB-522 Speakers. Works well, easy to control and sounds great. Many people installing systems in motorcycle fairings complain about AM/FM reception. I installed a ProSpec SEADP36AXT dipole antenna around the perimeter of the fairing and got great reception in the test jig in my basement. This got even better once installed on the bike in the garage and on the road. I had expected issues as I live in a rural area where reception can be sketchy, so nice surprise.
Pros: Works as described in literature, with plenty of power to hear over aftermarket exhaust system. Excellent Bluetooth functionality and great radio reception with a simple dipole antenna. Nice mounting system with good exterior gasket for a water tight install, important when used on a Motorcycle Fairing.
Cons: USB function is not up to today's standards,only provides charging from inside storage cavity. It has good Bluetooth functionality so for me this is not of great concern. I added a USB charging port to the Fairing so if my iPhone battery gets low I can charge it while attached to the handle bar mount. The Receiver face plate is fiddle when attaching, I have no plans on removing it so this is not an issue for me.
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More details on the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT
Features & specs
|AUX Input||Mini (front), RCA (rear)|
|Backup Camera Input||No|
|Second Camera Input||No|
|Memory Card Slot||N|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||24 watts|
|Peak Output||45 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Navigation App Compatible (iOS)|
|Navigation App Compatible (Android)|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Display Color||Bluish white|
|Key Button Color||White|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Radio Data System||No|
|Music File Playback||N/A|
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|
|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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