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Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H

Digital media receiver for 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles (does not play CDs)

Item # 261MP5BTH

Ready to upgrade the radio on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Aquatic AV's is a tough, smart all-weather digital...

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About the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H

Made for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles

Ready to upgrade the radio on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Aquatic AV's is a tough, smart all-weather digital media receiver that's ready for the road. With features like built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a clever internal device shelf for your smartphone or media player, the AQ-MP-5BT-H is a great choice. Designed to fit select 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson touring bikes, this radio comes with Harley-specific mounting brackets and a direct plug-in to your Harley's wiring harness.

Made for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles

Ready to upgrade the radio on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Aquatic AV's is a tough, smart all-weather digital media receiver that's ready for the road. With features like built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a clever internal device shelf for your smartphone or media player, the AQ-MP-5BT-H is a great choice. Designed to fit select 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson touring bikes, this radio comes with Harley-specific mounting brackets and a direct plug-in to your Harley's wiring harness.

Play anything (almost)

The AQ-MP-5BT-H 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, and you can also control your music directly from your motorcycle's handlebar controls.

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Keep your phone or music player safe when you're riding

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 hit the highway. You'll be able to enjoy your tunes without worrying about your device getting damaged.

Made for the open road

Weather happens, and when it does, this IP55-rated receiver is ready. The conformal-coated circuit board keeps the wet stuff from fouling the internal circuitry. The removable face is UV-resistant, too, so it'll stand up to bright sunlight.

Motorcycle compatibility note: This receiver is designed to work with select 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson touring bikes only. For other models and brands, check out the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT digital media receiver.

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:
    • waterproof digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • designed to fit 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles
    • built-in Class A/B amplifier
    • monochrome LCD screen
    • water-resistant storage pocket behind removable face
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity
    • works with Apple and Android phones
    • control your music directly from the handlebar controls
    • includes Harley-specific mounting brackets for easy installation
    • plugs directly into your bike's factory wiring harness
    • 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), rear 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-H

    What's in the box:

    • Marine digital media receiver
    • Face-plate
    • Rear speaker harness
    • User/Installation Manual

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    For Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: The AQ-MP-5BT-H Harley-Davidson Stereo from Aquatic AV is designed and built as an upgrade or replacement stereo for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles (1998-2013 models). It uses the existing Harley-Davidson factory stereo mounting bracket and wiring connections (no additional kit or wiring harness needed).

    Note: If your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle (such as the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Road Glide Ultra, or Ultra Limited) is equipped with rear speakers, you will need to hardwire this connection.

    Marine Certified: The Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H is a high quality, robust and durable waterproof digital media receiver. 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-H 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-H 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-H 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-H 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-H 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-H 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. For best FM/AM performance make sure your motorcycle's antenna is extended to the highest possible position.

    Note: There is Power Antenna (blue) wire on the rear chassis of the receiver.

    USB Charging Port: Inside the AQ-MP-5BT-H'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-H 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-H 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.

    Rear Speaker Harness: Rear speakers are usually installed on the following Harley-Davidson Motorcycle models - Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Road Glide Ultra, and Ultra Limited. To continue using these speakers with the Aquatic AV receiver, you will need to hardwire the rear speaker harness of the AQ-MP-5BT-H to the rear speaker connections of the motorcycle's factory radio harness (see User/Installation Manual for detailed instructions).

    Pin # Wire Color Function
    1 Green Rear Right Speaker (+)
    2 Brown Rear Left Speaker (+)
    3 Brown/green Rear Right Speaker (-)
    4 Brown/white Rear Left Speaker (-)

    Optional Wired Remote: The AQ-WR-5F waterproof wired remote control (sold separately) allows for 2-way communication with AQ-MP-5BT-H, 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).

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    14 questions already asked

    Where do you get the subwoofer upgrade cable from? (Adapter)
    [ Kelvin  Oct 28, 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  Nov 25, 2020 ]  Staff
    Do you get XM radio with this stereo receiver?
    [ Cruz  Jun 16, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    [ STEVEN  Jun 16, 2020 ]
    No I did not. I used the XM app and blue toothed it to listen.
    [ Richard  Jun 16, 2020 ]
    [ Michael  Jun 16, 2020 ]
    I have a 2000 Electra Glide Standard. Will this work with that old of a bike for the handlebar controls?
    [ Mike  May 15, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    Hi Mike, the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H receiver, does look to fit your bike, and will work with factory handlebar controls. Please chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, we will be happy to assist you with any further needs or questions.
    [ Jess  Jun 01, 2020 ]  Staff
    Does this work with a 2010 ultra classic cvo ?
    [ tom  Apr 02, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Yes it will. I have a 2010 FLHTP, so it was a challenge for mine to work, only due to there not being a wire harness for the radio. The aquatics radio for Harleys is plug and play and works great.
    [ Patrick  Apr 03, 2020 ]
    I mounted mine in a 2012 ultra limited, It was in my 2008 street glide so I would think it should be compatible
    [ Joshua  Apr 02, 2020 ]
    what is the price?
    [ tom  Mar 26, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    I paid 300
    [ Chad  Apr 10, 2020 ]
    How many rca jacks are there? Can I hook up two amps without loc?
    [ Jason  Mar 18, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    The Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H receiver has one set of preamp outputs. Feel free to chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. We will be happy to help you choose a different stereo, or choose the right LOC for your application.
    [ Jess  Apr 17, 2020 ]  Staff
    I think there are 2 RCA jack, honestly I don't remember because I'm not using an amp at this time, I may in the future. Sorry I couldn't help. It's a great addition to my Harley though. I've been researching new speakers, I'm currently using a pair of Polk 5.25's, they're about 11 years old and there isn't enough volume and bass. Not sure which ones to buy. Any suggestions?
    [ KENNY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
    There is only 1 pair of rca outputs.
    [ Alexander P.  Apr 15, 2020 ]
    Does this model have a clock?
    [ Dennis  Jan 23, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Yes it does but only while the unit is operating.
    [ Richard  Jan 24, 2020 ]
    [ STEVEN  Jan 23, 2020 ]
    I assume there is no practical way to get the weather band on this radio, any ideas?
    [ Duane  Aug 28, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Look for an app to go on your phone. A quick Google search showed there were several including one from NOAA
    [ Richard  Aug 28, 2019 ]
    Does it Need an AMP?
    [ EDDIE  Jun 17, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    not unless you get high amp speakers. I'm running two Polk audio 6-1/2" in the fairing of my bike. No amp needed for my application
    [ Spearc  Jun 27, 2019 ]
    No but it might help if you have good speakers
    [ JAMES PAUL  Jun 27, 2019 ]
    Does this auto speed adjust the volume?
    [ David  Apr 11, 2019 ]
    3 answers
    No the Aquatic unit does not have an auto speed volume feature.
    [ Cosmo  Apr 19, 2019 ]  Staff
    Not that I have found
    [ Mark  Apr 19, 2019 ]
    It does not
    [ Casey  Apr 19, 2019 ]
    Does the screen change to a red color?
    [ Chey  Apr 08, 2019 ]
    3 answers
    No it doesn't
    [ Denny  Apr 08, 2019 ]
    Don't know yet.
    [ Aaron  Apr 08, 2019 ]
    I don't believe it does
    [ Nathan  Apr 08, 2019 ]
    How do you hook up 8 speakers to the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT-H?
    [ Chris  Mar 30, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Apr 10, 2019 ]  Staff
    does this device pair with the Harley factory handle bar controls for mode, volume, source, channel?
    [ Walter  Aug 03, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Yes, the only that doesn't work is the auto volume
    [ sebastian  Aug 04, 2018 ]
    Yes it does. additionally when you connect your phone via bluetooth you can also get voice instructions for the GPS through the bike's speakers.....So far I am pleased with the unit. Auto volume control would have been nice but not a show stopper.
    [ Richard  Aug 03, 2018 ]

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