Blaupunkt Brisbane 230
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL
Easy install. Plug and play.
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You're done with lugging around CDs, and you need a way to play your music in your car — Blaupunkt designed the Brisbane 230 digital media receiver as an affordable solution, offering a variety of ways to connect your music. The built-in Bluetooth® also lets you enjoy hands-free calling and wireless streaming audio. You can still kick it old school by listening to radio broadcasts using the built-in AM/FM tuner..
You may know that Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free in your car, but it also allows you to stream music from your smartphone. Android® users can listen and control Pandora® Internet Radio stations via Bluetooth, as well as play the music you've stored on your phone. You iPhone® users can also enjoy Pandora and songs you've imported by using the front-panel USB input.
The Brisbane's USB input also lets you play your MP3 and WMA music stored on a thumb drive or your iPod. Got more music on an SD card? No problem, you can slide your card in the Brisbane's SD slot behind the faceplate. You can also plug in your portable audio device, like a high-res digital music player, using the receiver's front aux input.
With three EQ presets, you can tailor the sound to your preferences, and this Blaupunkt's beefy 22 watts per channel will make your speakers sound more dynamic. The built-in X-Bass gives your music a boost for more impact. You'll find the five RCA preamp outputs convenient for hooking up additional amps and a powered subwoofer.
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.
Easy install. Plug and play.
Anonymous, Atlanta, GA
Average Customer Review(s):
Easy install. Plug and play.
I was happy at first but after 5 months the paint started peeling off and after 7 months unit quit working all together.
I originally purchased this for a different vehicle that I ended up selling before install, so I upgraded from the lower-end (supposedly) Kenwood that was in my Xterra. Easy install, I didn't run into any fit issues, but I regret getting rid of the Kenwood big time. I primarily use Bluetooth connectivity to my phone for my audio input, and that has proven to be this head unit's downfall. BT connection to a paired device could take me 5min if I don't have the phone's BT connection already on when I power on the stereo (15min, a phone reboot, and a re-pairing this morning). When BT *does* connect, it sounds horrible for about 20 seconds and then seems to even out - really fuzzy or over-driven, and the becomes clearer or crisper if you wait a bit. I wanted to get to work so I popped my phone on the aux cable for the first time, too - horrible sound, FM radio was bleeding through. Unusable. Finally, and this sort of seals it for me, the stereo will not stay on an input that I select. Turn the car off while on BT and I expect to come back to it on BT - no, the Brisbane will default back to FM. And since pretty much every audio file I have is not as loud as pretty much every FM radio station I've found, I'm greeted with blaring music/whatever when I start my truck back up unless I remember to turn down the volume on leaving the truck. I'm returning the stereo, definitely.
Pros: In-unit microphone sounds better for phone calls than the external mic of the previous Kenwood I had according to my wife. Looks shiny and nice?
Cons: Terribly unreliable Bluetooth connectivity Terrible sound on initial Bluetooth connection Terrible sound via audio aux cable Please don't default back to some other input every time you power on, Brisbane. Please?
Great sound, great fit, easy install!
Pros: Easy install with the supplied adapter. Love having "Scan"
Cons: Possibly more steering wheel controls. Has two changeable ones, which is better than expected for the price.
The radio replaces the factory Becker unit in a 94 Mercedes E320. I picked it with the help of the Crutchfield salesman. I have not played it much since installing it, but it seems to work fine. Reception is improved over the set it replaced.
Pros: Holds an SD card, which I like using in lieu of a thumb drive. The SD card hides behind the removable faceplate. While it still has more chrome than I want, it still looks decent; not like a "kiddie radio". I don't want ANY chrome because my car is a convertible, and chrome and sunlight cause reflections I do not want. My three-star rating for "coolness factor" should be taken as a neutral rating because a man my age "doesn't do cool"; he does what fits or work.
Cons: The mounting flange was VERY difficult to fit into the DIN-1 opening in my car. DIN standards are DIN standards, and there is no excuse for this. After much growling and grring, I got it to go in, but it is bowed outward at the top. There is no excuse for this. The buttons are TINY.
My fiancée wanted to replace her stock radio with one which would allow her to play content from her iPhone, without making her dashboard look like a rave was going on. A lot of what she listens to is ebooks and NPR, so sound quality wasn't the highest priority. The iPhone integration is good (via USB), although Bluetooth with my Android device was spotty and didn't sound great. My biggest surprise was that the unit doesn't sound anywhere near as good as the stock Ford radio it replaced, even after adjusting the bass and treble controls (which would be better called 'mud' and 'harshness'). Still, she's happy with it, so overall it's a win for me.
Pros: Good iPhone integration, plays great variety of music sources, reasonably refined aesthetics, nice feature where you can remove sources you never use from the 'source' menu.
Cons: Mediocre sound quality, spotty Bluetooth, illumination doesn't appear to dim with headlights on, clicking volume knob mutes instead of powering off, have to dig through menu system for most commands, bass/treble/loudness controls don't help sound.
Bad mistake on my part. Less than 6 months old and have been totally unhappy with the system. This is my second system from Crutchfield and the first one lasted 18 months. The SD feature on this one started acting up from the beginning. Never again. Pretty expensive AM-FM Radio
Pros: Sound was decent, thats about it.
Cons: Product is overall pretty wothless. Could never get the programming symplified. Do Not Waste Your Money. Now I got to go looking for a replacement Again
This is the 3rd stereo I have installed by myself. And it was by far the easiest.Once I got the covers of my truck taken off and the stock stereo out it took about an hour to splice the wires which were all very clearly color coded. All holes for the mounts lined up perfectly and the stereo stays in place and does not shake loose while bouncing around on country roads in the truck.
Pros: Looks greats. Sounds great. easy to install. Bluetooth setup is super quick and easy. This stereo actually connects to my iphone (my last stereo did not regognize Apple products). Now I just plug in the charge cable and it plays whatever app I have open on my phone (Audible, Pandora, Spotify, etc.). Quicking switches to phone control when a call comes in. I dont have steering wheel controls but it does work with those (claims to at least).
Cons: Cant seem to get it to auto connect Bluetooth without going to the Bluetooth menu on the stereo and clicking on the Pairing option. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or am not patient enough. Setting up the stereo is not super user friendly but the manual that comes with it answers nearly all questions.
Great radio with great features. Turned my classic Mini Cooper into a modern car with Bluetooth coonection to my iPhone.
Pros: Size, features and price.
budget build, fit my need not to spend a whole lot for an older car. Have been wanting to change the head unit but was trouble with relocation of the factory head unit with extra wiring task.
Pros: good thing it come with all the wiring necessary and make the job much easy, spend approximately an hour to have this done...
Cons: need to went through several screen/function to set up...
I picked this unit because it blends in fairly well with the Merc e320 interior and Bluetooth capability. Installation couldn't have been easier, it was playing music literally minutes after I started the installation. Bluetooth connection great, easy to use phone. SD card capability an unexpected bonus. Sounds good, controls easy to master.
Pros: Looks good in dash, great features for the price.
Cons: Sticks out a little more than I'd like.
I recently inherited a Y2K Mercedes that was in dire need of a radio upgrade so that I would have Bluetooth audio and phone capability. I set aside an entire day to decipher, cut, and splice wires. Instead this radio practically jumped out of the box and installed itself. it plugged directly into the existing M-B connections, powered right up and worked like a champ. The chassis fits snugly. The only thing missing is the ability to adjust the illumination color so that it matches my dash. Oh well. But if you are looking for a no-brainer install for an older Mercedes (mine is a W202, this is the hot ticket.
Pros: Easy install.
Cons: Can't change illumination color.
I bought the Brisbane 230 to upgrade from my stock CD/radio to get away from having CDs in my car and for the ease of use of USB sticks. I was able to do the installation easily -- everything worked and fit as described. The Blaupunkt works great. After reading the manual I was able to navigate the menus easily. The sound is that crystal clear, natural sound I expected from Blaupunkt, with a decent amount of power for distortion-free cranking. USB and Bluetooth work as expected. New unit looks really good in the car -- refined elegance.
Pros: The price is good, the unit looks great in my BMW 325, easy to install and operate. Really good sound quality -- I can hear more detail and high end than my previous factory stereo. Music on USB, SD or Bluetooth -- no more CDs skipping and lying about the car!
Cons: Finding tracks on the USB stick is not as easy as expected -- still figuring that out. Lack of really good tone controls -- bass, treble, X-bass and presets don't really give one the control to reduce the higher bass range while raising the low bass while maintaining clear high and middle ranges. A 7 band EQ would be a nice addition.
Excellent value. Great features of the money. Reception is slightly diminished from the previous stock system, but that may not be the Blaupunkt's fault...
Pros: Price, features, ease of install
Cons: Reception (maybe)
I'm pretty happy with this new head unit, which replaced one that was probably 15 years old. Glad to go "mechless" with no more dragging CDs around, and now I mostly use a 32 GB SD card but also like the bluetooth or conveniently plugging in my iPhone. Along with a new digital amp and speakers in 22 year old sports car, the sound is clean and strong. My only complaint is the underlying code for how files copy to and play from the SD card. So, if you were writing an alphabetical list, would you start with "Z"!? And would you start at the bottom of the page and work your way to the top !? Regardless of whether I copy to card by artist name from A to Z, or Z to A (I didn't try random copying of artists to the card), the head unit uses the UP arrow to select from A toward Z, and at turn on, it automatically jumps to a U2 track, regardless of where I left off, or where the track is in the 'lineup'. But the order of scrolling stepwise is also tied to how you copied the files to the card. Bizarre nonsense, but I'm dealing with it. Finally, I supect my own car's weak antenna is responsible for the somewhat poor reception / few number of stations.
Pros: Clean no-nonsense faceplate, simple controls and even digging into menus is not too bad. front USB slot that's invisible when not in use, RCA outs. Love having everything on one SD card. Small head unit, easy to install, lightweight. Decent price. Removable faceplate.
Cons: Idiotic 'rules' for how the SD card works.
Very pleasant surprise. I needed a built-in BT mic and so far I haven't had any problems in my '96 Z3 roadster with the top down. Pairing with my phone was instant. Set-up is Euro-style and can be confusing. I still have some tuning to do that could raise my opinion of the sound quality as well as some minor items like illumination intensity and volume at start-up. It has everything I wanted and I'm having fun making it mine.
Pros: Key layout is clean. Phone sounds fine. Plenty of media options.
Cons: USB gate is a tethered cap that makes using a thumb drive awkward. Slow transfer of initial data (phone contacts and usb MP3). Ambiguous confirmation of selected settings. It will do it but patience is needed.
This is a great upgrade for my old Eurovan Camper. Having a remote allows me to control music from the back when we are stationary. And the ability to turn on the stereo for an hour when the vehicle is off, just by pressing the power button is really great.
Pros: Good sound Bluetooth Remote Able to turn on when vehicle is not
Cons: None that I can find.
Overall, excellent unit. Sound quality is crisp, setup is simple (if you use the manual). Bluetooth is effective.
Pros: Sound quality, display, ease of use, Bluetooth
Cons: Cannot use voice control if a number is not in your contacts.
I installed this Blaupunt Brisbane in my VW Westfalia and with the Crutchfield kit, it took me all of thirty minutes. It's a terrific unit with great sound and it is easy to use. The Bluetooth streaming works great with clean sound. I especially like that it's not all tricked out with too many buttons and lights.
Pros: Nice larger buttons which are easy to see. Easy to use with good quality sound from all sources.
Cons: Volume knob could be a bit larger but overall it's not a problem.
With the help of the excellent support from Crutchfield, I puchased this unit for installation on my 1988 S10 pickup. Coupled with a Kenwood 200 watt amplier, I get very clean, crisp sound. This unit has a very shallow depth which made it ideal for my installation. Cost compared to value is excellent. Would definitely recommend this unit for a similar installation.
Pros: Low Cost, Easy installation with provided installation kit, instructions, and free telephone support if needed.
Cons: RCA plugs for outputs are close to antenna making it a little difficult to install. Purchased right angle RCA cable which required some creative routing.
Bigest advantage; simple classic style with no blinking lights for my 1987 Porsche 944 turbo. Great built in mike for hands free calling. Disadvantages; poor on screen control of MP3 player or SD card. Not intuitive function, I had to read the manual to figure out how to use it.
Pros: simple classic style with no blinking lights for my 1987 Porsche 944 turbo. Great built in mike for hands free calling.
Cons: Disadvantages; poor on screen control of MP3 player or SD card. Not intuitive function, I had to read the manual to figure out how to use it.
Having to send the first back as bluetooth has distortion in one speaker.
Put this in my van a week ago, and it seems to be working well. Not many buttons/dials to fuss with, and the Bluetooth seems to connect to my iPhone pretty easily. I'd buy this model again and put it in a different car if it fit.
Functionality is outstanding, but it takes some training to operate fully.
Pros: Easily installed in the car. Performance outstanding.
I found this unit by avoiding that looks like the offspring between a car stereo and a bag of Skittles. Sadly this method took longer than it should have and I ended up with a mediocre product. Manufacturers: Please note that there's a certain aftermarket stereo-buying demographic that doesn't want their car's interior to look like a Teletubby's playhouse. Many of us want a stereo that doesn't run a disco-party light show. How about something that looks at home in an actual car interior? Not all of your customers are 16 years old(no offense to the 16 year olds that appreciate not visually wrecking your car's interior). As for this unit - As far as I can tell it does what it claims to do, just not very well. See the other reviews. Sound is not an improvement over a stock unit in a 98 VW. Though it "fits", it only did so after filing down the opening in my dash ,and the bezel of this thing sticks out at 1/2" from the stock unit ,so this looks like an obvious hack job.
Pros: SD card playback
I was surprised at the features and quality of this little unit. easy to install, intuitive menus (Bluetooth was a little hard to follow). Everything works great, sounds great. The Bluetooth phone sounds good on both ends, another surprise in my kind of noisy Westphalia.
Pros: Compact size, easy to install and compatible connections with the older Bluapunkt it was replacing. I like (and use) the small remote all the time.
Cons: None yet
I bought this model because I liked the look of the face plate and to get blue tooth streaming capability, but wish I hadn't. As a receiver it is much worse than the factory installed model- I only get one of the 3 local stations and not all the time. As other reviewers have mentioned, if you use blue tooth for streaming music, you have to put up with a mechanical buzz or droning- very annoying if you listen to acoustic music. You also need to set up the deck to receive BT every time you start the car. If you use the USB plug in, you get better audio, but very limited control over apps like pandora. The best solution is to use the AUX in for your iPhone/iPad-- and you can get a cheaper, simpler deck if that's all you need to do. In addition, be warned that the red lights on this are VERY bright at night, and the display dimming controls are complicated and hard to get to work.
Cons: Does not receive local stations well. Blue tooth audio quality not great, and you have to set it up every time. USB connection allows only limited control.Crutchfield response on June 15, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Purchased this head unit to install in a 1974 VW Beetle I was restoring. It';s small chassis size worked out great! Lots of bang for the buck.
Pros: Easy to figure out menu. Sound is good. Bluetooth is a plus!
The install went ok, the bezel is hard to fit properly. Music from all sources plays great radio reception ok. When using hands free call with my iPhone I get a background hum that is very annoying.
Pros: SD card input for music, iPhone connection.
Cons: Installation cage and bezel are problematic, hard to get a tight fit. Hands free phone operation has a lot of noise.
Totally easy to install. Reasonable fit and finish to the head unit. Sound is a million times better than the original VW unit that was failing on me. VW unit had read errors on CDs, could not receive any FM or AM. Even with the stock VW speakers, this unit sounds much "tighter" and more articulate playing from USB or SD. As others have mentioned, I also have the whiny buzz / hum on Bluetooth. Sound quality is also hindered on Bluetooth mode, but once you get rolling, the road noise cancels out the hum. My phone reads texts through the radio which is Fantastic. I am hoping this radio lasts for awhile because although it looks and feels cool, the overall sturdiness is a bit suspect.
Pros: Tight sound. Easy installation. Auto power off feature.
Cons: Actual chassis feels a bit flimsy. Whining when on Bluetooth mode.
Great stero love how it looks installed
Wanted BlueTooth audio in a package that looks ordinary (installed into Jeep) and this unit filled that need nicely.
The Brisbane 230 looks like it was made for my 91 BMW 735. It sounds great, fit like a charm with no modifications to the dashboard and the wiring connections were a snap with the harness conversión kit included (free) by Crutchfield
I just want to say that I have been reluctant to change from a factory radio on my Monsoon equipped 01 VW GTI. After messing around with ridiculously overpriced OEM "upgrades" I decided to give the Blaupunkt unit a shot. Blaupunkt has made OEM units for VW and this one looks like it belongs in the car. The color matches the VW Blue/red theme perfectly. The wiring was simple and straight forward. 15 minutes of soldering and this unit dropped right in. Immediately the difference between the OEM head unit and the 230 is huge. The bass, mids and highs are on a whole other level. The SD card reader behind the face works great and is easy to navigate. Bluetooth streaming is a bit disappointing for music when compared to the SD card but that is to be expected. Calling and talking via Bluetooth is seem less and works great. Overall happy with the purchase. For the price, this unit offers a huge upgrade that would have cost nearly 5 times the price for an OEM Bluetooth enabled radio.
Pros: Ease of installation Increase output Great connectivity Matches my interior perfectly.
Cons: Audio controls are a bit annoying to navigate (you quickly adapt though) Bluetooth music streaming could have better sound quality.
This is a replacement for the factory unit (Alpine) in my 1997 BMW 328i. It seems to be working fine and sounds excellent; Crutchfield provided most of the needed installation parts. I'm unhappy, though, that I can't get the new unit "seated" in the dash as I would hope--it's still "unattached" and I see no way to secure it.
Pros: Good quality; on time delivery; simple DIY project. Bluetooth, SDHC, etc functions all seem to be working.
Cons: Apparently no way to secure the unit in the dash; needs a more secure mounting methoud
Good radio for the money.
Pros: Bluetooth, usb and auxiliary inputs on the front
The source menu could be simplified. Sometimes the SD card cannot be read. And I put a good card in there; 95 mb/s data transfer rate. After sitting in a college parking lot for a few hours of sub zero temperature, the unit sounded like a scratchy, old record player, and would not pair with my phone until the passenger compartment warmed up. Only then it performed normally. The rest of the features work great.
Pros: Good upgrade for an older car. Looks very ordinary, most crooks probably wouldn't bother it.
Cons: Does not perform well in cold climates. SD card read errors every once in a while.
It's a dope radio for the money the Quality is there !
Decent little head unit, good for the price. Install was easy.
Pros: UI is nice. USB sounds good. Preamp outs are nice... easy to install add-on amp.
Cons: Receiver is a bit weak, has static on stations that were clear with factory radio. Bluetooth has a lot of static, bad noise
radio looks good and does fit the car
Pros: easy to install
Cons: blaupunkt support from bluapunkt is poor. The manual in not very clear on several items such as selecting an area reception
Great radio, not many features and you can't change the color but for a simple Bluetooth radio you can't complain! Charges my phone quickly and sounds great only complaint is the sound quality isn't too great over Bluetooth but perfect over USB!
The only real complaint I have is it has a wine (noise) when using the Iphone option. I've tried it with multiple phones and it still does it. Otherwise, it works great.
looks good sounds great a little difficult to navigate. I'm sure as I use it more it will get easier
Pros: very easy to install plug and play sounds great. it has an enhanced base
Cons: a little heart snap get it first but I'm sure I'll get used to it
Not worth the price, but not worth returning either.
Pros: Nobody will cut through the top of my jeep to steal it. The kids can listen to Pandora
Cons: Clunky user interface Feels chincy
Overall, the Brisbane is a solid product for the price. It doesn't look cheap (or even tacky) compared to most units on the market but it does have the "plastic-y" feel to it. That being said, there isn't anything negative I can say about it. I upgraded the stock Alpine unit from my E36 BMW with the Brisbane and it was clearly a step up--maybe more than a step up. The Bluetooth and built-in microphone work great and all of the buttons are pretty easy to use (just set aside some time and actually read the manual and get acquainted with where all of the controls are).
Pros: - Sleek looking unit - Bluetooth w/ Built-in Mic - USB port AND an AUX input
Cons: - Dash kit doesn't fit well in my car....took a lot of time to get it in.
I bought this to go with 4 new Sony 6 1/2 door speakers and a Sound Ordnance b24 dual 12" band pass box powered by a Kenwood Excelon X500(500 watts RMS). Sound quality from this unit is terrible. No EQ to speak of - only controls high and low with no mid-range adjustment. The bluetooth connection isn't even useable as it lowers the volume too much. It's also very difficult to navigate through the few functions it has, even with the remote. I would not recommend this to anyone. That said, I did some research and found the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS for $20 more and this puppy is a FAR superior stereo. It has low and high pass filters, a 5 band EQ, subwoofer adjustments, color adjustments, a CD player, amazing bluetooth functions, and is way easier to navigate. I would like to thank the guys at Crutchfield for letting me exchange. The customer service is top notch and I will recommend Crutchfield to everyone I know and meet in the future. You guys rock!
Pros: - It has a case for the detachable face
Cons: - poor sound quality - no EQ - difficult to navigate - horrible bluetooth - way over priced for what it is - no subwoofer control - no high and low pass filters - waste of time and money
Finally had a chance to get this thing installed...disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it. I've owned Blaupunkt HUs before so I thought I knew what to expect...average price, little to no flashiness, good sound quality. 2 out of 3 aren't bad I guess. I get a constant buzzing sound when using the Bluetooth stream from both my older iPhone 5 and my new iPhone 6. Even pulled out a DMM and traced the wiring...good to go from the speakers to the harness that plugs into the HU. On top of that, the HU has randomly started trying to call the last number I dialed the past two days, with no indication of a call on my phone, and no buttons or commands activated.
Pros: No CD player, looks plain
Cons: Bluetooth buzz, random phone calls, clunky interface, more expensive than similar HUs from other brands, no external iPod/iPhone control through a cable (BT only), looks and feels cheapCrutchfield response on October 6, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I have a convertible and I just wanted something cheap with bluetooth that I wouldn't care if it got stolen, so this seemed to fit the bill. I put it up against a similarly priced Alpine and I've just never had Blaupunkt before so I gave this a shot. The install was super easy. Harness I received from Crutchfield wired up easily and plugged right into the car. Dash kit fits flush and getting the stereo in was easy, although it's able to move around side to side slightly. As for using the stereo... I find the controls to be a little slow in terms of responsiveness. The menus are somewhat confusing to navigate and I'm generally never one to think of stereos as complicated in any way. This stereos will always extend your power antenna if you have one, not only when using the radio, but in all modes, which stinks. Also I find that I have to crank up the volume higher than I would have expected to really hear it well. Sound quality via bluetooth is good, but not great. FM quality is decent as well, but the reception is absolutely terrible.
Pros: Cheap, looks nice, lots of options for connecting external media
Cons: Sound quality is average at best, menus/setup are a little difficult to work through
Decent radio not great. Small knob is annoying and I can't get AM stations. Installation was easy with good instructions
Pros: Easy install good fit
Cons: Small knob no AM reception. Trouble getting blue tooth
Nice radio, but... I had issues mounting it using the factory brackets, the bolt pattern on the radio did not match up very well.
Pros: Nice basic appearance nothing flashy,
Cons: The radio allows you to set start up volume, but the adjustment for other sources Bluetooth or SD card, or USB must be done each time a connection is made.
everything I expected and wanted
I really like this radio, the only issue I have is that the Bluetooth connection is not that great, otherwise I would have giving it 5 stars. Crutchfield is sending me a new one to try, but I'm thinking the connection just might not be that great.
Pros: Clean simple to use, sounds great
Cons: Might be a little too boring for some people. Not as flashy as a lot of the others
It looks good sounds good and after a small learning curve is easy to use
Pros: the sd card lets us keep nearly our intire music collection in the stereo
Cons: no CD player but thats the future of car stereos
Overall this unit is an amazing value
Pros: Good build quality and great sound
Cons: The owners manual is confusing and poorly written. The BP230 seems to have a wealth of features but my confidence on ever figuring out how to use them is slim.
Just what I was looking for; simple and functional -- NO DISCO LIGHTS! Sounds great, good tuner -- as an oldster I miss physical knobs for balance, fader, and tone -- things of the past, but menu navigation is pretty straight forward and not too many layers deep. Crutchfield install kit and instructions made it a snap for my 2003 Outback. BTW: Though not mentioned in the listing at the time of my purchase, the external microphone, Blaupunkt BPEXTMIC, is not included but does work fine with the unit.
Pros: See above.
Cons: None so far.
Straightforward digital media player. No flashy graphics, major controls are large and simple, and fits right in with a classy car interior without screaming "aftermarket!"
Pros: Appearance, simple and logical controls, no flashy graphics. Great features, easy install.
Cons: Can't read 128 GB SD cards. 128 GB USB stick is ok.
Two of my coworkers think its cheapy looking . I actually like the simplicity of it . thats why I picked this rather than pioneer design around same price . volume knob feels better than JVC to me . Crutchfield send wiring and installation kit for free .that was plus for me .
Pros: simple design easy to use sounds great compare to factory radio
Cons: some may wants more cool factor
Pros: Works exactly as advertised
Cons: Did not come with microphone for hands free calling.
Install went smoothly and system seemed to have good sound quality.
Great product for any VW owners who want a quick and easy installation. The Blaupunkt harness matches many mid-90s and newer VW harnesses. No wiring needed, it's straight up plun 'n play! I appreciate the minimalist aspect of this unit, although the glossiness of the faceplate doesn't provide as much of an OEM look as I'd hoped. I have a similar Nakamichi unit in an older Mercedes (also plug 'n play) that pulls off an OEM look much better. Navigation between menus, sources, etc. could be a little bit easier and more intuitive; but I'm only using this for streaming bluetooth so it doesn't matter to me much. Slight delay when skipping songs via bluetooth on my Android phone that I do not experience on my Nakamichi unit.
Pros: Simple, minimal style. Bluetooth.
Cons: Doesn't look very OEM. Navigating menus could be more intuitive.
I bought this unit to use in my 2003 VW Eurovan. It is replacing a 10 year old Blaupunkt Sacramento CD player that still works perfectly. The face is very minimalist and that is exactly what I wanted. It looks great in the plain dash of my vehicle. The Bluetooth connected quickly and the controls are easy to use. I can stream Sirius, Rhapsody, Amazon Prime and Pandora from my Android phone. I could not be happier with this purchase. And, oh yeah, installation was a breeze. Crutchfield is still the best.
Pros: Design, Features, Price, Easy Install, Sound
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Red/Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Radio Data System||No|
Bluetooth Technology: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.0) 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:
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Brisbane 230.
Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the Blaupunkt digital media receiver. You can pair up to 5 Bluetooth-enabled devices, but only one can be used at a time.
Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, Android smartphone, or other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. You'll be able to answer incoming calls, as well as dial outgoing calls.
Note: An optional microphone (023TRN420M, sold separately) is available for improved audio quality versus the integrated mic, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 allows you to wirelessly play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices using a Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP connection. You can control basic playback functions of your music on your Bluetooth-enabled device from the Toronto 420BT's front-panel. Playback functions include Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.
Note: This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices, instead it will display "BT STREAM".
iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via the Lightning or 30-pin dock connector cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The Brisbane 230 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 6/2/2015):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Pandora App||Artist/Song Text||Track Info||Phone||Audio|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Blaupunkt Player App (for Android): The Blaupunkt Player app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Blaupunkt digital media receiver. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (OS 2.2). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored MP3/WMA music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Blaupunkt digital media receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Blaupunkt Player app offers music browsing by song title/artist name/album title, as well as displays song/artist information.
AM/FM Tuner: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek/scan, & preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 2 FM banks and 1 AM banks. You can store 5 radio stations in each bank, giving you 10 FM and 5 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. The presets are saved permanently even after battery disconnect. The Scan function will play the first 4/8/12/16 seconds of each station or preset station, until you find a station you like.
Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing. The head unit is set to European tuning out of the box.
Pandora App (for iPhone & Android: The free Pandora App (either from Apple's App Store or The Google Play Store lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. The Brisbane 230 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z).You can even shuffle songs from different stations in your list. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.
USB Port: The Brisbane 230 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port which enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback & control of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a compatible USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
SD Card Slot: The head unit also features an SD-card slot located behind its detachable front-panel. The The SD-card slot supports SD and SDHC memory cards with MP3/WMA music files. The unit's face-plate must be detached to insert or eject an SD/SDHC memory card.
MP3/WMA Playback: The Blaupunkt digital media receiver supports the following types of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto loaded onto a USB mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card.
|Media Type||USB Storage Device||SD/SDHC Card|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2||FAT 16/32|
|Playable File Types||
rate of 32-320 kbps
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||20,000 files|
|Tags||ID3 tag (version 1/2), WMA tag|
Folder/File Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the desired track in that particular folder.
Playback Functions: The digital media receiver provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.
Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.
22 Watt x 4 Channel Amp: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 is equipped with a 22 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (50 watts Peak x 4 channels).
5ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Blaupunkt Brisbane 230 features a pair of fading front- and rear-channel preamp outputs, as well as a mono-subwoofer preamp output (all rated at 4-volts).
Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can set the head unit to turn-on to the last volume level adjustment when turned off, or turn-on to a pre-defined volume level (0-50) every time you power up the radio.
EQ Presets: Four EQ sound presets (Classic, Pop, Rock, Off/Flat) allow you to easily recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music.
Tone Controls: The head unit offers also offers independent Bass & Treble control (+/-7dB); along with Balance (L9-R9) & Fader (R9-F9) adjustment.
X-BASS: The X-BASS feature increases the amount of bass at low volumes levels.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.
Detachable Face Security: This unit features detachable face security. A hard plastic face case is included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.
Single-Line Display: The single-line, 9-digit LCD (with black background and white characters) on the Brisbane 230 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.
Note: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.
IR Remote: The Brisbane 230 comes supplied with an 18-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the digital media receiver. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3V battery (already installed).
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because of the depth of the unit. [ Dana Mar 10, 2016 ]
fits in my car; heard good things about Blaupunkt products [ Virginia Feb 18, 2016 ]
I've never had this brand before. Thought I'd give it a try. [ Michael Dec 27, 2015 ]
believe it is one of the best out there for the price range [ Greg Dec 15, 2015 ]
Familiar brand. Clean look. Good customer reviews. Good list of features. [ Danielle Dec 07, 2015 ]
I currently use 32gb. I found that a 128gb made indexing take too long and the index would be incorrect. [ Anderson Jul 08, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. 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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy May 21, 2015 ] Staff
Not sure. I returned this because the sound and bluetooth are horrible. For like $20 more you can get the JVC Arsenal. The Blaupunkt only has adjustable treble and bass, no mids. I don't even think it has EQ presets. The JVC has tons of settings, is easier to navigate, has low and high pass filters, and a subwoofer on/off feature. Trust me, skip this one and get the JVC(even has a microphone). [ michael Mar 23, 2015 ]
The manual says mp3 or wma only. But you could plug a cowon into the front port and play it that way. [ Robert Mar 23, 2015 ]
SOrry, but I havent used the usb port except to connect it to another device via a connector wire. I might also add that the unit can be very picky sbout which mini sd chip it will read. I tried several before i found one that would work. Also, the unit must be used with an external amp...sounds crappy otherwise. Like all of these radios, there are many, confusing, illogical menus to navigate through. Set it the way you like it and never lose the manual because you'll never rember how to make adjustments. [ John Mar 23, 2015 ]
Not using an iPhone with mine but the unit has standard Bluetooth functionality. It will work with any Bluetooth device including your iPhone. The connectivity is very good with my smart phone. [ Aaron Mar 20, 2015 ]
Yes it does. [ Seth R. Mar 19, 2015 ]
I don't have iPhone 6 but it Bluetooth's flawlessly with my LG for hands-free cellphone and will stream music files from the phone as well. I wouldn't know why it wouldn't work with your iPhone unless it's not backward compatible with Bluetooth 2.0 protocol. Love the mech-less design. SD card can take a moment to read on start-up, actual time depending on how many gigs of files are on it. Once it has been paired, if Bluetooth is active on my phone the head unit will automatically connect when it turns on. Great unit for the price! [ Andrew Mar 18, 2015 ]
I can only assume it does. Works great with my iPhone 5s [ David Mar 18, 2015 ]
I don't know. I don't have one. [ Michael Mar 18, 2015 ]
Yes, my son's iPhone actually works better plugged into this than my Samsung. [ Kristopher Mar 18, 2015 ]
It connects via bluetooth or external usb to the iphone 6. [ Anderson Mar 18, 2015 ]
Don't know have an iPhone 5 [ Darrell Mar 18, 2015 ]
Clarion XC1410. Any alternative would be the Alpine KTP-445U. I was looking for something small to fit the confines of a 2-seat sports car. [ Ken Mar 05, 2015 ]
I have a shbwoofer amp i need an amp for my other 4 speakers. Any suggestions [ steve Mar 04, 2015 ]
No problem with glare at all. Display very clear. But graphics on the station bottoms & phone buttons are wearing off after only a few months of use. [ Powell Feb 06, 2015 ]
Yes. But then I had the same problem with a Kenwood that I bought to replace the Blaukpunkt. BTW, this machine isn't very good in performance or feature. For example, the bluetooth had a high pitch whine when connected to my iphone 4s. [ KHOI Feb 05, 2015 ]
It all depends whether or not glare is coming in your windows and if your windows are tinted or not. I did a custom install in a Westfalia and the unit is not within my arms reach anyhow. I use the remote. Bottom line, I guess I cannot really answer the question. It's a good radio so far though... [ RYAN Feb 05, 2015 ]
Glare is somewhat of an issue on very bright days. The head unit has a dimming feature that can be adjusted to show as bright as possible when the headlights are off, but dimmer when the headlights are on. This is helpful, but on bright days you'll have trouble reading the display. [ Broc Feb 05, 2015 ]
No. The glare in the product photograph is exaggerated. The display is very bright and characters are very large. The photograph makes it look like the surface is curved, but it is actually flat, so glare has not been a concern. Readability is not a problem. [ Anderson Feb 05, 2015 ]
Not really I am in CO where we have some bright days. No real issue. Only complaint is that the blaco paint has flaked or scratched off on some of the buttons which looks bad and then let's unintended light through where it should not be. Overall it's a decent unit for the price and I like the size and setup but the fit and finish is not the best. I probably would not buy again but won't replace until it does. [ Dave Feb 05, 2015 ]
I'm using a LG Cosmos 3 and once I paired it it connects automatically anytime the head unit turns on if the Bluetooth on the phone is on. What else is cool If I select bit-stream as source it automatically starts the media player on the phone. I really love this head unit. It's 'mech-less" and I have my entire iTunes library of nearly 22GB of MP3 files on an SD card available at my fingertips. No CD wallets hanging of the visor! [ Andrew Jul 22, 2014 ]
Yes! [ john Jul 22, 2014 ]
My wife uses her iPhone 5c with voice commands and I am able to use my Motorola Tundra with voice commands same as when not connected to the head unit. Best way to answer this question is to download the owner manual. [ JAMES L Jul 20, 2014 ]