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Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT

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Our take on the Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT

Blaupunkt'sToronto 420 BT CD receiver really catches the eye with its classic lines and traditional two-knob layout. But its old school looks won't keep you in the dark when you're driving — the bright white 15-digit scrolling display keeps you in the loop on song and system information, while the simple controls allow you to access an extensive list of features. And beneath the striking exterior, you'll find a modern car stereo that's all about performance.

A classic beauty

Blaupunkt'sToronto 420 BT CD receiver really catches the eye with its classic lines and traditional two-knob layout. But its old school looks won't keep you in the dark when you're driving — the bright white 15-digit scrolling display keeps you in the loop on song and system information, while the simple controls allow you to access an extensive list of features. And beneath the striking exterior, you'll find a modern car stereo that's all about performance.

Bluetooth makes drive time better

Once you've got Bluetooth in your car, it's hard to imagine how you managed without it. With the Toronto, you can answer calls with the touch of a button, and speak as if your caller were sitting next to you. The front panel features a built-in microphone, but you can purchase Blaupunkt's optional external microphone for optimal performance in convertibles or other noisy vehicles. Plus, you'll get wireless audio streaming from your Bluetooth devices too — eliminating the need to plug in your devices when you get in the car.

More ways to enjoy your music

The Toronto features both front and rear USB inputs, giving you plenty of options for hooking up an iPhone®, iPod®, or thumb drive. You can control your playlists and song selection from the receiver when your iPhone/iPod is connected, so you won't have to pick up your device to find your favorite tunes. Of course, you can play your favorite CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files. The front-panel auxiliary input accommodates most other audio sources, while an SDHC card slot behind the face gives you one more option for bringing your music along.

Strong sound

The Toronto includes a powerful amp that delivers 22 watts per channel to your speakers, complemented by a 3-band equalizer that'll shape the sound to match your car and your style. A full set of preamp outputs with subwoofer level controls make it easier to expand and control your system.

 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.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for device compatibility)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band equalizer with 4 presets
    • low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input, front and rear USB inputs, SDHC card slot
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse installed)
    • Face (inside face-case)
    • Trim-ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote/Mute harness harness
    • Face-case
    • Remote (CR2025 battery installed)
    • Operating/Installation Instructions

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    Great replacement for the stock cassette head in my '01 Jetta. The light colors match the interior lights pretty well. I paired this with Kenwood speakers from Crutchfield and it sounds great!

    db, Brooklyn, NY


    Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (55 Reviews)

    Clean look

    GaryS from Idaho on 7/13/2015

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was not happy with the glitzy, overly complicated Pioneer head unit that a previous owner had installed and that would fit in well with with my 2004 MINI Cooper's interior. Very happy with the look, feel, and sound quality. Bluetooth integration with iPhone and Android phone was a breeze. Pulls in channels better than the previous Pioneer. Still need to figure out the steering wheel integration, but this has been a definite upgrade.

    Pros: Look, feel, sound quality, tuner.

    Cons: Steering wheel integration not as straightforward as Sony, etc.

    Great stereo for a "vintage" daily driver

    db from Brooklyn, NY on 7/13/2015

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement for the stock cassette head in my '01 Jetta. The light colors match the interior lights pretty well. I paired this with Kenwood speakers from Crutchfield and it sounds great!

    Pros: - plug-and-play install on '01 Jetta - color-matched lights - great sound

    Cons: - unit won't plan without ignition on (factory stereo did) - SD card playback doesn't pickup where it left off - fiddly controls (terrible software design) - stupid scrolling 'animated graphics' ... I don't need my stereo to tell me it's a "Blaupunkt" for 20 seconds before it starts up.

    Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT

    ChrisM from Maryland on 7/4/2015

    1993 BMW 325I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit (HU). Upgraded sound system in my 1993 325i with Blaupunkt equipment (head unit, amps, & sub woofer). Sound is fantastic and HU slide right in place of the OEM unit.

    Pros: Great value and easy to operate.


    Quite Nice

    Mark James from Arkansas on 6/16/2015

    2005 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Quite a nice receiver. Easy installation in my Ford Focus with the supplied installation kit. I chose this deck for a few reasons: Reported to work with windows phone for streaming Doesn't look like a Go-Bot cartoon rocket control panel Blaupunkt is generally good quality stuff Has lots of connections for later upgrades/additions Has a CD player for that odd time when you haven't ripped a particular CD to your phone yet Has an SD card slot In reading some of the other reviews, I read something about "3 eq presets" or something along those lines, but didn't care too much. After running through the menu's, however, it appears it has a bass and treble option, or you can use the equalizer section. I'm not sure if people just aren't getting what's going on here, or if I'm wrong about the situation, but it appears to be a parametric 3 band EQ, actually quite a nice feature if used properly. Select your crossover points and EQ from there, will be spending some time setting that up myself. The Bad: Bluetooth audio quality is quite bad, at least with my windows phone (though I've had it sound fine in some stock bluetooth capable rental cars), and it picks up a bit of interference, at least in my car. Again, if you're looking for an 80's discotheque lightshow on your car stereo, this isn't the head unit for you. If you're looking for a quality head unit that is decidedly NOT a Rave Party entertainment circus, it's a good deck to consider.

    Pros: Sounds Great Lots of connection and playback options Doesn't cause epileptics to have seizures from dancing lights Looks innocuous and classy

    Cons: Blue tooth audio not good

    Great product

    A grown-up's radio from Texas on 6/2/2015

    1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's hard to find a radio these days that doesn't look like a disco ball in a box. The flashy lights and rainbow of colors do not appeal to me. Blaupunkt has a good reputation for quality products. This radio has all the features I want in a nice clean design that fits the character of a grown-up's car. It also fit perfectly without any modification in my '98 Mercedes E300. I didn't even need all the various adapters/harnesses that Crutchfield sent with it.

    Pros: Great product all-around.

    Cons: Display is a bit hard to read in bright sunlight.

    Great Radio!

    ScottB from Toccoa, Georgia on 5/11/2015

    1995 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an outstanding 21st century radio/CD/UBS/AUX deck which meets my expectations and needs for as long as I will own this car. The appearance is straightforward and fitting for my Mercedes SL320, the radio reception is at least as good as the factory Alpine(vintage 1995) which it replaces. The instruction book is easy to follow. The double knob format and button functions are very easy to learn and use. The Bluetooth connections are very simple for either older BT-enabled flip-phones or the i-phone generation. What makes this unit great are the sound quality and the front/back features, including 2 UBS connections, AUX connection, SD chip slot behind the removable cover, and easy Bluetooth phone answering and hang-up. With four digital/AUX inputs, there is really no need for the single-CD slot in the front. I should note the adapters for the R-129 series Mercedes: They match-up with the stock Bose amp harness, radio antenna, and the back of the Blaupunkt. If you actually count the wires going into and out of the adapter, you will note that some do not have a corresponding lead to the Bose amp. The ignition wire and several input wires to the amp are examples. The result is that the Blaupunkt will turn on without the ignition ON. This is a change from stock. Also, the adapter only has four wires going out to the amp, in an eight wire system, you lose the fader control to the rear speakers. Both VOL and BAL work fine. All in all, a great radio.

    Pros: Appearance, features, inputs, ease of installation, quality, versatility.

    Cons: Loss of fader control for R129 chassis Mercedes types.

    This stereo is awesome

    customaesthetics from Minnesota on 5/5/2015

    1986 Mercedes-Benz 190D
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was easy to install. It is very easy to use, and sounds great. Blaupunkt does not skimp on quality. I especially like the simple layout of the controls. No tiny mystery buttons, just great sound with all the bells and whistles hidden inside! Very nice.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use, looks great.

    Cons: The menu selecting knob is a little too sensitive, and can be tricky to use while driving.

    The features I wanted

    Randy W from Virginia on 5/4/2015

    2001 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Years ago I put a Blaupunkt St Louis in my M roadster. Love that radio, love the SD card. A few years later I needed a radio for the wife's Z3, and found the Blaupunkts "unavailable", and was steered to a Kenwood somethingorother. I should have known better as I was replacing a fairly new Kenwood installed by the previous owner. The Kenwood review will be posted separately. Last year I bought yet another Z3M and needed a radio. I ended up choosing the Toronto here, and absolutely love it. You can pick nits with anything, but this radio matches my needs. Load an SDHC card with a few thousand MP3s, hit random, done. When the wife's Kenwood died this weekend (it had been dropping channels for a year), I asked what features she would like in the replacement. "One exactly like yours" was the answer. Done.

    Pros: SDHC slot!! Good bluetooth German antenna connector with adapter to american (then Crutchfield gives an american-german) German ergonomics

    Cons: German ergonomics and menuing layout

    horrible quality control

    JacobB from Michigan on 5/4/2015

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the looks of this radio. I have an older Jeep and didn't want something that looks like a spaceship in my dash. The radio even resembles the iconic round headlight look of the Jeep wrangler. That unfortunately is where my praises end for this radio. The first one, that I received, had the answer and hang up buttons swapped on the face. I literally had to push the "hang up" button to answer and the "answer" button to hang up. Also the clock lost just under 1 minute per day, which almost made me late for work one morning before I realized it. Terrible quality control on Blaupunkt's part. Crutchfield was absolutely awesome when it came to replacing it with a new one. I love the looks so I tried again with the exact model. The replacement has all the buttons in the correct place, but still loses time at the same rate as the first one. I really need an accurate clock so that one is going back again. I'm going to try it a 3rd time because I love the looks and apparently I'm not that smart. Crutchfield was, by the way, wonderfully accommodating once again. Some other issues that I noticed was that it is somewhat cumbersome to operate while driving, long delay before it reacts to a button push, integrated mic is horrible, characters are hard to see on the display, not enough radio presets, after using BT streaming it resets to AM so you have to toggle source a bunch of times to get to FM, and autoscan on the right nob is exasperating(turn it to manual and it works fine)

    Pros: Looks awsome

    Cons: Horrible quality control.(Shame on you Blaupunkt!) Clock doesn't keep time. Hard to operate. Integrated mic is useless. Display is hard to see. A bevy of strange annoying quirks. Tuner isn't very strong. Remote needs perfect line of sight to work.

    sound quality and Bluetooth connectivity two thumbs up !

    Ricardo H from Turlock, CA on 5/2/2015

    1996 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are all about sound quality and great Bluetooth connectivity without all the adware like XM or Sirius ready and blah blah blah this head unit perfect and the looks are five star to me .

    Pros: In my opinion this head unit has the best sound quality over any head unit I've ever owned and I am talking pioneer alpine and Sony put together. The head unit itself does not have any badges such as Dolby BBE because it simply does not need them . The magic starts when you press play ! ( =

    Cons: Audio settings should've been the first on the menu but you'll rarely have to use them So its nothing really worth crying about .

    Blaupunkt Toronto

    MJTD from East Central Illinois on 4/16/2015

    1993 Volkswagen Eurovan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit because it had what I wanted, especially knobs instead of rocker controls. The installation was easy, the sound quality is good and it looks "at home" in my 1993 VW bus (EuroVan.)

    Pros: Knob controls, good sound, pleany of features.

    Cons: Faceplate feels a bit flimsy.

    First Time customer

    RHW from wichita Falls , TX on 4/12/2015

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is just as much a review for Crutchfield as it is for the head unit. The head unit is great. It was for my son's truck. Everything worked as advertised. But the real kudos go to Crutchfield. All the harnesses and adapters worked perfectly. The head unit and speakers went in flawlessly.

    Pros: Everything worked as stated . Great functionality for the price. The simple controls make for a clean look but should not be confused with a simple no frills unit.

    Cons: had a few extra wires and the Manuel didn't provide any guidance on what to do with those. So I taped them up so nothing shorted out and hoped for the best. All tuned out wellbut it would have been nice to have some guidance.

    Good, not great

    JasonG from the Washington, DC Area on 4/9/2015

    2004 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I went with Blaupunkt mostly because it looks elegant and simple, and matched the interior to my 2004 VW GTI. I was not overly concerned with audio quality, as I was using the stock amp and speakers, so I figured any aftermarket HU would sound about the same. All I wanted was to play CDs, make and receive calls via bluetooth, and utilize Cortana voice commands for my Nokia smart phone. The Blaupunkt looks great, and is easy to use. Unfortunately, the main features I wanted, CD and bluetooth, don't work all that well. The CD player is very sensitive to scratched CDs, and is finicky with burned disks, playing some, and not reading others. Also, it gets confused when you answer a phone call while listing to a CD: after the call ends, the disk sometimes reverts back to track 1, but still displays the track and time-stamp of where you were listening when you answered the phone. Not the worst thing ever, but annoying. The bluetooth quality is good on my end, but the person on the other end always says that I sound far away, even with the external microphone mounted close to my face. Voice commands for the phone work, but not well, probably because the microphone is not picking up clearly.

    Pros: Looks fantastic. Not chintzy like most other receivers. Intuitive user interface.

    Cons: Bluetooth quality is sub-par. Even with the external microphone mounted high on the A pillar. CD-player is very sensitive to scratched disks.

    Great product!

    David from Washington on 3/30/2015

    1995 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressed with this product. I bought it for the two knob setup as I don't need a miniature disco on my dashboard. There are way more features than the limited number of buttons would indicate which is a good thing. You can customize it in the driveway and then it's very functional and easy to use driving down the road. They definitely went cheap on the display though. While I appreciate the simplicity of the display and the lack of a billion flashing lights, I do wish they had gone with a little more modern display for ease of use, especially in direct sunlight. I also appreciate that it goes completely dark when off except for a blue halo around the power switch as I like my car interior to not blind me at night.

    Pros: Easy to use, good sound, classic look doesn't make my car look like some punk kid wanted to make a disco out of it.

    Cons: Just dreaming here, but it would be great if I could set up the menu features from my laptop to save all the sub, sub, sub, sub menus for things like knob sensitivity and so forth.

    Simple and Basic

    E from Dallas, GA on 3/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you want simple and basic that still has lots of options, then this radio is great. The sound quality is not what I expected from the renowned Blaupunkt brand but it wasn't horrible either. It has basic treble and bass settings or preset EQ curves which makes the sound settings limited in my opinion. I also had a difficult time pairing my phone with the radio so have nothing to say about that. The look is very refined and appealing though and makes anything you want to do very readily available and easy to navigate to. Not a bad buy but there are others out there with fewer options but better sound. What's in your car?

    Pros: Simple design making for easy navigation of settings and options

    Cons: limited sound options and quality

    I'm happy

    Brent H from Vancouver BC on 3/24/2015

    1986 Volkswagen Vanagon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm happy with this unit, find that the blue tooth works great, good clean sound out of the new speakers that I put in with the unit. Had to remove the support bracket from the vehicles original stereo but then it has more than enough room in the dash to fit. Now realize this unit is in a 86 VW Vanagon and has to compete with the all the car's noises at highway speeds and I feel that it does a fine job. bought the remote mic and have not had any complaints on play back. Love the sd card have tons of music loaded so I never have to dig for cd's, in fact would be happy without that feature. I have no issue with the am/fm reception I find is is perfect for my use. And my favorite thing is the look, clean not fussy no flashy disco lights to disturb me when I'm driving, again look at the unit that it is in, my Vanagon is very German and has no fuss at all, very utilitarian.

    Pros: clean looking Euro style 2 usb ports sd slot, who needs any other music Blaupunk android app to play the music from my phone or tablet 60 min of play time with an auto shut off bluetooth

    Cons: My only complaint is digging through the menus to get to stuff/folders some thing I dislike on every stereo that had in-depth menues

    Great stereo

    ojf from Montana on 3/13/2015

    1998 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Classy looking single din unit with decent sound and a lot of the features I was looking for

    Pros: Front and rear USB ports, bluetooth, great value

    Cons: Knobs are touchy, sound quality is mediocre, buttons are stiff and sometimes require more than one push

    I Really Tried To Like It

    Rex from Illinois on 2/11/2015

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Without a doubt the absolute best looking unit single DIN unit on the market, however I bought it to use as an audio device. I really tried to live with it but difficult functionality forces me to return it.

    Pros: 1. Display visible in full daylight 2. Nice knob & button illumination 3. Solid build quality 4. Plays for 1 hour without turning key to ACC

    Cons: 1. High pitched whistling sound during playback from devices plugged into USB port but not through AUX port 2. Requires 2 hands to hold open the rubber USB cover and plug in cable 3. Receives 5 FM stations compared to @ 20 from other head units in the same location 4. Knob increments way to sensitive for adjustments while driving

    Very nice head unit good price

    Chuck from Merrimack, NH on 2/6/2015

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit and fit in vehicle within 1 hour. Connections made easy with install kit. Definitely need to review manual as to operation as there are not many buttons, so need to know how they function. Bluetooth works awesome and reception is fine.



    No little buttons

    Inabigway from New Mexico on 1/4/2015

    1996 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this stereo for 3 reasons: No little buttons, Blue Tooth and Blaupunkt quality. New stereos these days have lots of little buttons. Over time the print wears down as if the print wasn't hard enough to read when new. I like the classic 2 knob design. It makes it easier to scroll thru the options. When changing to the various input options it doesn't change for a few seconds after you've reached the input you want. Blue Tooth is almost a necessity these days for car stereos mainly because of laws requiring "Hands Free" driving but streaming internet radio from a smart phone or playing from an MP3 source is convenient and clear. I have owned several Blaupunkt stereos for the past 30 years. Quality and design are their best features.

    Pros: AM/FM, CD, Blue Tooth, Line In and SD Card as input options. Great value for the price. USB and line in ports in front and back. I may add a remote mic later.

    Cons: Red LEDs and no options to change color. I would prefer an option for display, very common these days.


    Dustin from Fremont, NE on 12/13/2014

    2000 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alot if features for the price!

    Pros: Price and features

    Cons: Ease of use, kind of slow

    blaupunkt 420

    J.R. from Colorado on 11/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have yet to utilize.. Being installed by my mechanic. Easty to install. Great looks. Hope sound is great as well.



    I've made a huge mistake.

    Jimmy from Chicago on 11/9/2014

    2003 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I live in and work in Chicago. So I wanted to pick a stereo that was low profile but still packed with goodies. The Blaupunkt seemed like the perfect fit. I chose this model because of the built in bluetooth mic, the usb playback features, the overall look. It seemed like the perfect fit. I was very very excited to get this stereo. I couldn't believe the price either. I like the way it looks, but that is about where it stops. -The built in bluetooth mic is terrible, I constantly cuts out and even when i am stopped people cant hear me. Its about 12" away from my face. So I can't enjoy that feature. -The Bluetooth playback is horrible sound quality. -The screen probably annoys me the most. it's an old fashioned screen, but it is impossible to see. If it gets below 60 the screen clouds up from the cold and wont work. The crappy little stick writing can't be read while your changing inputs either., So, if you want to use an input you have to press the button , wait a few seconds, press it again, Which is incredibly dangerous while driving and heaven forbid you go past the input you wanted you have to round robin through the entire thing again, -The usb playback drive doesn't work at all. 6 different flash drives, multiple different file formats, just doesnt work. I followed all the instructions. No dice. -Plug in your iPod. that wont work either. -It doesn't play burned cd's. I trusted the Crutchfield team, but they got this one wrong. You get what you pay for.

    Pros: Low profile. blends in. Looks cool

    Cons: Doesn't do half things it says, when it does it does them poorly.


    ESibley from District of Columbia on 10/5/2014

    Love the look of the radio. I'll never understand why more companies don't go for more subtlety. That said, I must have a defective unit. I can't get decent sound on any station. It actually 'waves' in and out. Bluetooth for music sound is terrible. I get an audible hiss. Connecting via USB doesn't even work right. It plays fine for a while, then cuts out and reconnects. Very frustrating. I'll probably get another one though. It's really the only unit I want in my car.

    Pros: The looks.

    Cons: Everything else.

    Love it!

    Jim S from Hingham, MA on 9/22/2014

    1996 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit for it's low profile looks as it's installed in a 96 Miata. It certainly fits that bill and looks stock. I also wanted something simple. I previously purchased a Kenwood head unit, also from Crutchfield that although it sounds great is just too busy and complicated. Maybe I'm just getting too old. The unit was simiple to install and does everything I need it to. I'm only using it to power the head rest speakers for which it does a great job. I've found it pretty easy to use though I really only listen to the radio and my MP3 player which easily plugs into the AUX jack in the front. I love the way it looks stock and doesn't attract attention. It is tough to see during the day but just about every unit is when you're driving a convertible. The only other complaint I have is that often when you turn up the volume the level doesn't always go up. Almost like the volume knob has a striped gear. You turn it up but the volume numbers on the display don't go up so you have to keep turning it up until the numbers move. Odd. All and all a good unit at a good price with simple controls that I would recommend to anyone.

    Pros: Stock looking Not flashy Easy to install and operate

    Cons: Volume control knob

    Not recommended.

    Anonymous from Wallingford, CT on 8/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a conservative-looking radio that did not look like a carnival ride at night, so I got this Blaupunkt. It is cool looking, hence the 5 star Coolness Factor rating. Seems to be built well. However, I do not recommended this radio for the following reasons--- it is difficult to operate while driving, the menus are confusing, the sound quality is not good for analog music (old school rock like The Who or Rush etc), but does sound OK if you listen to electronic music of all sorts (NIN, electronic instrumental stuff, dance stuff, etc), and you can't use the iPod itself to control the music (you have to use the head unit which is as already stated difficult to use). One of the biggest issues I had was the display-- at its brightest setting it was difficult to see. My eyes are fine. Not good when driving on a sunny day in the country and trying to fumble with the controls. I returned it for an Alpine UTE-52 BT, which BTW has a fantastic 24 bit Digital-Analog converter. Much easier to use and sounds great with all types of music. If the sound quality was as great as the Alpine, I would have kept the radio. I know what music is supposed to sound like in a car, as I have had over 15 cars in my time and put radios in all of them. Im also a classically-trained pianist and a music lover. I like the Blaupunkt brand, but it seems they have left behind their once well-respected reputation of making great-sounding radios from 25 years ago. Get an Alpine and thank me later.

    Pros: Nice looking radio with a conservative vibe good for electronic music.

    Cons: Sound quality is poor overall and struggles with many genres of music (coloring the music with harsh upper frequencies on older music), display is dim, and the radio is difficult to operate, especially while driving.

    Blaupunkt Toronto

    Mike from Grand Rapids, MI on 8/7/2014

    1983 Porsche 944
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed as the third radio in a 1983 Porsche 944. The original Blaupunkt Monterey was pulled and replaced with a Pioneer piece of crap. Took my time and installed the Toronto in as tidy a fashion as I think the factory would. The install instructions were great as well as the lead identification. The unit looks like it belongs in the car, may spray the bezel flat black.

    Pros: Very good overall build quality, decent sound quality. Bluetooth phone setup and subsequent operation are excellent.

    Cons: The knobs are too small and need to be knurled. The audio adjustments are limited and not intuitive.

    Poor file handling

    JamesM from Logan, OH on 7/29/2014

    2008 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great looking head unit. Looks the least aftermarket of them all. Unfortunately I returned it due to the frustrating way it does not allow you to see your folders properly when using a memory stick.

    Pros: Blaupunkt design, great build quality, comes with a case.

    Cons: Not HD radio, don't expect to search for your music under artist, then album. It lumps them all together and you have to search through every album track until you get what you want. This I consider a major fail and Crutchfield took it back without any bother. I upgraded to a Kenwood and am very pleased.

    Mixed Bag

    Danny from Vancouver, Washington on 7/26/2014

    1985 BMW 318I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wanting hands free calling, as well as newer media selections, I purchased this unit to replace an older Blaupunkt Toronto RDM-126 in my E30 Baur TC. Upon unpacking, it was evident the newer 420BT was not built to the same standards as the earlier German made unit. The controls, particularly the DIS button, and the cover for the front mount USB port-felt cheap. The separate rotary encoders for volume and track selection are nice, but again, lack the quality feel of the directional buttons on the older Toronto. Adding to my negative impression- the bezel surrounding the push buttons clearly shows fingerprints. But, by far- the worst thing I encountered with this receiver was (after waiting over a month on back order) the first one I received was defective- supplying uninterrupted power to the antenna motor as soon as the battery was connected. To their credit, Crutchfield showed outstanding no-hassle customer service and shipped out a new bench tested replacement within a week. The second Toronto works as advertised. I really no longer need a CD, and could care less about AM radio, so I won't comment on them. The other signal sources- SD card, FM, Bluetooth and USB/front/rear inputs work well (other than what I've listed under "CONS"). Tested the unit with a 32 gig SDHC card and it works as advertised.

    Pros: Excellent overall sound quality and uncluttered panel layout. FM tuner is outstanding: sensitivity, selectivity, signal/noise and frequency response are first rate (just wish they had included HD-FM). Phone calls made from this unit are clear on both ends, (even with the top down) using the external mic mounted top center of steering column.

    Cons: Cumbersome iphone interface. The less expensive JVC media players I have in my other cars can directly access SIRI by pressing and holding the "call" button- allowing song, navigation or caller selection by voice command ("She" can even read my email aloud). The Blau does not support this.Track names are also not displayed via Bluetooth.

    Excellant unit!!!

    Benny from Chambersburg, Pa on 7/3/2014

    2004 Subaru Outback
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    Excellant unit for my wife. Simple to use, esp bluetooth. Super easy self instillation with Crutchfield adaptors. Sound quality is excellant with factory speakers.



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    beau from slc ut on 6/28/2014

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks good in my 2000 chevy silverado and sounds good.

    Pros: Sounds good, easy to install

    Cons: None

    Great Stereo!

    Michael from Houghton Lake Michigan on 6/26/2014

    Great stereo for the money, good clean sound and the Bluetooth is great. Makes phone calls while driving a breeze and I can always listen to my music on my phone.

    Pros: Great sound, resonable price, and it has many features that make it stand out above other stereos.

    Cons: When you restart your truck you have to reselect the Bluetooth setting on the head unit. The stereo is very well made, although in my own opinion it feels like the buttons are weak, that may be just me though.

    Toronto great value

    Frosty from Norwood Young America, MN on 6/26/2014

    2001 Volkswagen Cabrio
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did an extensive review but the rating system did not register it. Rather than type all the details again, I will say product, support were superb.

    Pros: Quality, design, support

    Cons: None

    Great stereo but has its quirks.

    Jelloskins from Lincoln, NE on 5/19/2014

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am struggling to get the sound to be good in a Mustang GT with subwoofer. The X-bass setting is buggy. If you tough this setting, the bass goes crazy and the only way to stop it is to change some other setting, unrelated. The "next-track" knob is very painful to use. It is like cracking a safe while driving if you want to change a track. It takes a tiny turn to change tracks, but sometimes it clicks but doesn't register. Furthermore, the track changing has a 2-3 second delay so you turn it slightly, wait, does it change, nope, retry....keep your eyes on the road. The other annoying thing is that you can listen to Bluetooth audio from an iPhone and then when you come back to the care after leaving, it doesn't remember this. It puts it to AM radio, then connects, then you have to change the source. Why is the default from BT going back to AM radio? At least go back to FM. I also have not been able to get it to work via USB to my iPhone 4. Bluetooth is all I have. Maybe it doesn't support this, but for some reason I thought it did. The screen is also dim and not easy to see. Regarding the sound quality, if you get the EQ setup, then go and change the Bass outside the EQ, BAM you lose all the EQ settings. If they are exclusive of each other, then they should be arranged in the UI better so that you pick which mode you want, then set it up that way and only that way.

    Pros: It's built nice, and looks nice and even sounds pretty good (not great).

    Cons: The sound is probably good, but the UI makes it hard to work it. The UI is not that good and very hard to use. The remote makes up for this, but I wish the "right know" was a bit more usable.

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    SteveCP from Sacramento, CA on 5/5/2014

    2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall the feature list and product quality are very good to excellent. I would highly recommend this unit to others. It is superior to most any other system on the market today.

    Pros: Bluetooth features work very well. The front and rear USB connections are convenient and well placed. Scan and seek functions are handy when traveling.

    Cons: There are a lot of features to learn. Not all of the cool features are apparent from the Spartan appearance of the front panel. Some of the wired connections and their functions are not well explained in the manual


    Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on 4/19/2014

    1995 Nissan 200SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I chose the Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT initially because of it's appearance. I wanted a stereo other than the seemingly cheap, run-of-the-mill stereo that everyone else probably has. The Toronto 420 is simple and elegant and fits beautifully flush in my dash. it looks like it came with the car originally, only better. To my surprise, an SD card is inserted behind the face plate leaving me hours of content at the push of a few buttons. No need for CDs or external cords and such. My only complaint with this unit is that i didn't know about it sooner.



    Great Stereo

    Adam P from Raleigh, NC on 4/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very well built, great sound quality using the Bluetooth streaming. The looks of the stereo are why I decided to buy it. I wanted to find something that didn't stick out and this was the stereo that gave me that. It looks factory installed. For the money I do not think you can find a better system. I have the external microphone and it works well enough people can hear me when I have my convertible top down at 70 mph

    Pros: Looks, features, and price

    Cons: The display can be hard to read in the day time but I have a convertible so I expected that to be an issue. Also the amount of AV wires out of the back of the system make it a little hard to get it to fit in my single DIN unit.

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    Anonymous from amelia OH on 4/12/2014

    2003 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything great except using it. Not very good ease of use.



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    Anonymous from Baltimore, MD. on 3/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm satisfied with radio. Not so much with company. I sent a email too see if they could make a copy of manual for the english section. NO response YEs or NO. I give them a failing grade. j.d.



    Love this reciever

    john from Georgetown, MA on 3/17/2014

    1999 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my original stereo and I am happy with the unit. The trim piece feels a little cheap and it does stick out a bit where the original unit was flush. I like the sound out of it and the dual knobs look unique. It's a nice unit for the price.

    Pros: Good value, good sound.

    Cons: Protrudes from dash, cheap plastic trim piece.

    2000 Passat

    Garrett from CA on 3/12/2014

    2000 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This a a very stunning looking head unit. It has all the bells and whistles.

    Pros: Everything good sound

    Cons: I didn't like all the RCA cables hanging out of the back it made it difficult to stuff back in the radio slot.

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    Anonymous from Arlington, va on 3/10/2014

    1995 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound quality wasn't as good as my SONY XPLOD MEX-BT2800 which I wanted to replace. I hoped Blaupunkt's external Bluetooth mic would work well, but didn't so I'm returning it all and put my Sony back in.



    awesme quality at a great price

    Chris from Florida on 3/6/2014

    1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great price, great features, love the wired Bluetooth.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: none

    She can work it!

    Craig from Sacramento, CA on 3/5/2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My wife took over my car & with her tech challenged abilities managed to put my awesome head unit all out of wack. Couldn't work it at all so the search was on for a much simpler unit and this one did it. An hour with the manual and she had all her stations set up, phone book transferred and knew where the power button was! Sound is above average, small EQ, and basic settings with gain control for the sub. A fine (excuse any offense) chick's unit.

    Pros: Happy wife.

    Cons: None.

    Very solid product

    dave911 from Socal on 3/4/2014

    1985 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Would highly recommend this unit. Works great in my classic Porsche 911. Doesn't look overling "blingy" - which I find annoying. Go Blaupunkt!"

    Pros: Packed with features. Striking design. Simple to use. Like the remote. Like the microphone option. Like the USB extension cable - which does throw enough power to charge my iPhone. Love that you can play for 1 hour AFTER key removed from ignition. Really simple pairing with iPhone.

    Cons: Unfortunately - when you shut off the ignition the audio source will NOT stay on bluetooth. Example, if you are streaming music from your mobile phone, then pop into seven eleven for a slushie, when you get back to your car the music source will now default start on a radio band. You will then have to click on source to get back to streaming as source. Not horrible, but not too fun either.

    Exceeds Expectations

    Tom from Ohio on 3/2/2014

    1985 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was installed into a 30 year old car for my son, and the car was instantly 20 years newer. We incorporated the head unit, four new speakers, and a remote microphone so that the phone feature is operational. The sound is great, the bluetooth is flawless, and the microphone sounds better than the phone itself. Such a good unit, I am going to by a second one for our RV.

    Pros: Works as advertised. Easy installation with Crutchfield's supplied instructions and help line

    Cons: A bit hard to navigate; not intuitive sometimes, but easily learned.

    Blaupunkt Toronto for a Vanagon Campeer

    Finn from Taos, NM on 3/1/2014

    1989 Volkswagen Vanagon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been looking to replace the stereo in my Vanagon Westfalia Camper to improve the sound quality and add bluetooth. I wanted to stick with a German name, given the nature of this vehicle and its almost cult following. I found this ti be an really good unit for the price, loaded with useful features and not too flashy as to draw attention or look too out of place. This VW, now 25 years old is not a quiet vehicle, so I can't comment of the nuance it communicates. I do have a separate amplifier and decent speakers, both Blaupunkt, it does all that I ask for for a very reasonable price. BTW Crutchfield suggests that this unit will not fit my vehicle, but it fits perfectly.

    Pros: Good value, good looks, great features, easy install.

    Cons: Even with the Blaupunkt external mic, the cellphone bluetooth quality is only fair, but to be honest the VW Vanagon might be most of the problem. I do wish the display screen was a bit bigger, it is hard to read at least in this application.

    Almost perfect

    Jeffrey from MA on 2/28/2014

    2004 Land Rover Discovery
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I gained many of modern day features with thie installation of this unit in my 10 years old English-built SUV. The installation was straight forward with the tools and instructions provided from Crutchfield. I love the simple two-knob design. It goes with the rest of the interior design. The buttons lit up in red. I was expect them to be white based on the pictures. Bright red and neon blue was just a tad too disco for my taste. I was disappointed that It didn't work with the aftermarket steering wheel control adapter. The front USB port was powerful enough to charge a phone or an iPad. It frees up the cigarette lighter for something else.

    Pros: Powerful and clear sound, enough to be heard on the highway in a poorly insulated SUV Intuitive interface. Loaded with features (bluetooth for telephone and music, USB input (2), SD card input, iPod control)

    Cons: Incompatible with aftermarket SWI adapter. Unable to control CD changer. Flimsy bezel surround.

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    Clif from Falls Church, VA on 2/18/2014

    1995 BMW 325I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good unit for replacement for OEM radio in older BMW to add hands free bluetooth. Had some difficulty getting all the wires to fit back into space and ended up damaging plastic trim piece. Called technical support to see about ordering a new trim piece and they elected to replace it free... totally amazing!

    Pros: Worked the first time - radio, CD, and BT work great.

    Cons: plastic trim unforgiving - make sure you have everything the way you want before installing the trim.


    Shirl from San Antonio ,texas on 1/17/2014

    This is the radio I would want instead of the one that was suggested to me. It looks like it is a easier radio to work with while driving. Less distraction. And still has blue tooth also. After checking everything out I really am sorry I took the other one.

    Pros: Looks like a great radio

    Cons: Non that I can see

    Good product

    Steve W from Maywood, NJ on 1/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was a long time without a working radio in a very much dated car. Now I'm very happy with the new Blaupunkt, and with the installation extras that only Crutchfield had. Cellphones barely existed when I bought the car, but now having the Bluetooth is a great new toy. Now if I can just hold onto my unlimited data plan I can really enjoy this new toy.

    Pros: Bluetooth is great for phone calls and for streaming Sirius, pandora, etc

    Cons: Radio reception is marginal, but that could be as much the fault of the car as it is of the radio. It creates the old "dead zone" between New York and Philadelphia. This is not an issue if using the cellphone as an audio source.

    Great Product

    Jake H. from Belton, MO on 1/10/2014

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an overall great product. It is sleek and it looks good in my truck. With Crutchfield being awesome and sending all you need to install the head unit it was an easy install. Thank you Crutchfield team you did it again.

    Pros: Very sleek looking, Bluetooth, USB input and Aux input

    Cons: Only change station by twisting/rotating the knob instead pushing it to the side, but it's not that big of a deal.


    BobGPD67 from Guilford, CT on 12/30/2013

    2007 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome looks, sound, and quality

    Pros: ease of use, good design


    OK Bluetooth receiver

    Von from Bloomington, IN on 12/29/2013

    2004 Audi Allroad Quattro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit mainly for the bluetooth which I use with my Nexus 4. The BT works well enough with two minor annoyances: (1) if I'm listening to BT streaming and turn the car off and then return, the receiver changes source input to FM so I have to select the BT streaming again (I think because it takes a few seconds to reconnect to the N4 and it decides BT isn't a valid input in that time) and (2) when I shut off the receiver it takes my phone a few seconds to realize it's off and it keeps playing, so I consistently miss some of my pod. This could be an issue with my N4, but it doesn't do it with my Sony head unit.

    Pros: Clean look.

    Cons: The SD Card slot is nice, a good way to have a music collection at the ready.


    ray from chicago on 12/22/2013

    2003 GMC Safari
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent product

    Pros: all

    Cons: no tools to remove the unit without removing the dash trim cover! I called asking for the little slim jims and was told not needed!!! DUH who installed this and should know ? Me


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red/Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    iPod + Aux Integration
    Radio & Audio Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.0+EDR) 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:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
    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 Toronto 420 BT.

    Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the Blaupunkt CD 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 Toronto 420 BT 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.

    • Answer/End Incoming Call: When there is an incoming call, the current audio source is muted and a ring tone is played via the loudspeakers of the car sound system. The head unit's display will indicate "INCOMING CALL" and the phone number of the caller. If the phone number is one of your phone book contacts, then the unit will also display the caller's name. "PRIVATE NUMBER" is displayed when there is no caller information transmitted. You can answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You'll be able to speak into the head unit's integrated mic on the front-panel (or optional external mic) during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers.
    • Dialing Outgoing Call: You can manually enter a phone number, up to 20 digits, using the unit's front-panel controls. The head unit also allows you to access your Bluetooth-enabled phone's phone book contacts (up to 960 entries) for easy access. You can even choose to store five phone numbers as presets for speedier dialing. In addition, you can speak a contact's name into the integrated mic for voice dialing. You can also quickly call the last number dialed.

    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 Toronto 420 BT 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".

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    SD Card Slot: The Toronto 420BT 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.

    Dual USB Ports: The Toronto 420 BT features a front-panel and rear-panel USB (type-A) port; the rear-panel USB port is attached to the chassis by a 6" pigtail. The USB ports enable 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 CD receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Blaupunkt CD receiver supports the following types of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW SD/SDHC Card USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/30,000 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 first track in the folder. Or, you can enter a file name (up to 16 characters) to go directly to a MP3/WMA music file on a disc, USB, or SD card.

    Playback Functions: The Toronto 420 BT provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.

    • Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 4/8/12/16/60  seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD; or the first 4/8/12/16/60  seconds of the first track of all the folders on a MP3/WMA disc, SD-card or USB device.
    • Repeat Play: This function allows you to play the current track on a disc, SD-card, or USB device repeatedly or play a file currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder on a disc/SD/USB repeatedly.
    • Random Play: This function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a disc/SD/USB or particular folder of a Disc/SD/USB in a random order.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Mounting: For proper CD playback you must install the unit within 30° of horizontal.

    iPod + Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT's front-panel or reaer-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The Toronto 420 BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone.

    • Music Playback: The Blaupunkt head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter.
    • iPod Control: You can use the head unit's front-panel controls to search your iPod/iPhone's stored music library by Artist, Album, Playlist, or Genre. Many iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).
    • Song/Artist Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it). 

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/3/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    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.

    Front-Panel 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 (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. 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.

    Radio & Audio Section

    AM/FM Tuner: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek/scan, & preset tuning.

    • Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 5 radio stations in each bank, giving you 15 FM and 10 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.
    • Scanning Station: The Scan function will play the first 4/8/12/16/60 seconds of each station, until you find a station you like.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • US/European Tuning: 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.

    22 Watt x 4 Channel Amp: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT is equipped with a 22 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (50 watts Peak x 4 channels).

    5ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT features a pair of fading front- and rear-channel preamp outputs, as well as a mono-subwoofer preamp output (all rated at 2V). When the subwoofer preamp output is used, you are able to adjust its low pass crossover (80/120/160Hz) and gain level (0-7)

    3-Band EQ w/ Presets:  The head unit offer basic bass and treble control. There are also 4 sound presets (Classic, Pop, Rock, Off/Flat) that allow you to easily recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. For further adjustment, the in-dash CD receiver features a built-in 3-Band EQ.

    3-Band EQ Frequency Gain Q-Factor
    Treble 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 kHz -7 to +7 dB N/A
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -7 to +7 dB 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Bass 80, 100, 200 Hz -7 to +7 dB 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0

    Loudness + X-Bass: This function enhances low frequencies (bass) at lower volumes. The X-Bass function enhances the receiver's bass output around a certain frequency (60/80/100Hz) at lower volumes. The gain of the X-Bass function can be adjusted from 0 to +3.

    Turn-On Volume Level: 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.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features detachable face security (hard plastic face-plate included). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Single-Line Display: The single-line, 15-digit LCD (with black background and white characters) on the Toronto 420 BT allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

    Illumination Dimmer: The CD receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. You can also manually adjust the brightness level. The wiring harness includes an orange lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    12/24-Hour Clock: The in-dash head unit offers a switchable 12- or 24-hour clock display. You can set the unit's clock to display even when the head unit is turned off (key still in accessory position) or have it turn off with the head unit.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    IR Remote: The Toronto 420 BT comes supplied with an 18-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3V battery (already installed).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with one of these SWC adapters (541SWIRC/794ADSMSW, sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Customer Q&A

    14 questions already asked

    I scoured the user manual for a max SD size and could not find one. However, as a good rule of thumb, if it doesn't brag about accepting an SD card over 32G, it usually doesn't. I wouldn't try anything over 32G on this unit. [ JACOB  May 11, 2015 ]
    The manual doesn't mention a data limit. I'm running a 16gb card with no issues. I suggest buying the optional 2nd mic for taking calls otherwise callers can't make out what you're saying when you take a call unless you're parked in a quiet neighborhood with the motor off :) otherwise it's a good stereo once you get used to it. [ TIMOTHY  May 09, 2015 ]
    SD Card support is only 1 size. If you have a miniSD or mircoSD then they are adapters to standard SD that you can use just as you do with you PC to make the smaller sizes fit, but SD card support is only one size and that is the full sized SD cards. [ GORDON  May 08, 2015 ]
    No. Please keep in mind that MP3 format is an ISO standard formed back in 1995. WMA developed after that in 1999 by Microsoft is supported on over 1 billion PC worldwide. Formats like Ogg Vorbis are more recent, as recent as 2003, and not standards based, because the others are patented and published and Ogg Vorbis is not, it is impossible for makers of audio gear to support those file types that are not part of an international standard and are not patented and published. [ GORDON  May 08, 2015 ]
    No, doesn't have the decoder. Still, great head unit. [ THOMAS  Apr 28, 2015 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Dec 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    I do not remember. I sent the unit back for an exchange, because it was too complex to operate and drive too. [ DAVID G  Sep 18, 2014 ]
    No, one color only. [ CURTIS  Sep 18, 2014 ]
    No. The colors are blue on the dials, white for the display and red for the lbutton labels (not shown in pic). [ Jeffrey  Sep 18, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  May 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    It should it has a lead that's labeled powered antenna I use it to turn my amp up [ JAMES B  May 11, 2014 ]
    It should, based on factory spec and not on personal experience. [ Jeffrey  May 10, 2014 ]
    Yes , it has a power antenna control. [ MARK  May 09, 2014 ]
    Yep, it will work. This is a great little stereo for the price and looks cool to Don V. [ Don  May 09, 2014 ]
    Yea it does, most aftermarket stereos supply a wire just for that automatic antenna. Usually blue color. [ Adrian  May 09, 2014 ]
    Yes. I have a 5C and it works flawlessly. Note, if you want hands free calling over Bluetooth, you need to purchase the microphone separately. [ SEAN C  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    I don't have an iPhone so I can't answer directly but the instructions indicate it is optimized for iPhone and based on its excellent performance since I got it, I have no reason to believe it would not work. Works well with my Android bluetooth. Very happy with it so far. Very feature rich for the price. [ ARCHIE  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Sorry I cant say if its compatible. Im using a galaxy s3. [ SCOTT D  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Yes [ SEAN  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    Yes, I have streamed audio through the Bluetooth connection as well as answered calls. I like the receiver a lot , the only thing I didn't like was the clock function. You can set the clock but it only syncs with a radio station and resets to 1200am when playing USB or CDs . If the station does not have correct time broadcasting then it will not be accurate. I had a replacement and did same thing so just installed a clock in my truck and turned off clock feature. Brian [ CHARLES  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    I would think so. I have an iPhone 4s and it was easy to connect via Bluetooth. [ JAY  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    I don't own an iPhone, but its definitely Apple compatible with a lot of their products. There should be a chart if you look through the specs to see what it can process. But even if it cant, at least you can plug in the aux cable. [ ZACHARY  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    Any Bluetooth MP3 player should stream any app. It is the Bluetooth connection that counts, not the app, as far as I know.. Could there be special Bluetooth blocks built into the app? I've never heard of such a thing. [ STEPHEN  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    You can BT all of your audio apps. [ James  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Have not try iHeart but have used Sirius, Songza and other internet radio apps via BT streaming. [ Jeffrey  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Yes, I stream trough my Android. Via Bluetooth. [ Adrian  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    This unit does have several connection options, but does not have an analog auxiliary jack on the back. iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT's front-panel or reaer-panel USB port can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit, via the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The Toronto 420 BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone. Front-Panel 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 (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. 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. [ Jeff  Feb 07, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes it does. [ Jeffrey  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    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. [ Jeff  Feb 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    Smooth turn [ MARK  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    Both knobs are "Notch Turn". [ Tommy  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    They are smooth turning knobs [ Robert  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    They are notch turn. [ Kevin  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    Smooth turn knobs. Awesome head unit. [ Don  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    It is notch turn, but has real light touch. [ jarch  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    I'm not really sure. The volume has a numerical level displayed when it is adjusted, but I think the action is smith on the handle. [ STEPHEN  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    notch turn [ Raymond  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Would love to answer the question, but mine is in back order , hopefully will get it by the end of the month. [ GASTON DEL  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    It doesn't. [ Jeffrey  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    I do not see a listing for a CD changer connection on this unit. If you currently own a CD changer please contact and Advisor by phone or online chat to see if we may have a compatible head unit. [ Jeff  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff