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Overview

Our take on the Axxera AC536Bi

Axxera's AC536Bi CD receiver shows off all your music info on its brilliant 3" color display. You can stream audio wirelessly with Bluetooth®, and you can also plug your iPhone® or thumb drive into the handy front USB port for more music options. And, Axxera backs up this versatile car stereo with a 2-year warranty.

Full color multimedia display

Axxera's AC536Bi CD receiver shows off all your music info on its brilliant 3" color display. You can stream audio wirelessly with Bluetooth®, and you can also plug your iPhone® or thumb drive into the handy front USB port for more music options. And, Axxera backs up this versatile car stereo with a 2-year warranty.

Wireless benefits

In addition to Bluetooth audio, you can pair your phone with the Axxera for hands-free calling. The AC536Bi includes a built-in microphone on the stereo's faceplate, saving you some installation time by not having to install a separate microphone.

Your sources for music

Need some more entertainment options? You can tune in the sensitive AM/FM radio, slide in a CD, or plug a portable music player into the front aux input. iPhone users, you can also play your favorite Pandora® stations through this great-sounding receiver.

Tone controls and convenience features

Once you've got the music going, you can shape your sound with the onboard 3-band equalizer or select one of the seven EQ presets to complement what you're playing. If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs provide you the powerful signal you need for a cleaner sound. Axxera even includes a handy wireless remote control for quick access without reaching for the radio.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • fold-down, detachable face with full color 3" LCD display
    • wireless remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control for iPhone
    • built-in iPhone and iPod charging and control through USB
    Audio Features:
    • USB port compatible with MP3 and WMA files
    • 3-band EQ with 7 presets
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB input, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Info:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 8 ISO-mount screws
    • Rear-support bolt
    • Hex-nut
    • Lock-washer
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide
    • "Attention" note
    Reviews

    Axxera AC536Bi Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (5 Reviews)

    Axxera AC536Bi

    ERIC J from Mountain View, WY on 11/14/2017

    1998 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this stereo into my 1998 Dodge Ram and it works very nice. I like the look of it. Had no issues in the installation of this product. I will order with Crutchfield again in the future.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Power Button Needs a Dimmer Switch!

    Crash from Guntersville, AL on 11/17/2016

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has nice sound that is a vast improvement over a factory unit and the display is easy on the eyes. However, once the sun goes down it becomes a safety hazard as the primary buttons are way too bright for a radio that sits high in the dash array. I installed it in my wife's car and she had to lay a throw blanket over the dash so she could see to drive at night. I also did not like the built-in microphone. She said she could hear conversations just fine on her end but people she talked to said that road noise was high and that her words were chopped off. Thank you Crutchfield for no-hassles exchange!

    Pros: Good looking display Nice sound USB and AUX on front panel

    Cons: Primary buttons are too bright for driving at night FM reception not very strong Hands-free microphone chops speech but allows road noise Pandora control not compatible with Android

    Everything I ever wanted

    chris from Baraboo, WI on 11/4/2016

    I picked this for the 4v pre amp outputs. My alpine with who knows what volts would not "talk" to my sub. This one does. The bonus was this has a dedicated power button, volume button and seek. My last stereo has the power and source as one and the volume and tuner is also both the dial. What would happen is you go to turn down the volume ( say to talk to a drivethrough ) and you hit channel change. Now you have static at 22 volume setting. No more. I love this. UPDATED 9/30/17: Found out you cant charge your phone and listen to a CD. I had a dead phone and when it got enough power for the player to "see it" the player said searching for ipod. It stopped my cd player and also STOPPED Charging the phone. I had to keep plugging it in to trick it into charging it for a min or so. I ended up with a dead phone and no music for the drive to work. The only other complaint after owning it for over a year is that the source button should have a check list. You have to scroll through everything 8 things or more to find what you need. Shutting off the bluetooth shortened that list to 3 things. As another review said FM is weak . 2 cars one is fine this one is not.

    Pros: Buttons dont share tasks. You have a power button , source , tuner and volume.

    Cons: Thin wires . Antenna input on the drivers side.

    Axxera AC536Bi

    JC from Pleasantville, NY on 10/31/2016

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

    Although you can control the brightness of the screen, you cannot change the brightness of some of the buttons (power button, pandora buttons). It is very bright while driving at night and affects your night vision. I have to put electrical tape over the buttons to prevent this. Also, not as easy to figure out as other radios. Why can't aftermarket radio manufacturers make larger buttons for these radios? Such small buttons cause you to focus more on the radio while driving which is not as safe. It poses a similar distraction as texting by having to focus on the radio for simple functions. Steering wheel control adaptor doesn't work on my jeep. Wireless controls are useless. I don't need another piece of loose equipment in my car. Awful.

    Pros: Looks nice

    Cons: Small buttons, way too bright st night, see narrative. Awful.

    Crutchfield response on 11/14/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to JC to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the radio and steering wheel controls working the way they should, or arrange for an exchange or refund.

    Very satisfied

    Keith J from Manahawkin, NJ on 5/27/2016

    1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First axxera (dual electronics) purchased. Wasn't to much a sceptic watching similar model video reviews online. Much needed improvement over stock with 18watts rms n plenty of tweaks in audio setup. Have it pre amped to alpine mvx500 and two 12 inch MTX subs while wired to stock speakers thru radio harness. Really great sound and interface. Car hits nice highs mids and really drops clear on the lows. Only problem thus far volume button falls off when inserting cd pivoting face and Bluetooth drops occasionally but maybe it's my iphone? Would recommend to anyone n would purchase brand again if seeking high end models.

    Pros: Customisation , Bluetooth, iPod pandora control, stellar sound

    Cons: Power button dilemma

    Details

    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Full Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Axxera AC536Bi is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 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)
    • 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 Axxera AC536Bi.

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the AC536Bi. Up to 8 devices can be paired to the unit, but only one can be used at a time. The AC536Bi is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Axxera AC536Bi supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's number will display on the front-panel LCD and a ring-tone will be heard through your car stereo speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls.
    • Making A Call: You will continue to use your mobile phone to make a call. Once you have made a call from your paired phone, the conversation will automatically transfer to the head unit. There is a Redial feature, which allows you to dial the last number you called by pressing a specific button on the unit's front-panel. You can also select from the 10 most recent phone calls you received using the head unit's front-panel controls.

    Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Axxera AC536Bi also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, tablet, or player using a Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause & Next/Previous Track. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information is still done from your Bluetooth device.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Disc & USB Playback

    CD Compatibility: The Axxera AC536Bi head unit supports CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW disc playback. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

    • Off Insert/Eject: 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.
    • Auto-Reload: If a disc is ejected and not removed within 10 seconds, the unit will reload the disc.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Axxera AC536Bi is equipped with front-panel USB (type-A) which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive (up to 64GB). The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device. The unit's USB port will also charge (max. 1A) your USB devices during connection.

    Compatible Compressed Music Files: The AC536Bi supports the following types of MP3 music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Yellow Book Mode 1/2, Multi-Session FAT 32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32-48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 Folders/999 Files 500 Folders/5,000
    Tags ID3 tags

    Playback & Search Functions: The AC536Bi offers several convenient playback & search functions for your music.

    • File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.
    • Repeat: You can repeat a single track, a specific folder, or an entire disc.
    • Random: You can shuffle the playback order of all your songs or only the songs in a specific folder.
    • Intro Scan: You can scan the first 10 seconds of each track or the first 10 seconds of each track in a folder.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Connection: The Axxera AC536Bi's USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included Lightning or dock-connector cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone device (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), song/artist display, control, and charging of select iPod/iPhones through the Axxera CD receiver.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: 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 (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC).
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The head unit allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music by Artist, Album, Song, Playlist, Podcast, or Audiobook (music content listed alphabetically). The unit also provides Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan for your connected iPod/iPhone. In addition, music apps can be accessed directly from your iPhone's touchscreen.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge (1A max) your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Axxera AC536Bi is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/28/2016):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6+/6/6S/6S+ 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th/6th 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N
    2/3/4 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    Air 1/2 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 1/2/3/4 9.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    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.

    AUX Input: There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a temporary external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player.

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AC536Bi features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets (manually or automatically).

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Axxera AC536Bi using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 7.0+). The AC536Bi provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Shuffle: Select "Shuffle" to playback songs randomly from all your Pandora stations.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AC536Bi is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the AC536Bi are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 60 watts x 4 channels (240 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for the AC32Bi are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    4V/6Ch RCA Outputs: The AC536Bi features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt RCA outputs. The front and rear speaker RCA outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer RCA output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: The head unit's subwoofer output offers independent volume control and a low-pass crossover. You can adjust the output level (0-12) of the sub preamp output independent from the head unit's main volume. You can also set the sub output's low-pass crossover to 80, 120, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).

    Equalizer: You can choose between 7 EQ presets - Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, or User. The User mode activates a 3-Band EQ which lets you manually adjust Bass, Midrange, & Treble. EQ settings are stored for each source.

    Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, CD, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, iPod). You can set the source volume level (+/-6dB) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

    Display & Remote  Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Axxera AC536Bi features a manual fold-down face-plate. The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. No face case is included with the unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Note: The head unit needs 1.75" of clearance in front of it for the face-plate to fold down.

    3" Full-Color LCD: The head unit's vibrant full-color 3" LCD screen (320 x 240) makes it easy to see menus, song/artist information, and station identification.

    Remote Control: The Axxera AC536Bi includes an IR wireless remote control and is compatible with select steering wheel control adapters (sold separately).

    • Wireless Remote: The AC536Bi comes supplied with a 17-button IR remote control which provides complete wireless operation of the Axxera CD Receiver.
    • SWC Input: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Why did you buy this?

    replace defective factory unit [ Pete  Jun 25, 2017 ]
    Wanted a built-in mic as well as a CD player. Hoping that this model has 1) clock that displays majority of time and 2) a display that is not too bright [ Mark  Jun 21, 2016 ]
    This unit has the best looking Full Color menu display for a Single Din receiver. Closest to a true video display. The next best receiver I researched and wanted was the Kenwood KDC-X700 but the reviews for the display brightness were very low. [ Matthew  May 19, 2016 ]
    compared alpine, pioneer, jvc then the dual xdma761, after all hours comparing this new axxera ac536bi offers latest upgrade from 2v too 4v pre amps with dual mirror technology for ipod/iphone integration with pandora via usb [ keith  May 01, 2016 ]
    I like the full color LCD display because it is easier to read that the typical single color lcd display. [ Guest  Feb 21, 2016 ]

    3 questions already asked

    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system wiring. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see how everything integrates. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Apr 15, 2017 ]  Staff
    The Axxera AC536Bi supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Apr 06, 2016 ]  Staff
    is the wiring plug exactly the same as the xdma6415. I have that now and do not want to rewire. [ Jimmy  Apr 15, 2017 ]
    Not blutooth but when i connect my iphone with my charging cord it does disply my song title and artist and even my station on pandora [ Joseph  Feb 29, 2016 ]
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