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Our take on the Axxera AXD530 by Crutchfield's Dave Delamere
The Axxess AXD530 CD receiver features built-in Bluetooth that allows you to concentrate on the drive and not on the phone. You'll be able to talk hands-free when using your Bluetooth-equipped phone, and you can listen freely as well, as audio streaming lets you enjoy your favorite music wirelessly. You get all of this while your phone is stowed safely out of reach.
Axxess adds some zing to your music information through a beautiful 3" QVGA display, something you don't usually see on receivers in this price range. Using its Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display surface, you get everything you want to know about your songs in a high-contrast presentation. Song info will look great on the display, and you'll be able to check out all your other system information with a quick glance.
Pandora® control for the big three
You don't have to worry which type of phone you have to enjoy your Pandora Internet Radio stations. Android or Blackberry owners can use the AXD530's Bluetooth audio streaming for Pandora control, while iPhone owners will simply plug into the USB input to get your streaming radio fix. You can give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down," switch between your favorite stations, and even tag songs for future purchase.
Axxera includes a remote control for your back seat passengers. Three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs supply a super-clean signal to your outboards amps, keeping noise out of your system. Axxera protects this sharp-looking receiver with its 2-year warranty.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Axxera stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Axxera, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
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.
Easy to install and sounds great Thanks
Todd, Buckner, IL
What's in the Box:
- CD receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
- Detachable face-plate (in face case) Hard plastic face case
- Wiring harness
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring (installed)
- Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
- Bluetooth microphone (w/ attached 9.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
- Sun-visor clip
- Self-adhesive clip
- 2 Removal tools
- 8 ISO-mount screws
- Rear-support bolt
- Lock washer
- Quick Start Guide
- CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
- detachable face with multi-line 3" TFT display
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- Pandora control for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone
- remote control
- subwoofer level control
- 3-band equalizer
- built-in iPod controls
- inputs: front USB input, front and rear auxiliary inputs
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||60 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||8.5 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Bluetooth Technology: The Axxera AXD530 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 AXD530.
Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the AXD530. You can only pair one device at a time with this unit. Once paired, when your Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the Axxera receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units. The Axxera AXD530 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The Axxera AXD530 allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's front-panel control or included remote; or you can set the head unit to auto answer all incoming calls. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's front-panel LCD. You can manually enter a phone number using the included remote or transfer a call from your phone. You can also select a phone number from a recent call list (dialed/missed/received) or quickly redial the last number. Use the included external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call.
Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Axxera AXD530 also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause, Stop, & Next/Previous Track. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
CD Compatibility: The Axxera AXD530 head unit supports CD-Audio, CD-Text, 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.
USB Port: The Axxera AXD530 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, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. 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. 0.5A) your USB devices during connection.
Compatible Compressed Music Files: The AXD530 supports the following types of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||CD-R/RW||USB Storage Device|
|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 (ver. 1.0-2.4), WMA tags|
Playback Features: The AXD530 offers playback features such as Repeat, Random and Intro scan.
- 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.
File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.
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.
USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The Axxera AXD530's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), metadata 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), allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 80dB.
- 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 label.
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge (0.5A 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 AXD530 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/3/2015):
|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|
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.
Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The AXD530 features dual auxiliary inputs. There is a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a temporary external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player. There is also a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting a permanent external audio device.
AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AXD530 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). The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals. You can even switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Axxera AXD530 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable supplied with your iPhone. The AXD530 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, 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).
- QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
- 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.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AXD530 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.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AXD530 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. The power output specs for the AXD530 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)
4V/6Ch RCA Outputs: The AXD530 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: When the subwoofer preamp output is active, you can adjust the output level (0-12) of the sub preamp output. You can also set the low-pass crossover to 80, 120, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).
Equalizer: The Axxera CD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves (Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, or User) to customize your music listening. The User mode activates a 3-Band EQ which lets you adjust Bass, Midrange, & Treble manually. EQ settings are stored for each source.
|Bass||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz||-6 to +6|
|Midrange||0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz||-6 to +6|
|Treble||10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz||-6 to +6|
Loudness: The Loudness function enhances the bass & treble frequencies at low volumes.
Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, CD, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, iPod, Pandora). You can set the source volume level (+/-6dB) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.
Program Volume: You can set the AXD530 to power-on to the same volume level (0-30) every time.
Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every button press will output a beep tone.
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Axxera AXD530 features a manual fold-down face-plate. The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also 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" LCD Screen: The Axxera AXD530 features a 3" QVGA (320x240) TFT LCD screen with 3D-like background graphics. The 3" screen provides enough room to display song, artist, and album information at the same time.
Screen Adjustments: You can adjust the color, contrast, and brightness of the LCD screen.
Text Scroll: You can change the scrolling style used for displayed information on the LCD screen. Choose from Off (no scrolling), Once (scrolls once), 15 Secs (scrolls once per 15 seconds), and On (constantly scrolls).
12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock can be set to 12-hour or 24-hour mode.
Power-On Message: This feature allows a "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening" text message to be shown on the unit's LCD screen when it is powered on.
Demo Mode: You can enable or disable the units demonstration mode.
Wireless Remote Control: The AXD530 comes supplied with an 21-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Axxera CD Receiver.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: 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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2 questions already asked
I haven't try it with the IPhone 6 yet. But I really love this unit is worth the money I pay for it. [ ALEXANDER Dec 10, 2014 ]
I actually bought a Kenwood head unit , sorry [ STEPHEN M Dec 10, 2014 ]
It uses Bluetooth so will work with any phone that has Bluetooth including the 6 [ Gage Dec 10, 2014 ]
Do not buy this product. The face lens has fallen off. The Bluetooth has connectivity issues and the remote barely works. Quality of sound is reduced as well. I have buyers remorse [ KENNETH Dec 10, 2014 ]
What is the ohm rating in this received? [ scorpionkiller Feb 07, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on the wiring in your vehicle. [ Jeff Jan 03, 2014 ] Staff