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Our take on the Axxera AXV820 by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Free your hands and cut the wires
Put video entertainment and Bluetooth® functionality into your dash with Axxera's AVX820 DVD receiver. This double-DIN car stereo features a bright and clean 6.2" touchscreen, with large icons and a layout that puts control at your fingertips.
Built-in Bluetooth® functionality lets you take calls coming into your compatible cell phone without taking your hands of the wheel. The built-in microphone picks up your end of the conversation, while you hear your caller loud and clear. You can also stream music from your phone or other Bluetooth devices straight through your car's speakers.
Movies for those long road trips
If you've got hours on the road and restless passengers in your future, you can connect this receiver to an overhead or headrest monitor so your back seat passengers can enjoy a movie while you drive. This Axxera also plays compressed video files, so you can load multiple movies onto a USB device, SD card, or recordable DVD, instead of having to tote a library of discs with you. Axxera's included an iPod® video cable too, so you can tap into video content from your Apple device as well.
Plenty of options and connections
Prefer to listen to some tunes during your drive time? No problem — you can slip in an SD™ card or hook up a USB device loaded with MP3 or WMA files. And you can archive hours of music on a recordable DVD or CD disc for your journey. The handy front-panel A/V input provides a pathway for other audio and video sources.
Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter 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 this receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
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.
The best thing about the axxera axv 820 is the price. No where will you be able to get a price under 300 dollars for a quality built product that is easy to navigate and even easier to install for those do it yourselfers out there!
Ryan, Lewistown, MT
What's in the Box:
- DVD receiver with integrated 6.2" LCD screen (inserted 15A mini-ATC fuse)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- Preamp output/USB/SWC harness
- AV input harness
- 8.0' Parking brake detection wire (yellow/blue)
- 8" AV adapter cord (with a male 3.5mm AV connector on one end and female composite video/stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
- 39" iPod audio/video cable (with an Apple dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector/composite video connector on other end)
- 40" USB cable (with a female USB type-A port on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
- Microphone (with attached 9.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
- Visor clip
- Self-adehsive mount
- Wireless remote control
- CR2025 Lithium batteries (installed in remote)
- Metal support strap
- Rear-support bolt
- 4 Pan-head screws
- 4 Counter-sunk screws
- 2 Radio-removal tools
- Quick Start Guide
- Warning sheet concerning driver watching videos
- "Congratulations" card
- in-dash DVD receiver with 6.2" touchscreen
- built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- plays CDs, DVDs, USB devices, and SD cards
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- remote control
- 3-band equalizer
- iPod audio control built-in, iPod video cable included
- inputs: front A/V input, front SD card slot, front and rear USB inputs, rear RCA A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: two rear video outputs (no audio), 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||3.5mm AV (front)|
|Audio/video Input||3.5mm (F), Compoiste (R)|
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP|
|Memory Card Slot||USB/SD memory|
|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||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
6.2" Touchscreen Display: The Axxera AXV820 features a fixed 6.2" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.
Note: The unit's touchscreen display is not detachable.
Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the touchscreen display's brightness, contrast, and color.
Video Lockout: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the included yellow/blue wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged and disengaged in a preset sequence.
12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock will display 12-hour AM/PM time in USA frequency spacing mode. In European frequency spacing mode, the clock will display 24-hour time. The head unit also display day, month, and year
Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary dial along the left edge of the screen.
Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power for more than 40 seconds.
2-DIN Chassis: The AXV820 has a 2-DIN chassis, and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.
Note: As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Disc Compatibility: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Axxera AXV820 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
Front-Panel SD-card Slot: The Axxera AXV820 is equipped with front-panel SD-card slot for playback of music and photo files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32GB).
MP3/WMA Playback: The AXV820 can play MP3/WMA audio files that have been recorded on CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs; as well as SD/SDHC memory cards. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2, or Joliet file format. Compatible bit rates are 8-320 kbps for MP3, and 32-192 kbps for WMA. Recorded discs and SD-cards can have up to 2,000 files and 200 folders. The head unit will display MP3 ID3 Tag and WMA Tag information.
Internal Buffer: An internal buffer provides ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) for MP3/WMA discs to virtually eliminate skipping.
JPEG Playback: The AXV820 also supports playback JPEG still images recorded onto a CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs; as well as SD/SDHC memory cards. JPEG photos can be viewed as thumbnails as well as rotated clockwise/counterclockwise. It is not possible to view JPEG still images while the vehicle is in motion; the vehicle must be in park with the parking brake engaged.
Touchscreen Controls: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the bottom left two-thirds of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the bottom right two-thirds of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Touching the top left one-third of the screen allows to display the Main menu; while touching the top center of the screen displays DVD disc information. Pressing the middle of the screen activates the DVD playback control functions.
Play List: The AXV820's touchscreen monitor will display five folders, tracks, or image files on a disc or SD-card for easier access to your media files.
Playback & Search Functions: The AXV820 provides various playback & search functions.
- Playback: Normal, Random (all/folder), Repeat (track/all/folder)
- Search: Fast Forward/Reverse (2/4/8/16x), Previous/Next track
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Off Eject: You can eject a disc even after the head unit has been turned off.
Auto Reload: The DVD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 15 seconds or more.
Dual USB Ports: The Axxera AXV820 features two USB (type-A) ports for playback of MP3, WMA, and JPEG files stored on a USB mass storage class device. The unit offers a front-panel USB (type-A) port and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that includes a 40" USB extension cable. Your connected USB device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible bit rates are 8-320 kbps for MP3, and 32-192 kbps for WMA. A USB device can have up to 2,000 files and 200 folders. The head unit will display MP3 ID3 Tag and WMA Tag information. Playback functions include Play List, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port (max. 500mA) of the AXV820 and the unit is turned on.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Axxera AXV820 supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones. The Axxera AXV820's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel composite video input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the included iPod video cable. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the AXV820's front-panel USB port using the included USB extension cable and the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone.
Note: You must select which USB port (front or rear) you will be using in the head unit's Setup Menu, before connecting your iPod/iPhone. The unit is set to use the rear USB port by default.
iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the Axxera AXV820 uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 80dB.
iPod Control: The Axxera head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, and Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented Movie. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen. The head unit also supports Repeat (track) & Random (album) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel will be locked during connection.
iPod/iPhone Display: The AXV820 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Your iPod/iPhone's downloaded apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor.
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 500mA of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Axxera AXV820 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (8/28/2012):
|iPod/iPhone||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art|
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.
Bluetooth Communication: The Axxera AXV820 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that is developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones, and other handheld devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit-per-second.
Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the AXV820. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the AXV820
Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Axxera AXV820 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 touchscreen. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the AXV820's integrated monitor. You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad or transfer a call from your phone. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call.
External Microphone: The AXV820 includes an external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. The microphone features a visor-clip to mount the unit to your vehicle's sun-visor. The visor-clip can be removed and the microphone an be mounted to your dash using the supplied self-adhesive bracket. The microphone measures 0.4375" (diameter) x 1.4375" (depth).
Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Axxera AXV820 also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control (Play/Pause, Stop, Previous/Next) the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the AXV820. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
AM/FM Tuner: The Axxera AXV820 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, scan, and preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner allows you to store up to 18 FM station presets and 18 AM station presets. You can tune your presets manually or have the head unit do it automatically.
Preset Scan: You can scan all your stored preset stations and listen to the first 10 seconds of each.
Local: The Local function allows only strong radio stations to be received, blocking stations with weaker signals.
European Tuning: You can switch the tuner between USA or European tuning.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Axxera AXV820 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Axxera AXV820 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 AXV820 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 AXV820 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)
5ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The AXV820 features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front & rear speaker preamp outputs are balance/fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
Subwoofer Controls: The unit's subwoofer output has a dedicated low-pass filter (80/120/160Hz) and output level adjustment.
Preset EQ Curves: The Axxera DVD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves to customize your music listening. You can choose from User, Flat, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soft, Vocal, Classic, Dance, Movie, and Hip-Hop.
3-Band EQ: The User Preset EQ setting allows you to adjust the unit's 3-Band EQ.
- Bass: select from 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
- Midrange: select from 500Hz, 1kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz
- Treble: select from 10khz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
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 (Disc, SD, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Tuner, AV1, and AV2). You can set the source volume level for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Axxera AXV820 DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input on the front panel of the head unit for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a game console. The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear panel for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner.
Note: This rear-panel composite video input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using included iPod video cable).
Dual Video Outputs: The two rear-panel composite video outputs allow you to connect optional external monitors. You can watch the same audio/video source that is being played on the DVD receiver on your connected external monitors.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera (sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The white/brown wire (within 16-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 2.3 seconds. The camera image can be set to Normal or Mirrored. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touchscreen panel and hard-key controls, the AXV820 also comes supplied with a full-functioning IR wireless remote control for convenient operation.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).
Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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