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Dual XDVD8182

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Dual's XDVD8182 in-dash DVD player features a beautiful 7" full-color LCD, touchscreen controls, and a host of connections that allow you to turn your car into a complete entertainment center. Not only can you play DVD movies while you're parked, but you can view system info on the secondary display while the LCD screen is retracted. Play your favorite MP3 or WMA files from recordable CDs and see all the info on display.

Dual's XDVD8182 in-dash DVD player features a beautiful 7" full-color LCD, touchscreen controls, and a host of connections that allow you to turn your car into a complete entertainment center. Not only can you play DVD movies while you're parked, but you can view system info on the secondary display while the LCD screen is retracted. Play your favorite MP3 or WMA files from recordable CDs and see all the info on display.

Dual's exclusive "A/V iPlug™" connector includes an RCA audio/video input, an auxiliary input for a portable music player, and an input for Dual's included 2-meter iPod® adapter cable — all the inputs you need to turn the XDVD8182 into a multimedia center. Install the A/V iPlug in a convenient spot so you can plug in outboard devices without having wires dangling from your dash.

The touchscreen controls can manipulate all iPod functions — you can control and command many models of iPod (see "Details" for more info). The 7" screen shows you everything you need to know, from artist and song to playlists. With a few touches on the screen, you can bring up videos from your video iPod or check out photos you have stored there.

Looking for a surround sound experience in your car? The XDVD8182 offers built-in Dolby® Digital and ProLogic II® decoding, along with preamp outputs for all 6 channels. Just hook up four speakers plus a powered subwoofer and powered center-channel speaker, and immerse yourself in digital surround sound. A premium digital-to-analog converter ensures accurate sound processing, while the included wireless remote allows you to manage all the action.

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:

  • in-dash DVD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels, CEA-2006)
  • plays DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, and CD-R/RW, plus MP3 and WMA files on CD
  • motorized, retractable 7" LCD video monitor with touchscreen controls
  • secondary display
  • ten selectable preset EQ curves with user-adjustable preset
  • one set of audio/video inputs
  • A/V iPlug connector with iPod input, auxiliary input and additional audio/video inputs
  • 7" screen displays video and photos from your video iPod
  • iPod controls through touchscreen interface
  • rear-view camera input
  • two composite video outputs
  • Dolby Digital and Dolby ProLogic II decoding
  • 24-bit D/A converter
  • front, rear, subwoofer, and center-channel preamp outputs
  • 36 FM/12 AM presets
  • loudness
  • wireless remote
  • DVD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • DVD/CD signal-to-noise ratio: 95 dB
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with a 7" LCD screen
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (has an in-line 10-amp fuse on the constant power lead)
  • 8.25' Parking brake detection wire (has male bullet connector on one end)
  • iPlug Interface with attached 6.75' cable (has stereo RCA audio jacks/composite video/3.5mm stereo minijack/8-pin DIN connector on the interface and stereo RCA audio jacks/composite video/8-pin DIN connector on the other end)
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Flat washers
  • 4.25' iPod cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and 8-pin DIN connector on the other end)
  • 43" Audio adapter cord (has 3.5mm stereo miniplugs on both ends)
  • 44" Audio adapter cord (has 3.5mm stereo miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
  • Wireless remote control (XDVD8182)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Metal support strap
  • Hex bolt
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • Rubber bumper
  • 6 Sleeve screws
  • Self-adhesive logo badge
  • Installation/Owner's Manual
  • Technical difficulties sheet

Dual XDVD8182 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)


Mitch from Delaware on 6/9/2009

I owned this unit for roughly 2 years. For the price the features were few and far between. You can get a much better unit for the price this unit costs. I had the unit eating cd's after roughly a year. I returned it and got a new unit. However, Dual customer support was terrible, I wrote and called and wrote some more never got a response. Audio quality was solid, video was ok too. I had some issues with radio reception. This unit runs fairly hot and needs a good bit of space behind the unit to sit the dozen or so wires on the back. This unit would be a much better mobile video unit if it were in the $300-$350 range. All in all, for the cash your gonna dish out for this unit you can find a much better one from a better brand.



The only review you need to read

Tru Metal from Guam USA on 2/10/2008

ill start off by saying that when i purchased this unit about a year ago, it was 600 dollars. and personally i try to stray away from off brand electronic purchases and i went against my conscience and bought it from crutchfield. it worked well for the first month or so then started becoming a very frustrating piece of equipment. problems that i have had with this unit are as follows (not in any specific order) <BR><BR> 1. Will not resume song from ipod where you left off, will restart song when you start up your car again.<BR> 2. gear drive gave out, making it very diffucult to adjust the angle of viewing, and very hard to close.<BR> 3. eq setting defaults when unit is shut off, causing me to have to reset my eq everytime i got in the car. <BR> 4. ipod controlls very wacky, will show incorrect song titles for the music your hearing, it is also very slow to respond to selections. sometimes shows song and you want to select it, and it chooses something completely different. doesnt shuffle songs properly and will replay songs again and again even if the repeat option is off. cannot pause song for more than 5 seconds without recieving a "reset ipod" error at the top of the console. when searching through lubrary while a song is playing, you have very limited time to select or search, or the screen will switch back to tne now playing screen. very frustrating while trying to drive. <BR> 5. just recently stopped playing dvd's, and recently after that even stopped accepting cd's, will eject them immediatley after insertion. <BR><BR> that is just some of the major problems, im very limitled with 1700 characters, and that limitation doesnt let me completely cover all the problems with this unit. <BR><BR>



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Randi from Vernal, UT on 11/14/2007

October 9, 2006 I purchased a Dual AM/FM/DVD Player MDL#XDVD8182 for my pickup truck. I had it installed professionally and it work fine for the first couple months. Then when I would play cds it began to shoot out error codes across the screen when it was closed and would only play loud static through the speakers like a radio station wasn't tuned in completely. It continued to do it every so often but to fix it for a short time I turn off the power and restarted it. As of the begining of August it began not accepting or ejecting cds properly. As of the end of October it will not accept or eject cds or movies at all. I really enjoy Dual products but this experience is shying my away from them.



Its a DVD player above all

Edward from Victorville, CA on 9/20/2007

I bought this unit for the price and other little things about it.<BR><BR>It plays movies great and the screen has a nicer picture than my Kenwood. I like how you can have it open/ close automotically or not. <BR><BR>It has more features for DVD audio than it does for CD/ Tuner/ ipod combined. It has 5.1 output. The sub preamp is actually mono (kinda rare - good).<BR><BR>The touchscreen is not adjustable to sensitivity, you have to press a little firm for it to work sometimes - but it is ok.<BR><BR>I have not used the ipod interface so I cant comment on that. But I do have my Creative Zen Video. And i can play music and videos from it to the stereo. Works like a charm.<BR><BR>Ed



Good reciever

Mr. F. H from Hawthorne, NJ on 8/30/2007

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

I have had this DVD reciever for about 5 days now and so far everything is working perfect. Basically it is a great low cost reciever with out all the gadgets and functions of a $700+ unit. It was very easy to install in my 1999 F-150 with the help of the Crutchfield master sheet and customer service hotline, (about 45 mins). Although i do recommend professional installation if you are not a familiar with wires because of the backup camera set up and the dvd parking brake grounds. The screen is bright enough in the day time as long as your not parked directly into sun light, but thats common sense. The MP3 doesnt take all that long to load, about 10 seconds to load a full 700mb cd, but i have not tried loading a DVD with a full 2.4gb of music. Overall all i am very pleased with this unit and all my friends thinks its cool to. Will update again after a couple weeks.



Junk with a cool screen (at night anyways).

Scott from Moorhead, MN on 7/27/2007

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this deck with high hopes when I saw that all the specs were close to that of high end decks such as Alpine and Eclipse, but it had a screen and wasnt much more than the others. Now I can see why its so cheap. The screen is terrible in the day, its absolutely horrible! My friend has an Eclipse AVN-5500 and that screen is great in the day, not the case with the Dual. <BR><BR>If you are reading these reviews youve seen that the deck doesnt function well with the iPod. I didnt believe them, but believe me when I say I was wrong and they were right. It is not good with a iPod at all! It claims to charge the iPod, but this is only true if you are listening to music, if you are watching a video from your video iPod you are out of luck because it does not charge while watching videos. Instead it drains your battery. Also while watching videos you can not control it through the deck, you have to use the iPod to find the video you want.<BR><BR>Thanks to Crutchfields amazing service I exchanged the deck for an Alpine.



Great product for the money...

Anonymous from Boston, MA on 5/13/2007

I bought this unit about 2 months ago and can safely say I am impressed. I installed the unit into a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport with very little trouble, thanks to the wire harness and fitting kit. The finished deck looks excellent, and it really does awe people when they step inside my car. The only grudge I have is that the Ipod interface is &quot;weird&quot;, as it numbers all the songs from 1-whatever in order of artist name. This is solvable by putting songs in a play list, but none the less its the reason I bought the 8182 over the 8181. This thing is loaded with features so make sure you read about them all. The passengers reaction when you start the car and the screen comes out automatically is priceless.



Excellent Application

eddie from Elmendorf AFB Alaska on 3/2/2007

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this product last month. I got it for a 2003 Explorer Sport Track, with the double din adapter it fits PERFECTLY. It is easy to use, sounds excellent, has great video playback, and has a price i can definately live with.



fits the ticket

wes from alaska on 2/24/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

from the very beginning this product was nice and was so easy to install thanks to crutchfield. everything installed great worked fine and even the ipod function is nice you can browse artists, songs and even playlists. im only having one problem and that is it sitting nicely into its spot it sticks out about a 1/4 of an inch nothing i cant fix but still a glitch.



Not Too shabby

OneFine99 from SpringHill, FL on 1/29/2007

Ok, here's how it is, i bought this deck and overall i am pleased. However the ipod function is not all that great. For exmple when i plug it in it never loads, it only loads when the engine is off. Funny thing is this only happens with my ipod. Yet it works with all my friends. I tried restarting my ipod and it still doesnt work. Yet when using my frineds ipod the screen is difficult to navigate through the songs, and the DVD player is nice, expecially with the safety bypass switch i installed, makes things easier if im on the go and wanna pop in a DVD. I still have my factory speakers and im pleased with the way this unit improved the sound from them so im hoping when i get my system itll bump. Hopefully after i buy another ipod itll load when the engine is on. This is my only real complaint other than that this is a great unit.



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Brad from San Luis Obispo, CA on 10/11/2006

I got the DVD player last week and so far I wish there were a removable face plate and the buttons were a little bit bigger. The touch screen is a little bit weird but easy to get used to. I wish the screen had a sensor so when the screen comes up or go's down and for some strange reason it stops it will return to previous location. The sound quality is good. The expandability is excellent.



Just OK

Jeremy from Las Vegas, NV on 10/4/2006

2001 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had it for about a week and a half and am not really satisfied with it. The install was the first time I have ever installed any car audio and all the stuff provided by Crutchfield made it a piece of cake, I got it done in less than a half hour. <BR>But acutally trying to use the deck was extremely hard. The touchscreen was very slow (5 seconds between pressing it and it changing) and the ipod interface completly sucks. The reason I really got it was because I thought that it would make using my ipod a lot easier and it actually made it difficult. I have over 10,000 songs on my ipod and there is no way to scroll through the artists except going page by page (each page has only 8 on it).<BR>Also it is hard to read it if it gets into direct sunlight. The sound quality is just ok and is very limited (only treble and bass). The motorized screen is very cool and flashy and the quality is pretty good.<BR>I reccommend to get it only if you're going to use cd's and watch DVD's but do not get it for your ipod.<BR>




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input A/V
Audio/video Input 1
USB Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation No
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 17
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen Yes
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Display Color
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research

General Features
DVD/Video CD Features
External Device Controls
Inputs and Outputs Notes

General Features

Motorized 7" TFT LCD Monitor: The XDVD8182 features a motorized 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen display with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 480 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels. The screen has a 120° horizontal viewing angle (60° left or right), and a 90° vertical viewing angle (30° up and 60° down). In addition to the 7" video monitor, the unit has a small secondary LCD for system information while the monitor is closed.

Display Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the display's angle for better visibility. The display tilts forward to 40° and backward to 120°, allowing you to choose one of 12 tilt positions. You can set up to 6 display angles in preset memory.

Brightness Adjustment: You can adjust the display brightness from -10 to +10.

Audio/Video iPlug: This unit features the audio/video iPlug, a 6.75' interface cable that allows you to listen to any portable music, video, or multimedia player equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack or audio/video RCA output. You can connect an iPod to the iPlug using the supplied adapter cable. Note: The special iPod cable can be connected to the head unit through the iPlug or through a dedicated iPod jack on the rear panel.

Electronic Skip Protection: This unit is equipped with a high-speed flash memory buffer for skip resistant playback. This ESP offers skip protection for DVD, CD, MP3, and WMA discs.

Audio Controls: The Audio Menu allows you to adjust the following:

  • Preset EQ: Select from the following EQ Presets:
    • Flat: Bass 0, Treble 0
    • Jazz: Bass +6, Treble +4
    • Pop: Bass +4, Treble +6
    • Classic: Bass +4, Treble +4
    • Rock: Bass +6, Treble +6
    • News: Bass -2, Treble -2
    • Urban: Bass +4, Treble +5
    • Rave: Bass +5, Treble +6
    • Movie: Bass +3, Treble -2
    • Techno: Bass +5, Treble +3
    • User: set by user
  • Bass, Treble, Subwoofer: individual controls between -7 and +7
  • Fade, Balance: individual controls between -9 and +9
  • Loudness: On, Off

MP3/WMA Playback: The XDVD8182 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2, Yellow Book Mode 1 or Mode 2 Form 1, or Joliet formats. Compatible bit rates are 40 to 320 kbps for MP3, and 40-192 kbps for WMA. Recorded discs can have up to 1500 files and 8 folder levels.

Rear View Camera Input: The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image when a rear camera is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera.

DVD/Video CD Features

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 supplied yellow/blue wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. 

Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Preamp Outputs: The XDVD8182 has 6 channels of preamp outputs: front L/R, rear L/R, center, and subwoofer. If you want 6-channel theater-style sound, you can hook up the appropriate external amplifiers and speakers to the front, rear, center, and subwoofer preamp outputs. When the unit is in 6-channel mode, you can independently adjust the level of each speaker.

Surround Mode: You can choose between full 6-channel output or a downmixed 2-channel mode. Surround mode options include Pro Logic, PL II Matrix, PL II Movie, and PL II Music.

Surround Setup: You can input the size and presence of each speaker in your sound system by entering "Large" or "Small" for Front left/right, and "Large," "Small," or "None" for Rear left/right and Center. For the Subwoofer, you can enter "Present" or "None." You can select "Large" for speakers that give a full-range output. When "Small" is selected, it will activate a high-pass filter whose crossover is dependent upon the subwoofer's low-pass filter setting:

  • Low Pass @ 80 Hz: High Pass= 90 Hz
  • Low Pass @ 120 Hz: High Pass= 135 Hz
  • Low Pass @ 160 Hz: High Pass= 180 Hz

Dynamic Range Control: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On or Off.

Pink Noise Generator: The built-in pink noise generator helps you set the relative speaker levels for multi-channel playback. You can play pink noise through the left front, center, right front, left surround, right surround, and subwoofer outputs.

Center/Rear Delay: You can adjust the time difference between the center and the front speakers to create a time delay between 1 and 5 milliseconds to produce a more accurate audio effect. You can also adjust the time difference between the rear and front speakers between 3 and 15 milliseconds.

Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions (2x, 4x, 8x, and 20x).

Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file or folder. A-B Repeat allows you to repeat any portion of a DVD.

External Device Controls

iPod Compatibility: Most iPods from 3rd generation to 5th generation, equipped with the proprietary dock connector, can be connected to and controlled by the head unit (see list below for firmware versions, the iPod Shuffle is not compatible because it has no dock connector). When the iPod is connected, it can be controlled via the touch-screen and rotary dial. The screen displays all information including playlists, artists, albums, and songs. You can also view pictures and videos from 5th Generation iPods. In addition, your iPod will charge while connected and the system is turned on. The following specific iPods are compatible with this unit.

  • 3rd Generation iPod: version 2.3
  • 4th Generation iPod: version 3.11
  • 5th Generation iPod: version 1.1.2
  • iPod Photo: version 1.2.1
  • iPod Mini: version 1.4.1
  • iPod Nano: version 1.2.0

Note: The iPod photo/video display of the unit will not operate while the vehicle is moving. The parking brake will need to be engaged just like when watching a DVD. At this time the iPod classic, 3rd generation nano, iPod touch, and iPhone are not supported.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

6-Channel Audio Preamp Outputs: This unit has six audio preamp outputs: front left and right, rear left and right, center, and subwoofer.

iPod Input: The iPod input has an 8-pin DIN connector on a 7" pigtail. This input is used with the supplied iPod cable for both audio and control commands.

Aux Input: The Aux input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external A/V equipment to this head unit.

Video Out 1 & 2: These RCA composite video jacks allow you add external monitors.

Camera Input: This RCA composite video jack allows you connect an optional rear view camera.

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