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You've got a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening — Axxera's X2DMA500 CD receiver lets you take advantage of that extra real estate. You can play all your digital music, and your fingers will appreciate the easy-to-grab dials and large buttons you'll only find on a faceplate this size. And the multi-line display features graphics and easy-to-read text that'll make it easier for you to navigate your music library.

You've got a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening — Axxera's X2DMA500 CD receiver lets you take advantage of that extra real estate. You can play all your digital music, and your fingers will appreciate the easy-to-grab dials and large buttons you'll only find on a faceplate this size. And the multi-line display features graphics and easy-to-read text that'll make it easier for you to navigate your music library.

All your tunes at your fingertips
Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input, and you can browse your music library with the X2DMA500's controls, letting you stash your iPod safely in your glove box or console. But if you don't have an iPod, that's fine, too — just load up a thumb drive with MP3 and WMA files, plug it into the USB slot, and navigate your files and folders in much the same way.

Got both? Axxera includes a second USB drive in the rear. As a bonus, Axxera's put a handy SD™ card slot on the face too. However you carry your music files, the X2DMA500 can play them.

Talk hands-free
Keep your eyes on the road while you drive with built-in Bluetooth®. Once you pair up your compatible phone, you'll take your calls through the Axxera, listening to your callers over your speakers. Axxera includes an external mic you can mount right nearby, so your callers can hear you loud and clear. Plus you can stream music to the X2DMA500 if your phone supports it.

Dial in just the right sound
Axxera gives you the tools you need to dial in just the right sound. High- and low-pass filters let you send your speakers and subs the frequencies they were designed to handle, which lets them hit harder and run more efficiently. Then use the 3-band EQ to fine-tune your sound — you can even set the center frequency on each band for precise adjustments. Axxera includes a remote for on-the-fly changes.

Build a system
Three sets of preamp outputs make it easier to add amps and subs when you're ready to add on. You can add an HD Radio™ tuner (available soon) for crystal-clear AM/FM sound and alternate programming.

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 the Axxera, 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.

iPod 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.

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What's in the Box:

  • Double-Din AM/FM CD receiver (with a 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • 2 Trim rings
  • Wiring harness
  • X2DMA500 IR wireless remote control
  • CR2032 Lithium battery
  • 39" USB extension cable (with female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB connector on other end)
  • Microphone with visor-clip (attached 9.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Rear-support bolt
  • 4 Pan-head screws
  • Star-washer
  • Hex-nut
  • Installation/Owner's Manual
  • "Remove Transit Screws" note (attached to chassis)

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Hands-on Research for full capabilities)
    • remote control
    • built-in iPod control
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    Audio features:
    • 3-band EQ
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front and rear USB input, front auxiliary input, SD-card slot
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:
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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB/SD-card
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3/Phone
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    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 2 volts
    Display Color Black/White
    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 8.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/SD-Card Support
    iPod/Auxiliary Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Dual Axxera X2DMA500 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), 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 the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Full-Graphic LCD: The large, full-graphic LCD and two multi-function rotary control knobs make it easy and convenient to operate the intuitive menu-driven interface.

    Display Settings: The headunit offers the following display settings.

    • Scrolling: 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).
    • LCD Type: You can set the LCD illumination type to Positive (color background with black text), Negative (Black background with color text), or Automatic (switches to positive during daytime and negative during the night).
    • Display Dimmer: The headunit's display features three illumination dimmer settings (High/Medium/Low).

    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.

    Note: The clock can be set to stay on even when the headunit is turned off.

    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.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Dual Axxera X2DMA500 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 X2DMA500 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 X2DMA500 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)

    Preset EQ Curves: The Dual CD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves to customize your music listening - Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, or User.

    3-Band EQ: The User Preset EQ setting allows you to adjust the unit's 3-Band EQ.

    Band Selectable Center Frequency Quality Factor Level
    Bass 50, 100, or 200Hz 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, or 2.0 -6 to +6 dB
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, or 2.0 kHz 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, or 2.0 -6 to +6 dB
    Treble 5, 10, or 15 kHz 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, or 2.0 -6 to +6 dB

    Loudness: The Loudness function enhances the bass & treble frequencies at low volumes. The Loudness can be set to 1, 2, 3, or Off.

    2V/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Dual Axxera X2DMA500 is equipped with three pair of 2-Volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear speakers are fading with high-pass crossover filters, while the subwoofer output is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter.

    • Front/Rear Preamp Outputs (with HPF): If you do not want low frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker preamp outputs (or speaker outputs), you can turn on the unit's High Pass Filter. The HPF has a selectable cutoff frequency of (62, 95, 135Hz, or Off). Only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the speakers.
    • Subwoofer Output (with Sub Control): The unit has a pair of dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter (55, 85, 120Hz, or Through), phase adjustment (normal/reverse), and output level (0-12).

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

    Program Volume: You can se the X2DMA500 to power-on to the same volume level (1-30) every time.

    Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every button press will output a beep tone.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Dual X2DMA500 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 12 AM station presets. You can tune your presets manually or have the headunit do it automatically.

    Scan Tuning: Press the Scan button on the included remote control to preview strong stations on the current band, pausing for five seconds at each. Press Scan again to select station or cancel the function.

    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.

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): HD Radio operation requires connection of the Dual HDM90 HD Radio tuner (070HDM90, sold separately). With HD Radio you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Dual HDM90 HD Radio tuner is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 64) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: iTunes Tagging can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Disc Playback

    CD Compatibility: The Dual X2DMA500 headunit supports CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW disc playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Compatible: The headunit supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

    Compatible Files MP3, WMA, AAC
    Recording Format ISO9660 level 1/level 2, Yellow book Mode1/Mode 2, Multi-session
    Sampling Frequency MP3: 8-48khz, WMA: 32-48kHz, AAC: 8-48kHz
    Bit Rate MP3: 32-320kbps, WMA: 32-192kbps, AAC: 48-288kbps
    ID3 Tag Support MP3 Tags: version 1.0-2.4, WMA Tags
    Character Support Song/Artist/Album Names: 30 characters, File/Folder Names: 32 characters
    File Folder Limit Maximum Folders/Files: 256, Maximum Folder Levels: 8

    Playback Features: The X2DMA500 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.

    Auto Reload: If the disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the unit will reload the disc automatically. The unit does not have to be turned on to eject a disc.

    USB/SD-Card Support

    Dual USB Ports: The Dual X2DMA500 is equipped with front- and rear-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of MP3/WMA/AAC files stored on a USB mass storage device. The X2DMA500 offers the following playback features for MP3/WMA/AAC USB files - File/Folder Search, Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan. The unit's USB ports will also charge your USB devices during connection.

    SD-Card Slot: The Dual X2DMA500 is equipped with front-panel SD-card slot for playback of MP3/WMA/AAC files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card (up to 16GB). The X2DMA500 offers the following playback features for MP3/WMA/AAC SD-card files - File/Folder Search, Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Compatibility Chart: The MP3/WMA/AAC files stored on your USB mass storage device and SD/SDHC memory must meet the following requirements for proper playback on the X2DMA500.

    File System FAT/FAT32
    Compatible Files MP3, WMA, AAC
    Recording Format ISO9660 level 1/level 2, Yellow book Mode1/Mode 2, Multi-session
    Sampling Frequency MP3: 8-48khz, WMA: 32-48kHz, AAC: 8-48kHz
    Bit Rate MP3: 32-320kbps, WMA: 32-192kbps, AAC: 48-288kbps
    ID3 Tag Support MP3 Tags: version 1.0-2.4, WMA Tags
    Character Support Song/Artist/Album Names: 30 characters, File/Folder Names: 32 characters
    File Folder Limit Maximum Folder/Files: 65,535
    Maximum Folder Level: 7

    iPod/Auxiliary Connection

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Dual X2DMA500 features a direct USB control system for your iPod or iPhone. To play music from your iPod/iPhone device, connect the USB/Dock cable (included with your iPod/iPhone) to the X2DMA500's front-panel or rear-panel USB port (or both). Playback will begin automatically. You can control your iPod/iPhone from the headunit, or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search your iPod/iPhone's music from the X2DMA500 by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Audiobook, or Podcast. The headunit also supports Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random and Intro playback functions for your iPod/iPhone. The Dual X2DMA500 will display song, artist, and album information; as well as charged your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Dual Axxera X2DMA500 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of December 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th N/A N N N N N N N
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y 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 headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The X2DMA500 features a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external portable audio device such as a portable MP3 player.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: Bluetooth hands-free communication is built into the Dual Axxera X2DMA500, making it easy to integrate a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone (up to 10). Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls or stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled phone on the X2DMA500 CD receiver.

    • Hands-free Communications (HFP/PBAB): The built-in Bluetooth hands-free feature allows you to talk on your cell phone through the X2DMA500 without the need of holding it in your hand, which helps avoid any traffic violations by keeping your focused on the road. Incoming calls will be automatically appear on the display and a ring tone will heard through your car speakers. You can answer a call from the headunit or have the headunit automatically answer any incoming calls. You can dial a number from the headunit or the included remote control. You can also transfer your phonebook the headunit. In addition, you can view a list of the 10 most recent phone calls dialed, received, or missed. The X2DMA500 even supports call waiting. An external microphone is included for better audio performance (no integrated front-panel mic).
    • Audio Streaming: The built-in Bluetooth audio streaming feature allows you to stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the X2DMA500 and control the playback of the audio through the headunit.

    Note: 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 X2DMA500.

    Wireless Remote Control: The X2DMA500 comes supplied with a 21-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Dual CD Receiver.

    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 the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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