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Our take on the Dual XHD6430 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
The Dual XHD6430 CD receiver gives you lots of features that'll rock your road trip or commute without stretching your budget. Whether you're looking for better AM/FM sound quality and increased programming choices offered by free HD Radio® broadcasts, or you just like to listen to tunes from your iPod®, the XHD6430 makes it happen with intuitive control and ease.
Playing your tunes
Plug your iPod into the front-panel USB input, and you can browse your music library with the XHD6430's controls. This lets you stash your iPod in a secure place and keep it charged while you drive. The USB slot is also perfect for connecting thumb drives or other portable music players. The CD drive plays your favorite MP3 or WMA files, so you can load a disc with multiple albums or stacks of files and hit the road. A front-panel auxiliary input makes the XHD6430 even more versatile, providing a convenient place to plug in your portable player or a Dock & Play satellite radio.
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.
Ever hear a tune you like on the radio but couldn't remember it when you got home? With your iPod connected and an HD Radio station tuned in, you can "tag" the songs you like to buy later on iTunes. Once a song is tagged, you'll be reminded to purchase it from the iTunes store the next time you sync your iPod on your home computer.
Power and tone
Dual designed the XHD6430 to play great no matter what the source. The built-in amplifier boasts plenty of power, to improve your music's clarity and impact, and five selectable EQ curves sculpt the tone to match your car's environment. The two sets of preamp outputs allow plenty of options if you're considering adding amps and subs. The rear output can be switched to subwoofer mode, giving you control over your bass level from the driver's seat.
Have a Bluetooth phone? Add the optional Bluetooth module and you'll be able to answer and place calls on your compatible cell phone using the receiver's front panel 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.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
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What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver (with 10-amp fuse and two transport screws installed in the chassis)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Face (inside included face-case)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- XHD6430 wireless remote control
- CR2032 Lithium battery
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 1 Metal support strap
- 4 Pan-head ISO-mount machine screws
- Star lock washer
- Rear stud bolt
- Hex nut
- 2 Face fixing screws
- 4 Small machine screws
- Installation/Owner's Manual
- Service note (attached to top of unit)
- CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
- built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
- built-in iPod control
- detachable face
- remote control
- 5 preset EQ settings
- compatible with Dual Bluetooth adapter
- inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
- outputs: two sets of preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||17 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.5 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Detachable Face: The head unit features a manual fold-down, detachable faceplate and comes supplied with a hard plastic carrying case. Two face-fixing screws are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
LCD Display: The head unit features a 2-line black/white LCD display.
Display Priority: You can set the unit to a source display or clock display priority. When set to source display priority, the radio tuner frequency, CD track/elapsed time, selected MP3/WMA information (track name, directory name, title, artist, or album), or Aux display will be displayed.
Clock Display: Normally, the clock display illuminates only when the unit is on. You can program it so the clock is displayed when the ignition key is turned on and the unit is off.
Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's display features three illumination settings. You can choose from Low, Med, or High.
CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The Dual XHD6430 features a CEA-2006 Compliant rated amplifier that offers 17 watts RMS x 4 channels in 4 ohms at 1% THD+N with a Signal-To-Noise Ratio of 80dBA.
Selectable Preamp Outputs: The XHD6430 features front and rear preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output. The selectable subwoofer preamp output offers separate volume control from 0-12 to enhance the sound of your connected amplifier and subwoofer without effecting the rest of your car audio speaker system.
Preset EQ Curves: You can choose from six preset curves: Flat, Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, and Rock. Any adjustment to the bass or treble settings automatically cancels the current EQ curve.
Bass And Treble: The head unit's Bass and Treble can be independently adjusted from -6 to +6 dB.
Loudness Curve: You can activate this feature to enhance the bass and treble frequencies when listening to music at low volumes.
Source Audio Memory: Individual bass and treble settings are retained in memory for AM, FM, CD, USB, and AUX modes. This allows you to save the Bass and Treble settings separately for each mode.
Source Volume Level: The source volume level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (AM, FM, CD, AUX, USB and Bluetooth). You can set the source volume level (-6 to +6) for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.
Turn-on Volume: You can preset the unit's volume when it is powered on. Each time the unit is turned on, the volume is reset to the preset level regardless of the volume level when the unit was last turned off.
Beep Confirmation: You can enable or disable beep confirmation for the head unit's control buttons.
Built-In HD Tuner: In addition to the unit's standard analog AM/FM tuner, the head unit features a built-in HD AM/FM tuner. With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This 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. HD radio delivers near CD quality sound to FM broadcasts, and FM sound to AM broadcasts.
Note: Your local stations must be broadcasting HD AM/FM broadcasts to receive HD Radio content. No subscriptions fee needed for HD Radio programming.
HD Seek Mode: In addition to searching through both analog and digital stations, you can search only HD stations by using the head unit's HD Seek Mode. During this mode the head unit will skip over all analog stations and tune to only HD Radio stations.
Multicasting: This head unit also supports HD Radio multicasting and allows multicast HD Radio stations to be stored as presets.
Preset Tuning: You can store up to 18 FM stations and 12 AM stations, including HD Radio stations. The head unit can automatically store the six strongest stations in the current band selected. Multicast channels are not stored during Auto Preset and must be manually preset.
Scan Tuning: The Scan Tuning feature momentarily previews strong stations on the current band, pausing for fives seconds at each station.
iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature of the XHD6430 allows you to "Tag" songs that are playing on HD Radio station and enables them to be purchase later through iTunes. With the touch of a button the unit will remember the title and artist song information, and then transfer that information to your iPod the next time you connect it to the XHD6430 using the supplied 2-wire cable. The following iPods support iTunes Tagging.
- iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
- iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen)
- iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd gen)
- iPhone (2G/3G/3GS)
Disc Compatibility: The XHD6430 supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
SRAM Buffer: An internal SRAM buffer provides ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) to virtually eliminate skipping of your MP3/WMA CD-R/RW discs and allows alphanumeric or direct track search even while a song is currently playing.
DSP Processor: The head unit's powerful on-board DSP processor decodes MP3/WMA compressed audio files while maintaining near-CD sound quality.
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded with constant bit rate (MP3: 32-320 kbps/WMA: 32-192 kbps) or variable bit rate compression on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded using ISO 9660 level 1 or level 2, Yellow Book MODE 1, or Yellow Book MODE 2 FORM 1. In addition, this unit is compatible with ID3 Tag version 1.0 to 2.0. Discs should be recorded with a maximum of 256 folders and files and 8 folder levels.
File/Folder Navigation: You can search for all available files within a particular folder.
Playback Modes: The XHD6430 supports Repeat, Random, and Intro playback modes.
USB Port: The XHD6430 features a front-panel USB port for connecting an external USB mass storage device. The head unit's USB port allows you to play MP3 (32-320kbps constant or variable bit rates) and WMA (32-192kbps constant or variable bit rates) files from most mass storage USB devices formatted in FAT or FAT32 file system. The XHD6430 has a playback capacity of 48,896 MP3/WMA files with 127maximum number of folders, 382 maximum number of files in each folder and 8 maximum number of folder levels. In addition, the USB input also supports ID3 tags, version 1.0-2.0. The XHD6430 will display either elapsed time (default), track number, clock, track name, directory name, title, artist or album when connecting and playing a USB external source. Your connected portable USB mass storage device will also charge through this head unit's USB port. The head unit does not need to be in the USB mode in order to charge your connected device through the USB port. The XHD6430 offers the following playback and search options through its USB connection.
- File/Folder Navigation: You can search for all available files within a particular folder.
- Repeat: Track (continuously repeats selected track), Folder (continuously repeats all files in selected folder)
- Random: All (plays all tracks in random order), Folder (plays all tracks in folder in random order)
- Intro: All (plays first 10 seconds of each track on device), Folder (plays first 10 seconds of each track in folder)
Note: MP3/WMA playback sequence is based on the order in which the files are copied to your USB device and begins in the root folder. Any empty folders or folders that do not include MP3/WMA files are skipped.
iPod Operation: The front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the XHD6430 using your iPod or iPhone's USB/docking cable. Once you have connected your iPod/iPhone and set the XHD6430 in iPod/iPhone mode, your connected iPod/iPhone will automatically begin playback (if a song is playing on the iPod/iPhone before it is connected, it will continue to play). The XHD6430 provides audio playback, navigation control, display information, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked during connection. The XHD6430 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of July 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control||Display||Charge|
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 an newer software update is available.
Auxiliary Input: There is a front-mounted 3.5mm auxiliary input on the head unit for connecting an external portable audio device such as a portable MP3 player. If you aren't using the aux input, it can be turned off in the menu so when you toggle through the sources aux doesn't appear.
Wireless Remote: The XHD6430 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control that operates playback, audio and menu functions of the head unit. The remote operates off of a single 3V Lithium battery (CR2025). Dimensions: W = 1.585", L = 3.385", D = 0.3125"
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.
Bluetooth Ready: The XHD6430 supports Bluetooth wireless hands-free calling (HFP), advanced wireless audio distribution (A2DP), and wireless audio/video remote control (AVRCP) when connected to the optional DUAL BTM60 Bluetooth module (070BTM60, sold separately) and used with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player. The optional BTM60 adapter connects to the 8-pin plug on the rear of the head unit. The unit can communicate with up to 8 Bluetooth devices.
- Hands-Free Calling (HFP): When connected to the optional BTM60 adapter and used with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, you can make, receive or end phone calls from the XHD6430. You can dial out using the remote control's numbered keypad or from a listing of the last five phone calls from received, dialed or missed call categories that are displayed on the unit's front display panel. Incoming phone numbers will scroll across the unit's display so you know who is calling and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. The BTM60's built-in microphone and transfer of incoming audio through your vehicle's speakers allow you to carry on a mobile conversation without picking up your cell-phone.
- Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP): The XHD6430 also supports A2DP wireless streaming music audio from your Bluetooth enabled device when connected to the optional BTM60 allowing you to listen to audio wireless from your Bluetooth compatible mobile phone or portable MP3 player. You can choose for the Bluetooth audio to come through all of your vehicle's speakers or only your front speakers.
- Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP): In addition, you can control your wireless streaming music audio from the front panel or remote control of the XHD6430 using AVRCP when connected to the optional BTM60 Bluetooth adapter. The BTM60 adapter allows you to control the following playback functions of your wireless streaming music audio from the XHD6430- Play, Pause, Stop, Next Skip, and Previous Skip.
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