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Dual XML8110

In-dash iPod® dock/receiver

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iPod lovers rejoice — Dual designed the XML8110 in-dash iPod dock just for you. Flip open the front panel to rotate the dock into position. You can mount your iPod front and center for easy access, while adjustable side supports keep your player securely in place. You can navigate through your tunes using the stereo's controls, or with the iPod itself. Passengers can even use the included wireless remote to control the action. You'll enjoy outstanding sound quality and keep your player charged as you drive.

iPod lovers rejoice — Dual designed the XML8110 in-dash iPod dock just for you. Flip open the front panel to rotate the dock into position. You can mount your iPod front and center for easy access, while adjustable side supports keep your player securely in place. You can navigate through your tunes using the stereo's controls, or with the iPod itself. Passengers can even use the included wireless remote to control the action. You'll enjoy outstanding sound quality and keep your player charged as you drive.

Even more ways to play your tunes
The XML8110 won't play CDs, but Dual's included iPlug™ adapter lets you connect a Dock & Play satellite radio, an MP3 player, or other audio source. Tune in your favorite radio stations with the built-in AM/FM tuner. Two sets of preamp outputs simplify hooking up amps and subs, and you can set the rear preamp output to subwoofer mode so your low notes aren't affected by the fader control.

Add Bluetooth® for hands-free calling
Hook up Dual's BTM60 Bluetooth module, and you can talk hands-free with a compatible phone. When a call comes in, the XML8110 mutes your music, while you can conduct your conversation over your vehicle's speakers.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Dual stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Dual, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • in-dash iPod dock (no built-in CD player)
  • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
  • includes iPlug™ auxiliary input adapter
  • AM/FM tuner
  • wireless remote
Audio/video features:
  • six selectable EQ curves, plus one user-defined preset
  • works with Dual's Bluetooth adapter
  • inputs: iPlug RCA adapter
  • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
Other features:

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM In-dash headunit with built-in iPod dock (10A ATM fuse inserted in chassis) Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim-ring
  • Wiring harness
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium-ion batter
  • iPlug
  • 2 Rubber support brackets (small/large)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 4 Pan-head screws
  • Rear-support bolt
  • Hex-nut
  • Star washer
  • Rear-support bracket
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • Installation/Owner's Manual
  • Importan iPod Dock Information

Dual XML8110 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(15 Reviews)

Awesome Head Unit for the Price

Ralf from Charlotte, NC on 9/7/2012

I love this little head unit. It works damn near perfect in my 1997 Honda Accord SE. Everyone here is complaining about stupid stuff. Take the time to actually learn how to use it instead of condeming this product right off the bat. People are saying that they can't control the EQ with the iPod/iPhone docked. YES YOU CAN. There is a reason you have a REMOTE. Use the audio menu buttons and figure out how to scroll through the different choices in the menu. Learn what they are in the order they are in. Granted you can't see the selection. But it's still possible. EX: the first option in the audio menu is the setting for bass. While your iPod is docked, press the audio menu button on your remote once and you'll be in the bass option. You won't be able to see the -6 to +6 but you'll still be able to hear it. The second option is for the treble. Do the same thing. If you don't know what the options are by now, either you don't mess around with the EQ enough to care or you've had the unit for about an hour. And as for the issues with the iPhone 2g, 3g, and 3gs; the hissing and static you'll find with any wireless product. Think about how many wireless things we use a day; there's bound to be some kind of interference from somewhere, it's not a big deal. And as for the compatibility issues, that's Apple trying to make everyone use Apple products. I got this shipped to my house for $64.04 from For what this unit offers, you can't beat that. Awesome.

Pros: Can't beat the price for what this unit offers. 3.5mm jack can be hidden almost anywhere. Docks perfectly with my 4th gen Nano

Cons: The bluetooth kit is sold separately

Great for the price

Marcus from Dallas, TX on 10/18/2011

2003 Saturn VUE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install- sounds great once you get the settings they way you want- Using an iPod Touch- easily connected and sounds good. I think the quality is very good for the price I paid- Hooked up the Bluetooth also. I would recommend this but dont pay full retail.




ericacalifornia from blackwood, nj on 9/3/2011

2011 Dodge Challenger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i hated this thing. it's such a good idea but so ill-thought-out. not only is it super cheaply made, but the sound quality was terrrrible. the radio is eh. but once you hook up the ipod, the volume decreases drastically so when you remove the ipod your radio is blaring. and to top this all off, you can only mess with the bass/treble controls while your radio is on, and they do not trasmit to ipod play. there is no way to mess with the sound while it is hooked up except THROUGH the ipod itself. so dissatisfied with this product. please don't waste your money. -- i ended up getting the boss ipod dock headunit through amazon instead and am very happy, only downside is it has no port for steering wheel controls. oh well.



It's cheap...don't expect a miracle for this price..

skût from Seattle on 8/23/2011

1998 Ford Escort
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First, yeah, I had to have Crutchfield send me another kit to get this to clear the dash opening. Still the fold-down face hits the environmental controls. I can barely reach under the face to change the settings. Oh, and the buttons often do not work - I keep the remote handy to do simple things like change the volume and track. Like others have said, there's no way to adjust the EQ with the iPod docked. The whole unit reeks of cheap quality. I'm on my second unit (first one stopped turning on about 6 month in). Good thing is it's a simple solution to mount your iPod. I use mine every day and I'm satisfied despite all the issues, which is sad.



Did What It Said

Pat from Grants Pass, OR on 8/12/2011

2003 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product did what it said at an very affordable price. Audio quality was good blue tooth worked. Keep getting a "not compatible" message when I dock my iPhone4 but it seems to work fine. Quite impressed "Good Bang for the Buck".




Yates from Houston, TX on 2/10/2011

1998 Chrysler Sebring JX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit has been replaced twice since bought in May 2010 (February 2011). Now third unit is also defective. The company that handle Dual's repairs wants me to uninstall the item (leaving me with no stereo) and pay to FedEx their defective product back to them. Bad sound - very very poor quality product.




BJ from Lancaster on 2/1/2011

1996 BMW 318I
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, easy install, all parts are provided. Would have been great with a built-in auxilary input. Volume dial is not my personal favorate, but other than that the unit performs very well!




studio from Houston, Texas on 1/18/2011

1. Installation requires 'front loading' install kit. Faceplate must fold out all the way which makes installation very ugly: DIN cage won't work, 'rack ears' allow the unit stick out enough to utilize the dock. After ordering a second install kit and compromising a lot the unit is installed now, but even with the supplied trim plate large gaps and metal body plus screws remain visible. Are the DUAL guys serious? A professional installer wanted 100 deer for custom face plate. So, install and looks are a nightmare for everyone with a sense of style. I had to use a black rubber band (originally for a vacuum cleaner!!!!) to mask the remaining gap. Now: 2. Sound of docked iPod is HORRIBLE at low volume levels/quiet passages. Massive hiss, sounds like a ground loop (maybe I need to revisit wiring...). Reminds me of a DJ mixer.....VERY BAD! 3. Buttons/interface are ultra cheap, so is the fact that one cannot control EQ etc. while iPod is docked. Wow. Who would have thought. Let's summarize: a cheap unit with poor sound and controls that will absolutely not fit in any dash due to poorly engineered hinged iPod dock.



doesn't fit not even close

scott from raleigh, nc on 11/29/2010

I bought this for my stepsons first car as he is an ipod nut. A 95 buick lesaber sedan. The ipod wouldn't even come close to going in with the unit all the way back in the factory position. I had to pull the unit out of the opening a full inch for the ipod to clear the dash. In who's world is this a fit? I chose this from the list that came up after entering in the vehicle and it said it fit. I am beyond aggravated .



Cheap radio with a built-in Ipod Dock.

Pete_S4 from Chicago, IL on 9/20/2010

This is a cheap receiver, but for this price I was hoping for much more from this receiver considering there is no CD mechanism. The build quality is noticeably cheap and the radio reception as previously noted is quite poor. The biggest issue for me was the noise this unit generated when no music was playing on my iPod. I installed this unit with the RCA line-out jacks connected to my factory Bose Amp. In this configuration, there were very noticeable pops, hiss, and mechanical noises even at the lowest volumes. Other radios I have installed this way are very quiet and play quite well with the Bose amp. This radio is best installed in a first car or cheap beater using the receiver's built-in power amp without an external amp to minimize the noise. Otherwise anyone expecting this receiver to match the quality of a car that anyone would care about will likely be disappointed.



Dual XML8110

Vinny F. from Toms River, NJ on 9/19/2010

1997 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the radio. Everything works as advertized. While Crutchfield says the unit will fit in the car, and it does, there are some caveats when it comes to using it. I have an automatic and I am sure a manual transmission would not have these issues. The fold down door is right up against the shifter. This makes it very difficult to load the iPod when you are parked. Since the design is to load the iPod dock while not moving and to use two hands it is easier to load with the shifter in drive or even low. In the dock the iPod works great, a definite step up in audio quality from the FM transmitter mount I was using previously. Besides my iPod I have an Android phone which has Pandora loaded on it. The Bluetooth streaming audio from the phone is more convenient then having to plug into the auxiliary port, and it sounds great. My only complaint about the performance of the unit is that the optional Bluetooth is not noise canceling. Again this is an inherent issue in driving a small roadster with the roof down most of the time. My noise canceling headset works better but the built-in unit is easier to use.



Good iPod dock solution

Anonymous from Exton, PA on 6/16/2010

2005 Mazda MPV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a very good iPod/iPhone dock solution. As an after-market radio there were a few quirks. First, the unit sticks out of the dash about 2" for clearance so the dock can fold open. This is part of the design, but not really attractive. This also led to an installation issue, I had to call Crutchfield (very happy with the help and service) and they sent me a GM installation kit, from which I used the spacer. This bumps the installation sleeve out about 1/4" and that solved the issue. The other quirk is the user interface, DUAL obviously had a challenge fitting all the controls in such a way that it was usable with the dock open or closed, so I'm not complaining, just saying its a bit awkward to use and figure out. Hopefully the next iteration will improve the interface. Maybe if the dock wasn't the entire face plate, just half of it? In any case a pretty good iPhone dock solution.



Not too shabby

Doug from Gaithersburg, MD on 5/3/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Part I: While I have no regrets in buying this head unit, works pretty well in my 2002 Ford Ranger. I believe that for the price, this is a perfectly enjoyable and functional addition to any vehicle. However, there are a few things that people might want to consider before purchasing one. First I will list the negative, and move on to the good news. The Bad: The dock was built to work with the iPod, that includes the touch but NOT the iPhone. I have the iPhone 3GS and it works fine except for a couple of discrepancies. It asks if I want to turn on 'Airplane Mode' every time I dock it. There is also some static feedback when no audio is being played. Some of my favorite radio stations are broadcast a bit far from where I live. That seemed to be no problem for the stock stereo in my old Ranger. It is too much to handle for the new XML8110. Any stations that are broadcast more than a 40 miles away are barely audible, let alone enjoyable. The forward and back buttons to skip through audio tracks do not work if using your iPhone via BlueTooth.



Make sure it fits!

idylldon from Idyllwild, CA on 3/30/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried to mount it in the top and bottom positions of the double-DIN opening I have and there was interference with the dash trim pieces, which meant the face couldn't drop down fully to receive the iPod. I would have had to grind away part of the trim pieces to make it work but it would have looked terrible. After trying out every possible mounting scenario, I gave up and installed it in my '95 Subaru Legacy wagon. It fits and works fine. While it's not going to set the car audio world on fire, it's definitely an upgrade for a stock radio and it's easy to use. It's built rather cheaply (expected for the price), so I don't know how long it will last.



Decent for the money

Lee from New Hampshire on 3/20/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

About the unit... The early version of the Dual manual shows compatibility with the iPhone. That's been removed from current versions. My wife and I both have the iPhone 3G so that's what we're docking. They play and operate fine, however when there is no audio output you will hear some static out of your speakers. Radio reception is poor compared to the stock factory unit in my 2009 Honda Fit Sport. Stations that came in clear with the factory unit are no longer listenable. Then again, that's what Pandora radio is for! The buttons feel really cheap, but I guess you get what you pay for. Re: Honda Fit installation... the unit does not fit using the DIN metal cage install method. You need to use the ISO mounting brackets so the unit sticks out of the dash about 1/2 inch. This clearance is necessary in order to put the iPhone in the flip down dock. The provided trim plate conceals the gap pretty well so it doesn't look that bad. Another consideration, if your dash is angled like mine, add on the already angled dock and your touchscreen display is pointing up at a fairly steep angle, not straight back at all. This makes the screen is little tricky to read in bright sunlight. All that said, I think I'll live with my 8110 until someone comes out with a better receiver that also has a built-in dock.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Yes
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot N/C
Bluetooth Compatible Optional
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen
Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
iPhone No
CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
RMS Power Output 18 watts
Peak Output 60 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Display Color White
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 8.5 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
Radio Data System No

Product Research

Display Features
Audio Section
AM/FM Tuner
External Device Connection
Remote Control

Display Features

LCD Display: The Dual XML8110 In-Dash AM/FM head unit with built-in iPod dock features a 12-character full-dot matrix black/white LCD display.

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.

Display Dimmer: The head unit's display features three illumination dimmer settings to choose from; you can select Hi, Med, or Low.

Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off"/

Audio Section

MOSFET Amplifier: The XML8110 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 XML8110 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 XML8110 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 iPod Receiver features the following preset EQ curves to customize your music listening - Pop, Jazz, Classic, Beat, Rock, and Flat.

Bass And Treble: The Bass and Treble and be independently adjusted from -6 to +6. Bass and Treble settings are retained for each mode individually. Any adjustments to the Bass or Treble settings automatically cancel the current EQ curve.

Loudness Curve: Activating this feature will enhance the bass and treble frequencies when listening to music at low volume.

Selectable Preamp Outputs: The XML8110 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 unit's subwoofer preamp output level can be adjusted independently from 0-12. Adjusting the subwoofer level to 0 turns the subwoofer output off.

Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can program the unit to turn on at a specific volume.

Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (AM, FM, iPod, Aux, and Bluetooth). You can set the source volume level for each mode, depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

AM/FM Tuner

AM/FM Tuner: The Dual XML8110 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, 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. Presets can be stored manually by the user or automatically by the head unit.

Seek Tuning: In addition to preset tuning, the XML8110's tuner allows Seek, Scan and Manual tuning of AM/FM stations.

External Device Connection

iPod Dock: The Dual XML8110 is equipped with a built-in iPod dock for connection of select Apple iPods with dock connector. The unit's face-plate manually folds-down to access the iPod dock. The integrated iPod dock is adjustable and comes with two rubber support brackets to accommodate various sizes and models of iPod. The integrated iPod dock features its own LCD display and set of controls. The XML8110 supports audio playback, basic control (Play/Pause/Next/Previous), and charging of your compatible iPod. Your iPod's click-wheel or touch-screen will remain fully functional when docked for more advanced control. The XML8110's display does not support iPod text, so you will continue to your iPod's display screen to view song information. The Dual XML8110 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of March 2010):

iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationMedia Type ControlDisplayCharge
AudioVideoUnitiPodSong/Artist Track
dock-connector 3rdNNNNNNN
click-wheel/color-display 4thYNYYNNY
 classic 80GBYNYYNNY
 nano 1stYNYYNNY

Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you download a newer software version.

Auxiliary Input: The Dual XML8110 is equipped with rear-mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external audio device, other than an iPod.

iPlug: The head unit also includes the iPlug, a 40" interface cable that connects a portable MP3 player, or other portable audio source unit, to the receiver's auxiliary input. The iPlug plugs into the head unit's RCA auxiliary input and has a dash-mountable 3.5mm female minijack on the other end. The iPlug can be secured to your dash or console using the supplied adhesive or self-tapping screws.

Bluetooth Ready: The optional Dual BTM60 Bluetooth module (070BTM60, sold separately) allows you to answer and place calls from your Bluetooth-enabled wireless phone through the XML8110. The BTM60 connects to the head unit through a single 8-pin plug to the back of the head unit. The 3-meter cable is routed along the A-pillar of the vehicle to the visor-mounted module. It works with Bluetooth Version 2.0 (v1.2 compliant), and communicates with most Bluetooth-enabled phones (up to 8 Bluetooth devices can be paired; only one working at a time). The BTM60 supports the following profiles:

  • Hands-Free Calling (HFP): You can make, receive or end phone calls using the module's "Talk" button or from the head unit. You can dial out using the head unit's front panel numbered buttons or from a listing of the last five phone calls that were received, dialed or missed. Incoming phone numbers will scroll across the head unit's display so you know who is calling and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. Using the BTM60's built-in noise and echo-canceling microphone allows you to carry on a mobile conversation through the vehicle's speakers without picking up your cell-phone.
  • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP): The BTM60 also supports A2DP wireless streaming music audio from your Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing you to listen to audio wireless from your Bluetooth compatible mobile phone or portable MP3 player.
  • Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP): You can control your wireless streaming music audio from the front panel of the head unit using AVRCP. The BTM60's wireless connection allows you to control certain playback functions (such as play, pause, skip, etc.) of your wireless streaming music audio player using controls from the head unit.

Note: All BTM60 HFP functions work with the iPhone (using iPhone FW version 1.0.2) with the exception of caller ID. When a call is being received, the head unit will display "Incoming Call". The iPhone does not support A2DP or AVRCP. Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be compatible with this unit. Please visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

Expansion Module Slot: The unit's proprietary expansion module slot (hidden behind fold-down front-panel) provides an easy way to upgrade the XML8110 with new features. Check for future upgrade information.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The XML8110 comes supplied with a 21-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Dual AM/FM head unit with iPod dock.

Steering Wheel Input Interface: The 3.5mm steering wheel interface input located on the back of the head unit allows connection to the optional PAC SWI-PS interface module (127SWIPS, sold separately). The SWI-PS interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-PS is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Note: Please consult Crutchfield's "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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