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Digital media receiver
Our take on the Dual XML8150 by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
iPod® and iPhone® lovers — here's the receiver for you
Dual designed the XML8150 digital media receiver with an integrated flip-out dock that provides a direct connection and mount for your iPhone® or iPod®. You can adjust the mount for vertical or horizontal orientation of your device, whatever works best with the layout of your dashboard. You can use the controls on the receiver or your iPod to access your tunes, and the receiver dock keeps your device charged as you drive, too.
Even more ways to play your tunes
The XML8150 won't play CDs, but you sure won't be at a loss for entertainment. You can use the receiver's front-panel auxiliary input to connect a Dock & Play satellite radio, an MP3 player, or other audio source. You can also use the USB input or SD card slot to play back music files — it's like having a CD changer built into the player.
It's time to quit fumbling for your phone when you're driving, as this Dual offers hands-free calling with any compatible phone. When a call comes in, the XML8150 mutes your music, while you conduct your conversation over your vehicle's speakers. If you've got music stored on your mobile device, you'll appreciate how Bluetooth audio streaming lets you listen to your favorite music without plugging in your phone.
Your system, your sound
This Dual's sound controls are a definite step up from most factory systems. The 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the levels and slope of specific frequencies, making it easy to custom tune the audio output to your liking. If you like a one-button approach, select from one of the seven preset EQ curves. Three sets of preamp outputs simplify hooking up amps, and you can even control the level of bass with the subwoofer level control.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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.
This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.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.
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.
You cannot beat this unit at the price... bought it for my son's first car because he could just dock his iphone and let it play and the hands free. Works great
CoreyL, Red Bluff CA
What's in the Box:
- Digital media receiver (10A ATM fuse inserted in chassis) Sleeve (installed)
- Wiring harness
- Bluetooth microphone
- Remote control (XML8150)
- CR2025 3V lithium-ion battery
- Rubber spacer
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 4 Pan-head screws
- Rear-support bolt
- Star washer
- Installation/Owner's Manual
- Rubber spacer installation note
- digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
- built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/60 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- fold-down face with 2-line LCD display
- integrated iPod/iPhone dock — no cables required
- remote control
- 3-band parametric equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
- low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
- works with Dual HD Radio tuner tuner
- inputs: integrated iPod/iPhone dock, front USB and auxiliary inputs, SD card slot
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
Other features and specs:
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Features and Specs
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|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||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.5 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
USB Port: The Dual XML8150 is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a USB mass storage device. The unit's USB port will also charge your USB device during connection.
SD-Card Slot: The Dual XML8150 is equipped with hidden SD-card slot (behind the fold-down front-panel) for playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32GB).
Playback Controls: The XML8150 offers the following playback features for MP3/WMA/AAC files stored on your USB (MSC) device or SD memory card.
- File/Folder Search: This search function allows navigation through compressed music files' folders to find a specific file or for playback.
- Repeat: You can repeat a single track or specific folder.
- 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.
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 XML8150.
|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 Files:
Maximum Folders: 2,000
Maximum Folder Levels: 8
Integrated iPod Dock: The Dual XML8150 digital media receiver features an integrated iPod dock to securely connect your iPod/iPhone, without the use of any cables. The integrated iPod dock is accessed by folding down the head unit's front-panel display and sliding the iPod dock to the right of the receiver. The fold-down face can then be closed and the iPod dock is now positioned to the right of the head unit's front-panel display to connect your iPod/iPhone. You can then position your iPod on the dock, vertically or horizontally. The XML8150 offers audio playback, control, song/artist information display and charging of your connected iPod/iPhone. You can search your iPod/iPhone's music from the XML8150 by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Audiobook, or Podcast. The head unit also supports Fast Forward/Reverse, Repeat/Random, & Intro playback functions for your iPod/iPhone. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen.
Note: The integrated iPod dock cannot be placed back inside the head unit with an iPod/iPhone attached. You must remove your iPod/iPhone before inserting the iPod dock back behind the unit's fold-down front-panel. If you prefer, you can use the head unit's front-panel USB port to connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the docking cable that comes with your Apple device. The iPad is too large to fit on the head unit's integrated iPod dock.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Dual XML8150 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 6/5/2012):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
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.
Auxiliary Input: The XML8150 features a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for temporary connecting an external portable audio device, such as a portable MP3 player.
Built-in Bluetooth: Bluetooth hands-free communication is built into the Dual XML8150, 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 & receive cell phone calls, or stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled phone on the XML8150 digital media receiver.
- Hands-free Communications (HFP): The built-in Bluetooth hands-free feature allows you to talk on your cell phone through the XML8150 without the need of holding it in your hand, which helps avoid any traffic violations by keeping you 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 head unit or have the head unit automatically answer any incoming calls. You can dial a number from the head unit or the included remote control. In addition, you can view a list of the 10 most recent phone calls dialed, received, or missed. The XML8150 even supports call waiting. An external microphone is included for better audio performance (no integrated front-panel mic).
- Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The built-in Bluetooth audio streaming feature allows you to stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the XML8150 & control the playback of the audio through the head unit.
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 XML8150.
AM/FM Tuner: The Dual XML8150 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, scan, & 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 head unit 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: This function 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), & iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4/4S).
MOSFET Amplifier: The Dual XML8150 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 XML8150 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 XML8150 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||60, 80, 100, or 200Hz||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0||-6 to +6 dB|
|Midrange||0.5, 1.0, 1.5, or 2.5 kHz||0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25||-6 to +6 dB|
|Treble||10, 12.5, 15, or 17.5 kHz||N/A||-6 to +6 dB|
Loudness: The Loudness function enhances the bass & treble frequencies at low volumes.
2V/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Dual XML8150 is equipped with three pair of 2-Volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front & rear speakers are fading, while the subwoofer output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output's level can be adjusted independently from 0-12. Adjusting the subwoofer level to 0 turns the subwoofer output off.
Subwoofer Control: The unit's non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs feature a variable low-pass filter (80, 120, 160Hz, or Off) and output level (0-12).
Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows a gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, iPod, Aux, SD/SDHC, 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 XML8150 to power-on to the same volume level (1-46) every time.
Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every button press will output a beep tone.
Fold-Down Front-Panel: The head unit's front panel folds down to access the unit's SD-card slot and integrated iPod dock. The front-panel display needs approximately 2" of clearance in front of it to open.
2-Line LCD: The XML8150 features a 2-line LCD with white text & black background for easy viewing during the day or nighttime.
Display Settings: The head unit 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).
- Display Dimmer: The head unit'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 head unit 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 unit's demonstration mode.
Wireless Remote Control: The XML8150 comes supplied with a 21-button IR wireless remote control which provides complete control of the Dual digital media 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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