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Eclipse AVN5510

In-dash DVD/CD receiver with DVD navigation

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The Eclipse AVN5510 DVD receiver plays your DVDs, CDs, and MP3s, offers accurate satellite navigation, and puts control of all these features at your fingertips with touchscreen control. And you'll have no problem scanning the vibrant, easy-to-read 7" screen while you're driving.

The Eclipse AVN5510 DVD receiver plays your DVDs, CDs, and MP3s, offers accurate satellite navigation, and puts control of all these features at your fingertips with touchscreen control. And you'll have no problem scanning the vibrant, easy-to-read 7" screen while you're driving.

The included DVD-ROM stores the maps the system uses — just slide it into the DVD slot when you're ready for turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation. Eclipse's easy-to-use menus let you enter your destinations quickly. You can choose an address, street name, or intersection, or select from millions of points of interest, including restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. You can customize your route preferences so you take only the kinds of roads you like to drive.

The AVN5510 features two disc slots — one for your CDs, and one for your map DVD — so you can listen to standard or MP3/WMA discs and access your maps at the same time. When you're parked, you can remove the map DVD from the slot, and enjoy DVD videos on the AVN5510's screen.

The extensive sound controls include a 7-band equalizer — you can simply trace a desired equalizer curve on the screen with your finger, so you don't have to take the time to adjust each of the seven frequency points individually. Five preset EQ curves let you make quick changes to the sonic landscape, while five soundfields let you alter the ambience of your listening area.

Into system expansion? Get full control of your iPod when you add the iPC-106 adapter. Or connect Eclipse's HD Radio tuner for improved AM/FM sound quality and reception, or add an Eclipse satellite radio to access the amazing variety of SIRIUS programming. Adding more power? Three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs send a super-clean signal to the external amplifiers in your system. Hook up Eclipse rear-view camera to get a clear view of what's behind you — the AVN5510's screen will show the rear view automatically when you put your vehicle in reverse.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with navigation and built-in amplifier (15 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels, CEA-2006 compliant)
    • fits double-sized (4" tall) dash openings
    • motorized 7" LCD video screen with adjustable display angle and touchscreen controls
    Audio/Video features:
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, DVD-R/RWs, DVD+r/RW, and MP3/WMA discs
    • five soundfields: cathedral, club, concert, live, theater
    • 7-band parametric EQ
    • 5 preset EQ curves
    • AM/FM tuner
    • 18 FM/6 AM presets
    Navigation features:
    • GPS navigation (includes GPS antenna and map DVD-ROM)
    • City Map mode — maps that render accurate representations of specific buildings and landmarks in many cities
    • 8.55 million points of interest (hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc.)
    • customizable route preferences
    • compatible with Eclipse iPod adapter
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (you can add SIRIUS for under $100, plus subscription)
    • compatible with Eclipse HD Radio™ tuner
    • CD changer controls
    • audio/video input
    • rear-view camera input
    • video output
    • 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD receiver with 7" LCD screen
    • 8 Flat-head ISO-DIN mounting screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 8 Hex-head/Phillips-head ISO-DIN mounting bolts (M5 x 8mm)
    • Plastic trim panel
    • E-LAN connector harness
    • Power/Speaker wiring harness
    • Preamp output/steering wheel remote/Speed pulse/Parking brake/Reverse/Video output harness
    • Audio/Video input harness
    • Magnetic base GPS antenna with attached 19.5' cable
    • Waterproof rubber cushion for GPS antenna cable
    • Ground plate (2-1/2" x 2-1/2")
    • Body protective sheet
    • 3 Wire splicing clamps
    • Four 8" wire ties
    • DVD map software for Eclipse Navigation System on DVD (Ver.3.0)
    • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty/Registration card

    Eclipse AVN5510 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (9 Reviews)

    Audio is A+ Nav is some what lacking

    Blaze Placid from Springtown TX on 10/22/2007

    I really like this unit overall. The audio portion of this unit will make you fall in love with your car. The sound is very clean and clear. You can adjust your frequency curves for every band of eq. My sub sounds very clean and not boomy at all. The nav is ok at best in my area. I live about 50 miles from the DFW area. Mostly rural. The maps are ok for where im at but at times it will not have a road in the adress search,but when im on that road it will show up on the display. Doesnt make sense. When in the city the NAV is very good and very accurate. The DVD player is ok. Screen is decent as is with all mobile DVD screens.



    Great product if you don't have new roads or POIs

    Bryan from Austin, TX on 10/20/2007

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really love this product but I have been unable to find an updated NAV DVD which here in Austin with lots of new roads, restaurants, etc this creates a problem. I would give it 5 stars if the NAV DVD upgrade was easier, but as of now I have not found it since I bought the unit. It was out of date when I got it :(. Crutchfield should press Eclipse to make sure they have the most current DVD and then stock it! But for an in dash system it's truly cool.



    Do it all unit

    ptpetro from Springfield, PA on 10/9/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are looking for a unit that can do it all then this is the one. I just installed mine with a rear view camera and an i pod adapter. I could not be happier with my purchase. Navigation works very well, loaded with voice prompts, and other cool options. The only con is the volume of voice guidance with the radio turned up. I wanted nav and a new stereo system to replace factory one. I installed the system in a 2007 toyota tundra. Nav works great and the stereo portion of head unit is awsome. I did not want to thump the whole neighborhood or anything like that but wanted more volume with clear sound. This unit gave me more powerful crisp clear bass,mids and highs. I did install 4 new speakers in the doors also but i do not need an amp at all, this thing rocks on head power alone. The i pod interface is also awsome. Definitely recommend this one.



    Great Unit for the cost except for one thing.

    Michael from Bay Area, CA on 9/3/2007

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the Eclipse AVN5510 when I was in Mississippi and used it to get back home to California. Along the way though the screen started acting weird and got wavey lines across the screen. And at different points along the route back, whenever I would try to eject the cd, nothing would come out. Nothing!!! It happened several times and when it happened I couldnt get the face of the unit to go back up and none of the buttons were responsive. It definitely got me mad, and I would have to pull off the highway, turn off the ignition and then turn it on again in order to get the face to close and sometimes after I did that, I still couldnt get my cd out. It was really frustrating. The functionality of the nav is really good. But if you are the type of person that likes to fine tune your music dont buy this deck. Options are limited and it doesnt push your subs to the limit. I had a kenwood deck installed before the eclipse and it pushed my L7 kickers to the fullest without fail, but when I installed the eclipse no matter how hard I tried, it wouldnt give me the pounding bass that I was used to. And when I did turn it up, it was real distorted, thats something eclipse needs to work on.



    Great Product

    Nick from Merced, CA on 3/21/2007

    2005 Ford Five Hundred
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first navigation unit (in-dash or portable) and I am very pleased so far. Ive been using the product for about two weeks, and its doing everything I hoped it would.<BR><BR>I have an 05 Ford Five Hundred and my factory stereo has a factory amplifier and woofers in the rear dash. The AVN5510s audio controls allow me to adjust the amp and other features just right to get the sound I like. The unit has had difficulty reading my MP3 CD when I switch back to it from FM, even after listening to it previously. My factory unit didnt have any problems; I havent tried any others though.<BR><BR>I wasnt able to locate the vehicles speed sensor (even with Crutchfields help) after messing with it for an entire day, but the GPS antenna has provided guidance without it just fine. If it wasnt for that, I could have installed the unit in about three hours (including wiring). The only other installation &quot;hang-up&quot; I had was that I didnt know to install the voltage converter ($1.35) in-line with the remote turn-on for the amplifier. Before I went back and did this, there was a &quot;pop&quot; sound when I turned on the unit. This might just be a Ford thing.<BR><BR>Ive been able to find most of the places Ive searched for in the POI screen. Its really cool that you can display the POI icons on the map so you can check out the surrounding Chinese food resteraunts, for instance.<BR><BR>It fits nice in my car. The factory Ford unit was a double DIN unit, and Crutchfield supplied me with a trim piece to make up the small gap around the AVN5510.<BR><BR>I would buy this again in a heart-beat, but I would get the location of the speed sensor before starting the instal.



    Great Unit

    Nick from Canton, Georgia on 3/19/2007

    I had purchased the AVN5435 6 weeks ago, and I liked the unit but the navigation didn't even have my 7-year old address and lagged badly when in use...but it worked and it took hours to I stuck with it. I called Crutchfield when I saw an updated map disc that would be compatible with my unit, but didn't feel I should pay for this disc when I just purchased this unit. My advisor reccommended me to this unit and was confident I'd be pleased...and I am! <BR><BR>This unit features the largest in-dash touch screen available and the navigation is dead-on! I had just assumed that in-dash units couldn't match a good ole' TomTom or Garmin, but now I have one that can compete. I had trouble out of it when I installed the speed pulse and reverse wiring, so I decided to try it without hooking up either...and the GPS antenna works just fine without that wiring, seems like a big hastle for nothing. <BR><BR>Great unit overall with huge sound control, great picture and features, I love this unit, so much better than its previous models. Would give a five-star rating if unit could allow photo uploads and backgrounds like some other models.



    Eclipse AVN5510

    Wilkin from Fremont, CA on 3/6/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit overall. I am very happy with it.<BR><BR>Navigation is simply outstanding. Very Accurate. Quick to reroute. My wife comments that 5510 is "smart". I probably asking too much but I wish Eclipse put the traffic feature in 5510.. (you can find this feature in 6610)<BR><BR>Audio: The built-in EQ and subwoofer signal controller is very good. Amp is rated as 15W RMS, which is not bad, but my front speakers are 100W RMS, so without external amp my speakers sound pretty distorted when I crank up the volume. <BR><BR>Video: Screen quality is good.<BR><BR>I installed the unit myself on my Lexus GS400. Crutchfield's instruction sheet is excellent. If you do the installation yourself, be sure to get a installation dash kit. Crutchfield also provides a harness for free. The Eclipse Operation Manual is not complete, but you can download the complete manual online, it's in PDF format.<BR><BR>I used to own a couple portable NAV units. This AVN5510 wins in a landslide, hands down, in terms of OEM look, feature-set, ease-to-use, everything.



    AVN5510 Buy it!

    slingguy from Baltimore,MD on 3/1/2007

    The AVN5510 is a great improvement over the AVN5500- I had it for month and hated it. Trade up to the AVN5510 - best money I ever spent. The nav graphics are better. More user friendly. The Ipod interface is the best. It gives you all the info on screen and is incredible fast. Get the remote - basic but worthwhile.<BR><BR>It does everything the ANV5000 promised, but didn't. The only advantage I see in the AVN6610 is that you can use the nav(dvd based) and play a dvd movie and send the output to the rear monitors.



    Eclipse AVN5510

    Austin from Hopkinsville, KY on 2/28/2007

    2007 Honda Civic EX

    I have this in my 07 Honda Civic EX and I love it! The iPod interface is excellent with complete search options. The navi is good, not as good as a garmin or Tom Tom, but still dead on. DVD quality is ok but with car video it doesn't get that good anyways. The AVN6610 I think would be well worth it and if you have the extra money to get it, I would just because it would be nice to keep a DVD and Navi disc in at the same time, esp since all my music is on my iPod so I don't use the CD slot. All in all, great head unit, but the internal amp is a step down if you have a factory amp to power your speakers. I would recommend either trying to keep the amp or upgrade to a nice 4 or 5 channel amp.




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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input 1
    USB Input ---
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready ---
    HD Radio ---
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 15
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 1kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Green
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Video Display Adjustments
    External Device Controls
    DVD Video Features
    Navigation Features


    7" Widescreen TFT Display: The Eclipse AVN5510 is equipped with a 7" Widescreen TFT low-reflection display with touch screen control. The LCD panel has 280,800 pixels (400 x 234 x 3). The motorized screen slides down and out to allow you access to the disc slots. You can also set the display panel to one of 7 angles between 0° and approximately 30° for best viewing.

    Dual Disc Slots: Behind the motorized LCD panel, the AVN5510 has two disc slots: one for CDs and MP3/WMA discs, and another for DVDs or the supplied Eclipse Navigation disc. You can independently load and eject discs from each slot, allowing you to listen to a CD or MP3/WMA disc while using the DVD navigation function.

    Digital Signal Processor: The unit's DSP offers three sound adjustments for total audio control:

    • Soundfield Control: The DSP's Soundfield Control features 5 distinctive acoustic environments to match your listening tastes: Concert, Live, Cathedral, Club, and Theater.
    • 7-Band Parametric EQ: Using the touch screen controls, you can adjust the following EQ bands +/-10dB in 2dB steps: Band 1: (63Hz, 80Hz, or 100Hz), Band 2: (125Hz, 160Hz, or 200Hz), Band 3: (250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, or 500Hz), Band 4: (630Hz, 800Hz, 1kHz, or 1.25kHz), Band 5: (1.6kHz, 2kHz, 2.5kHz, or 3.15kHz), Band 6: (4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, or 8kHz), and Band 7: (10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 16kHz). You can select the Q Factor from Q1 (Wide), Q2 (Normal) or Q3 (Narrow). In addition, the unit's EQ has five memory presets for easy recall. You can also set the EQ to Flat.
    • Listening Position: The digitally time-aligned listening position settings approximate the ideal position of being equidistant from the speakers. You can select one of four listening positions: front left, front right, all front, or all rear. You can also set the balance and fade volume controls using the touch controls.

    Circle Surround II: The AVN5510's offers SRS Circle Surround II (CS II), an advanced surround sound decoder that enables multi-channel surround sound output using surround encoded, stereo, or mono material. CS II features two patented SRS post processing technologies; Dialog Clarity for clearer vocal intelligibility and TruBass for improved low frequency response. CS II works well in the car environment because it is extremely forgiving regarding speaker placement and listener location.

    TruBass: SRS TruBass is a signal processing technology for bass enhancement. It uses psychoacoustics and speaker driver physics to increase the perception of bass while decreasing demands on the driver.

    Harmonizer: When playing MP3 or WMA files, the Harmonizer helps recreate the depth lost when the files were compressed. Setting options are high, low, and off.

    5-Volt, Low-Impedance Preamp Outputs: To assure a clean, strong signal to connected amplifiers, the AVN6600 has 3 pairs of 5-volt preamp outputs with an impedance of 55Ω. High-voltage, low-impedance outputs give you a very high signal-to-noise ratio and a wide dynamic range.

    A/V Input/Output: The AVN5510 is equipped with one audio/video input with composite video and stereo RCA audio jacks for connecting a VCR or game console. Video from the A/V input can only be viewed when the vehicle is stopped and the parking brake engaged. The unit also has a composite video output for connecting an external monitor.

    ESN Security: This unit is equipped with the Eclipse Security Network. ESN works by registering a particular music CD as a "key" which unlocks the security. If the power supply is disconnected, then reconnected, the "key" CD must be inserted before the navigation or audio functions will work. You can turn the security on or off, or change the "key" CD as desired.

    Rear View Camera Ready: The AVN5510 has a dedicated rear port for plugging in the optional BEC106 (item number 099BEC106) Rear View Camera. The BEC106 is designed to assist you with rear parking or eliminate the dangerous blind spot immediately behind your vehicle. In the setup menu, you can select Auto or Manual operation of the rear view camera. When Auto is selected, and the reverse gear detection wire is properly connected, the image from the rear camera will appear on the LCD panel whenever you put the vehicle in reverse. When Manual is selected, you can view the rear view camera image by simply switching to the Rear View Camera source.

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, there is a dedicated subwoofer preamp out. The sub output has several adjustable parameters:

    • Output: stereo or mono
    • Level: -6 to +6 (relative to the main volume)
    • Phase: normal or reverse
    • Crossover Point: 63 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz, 125 Hz, 160 Hz, or 200 Hz
    • Crossover Slope: 6 dB/oct, 12 dB/oct, or pass (full range)
    • High Pass: when the slope is set to 6 dB/oct or 12 dB/oct, the high pass crossover is simultaneously engaged for the front and rear speaker and line outputs

    Optional Remote Control: The AVN5510 can be controlled by the optional RMC105 wireless remote control (item number 099RMC105).

    Steering Wheel Remote: The steering wheel remote connections are compatible with voltage detection-type OEM steering wheel remote controls.

    Video Display Adjustments

    Image Quality: The display Tint, Color, Contrast, and Brightness are adjustable.

    Screen Mode: There are four screen aspect modes:

    • Normal: displays 4:3 material with black bars on the sides
    • Wide 1: 4:3 material is uniformly expanded horizontally to fill the screen
    • Wide 2: the edges of 4:3 material are expanded horizontally to fill the screen, the center is not stretched
    • Wide 3: 4:3 material is uniformly expanded horizontally and vertically to fill the screen (a portion of the top and bottom of the image is lost)

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional BT-E500 Bluetooth adapter (item number 099BTE500), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone.

    iPod Interface Ready: You can enjoy music from your Apple iPod when it's connected to the head unit via the optional Eclipse iPC-106 Interface Adapter for iPod (item number 099IPC106). The adapter is compatible only with iPods with a dock connector. While connected, the unit will charge the iPod's battery.

    Sirius Satellite Ready: With the optional Eclipse SIR-ECL1 Sirius Satellite Radio tuner (item number 099SIRECL1), you can receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming on the AVN5510. Sirius Satellite Radio offers more than 120 channels of original programming, including 65 commercial-free, digital-quality music channels, plus news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming. Sirius programming is available only in the 48 contiguous states. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required in order to receive Sirius programming.

    HD Radio Ready: The AVN5510 is compatible with the optional HDR105 HD Radio Tuner (item number 099HDR105). When the HDR105 is connected, you can enjoy the digital sound quality of your favorite radio stations that are now broadcasting in HD. Digital broadcasts from FM stations sound as good as CDs, and AM stations sound as good as today's analog FM stations. The tuner has an E-LAN pass-through connection, allowing you to daisy chain an Eclipse CD changer.

    TV Tuner Ready: You can tune local, over-the-air TV stations on the AVN5510 when the unit is connected to the optional Eclipse TVR105 TV tuner unit.

    CD Changer Ready: You can connect up to two Eclipse 8-disc CD changers to the AVN5510 thorough the E-LAN bus connector. The CH3083 CD changer (item number 099CH3083) has a pass-through connection to allow you to daisy chain another CH3083 changer. You can independently select either changer from the head unit. The AVN5510 has the following CD Changer controls: Track Skip, Fast Forward, Fast Reverse, Disc Skip, Track Intro Scan, Disc Intro Scan, Repeat Track, Repeat Disc, Current Disc Random, and All Disc Random.

    DVD Video Features

    Safety Video Lockout: For safety reasons, DVD video cannot be viewed on the built-in screen unless the vehicle is stopped and the parking brake is engaged.

    DVD Compatibility: The AVN5510 is compatible with DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW playback is possible only when the discs are recorded in the Video mode. Discs recorded in the VR (Video Recording) mode, and discs not finalized will not play in this unit.

    Operation Screen: When you want to search for a specific chapter or scene, you can touch the screen to display the Operation Screen. The top of the Operation Screen indicates the title and chapter number, the title elapsed time, the current playback mode, and icons for multiple angles, Dolby Digital, etc. The bottom of the screen provides you with function keys for fast forward/reverse, play/pause, stop, search, menu, and subtitles.

    Rear Monitor Output: The AVN5510 has a composite video output to allow you to connect a rear video monitor.

    Navigation Features

    DVD-ROM Navigation: The AVN5510 features built-in DVD Navigation, and includes one DVD-ROM disc containing the map database of the United States and Canada (except for Hawaii and Alaska). The navigation system uses maps and voice instructions to guide you as you are driving. You can use the unit's touch controls to make menu selections.

    GPS: The unit uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to pinpoint your present location by using latitudinal and longitudinal data received from three or more satellites. A GPS antenna is included with the unit, and should be mounted in a position (inside or outside) with a clear view of the sky.

    Search Methods: The navigation system gives you several methods for searching for a destination:

    • Address: By simply inputting the street name and street number, you can display a map showing the destination.
    • Points of Interest (POI): The map database contains some 8.55 million points of interest (parks, schools, hospitals, restaurants, banks, etc.) which can be entered as a destination. You can also display the icons of specific types of POIs on the maps as you travel to show you the nearest gas station, restaurant, ATM, grocery store, or hotel.
    • Map: You can point to any place on the map, and the unit will calculate a route to that spot.
    • Freeway Exit/Entrance: A search can be initiated using the name of a freeway or an exit or entrance.
    • Intersection: You can enter the names of two intersecting streets, and the unit will calculate a route to that intersection.
    • Coordinates: A map can be displayed by directly entering the latitude and longitude coordinates.
    • Emergency Search: In the event of an emergency, a search can be initiated for the nearest police station or hospital to your present position.
    • Previous: A map can be retrieved using entries previously set in the destination archive.
    • Memory Points: A map can be retrieved using one of 106 memory points, including your home and five special memory points.

    Route Calculation: Once a destination is selected, the AVN5510 will calculate three recommended routes to choose from: Quick 1, Quick 2, and Short. Route Preferences allow you to allow or avoid freeways, ferries, toll roads, time restricted roads, and season restricted roads.

    Rerouting: If you accidentally (or on purpose) leave the recommended route, a new alternate route will instantly be recalculated and displayed.

    Screen Adjustments: The unit automatically switches between the day screen (for use during daylight) and the night screen (for use at night) depending upon whether the vehicle's lights are on or off. You can adjust the brightness and contrast of the on-screen display at any time. During navigation, you can show the map in full screen, or split the screen to view the map in different scales or two separate areas.

    Zooming: You can change the on-screen map scale to give you more or less detail. Using the touch controls, you can zoom in to a street map scale of 150 feet (and down to 75 feet in certain urban areas), or zoom out to a map scale of 250 miles. Using the split screen function, you can combine maps of different scales on the screen at the same time.

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