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Our take on the Eclipse CD1200 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Eclipse designed the CD1200 CD receiver to be a serious performer in a no-frills package. Its audio section includes a 3-band equalizer that lets you fine-tune your sound, plus a loudness control for getting punchy tone at low volumes. And it looks great, too you can choose from either red or green illumination to match your vehicle's interior.
Plays all your music
You can play store-bought CDs, including discs you've filled with MP3, WMA and AAC files, or you can plug a thumb drive full of music into the handy front-panel USB input. A set of rear RCA auxiliary inputs let you add another source, like a Dock & Play satellite radio or an MP3 player.
Playing your iPod® and more
Connect your iPod using the included cable and you can surf through your playlists and albums using the receiver's controls, plus keep your iPod charged while you drive. And two sets of 3-volt preamp outputs send a clean signal to your amps and subs, if you plan to build a complete car audio system.
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.
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What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD receiver
- Hard plastic face case
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- 10A glass fuse (in-line on +12V Constant lead)
- 8' Direct iPod cable (iPC-008)
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 Hex-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
- 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
- Stud bolt
- Rubber bushing
- Reference guide (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Warranty information
- Caution note
- Eclipse sticker
- CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
- detachable front panel with red or green illumination
- optional remote control
- included iPod adapter cable
- 3-band EQ
- inputs: front-panel USB and rear auxiliary inputs
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (3-volt front and rear)
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB Memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||14 watts|
|Peak Output||40 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||3 volts|
|Key Button Color||Red or Green|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||15 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Overview: The Eclipse CD1200I AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front USB input, rear auxiliary input, two pairs of 3.0-volt preamp outputs, and iPod operation (using the including iPod direct cable), as well as MP3/WMA playback. The unit's amplifier is rated at 14 watts x 4 channel RMS and 40 watts x 4 channel peak.
Compressed File Playback: The Eclipse CD1200I can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1 and 2. Discs with up to 512 files are compatible. Recommended bit rates are 8-320 kbps for MP3 (including VBR), 3-320 kbps for WMA (including VBR; DRM is not supported), and 3-320 kbps for AAC (VBR 8-320 kbps). The receiver displays the album name, artist name, song titles, and file name (if recorded on the disc).
CD Text: If a CD Text disc is inserted, the receiver will display the artist name, disc title and track title information.
3-Band Equalizer: You can adjust the bass +/-12dB at 100Hz, the midrange from +/-12dB at 680Hz, and the treble +/-12dB at 10kHz.
Loudness: To provide a boost of bass and treble when listening at low levels, you can turn on the Loudness contour. When activated, the loudness provides a +10dB boost at 100Hz and a +6dB boost at 10kHz.
Radio Band Switching: If you wish to take the receiver out of the country, the tuner frequencies and interval can be switched on any of four possible regions:
- FM: 87.7-107.9 MHz (0.2 MHz step)
- AM: 530-1710 kHz (10 kHz step)
- Asia (includes Europe):
- FM: 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.05 MHz step)
- AM: 522-1629 kHz (9 kHz step)
- FM: 87.5-108.0 MHz (0.1 MHz step)
- AM: 522-1710 kHz (9 kHz step)
- Latin America:
- FM: 87.75-107.9 MHz (0.1 MHz step)
- AM: 530-1710 kHz (10 kHz step)
Equalizer Mode: The CD1200I has an Equalizer Mode with 3 preset EQ curves. You can also store your own settings in the Custom Mode, or turn the EQ off. The EQ presets have the following settings:
- Sharp (treble emphasized): Bass 0, Mid +1, Treble +04
- Vocal (midrange emphasized): Bass +02, Mid +6, Treble +02
- Power (bass emphasized): Bass +06, Mid +1, Treble +02
- Custom: stores user preferences for Bass, Mid, and Treble
- Off: Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0
Preamp Outputs: The CD1200I features two sets of 3-volt, low-impedance (55Ω) preamp outputs.
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.
Illumination: The main display is white on a blue background. The buttons and volume knob backlighting can be set to red or green. The LCD display dims to a preset level when 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead. The lighting stays on and the clock is displayed when you turn the radio off but leave the key in the on or accessory position.
Aux In: On the rear of the CD1200I there is a pair of RCA inputs to connect an auxiliary source; satellite radio, audio from a rear seat video system, etc. The aux input can be turned off in the menu, so you don't have to toggle past it when changing sources if nothing is connected.
Optional Remote Control: The CD1200I can be controlled by the optional RMC105 wireless remote control (item number 099RMC105).
USB Input: The front panel USB input enables you to play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (3-320 kbps), and AAC (3-320 kbps) music files from a mass storage device, up to 4GB. The USB port supports FAT 12/16/32 file systems recorded in ISO9660 level 1 or level 2 and recognizes up to 512 total files.
Note: The unit's front-panel USB port will not support the connection of an iPod.
iPod Compatible: The included iPC-008 iPod Direct Cable allows you to connect your Apple iPod to the Eclipse CD1200I head unit. One end of the cable plugs into a proprietary port on back of the radio and the other end into your iPod's dock connector. The iPod Direct Cable allows iPod audio playback, control and charging from the CD1200I. The headunit supports the following iPod models when connected via the supplied iPod cable:
|iPod/iPhone Model||Media Type||Control||Display||Charge|
|dock-connector (3 gen)||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|click-wheel/color-display (4 gen)||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|mini (1/2 gen)||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|video (5 gen)||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|classic (80/120/160 GB)||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|4 gen||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||*adapter required|
|2 gen||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||*adapter required|
Note: The iPC-008 will not charge the iPod touch (2nd generation) or the iPod nano (4th generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.
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