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Panasonic MXE CQ-C7203U

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

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Panasonic's CQ-C7203U combines the best of both worlds — a powerful high-end CD/MP3 player and a 3D dot matrix display. Your digital music files will sound great, and you'll be able to read artist and song info at a glance on the bright, high-definition display.

Panasonic's CQ-C7203U combines the best of both worlds — a powerful high-end CD/MP3 player and a 3D dot matrix display. Your digital music files will sound great, and you'll be able to read artist and song info at a glance on the bright, high-definition display.

It all starts with the press of a button — the motorized, detachable faceplate slides down, giving you access to the CD slot. From there, just pop in a disc loaded with MP3 or WMA files, and let the display show off two lines of track and artist information in style.

The CQ-C7203U's powerful on-board amplifier ensures great sound from all your recordings, and the Alphatuner V tuner offers exceptional AM/FM reception. Panasonic's SQ3 sound shaping gives you bass, midrange, and treble controls plus six preset tone curves for tweaking the sound to your liking.

Have a larger system in mind? The stereo's three sets of preamp outputs will send a massive 5-volt signal to your external amps for seriously clean sound at all volume levels. Add Panasonic's optional iPod interface for complete playback and control of your iPod while you're on the road. Instead of an iPod, other options include a Panasonic CD/DVD changer or XM or SIRIUS satellite radio. If you can't decide on just one, get Panasonic's CY-EM100U Expansion Box and you'll be able to add up to four pieces of Panasonic gear.

i put this unit in my 2005 toyota mr2 spyder. I can now hear music when my top is down and when i have the windows down got it from scratch and dent this unit look 100% new, Thank you Crutchfield for the free items to install it and the how too guide. you guys saved me a lot of money!

phactorx, Victoria, TX

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (EUR7641010)
  • CR2025 battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Sleeve lock cancel plates
  • Mounting bolt (5mm diameter)
  • Self-tapping screw (5mm dia. x 16mm)
  • Hex nut (5mm with flange)
  • Security screw
  • Back strap
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • System Upgrade Guidebook (English/French/Spanish)
  • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Panasonic Customer Care card (extended service plan)
  • Electrical Connections sheet (attached to unit)
  • Security screw note

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs (including MP3 and WMA files on disc)
  • SQ3 sound shaping (3-band equalizer and six preset sound curves — "Rock," "Vocal," "Pop," "Jazz," "Club," and "Flat")
  • motorized, detachable faceplate with 3D display and multiple viewing angles
  • Day and Night faceplate design glows blue at night
  • 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • wireless remote
  • seek tuning
  • Alphatuner V AM/FM tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • rotary control knob
  • clock
  • rear auxiliary input
  • compatible with Panasonic CD/DVD changer
  • satellite radio-ready
  • compatible with an optional Panasonic iPod adapter
  • CD frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 96 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 10.2 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Panasonic MXE CQ-C7203U Reviews

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Features and Specs

AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
RMS Power Output 18 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Display Color 3DDM/Blue
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
FM Sensitivity 10.2 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research

CD Changer Controls


Motorized Sliding Face: The CQ-C7203U features a motorized sliding detachable face with a large bright display. When you press the eject button, the face slides down to allow you to insert or remove a CD. For best visibility, you can utilize the 3-stage tilt function to angle the faceplate at 15°, 25°, or 35°. When the security function is activated, an alarm will sound and a message will appear to remind you to remove the faceplate. After the faceplate is removed, a flashing red LED warns potential thieves. A hard plastic face case is supplied for carrying your detached faceplate.

High Definition 3D Dot Matrix Display: The receiver's faceplate features a High Definition 3D Dot Matrix display with 3 motion patterns, 1 spectrum analyzer,  and 10 still pattern presets to choose from.

Day & Night Design: The CQ-C7203U has Panasonic's popular Day & Night Design. During the day, the faceplate has a sleek, black design. At night, a series of blue LEDs around the frame of the nosepiece and around the circumference of the two main buttons give off a blue glow.

MP3/WMA Compatible: The CQ-C7203U can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Apple Extension to ISO 9660, Joliet, and Romeo. The player can support up to 511 files, 255 files in one folder, 8 levels, and 255 folders.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the CQ-C7203U in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-PAN1 Satellite Tuner for Panasonic (item # 607SIRPAN1). In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit to the head unit through the rear aux input.

Auxiliary Input: A set of female RCA jacks is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

3-Level Dimmer: The display's brightness can be set to one of three dimmer levels.

CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Panasonic for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

Subwoofer Output: In addition to front and rear preamp outputs, the receiver has a non-fading, two-channel subwoofer output. You can adjust the volume of the subwoofer output from -6dB to +6dB in 2dB increments. In addition, you can set the frequency of the built-in low pass filter at 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz.

Sound Quality (SQ3): In addition to the bass and treble adjustments, the unit's Sound Quality 3 functions allow you to set the level and center frequency of each of three bands. You can adjust each band by +/-12dB at the following frequencies: Band 1 at 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz, Band 2 at 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, or 3kHz, and Band 3 at 10kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz, or 18kHz. There are six SQ3 settings:

  • SQ-Rock: speedy and heavy sound; exaggerates bass and treble
  • SQ-Pop: wide-ranged and deep sound; slightly emphasizes bass and treble
  • SQ-Vocal: clear sound; emphasizes middle tone and slightly emphasizes treble
  • SQ-Jazz: jazz-specific deep sound with emphasis on sharpness of high-hat and echo of saxophone
  • SQ-Club: club and disco specific sound: reproduction of realism being in a club
  • SQ-Flat: flat frequency response; no emphasis applied

Mute/Attenuate: This unit allows you to choose between mute (volume at 0), attenuate level 1 (volume decreased by 10 steps), or attenuate level 2 (volume decreased by 5 steps) when you want to decrease the volume instantly. After selecting mute or attenuate 1 or 2 in the menu, pressing the Mute button activates either function and the Mute indicator light glows in the display.

Direct Memory (D-M): You can store a favorite station into Direct Memory. You can immediately tune to that frequency at any time, even if the unit is turned off, by pressing the D-M button.

Remote Control: The CQ-C7203U is equipped with a wireless remote control (EUR7641010). The dimensions of the remote are: W=1.64", H=0.664", L=3.762". The remote is powered by a CR2025 lithium battery (supplied).

Display Note: Pressing and holding the Source button turns the unit off completely. After the unit has been turned off, you can use the DISP button to switch the clock display and face/button illumination on and off. If you leave the clock display and face/button illumination on, they are "keyed." If you turn the clock display and face/button illumination off, they only turn on when the unit is turned on ("unit on" operation).

Note: The Source button stays lit even with the clock display and other button illumination turned off.

Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the optional Panasonic CA-DC300U iPod adapter (item #133DC300). When an iPod is connected using the adapter, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Panasonic receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display.

Optional Hands-Free Phone System: Connection of the optional Hands-Free Phone System (Hands-Free Kit featuring Bluetooth technology: item #133BT100) allows you to talk on a handsfree cellular phone if the phone supports Bluetooth.

Note: This unit is designed only for receiving calls. It cannot send calls.

Optional Expansion Module (hub unit): Connection of the CY-EM100U Expansion Module (item #133CYEM100) allows you to connect up to 4 optional components. You can choose from the following devices: DVD changer (maximum of 1 can be connected), CD changer (maximum of 1 can be connected), iPod (maximum of 2 can be connected), Hand-Free Phone System (maximum of 1 can be connected), or SIRIUS tuner (maximum of 1 can be connected).

CD Changer Controls

CD Changer Controls: The CQ-C7203U has controls for a compatible Panasonic CD changer, such as the CX-DP880. A CA-CC30U adapter cable (item 133CACC30) is required to connect a CD changer to this unit. CD Changer functions include: Disc Skip, Direct Disc Select (remote only), Track Skip, Track Search (FF/RW), Disc Intro Scan, Track Intro Scan, Disc repeat, Track repeat, Disc random and Track random.

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