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Panasonic CQ-VW100U

DVD receiver

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Panasonic's CQ-VW100U DVD receiver allows you to truly appreciate Panasonic's reputation for high-quality video performance. The screen's special high-temperature certified LCD screen keeps colors crisp and bright in the grueling car environment, while the high-powered graphics processor delivers exceptional image resolution and picture quality. Use the screen's tilt function to adjust it to the perfect viewing angle.

Panasonic's CQ-VW100U DVD receiver allows you to truly appreciate Panasonic's reputation for high-quality video performance. The screen's special high-temperature certified LCD screen keeps colors crisp and bright in the grueling car environment, while the high-powered graphics processor delivers exceptional image resolution and picture quality. Use the screen's tilt function to adjust it to the perfect viewing angle.

The touchscreen controls make it simple to operate the receiver, with no complicated menus to wade through when you're driving — you can access most functions with a touch or two of your finger. Add a Bluetooth® adapter and discover the convenience of talking on your cell phone while you keep your hands on the wheel.

The CQ-VW1000U handles all your musical needs — it plays CDs and DVDs, even CDs loaded with MP3 files, and controls your iPod with an optional adapter. The SQ3 3-band equalizer adjusts the highs, mids, and lows to your taste.

You can also add a Panasonic satellite radio or CD changer to increase your entertainment options. Watch DVDs on the built-in screen when you're parked, or use the audio/video outputs to send the signal to a backseat monitor for on-the-go viewing. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to your 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD receiver with built-in amp (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen with tilt function
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio/visual features:
    • 3-band SQ3 equalizer
    • plays MP3 files on CD
    • DVD, DivX, CD, CD-R/RW playback
    • compatible with iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: two rear A/V inputs, rearview camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, and sub)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN AM/FM/DVD receiver with 7" widescreen color LCD monitor (has 15A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Flat-head screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Round Phillips-head screws (4 installed) (M5 x 6mm)
    • Rear mounting bolt (M5)
    • 2 Metal transportation brackets (installed)
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • Installation Instructions (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • System Upgrade Guidebook (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • Product Registration card
    • Panasonic Customer Care plan card

    Panasonic CQ-VW100U Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Panasonic CQ-VW100U

    hutchdude from Portland, OR on 4/24/2008

    I just got this system yesterday. It looks great. But like the previous reviewer, I would really like a screen saver while the music is playing. The other problem I have is that the Sirius radio I ordered with the system will not work with the version of the stereo I purchased. The shop who installed the stereo said it is because the Sirius will not work properly with the 2008 model stereo. So I am going back today to get XM radio installed. The only other issue I have with the stereo is that while playing CDs it does not list the name of the Album or the tracks. Also the radio stations should be listed by name along with the song that is playing. My feeling is that a little more attention to detail should have been put into a stereo of this price. I do like the looks and the wide range of formats. The touch screen is very responsive.



    Panasonic CQ-VW100U

    bret from oakland,california on 4/5/2008

    pros..looks great installed and the dvd is sharp..very easy to figure out and use...the touch screen is accurate to your touch. cons..does not come with a remote..does not have a screen saver or no visual eye candy while playing music..does not tilt down..only up.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input 2
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    General Features
    DVD/Video CD Features
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    Motorized Video Display: The Panasonic CQ-VW100U is equipped with a motorized 7.0" widescreen LCD monitor with touch screen controls. You can manually adjust the angle of the display using the touch screen controls or the tilt button on the unit. There are 6 angle settings to choose from.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the display's contrast, brightness, color, and tint. The display's dimmer function can be set to one of three brightness levels.

    Aspect Ratio: You can choose from the following screen modes:

    • Normal: displays 16:9 widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
    • Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height
    • Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges
    • Just: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges

    ID Code: Prior to operating this unit, you can assign a 4-digit ID code for security. Once the ID code has been set, the unit cannot be operated without entering the ID code if the main power supply is disconnected and then reconnected.

    SQ3: The 3-band parametric EQ lets you adjust the level of three frequency bands: Bass, Mid, and Treble. You can select the center frequency for each band as follows: Bass (60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz), Mid (500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 3kHz), and Treble (10kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz, 18kHz). The level of each frequency can be adjusted from +12dB to -12dB in 2dB increments. You can also choose from the following SQ presets: Rock, Pop, Vocal, Jazz, Club, and Flat. In addition, the unit offers separate bass and treble adjustments of +/-12dB.

    Dolby Digital/DTS Decoders: The CQ-VW100U has built-in decoders that allow you to enjoy Dolby Digital and DTS as a 2-channel down-mix.

    MP3/DivX Compatible: This unit can play MP3 and DivX files recorded onto CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW discs in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Apple Extension to ISO 9660, Joliet, and Romeo. The player can support up to 999 files, 999 files in one folder, 8 levels, and 255 folders.

    Subwoofer Preamp Output: The volume level of the subwoofer preamp output is adjustable from -12dB to +12dB in 2dB increments. The subwoofer preout is a single, unfiltered, full-range output. If desired, you can turn off the subwoofer output in the menu.

    Rear View Camera: You can connect an optional rear view camera to the unit through a dedicated rear camera input. The camera must have an RCA composite video connector. When the violet/white wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's backup light circuit, the CQ-VW100U will automatically switch to the rear camera input whenever the vehicle is placed in reverse gear.

    DVD/Video CD Features

    Fast Forward/Reverse: When playing a DVD or Video CD, the speed of fast forward and fast reverse change incrementally in 4 steps (2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x) as the corresponding button is held down.

    Slow Motion: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you may move forward through the program being played in slow motion at about 1/3 normal speed. Slow motion playback cannot be performed in reverse.

    Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track. For MP3 and DivX discs, you can repeat the current track or folder.

    Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.

    Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Minimum, Standard, or Off.

    External Device Controls

    System-Up Connector: The CQ-VW100U has a rear panel-mounted System-Up connector which allows you to add a single external device, or with the optional Expansion Module (133CYEM100), add up to 4 components. Most of the optional components will require an adapter cable in order to make the connections. The components that can be connected to the head unit via the System-Up Connector include:

    • iPod: You can connect an iPod using the CA-DC300U Direct Cable for iPod (133DC300) or CA-VDC300U Direct Cable for iPod with Video. Compatible iPods using this connection method include the following iPods and software available through September 2007:
      • 4th Generation iPod/ver.3.1.1
      • 5th Generation iPod/ver.1.2.1
      • iPod photo/ver.1.2.1
      • iPod mini/ver.1.4.1
      • 1st Generation iPod nano/ver.1.3.1
      • 2nd Generation iPod nano/ver.1.1.3

    Note: Functionality except for video playback (not supported) via the System-Up Connector has been confirmed by Crutchfield for iPod classic, 3rd Generation iPod nano, and iPod touch. These iPod models require an authentication chip in order to output video.

    • CD/DVD Changer: Using the optional CA-CC30U Conversion Cable (133CACC30), you can connect the optional Panasonic CX-DP880U CD changer, or the CX-DH801U DVD changer.
    • Satellite Radio:
      • XM Satellite Radio: You can connect the optional XMDirect² package (700XMPAN1), which consists of the CNP2000UC tuner and CNPPAN1 adapter cable, for XM Satellite Radio programming. A subscription to XM Satellite Radio, plus downloading of firmware to the XM Tuner is required in order to receive XM programming.
      • Sirius Satellite Radio: The optional universal SiriusConnect SC-C1 receiver (item number 607SCC1) is compatible when the CA-LSR01U SiriusConnect interface is added (item number 133CALSR01). A subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio is required in order to receive programming.
      • Aux Input: Portable or plug 'n play units from XM or SIRIUS can connected to one of the unit's auxiliary inputs.
    • Bluetooth: Using the optional Panasonic Bluetooth unit CY-BT200U (item # 133BT200), you can make and receive phone calls hands free on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. You can also control and listen to Bluetooth audio devices. (This head unit does not support the CY-BT100U Bluetooth unit.)

    Optional Expansion Module (hub unit): Connection of the CY-EM100U Expansion Module (item #133CYEM100) allows you to connect up to 4 of the above-listed optional components. In addition, the Expansion Module has an audio/video auxiliary input to allow you to connect a portable audio or audio/video device. The head unit has a dedicated composite video input (labeled Ext Video In) for use with the Expansion Module.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Audio/Video Inputs: The CQ-VW100U has two rear panel A/V inputs. They feature composite RCA and stereo audio jacks, allowing you to plug in an A/V source such as a camcorder, VCR, or game console.

    External Monitor Output: This unit provides a single female RCA composite video output (labeled "Video Out"), which allows you to send a video signal to an external overhead or headrest monitor.

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