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Nakamichi NA780

CD receiver

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Nakamichi's NA780 CD receiver combines easily accessible controls with a bevy of ways to enjoy your music, including AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, SD card slot, and an auxiliary input. The NA780 also offers a detachable faceplate for theft-deterrence, a rarity for double-DIN (4" tall) CD receivers. Its sleek design lets it look as good in your dash as it sounds.

A car jukebox

Nakamichi's NA780 CD receiver combines easily accessible controls with a bevy of ways to enjoy your music, including AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, SD card slot, and an auxiliary input. The NA780 also offers a detachable faceplate for theft-deterrence, a rarity for double-DIN (4" tall) CD receivers. Its sleek design lets it look as good in your dash as it sounds.

How do you like your music?

Whether you plug your thumb drive or compatible Android™ smartphone into the front USB port, load a CD, or connect a portable audio player, you can choose from a variety of easily accessible musical options. An SD card slot is tucked behind the detachable faceplate, so you can groove to WMA and MP3 files on recordable CDs, USB drives, or on SD cards. The NA780 also includes an aux input for portables and a second front USB port designed just for charging a USB device that needs some juice.

The NA780's AM/FM tuner includes the Radio Data System (RDS), so you can check out the station info on the receiver's big 2-line display.

Sound quality to rock your ride

This Nakamichi's strong amp will impress you with its clean power, so turn it up if you want. You can use the 3-band equalizer for precise adjustment of the highs, mids, and lows, while eight EQ presets allow quick shifts to a tone curve that matches your music. The Listening Position function tailors the speaker balance for the best output for your location in the vehicle.

Android phone note: If you're going to use your smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM RDS tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA
    • detachable faceplate with white 2-line display
    • double-DIN (4" tall) chassis
    • front 1A USB port for charging devices
    • wireless remote control
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band equalizer with 8 preset curves
    • low-pass filter and level control (sub preamp output)
    • Listening Position control
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary, SD card slot, and two USB inputs (no iPod/iPhone controls, second USB for charging only)
    • outputs: 3-channel preamp outputs (3-volt rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (15A)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim-ring
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 3V battery
    • Four M5 x 6mm screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • Rubber boot
    • Instruction Manual

    Nakamichi NA780 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    Clean Power Great Replacement Unit

    Boss Installer from San Francisco on 9/9/2014

    2014 Jeep Patriot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Jeep 2014 Patriot. If you need the security of a removable face look no further. I wish I would have spent a bit more and got the next unit up with Bluetooth but this still makes sense. The install was easy but keep in mind this is a 2DIN unit and weights a good bit. The Crutchfield supplied plastic mounts are junk. First bump in the road the brackets snapped, get steel brackets if possible. I will scour the web to find better ones. The install is otherwise basic 5 wires. I'm using it to drive four 6x9s and it has plenty of power to thump. Also have a Kenwood ksc-11 powered sub connected to the low lvl outs. Provides sufficient buttons where using one button to duplicate several functions is not necessary. Nothing worse than than scrolling through the entire menu to adjust bass. Naka clearly spent time developing the user interface. It's intuitive and logical. The double loudness feature is interesting. Choose double bass, or Xtra bass or if that's not loud enough both! SD card and USB inputs work displaying song/artist info. USB 1.0 or 2.0 or 3.0 of course. I like the 2x din format. I love the sub-out feature as well as the level and cutoff accoutrement. The SW setting delivers smooth expansive bass below even the human hearing threshold. They didn't try to do too much with this unit. It's not packed with every feature in the world but makes good use of what is offered. If you want the security of a removable face plate go 4 it.

    Pros: Removable face Powerful bass Clean fully customizable sound

    Cons: Install brackets are a real bummer. El Cheapo brackets that won't last a day.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 3-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Multimedia Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display + Remote Features

    Multimedia Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Nakamichi NA780 CD receiver features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    SD Card Slot: The NA780 CD receiver features an SD-card slot located behind its detachable front-panel. The SD-card slot supports SD and SDHC memory cards with MP3/WMA music files. The unit's face-plate must be detached to insert or eject an SD/SDHC memory card.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Nakamichi NA780 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback & control of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a compatible USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The head unit's USB port does not support the Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

    Note: In addition, there is a second front-panel USB port, labeled "Quick Charge", which provides 1A of charging power to charge the battery in your smartphone or other USB-enabled device more quickly. This USB port is for charging purposes only; it does not support audio playback.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Nakamichi CD receiver supports the following types of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc: CD-R/RWFlash: USB MSC, SD/SDHC
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1/Level 2FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 32-320 kbps; sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320 kbps; sampling frequencies of 32, 44.1, and 48kHz
    TagsID3 tag (v1.0 or later), WMA tag

    Playback & Search Functions: You are able to search the music tracks of music folders stored on a disc, SD-card, or USB device. You can also fast forward or rewind through a track, and skip to the next or previous track. In addition, you can activate repeat (file/folder/all) and random (folder/all) playback functions.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Aux Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple devices). Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    22W x 4Ch Amplifier:  The Nakamichi NA780 CD receiver is equipped with a 22 watt RMS x 4 channel amplifier (40 watts Peak x 4 channels).

    3Ch/3V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The Nakamichi NA780 features a pair of fading rear-channel preamp outputs, as well as a mono-subwoofer preamp output (all rated at 3V). When the subwoofer pre-out is used, you are able to adjust its low pass crossover (80/120/160Hz) and gain level (0-12)

    3-Band EQ w/ Presets:  There are eight sound presets (Pop, Techno, Rock, Classic, Jazz, Vocal, User, and Off/Flat) that allow you to easily recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. For further adjustment, the in-dash CD receiver features a built-in 3-Band EQ for manual adjustment of Treble, Midrange, and Bass.

    Bass Boost: The head unit employs DBSS and XBass to dynamically boost bass sound safely at any volume level.

    Listening Position:  This innovative "Listening Positioning" technology enables the driver or passengers to enjoy music with the best speaker balance and experience a more vivid spatial effect. Choose from Front All, Front Left, Front Right, or Zone Off.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Nakamichi NA780 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, & preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 6 radio stations in each bank, giving you 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. To receive more radio stations or only stations with strong signals, you can adjust the radio sensitivity (Local Seek feature).

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face Plate: The Nakamichi NA780 CD receiver features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case is included).

    2-Line Display: The head unit's two-line display allows the clock to be seen with song/artist, station, and track information. The in-dash head unit offers a switchable 12- or 24-hour clock display. You can adjust the brightness of the head unit's display between High or Low.

    2-DIN Chassis: The NA780 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is no mounting sleeve to Euro-mount the head unit. As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    IR Remote: The Nakamichi NA780 comes supplied with an 8-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote provides Power, Volume, Mute, Source, Audio, and Playback controls. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3V battery.

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