Our take on the Dual XDVD9101 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Looking for a DVD receiver that fits your single-sized dash opening, features a beautiful touchscreen monitor, includes built-in iPod® control, yet won't break the bank? Dual's XDVD9101 DVD receiver is your answer, a sweet-looking stereo that will make all your road trips a blast.
Lots of ways to play all your tunes
Connect your iPod using the included cable, and you can browse your artists, albums, and playlists using the sharp 7" touchscreen. The XDVD9101 will play CDs loaded with MP3 and WMA files, plus you can load up a thumb drive and play your music through the front USB slot. A handy front-panel A/V input lets you hook up even more sources, like a game system, satellite radio, or an MP3 player.
Play your movies, too
Watch movies up front while you're parked, or hook up a monitor in back so your riders can watch their favorite DVDs while you drive. The rear A/V input lets you connect another source, giving your backseat passengers even more entertainment options, so you and your co-pilot can enjoy peace and quiet up front.
Nice sound, right out of the box
A strong built-in amplifier belts out your tunes and movies with ease, while the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter ensures superior sound. Tweak the tone to your liking using the bass and treble controls. Front, rear, and sub preamp outputs help you build a complete system with amps and subs.
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.
- in-dash DVD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels, CEA-2006)
- motorized, retractable 7" LCD video monitor with touchscreen controls
- includes 39" iPod® adapter cable
- wireless remote
- plays DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD Video, CD, and CD-R/RW, plus MP3 and WMA files on CD
- five selectable EQ curves
- 24-bit D/A converter
- inputs: front minijack A/V input, rear RCA A/V inputs, rear-view camera input, front-panel USB input
- outputs: one composite video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, mono subwoofer)
- CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
- secondary display displays info when 7" screen is closed
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with a 7" LCD screen (10A mini-ATC fuse)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- 8.0' Parking brake detection wire (yellow/blue)
- 39" iPod cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and USB type-A connector/3.5mm connector on the other end)
- 10" Audio adapter cord (has 3.5mm AV miniplug on one end and a composite video/stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
- Wireless remote control
- CR2025 Lithium batteries (installed in remote)
- Screen cleaning cloth
- Metal support strap
- Rear-support bolt
- 4 Pan-head screws
- 4 Counter-sunk screws
- Machine screw (has 1 flat washer/1 lock washer and 1 nut)
- Phillips head bolt with nut attached
- Star washer
- 3 Transport-screws (installed on top of unit)
- Screen cleaning cloth
- Self-adhesive Dual logo badge
- Installation/Owner's Manual
- Warning sheet concerning driver watching videos
- "Attention/Stop" note
- "Congratulations" card
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Front AV|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||17 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.5 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
7" TFT LCD Monitor: The XDVD9101 single-DIN DVD receiver features a motorized retractable 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touch-screen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 480 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels with a contrast ratio of 350:1. The screen has a 120° horizontal viewing angle (60° left or right), and a 90° vertical viewing angle (30° up and 60° down). The display is retractable and slides in and out electronically.
Display Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's retractable monitor's vertical angle for better visibility. There are 4 display angles to choose from. You can also adjust the viewing distance of the retractable monitor. There are 3 viewing distances to choose from.
Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the displays brightness, sharpness, color, contrast and tint from 0 to +20.
Video Lockout: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the supplied yellow/blue wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged and disengaged in a preset sequence.
Secondary LCD Display: The Dual XDVD9101 is equipped with a secondary LCD Display which displays audio source information when the unit's 7" TFT LCD monitor is closed.
12/24 Hour Clock: The unit's built-in clock will display 12-hour AM/PM time in USA frequency spacing mode. In European frequency spacing mode, the clock will display 24-hour time.
Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the front lower panel of the unit.
Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power for more than 40 seconds.
Preamp Outputs: The XDVD9101 has 5 channels of preamp outputs: front L/R, rear L/R, and mono-subwoofer. The mono-subwoofer output has an independent audio level setting from 0 to 12.
Preset EQ Curves: The Dual CD Receiver features the following preset EQ curves to customize your music listening - Flat, Classic, Pop, Rock, or User.
Bass And Treble: The Bass and Treble and be independently adjusted from -5 to +5 in User mode.
Loudness Curve: Activating this feature will enhance the bass and treble frequencies when listening to music at low volume.
AM/FM Tuner: The Dual XDVD9101 features a built-in AM/FM tuner which allows you to store up to 24 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets. In addition to preset tuning, XDVD9101's tuner allows Seek and Manual tuning of AM/FM stations.
Disc Compatibility: The Dual XDVD9101 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
MP3/WMA Playback: The XDVD9101 can play MP3/WMA audio files that have been recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2, or Joliet file format. Compatible bit rates are 8 to 320 kbps for MP3, and 32-192 kbps for WMA. Recorded discs can have up to 3,000 files and 256 folders. The headunit will display MP3 ID3 Tag and WMA Tag information. Playback functions include file skip, fast forward (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x), file repeat, folder repeat, file random play, and direct file select for MP3/WMA audio file playback.
JPEG Playback: The XDVD910 also supports playback JPEG still images recorded onto a CD-ROM, CD-R, or CD-RW disc.
Electronic Skip Protection: This unit is equipped with a high-speed flash memory buffer for skip resistant playback. This ESP offers skip protection for DVD, CD, MP3, and WMA discs.
Touch Controls: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the bottom left two-thirds of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the bottom right two-thirds of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Touching the top left one-third of the screen allows you to switch sources; while touching the top right one-third of the screen allows you to search for a scene by time, title or chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center briefly displays the information screen.
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.
Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD or CD, there are five fast-play speeds in both directions (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, and 32x).
Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file or folder. A-B Repeat allows you to repeat any portion of a DVD.
Zoom Mode: Using the remote control, you can change the magnification of the image from normal to 1/4x, 1/3x, 1/2x, 1 x , 2x, 3x, or 4x. While the image is enlarged, you can pan the screen up, down, left, and right.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
USB Port: The Dual XDVD910 features a front-panel USB type-A port for playback of MP3, WMA, and JPEG files stored on a USB flash drive. The files must be recorded in FAT16 or FAT32 file format. Compatible bit rates are 8 to 320 kbps for MP3, and 32-192 kbps for WMA. Recorded discs can have up to 3,000 files and 256 folders. The headunit will display MP3 ID3 Tag and WMA Tag information. Playback functions include file skip, fast forward (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x), file repeat, folder repeat, file random play, and direct file select for MP3/WMA audio file playback.
iPod Direct: Most iPods from 3rd generation to 6th generation, equipped with the proprietary dock connector, can be connected to and controlled by the head unit using the front-panel USB port and 3.5mm AV input, along with the supplied iPod connector cable. When the iPod is connected, it can be controlled via the unit's touch-screen during audio playback (iPod's controls will be locked). The screen displays all information including playlists, artists, albums, and songs. You can also view pictures and videos from a 5th generation iPod video (you will need to control video playback using the iPod click-wheel). In addition, your iPod will charge while connected and the system is turned on. The XDVD910 is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Nov. 2009):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control||Display||Charge|
|iPod video||5th||Y||Y||Audio only||Video only||Y||Y||Y|
Note: The iPod photo/video display of the unit will not operate while the vehicle is moving. The parking brake will need to be engaged just like when watching a DVD. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.
A/V Input: The Dual XDVD9101 features two audio/video inputs. There is a 3.5mm A/V input on the unit's front-panel and a composite video/stereo RCA A/V input on the rear-chassis for connecting external A/V equipment to the headunit.
Video Out: This RCA composite video jack allows you add an external monitor.
Camera Input: This RCA composite video jack allows you connect an optional rear view camera. The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image when a rear camera is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. In the menu, you can switch the image from Normal to Reverse
Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-screen panel and hard-key controls, the XDVD9101 also comes supplied with a full-functioning IR wireless remote control for convenient operation.
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