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Blaupunkt Bahamas MP46

CD receiver with MP3 playback

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Blaupunkt's Bahamas MP46 CD/MP3 player brings a touch of style to your dash, thanks to its full-graphic "Variocolor" display. Not only will your song titles and system information show up crisp and easy to read, you'll also be able to choose from more than 4,000 colors for the background. The graphic display offers three lines of text for your CDs and digital music files, plus a bright, readable backlight that will show up in any light.

Blaupunkt's Bahamas MP46 CD/MP3 player brings a touch of style to your dash, thanks to its full-graphic "Variocolor" display. Not only will your song titles and system information show up crisp and easy to read, you'll also be able to choose from more than 4,000 colors for the background. The graphic display offers three lines of text for your CDs and digital music files, plus a bright, readable backlight that will show up in any light.

Fold down the detachable faceplate and slide in a CD, CD-R, or CD-RW disc. The Bahamas can play them all, including discs loaded with your MP3 and WMA music files. You can easily add a Blaupunkt optional auxiliary input if you want to add a different external source.

You'll find three preset tone curves for adjusting the audio, plus highly-adjustable bass, midrange, and treble controls for customizing the mix. Two sets of preamp outputs are available for your amps and subs, and you can add an optional subwoofer output. Grab hold of the wireless remote for convenient control from anywhere in the car.

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 or WMA files)
  • fold-down detachable face
  • three-line display with 4,096 variable background colors
  • two sets of preamp outputs (optional adapter adds a third set of outputs)
  • 3 equalizer presets ("Rock," "Pop," and "Classic")
  • 3-band parametric equalizer (Bass, Middle, Treble with selectable center frequencies)
  • remote control
  • shock-proof memory
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek and scan tuning
  • station scan
  • optional auxiliary input (023AUXIN1R adapter required)
  • compatible with Blaupunkt CD changer
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 98 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 17 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Trim ring
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-12H) with installed CR2025 battery
  • Power wiring harness
  • Speaker wiring harness
  • Preamp output harness (4-channel)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Rubber bushing
  • 2 Face locking screws
  • Operating and Installation Instructions (English + 5 other languages)
  • "Let's Connect" accessory brochure
  • "Important Notice" sheet

Purchased this radio and I am extremely satisfied with the product. The installation was a breeze with the dirstions that Crutchfield gave you.

I had no issues adjusting the dimmer switch and using the remote is a breeze. I definitely recommend this ptoduct.

James, Highlands Ranch, CO


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Features and Specs

AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Optional
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible Optional
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth N/A
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Vario-colour
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 17 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
Radio Data System No
High-res Playback ---

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Changer Controls


Vario Colour Display: Blaupunkt Bahamas MP46 features a Vario Colour display. You can select one of 16 values of Red, Green, and Blue, giving you a possibility of 4096 colors. The Colour Scan feature cycles through all the possible display colors in approximately 40 seconds, allowing you to choose the one you prefer.

Full Graphic Display: The full graphic display can be adjusted for best visibility. In addition to the color, the display can be set as positive or negative, and a viewing angle can be set between -6 and +6. You can independently set the display brightness for day and night. When the orange illumination wire is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the brightness of the display changes to the night brightness setting. You can also set the unit to Auto Dim.

3-Band EQ: The unit features preset EQ sound effects for specific types of music. You can select the Rock, Pop, or Classic preset EQ setting. In addition, separate bass, middle, and treble adjustments can be made from -7 to +7, each with selectable center frequencies (Bass: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz; Middle: 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 3kHz; Treble: 10kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz, 17kHz).  Note: You can set separate bass, middle, and treble levels for each source, but the EQ effect is applied to all audio sources.

X-Bass: The X-Bass feature can be used to boost the bass at low volume levels. You can set the X-Bass boost to one of three levels. The X-Bass feature, when activated,  is applied to all sources.

Automatic Sound: The Automatic Sound feature automatically adjusts the volume of the sound system to suit the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. The volume setting is adjustable in the Volume Menu. The optimum setting depends upon how noise levels develop in your particular vehicle. Note: In order for this feature to work, the receiver must be connected to the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) via the white wire in the main power harness.

Power-On Volume: You can choose the volume setting at which the receiver plays when it is turned on. In the menu, you can choose "Last Volume" and the unit will be set to the same volume level as when it was last turned off. The maximum "Last Volume" setting is 38. If you turned off the unit with the volume setting higher than 38, the unit will default to a turn-on volume of 38. You can also choose a default volume setting between minimum and maximum (0-66). Note: If the power-on volume is set to a high level, you can possibly damage your hearing or your audio equipment.

Ignition Off Turn-On: The unit can be turned on manually even if the ignition is turned off. The receiver will stay on in this mode for approximately one hour and will automatically shut itself off to avoid running down the battery.

Off Timer: After opening the control panel, the unit will switch off after a pre-selected time between 0 and 30 seconds.

Travel Store: You can automatically store the strongest 6 AM and 6 FM station using the Travel Store function. These presets are stored in bands FMT and AMT.

Adjustable Scan Tuning: The scan feature briefly plays all the receivable stations. You can set the scanning time between 5 and 30 seconds. Note: When the radio scan time is changed, it also resets the CD intro scan time for the in-dash player and the connected CD changer.

Shock Proof Memory: The CD player has a memory buffer of 10 seconds for CDs and 100 seconds for MP3 discs to virtually eliminate skipping and drop outs, even on the roughest roads.

MP3/WMA Playback: The Bahamas MP46 can play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The format of the CD-R or CD-RW must be ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 or Joliet. Each disc can have a maximum of 252 directories and 999 files, with up to 255 files in one directory. During MP3/WMA playback, you have 5 display options:

  • Track/File Number and Play Time
  • Track/File Number and Clock
  • Directory Number and Track/File Number
  • Directory Number and Clock
  • Directory Number and Play Time

ID3 Tags: The unit will display MP3 ID3 tags. You can select to display the directory name, file name, artist name, song name, or album name when available.

Telephone Mute: If the receiver is connected to a mobile telephone with an external mute circuit, the receiver's volume is muted whenever the mobile telephone is "picked up." The power wiring harness contains a telephone mute wire that must be connected to the phone's mute circuit in order for this feature to function.

Power On Message: You can enter a personalized message of up to 9 characters which appears on the display when the unit is powered on.

Optional Subwoofer Output: The receiver comes with a separate 4-channel preamp output harness. An optional 6-channel preamp output harness is available from the manufacturer (Blaupunkt part # 7 607 001 512). The optional harness contains a mono (single channel) non-fading subwoofer output. When used with the optional harness, you can control the subwoofer output level control and the frequency of the low-pass filter. The level can be set between 0 and 7, and the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter can be set to 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (no filtering).

iPod Aux Cable: This unit is compatible with the optional iPod Auxiliary Cable (023iPODCBL) which allows you to listen to music from your iPod through your sound system. In addition to the audio connection, the cable also charges your iPod while the head unit is powered on. The iPod Auxiliary Cable does not transfer any control of the iPod to the head unit--you will still need to control the iPod manually. The iPod's display is not changed when the cable is connected. Note: You will not be able to connect a CD changer to this head unit if the iPod Auxiliary Cable is used.

Auxiliary Input Ready: You can connect an auxiliary input source, such as a portable MiniDisc/DVD/MP3 player instead of a CD changer. The external audio source will require an adapter cable (023AUXIN1R).

Bluetooth/USB Adapter Ready: With the optional Bluetooth/USB interface (023BLAUBLU), you can place and accept "hands free" cellular phone calls through this head unit. You can also play MP3 files stored on your Bluetooth cell phone. Up to 5 Bluetooth-capable phones can be registered to the adapter. In addition, the adapter has a USB input for plugging in portable digital audio players with USB outputs or USB storage devices.

Telephone/Navigation Speech Ready: When connected to an optional interface cable (Blaupunkt part number 7 607 001 503, not presently sold by Crutchfield), you can connect this receiver to a mobile phone or navigation system for telephone calls and navigation announcements. The interface will mute the receiver's audio, allowing the speech from the telephone caller or the navigation unit to be heard over the vehicle's sound system speakers.

RC-12H Remote Control: The Bahamas MP46 comes with the RC-12H credit card-sized remote control. In addition, this unit is compatible with the following optional remotes: RC 08 and RC 10. The RC-12H remote has the following functions: Source Select, Mute, Volume Up/Dn, Select Up/Dn/Left/Right. The unit cannot be turned on or off with the remote.

Clock Display Note: In the menu, you can select the unit for "Clock On" or "Clock Off" operation. When set to "Clock On", the clock will continue to display and the buttons remain illuminated after the unit is turned off as long as the ignition is in the "On" or "Accessory" position. When set to "Clock Off", the display and button illumination is turned off when the unit is turned off. The clock will display the time for approximately 8 seconds when the "Display" button is pushed, even if the unit and the ignition are in "Off" position.

Clock Mode: You can set the clock display to 12-hour or 24-hour mode.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This head unit can directly control the following Blaupunkt changers: CDC A 03, CDC A 08, and IDC A 09.

Display Options: During CD changer operation, you have 5 display options:

  • Track Number and Play Time
  • Track Number and Clock
  • CD Number and Track Number
  • CD Number and Clock
  • CD Number and Play Time

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