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Dual MMC36BT Hideaway marine digital media center with Bluetooth® and NMEA 2000 (does not play CDs)

Item # 070MMC36BT

If you don't have a lot of space but do need a lot of stereo, Dual's MMC36BT marine digital media center will bring...

If you don't have a lot of space but do need a lot of stereo, Dual's MMC36BT marine digital media center will bring...

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Item # 070MMC36BT

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About the Dual MMC36BT

Jon Paul

A space-saving stereo with app control

If you don't have a lot of space but do need a lot of stereo, Dual's MMC36BT marine digital media center will bring great sound and versatile functionality to your boat. This NMEA 2000-ready package consists of a compact color LCD controller that goes in the dash, along with a hideaway "black box" that can be installed out of sight. You can also control the stereo using Dual's iPlug Smart Remote app on your Apple® or Android® smartphone.

A space-saving stereo with app control

If you don't have a lot of space but do need a lot of stereo, Dual's MMC36BT marine digital media center will bring great sound and versatile functionality to your boat. This NMEA 2000-ready package consists of a compact color LCD controller that goes in the dash, along with a hideaway "black box" that can be installed out of sight. You can also control the stereo using Dual's iPlug Smart Remote app on your Apple® or Android® smartphone.

Dual MMC36BT media control center

The heart of this system is the hideaway "black box" receiver.

The heart of it all is a hideaway box

The hideaway box contains a built-in global AM/FM/Weather Band tuner, plus an AUX input and a charging USB port. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music from just about any phone, and you can also plug in a USB thumb drive and enjoy your own music files. The compact box is easy to mount and the whole system can be integrated into your boat's NMEA 2000 system. The receiver is made for marine use, with a conformal-coated circuit board and an overall IPX5 rating for water-resistance.

Watertight wired controller

With the "black box" installed down below, you control everything from the IPX6-rated watertight wired controller installed topside. The 3” TFT color LCD screen and intuitive control buttons make it easy to switch sources or change the tune. The controller is engineered to stand up to the extremes of a marine environment, so splashes, spray, and sunlight won't stop the music.

Start your system here

With three sets of preamp outputs (including sub outputs), the MMC36BT is a terrific building block for an epic marine audio system. The built-in 4-channel amp sends 18 watts RMS per channel to three different zones, while the 3-zone speaker selector (with separate subwoofer control) lets you adjust the sound all over the vessel. That's a handy thing to have on any size boat, as is the ability to connect a rear-view camera to an RCA input. And the zero-current draw memory back-up will preserve your boat's battery when you're not around.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • package includes marine-rated hideaway black box and LCD controller
    • 3" TFT full-color LCD
    • Bluetooth audio streaming
    • free iPlug Smart Remote app controls system using Apple or Android smartphones
    • global AM/FM/Weather tuner
    • plays MP3, WMA files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    Audio Features:
    • built-in amp: 18 watts RMS (60 peak) x 4 channels
    • 7 EQ presets
    • 3-zone and subwoofer volume control
    • NMEA 2000-ready
    • waterproof rating: IPX5 (black box), IPX6 (display)
    • inputs: charging USB port, AUX input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    • works with wired and wireless remotes
    • compatible with rear-view cameras
    • chassis width: 4.785"
    • chassis height: 3.225"
    • nose width: 5.435"
    • nose height:3.695"
    • warranty: 2 years
    • MFR # MMC36BT

    What's in the box:

    • Wired media controller
    • Hide-away source/amp unit (20A fuse)
    • 10" System controller cable
    • 2 Wiring harnesses
    • 6.5' USB/Aux extension cable (w/ 2 collars and rubber cap)
    • Mounting bracket
    • Self-adhesive gasket
    • Rubber cover (for media controller)
    • 2 Bolts 2 Hex-huts
    • 2 Lock-washers
    • 4 Screws
    • 4 Rubber caps
    • Quick Start Guide

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power 2.1A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 2Gen and newer
    Touch 1Gen and newer
    iPhone 2G and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color Full-Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    System Features
    Variety Of Sources
    Audio Section

    System Features

    Marine Media Control Center: The Dual MMC36BT Marine Media Control Center is a two-component system with a wired media controller and a hide-away source/amp unit. It also comes with a USB/Aux extension cable adapter, wiring harnesses, and mounting hardware.

    Marine Certified: The Dual MMC36BT Marine Media Control Center is specifically designed and built to last in harsh marine environments and is ASTM B117 and ASTM D4329 compliant.

    • IP66 Waterproof: Designed to meet IP66 waterproof standards, the wired media controller will not fail or allow water seepage when exposed to heavy splashing or rain. The hide-away source/amp unit is only IPX5 certified and can withstand small amounts of water spray.
    • Conformal Coating: A transparent protective film is applied to surfaces of all interior printed circuit boards. This additional layer of defense guards against dust, condensation, and corrosion; ensuring maximum longevity in demanding marine installations.
    • UV Resistant Construction: The faceplate and other exposed elements of the receiver are carefully injection-molded using high-temperature ultra-violet resistant resins, preventing them from breaking down in the sun and give you peace of mind to enjoy your music on the water.

    Hide-Away Source/Amp Unit: The Dual MMC36BT's hide-away source/amp unit houses all the system's inputs, outputs, built-in tuner, and amplifier. This unit should be mounted in a location that is not exposed directly to extreme temperatures or conditions. Extended exposure to high temperatures or direct submersion will cause failure. Because of the built-in amplifier, the unit must be mounted in a location with adequate ventilation.

    Note: The hide-away source/amp unit measures 9.1875" (w) x 2.625" (h) x 7.0" (d)

    Wired Media Controller: The included wired media controller provides full operation over the system. It connects to the hide-away source/amp unit using the included 10' proprietary DIN-cable. The media controller features a vibrant positive-type 3" LCD screen that provides enhanced visibility under the toughest boating environments. High-contrast black characters on a white background ensure readability in any situation from total darkness to direct sunlight. View menus, audio, source, and song/artist/album information (no album art). You can manually adjust the LCD's backlight level (1-7). The wired media controller also features a rotary knob and 14 push-buttons. The controller requires a rectangular cutout and is held in place by the included mounting bracket and hardware.

    • Cutout Dimensions: 4.785" (w) x 3.225" (h) x 1.095"
    • Front-Panel Dimensions: 5.435" (w) x 3.695" (h) x 0.705"

    iPlug Smart App: The iPlug Smart App (for Apple iOS and Android OS) turns your compatible smartphone or tablet into a wireless remote control for the MMC36BT system. Your Apple iOS or Android device will need to be paired and connected to the Dual MMC36BT via Bluetooth. This app controls all of the primary functions of the marine stereo, including -

    • Power On/Off & Source Selection
    • Volume Up/Down & Mute
    • AM/FM tuner Stations Search & Presets
    • Bluetooth & USB Audio Playback Controls
    • iPod/iPhone Playback Control
    • Audio Menu Controls - Bass/Mids/Treble, Balance/Fader, & EQ
    • Zone Controls (1, 2, 3)

    Remote Control: If you need an additional wired remote controller, the Dual MMC36BT Marine Media Control supports connection of Dual's MWR17 wired remote control (sold separately - not available at Crutchfield).

    Zero Current Draw: The system has a zero current draw, with memory backup to save your boat's battery while still backing up your presets and keeping time.

    Variety Of Sources

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Dual MMC36BT features built-in Bluetooth version 2.1 with support for Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP) and music control (AVRCP). The MMC36BT allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can operate Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track functions, as well as view song/artist info (no album art) from the wired media controller. The unit supports multi-device pairing, but can only connect to one device at a time. The receiver will automatically connect to the last paired device.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

    USB Input: The Dual Marine Media Control Center is equipped with a USB (type-A) which enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive. The system supports playback of MP3 music files stored on a compatible USB mass storage device. You can operate File/Folder Search, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Random/Repeat, and Intro (10-sec) functions from the wired media controller. The media controller will also display song/artist information (no album art). In addition, the system's USB port will charge (max. 5V/2.1A) a USB devices during connection.

    USB File System FAT or FAT32
    Compatible File Types MP3: 8kHz-48kHz sampling frequency; 32kbps-320kbps bit-rate
    File/Folder Limit 500 Folders / 999 Files / 999 Files in each Folder
    ID3 Tag Support MP3 Tags (version 1.0-2.4)

    iPod/iPhone Connection: The Dual Marine Media Control Center's USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone (not included with the system). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), metadata display, control, and charging of select iPod/iPhones through the Dual digital media receiver.

    • Control: The MMC36BT can control Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, and Intro Scan (10-sec) functions for your connected iPod/iPhone. Advanced music browsing can be done from the touchscreen of newer Apple iOS 6.0+ devices. Older Apple devices will be locked during connection.
    • Display: The wired media controller will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title (no album art).
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the system's USB connection will power and charge (5V/2.1A) your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Dual MMC36BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/5/2018):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4S 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    X/XR/XS/XS Max 12.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the system and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux & Camera Input: The Marine Media Control Center features a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external marine audio device. This system also features a composite video jack attached to rear chassis via a 6.5" pigtail for adding a marine-grade camera (sold separately).

    USB/Aux Extension Cable Adapter: The Dual MMC36BT Marine Media Control Center includes a 6.5' USB/Aux extension cable adapter which allows the AUX and USB inputs on the hide-away source/amp unit to be mounted in the boats console for easier access.

    AM/FM/WB Tuner: The Dual MMC36BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets (manually or automatically).  You can even switch the tuner between USA or European tuning. In addition to the AM/FM tuner, the MMC36BT features a built-in 7-channel weather band tuner. Use the weather band tuner to stay one step ahead of storms while out on the water.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Dual Marine Media Control Center is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the system are as follows:

    • CTA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 60 watts x 4 channels (240 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for this system are compliant with the CTA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    4V/6Ch Pre-Outs: The Dual MMC36BT is outfitted with three pair of 4V pre-outs for Front, Rear, and Sub. The Front & Rear pre-outs are fading, while the Sub pre-outs are non-fading. The subwoofer pre-outs offer a variable low-pass crossover (80/120/160Hz) and adjustable volume level (0-12).

    3 Zones: Because the Marine Media Control Center's built-in amplifier is 2-ohm rated, you can connect up to 8 speakers and create three zones of audio. Zone 1 consists of four speaker outputs (front/rear), as well as the system's 6ch pre-outs. Zone 2 and Zone 3 consist of two speaker outputs each. You can turn on/off all zones, or select specific zones for playback. The same audio source will playback in each zone.

    Equalizer: The system features the following preset EQ curves (Rock, Beat, Classic, Pop, Jazz, Flat, or User) to customize your music listening. The User mode lets you manually adjust Bass, Mid, & Treble to your preference from -6 to +6. You can adjust the Bass frequency to 60, 80, 100, or 200Hz. You can adjust the Midrange frequency to 500, 1k, 1.5k, or 2.k Hz. You can adjust the Treble frequency to 10k, 12.5k, 15k, or 17.5k Hz.

    Loudness: Activating the Loudness feature will enhance the bass and treble frequencies when listening to music at low volumes.

    Source Volume Level: The Source Volume Level control allows the gain adjustment for each audio source (Tuner, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, or iPod); depending on the relative volume of each audio source.

    Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can program the unit to always turn on at a specific volume level (1-30).

    Beep Confirmation: Each time a button is pressed on the unit's wired media controller a beep confirmation will be heard through your connected speakers. This feature can be turned or off.

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    Will this fit a 2015 Jeep Wrangler?
    kevin  Aug 04, 2019
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
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