Dual XHD7714 In-Dash CD/MP3 Player with Remote, Built-in Bluetooth, HD Radio, iPod Cable, and 3.5mm Aux Input
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- Integrated HD Radio tuner with iTunes Tagging
- Integrated Bluetooth with Built In Microphone for Hands Free Enabled Phones
- iPod control includes 2-Wire iPod cable
- Front USB Input
- 3-Pair of preamp outputs (F/R/S)
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The XHD7714 offers built-in HD Radio, Built in Bluetooth, Built-in iPod controls and an included cable, front panel USB, and a front panel AUX port. General Features: In-dash CD and MP3 •Player with Remote • iPod interface cable included for iPod connection, charging and playback •Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required •Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone •Electronic detachable face •White dot-matrix display •Wireless remote control included •Blue button lighting •CEA-2006 compliant amplifier. Power Output:Peak: 52 watts x 4 channels •RMS: 17 watts x 4 channels •MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album) Playback and Audio Features: Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA •Tuner with 18FM/12AM presets •Built-in HD Radio tuner •2-band equalizer with 5 preset tone curves. Expandability Options: 3 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer) •Bluetooth Ready: Built-in bluetooth controls, adapter and microphone included •Built-in HD Radio tuner for clear radio reception and no subscription fee • iPod interface cable included for iPod charging and playback •Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-PSv1 required and sold separately• Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc. •Front-panel USB Input: USB port allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc. •Any iPods iPhones released after September 25, 2008 have not been tested by the manufacturer and/ for compatibility. Therefore we do not guarantee compatibility in regards to, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.
Top customer reviews
The USB functionality has great potential, but some blatant flaws is what ultimately reduced the overall rating of this product from five stars to four. I plugged in my USB and it instantly recognized it and began playing. Load times are slower than what I expected, but not so slow to make it unusable. Thereafter, the two most serious flaws of this unit came to light. First off, when scrolling through your library to find a song, the unit allows you to scroll through the songs in the current album or to go up one level and scroll through the albums; HOWEVER, it does not allow you to go up one more level and scroll through the artists, as you would in an mp3 player. As a result, instead of being able to search by artist (for example, instead of scrolling through "Aerosmith, Beatles, Coldplay, etc....) you have to search by albums (so the list would look something like "Greatest Hits"; "Permanent Vacation"; "White Album"; "Yellow Submarine"; "Parachutes"; "X&Y" and so on). This just makes searching take a lot longer, as you have to scroll through every single album instead of limiting the choices by the artist. The second serious flaw is that the unit displays the albums in the order they were copied to the USB device rather than automatically sorting them in alphabetical order. So, using the above example, if you were to copy a Beatles album first, then a Coldplay album, then another Beatles album, and finally an Aerosmith album, when you are searching/scrolling through the USB using the unit it will display the albums in the exact order in which you copied them onto the USB, NOT in alphabetical order (unless you copied them in alphabetical order). This means that if you want to go back and add more songs to your USB, you'll either have to erase everything and copy everything all over again (in alphabetical order) or you'll have to scroll through the albums in the order they were copied, and try to remember which ones you copied first and which ones you copied last. Both of these things can be highly annoying, and are really nonsensical. Those two things aside, the USB functions great. The sound quality is great, and it's certainly easier than using a bunch of CDs. One more criticism of the USB is the pause function. Hitting the pause button will cause the sound to stop, but the song itself is still "playing" so when you hit play again you'll find that you are not at the same point where you left off.
The HD radio works flawlessly. It takes about three to five seconds to pick up the HD signal, and once it does it rarely ever loses it. I do, however, live in the Houston area, so I can not attest to the quality of the signal in rural areas. Keep in mind that the HD radio function in this unit is BUILT IN, which means all you need is this unit to listen to HD radio. Other units that state they are "HD capable" or something similar simply mean that you have to buy an additional, usually expensive, add-on to the unit to receive the HD signal.
The Bluetooth functionality also works great. Pairing my phone to the unit the first time took a matter of seconds, and now as soon as I get in the car they instantly connect. As described, when a call comes in, the unit automatically mutes the music and allows you to answer the call using your car's speakers and the built-in microphone. Sound quality was better than expected, and people on the other line reported that they could hear me just fine. You can also disable automatic pairing if you wish, so that it only connects to your phone when you want it to, and not ever time your phone is within range.
I have used the CD functionality sparingly, and have not had any problems with hit. Functions just as any other CD player would.
I have not used the auxiliary functionality as of yet.
The unit itself, as others have mentioned, is made of cheap plastic. However, since it doesn't feel so cheap that it might break at the slightest touch, this is irrelevant since the unit's job is to play music, not feel good/expensive. The face plate is detachable, which is always a nice touch. It lights up well, but unfortunately does not have a dimmer.
All in all, I feel this was a great buy. It's a real bargain, and the unit works great, barring the two flaws I discussed regarding the USB functionality.
This stereo does have a lot of features, so it does take a little reading of the manual to figure out how to use them all. One thing I should mention is that each preset station can be set up to have a different EQ setting. It is set by default to "Flat" so the stereo doesn't sound that good even with the bass and treble turned up until you set each station to the EQ setting that you prefer.
Anyway, I would totally recommend this stereo to everyone.
I ordered last week. Amazon shipped it asap. Shipping was done properly. No damage / DOA.
Yesterday I installed it. And it has been fun using it so far.
1. The radio reception is goood. It automatically picks up HD for certain FM stations when available.
2. The CD audio quality was great. I did not try it in bumpy roads to see if there are skips. But I will do that shortly and edit my review.
3. Did not try the AUX in yet.
4. But coming to my favorite part... the Bluetooth: Synching my Iphone 3G was super-easy, 2 clicks on the radio, 3 clicks on the iphone and type in an ID. All set.
4a. Phone calls. Making an inbound and outbound call automatically stops the music and music resumes after the call. Call volume was great. I could hear the person at the other end very well. But the other person could not hear me very well. I switched roles. I asked the other person to call me from the car. I felt the same. So the speakerphone microphone is not the greatest. If Dual has an extension microphone, I would recommend you buying that.
4b. A2DP: I played music from my IPhone and it streams seamlessly to the car stereo... no more wires or clunky FM transmitters. It is smooth. the audio quality was good with no disturbance. One bug I found was that Dual claims that you can fast-forward/ rewind tracks in iphone using the buttons on the dash/ remote control. Well, that doesn't work. Although the pause/ play button works. This is a bug.
5. The USB port can be used to charge your iphone. This works only the when the stereo is turned on. It is not like your cigarette lighter based chargers where it is sufficient for the car to be on (or on battery). The stereo has to be on as well. But that is ok.
6. The remote control is handy.
7. The interface was easy to use and
To summarize, way too many positives and two negatives (1. mediocre microphone pick up and 2. the rewind/ fast-forward does not work when streaming from iphone).
I definitely recommmend this product for any budget-conscious buyers. Thanks Dual for making a great device.