MiniDisc Automobile Audio Product Table

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Alpine MDM-7741In-dash AM/FM/MD receiver
Intro: 07/2001
MSRP: US$440
Availability:
OUT: speakers, pre-out (2V), DC IN: 11-16VDC178x50x155mm

Features: Non-MDLP in-dash AM/FM/MD receiver, detachable faceplate, can be coupled to external CD changer

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Manufacturers Specs: Head Unit Bass Control Range at 60Hz : 114 dB, Nose Piece Size (W x H x D)mm : 170mm x 46mm x 21.5 mm, Power Requirement : 14.4 (11-16) V.DC, Pre Output Voltage (Before Clipping) : 2V, Treble Control Range at 10kHz : 114 dB, Bass Center Frequency Control, Subwoofer Level Control, 1 PreOut, 40W x 4 High Power Amplifier, Anti-Theft Detachable Front Panel, BBE, Bass Engine, CD Changer Control Function, Clock, Detachable Trim Plate, Fader & Balance Controls, Loudness, Operation Indicator, Power Antenna Lead, Remote-on Lead, Separate Bass & Treble Control, Wireless Remote Controller Ready MD Unit Dynamic Range (1kHz) : 90 dB, Frequency Response : 20-20k 1 0.5 Hz, Signal-to-Noise (S/N) : 105 dB, Wow & Flutter : B.M.L., 1 Disc Mechanism, Disc Play/Pause, Disc Title Scroll, Forward/Backward, M.I.X. (Random Play), Music Scan, Music Sensor, Music Title Scroll, Repeat CD changer control Disc Play/Pause, Forward/Backward, M.I.X. (Random Play), Music Scan, Music Sensor, Repeat Tuner Auto Memory, D.A.P. (Direct Access Preset), FM Stereo Indicator, Local/DX Selection, MaxTune Tuner, Preset Address Indicator, Preset Stations (FM:12/AM:6/DAP:6), Up/Down Seek AM Tuner Tuning Range : 530-1, 710kHz, Usable Sensitivity (IEC Standard) : 22.5/27.0 (uV/dBf) FM Tuner 50dB Quieting Sensitivity : 1.3/13.5 (uV/dBf), Alternate Channel Selectivity : 80.0 dB, Capture Ratio : 2.0 dB, Mono Usable Sensitivity : 0.8/9.3 (uV/dBf), Signal-to-Noise (SN) : 65.0 dB, Stereo Separation : 35.0 dB, Tuning Range : 87.7-107.9MHz

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User Manual: MDM-7741

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Alpine MDA-W750MD/CD/DSP Head Unit
Intro: 1

Availability:
output: 3 RCA.
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Features: 12FM, 12AM, (12dap?), Station Title Memory, CD Text, AI-Talk Display, Multi-CD Shuttle Control, Disc Title Memory, DHE (Digital Harmonics Enhancer), Loudness, Wireless Remote.

Links: Alpine USA page for the unit.

Specs: 3 Gold Plated RCA Outputs, 40x4W.

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User Manual: MDA-W750

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Alpine MDA-7755car MD player
Intro: 3
Street ~US$650
Availability:
2 pre-outs1 DIN

Features: In-dash MD player / receiver / AI controller. CD shuttle control function, all standard MD play modes, supports MD and CD text, selectable/preamp fader, Digital Harmonics Enhancer, Source Tone Memory.

Links: Alpine USA page for the unit.

Specs: 40Wx4.

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User Manual: MDA-7755

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Alpine MDA-5048Add on MD player/DSP processor
Intro: 1

Availability:
3 preouts
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Features: MD head unit with 5 mode, 7 band equalizer, couples with Alpine CVA-1000, CDA-7949 or TDA-7559. Subwoofer level control. 15-band spectrum analyzer.

Links: Alpine USA page for the unit.

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User Manual: MDA-5048

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Alpine MDA-W8902DIN in dash CD/MD player
Intro: 1

Availability:
3 preoutschassis: 178 x 100 x 156mm, nose: 170 x 96 x 19mm, 3kg

Features: CD/MD in dash player. Disc and station title memory. MIX [shuffle] all (CD/MD?). 24 station presets (12FM, 6AM, 6DAP). Local/DX selection, up/down seek.

Links: Alpine USA page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 40Wx4 (19Wx4 continuous) FM: range: 87.7-107.9, mono usable sens.: 9.3dBf (0.8uV/75ohms), 50dB quieting sens.: 13.5dBf (1.3uV/75ohms), Alternate channel selectivity: 80dB, SNR: 65dB, stereo separation: 35dB, capture ratio: 2.0dB AM: range: 530-1710kHz, usable sens.: 22.5uV/27.0dB CD: 8x oversampling @ 352.kHz, 1 bit DAC, freq resp.: 5Hz-20kHz (+/-1dB), THD: 0.008%, dyn. range: 95dB, SNR: 95dBA, channel sep.: 85dB. MD: freq. resp.: 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.5dB), THD: 0.008%, dyn. range: 90dB, SNR: 90dBa, channel sep.: 85dB. Equilizer: 7 bands (centers): 63/160/400Hz/1/2.5/6.3/16kHz, boost/cut range: +/-10dB. General: Pre Output voltage: 2V, operating temp: 60C to 10C, power: 11-16VDC

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User Manual: MDA-W890

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BMW MiniIn-dash MD player
Intro: 10/22
$290 AUD
Availability:
1-DIN

Features: Available as a factory-installed option on the Australian BMW Mini (replaces the CD player in the dash)

Links: BMW Australia page ( Go to the menu "The Mini", then "Price & Options", then "Interior Features", click "Continue" to show more interior options and there it is in the middle).

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Becker 4937Car MD receiver
Intro: 1
Street ~US$1000
Availability:
Pre-out x 4, subwoofer/center out, Speaker out x 4, Audio in (for mobile phone)

Features: Full graphics display, pos/neg & colour switchable, removable faceplate plus security code, snap-in mounting. Tuner: Ranges : FM/LW/MW/SW(5.9-6.2 MHz) Twin-Frontend-frequency-diversity tuner with double RDS, Dynamic Autostore, 57 FM-Memories, Autostore for LW/MW/SW,Seek/Scan, Programfilter via RDS, Automatic search for Stations with Traffic-announcements, EON-Enhanced other networks, MD-Stop during Traffic-announcements. MD-Player: Full-Logic-drive,Skip forward/reverse,direct title select, Random play, Repeat, Intro play, Display shows All time, remaining time, Title, Title-name. Changer-Control: All of the above. Audio: Source-dependent user-specific programmable Tone/Balance/Fader-control, Speaker-OUT: PreAmp-OUT: 4 channel plus adjustable Subwoofer/Center output. Audio-In for mobile telephone.

Links: Becker radio home page for the unit (in German).

Specs: 4*30 Watt music/4*18 Watt rms.

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Blaupunkt New Orleans MD70In-Dash MD player
Intro: 6/2001

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Availability:
1-DIN

Features: Non-MDLP. UKW, MW, LW reception w/ "digiceiver". 30 station memory. 10 second anti-shock memory. 3-band equalizer. MD Track program memory (program play). MD text display. MD mix (?). 4 channel preamp output (4V). Sub-out. Keycard. TMC-Out (?). Crystalblue display color. Frontface: titansilver-metallic. RC-10 Steering wheel remote.

Links: Blaupunkt Germany page for the unit.

Specs: 4x25W RMS power

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Blaupunkt Dallas MD70In-Dash MD player
Intro: 6/2001

Availability:

Availability:
1-DIN

Features: Non-MDLP. UKW, MW, LW reception w/ "digiceiver". 30 station memory. 10 second anti-shock memory. 3-band equalizer. MD Track program memory (program play). MD text display. MD mix (?). 4 channel preamp output (4V). Sub-out. Keycard. TMC-Out (?). Display color: white+orange+blue. Night design: orange Frontface: anthracite. RC-10 Steering wheel remote.

Links: Blaupunkt Germany page for the unit.

Specs: 4x25W RMS power

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Blaupunkt RMD-169car MD player
Intro: 1
MSRP $570
Street $470
Availability:
4-ch preamp-out (3V), speaker-out (40Wx4), subwoofer-out1 DIN

Features: "Dallas" model. DigiCeiver technology, 10 second shock protection, peak level meter, 30-station memory, Disc Managemant System (DMS) CD-Changer control.

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Specs: UKW/MW/LW Tuner, TMC-Out For Dynamic Navigation (With DX-M Navigation System).

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User Manual: RMD-169

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Clarion MDC655z6MD in car changer
Intro: 1

Availability:
OUT: line, optical
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Features: 6 MD changer.

Links: Clarion's US MD pages Direct Load Slots, 10 Second Shock Memory, Spring Loaded Silicon, Oil-Dampened Suspension System, 8-Times Oversampling Digital Filter, Dual 1-Bit D/A Converters, 120o Mounting Capability, Quick Disc-To-Disc Loading Time, Fiber Optic Digital Output

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Clarion RMAM/FM/MD in dash MD player
Intro: 1

Availability:
OUT: line (6 Channel, 4V output), speakers (45Wx4)
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Features: AM/FM MD w/CD Changer Controller. 18 FM/6 AM, Magi-Tune+(R) FM, 8-Times Oversampling Digital Filter, Dual 1-Bit D/A Converters, Z-Enhancer EQ Selector, Bass & Treble Controls, 4-Way Balance Controls, Rotary Volume Control, Disc/Tuner Title Memory, Touch-n-GoTM Flip Down Face, TV Tuner Control, 4 Volt, 6 Channel RCA Line Level Output, 4 Color 5 x 7 Dot Matrix Display, EQ/DSP/Crossover Control, Non-Fade Line Level Output, Volume Control, Prism Key,

Links: Clarion's US MD pages MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 180 W (45 W x 4)

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Clarion DMX5555zAM/FM/CD/MD in dash player
Intro: 1

Availability:
OUT: line (4channel, 4V), speaker (40Wx4)
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Features: Double din in dash CD/MD unit. 18 FM/6 AM, Magi-Tune(R) FM, Zero-Bit Detector Mute Circuit, Z-Enhancer EQ Selector, 4 Volt, 4 Channel RCA Line Level Output, TV Tuner Control, Disc/Tuner Title Memory, Infrared Remote Control,

Links: Clarion's US MD pages

Specs: Amp: 40w x 4.

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Clarion RMX-465DIn-dash FM/AM/MD receiver
Intro: 2
MSRP US$420
Street US$350
Availability:
IN:
OUT: Speakers x 4, Pre-out x 4

Features: Detachable face, 40-second anti-shock memory, multicolor display with blue button illumination, Z-enhancer with three preset EQ curves (treble emphasized, bass emphasized, treble and bass emphasized), Magi-Tune tuner, 18 FM/6 AM presets, Cellular mute lead, Rotary control, One set of preamp outputs, MD title/track display, CD changer controls (will not control Clarion changers whose model numbers end in "z"), Attenuator, Wireless remote, Clock

Links: Crutchfield's page for the unit. Crutchfield's nitty-gritty page (local copy).

Specs:

  • 16 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels
  • MD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • MD signal-to-noise ratio 90 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11 dBf

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Eclipse 6341
Eclipse E500MDT
In dash MD changer / receiver
Intro: 1
MSRP $900
Availability:

Features: Receiver is outfitted with a 3-disc changer/+1-disc player (holds 4MDs in entire unit and can change any of 3 while 4th is playing)

  • E-LAN advanced datalink system for fast data transmission between Eclipse components.
  • large and easy-to-read 5x7 matrix LCD displays artist/track/title names
  • CD changer control
  • 10 second shock-proof memory for uninterrupted play over rough terrain
  • high speed track access
  • remote control (infrared credit card size)
  • PLL freq synthesized electronic tuner
    • STARTUNER IV for superior FM reception
    • automatic separation and tone control
    • dual gate MOSFET; soft mute circuitry
    • 3 ceramic filters, FM noise blanker
    • auto station memory, preset scan
    • 24 presets (18FM/6AM)
    • local/distant switching, one-touch station memory
  • cellular telephone automute
  • 4x9W (20-20000Hz, 0.8% THD) output max 4x25W
  • separate bass/treble control, balance control, preamp fader, loudness
  • AM tuner: 530-1710 kHz range, 25dB sensitivity
  • FM tuner: 87.7-107.9 MHz, sens 15dBf, 20dbf quieting sens, 38dB separation

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Eclipse 60313-Disc MD Changer
Intro: 1
MSRP $400
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Features: Glove/trunk mounted for use for Eclipse head units. High speed access, shock proof.

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Eclipse E5309CMTcar CD/MD player
Intro: 2
¥105,000
Availability:
RCA?178(W) x 100(H) x 165(D)mm, 3.3kg

Features: 4MD, 1CD in-dash unit. "Smart digital" 2 DIN. Tiny wireless remote, full text title display, built-in PNR (pulse noise reduction) for better AM/FM reception, 6 mode equalizer, shock protection.

Links: Eclipse's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: FM reception frequency: 76.0MHz - 90.0MHz, 40W max output.

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JVC KD-MX2800Rin-dash CD/MD receiver
Intro: 5/2001

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Availability:
1DIN

Features: Plays MDs and CDs in the same slot. Quite similar to the JVC KD-MX2900

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User Manual: KD-MX2800R

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JVC KD-MX2900Rin-dash CD/MD car unit
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: line (analog)
OUT: line (analog), speakers
1DIN

Features: Unique CD/MD system plays CDs or MDs from the same slot. Detachable/flip down front face, Rotary Encoder, Remote Ready, CD Changer Control, RDS, DAB Ready, SCM, HS-II Tuner, ISO Cable, Multi Color LCD, Dimmer, CD Text, Direct Track Access, Audio Cruise, BEEP, Telephone Mute, PSM / Beep Tone, Handles MD/CD/CD-R

Manufacturer's Description: Play MiniDiscs and CDs in one single-slot player (from the 2001 range). Enjoy MiniDiscs or Compact Discs in one unit thanks to the genius of the one pickup, single slot KD-MX2900R. A unique single laser pickup, two spindles for the swing traverse mechanism, and a single, common slot allows loading and playback of both formats in one standard DIN-size unit. This innovative mobile digital media player incorporates CD Changer control, the option of adding a DAB Digital radio tuner, and features a large, attractive, easy-to-read LCD.

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Specs: 40W x 4 output. 2V Line Output level.

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User Manual: KD-MX2900R

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JVC KW-MC808AM/FM/CD/MD/Cassette Car Player
Intro: 11/1998
MSRP ¥88,000
Availability:
In: line, Out: speakers2DIN (178 x 100 x 170mm, 2.7kg

Features: Handles CD, MD and cassette in a single slot. 7-mode DSP (equalizer settings). Large, Multi-color display with 10 graphic patterns.

Links: JVC's Japanese information on the JVC KW-MC808.

Specs: Amp: 40Wx4

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JVC KD-MX3000Car CD/MD receiver
Intro: 6/1998
MSRP: ¥78,000
Availability:
speaker, 2 pairs of line outputs1 DIN

Features: Unit accepts either a CD or MD in the same slot. 1 bit DAC. 10 second shock memory for MD. CD and radio station naming function with rotary encoder. Auto Cruise mode adjusts volume level to accomodate changes in vehicle speed. CFL backlight (with cooling fan) and LCD contrast control. Can control CD changer with CD text capability.

Links: A picture of the JVC KDM-X3000 at Autotoys. A (smallish) JVC photo of the unit. JVC's English announcement for the unit. JVC's US page for it and JVC Canada's page. The unit is available from Crutchfield. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 40W x 4

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User Manual: KD-MX3000

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Kenwood DPX-9200WMPin-dash 2DIN MDLP/MP3/CD receiver
Intro: 7/2002
MSRP: JPY120,000 (~$1000)
Availability:
IN: RCA (aux), OUT: speaker and preamp output2 DIN (178w x 100h x 155dmm, 2.8kg)

Features: MDLP capable. Plays Audio CDs as well as CD-ROMs with MP3 and WMA audio tracks. DSP settings allow adjustment of time-delay for cabin size (small, medium, large).

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Specs: FM: 76.0MHz-90.0MHz, 100kHz step (Japanese FM Band), 30Hz-15kHz +/-03dB, AM: 522kHz-1629kHz, 9kHz step, EQ: 60,120,250,500,1k,2k,4k,8k,16kHz, +/-12dB, Amp: 30Wx4 (4 ohms, 1kHz, 10%THD) Preamp output: 1.8V Power: 14.4v (11-16v), 10A

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Kenwood KMD-673Rin-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 6/2002
~€300
Availability:
OUT: RCAx1

Features: Flipdown TDF (theft deterrent faceplate), RDS tuner, Multi-colour fluorescent display, Dot matrix display, Memory Calendar, Selectable key illumination (Red/Green), Dual CD changer control capability (CD1/CD2 & AUX), DNPS (Disc Name Preset) disc title system, CD Text ready with changers KDC-CPS87/C717/C667, Kenwood to ISO A&B wire, 2 way telephone mute, Remote Controllable (Option)

User Comments: Great sound. A menu function allows scrolling of MD titles and the Disc Title. You can leave it to Auto scroll or manual scroll. The specs indicate a few dB less in dynamic and S/N ratio for the MD section compared to the equivalent line from Pioneer (i.e MEH-7300R for example), but who cares, it's only for listening to in a car. The figures concerning the FM section are in the same range. With a proper reading of the user's manual, you get a very cool unit to listen to all your favorites tunes in car. The LCD reading and front-panel switches and buttons are correctly laid out on the detachable face. The unit seems strong enough to last a few years. -Colin Duport

Links: Kenwood Europe page for the unit.

Specs: Max power: 45watts x 4

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User Manual: KMD-673R

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Kenwood KMD-D401in-dash MDLP changer
Intro: 6/2002

Availability:
One 1.8v RCA pre-out1DIN

Features: Similar to KMD-D400 but supports MDLP. Flip Down TDF (theft deterrent faceplate?) with Disabled System Indicator, Multi-colour wide display with white LED back light, Selectable key illumination (Amber / Green), For connection to changer control capable Kenwood head units, 11 Band spectrum analyzer with 9-pattern display mode, Speaker signal input from main unit for spectrum analyzer display. 4 Mini Disc capacity (3 MD changer + single MD), Title display (MD disc title & track title), Shock proof memory (10 sec), 24 Bit resolution D/A converter.

Links: Kenwood Europe's page for the unit.

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Kenwood KMD-44in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 4/2001

Availability:
IN: ??
OUT: ??
1 DIN

Features: MDLP capable, Digital filter (8 times oversampling), integrated D/A converter, Precision Digital Timing (eliminates jitter), CD changer control capable, automatic memory entry for radio, 24 station presets, color LCD display.

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User comments: Excellent deck. Nice radio buttons, not silly looking like the Sony. -Mam

Manufacturer's Specs:

  • Display Type: This unit has a high-resolution color LCD with white LED backlighting, giving you a bright, easy-to-read display.
  • Display/Button Illumination: The main display line is illuminated in white. The MD-spinning indicator is displayed with green illumination. The loud, attenuation, and stereo indicators are displayed with red illumination. The Source button is backlit with blue illumination and all other buttons are backlit with green illumination.
  • Contrast Adjustment: The display contrast may be adjusted from "1" up to "10" for optimum readability.
  • MD-LP Compatible: In addition to conventional MD playback, this unit will play MDs that have been recorded using LP (Long Play) encoding. When Long Play encoding is used, the recording time allowed on a standard MD is increased by up to four times as much as is possible without LP encoding.
  • Anti-Shock Memory: This unit is equipped with a 10-second anti-shock memory for skip-resistant play.
  • Digital Optimum Servo Control (DOSC): This circuitry enables the MD player to determine each disc's reflection rate and the modulation rate if its pits, enabling the player to set the ideal servo gain for each disc. DOSC also adjusts servo gain and balance when it encounters vibration, scratches, dust, or fingerprints, reducing mistracking and skipping.
  • Precision Digital Timing (DPAC): A high-precision master clock circuit that is isolated from signal-processing circuits to eliminate interference. This ensures that digital information is processed at exactly the same rate as it was recorded, eliminating jitter (time-based errors that make music sound harsh).
  • Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: Four digital-to-analog converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using two converters for each channel reduces distortion by half.
  • System Q Sound Control: 6 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock", "Top 40", "Jazz", "Easy" and "Pops". Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass quality factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle quality factor, treble center frequency and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass, middle, and treble level settings for each preset EQ curve; the center frequency and quality factor settings are not user adjustable.
  • Mobile Preset: The Mobile Preset function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Mobile Preset setting of "Off", "OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "6/6x9 inch" (for systems with 6" to 6"x9" size speakers) or "5/4 inch" (for systems with 4" to 5" speakers).
  • Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (MD, FM, AM and Changer).
  • Volume Offset Control ("VOL OFFSET"): The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.
  • Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 32 FM stations and 16 AM stations can be given a name. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.
  • CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception.
  • Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
  • MD Text Display: This unit will display MD disc and track titles that have been pre-recorded. This receiver will not allow you to enter disc/track titles for MDs, it will only display titles that have been recorded.
  • Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while an MD is playing, the next time MD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.
  • Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter (KCA-S210A or CA-C1AX) or with the KDC-CX87 CD changer, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. This unit cannot accept input from an auxiliary source unless the appropriate adapter or CD changer is purchased and connected. When the CA-C1AX adapter (item CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the CA-C1AX plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.
  • Calendar Function: The date may be set into memory and displayed.
  • Memo Mode: You may input a text message (up to 32 characters) and set the date when that text will appear on the display. The message you select automatically appears on the chosen date when the unit's power is first turned on. You may enter up to 30 separate text messages into memory.
  • Weather Band Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480 weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as sporting events, camping trips and days at the park.
  • Changer Controls
  • Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers that have an O-N switch. If you have an old Kenwood changer with a square plug, you will need the CA-DS100 converter cord and the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you have a newer Kenwood changer with a round plug but no O-N switch, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you use a changer without an O-N switch, you will not have access to the following functions: DNPS, DNPP, Magazine Random Play and CD Text display. Functions:
    • Disc Search: Forward and reverse.
    • Track Search: Forward and reverse.
    • Audible Search: Forward and reverse.
    • Repeat Play: Allows you to select Track Repeat or Disc Repeat. When Track Repeat is chosen, the unit will repeat the selected track. When Disc Repeat is chosen, the unit will repeat the selected disc.
    • Track Scan: Plays the first 10 seconds of each track on the selected disc.
    • Random Play: Plays all tracks on one disc in random order. When all tracks on that disc have been played, the unit will move to the next disc and play all of its tracks in random order.
    • Magazine Random Play: Plays the tracks on all the discs in the changer in random order.
    • Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.
    • CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.
  • 22 watts RMS/45 watts peak x 4 channels
  • MD frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • MD signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • Package includes:
    • AM/FM/MD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 1 Metal mounting strap
    • 1 Rear support screw with one flat washer and one lock washer
    • 1 Machine screw
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual (English/French)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish/Portuguese)
    • Warranty Card

Specs: 45W x 4 speaker output, SNR: 90dB

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User Manual: KMD-44

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Kenwood M929Multi control MD receiver
Intro: 3/2001
M929: 63,000
MZ929: 99,800
Availability:
OUT: ?178W x 50H x 160D mm (1 DIN), 1.6kg

Features: MDLP compatible, built-in equalizer, time-delay control, electric slide panel, two-mode font display. Kenwood model MZ929 is additionally a multi control MD/CD receiver.

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the M929. Kenwood's official Japanese page for the MZ929 (M929 variant with CD control). Kenwood's original Japanese press release mentioning the M929 and MZ929.

Specs: Maximum 45Wx4 output. 14.4V power-supply, FM frequency range 76-90MHz.

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Kenwood f-MD7MD receiver
Intro: 3/2001
¥52,500
Availability:
IN: RCA aux
OUT: ?
178W x 50H x 160D mm, 1.6kg

Features: MDLP compatible, 3D picture display, six-mode DSP, flip panel.

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the f-MD7.

Specs: Maximum 45Wx4 output. 14.4V power-supply, FM frequency range 76-90MHz.

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Kenwood RX-7780MDin-dash MD receiver
Intro: 2/2001
¥36,500
Availability:
IN:
OUT:
1 DIN (178W x 50H x 160D mm), 1.3kg

Features: MDLP compatible. Full equalizer, built-in speaker selector, tone control, CD control function, remote control attachment compatible.

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the RX-780MD. T's MiniDisc Comparison Tables list specs on the RX-780MD.

Specs: 45W x 4. 76-90MHz FM frequency range. RCA inputs available for auxiliary connection with CA-C1AX cable (2,800).

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Kenwood KMD-C806-disc MD changer
Intro: 4

Availability:

Availability:
7-7/8" x 5-11/16" x 2-15/16", weight 4.4lb

Features: 6-disc magazine, automatic disc and title display (with compatible headunits), 10 second anti-skip.

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit.

Specs: Dynamic Range: 94dB, Frequency Response: 5Hz - 20kHz, +/- 1dB, Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 94dB, Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% (1kHz), Channel Separation: 85dB.

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User Manual: KMD-C80

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Kenwood KMD-71car MD reciever
Intro: 4

Availability:
RCA pre-out x2DIN

Features: 10 seconds anti-shock, CD changer and DAB tuner control, MD titles and CD Text, CR-2 tuner with RDS, station naming, dot-matrix mutilcolor display (with dimmer and contrast adjustment), optional wireless or steering wheel remotes.

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit.

Specs: Maximum power: 4x40W (4x22W RMS), 24 presets (18 FM, 6 AM). Scan of KMD-71 specs.

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User Manual: KMD-71

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Kenwood KMD-D400in-dash MD changer
Intro: 4
$400 (list)
Availability:
One 1.8v RCA pre-out1DIN

Features: Single-DIN sized MD changer (add-on unit) intended for double-DIN mouting with Kenwood head unit (compatible with all Kenwood head units having changer control). 3 disc changer + 1 disc player, 10 second anti-shock, outputs title data to compatible 1999 Kenwood head units, 11-band spectrum analyser (includes speaker-level inputs for other equipment), flip-down removeable faceplate

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit.

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User Manual: KMD-D400

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Kenwood KMD-X92in-dash MD receiver
Intro: 1/2000
$600
Availability:
Front and rear RCA preouts (3 sets in all)1 DIN

Features: 10-second anti-skip shock protection, standard play modes/functions, backlit 15 x 96 dot matrix screen, electronic audio control (bass, treble, balance, fader), 10 key remote, spectrum analyzer display.

Links: Kenwood's English page for this unit. Crutchfield's page for the unit. Crutchfied's nitty-gritty page (local copy).

Specs: Maximum power: 4x45W (4x22W RMS), 24 presets (18 FM, 6 AM), 8 times oversampling digital filter, preamp output 4.5V.

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Kenwood KMD-PS970R
Intro: 12/1999

Availability:

Availability:

Availability:

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User Manual: KMD-PS970R

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Kenwood KMD-PS971Rcar MD reciever
Intro: 12/1999
380UKP (list), 300UKP (street)
Availability:
DIN

Features: MASK (self-hiding) removeable faceplate with MASK key lock system, DB Boost, Selectable key illumination (Amber or Green), CD Text with compatible changers, Multicolor dot-matrix display which adjusts to 3 angles, Bass Management System, DAB (digital radio) compatible with optional unit, remote control (RC-700) included.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: CR2-K21 tuner, 4x45W maximum power.

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User Manual: KMD-PS971R

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Kenwood DPX-9000MJcar MD player
Intro: 1
¥126,000
Availability:
2 DIN

Features: 3+1 MD mechanism. Full panel full auto slide mechanism, Chinese character title display.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 24-bit resolution, 44Wx4.

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Kenwood KMD-870R
Intro: 1

Availability:

Availability:

Availability:

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User Manual: KMD-870R

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Kenwood KMD-671Rcar MD reciever
Intro: 1
210UKP (list), 170UKP (street)
Availability:
DIN

Features: Removeable faceplate, DB Boost, Selectable key illumination (Amber or Green), CD Text with compatible changers, Multicolor display, DAB (digital radio) compatible with optional unit, optional remote control (RC-700).

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: 4x45W maximum power.

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User Manual: KMD-671R

Service Manual: KMD-671R

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Kenwood KMD-860RCar MD Receiver
Intro: 1
MSRP DM899
Availability:
line out: RCAx2

Features: Atrac 4.5, 1Mbit memory, amp: 40W x 4, UKW/MW/LW w/RDS. Flip down front. Removable part for theft prevention. Muting drive from two sources (e.g. telephone and navi system). Electronic audio regulating(?). Optional DAB tuner can be connected. Menu system. CD name memory. Switchable panel lighting (amber/green), auto dimmer. Steering wheel remote.

Links: Kenwood Deutschland's page for the unit.

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User Manual: KMD-860R

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Kenwood KMD-42car MD reciever
Intro: 2
$300 (street)
Availability:
One 1.8v RCA pre-outDIN

Features: 10-second digital anti-shock memory, ec4+ EQ with 5 adjustable EQ curves, CR-2 tuner, multicolor display with contrast control, CD changer controls, MD title and CD Text display, station naming, optional wireless and steering wheel remotes, Mobile Preset (adjusts to size of installed speakers), detachable face.

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit. Crutchfield has a page selling the unit.

Specs: Maximum output 45W x 4 (22W RMS). FM sensivitity 9.3dBf, 18 FM/6 AM presets.

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User Manual: KMD-42

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Kenwood KMD-70Rcar MD reciever
Intro: 2

Availability:
RCA pre-out x2DIN

Features: 10 seconds anti-shock, CD changer control, MD titles and CD Text, CR-2 tuner, station naming, 3 color display, 10-key remote, flip-down removeable faceplate (optional coloured faceplates).

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit.

Specs: Maximum power: 4x40W (4x22W RMS), Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20kHz (+/- 1dB), Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 80dB (1kHz), Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01% (1kHz), FM sensitivity 9.3dBf, 24 presets (18 FM, 6 AM).

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User Manual: KMD-70R

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Kenwood KMD-X91car MD reciever
Intro: 2

Availability:
High-voltage RCA pre-out x3DIN

Features: MASK faceplate (self-hiding revolving mechanism), 10 seconds anti-shock, CD changer and DAB tuner control, MD titles and CD Text, CR-2 tuner with RDS, station naming, 13 character dot matrix display (with dimmer and contrast adjustment), wireless remote, optional steering wheel remote.

Links: Kenwood USA's page for the unit.

Specs: Maximum power: 4x44W (4x22W RMS), 24 presets (18 FM, 6 AM).

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User Manual: KMD-X91

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Nakamichi MD-95Zdouble-DIN MD car unit
Intro: 4/2001

Availability:
IN: AUX input
OUT: powered out (x4), pre-amp out (x4), subwoofer out (x2)
178 x 100 x 160 mm

Features: 6-disc MusicBank CD/single MD. Ultra high-resolution 24-bit D/A converter. Analog volume, bass, mid, and treble controls. High-performance pre-amplifier, power amplifier, and power supply. System expansion using external amplification is possible via the four-channel, non-fade pre-amp outputs (delivering 4V output to amplifier). 30 radio presets, aluminum front panel, digital quartz clock.

Links: Nakamichi's official English page for the MD-95Z.

Specs: 43W x 4, 4 ohms. Frequency range of 87.5-107.9 MHz in 100 kHz steps. Power requirements: 14.4 V DC, negative ground (operable within 10.8 to 15.6 V).

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Nakamichi MD-45zcar MD player
Intro: 1/2000

Availability:
OUT: digital/analog CD changer, aux, subwoofer178 x 50 x 158 mm

Features: bipolar power supply with DC-DC converter, switchable digital/analog CD changer and aux inputs, high output/low distortion power amplifier, non-fader type pre-amplifier outputs for subwoofers, rotary master volume control (rotary encoder), bass/mid/treble 3-position tone controls, 30 FM/AM station presets, supplied wirless remote control. World-band FM.

Links: Nakamichi's page for this unit.

Specs: 43W x 4 channels, 4 channel/high voltage (4V) pre-amplifier outputs, High-precision 24-bit D/A converter.

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Panasonic CQ-VX5500Din-dash CD/MD receiver
Intro: 4/2001
¥105,000
Availability:
In: line. Out: speakers, pre-amp178w x 100h x 160d mm, 2.4Kg (2DIN)

Features:

  • 2-slot (CD/MD) in-dash reciever. Not-MDLP compatible.
  • Analog front panel meters!

Links:

Specs: Amp: Peak: 45Wx4, Standard: 16Wx4, into 4 ohms. FM: 76-89.9MHz

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Panasonic CQ-VX7700Din-dash CD/MD receiver
Intro: 4/2001
¥128,000
Availability:
In: line. Out: speakers, pre-amp178w x 100h x 160d mm, 2.9Kg (2DIN)

Features:

  • 2-slot (CD/MD) in-dash reciever. Not-MDLP compatible.
  • High-res (480x234 dot) display
  • Built-in DSP and 7-band equalizer

Links:

Specs: Amp: Peak: 45Wx4, Standard: 16Wx4, into 4 ohms. FM: 76-89.9MHz

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Panasonic CQ-MR505car MD receiver
Intro: 1
319UKP (list)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2), sub outDIN

Features: Display and scrolling of MD titles and CD Text, Disk and track scan, random play, S+HDB (Super High Definition Bass), RDS tuner, blue dot-matrix display with 3-stage dimmer, level meters, antenna relay contol, cellphone mute, removeable faceplate, wireless remote control.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: Maximum power 4x45W, 24 presets (18FM + 6 MW/LW).

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User Manual: CQ-MR505

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Panasonic CQ-MR303car MD receiver
Intro: 1
275UKP (list)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2)DIN

Features: Display and scrolling of MD titles and CD Text, Disk and track scan, random play, S+HDB (Super High Definition Bass), RDS tuner, blue dot-matrix display with 3-stage dimmer, level meters, antenna relay contol, cellphone mute, wireless remote control.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: Maximum power 4x40W, 24 presets (18FM + 6 MW/LW).

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User Manual: CQ-MR303

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Panasonic CQ-MRX777CD/MD in-dash car player
Intro: 1

Availability:
pre-amp out, subwoofer-out, rear panel aux input1 DIN

Features: CD, MD player. 7 sound presets, 49 equalizer settings, 40-second anti-shock memory, 12-track direct access, track scan, search, repeat, and random play, Auto loading mechanism,

Links: Panasonic's English page for this unit.

Specs: 4-channel high-power amp (40W x 4 max.), 2V rear/switchable (front or subwoofer) dual preamp-outs (low impedance 200 ohms, pigtail/gold-plated), Non-fading 2V subwoofer-out (low impedance 200 ohms, gold-plated),

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Pioneer FH-P005MD
Pioneer FH-P003MD
in-dash CD/MP3-CD/MDLP receiver
Intro: 3/2003
FH-P005MD: ¥ 55,000, FH-P003MD: ¥ 49,800
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line: subwoofer or non-fading outputs, speakers178w x 100h x 160d mm, 1.8Kg (2DIN)

Features:

  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • Selectable subwoofer and hi-pass filter cutoff frequencies (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) and slope (-12, -18dB/octave).
  • 9-band graphic equalizer (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.7k, 3.15k, 6.3k, 12.5kHz) adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • CD-R/CD-RW compatible.
  • Kana/Kanji title display for MDs and MP3-CDs

Variants: FH-P005MD has these features, which the FH-P003MD does not:

  • CD-Player handles MPEG-1&2 Audio Layer 3.
  • "ASL" (auto-sound-levelizer) detects and compensates for changes in external noise levels, adjusting volume and tone controls in response to the nature of the external noise (tunnel, rain, road surface changes).
  • "Changeable color"
  • BBE digital sound enhancement.
  • Remote control included (available separately for FH-P003MD).

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50W x 4, SNR: 90dB, Dyn. Range: 90dB

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Pioneer MEH-P005in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 3/2003
MSRP: ¥42,000, street: ¥37,800
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line level: subwoofer or non-fading output178w x 50h x 162d mm, 1.1Kg

Features:

  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • 3-band parametric equalizer adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • Selectable subwoofer cutoff frequencies (50, 80, 125Hz), slope fixed at -18dB/octave.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 45Wx4

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Pioneer MEH-P007in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 2/2003
¥42,000
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line level: subwoofer or non-fading output178w x 50h x 162d mm, 1.2Kg

Features:

  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • "ASL" (auto-sound-levelizer) detects and compensates for changes in external noise levels, adjusting volume and tone controls
  • 9-band graphic equalizer (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.7k, 3.15k, 6.3k, 12.5kHz) adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • Selectable subwoofer cutoff frequencies (50, 63, 80, 100, 125Hz) and slope (-12, -18dB/octave).
  • Unit appears quite similar to MEH-P005 but has DSP instead of MEH-P005's "SFE" (Sound Focus Enhancer).

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50Wx4

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Pioneer MEH-P919in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 4/2002
¥84,000
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line level: front/rear/subwoofer or high/mid/low178w x 50h x 162d mm, 1.2Kg

Features:

  • Auto-EQ sets equalization by measuring cabin acoustics with test signal and built-in microphone.
  • "ASL" (auto-sound-levelizer) detects and compensates for changes in external noise levels, adjusting volume and tone controls in response to the nature of the external noise (tunnel, rain, road surface changes).
  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • "Time-alignment" feature uses digital delay line to compensate for driver position, ensuring that wave fronts from each speaker reach driver in synchrony.
  • 9-band graphic equalizer (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.7k, 3.15k, 6.3k, 12.5kHz) adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • Can be configured to output high/mid/low frequency ranges for external tri-amplified system. High and low settings for the band-pass filters can be set separately for each band (high/mid/low). Low-Mid: 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz (-6, -12, -18dB/oct). Mid-High: 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.1k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k (-6, -12dB/oct).
  • Graphic display front panel can display one of 4 repeating "adventure" video clips of 5 seconds duration (certain to entertain all who have spent less than 5 minutes in your vehicle).
  • Separately available Display customizing PC-Link kit (CD-PC1 - ¥15,000) allows user to download videos into unit's flash memory.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50Wx4

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Pioneer MEH-P717in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 3/2002
¥63,000
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line level: front/rear/subwoofer or high/mid/low, speakers x 4, subwoofer speaker x 1178w x 50h x 162d mm, 1.5Kg

Features:

  • Auto-EQ sets equalization by measuring cabin acoustics with test signal and built-in microphone.
  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • "ASL" (auto-sound-levelizer) detects and compensates for changes in external noise levels, adjusting volume and tone controls in response to the nature of the external noise (tunnel, rain, road surface changes).
  • "Time-alignment" feature uses digital delay line to compensate for driver position, ensuring that wave fronts from each speaker reach driver in synchrony.
  • 3-band parametric equalizer adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • Selectable subwoofer cutoff frequencies (50, 80, 125Hz), slope fixed at -18dB/octave.
  • Graphic display front panel can display one of 2 repeating "adventure" video clips of 5 seconds duration (certain to entertain all who have spent less than 5 minutes in your vehicle).

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50Wx4, 70Wx1 (for subwoofer). SNR > 90dB, Dyn. Range > 90dB, FM: 76.1-89.9MHz

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Pioneer MEH-P515in-dash MDLP receiver
Intro: 2/2002
¥39,800
Availability:
In: IP bus. Out: line level: subwoofer or non-fading output178w x 50h x 162d mm, 1.1Kg

Features:

  • "MD-auto gain control" adjusts track volumes so that large differences do not occur between tracks.
  • 3-band parametric equalizer adjustable from -12dB to +12dB.
  • Selectable subwoofer cutoff frequencies (50, 80, 125Hz), slope fixed at -18dB/octave.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50Wx4 + 70Wx1 (subwoofer) SNR > 94dB, Dyn. Range > 92dB, FM: 76.1-89.9MHz

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Pioneer MEH-P5150in-dash MD car unit
Intro: 9/2001

Availability:
IN: Auxiliary Input capable via CD-RB20
OUT: RCA preout
1DIN

Features: EEQ (Easy Equalizer) with 6 modes (5 factory + 1 user), 3-Band Parametric Equalizer within EEQ, Selectable Loudness Control, Electronic Audio Controls (Vol/Bal/Fader), Selectable FIE (Front Image Enhancer), SLA (Source Level Adjuster), Cellular Mute. MiniDisc: 18-bit DAC (Digital Analogue Converter), Track Scan / Manual Search, Random Play, Repeat, Title Display with Scroll Function, Pause. Multiplay CD Control: Repeat Play, CD Pause, Track Scan, Random Play (Disc / Magazine), CD Text Display with Title Scroll, ITS (Instant Track Selection), Disc Title Memory with List function, Digital Compression selection on MCD. SuperTuner: Supertuner III Quartz-PLL tuner, Automatic Seek (Up / Down), 24-station 6 preset buttons, 18 FM and 6 AM presets, BSM (Best Stations Memory), Built-in PNS (Pulse Noise Suppressor), Selectable Local / DX, Selectable Local Seek Sensitivity, 9kHz / 10kHz switching. Other Features: DFS (Detachable Face Security), DFS Carry Case included, Multicolour LCD Display, with LED backlight, Source TV Control, Voice Control Capability via CD-VC65, Detachable Face Reminder Beep, Operation Beep Tone, Clock, System / auto antenna relay control, Front or rear mounting options, Toyota/Nissan factory mounting holes.

Links: Pioneer's official Australian page for the MEH-P5150.

Specs: 45 Watts x 4 high power output.

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User Manual: MEH-P5150

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Pioneer MEH-P7150in-dash MD car unit
Intro: 9/2001

Availability:
IN: Auxiliary Input capable via CD-RB20
OUT: RCA preout, selectable RCA preout/subwoofer out
1DIN

Features: (text in italics indicate new features over the MEH-P5150 model) Pop-up Rotary Volume Control, EEQ (Easy Equalizer) with 6 modes (5 factory + 1 user), Direct Subwoofer Drive from Rear Spk Out, 2-Way Crossover (HPF/LPF) within EEQ, 3-Band Parametric Equalizer within EEQ, Selectable Loudness Control, Electronic Audio Controls (Vol/Bal/Fader), Selectable FIE (Front Image Enhancer), Spectrum Analyzer, SLA (Source Level Adjuster), "Hi-Volt" 4V Preout Levels, Cellular Mute. MiniDisc: 18-bit DAC (Digital Analogue Converter), Track Scan / Manual Search, Random Play, Repeat, Title Display with Scroll Function, Pause. Multiplay CD Control: Repeat Play, CD Pause, Track Scan, Random Play (Disc / Magazine), CD Text Display with Title Scroll, ITS (Instant Track Selection), Disc Title Memory with List function, Digital Compression selection on MCD. SuperTuner: Supertuner III Quartz-PLL tuner, Control for DAB outboard tuner (Digital Audio Broadcasting), Automatic Seek (Up / Down), 24-station 6 preset buttons, 18 FM and 6 AM presets, BSM (Best Stations Memory), Built-in PNS (Pulse Noise Suppressor), Selectable Local / DX, Selectable Local Seek Sensitivity, 9kHz / 10kHz switching. Other Features: OEL (Organic ElectroLuminescent) 128 x 33 Pixel Display 15-step Brightness Control Multi-key IR Remote Control Flap-type DFS (Detachable Face Security) DFS Carry Case included DFS Alarm Source TV Control Voice Control Capability via CD-VC65 Detachable Face Reminder Beep Operation Beep Tone Clock System / auto antenna relay control Front or rear mounting options Toyota/Nissan factory mounting holes

Links: Pioneer's official Australian page for the MEH-P7150.

Specs: 45 Watts x 4 high power output.

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User Manual: MEH-P7150

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Pioneer MEH-P7300Rin-dash MD car unit
Intro: 9/2001

Availability:
IN: AUX-IN via optional CD-RB20
OUT: RCA preout, switchable RCA preout / subwoofer out
1DIN

Features: Multi-CD control / CD ready, Source CD Control, Source TV Control, DAB Tuner Control, External Unit control via IP-Bus x 2, Pop-up Rotary Volume, Standard remote control, OEL (Organic EL) multi-colour display, Illumination : Dual Button, Ultra-slim removable front panel with warning beep, Hands-free ready, Cellular telephone audio muting, Voice Control with optional CD-VC60/65, ISO Connector, Low Pass Filter (LPF) / High Pass Filter (HPF), 3 Band Parametric Equaliser, 2Mode Custom Preset Equaliser, Source Equalisation Memory, Selectable Loudness, Sound Focus Equaliser. Tuner: Hi-speed RDS with PTY, News Interrupt, Radio Text, ARC 5, BSA, High speed PLL tuner, PNS (Pulse Noise Suppressor), Number of presets : 24, BSM. Mini-Disc: 20-bit D/A converter, Random / Scan / Repeat, Sure Track System, MDLP with ATRAC3 (Minidisc Long Play, Up to 320 Mins). Audio: Bass Treble Meter, EEQ+, Direct Sub Drive, ASL (Automatic Sound Leveliser), Source Level Adjuster, Fader, AUX-IN via optional CD-RB20, High voltage output.

Links: Pioneer's official page for the MEH-P7300R.

Specs: 4 x 50W maximum power output. FM frequency range of 87.5-108MHz. Usable sensitivity (dBf/ÁV, 75 ohms) : 9/0.8, S/N ratio (dB) : 70, Frequency response (Hz) : 30-15,000, Stereo separation (dB) : 40.

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Pioneer MEH-P777in-dash MD receiver
Intro: 2/2001
¥57,800
Availability:
IN: IP-BUS:IP bus
OUT: RCA
1 DIN (178W x 50H x 162D mm), 1.2kg

Features: MDLP compatible. New "organic EL" display allows a greater viewing angle, reacts 1000 times faster than traditional LCDs, and does not require backlighting. Full-motion 3D graphics in display. Equalizer has five presets (Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, and Flat) as well as custom settings. ASL system automatically limits volume of audio to prevent distortion. Combinable with the Pioneer CDS-P555 in-dash CD player to create a 2DIN unit.

Links: Pioneer's official Japanese page for the MEH-P777. T's MiniDisc Comparison Tables list specs on the MEH-P777.

Specs: 50W x 4.

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Pioneer MDS-P7000add-on MD player
Intro: 1
$400 (list)
Availability:
IP-busDIN

Features: Add-on unit for existing Pioneer headunits with IP-bus (has no controls on the unit itself), 4Mbit anti-skip buffer, 15-band spectrum analyser, multicolor display, IP-Bus passthrough to allow CD changers to be connected.

Links: Pioneer USA's page for the unit.

Specs: ATRAC 24-Bit Processing with 20-Bit DAC.

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Pioneer MEH-P7100Rcar MD receiver
Intro: 1
525UKP (list)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2)DIN

Features: Dot matrix OEL multi colour display, Digital automatic sound leveller, high-speed RDS/EON tuner with RadioText, DAB tuner control (optional addon), IP-Bus for connection to other Pioneer equipment, EEQ system with 5 preset modes, 3-band parametric equaliser, motorised removeable front face, cellphone mute, steering wheel remote controller.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

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User Manual: MEH-P7100R

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Pioneer MD-P1006 MD changer
Intro: 1

Availability:
CONNECT176 x 83.5 x 133mm

Features: Couples to Pioneer head unit. 1-bit D/A Converter, Random / Scan / Repeat, Sure Track System, IP Bus input/ouput, SLDC (SeamLess Disc Change), Direct Disc Slot-in, Flexible angle installation.

Links: Pioneer Europe's page for the unit.

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Pioneer MEH-P9100Rcar MD receiver
Intro: 1
660UKP (list)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2), sub outDIN

Features: Full dot matrix OEL multi colour display, built in DSP with 13-band graphic equaliser, 10 second anti-shock memory, Digital automatic sound leveller, high-speed RDS/EON tuner, DAB tuner control (optional addon), IP-Bus for connection to other Pioneer equipment, EEQ system with 3 loudness modes, motorised removeable front face, cellphone mute, steering wheel remote controller.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: MOSFET amplifier producing 4x40W maximum power (4x27W RMS).

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Pioneer MEH-P5100Rcar MD receiver
Intro: 1
349UKP (list)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2)DIN

Features: 10 second anti-shock memory, multicolor display with dual button illumination, high-speed RDS/EON tuner with RadioText, IP-Bus for connection to other Pioneer equipment, EEQ system with 5 preset modes, motorised removeable front face, cellphone mute, digital clock, optional steering wheel remote controller.

Links: Edworthys UK has a page selling the unit.

Specs: Maximum power 4x45W.

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Pioneer MEH-P9000RAM/FM/MD in dash MD player
Intro: 1
MSRP $875
Availability:
RCA Preouts (x3 pair) (Front/Rear + Subwoofer) (4V)

Features: Supertuner« IIITM with RDS (Radio Data System), 24-Station/6-Button (18FM/6AM) Presets, BSM (Best Stations Memory), IP(Interactive Pioneer)-Bus System Control [6, 12, & 50+1 Multi-CD Players, Component Single-CD or -MD Players, Voice Commander (CD-VC50 & CD-VC60), TV Tuner (GEX-P7000TV) ], 10-Character Display for Disc Title Memory, CD Text (MCD) & MD Title (with Scroll), Disc List, Hi-Volt RCA Preouts (x3 pair) (Front/Rear + Subwoofer) (4V), EEQ Performance Chip [13-Band Graphic Equalizer (by DSP), Easy EQ (EEQ) switches 5 Factory, 1 User EQ Presets, (Super Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Custom), Source Custom EQ Memory, Selectable Loudness Control (Low/Mid/High/Off)], Built-In DSP [3-Mode Digital Sound Field Control (SFC) (Studio, Club, Live), Auto-EQ - Automatic Frequency Response Calibration System (1 curve, microphone included), Listening Position Selector (4 Mode: Front Left/Front Right/Front/All), Octaver Bass Enhancement (2 modes), Digital Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) with Built-In mic (5-mode)], AUTO-Flap Motorized Face, Detachable Face SecurityTM, DFSTM Alarm, Wireless Full-Function Smart Remote Control (with Mounting Base), New Multicolor Organic EL Display [Full Motion Animated 3D Graphics, High Resolution Display (256 x 52 pixels), Super Bright (60 candela) with Wide Viewing Angle (170 degrees)], Spectrum Analyzer, Cellular/Navigation Mute (Cellular Mute Requires Optional CD-CM1)

Links: Pioneer USA's page for this unit.

Specs: ATRAC 24-Bit Processing with 20-Bit DAC, Two-Way Crossover (HPF & LPF) [Front/Rear HPF (50/80/125Hz, -12dB/Oct.), Sub-Out LPF (50/80/125Hz, -18dB/Oct.), Sub-Out Level (-12dB to +12dB) and Phase Control], 4V outputs.

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Pioneer MEH-P5000RMD in dash head unit
Intro: 1

Availability:
Dual RCA/Phono Pre-out, Speaker out x 4, Audio in (proprietary connector), telephone mute180 x 50 x 150mm

Features: In dash AM/FM/MD unit. Optional steering wheel remote and voice controller(!) available. Multi-CD control for system expansion, CD disk title memory/search, 'Easy EQ' - preset EQ's for popular car acoustics, 3-band programmable EQ works independantly for each source, Multi-MD control, IP bus for external unit control, Remote control ready, Removable front panel. Tuner: High-speed PLL ARC-5 'Intelligent' tuner, RDS/EON (news interrupt). MD-Player: Title scroll, track scan/repeat, random play, pause. Tuner: Hi-speed RDS with EON & PTY, News Interrupt, ARC 5, BSA, High speed PLL tuner, PNS (Pulse Noise Suppressor), Number of presets : 24, BSM, Mini-Disc: 20-bit D/A converter, Sure Track System, MD Title Scroll, Track Scan/Repeat, Random Play, MD Pause, Audio: Easy EQ (EEQ), Front Image Enhancer : 3-mode, Loudness : 3-mode, Source Level Adjuster, Fader, RCA preout : Dual, General: Multi-CD control / CD ready, CD Server control, Multi-MD Control, External Unit control via IP-Bus, Remote control ready, Illumination : Multi-colour display with dual button illumination, Ultra-slim removable front panel with warning beep, RFP (Removable Front Panel) alert, Cellular telephone audio muting, Optional Steering Wheel Remote: CD-SR70, Optional Voice Controller: CD-VC50

Links: Pioneer Europe's MEH-P5000R page. Pioneer USA's MEH-P5000 page. A flyer for Pioneer's MEH-P500R car MD unit.front back.

Specs: Specifications: FM: Frequency range (MHz) : 87.5 - 108 Usable sensitivity (dBf/uV, 75 ohms) : 11/1.0 S/N ratio (dB) : 70 Frequency response (Hz) : 30-15,000 Stereo separation (dB) : 40 MW: Frequency range (kHz) : 531 - 1,602 Usable sensitivity (uV) : 18 LW: Frequency range (kHz) : 153 - 281 Usable sensitivity (uV) : 30 Mini Disc Player: Frequency response 20 - 20,000 (Hz) S/N ratio (dB/1 kHz) 84 Dynamic range (dB/1 kHz) 93 General: Max. power output (EIAJ) : 4 x 40 W Continuous output power (DIN45324, +B=14,4V) : 4 x 25 W RCA preout voltage (mV/ohms) : 500/1k

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Sanyo CDF-MS11in-dash CD/MD receiver
Intro: 01/2003
MSRP: ¥50,000
Availability:
Out: line, speakers, DC IN: 11-16VDC1 DIN (178w x 50h x 165.5dmm, 1.4kg)

Features:

  • Accepts CDs and MDs in the same slot.
  • MDLP support, with group mode function.
  • CD-R/RW capable.
  • CD/MD scrolling title display.
  • Shuffle/scan/repeat play modes.
  • Japanese FM band (76-90Mhz)
  • Bass and treble controls (+/-10dB).

Links:

Specs: Amp: 45W x 4, SNR: MD: 90dB, CD: 85dB

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Sanyo CDF-MC2in-dash CD/MD/Cassette receiver
Intro: 01/2003
MSRP: ¥60,000
Availability:
Out: line, speakers, DC IN: 11-16VDC2 DIN (178w x 100h x 160dmm, 2.2kg)

Features:

  • Accepts CDs and MDs in a single slot, cassettes in a second slot.
  • MDLP support, with group mode function.
  • CD-R and 80mm (mini-)CD capable.
  • CD/MD scrolling title display.
  • Shuffle/scan/repeat play modes.
  • Japanese FM band (76-90Mhz).
  • 4-mode spectrum analyzer.
  • 6-mode preset equalizer.
  • CD changer control.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 45W x 4, SNR: MD: 90dB, CD: 85dB, Cassette: 50dB (60dB w/Dolby)

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Sanyo MDR-4In Dash AM/FM/MD receiver
Intro: 1
MSRP $269
Street $65 (Wal-Mart)
Availability:
CONNECTDIM

Features: Scan Play, Repeat Play, Shuffle Play. Selectable display (Play Time / Disc Name / Track Name). AM/FM Stereo Tuner with seek and manual up / down tuning systems. 24 station presets (6 AM + 18 FM). 12 auto travel presets (6 AM + 6 FM). Electronic Audio Control. 12 hour clock. Built in CD Changer control. RCA sub-woofer output. 90 Day Labor / 1 Year Parts warranty.

Specs: Amp: 35watts X 4

User comments: Matthew J. Hunt: Unit was originally tagged at $269.96. I bought it (actually two) for $135.00 at the Wal-Mart in LaVale MD. A few days later they reduced it to $65.00 - the difference of which Wal-Mart credited back to me. My friend who works there said that it's very likely that they will reduce it further perhaps even to less than $50.00. These are, of course, brand-new, unopened items. They just haven't sold well. I ordered the CD-changer (10-disc) for this particular unit for $199.00 from HQ Audio. The Excedio changer is not FM modulated, rather it connects via a single DIN cable. Their URL is http://www.hqaudio.com. 'Excedio' is apparently the top line of Sanyo mobile audio and fairly new. As I'm sure you guys have noticed, the 'support' for MD stuff has been a bit lacking, but I talked to Sanyo to find a retailer to buy the changer and they knew the unit perfectly. Dec 21, 1999: I called the Wal-Mart in LaVale MD and the $65 price is correct, though they said there was only one left right now. -eaw
Reported by Ken (09.04.01 20:39:59): Disc Error/Ejecting Discs I bought two Sanyo MDR-4 car decks from Wal-Mart back when they were clearing them out for $65 each. The first one worked great for six months or so and then started giving me disc errors and ejecting the discs. This happened with every disc I tried, prerecorded or otherwise. I swapped it out with the other one I bought (I bought two because they were so cheap), and the second one started doing the same around six months later. Beware.

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Sony MDX-F5800In-dash AM/FM/UKW/MW/LW/MDLP player
Intro: 01/2004
Street: 300€
Availability:
In: 3.5mm mini, for remote control, Out: preamp (2xRCA) (max 2V output). No aux input.178mmw, 50mmh, 181mmd

Features:

  • Supports MDLP
  • European band radio (AM/FM/UKW/MW/LW)
  • Wide bit stream
  • Repeat, shuffle functions
  • Changer control for external CD/MD changer with ID3 tag and CD-Text display.
  • Tuner Type: SSIR-EXA. Tuner features Automatic Bandwidth Control (?), Best Tuning Memory and RDS EON.
  • Amp: Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSOII), 3-Band equalizer, separate bass/treble controls.
  • Subwoofer switch, switches between rear and sub outputs.
  • 2 color display
  • IR sensor for remote control
  • Integrated 24hour clock
  • Removable front panel
  • Mute on incoming phone call
  • ISO connection
  • Operating angles 0-45 degrees
  • Optional Remotes: Infrared: RM-X114, Safety Commander (wired remote): RM-X45

Links:

Specs: Freq resp: 10-20kHz, SNR: 90dB. Amp: 4x27w DIN into 4 ohms.

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Sony WX-5900MDin-dash CD/MDLP receiver
Intro: 02/2003
¥54,000
Availability:
In: line. Out: speakers, linex2 ("pre-amp out"), headphones. Sony control bus in and out.178 x 100 x 201mm (2-DIN), 2.3Kg

Features:

  • CD, CD-RW, and MDLP compatible
  • W.B.S. (Wide Bit Stream)
  • 7-band equalizer
  • Motion display
  • CD-Text and MD titles display in kanji, kana, Roman alphabets
  • SSM (source sound memory) -- can be set to remember DSP, EQ, subwoofer and volume settings separately for each source (CD, MD, radio).
  • Can be mounted at up to a 30° angle from horizontal
  • Wireless remote included

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50Wx4 (max), SNR: > 90dB(MD), 95dB(CD), 72dB(FM mono), FM tuner: 76.0-90.0MHz, Power consumption: 12V@10A,

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Sony MDX-CA790Xin-dash MDLP player
Intro: 2/2003
Street: € 270
Availability:
Line x 21-DIN

Features:

  • Group mode support
  • CD/MD changer control
  • SSIR-EXA Tuner with ABC
  • Tuner with 40 presets
  • BTM (Best Tuning Memory)
  • RDS EON
  • 10 Sec. Shock Resistant Memory
  • Wide Bit Stream
  • 8fs-Digitalfilter
  • 1-Bit D/A-Converter
  • CD Custom File Control
  • ID3-Tag display
  • CD-Text display
  • List-Function: CD/MD
  • Title Scroll: CD-Text/ MD
  • Repeat / Shuffle
  • DSO II
  • EQ3 (3 Band Equalizer
  • Repeat/Shuffle
  • MBP (My Best Sound Position)
  • Bass/treble control
  • Dynamic Bass
  • 2 Pre-Out
  • Segmentmatrix/Multi-Color-Display
  • Key Illumination: red
  • Sensor for IR Commander
  • Removable Front Panel
  • Telephone Attenuator
  • ISO Connector

Links:

Specs: Max. amp power: 50W x 4 (1khz, 4 ohms)

Reviews:

User Manuals: Installation, MDX-CA790X

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Sony WX-7700MDXin-dash AM/FM/MDLP/CD player
Intro: 5/2002
¥85,000
Availability:
In: line (aux), uni-link. Out: line, sub-woofer (line-level), speakers x 4. DC IN: 12VDC@10A (max)178w x 100h x 194d mm (2-DIN), 3kg

Features:

  • CD/MDLP double-DIN player w/CD-R & CD-RW compatability.
  • Front panel illumination color is user selectable with separate RGB controls.

Links:

Included Accessories: Connecting cord, "Hi-band" wireless remote

Specs:

  • Amp: 52W x 4
  • Tuner: FM: 76.0-90.0MHz, SNR: > 74dB
  • CD: SNR: > 95dB

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User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-66XLPMDLP car changer
Intro: 3/2002
MDX-66XLP: US$450, MDX-66XLPRF: ¥64,000
Availability:
OUT: analog (line level) and digital (optical)7-1/4"W x 3-5/16"H x 5-7/8"D (est.), 66XLPRF version: 176 x 83.5 x 142mm, 1.1Kg

Features:

  • 6 disc MDLP changer (providing up to 32 hours of MDLP audio playback).
  • Disc change occurs seemlessly (no disc change delay [or only a small delay] in audio output).
  • Direct loading -- no magazine.
  • 10-second Shock Resistant Memory.
  • Change 5 MDs while the 6th is playing.
  • Wide Bit Stream processing.
  • See discs and titles through clear acrylic door.
  • Couples to Sony head units with Unilink control.
  • Similar to Sony's prior 6 MD changers, and as such could be used with Sony's RM-X69RF RF based controller.
  • Can be mounted up to 90° off horizontal.

Variants: MDX-66XLPRF version is a standalone unit that couples to vehicle's existing FM reciever via the antenna lead. Unit includes small, remote-mountable backlit display and wireless remote. FM "broadcast" frequency can be set to one of: 88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9, 89.1, 89.3, 89.5, 89.7, 89.9MHz

Notes: Despite the info listed on Sony's own page for the unit the US version does not include a digital output. It has only analog RCA jacks. As an official Sony Xplod dealer, Crutchfield more accurately makes no mention of a digital output. -Haemish Edgerton

Links:

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-66XLP J, MDX-66XLPRF J, MDX-66XLPRF mounting J, Mounting EN/FR, MDX-66XLP

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Sony MDX-M690in-dash car MD unit
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:

Availability:
178W x 50H x 182D mm (1DIN)

Features: SSIR-EXA ABC tuner, Can adjust the tuner bandwidth, depending on current environmental conditions. Improved sound quality and adjacent station interference result. DAB control, FM-18/MW-6/LW-6 Presets - using BTM (Best Tuning Memory), RDS/EON. Multi language, Dot matrix display, Multi colour display, Contrast Adjustment, Display dimmer, Key Illumination: red, Safety Commander interface: 3.5 mm, Sensor for IR commander (Hi-Band), Infra red (Hi-Band), Removeable front panel, Clock, Telephone Attenuator, ISO connector. MiniDisc: MDLP, Shock Resistant memory: 4 Mbit, 10 sec, Wide Bit Stream, Data Compression: ATRAC, ATRAC3, Digital filter: 8 fs, D/A conversion: 1 bit Frequency response: 10-20000 Hz, Signal to noise ratio : 90 dB, Repeat, Shuffle. CD Changer Control: CD Text, Custom file, CD/MD List function, CD Title/Scroll, Repeat, Shuffle. Amplifier: DSO (Dynamic Soundstage Organiser), EQ-7 (7-band Equalizer), separate Bass, Treble control, Loudness, Pre-amp output: Front and Rear (HPF - swicthable Highpass), Mono sub-output and swicthable Low Pass filter, Sub volume control.

Specs: 4 x 27 W output power, 4 x 52 W maximum.

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-M690

Service Manual: MDX-M690

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Sony MDX-CA580in-dash car MD unit
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:

Availability:
178W x 50H x 183D mm

Features:

  • Segment display
  • Multi colour display
  • Key Illumination: Green
  • Safety Commander interface: 3.5 mm
  • Sensor for IR commander
  • Removeable front panel
  • Clock
  • Telephone Attenuator
  • ISO connector

    MD player:

  • not MDLP (ATRAC Chip CXD2652AR)
  • Shock Resistant memory:
  • 4 Mbit 10 sec
  • Wide Bit Stream
  • Data Compression: ATRAC
  • Digital filter: 8 fs
  • D/A conversion: 1 bit
  • Frequency response: 10-20000 Hz
  • Signal to noise ratio : 90 dB
  • Repeat, Shuffle

    Tuner:

  • SSIR-EXA ABC tuner
  • FM-18/MW-6/LW-6 Presets - using BTM (Best Tuning Memory)
  • RDS/EON

    CD Changer control:

  • CD Text
  • Custom file
  • CD/MD List function
  • CD Title/Scroll
  • Repeat, Shuffle

    Amplifier:

  • Separate Bass

    Treble control

    Dynamic Bass

    Pre-amp output: Front and Rear.

Links: Sony Norway page for the unit.

Specs: 4 x 26 W output power, 4 x 50 W maximum.

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-CA580

Service Manual: MDX-CA580

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Sony MDX-CA680Xin-dash MD receiver
Intro: 4/2001

Availability:
IN: ??
OUT: pre-out (x2)
1 DIN (178x50x177mm), 1.2kg

Features: MDLP compatible. New Sony Xplod series design. 30 radio station presets, 10 second anti-shock protection, volume synching with telephone system, multi-color display, bass/tweeter adjustment,CD-TEXT support, detachable faceplate.

Links:

Manufacturer's Specs:

  • 18 FM, 12 AM Preset Stations
  • 10 Second Shock Resistant Memory
  • 1-Bit Converter
  • 3-Color Negative LC Display
  • Telephone Attenuate
  • Wireless & Rotary Remotes Optional
  • Flip-Down Detachable Faceplate
  • SSIR-EXA Tuner -- Sony's proprietary SSIR-EX tuner technology which can actually adjust the tuner's bandwidth, depending on current environmental conditions. Improved sound quality and adjacent station interference result.
  • MBP (My Best Position) -- Optimizes system for listener's position; one push; easy operation.
  • D-Bass -- (Dynamic Bass) Sony's unique low frequency enhancement system which provides up to 18dB of gain to frequencies below 75Hz, without midrange coloration or interference.
  • Preamp Output -- Typically found on headunits, a preamp output provides low level, high quality audio signal for use with external amplifiers. Provides an ideal expansion point for high quality audio systems.
  • MD/CD/TV Control w/Custom File -- The ability of a component to operate a CD or MD disc changer and a TV tuner.
  • Custom File -- A feature package that provides intuitive and safe source management for an audio and A/V system. Examples include Disc Memo , Station Memo and Memo List.
  • CD Text -- A compact disc and player feature utilizing disc, track and artist information encoded directly on the CD media. Both playback and media components must have CD Text compatibility.
  • Station Memo -- A Custom File feature that allows the user to assign an eight character name to a tuner frequency.
  • Shock Resistant Memory -- An electronic circuit that stores the audio data stream from a CD or MD in a memory buffer. If the laser pick-up mistracks, audio still flows from the buffer preventing an interruption.
  • Wide Bit Stream Processing -- This technology maintains 20-bit precision through the recording process for clearer reproduction of delicate, low-level music.
  • 8x Oversampling -- A digital filter which calculates 7 additional samples between those taken from the disc which provides a closer representation of the original analog signal and therefore better sound quality.
  • Negative LC Display -- A liquid crystal display employing a dark backfield with its elements. This results in a primarily dark display, which improves cosmetic integration with a dark colored headunit.
  • Flip-Down Detachable Faceplate -- A DIN headunit who's faceplate hinges at the bottom to reveal a media loading slot. Provides a larger area on the face for the display and controls.

Specs: 50W x 4 speaker output.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-CA680X, MDX-CA680

Service Manual: MDX-CA680X

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Sony WX-5500MDXdouble-DIN MDLP/CD car unit
Intro: 3/2001
¥54,000
Availability:
IN:
OUT:
2 DIN (178 x 100 x 186mm), 2.1kg

Features: CD/MD slots both in face of unit. MDLP compatible. HX-DSP StageIII technology manipulates the audio to sound as if user was in a larger space. Equalizer has seven different presets, CD player is compatible with both CD-R and CD-RW recordings.

Links: Sony's Japanese press release announcing the WX-5500MDX. T's MiniDisc Comparison Tables list specs on the WX-5500MDX.

Specs: 50W x 4 output.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-G55MK2AM/FM/MDLP in-dash receiver
Intro: 10/2000
MSRP ¥70,000
Availability:
IN:
OUT:
1 DIN, 178x50x179mm, 1.1kg

Features: First MDLP car unit. ATRAC with Type-R DSP for non MDLP tracks. Dynamic Soundstage Organizer (DSO) (allows apparent sound field position to be adjusted with respect to listener). Hi res FL (fluoroluminescent) dot front panel. Independent high and low pass filters for front, rear and sub-woofer. Couples to G44MK2 CD player with digital connection. Includes rotary controller and wireless remote.

Links: Sony's Japanese announcement of the unit.

Specs: Operates in Japanese FM band only (76-90MHz), AM band: 522-1629KHz, SNR: >95dB, Amp: 45W x 4, Power consumption: 10 amps.

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Sony WX-5000MDXCD/MD/TV Receiver
Intro: 6/2000
MSRP ¥53.000
Availability:
178w x 100h x 186d mm (2-DIN), 2.1kg

Description:

  • 50 W power IC.
  • Unique "Virtual 3D" function.
  • 7-band/5-mode digital equalizer.
  • "Time alignment" listening position selector.
  • Independent high and low pass filters for speakers and subwoofer.
  • Plays CD-R discs, but not CD-RW or non-finalized CD-R discs.
  • non-MDLP.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 50w x 4

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, Mounting guide J

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Sony MDX-C7400Xcar MD player
Intro: 4/2000
¥53,000
Availability:
1DIN

Features: Wireless remote, preprogrammed 7-style graphic equalizer, EXA tuner (to prevent frequency modulation),.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 50Wx4, Japanese FM band only (76-90MHz).

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-C5400Xcar MD player
Intro: 4/2000
¥41,000
Availability:
1DIN, 1.2kg

Features: Three level bass boost, EXA tuner (prevents frequency modulation), station memo feature,

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 50Wx4, Japanese radio band only (76-90MHz).

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-C8500Xcar MD reciever
Intro: 4
$450 (street)
Availability:
4-volt preout (x3)DIN

Features: 10-second anti-shock memory, HX DSP - digital EQ with presets and 7-band equaliser, wireless remote control, flip-down detachable face with multicolor display, CD/MD changer/TV controls, Custom File Memory, MD titles and CD Text, multi-language display (English/Spanish/French).

European model (C8500R) is visually different, has DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) Control, RDS/EON tuner, a 4x40W max amplifier and does not have the wireless remote control.

Links: Sony UK page. Crutchfield's page selling the unit. Ed Porras makes a handsome review of the Sony MDX-C8500X.

Specs: Maximum output 50W x 4 (19W x 4 RMS), FM sensitivity 8 dBf, FM 18/MW 6/LW 10 station presets

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-C8500R, MDX-C8500X

Service Manual: MDX-C8500X

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Sony WX-6000MDMD/CD multi-control car unit
Intro: 4/2000
¥74,000
Availability:
2DIN

Features: 1 MD capacity. MD record feature, DSO function (?), listening position selector, pre-programmed equalizer, 40 second electronic shock protection, equipped with seamless disc change function.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 45W x 4.

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User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony WX-7000MDMD/CD multi-control car unit
Intro: 4/2000
¥84,000
Availability:
2DIN

Features: 3 MD capacity. MD record feature, DSO function (?), listening position selector, pre-programmed equalizer, 40 second electronic shock protection, equipped with seamless disc change function.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 45W x 4.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony WX-REC8000MD/CD multi-control car unit
Intro: 4/2000
¥100,000
Availability:
2DIN

Features: MD record feature, 10 second time machine recording, CD synch record, 40 second electronic shock protection.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 45W x 4 output.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-C800RECIn Dash AM/FM Reciever and MD Recorder
Intro: 3/2000
Street ~US$700
Availability:
IN: analog and digital (non-optical)
OUT: Speakers, pre-out X 2
Single DIN

Features: First in-dash single DIN MiniDisc recorder. Records from radio, or connected CD or MD changer. Timer recording can continue recording even after faceplate is removed. SSIR-EXA Adaptive Reception tuner, fold-down detachable faceplate, 4-color dot matrix display, D Bass adjustable bass boost. Wired and wireless remote control options. 40-second shock resistant memory, CD/MD changer controls, TV controls for Sony mobile video equipment, 18 FM/12 AM presets, wide bit stream processing, CD Text (with CD text discs and a text-compatible Sony CD changer), D-Bass processing w/ auto level adjust, timer recording (up to 80 minutes after you park), Time Machine recording captures 10 seconds of music prior to recording, MD edit, digital input for CD changer, Rotary Encoder w/ cross key pad, telephone attenuator, multi-language display

Notes: Digital input is not optical, separately available XA-D110 adapter is needed to allow input via TOSlink. (Sony's uninformative page for the adapter).

Reviews:

Links:

Specs: 18 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels, MD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz, MD signal-to-noise ratio 92 dB, FM sensitivity 8 dBf

Comments: At last, a way to remove unwanted tracks while on the road! -eaw

User Manual: MDX-C800REC

Service Manuals: MDX-C800REC, MDX-C800REC-a

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Sony MDX-G55in-dash MD player
Intro: 11/1999
¥68,000
Availability:
1DIN

Features: Combinable in function with the CSX-G44 in-dash CD player. DSO function, variegated sound scene effects.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: 45W x 4.

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User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-G77RECRecording Indash AM/FM/MD Receiver
Intro: 11/1999
MSRP ¥99,800
Availability:
178x50x179mm (Single DIN), 1.9kg

Features: Single DIN size in-dash AM/FM/MD receiver with recording capability. Recording source can be AM, FM or attached MD/CD changer(s) (digital recording from CDs is possible). 10 second time-machine recording. ``Jog-roller'' control for volume, editing, track selection, etc. Full editing capabilities (titling/erase/move/divide/combine) available only when car is stopped with parking brake set. Features "Dynamic Sound Stage Organizer" (DSO) DSP function to adjust sound stage so that driver feels to be at apparent center of listening field. Flip out (down?) type front panel has 6 electrically settable display angles, with built-in setting memory.

Links: Sony's photo and Japanese announcement for the unit.

Specs: SNR: > 94dB, Freq. resp: 5-20kHz, FM band: 76-90MHz, AM band: 522-1629kHz, Amplifier: 40w X 4, Power consumption: 10 amps

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony WX-C88RECCD/MD car MD recorder/player
Intro: 6/1999
¥116,000
Availability:
100 x 178 x 194 mm (double-DIN)

Features: Can record to MD from CD/AM/FM sources, time machine REC function (10 sec), full MD editing features, Spectrum analyzer of 296 patterns, Chinese/Katakana character support, CD-TEXT support, FM teletext reception function (VICS level couple respondent). Includes Rotary commander and cordless remote control. Radio is for Japanese FM bands only

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: Maximum output 40W x 4. FM tuner range 76-90MHz. AM tuner range 522-1,629kHz.

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User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony WX-C100RECin-dash CD/MD recorder/player
Intro: 6/1999
¥138,000
Availability:
100 x 178 x 194 mm (double-DIN)

Features: Sony's first MD recording-capable car unit. Can record to MD from CD/AM/FM sources, time machine REC function (10 sec), full MD editing features, Spectrum analyzer of 296 patterns, Chinese/Katakana character support, CD-TEXT support, FM teletext reception function (VICS level couple respondent). Includes Rotary commander and cordless remote control. Radio is for Japanese FM bands only

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: Maximum output 40W x 4. FM tuner range 76-90MHz. AM tuner range 522-1,629kHz.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-65MD car changer
Intro: 4/1999
¥67,000
Street US$450
Availability:
OUT: analog (line level) and digital (optical)7-1/4"W x 3-5/16"H x 5-7/8"D

Features: 6 MD changer. Disc change occurs seemlessly (no disc change delay in audio output), Direct loading -- no magazine, 10-second Shock Resistant Memory, Change 5 MDs while the 6th is playing, Wide Bit Stream processing. Not MDLP

Variants: MDX-65RF Model: (intro: 4/2000) Standalone version that connects to existing car stereo through FM attenna jack. Includes liquid crystal display for title/track info and control information and cordless remote control with basic play functions.

Optional accessories: The Sony RM-X69RF allows wireless remote control of Sony Unilink MD/CD changers and includes an FM modulator; perfect for connecting the Sony MDX-65 to an existing non-Sony car stereo. This item is available from Planet MiniDisc.

Links:

Specs: Frequency response 10-20,000 Hz, Signal-to-noise ratio 95 dB, 0- to 90-degree mounting.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, MDX-65RF J, MDX-65RF mounting J, MDX-65

Service Manual: MDX-65

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Sony MDX-C7970car MD player
Intro: 3/1999

Availability:
F+R Preout
Availability:

Features: Replacement for MDX-C7900 model; improvements include a flip-down detachable faceplate and an IR sensor for an optional Sony mobile wireless remote. 10 second shock memory, dot-matric LCD scrolls Disc/Track Titles, 3-Step D-Bass w/Auto Level Adjust, Rotary Encoder Control.

Links: Audio Warehouse Express page for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 40Wx4

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-C7970

Service Manual: MDX-C7970

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Sony MDX-C5970car MD player
Intro: 3/1999
MSRP $400 USD
Availability:
F+R Preout

Features: Nearly identical to older MDX-C7900 model. SSIR-EX Tuner, Station MemoTM, 20FM+10AM Presets (BTM), 8X Oversampling, 1-Bit D/A, Wide Bit-stream Processing, 10 Second Shock Resist Memory, CD/MD Control, CD Text, Custom FileTM, Dot LCD Scrolls Disc/Track Titles, 3-Step D-Bass w/Auto Level Adjust, Full Detachable Face w/Case, Rotary Encoder Control.

Links: Sony's page for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 35Wx4

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-C5970

Service Manuals: MDX-C5970, MDX-C5970

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Sony MDX-C8900Car MD receiver
Intro: 7/1998
MSRP $600
Availability:

Features: 10 second shock resistant memory. Wide Bit Stream processing. SSIR-EX Adaptive Reception tuner. Voice Confirmation of control input. Fold down detachable front panel. Program play mode. Optional wireless remote (RM-X47)

Links: Cameron Croft's page for the Sony MDX-C8900.

Specs: MD section: Signal-to-noise ratio: 90db, Frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz Tuner: Usable sensitivity 8dBf Selectivity 75 dB at 400kHz Signal-to-noise 65dB (stereo) 68dB(mono) Separation 35dB at 1kHz Frequency Response 30-15,000 Hz

Amplifier: 45x4 at 4 ohms 19Watts continuous average power, no more than 1% THD.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-C8900, MDX-C8900R

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Sony MDX-626 Disc in car MD changer
Intro: 4/1998
MSRP $550
Availability:
176 x 84 x 128mm

Features: 10 second shock resistant memory. 8x oversampling, 1-bit D/A. Ex-Change function. Digital bass boost. MD titles easily viewed through clear door. Similar in mechanics and appearance to Sony MDX-61 and MDX-60.

Variants: MDX-6@RF Model: (Intro: 4/1998) Standalone version that connects to existing car stereo through FM attenna jack. Includes liquid crystal display for title/track info and control information and cordless remote control with basic play functions.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, MDX-62RF J, MDX-62RF mounting J, MDX-62

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Sony MDX-C7900Car MD receiver
Intro: 2/1998
MSRP $590
Availability:
out: speakers, 2 phono1 DIN

Features: ATRAC 4 (Chip: 2652AR). 10 second shock resistant memory. 8x oversampling, 1-bit memory. SSIR-EX AM/FM stereo tuner rotary encoder level control. Detachable front panel, remote supplied. Provides MD & CD changer control. CD Text support when used with CD Text equipped CD changer. D-Bass including Digital D-Bass for MDs. Radio station naming. List function, allows scrolling through radio presets or disc names without interupting current station or disc. Auto-Scroll for MD titles. Adjustable display contrast. Auto-dimmer.

Links: A user's review of the unit. Another, in depth review. Sony's page for the unit.

Specs: MD signal-to-noise ratio: 90dB. Amp: 40W x 4 (peak) 17W x 4 continuous in 4 ohms.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-C7900R, MDX-C7900

Service Manual: MDX-C7900

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Sony MDX-C8000In-dash MD/AM/FM stereo
Intro: 11/1996
MSRP ¥63,000
Availability:
178x50x170mm 1.5kg

Features: Wide Bit Stream. Katakana/Alphanumeric display, MD/CD/TV/DSP control functions. Equipped with a "rotary commander" for safe operation while driving.

Specs: Amp: 35W X 4. FM: 76.0-90.0 MHz, TV: Ch 1-3 (Japanese), AM: 522kHz-1629kHz.

Links: Sony page for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony WX-C900MDIn-dash MD/CD/FM stereo
Intro: 4/1996
MSRP ¥128,000
Availability:
Optical digital in178x100x171mm 2.5kg

Features: First double DIN size MD*CD+DSP+Equilizer audio master unit. DSP/7 Band graphic equalizer. Custom file for tone settings, input with rotary encoder. While looking at the display you can sequence through the control menu. Equipped with a "rotary commander" for safe operation while driving.

Specs: 5hz-20Khz S/N 104dB. Amp: 35W X 4. THD (CD) 0.007%. FM: 76.0-90.0 MHz, AM: 522kHz-1629kHz

Links: Sony page for this unit.

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User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-700EQIn-dash MD deck w/eq.
Intro: 4/1996
MSRP ¥52,500
Availability:
178x50x165mm 1.4kg

Features: 7 Band graphic equalizer. 5hz-20Khz S/N 105dB.

Links: Sony page for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manuals: J, mounting J

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Sony MDX-C150In-dash MD/FM stereo
Intro: 12/1995
MSRP $600
Availability:

Features: ATRAC 2. Wired remote.
Weird negatives (compared to the original MDX-U1 unit):

  • Can't lable radio stations
  • Only 10 character display
  • Only 1 pre-amp output
  • Track info doesn't scroll by default
Positives (compared to the original MDX-U1 unit)
  • Better display
  • LOUDness option
  • Better look
  • Larger preset buttons
  • ATRAC 3
Contains ATRAC 2 chipset: CXD2531BR, CXD2525R, CXD2526AR, and CXA1082BQ. The exact same chipset found inside my MDX-400. -Shawn Lin

Links: Sony Page info. Crutchfield sells this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-C150

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Sony MDX-100In-dash MD/FM stereo
Intro: 12/1995
MSRP $1000
Availability:
7 1/8 x 2 x 6 1/4 " (WHD)

Features: ATRAC 2. AM/FM tuner. 10-second shock resistant memory. Staggered 1 bit pulse D/A converters. 12 character display for MD disc/track titles. X-tal lock tuner with SSIR EX front end. 20 Fm + 10 AM presets, best tuning memory. UniLink CD/MD/DSP/TV control with custom file memory. Station memo tuning stores 8 character station names. Disc memo function and program bank control. Loudness button, mute button, intro/repeat/shuffle play modes. 2 preamp outputs with preamp fader. 20 watts x 4 high power internal amplifier. 4 channel amplifier input for processor. 2 color selectable illumination, quartz clock. Full face detachable security with carrying case. Frequency response 20Hz - 20KHz.

Links: Sony Page info.

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-100

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Sony MDX-U1In-dash MD/FM deck
Intro: 12/1992
MSRP $800
Availability:

Features: ATRAC 1. First in-dash MD unit. Wireless Remote (No Amplifier).

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-U1

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Sony MDX-400In-dash 4 MD changer/FM deck
Intro: 1
MSRP $1300
Availability:
8-pin ISO DIN (unilink), stereo RCAbehind dash unit: 2.4x19.7x14cm

Features: ATRAC 2. Wireless remote. (No Amplifier).

Links: Sony Page info. Comments from an owner. Crutchfield sells this unit and has further info on it. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

User comments: The MDX-400 is really nice. It has two parts - the in dash 4MD changer, and a separate tuner/preamp unit. This makes it much easier to install, since all of the connections are made on the preamp unit, which doesn't have to be crammed into the dash where the stereo goes. There are connections for power, Sub, Front, Rear, Unilink, 2 antennas, wired remote, and MD changer. There's also a wired remote included, which is necessary because the display is so big that they couldn't fit all of the buttons onto the front panel.

The MD changer function works great - there's a cartridge which holds 4 MDs, and it changes between discs in a few seconds. The 2-line display shows the disc or track name on the top line, and the elapsed time on the bottom. The LCD is backlit in a blue-green color, and the buttons can be switched between green and red illumination.

It has a diversity antenna system, which constantly samples two antennas to determine which has the best signal. This gives improved radio reception in areas with weak signals.

It controls an optional TV in the car, and you can see the disc name and track names on the TV. It also controls an optional DSP module which lets you set your seat position and then it digitally delays the signals from each spkr by different amounts so that they all reach the specified position at the same time. The DSP has 10 DSP modes which you can link to your CDs, so that you can have your classical CD play in the concert hall DSP mode, and the disco CD play in disco DSP mode automatically.

The only mis-features that the MDX-400 has are:

  • It does not have the "source tone memory" function (independent bass/treble settings for FM, AM, MD, and CD) that most sony ES car receivers have. This is instead implemented with as the "Last Sound Memory" function of the optional DSP. So, you have to have the DSP if you want this feature.
  • The "Loudness" function is disabled if you have the DSP connected. Without the DSP, the loudness function works fine.

-Matt Cervi (mattcervi@home.com)

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-400

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Sony MDX-40Auto 4 MD changer option
Intro: 1
MSRP $1000
Availability:

Features: Uses 4 MD magazine.

Links: Sony Page info.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-40, ChangerMagazinesupplement

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Sony MDX-C8970MD car unit
Intro: 1
MSRP US$700
Availability:

Features: Voice-activated using speech recognition for station names. Voice-memo feature allows 6 voice messages of up to 15 seconds each to be recorded to unit (not to MD). DSP function allows user to adjust virtual sound stage for better placement.

Links: Sony UK page. A TWICE article describes this unit. Crutchfield.com has good information for this unit.

Specs: Amplifier power: 45-watt x 4

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-C8970, MDX-C8970R

Service Manuals: MDX-C8970R, MDX-C8970

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Sony MDX-61
Intro: 1

Availability:

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Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-61

Service Manual: MDX-61

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Sony MDX-C6500Xcar MD receiver
Intro: 2
$400 (list), $350 (street)
Availability:
RCA pre-out (x2)DIN

Features: 10-second (4Mbit) shock-resistant memory, SSIR-EXA tuner, MD titles and CD-Text, CD/MD changer/TV tuner controls, Custom File CD, Wide Bit Stream Processing, Station Memo, D-Bass, flip-down (removeable) face, cellphone mute, optional wired and wireless remotes.

European model (C6500R) has RDS/EON tuner (displays station name) in place of Station Memo, and is visually different. A blue-display version (C6500RV) is available to match VW and Vauxhall cars.

Links: Sony USA's page for the unit. Sony UK page. Sony UK page. Crutchfield's page selling the unit, Edworthys (UK) sales page. The North American market MDX-C6500 styling is really in-your-faceplate compared to the more muted European edition. (However Francisco J. Montilla reports that the Spanish edition faceplate looks just like the N. American one).

Specs: Maximum output 50W x 4 (19W x 4 RMS), FM sensitivity 8 dBf, FM 18/MW 6/LW 6 station presets

Reviews:

User Manuals: MDX-C6500X, MDX-C6500R, MDX-C6500RV, MDX-C6500RX, MDX-C6500R

Service Manuals: MDX-C6400R, MDX-C6500RV, MDX-6500X

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Sony MDX-60In-dash 6 MD changer option
Intro: 1
MSRP $720
Availability:
176 x 84 x 125mm, 1.1Kg

Features: ATRAC 3. One disc can remain in play while others are changed.

Links: Sony Page info (translated), Sony Japan Page info. Kenwood (Japanese) Page info. Kenwood Italy's page. Crutchfield carrys this unit and has more info on it.

User comments: (regarding the MDX-61 follow on unit) I have to say that the MDX-61 MD changer is the most wonderful car stereo component I've ever owned! I love the shuffle play - it doesn't repeat (unlike my CDX-81 CD changer that I exchanged for the MDX-61) and there is almost never a delay between songs, even when changing discs (thanks, 10 second memory!). It is such a joy to load it up with 6 discs, press shuffle play, and get over 7 hours of non-repeating music. It's like listening to a radio station that only plays songs you like! I wish there was a home MD changer...
-Fred Hamilton (fred@yonkitime.com)

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-60

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Sony MDX-C5960
Intro: 1

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User Manual: MDX-C5960R

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Sony MDX-C670RDSIn-dash MD/AM/FM stereo
Intro: 1
MSRP DM849
street DM630
Availability:
out: Speakers, pre-amp

Features: RDS (Radio Data System -- automatically acquires alternate signal for station (if available) when current signal is weak. Also tracks highway information and pauses music when information broadcasts are made) 40 presets (20FM, 10AM, 10LW). Equipped with a "rotary commander" for safe operation while driving. Rotary jog-dial on the unit itself used to adjust the volume. CD Disc Memo (requires CD changer with custom file function). MD/CD changer control. Cellular telephone auto mute. Bass/treble - balance/fader control - loudness. 10 character display for MD titles, which auto scrolls. Only 6 sec. shock resistant meory. Multi color display, similar form as the XR-C900 (white characters on black background, multi selector), although no flip-down front. "CD-custom file" and "CD-text". No remote sensor. Detachable face. Wired remote. 2 sets of preamp outputs.

Availability in North America:

  • Crutchfield, Speed and Sound Electronics in NY 1-800-647-6863 or 718 531-1300, price: $404.95
  • Auto Sound Design in Ontario (416) 226-5775, price: CN$557.
  • Audio Worx. From USA call (888) 843 9679, from other places (905) 898-6715, price: Cn$480. Email: info@audioworx.com.

Links: A user's review of this unit (including some comments on installation).

Specs: Amp: 13W RMS/35W peak X 4, MD SNR 90dB, FM sens. 8dBf

Reviews:

User Manual: MDX-C670

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Volvo XC90In-dash MD player
Intro: 10/2002
GBP 350
Availability:
1-DIN (?)

Features: Available as an option on the European edition of the Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Vehicle. (OEM of Alpine unit?)

Links:

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