Dual XHD7714 Review
This Dual XHD7714 does have many features, so it does take a little reading of the manual to figure out how to use all feature. The bluetooth is a very good feature, and it also can allows your smartphone to place music through the Dual XHD7714, as well as use it as a hands free device for phone calls. I will mention One thing, to have a different EQ setting , each preset station can be set up. the stereo does not sound that good even with the bass and treble turned up until you set each station to the EQ setting that you prefer because It is set by default to “Flat”.
It was very straightforward to install, probably when you connect, connection will have a hitch but I think it’s overcome, the trick is to set the radio to auto connect blue tooth. And then, turn on the bluetooth of the phone, after that turn on radio and it should connect ok. trying to connect to the radio first, before the bluetooth is turned on for the phone does not seem to work
The industry use the standard of wires that are color coded. Don’t forget to connect the wire with blue color, it makes a difference between picking up few a stations to all stations. It would be nice if it had a wired remote mic option, that could be located at the top of the steering column and on the visor or in front of the main dash. Another feature I think you will like it, is the ability to dim the display, setting it to one of three levels. The blue color is fine but it doesn’t have a selectable color LED display backlighting option.
The signal is not blocked by tall trees and buildings and this Dual XHD7714 has great clarity, like the sat radio. Audio streaming seems to always work fine. You can control the tracks from the phone, not sure if the radio can advance tracks or not.
The Dual XHD7714 suitable for carslike : 83 mercedes 300SD, 1950 ford pickup, truck (toyota pickup, Honda Accord 2002
The Dual XHD7714 Technical Details (retrieve from amazon.com)
- Integrated HD Radio tuner with iTunes Tagging
- Integrated Bluetooth with Built In Microphone for Hands Free Enabled Phones
- iPod control includes 2-Wire iPod cable
- Front USB Input
- 3-Pair of preamp outputs (F/R/S)
- Brand Name: Dual
- Model: XHD7714
- Warranty: One year parts & labor
Dual XHD7714 in my opinion
Bluetooth works great, Can pair with multiple phones. Shows the number when incoming call, Sounds great, HD Radio sounds awesome, Removable faceplate.
other than that, when playing from USB drive this Dual XHD7714 remembers the song/position even if you remove usb source and plug it back in later.
Cons (Nothing serious):
Can’t change lighting color like some other pricey car stereo. but then, who cares.
Probably you will get a slight noise when changing tracks but it’s a minor thing. Talking via bluetooth works great. As long as your car windows are rolled up, there will be no disruption to your hearing.
Otherwise Dual XHD7714 for features to price ratio a great buy.