"Disappointing product from old & valued stereo name"2.0 starson by love240s
Pros: Reasonable price, good CD player operation, good HD AM radio reception, good non-HD FM performance, face-mounted USB and Aux ports
Cons: Poor FM HD performance coupled with HD seek overriding FM signals, weak AM tuner, poor durability, Bluetooth adapter not compatible with all phone brands, remote not backlit
Summary: When I bought this from Amazon, it was billed as "Bluetooth equipped". When I received it and had it installed, I found it was NOT BT equipped, but only BT-ready. I bought the Dual BTM60 Bluetooth Interface Module, only to discover that my phone model (LG VX8300) was not supported or compatible with the BTM60(the BTM60's manual-actually just an instruction sheet was a bloody joke). Luckily, I was able to turn the over online for just a small loss. As far as the HD radio, even when I was close to the source, reception kept going in & out, after trying the factory antenna, and two different aftermarket antennae. Talking to a retailer, they said that Dual's HD radio performance was generally weak compared to JVC's or Kenwood's. One day I was driving down the freeway listening to an AM sports station, and suddenly the signal was cllear and clean, and the HD logo had appeared. I had no idea there was such a thing as AM HD. That's the good news. The bad news was that it's a Fox station, so who cares? I really enjoyed plugging my mP3 player into the unit, but since the remote is not backlit, it's unusable at night. I spoke to Dual's staff, and when I mentioned a remote that was backlit, they said "Boy, that's a great idea. Why didn't WE think of that!" Subsequently, I spoke to Crutchfield, and they know of NO car audio remotes that are backlit.
Just after the 2 year warranty expired, one channel went dead. I'm not one who plays music loud, and usually listen to the radio, so I hadn't mistreated the unit.
Bottom line: I won't buy Dual again, but I got what I paid for