Reviews and Problems with Dual Electronics XML8150
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Would have been better off installing a brick for a stereo...
Stanley Vreeland, Amazon
4 May 2013
Summary: At least if I installed a brick I would not have been disappointed when it failed to play music. I replaced my stock 1999 Mercury Mountaineer with this lemon. The radio reception is horrible. I get static for nearby stations that I had perfect reception on the stock unit. But I could plug my iPhone in and play music through that right? WRONG! It resets randomly with the phone plugged in. The bluetooth functionality is non existent.
Summary: I received this product about a month ago, and it was working fantastic for a while. But then the iPod/iPhone dock started to falter. It keeps skipping songs, stopping songs, doing god knows what without any input on my end. I, like many other purchasing this product, bought this specifically for the iPod dock. Every other feature works fine, including bluetooth, aux-in, etc.
great sound, bad QC, don't order the BT microphone!!
Roberto Michelena, Amazon
19 November 2012
Summary: Ok, first of all I was "induced to error" by Amazon's "frequently bought together" feature. It would seem that you have to buy the "Dual Bluetooth Hands-Free Module" in order to use bluetooth speakerphone functionality, and so I ordered it along. Well, this XML8150 comes with it's own microphone, and in fact the "Dual Bluetooth Hands-Free Module" (BTM-60) is not compatible with it, it's for other (older) Dual models.
Summary: WHat a pleasant surprise this unit has been for me. My biggest worry was about the bluetooth microphone after reading some of the reviews but it seems that the company has started to use a better microphone because the one I received sounds crystal clear and I called 3 different friends and they all said it sounded like I was just talking on a normal phone. I have my 3rd generation iPod nano plugged into the built-in dock connector and the sound is amazing!
Summary: The radio unit is OK. Except that the connection between the iPhone and the unit is very fragile. Currently I replaced the original unit with a new one (guarantee). There is a Bluetooth connection possible between the unit and an iPhone, but not for Bluetooth audio. Weird.
Summary: This is a great, inexpensive stereo. I bought it because it is solid state (no CD player) and for the bluetooth compatibility. I've also gotten plenty of use out of the SD and Auxiliary modes.
A lot of features for the cheap price - Great Deal
24 April 2012
Summary: I purchased this for use with my iPhone originally but later I got a new phone and decided to add an SD card for the device for my media: AmazonBasics SDHC Class 10 32 GB Secure Digital Card and I have had a great experience with the stereo and use of the iPhone dock and SD card mode. All the features work for me without issue and I'm happy with the price compared to the prices of some of the stereos with the same features.
Summary: While the receiver seems to work well and I am happy with it, there is a gotcha with regard to 8th gen Honda Civics (2006 and up). Both dash kits available, the Metra and Scoche, angle the radio slightly to keep the lines of the dash. This places the Dual's display angled away from you. This, along with the fact that the Civic's driver seat rides low makes the display completely unreadable during the day and almost unreadable at night.