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# 175741 10-Jul-2015 12:20
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Hi folks.

I recently bought a Japanese imported car and had to replace the double DIN unit that was in there, as it didn't work (a common occurrence in imported vehicles for some reason).

After doing some research I settled on the Nakamichi NA1600, as it was a nice flush-mounting unit with no external knobs or shiny bits to detract from the interior of my car (2006 Volvo XC70)

I looked around and pricing seemed to vary from place to place but the cheapest I found was through Radio Waves in Auckland. $395.00 + fitting.

After speaking on the phone and doing some more research on the web, I was sufficiently confident enough to have this unit supplied and installed at home by Radio Waves.
One more call and he was there within a couple of hours.

He spent a couple of hours fitting (rewiring, trying to get the existing reverse camera hooked up - incompatible) and generally getting everything as it should be.

I have to say...I am impressed. Despite the amount of effort required and the amount of time he spent, I was charged $100.00 for fitting (as advertised) and was not only courteous, but professional to boot.

The unit itself is quite remarkable for a "budget" AV Double DIN unit.

It's a 6.2" touchscreen Radio (obviously), DVD, CD, SD Card and Bluetooth handsfree/streaming device - streaming from my iPhone is about as easy as it gets and the quality of DVD playback is surprisingly good, considering the price.
It also has a USB input for charging and the usual
Next model up also offers Sat Nav, but that isn't needed as I have that on my iPhone anyway (Tom Tom), so I settled for this unit as it had everything else I wanted/needed.

Would I recommend this unit? Yes I would. After a couple of weeks with it, I am suitably impressed with the quality, sound and vision, not to mention the fairly factory-look it gives as installed in the car.

I had reason to go to Volvo a couple of days ago and even their technician remarked on what a nice unit it was and how well it integrated into the vehicle.

If you're looking for something that will meet your everyday needs in a car stereo unit and are looking for something that's not going to be worth more than your car in a few years...I'd certainly give this a look over.

Similar units from Pioneer, Sony and Panasonic were upwards of $1000 for most of these features, but remember...price checking here and on pricespy is definitely worthwhile.

I would also recommend Radio Waves to anyone in the Auckland area looking for a good, friendly, professional and relatively inexpensive service.


Nakamichi NA1600


6.2" DVD Receiver with Bluetooth


Key Features


  • 6.2" LCD Display
  • Front AUX In / Rear AV in
  • 3 Band Audio Processor 
  • 2V Front / Rear / Sub-out
  • 40W X 4 Internal Amplifier
  • BT Wireless Song title display
  • USB 1A Universal Charge
  • Key Colour Illumination Red




  • Radio Tuner AM/FM with 30 Presets
  • RDS & RBDS


  • USB Universal Smartphone with 1A Charge
  • USB Thumb Drive up to 32GB
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot up to 32GB


  • Bluetooth Handsfree
  • A2DP Audio
Smartphone Connectivity


  • Interface through optional MB2 Mirror Phone Box
  • USB 1 amp Charge for iPhone and Android
Audio/Video Formats


  • MP3, WMA, ID3 Tag, AVI, Xvid, MPEG2, JPEG


  • Front Aux Inputs/Outputs
  • Front USB
  • Rear Video Outputs x2
  • Rear AV Input
  • Subwoofer Out 
  • Backup Camera Input x1
  • Steering Wheel Control Input


  • Max Power Output 40w 
  • RMS Power Output 21w
  • Equalizer 3 Band
  • Front and Rear Preouts 2V
  • Subwoofer Preout 2V
  • Subwoofer Level Control Yes
Includes Remote Control


Handsome Dan Has Spoken.

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  # 1340538 10-Jul-2015 12:28
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Looks like a nice unit. If you plug a smart phone in via USB does it show track info/album art on the display?

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  # 1340615 10-Jul-2015 14:01
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No - this is only available by Bluetooth (or at least that's been my experience with my iPhone - I don't know about Android or WP).

Strangely, the USB appears to only be for charging a device or playing from a USB memory stick.

One thing I do love though is being able to stream via Bluetooth from my phone and control playback via the head unit.

It's only basic stuff, like forward back, play/pause and volume, but it's so much better than what I have had in the past with a simple Aux In cable.

Another thing I have enjoyed is the track, album and artist info showing up, even if I am streaming a track from Apple Music, iHeart Radio or any other stream...

Sometimes I get better info from the head unit than what is being shown on the iPhone screen!

Handsome Dan Has Spoken.


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  # 1554615 18-May-2016 09:52
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Does anyone who has one of these have any problems with it?  I had one installed in our Nissan X-Trail a few months back, and while generally fine, it occasionally forgets all it's preset stations and appears to do a factory reset.  One other time, after we'd tuned it off, it refused to start up again until it had been reset.


Our previous factory stereo unit never missed a beat.


I've searched on-line, but can find very little comment about these units, or anyone else having problems with them.

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