Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35 review: Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good We like the sound quality and the good reception of the Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35. It includes a wireless remote, and its large buttons make it easy to scroll through directories on an MP3 CD.

The Bad The Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35 lacks front-mounted auxiliary ports and doesn't have dedicated iPod support. It won't play WMA files from CDs.

The Bottom Line Blaupunkt's Monterrey MP35 is an affordable MP3/CD player with a couple of cool features, but you don't get a lot of extras with this entry-level head unit.

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Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35

The Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35 is one of four in-dash CD/MP3-player radio receivers geared toward budget-minded consumers. This head unit has 40 watts of power (18 watts RMS) for each of its four speaker channels; it also has jacks for connecting a subwoofer and four preamplified speakers. However, its file-playback capabilities are limited, and it has no front-mounted input jacks.

Adjustable color
The Monterrey MP35 has a glossy black-and-silver-trimmed flip-down detachable faceplate that is easily removed and comes with a hard-plastic carry case. The unit's display measures 3.43 by 0.68 inches and features Blaupunkt's Variocolour illumination, which lets you customize the screen's backlighting by choosing one of 4,096 hues from the RGB color scale to match or complement your vehicle's dashboard lighting.

Bright red LEDs illuminate each function button except for the rotary volume knob, which is blue. While colorful, the control panel can be somewhat overwhelming in low-light conditions. Thankfully, the display can be dimmed to a comfortable level. The buttons and the tuning controls are evenly spaced and easy to identify, and they require a hard click to engage, thereby preventing accidental changes. The faceplate must be flipped down to insert and remove CD media, however.

Along the top of the panel are a button that opens the faceplate for CD insertion and removal; a button that selects the AM or FM radio band and stores the six strongest available radio stations; and an audio-adjustment button. To the left of the display is a rotary volume knob with an on/off/mute button. The knob raises and lowers volume levels in steps from 0 to 66 and has eight raised notches around its perimeter for easy fingertip control. Four large arrow buttons to the right of the display are used to scroll through MP3 directories and menu selections, to select tracks and menu options, and to manually tune in radio stations. Along the bottom of the display are three wide multifunction buttons for selecting preset radio stations and controlling CD playback, including pausing and repeating tracks and playing them in random order. Other controls include an X-Bass button for choosing one of three preset bass levels; a Menu button for entering the basic settings screen; a Dis button for displaying the time and changing the display properties; and a Src button for toggling between input sources.

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Blaupunkt Monterrey MP35

Part Number: Monterrey MP35 Released: May 18, 2005
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 18, 2005
  • Type CD / MP3 player
  • Type radio tuner
  • Form Factor Full-DIN - in-dash unit
  • Color Black
  • Car Audio Type CD receiver
  • Type audio line-out
    subwoofer output
    audio line-in