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by Ken Nail
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Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Expand your horizons

Tired of your old factory car stereo's limited repertoire of AM, FM, and CDs (or worse yet, cassette tapes?). Step into the here and now with Jensen's MP1516BT CD receiver. You'll still enjoy your favorite radio stations and CDs — though this Jensen's sturdy built-in amp means they'll sound a lot better — and you'll enjoy some cool new features and audio options.

Variety

Check out the front panel of the MP1516BT. The CD slot works with your regular discs, and also discs burned with MP3 and WMA files — that's a whole road trip full of music on a single CD. And you'll see a USB input for your iPod® or iPhone®, so you'll have access to your favorite playlists, albums, and artists from the receiver's controls. Need more? You'll find an SD card slot, plus an aux input too.

Jensen MB1516BT CD receiver

This Jensen offers Bluetooth connectivity, a detachable face, and a nice remote control.

And there's Bluetooth®, too

Bluetooth is ideal for hands-free calling. No more fumbling for your phone when a call comes in —just touch a button and start talking. The receiver's external microphone ensures your caller will hear you loud and clear. And the stereo keeps track of the last 10 calls, so calling someone back is quick and easy. Bluetooth audio streaming lets you enjoy the music on your smartphone through this Jensen with a wireless connection.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls with 4 preset tone settings
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding this optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary input, USB input, and SD card slot
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    13 watts
    Peak Output
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    40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB, SD card
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    12 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (15A fuse installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • Microphone w/ attached visor-clip (10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Hex nut
    • 2 Lock-washers
    • 2 Flat washers
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Back-support bolt
    • Backstrap
    • Face case
    • Owner's Manual
    • "STOP" note

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    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Jensen MP1516BT features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The MP1516BT also features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-open cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT file system. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Front-Panel SD Card Slot: The Jensen MP1516BT also features a front-panel SD card slot hidden by the unit's detachable face plate. The unit's SD-card slot supports both SD and SDHC memory cards. SD/SDHC memory cards may be loaded with MP3/WMA music files.

    File Compatibility: The Jensen MP1516BT supports the following types of  MP3/WMA audio files recorded onto a disc, or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device or SD memory card.

    Media Type CD-R, CD-RW USB, SD/SDHC
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 16/32
    Audio Files MP3: bit rate up to 128kbps w/ sampling frequency up to 48kHz
    WMA: bit rate up to 128kbps w/ sampling frequency up to 48kHz
    Maximum # of Files 255 files
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags, WMA-tags

    Folder/File Search: You can select an individual folder containing MP3/WMA files and select the appropriate track by scrolling the list.

    Playback Modes: The Jensen MP1516BT features the following Repeat, Random, and Intro playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Intro Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    Electronic Shockproof (ESP) Function: The unit will absorb bumps to prevent playback skips while playing discs.

    Off Eject: You can eject a disc with the unit powered off. You cannot insert a disc with the head unit powered off.

    Installation Angle: For proper CD playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Jensen MP1516BT supports connection to either Dock-connector or Lightning-connector Apple iPods and iPhones. The unit support audio playback, control, metadata display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 70dB.
    • iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. You can use the MP1516BT's touchscreen to browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. In addition, you can activate Random & Repeat playback modes. Most iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).
    • Information Display: The Jensen MP1516BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information from stored music and select music apps. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, and  Song/Album title.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Jensen MP1516BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (7/2/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini* 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Aux Input: The MP1516BT feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Communication: The Jensen MP1516BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that is developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones, and other handheld devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit-per-second.

    Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the MP1516BT. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the MP1516BT.

    Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Jensen MP1516BT allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls or have the unit answer a phone call automatically. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the MP1516BT's LCD. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. You can scroll through your received, dialed, and missed calls to make a phone call. In addition, you can manually enter a phone number using the head unit's remote control. You can even dial from your phone and then transfer the call to the head unit.

    External Microphone: The MP1516BT includes an external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. The microphone features a visor-clip to mount the unit to your vehicle's sun-visor.

    Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Jensen MP1516BT also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the MP1516BT. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    AM/FM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Jensen MP1516BT features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Preset Tuning: The unit features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands with the capability of storing 6 presets for each band giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets (30 total). You can also automatically store the six strongest stations in your area inside the current selected band.

    Preview Scan: The Scan function will play the first five seconds of each station, until you find a station you like.

    Local Seek: The unit's tuner also is equipped with a Seek mode that when used with the Local function, only allows radio stations with a strong local radio signals to be played.

    Mono Mode: Mono mode reduces the noise when stereo broadcasts are received as monaural.

    European Tuning: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the MP1516BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the MP1516BT are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 13 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts total)

    2Ch RCA Outputs: The MP1516BT is fitted with a pair of RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier.

    Preset EQ: You can select from 5 preset EQ modes - Flat, Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off.

    Tone Control: The head unit also offers Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader control.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.

    Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can set the head unit to turn-on to the last volume level adjustment when turned off, or turn-on to a pre-defined volume level (0-40) every time you power up the radio.

    Beep Tones: An audible beep tone confirms each function selection. The beep tone can be disabled/enabled in the Setup Menu.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Jensen MP1516BT features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a hard plastic case for storing the face-plate when detached. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Single-Line LCD: The MP1516BT features a single-line LCD to indicate station identification, song/artist information, menu settings.

    12 or 24 Hour Clock: You can set the unit to display a 12 or 24 hour clock.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Jensen MP1516BT comes supplied with a 24-button IR remote control which provides wireless operation of the Jensen CD receiver.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen MP1516BT

    Written By MJM, Bellevue, WA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    With some minor trepidation, I entered the process - selection, purchase, preparation, installation. the information provided by Crutchfield and the quick, simple answers to my 2 questions made the installation painless, stressless and direct. Everything worked right away and well. AND i saved the $150 "free installation" fee for less time than the professional installation would have caused me.
    Pros:
    Printed instructions. Diagrams. Additional parts
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Good cosmetics and adequate performace

    Written By Carbon12, Japan on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    Not exactly sure what the "coolness factor" would be for a radio so wasn't exactly sure how to rate, but I guess this radio would be as cool as the rest. I suppose the app radios would probably constitute a 5 on the coolness factor. This radio just does the job I wanted it to do. The only time I ever owned a Jensen product is when I was younger and didn't know any better. Ha! BUT, I will say there's nothing wrong with this radio. I purchased it really for aesthetics (wanted something that blended with the dash and didn't look like a glow stick at night), price, and for the built-in bluetooth. Ease of use for this radio is well... easy. : ) No complaints there. Build quality is probably on par with the others although I did have one button pop out for some reason, but no biggee, popped right back in. The only thing this radio is lacking is power. It doesn't seem terribly powerful, but I mean it's adequate to drive my stock speakers. Just don't expect some night and day difference from your stock head unit; otherwise, so far so good. For the price and built in BT you probably can't find a better unit.
    Pros:
    1) Has a nice "factory" appearance to it. Lights up pretty well at night but it's not obnoxious like some units. 2) Has built-in blue tooth functionality WITH a separate mic (that's a good option). 3) Good value for the money. 4) Detachable face (if you're somehow worried someone is going to steal your Jensen radio... LOL).
    Cons:
    1) A little under powered (but they had to cut costs somewhere) 2) Only one set of RCA outputs
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    4 out of 5

    Good Features but dim display

    Written By GKinPA, Chadds Ford, PA on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    This is a good radio, and the iphone controls work well. It holds the radio stations well, in an area that can pick up Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore stations. However, installed on a 2005 Honda Civic which puts the unit at a tilted angle. The unit seems to be designed to be installed level and the display is brighter if you are looking downward at it but still not bright enough for daylight viewing. Crutchfield sent me a replacement unit with return shipping, but the replacement is only slightly brighter. It seems to be the way it is designed, and there is not brightness adjustment. Fine choice on a budget, if your dash is vertical but any angle will decrease your ability to read the display.
    Pros:
    Good price, good sound with stock speakers. Hands free phone interface (bluetooth) and iPhone controls with remote make teen drivers happy while avoiding distractions. Easy to install.
    Cons:
    Have to use remote to switch to Aux input. Display is unreadable in daylight, and dim at night.
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    4 out of 5

    great system!!

    Written By Cbalazs, Berwick, PA on Friday, February 28, 2014
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    Love this system, simple, easy to hookup and use, great bluetooth connection, and has everything you want for a car stereo! Definately a great purchase!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth audio and calls
    Cons:
    More backlighting to make it easier to read
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    4 out of 5

    JENSEN CAR RECEIVER

    Written By JulioG, Mesa, AZ on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    I just finished installing this receiver, it fits perfectly on my 1997 Mazda truck; a remarkable sound improvement over the original equipment. I appreciate the easy installation and how quickly one can get to use it.
    Pros:
    Quality sound with many input options, ease of installation.
    Cons:
    Minor items: a "routing opening for the microphone and a need for an easier way to adjust the rear support.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen MP1516BT

    Written By Anonymous, Great Falls, MT on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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    Nice radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice!

    Written By Avery, Tulsa, OK on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    Really nice product that has an amazing value! I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'm sure over time I'll get the hang of it. It looks simple and classy and fits in my jeep wrangler Tj really well!
    Pros:
    Looks good, functions great, simple install, and a definite upgrade.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Good, not perfect

    Written By J, USA on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    Good unit, especially for the money. BT worked flawlessly, syncing with my phone. Install took a bit of time but went smoothly- had to sand the provided frame just a bit to make it fit, everything else worked out of the box..

    As previously noted, the Radio receiver is a weak point . Even local stations fuzz out on me. Basically, just pretend this unit doesn't have a radio.

    SD/MMC slot maxes out at 8G. That's a ton of MP3s, but not all I could have put on it. SD/MMC playback will not shuffle (at least as far as I've found). So if you want shuffle you have to hook up to a BT device (so play from your phone and have it shuffle). I don't understand how they didn't put that feature in.

    CD player works fine with burned CDs, haven't tried MP3-CDs yet.

    Faceplate case won't stay shut, but I leave the faceplate on so that's not a big issue for me.
    Pros:
    Good Bluetooth, great value
    Cons:
    Radio sucks SD/MMC size limits, no shuffle on SD/MMC
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Brian

    Written By Brian, Mississippi on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    Great radio for the price
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    4 out of 5

    Works great

    Written By Chris, asheville, nc on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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    Good for a basic replacement of an OEM head unit with a little extra to keep you entertained.
    Pros:
    easy to use, installs easy, bluetooth works great
    Cons:
    could use a little bit more RMS per channel to push your speakers.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen MP1516BT

    Written By Anonymous, New York, NY on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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    Very Good
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    1 out of 5

    junk

    Written By greg, glenmoore, PA on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
     
    sound quality is very poor on fm radio it always looses signal and it never has a good signal cd player doesn't work definitely go for a kenwood or something
    Pros:
    look
    Cons:
    everything besides look
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    5 out of 5

    Pretty good

    Written By Shirley j., San Antonio, tx. on Friday, September 27, 2013
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    Pretty good radio just takes a little getting use too!
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    2 out of 5

    Good unit if not a heavy AM/FM Listener

    Written By DanielW, Wheeling, IL on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    Good sound if using a CD, SD, or USB device; the FM tuner sensitivity in this unit is 12db and has a hard time holding a good signal in my market. In the suburban areas the tuner would drop while going under power lines, bridges and street lights. In the Chicago neighborhoods even worse and while in the downtown area not even worth using. Two different FM signal boosters to try and compensate the the poor sensitivity and was a little better, but not even close the the stock Shaker500 removed.

    The Bluetooth paired easily with my Motorola Android phone, but was not able to make or answer a call your experience may vary depending upon the phone.

    The plastic hard case for the face would not stay closed and very lucky to have purchased a SoundKase DFC1X with my unit to hold it closed.

    Removed this unit and sold it to the local pawn shop; replaced it with a Sony MEX-BT3100P with a FM 8db sensitivity.

    I would not purchase this unit or recommend to anyone; go with the Sony for extra $ it is worth it, but be prepared to purchase the hard face case.
    Pros:
    CD, SD or USB playback Decent wattage output
    Cons:
    AM/FM tuner sensitivity Bluetooth Face case quality
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    4 out of 5

    Decent for the price

    Written By Anonymous, Walker, LA on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    Good stereo with a lot of features for the price.
    Pros:
    Features
    Cons:
    Not as user friendly as hoped to be.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen MP1516BT

    Written By Marvin, Bronx NY on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    Very nice system for the money. Lots of features. Bluetooth, Aux input ,USB, Memory Card Slot, and CD player. Very Very Nice, for the Price.
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    Cons:
    None
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