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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.

Add Bluetooth® and more to your dash

Many newer cars have a 4" tall, double-DIN factory radio. So when you're considering a new car stereo, why not choose one that will fit the opening like a glove? Jensen's MP1524 CD receiver will fill that spot perfectly, serving up a bunch of useful features without requiring a big investment in cash.

As more localities prohibit cell phone use on the road, Bluetooth is becoming increasingly popular for smart drivers. The MP1524's built-in Bluetooth lets you enjoy hands-free phone conversations, and Jensen includes an external microphone to ensure that you're heard clearly over the road noise. You'll also love the added convenience of streaming audio wirelessly from your compatible device.

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Play your iPod® and other digital media

Once you connect your iPod or iPhone® to the MP1524's front-panel USB input, you can take charge of finding the perfect song, artist, album, or playlist with the receiver's controls. But that's only the beginning of your music options. You can play CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 or WMA files, or plug in USB storage devices to the front-panel port. The SD card slot and auxiliary input on the front panel give you even more options.

Customize the look

You can also adjust the display illumination to match your vehicle's interior lighting with a choice of 30 preset colors and an adjustable setting with over 250 color choices. The 2-line display gives you plenty of system information at a glance, and Jensen includes a wireless remote control for your back seat drivers.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (13 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs, plus SD card slot
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 13 watts
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD card
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 12 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN 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)
    • 4 M5 x 5mm ISO-mount screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Hex nut
    • Lock-washer
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Backstrap
    • 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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524 also features a front-panel SD card slot hidden by a protective cover. 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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524'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 MP1524 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 MP1524 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (5/21/2013):

    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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524. 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 MP1524.

    Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Jensen MP1524 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 MP1524's LCD. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. You can store up to 10 speed dial numbers. You can also 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 front-panel controls. You can even dial from your phone and then transfer the call to the head unit.

    External Microphone: The MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    AM/FM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Jensen MP1524 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 w/ Preset Scan: 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.  In addition, the tuner features a Preset Scan function which allows you to preview your stored preset stations in the selected band.

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

    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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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 MP1524 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

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Jensen MP1524 features variable color button illumination. You can choose from one of 30 preset colors or customize your own color (RGB: 0-32) for nearly 36,000 color combinations.

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

    2-DIN Chassis: The MP1524 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Jensen MP1524 comes supplied with a 21-button IR remote control which provides wireless operation of the Jensen CD receiver.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Ease to program

    Written By John, Poughkeepsie NY on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    This radio is easy to use and program. Buttons are clearly visible. Love being able to my radio as my phone. Perfect all round radio. Install was easy with Crutchfield instructions.
    Pros:
    Love everything about my new radio
    Cons:
    No cons as yet
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    5 out of 5

    Double Din Delight

    Written By Duckydoc, Newport News, VA on Friday, January 31, 2014
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    I am very pleased with the quality and performance of the Jensen MP1524. I could not believe the overall price and ease of installation with the installation package theat Crutchfield sent to me at no extra charge.
    Pros:
    The installation package with instructions and hardware saved me both time and money. In Comparison with other retailers, this was a very pleasant and unique difference.
    Cons:
    I would have loved to have seen a product video of the radio installed and its operating features before I placed my order.
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    2 out of 5

    Has some issues.

    Written By JT, Bosque Farms, NM on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    I wanted to get a Bluetooth head unit that looked near stock and I found this Jensen. Upon opening the box, I was skeptical of the build quality. The cover doors for the USB and the Aux are not thought out and cheap (rattle on any surface of road).

    After install, the first thing I noticed was the display brightness didn't seem consistent. It's a dot matrix type of display and they had quite a variation in brightness of dots. The sound quality is pretty good at lower volumes but distorts quite a bit at higher volumes.

    The deciding factor for me was the clock for two reasons. First, it's not visible on the front panel without a display button push and it only stays on for a few seconds. Second, within two days of installing the head unit the click had lost 20 minutes of time.

    Another issue is the Bluetooth connectivity. It's ridiculous to think that every time your phone connects, the head unit source goes to BT audio. If you're listening to the tuner when you stop at a convenience store, why would Jensen insist that you listen to BT audio when you return to your vehicle? Very frustrating feature of this head unit.

    In the end I decided to remove this Jensen and return it to Crutchfield (whose customer service is second to none). I have installed a Kenwood DPX500BT and couldn't be happier. Thanks to Crutchfield, my change of heart was easily and painlessly resolved.
    Pros:
    Looks near stock Affordable Bluetooth head unit
    Cons:
    Cheap feel to front panel buttons and knobs Clock not visible and loses time Bluetooth connectivity is aggravating
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    4 out of 5

    Jenson MP1524

    Written By Kevin A, Vail, AZ on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    I was very impressed with the convenience of the installation. Some of the instructions were a little vague but overall, it was good. It would appear installation instructions were great for a single DIN, but that was not the case for a double DIN Ford. I am a first time costomer to Crutchfield and will certainly return. I would also recommend the Jenson to others that are looking for a good replacement for their OEM.
    Pros:
    Nice looking and easy to install.
    Cons:
    Nothing other than the clock, but I was already aware of this issue
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    2 out of 5

    Pretty disappointing

    Written By Jeremy, Syracuse, NY on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    I love that you can change the color of the buttons and it has great sound quality. That being said, everything else kind of sucks. -Clock isn't displayed when using the radio. (Aux is fine, haven't tried CD). -When in AUX and the clock IS displayed, on three separate days, the clock has changed itself by more than an hour and not by just an even hour- minutes too. One time I practically saw it happen. I looked down and it was like 5:40. Look back about 15 minutes later, it's 6:30ish. Look back 5 minutes later and it's 7:45. By the time I got home, it was the proper time again. -Within the first month of ownership, the bit of clear plastic that sits over the LCD display fell off and would never stick again. -Radio presets don't hardly ever go to the proper station on the first try. It will go to A preset, just not the one you pressed. I usually have to press the button two or three times to get to the actual station assigned to that preset.

    I think that's it. All in all, I'm super disappointed in this thing. The price and overall look and sound quality do NOT outweigh the annoyance factor of a randomly changing clock and intermittent radio presets.
    Pros:
    Volume defaults to a tolerable preset each time the unit is powered on. Buttons color can be changed. SD/AUX/CD/USB inputs. Great sound quality. Looks nice.
    Cons:
    Intermittently working buttons (they don't do nothing, they do random functions.). No clock display in radio mode. Plastic LCD cover fell off within a month. Clock randomly changes time.
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    5 out of 5

    Great System

    Written By Mark, Greenwood, IN on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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    Terrific system and reasonably priced. The BT makes it great for a teenager with hands free.
    Pros:
    Great sounding system for the price. Love the BT and the accessibility to phone. Microphone give a very good sounding call
    Cons:
    NONE
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    4 out of 5

    Good Value and Nice features

    Written By 2wheelsguy, OHIO on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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    Love the clean look and the many background light options. Great unit for quick replacement. Easy install and set-up. nothing really wrong with the unit, just quirky things like when BT audio or phone is used you can't pull up the clock also, the clock never stays correct! The buttons are kind of hard to get used to as well.
    Pros:
    Clean look, not Cheesy. BT audio is easy to set up and use.
    Cons:
    Sound is a bit quiet but good quality sound.
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    3 out of 5

    Jensen MP1524

    Written By TomW, Seneca, SC on Sunday, December 01, 2013
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    Easy and simple installation in a Tundra truck.
    Pros:
    Great basic radio & CD player with USB, Aux, SD card input and Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Small function buttons that that may be a problem later on. You can't change the brightness of the display. Stays in connect mode when it discovers a Bluetooth device and requires manual intervention return to CD, IPod or radio mode
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    2 out of 5

    Decent unit, but disappointed with some features.

    Written By Steve A, Sanger, ca on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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    I bought the MP1524 based on price, features and the Jensen brand name. Installation was a breeze and it fit perfectly in my Toyota Tundra. After using it for a few days, I noticed some things that were disappointing. On start-up, part of the display would be dim, but then would come to full brightness within 5 to 10 seconds. This happens whenever you change radio stations or change from radio to CD or IPod or clock. Even though the backlight has thousands of color combinations, you can't change the color or brightness of the display.

    The most annoying thing about the MP1524 has to do with the bluetooth. It has an automatic reconnect function so when you restart your car, the unit automatically pairs with your smartphone. While this function is handy, after you get reconnected, the radio, CD or IPod stops playing. You then have to manually select the radio, CD, etc. It's like having to turn on the radio and then selecting the CD function every time you start your car.

    When I called Crutchfield, they agreed that the LED and the bluetooth reconnect function, appeared to be problems. They immediately sent out a new unit. Unfortunately on the new unit, the LED problem was worse and bluetooth reconnect was the same. When I called Jensen/Audiovox and explained the problems, the technician basically said "that's the way this unit works". I am disappointed that Jensen would make a product with these obvious flaws.
    Pros:
    Easy installation, ability to play music through USB or bluetooth.
    Cons:
    Uneven display. Stays in audio mode when it discovers a Bluetooth device and does not return to CD, IPod or radio mode. Jensen's customer service technician was not very helpful.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Value Exceptional Customer Service

    Written By Mark D, Scottsdale AZ on Thursday, October 24, 2013
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    I installed this in a 2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan for my wife. The Bose CD player finally died. Having never done this before it took me about 4 hours. I ran into a snag about 1PM on a Sunday afternoon and found Eli at Crutchfield Tech Support instantly picking up the phone and solving my problem. Getting this kind of support on a Sunday afternoon is rare these days. Many thanks. My wife thinks I'm a genius!
    Pros:
    Great support and returns policy
    Cons:
    If you disconnect the battery on a G35 too many times like I did you will throw an error "Service Engine Soon" light on dash. Clear the code and drive it for a while and it will reset the ECU and light will go out.
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    4 out of 5

    jenson mp 1524

    Written By Anonymous, springfield illinois on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    excellant value for money, easy to install. only thing we dont like is once you connect your phone via bluetooth, everytime you turn off car it reconnects and doesnt take you back to your prior setting, ie if your listening to iPod and turn car off bluetooth connects and you have to scroll back to the ipod to listen to that again
    Pros:
    excellant value for money, easy to install.
    Cons:
    screen fades out once in a while, especially in direct sunlight. hard to see display in direct sun light too.
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointed, I wish I had bought something else...

    Written By M C, Greenbelt, MD on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    I bought this to replace the 2-DIN OEM radio in a Ford Expedition. It is cheap, so a good value, but has some quirks which would be very easy to fix, but make it an abject disappointment. Before buying, I downloaded and read the manual end to end, just to make sure that it would have all the functionality I wanted. The manual says "The unit will display radio station frequencies, current time, and PTY category selection (if any)." and also "Use the volume knob (21) to set clock to display when the unit is turned on or off."

    Be advised that YOU CAN NOT GET THIS THING TO SHOW THE CLOCK CONTINUOUSLY!.

    What good is a car radio that you have to reach over while driving and hit a tiny button just to see what time it is? If your dash has a separate clock, this won't be a problem. If you don't care about the time, this won't be a problem. For me it is a show stopper.

    It would have been such a simple thing to fix this. Maybe a software update, one line of code would fix it! I looked but there is no contact info for Jensen on the net.

    I chose this radio because I liked the display. The dot matrix font looked better than all the other modified 7-segment displays, and I wanted a radio with real hardware buttons and knobs - not a touch screen panel.

    The Bluetooth works fine with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Another easy software fix and ridiculous human interface choice is that on power-up it always goes to Bluetooth audio profile and you have to manually go back to FM mode. Why?
    Pros:
    Better dot matrix display font than other 2-DIN radios available on Crutchfield. Alphabet characters look like characters - not modified digits on a 7 segment display. Inexpensive Easy to install. Good install manual and kit by Crutchfield, thank you. Bluetooth phone interface audio well done, no echoes or feedback, mic is good. Good, solid hardware construction for the price. Nice volume knob, buttons OK (could have been slightly bigger)
    Cons:
    Can not get it to display the clock all the time (except in AUX IN mode)!!! Can not replace the stupid RDS info with clock. Receiver sensitivity is low - lost about 5 miles range on FM to WETA, WBJC, WAMU. Display becomes uneven and dim for about 5 seconds after changing mode, then recovers to full brightness. Does not stay in current audio mode when it discovers a Bluetooth device. No phone contact info for Jensen for feedback to them on these issues. No interface to steering whe
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    4 out of 5

    Nice one!

    Written By Frank, Broken Arrow, OK on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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    "Coolness" isn't a consideration - function is paramount, however. Could have been a bit more powerful as it doesn't sound as good as the deck it replaced - when the other one DID work. Has functions I'll probably not bother to use or set up - that is, if I get around to reading the directions - it was that simple to install.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By JC, Arecibo,Puerto Rico on Monday, September 02, 2013
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    Great unit was very easy to install.Perfect fit ,very fast shipping
    Pros:
    Easy to use ,great color selection ,perfect fit for my Forenza
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Install easy

    Written By MJ, NWI on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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    Simple easy install with supplied patch plug,decent sound,much improved functionality over stock radio
    Pros:
    Nice piece of equipment typical of Jensen
    Cons:
    Not fond of the bluetooth connection always requiring you to manually switch back to the prior function you were on when it connects.
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    4 out of 5

    Works great!

    Written By Anonymous, Denver on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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    Easy install with the supplied adapter harness. Good value for the money. Bluetooth functions quite well.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen MP1524

    Written By SMO, Eliot, Maine on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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    Installed this unit in a 1998 Ford F-350 Super Duty cab/motorhome. When the original unit was removed the height of the box of the new unit was slightly hight than the opening in the dash. Installation requires you to have to cut off about 3/16 inch of plastic lip along the bottom and top of the opening to make it large enough to fit the new unit. Its not difficult with a hacksaw blade or Dremel tool. The lip sits back deep in the dash opening and once you install the new unit with the proper dash mounting adapter (from Crutchfield) it all slides in very nicely and securely and the lip you had to trim off is not visible from the front of the unit. I hooked it up to the electrical coupling in the dash and it plays through all the speakers throughout the RV's entertainment speakers and sounds great. The Blue Tooth works great and there is an external speaker for the BlueTooth that plugs into the back of the unit and has a wire that allows you to run it out through the dash opening (or any other route you want to run it) to use to pick up speech when using the BlueTooth feature. The USB plug on the front works great with an iPod or iPhone but you need to have your own cable. Overall installation when very smooth and easily without any surprises and you get an awful lot of bang for the buck with this unit compared to the other more expensive units with the same features. I'd buy it again.
    Pros:
    A lot of product and features for the low price. Easy installation.
    Cons:
    If installing it in a Ford, it is likely to require you to have to trim the dash opening to make it a little larger. This will not be visible once you install the unit but the dash will then no longer be the right fit for the original unit if you ever have to put the original unit back in.
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    4 out of 5

    Works great but beeps

    Written By Iowa, North Liberty, IA on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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    Works well, but has two problems. First, it beeps pretty loudly every time you change a radio channel. Second, the LCD screen is not consistent. There are occasionally parts of numbers or letters that are lighter than the rest. But satisfied overall.
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen MP 1524

    Written By Mike, Western MA on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Easy to use. Installed in a work Van
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Fits nice in the dash with the kit provided.
    Cons:
    Should of bought a amp because the van is noisy and you really need to crank it up making it sound tinny. Otherwise it sounds great.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By Al, Belleville, IL on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Stereos sure have come a long way in just the last few years. This Jensen unit is a fantastic value and offers great features and sound quality for the price. I put this unit in a 2000 Ford Explorer and after modifying the dash this thing snapped right in.

    I didn't want to spend a bunch of $$ for a truck that has 245k miles but this Jensen product fits the bill in every aspect.
    Pros:
    Great performance for the price.
    Cons:
    The USB/SD slot covers rattle a bit per previous review.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy

    Written By RickM, Clearwater, FL on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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    Had a factory radio in a 08 Entourage with a non-working CD player, and long road trip upcoming. This unit seemed to fit the bill. Knew the install would be rough, but hoped YouTube and Crutchfield's harnesses and brackets would make it easier. I went slow, and the whole install of the unit was complete in about two hours. Yay!!
    Pros:
    Good Sound! Streaming BT audio. Phone calls thru BT. SD Card/USB/iPod all a plus. Heck even the CD player functions!! Cruchfield Install helps were awesome!
    Cons:
    Lettering is a bit small for the over-40 eyes. Manual could describe TA function better.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen MP1524

    Written By Ed, Hopewell, VA on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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    I am very satisfied with this product. It has met my expectations.
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    Cons:
    Somewhat difficult to install, but that is the fault of the car manufacturer!
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    3 out of 5

    Pass.

    Written By Brandon, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, July 01, 2013
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    The buttons rattle while you're driving. It beeps every time you push a button and there's no option to disable the beeps. Everything else is nice. The display color options are great. The reasons I bought it are: 1. It almost looks factory. 2. Bluetooth music streaming. The rattling noise is coming from the USB/AUX & SD card slot covers.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth music streaming. Button illumination color options.
    Cons:
    Rattles while you drive. Loud beep every time you push s button.
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    3 out of 5

    Good

    Written By DougJ, Caldwell,Id on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    I bought this because it was cheaper than buying an adapter for my iPhone for the factory stereo. It does everything they say it does, but the sound quality is just not good.
    Pros:
    Lots of listening options, Bluetooth, USB, ect
    Cons:
    Sound quality is poor at best.
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    5 out of 5

    A lot of features for a little cash!

    Written By Brak61, Knoxville TN on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    Awesome unit, sounds great in my Nissan truck! A definite upgrade from the factory CD/Radio combo. The boost in power drives the OEM speakers like never before. I'll update the speakers in a month or two even though it sounds great now. A breeze to install too, about an hour for me and I'm very average at being handy. Also, I was able to blend the controls color to match the rest of the dash lights perfectly, it looks "factory" but has a distinct "aftermarket" thump to it! This is some of the best value for my money I've ever gotten, I'm extremely happy with this unit!
    Pros:
    Great sound, price and it looks great, easy to install also!
    Cons:
    When the ignition is turned back on after a stop, it reconnects Bluetooth and has to have the mode switched to another media type to hear music. It's just the press of a button to switch but this is never mentioned in the Jensen manual.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen MP1524

    Written By john s, linden n.j. on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    very easy and fast to wire up and radio sounds and looks great...
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    1 question already asked

    How can I get display brighter and how do I get the clock to stay lit all the time? [ L  Mar 16, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You have to go to Clock or Display, then turn it ON. It will come on when the radio is off. It also comes on about 5 seconds after you tune the radio to a station. [ LAWRENCE   Mar 17, 2014 ]

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