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by Ken Nail
Jensen

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

You can still enjoy having a touchscreen DVD receiver in your single-sized dash opening with Jensen's VM9213. This receiver's bright 7" widescreen display folds out from its 2" tall face, so you can enjoy movies when the car's parked, along with a touchscreen interface when you're on the road.

CD, DVD, SD, and USB
Slide your favorite store-bought CDs and DVDs into the receiver — you can also play discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files for hours of music on the go. The USB input supports MP3 and WMA file playback from most flash memory devices, and the receiver even includes an adapter that lets you play an SD card through the USB input. Further your sound enjoyment by adjusting the audio with the three-band equalizer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the eight preset EQ curves.

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Easy video connections
The front-panel audio/video auxiliary input offers a convenient hookup for portable audio players, a camcorder, or another video source. Use the video output to send movies to rear video screen, or connect a rear-view camera to help maneuver your vehicle in tight spaces.

Convenient system building
If you're building a high-powered system, you'll enjoy the utility of front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs, with a sub level control to boot. Add Jensen's NAV-102 navigation module to enjoy maps and guidance on your screen.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD receiver with 7" fold-out touchscreen
    • internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits single-sized (2" tall) dash openings
    • plays CDs and DVDs (including MP3 and WMA files on disc)
    • remote control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Jensen navigation system
    • inputs: front panel A/V input, USB input, SD card to USB adapter, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 13 watts
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue/red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front AV
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    Mini ---
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Both
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with integrated motorized flip-out monitor
    • Sleeve
    • 2 Sleeve mounting brackets (installed on receiver with 4 small machine screws and 2 flat head ISO screws)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (has in-line noise filter and 15A fuse)
    • Bluetooth/Navigation harness
    • Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 battery
    • USB/SD-card reader
    • 39" AV minijack cable
    • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
    • 6.625" Mounting back strap
    • 2 Metal mounting brackets (for mounting head unit)
    • Rear support stud
    • Rubber bushing
    • 1 Large self-tapping screw
    • 2 Flat-head machine screws
    • 4 Large pan-head machine screws
    • 4 Small pan-head machine screws
    • Operation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Reference Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Online Product Registration card
    • "Victory Technologies Installation Excellence" card
    • Emusic.com offer
    • Jensen sticker
    • "STOP" note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Tuner
    DVD/CD Features
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control
     

    Display Features

    Motorized 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The VM9213 features a motorized 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle and anti-glare coating. The resolution of the display is 1440 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels. The screen has a 130° horizontal viewing angle (65° left or right), and a 105° vertical viewing angle (40° up and 65° down). The motorized monitor has a 30mSec rise time and a 50mSec fall time. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display automatically opens when the ignition switch is turned on and closes when the ignition switch is turned off.

    Monitor Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. The display tilts forward and backward to multiple tilt positions (12), and can be controlled by button on the top of the frame of the screen and rotary knob, or the supplied remote control.

    Aspect Ratio: You can choose from the following aspect ratio modes for the unit's motorized monitor:

    • Full: the entire screen is extended horizontally to the aspect ratio of 16:9
    • Normal: the conventional display image has a 4:3 aspect ratio of horizontal to vertical, leaving a blank area on the right and left sides of the display

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the picture's brightness and contrast between -10 and +10.

    PRK SW: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the supplied pink wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged in a preset sequence. The pink parking brake wire is used to connect to your parking brake light wire (video on the LCD monitor can only be displayed when this unit's pink PRK SW wire senses that the parking brake has been engaged in the vehicle).

    Secondary LCD Display: In addition to the 7" motorized flip-out monitor the Jensen VM9213 features a secondary 8-character/Segment type LCD display. This display can be used to during CD-audio, Aux-in or AM/FM playback and to select from the preset EQ settings. You will need to use the 7" LCD monitor display for menu functions and to view video.

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

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touch-panel controls the VM9213 also features hard-key controls on the front of the unit, such as Volume, Audio, Play and Display functions. One of the hard-keys is a 3-way rotary encoder audio control.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VM9213 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 VM9213 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)

    Audio Controls: Bass, Midbass and Treble presets are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following presets: Acoustic, Urban, Rave, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock or User. When in the User preset only, you can independently adjust the bass, midbass and treble settings between -14 and +14. The unit also features a Loudness function to enhance bass at low volumes.

    Source Level: You can increase the relative volume of the unit source inputs up to 6 decibels to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9213's Radio, Disc, USB, Auxiliary, Navigation (optional), or Bluetooth (optional).

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On or Off.

    5-Channel Audio Preamp Outputs: This unit has five audio preamp outputs on 6" pigtails attached to the rear chassis: front left and right, rear left and right, and mono-subwoofer. The Subwoofer level can be independently adjusted between -14 and 0. The subwoofer output's low-pass filter frequency can be set to 80, 100 or 120Hz.

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

    Heat Management: The unit has a heat management system which incorporates forced-air cooling to keep the chip-sets operating at nominal temperatures, for reliable operation and sound quality.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: 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. You can also automatically store the six strongest stations in your area inside the current selected band.

    Direct Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touch-screen panel or supplied wireless remote control. In addition, the tuner features an Preview Scan function which allows you to preview the available stations in your area.

    Local Tuning: 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.

    European Tuning: The tuner features selectable USA, Europe, Latin America, and Asia frequency spacing.

    DVD/CD Playback

    D/A Converter: The VM9213 is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog converter with a multi-bit Sigma-Delta modulator.

    Disc Compatibility: The VM9213 is compatible with the following discs:

    • DVD: DVD Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+RW DL
    • VCD: Video CD, Super Video CD
    • CD: Audio CD (CD-DA), CD-R, CD-RW
    • Compressed Files: MP3, WMA, JPEG, MPEG 1/2, XviD

    Note: 8 cm discs should not be used in this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9213 can play MP3/WMA files with ID3 Tag capability that have been recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. The recommended bit rate is 128 kbps and sample frequency of 48 kHz. Up to 1500 songs/files can be supported from a compatible disc.

    JPEG Playback: The unit supports playback of JPEG still images recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. You can view a thumbnail display of available images as well as rotate a selected image 360-degrees in 90-degree increments.

    DVD Touch-Screen Controls: While playing a DVD you can press the center-top portion of the screen to display the disc's playing information and press the bottom of the screen to display the on-screen control menu. The following are some of the playback controls that are displayed when the bottom of the screen is pressed while viewing a DVD disc.

    • Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions: 2x, 4x, 8x, and 20x.
    • Slow Motion: When playing a DVD, there are four slow motion speeds in both directions: 1/2x, 1/4x, 1/6x, and 1/7x.
    • Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title.
    • A-B Repeat: A-B Repeat allows you to repeat any portion of a DVD.

    Note: When playing a Video CD, the repeat function is not available. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file.

    Random Play: When playing a DVD, Video CD or audio CD, you can play the tracks/chapters in random order. The Random Play button is found on the remote control.

    Intro Scan: During CD-audio playback you can play the first 10 seconds of each track.

    Direct Chapter or Track Selection: During DVD, VCD and CD playback, you can use the numeric keypad on the remote control or on the touch-screen display to access a chapter or track directly.

    Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.

    Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Zoom: When playing DVDs and Video CDs, you can enlarge the picture using the zoom feature. You can choose one of four zoom settings.

    Parental Lock: The DVD system has a built-in Parental Lock feature to prevent unauthorized persons from viewing restricted disc content. By default, the rating system is unlocked. You can choose from 8 different levels of Parental Lock. Once setup, the parental lock is released only by entering the user 4-digit password.

    Mounting: The unit can be mounted as either an E, I, or J mount. For proper operation of the CD/DVD player, the chassis must be mounted with 20-degrees of horizontal.

    External Device Connection

    AV Input: The Jensen VM9213 features two audio/video inputs. The front-panel audio/video input consists of a 3.5mm A/V jack and comes supplied with a 39" AV minijack cable. The rear-panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and a composite video jack on a 6" pigtail.

    Video Out: This RCA composite video-output jack allows you add external monitors such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately).

    Rear View Camera Input: The VM9213 features a composite video input and a green/white wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera. If a rear-view video camera is connected, the unit is on, and the TFT monitor is retracted inside the unit, the TFT monitor automatically moves into the viewing position and Camera modes is selected upon shifting into Reverse gear. When shifting into Drive gear, the TFT monitor is retracted back inside the unit. If the monitor is already in a viewing position and in display mode, the monitor automatically switches to Camera mode upon shifting into Reverse. When the reverse driving stops, the monitor returns to its original input display mode. You can choose for the monitor to display a Mirror mode image or a Normal mode image from the rear-view camera.

    USB Port: The Jensen VM9213 features a front-panel USB type-A port for playback of MP3 (128kbps) and WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT32 on a connected USB mass storage device. Up to 1500 songs/files can be recognized from one USB mass storage device. The VM9213HD will also display ID3 tag information. In addition, the VM9213 is packaged with an SD-to-USB adaptor, which allows the MP3/WMA playback from SD-cards through the unit's USB port.

    Bluetooth Ready: The VM9213 supports Jensen's add-on Bluetooth interface (110BTM10, sold separately). The Jensen BTM10 is Bluetooth 2.0 compliant and supports the following Bluetooth profiles: HFP (Hands-free talking for safety and convenience from a Bluetooth enabled cell-phone) and A2DP/AVRCP (Wireless audio streaming and control from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone or portable digital audio device). The Jensen BTM10 features a 9.75' cable with a proprietary connector which plugs into the headunit's BT-Bus port.

    • Bluetooth Phone: The Jensen BTM10 (sold separately) allows for wireless communication between the headunit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The optional add-on Bluetooth interface features a built-in microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the VM9213's integrated monitor. The Jensen BTM10 features a single "Talk" button which allows you to answer and end incoming phone calls. All other functions, such as dialing out will be controlled from the headunit and its remote control. You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad, from your downloaded phonebook, or from a call history list (up to 10). The Jensen add-on Bluetooth interface features an attached visor-clip to mount the unit to your vehicle's sun-visor. The visor-clip can be removed and the BTM10 can be mounted to your dash using the supplied velcro strip.
    • Bluetooth Audio: The optional add-on Bluetooth interface allows you to play back audio files from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can also control the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VM9213.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with the BTM10 and the VM9213.

    Navigation Ready: The Jensen VM9213 is compatible with Jensen's add-on GPS navigation module (110NAV102, sold separately). The Jensen NAV102 comes supplied with a 2GB SD-card preloaded with the NavMate navigation engine and Tele Atlas map data. The map data covers the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. The optional add-on GPS navigation provides visual and audible navigation guidance.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The VM9213 also comes supplied with a 44-Key, full-function, infrared wireless remote control.

    Steering Wheel Remote Control Compatible: The Jensen VM9213 features a 3.5mm steering wheel remote control input for connecting the SWI-PS steering wheel remote interface. The optional SWI-PS interface (127SWIPS, sold separately) allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles with this Jensen head unit. In some GM vehicles, this adapter allows you to retain heater control buttons as well. The SWI-PS is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck

    Written By Anonymous, Sierra Vista, Arizona on Sunday, January 24, 2010
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    Got the Jensen a few days ago and very satisfied with the unit! It had all the features that
    I wanted and at a great price.....DVD capabilities, USB and A/V front input. When I
    shopped around I found that it was hard to match the price of this unit unless you
    perhaps go with a brand I had never heard of until then. I wasn't particularly fond of
    Jensen but I may have been converted. Only time will tell. I have not used to any large
    degree the USB input to see if any difficulites arise out of that feature. Picture quatlity of
    the 7" screen when playing a DVD is better than anticipated.
    With results thus far I would definitely recommend this unit. The only complaint I have so
    far is the on-screen menus are easy to understand and navigate, but they just don't look
    aesthetically pleasing. Meaning, I would like to see the menus mor 'tech' looking as it
    looks like '90's technology if that makes sense. But it was no surprise once installed as
    it pictures it in the sample photos.

    Thanks Crutchfield
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    2 out of 5

    Unit worked fine for 6 months...not so much anymore

    Written By Marcin, Boston, Ma on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
     
    I bought this unit in July 09. It seemed like a good deal and it had all the features I was looking for and then some. Installation was easy although I did have a faulty Data Bus Interface adapter which Crutchfield replaced without a problem. As stated, the radio worked fine for about 6 months but now it has started to give me all kinds of problems. The most annoying one is that speakers on the right side keep cutting out whenever I listed to the radio. This usually lasts anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. I initially thought that perhaps I had a problem with the speakers but this only occurs when listening to the radio. The sound is fine when playing DVDs, CDs or listening to MP3s from a USB memory stick. I have a feeling that the issue may be with the HD receiver but I have no way of verifying that without purchasing another unit.

    Another problem I have noticed is that the system crashes/locks up randomly when using a USB memory stick. I typically use several different memory sticks and this has happened with each of them at least once.

    Now that I have had the unit for some time there are some things I do not like about it. I do not like how loud the fan is or the fact that most configuration needs to be done with the LCD panel opened or using the remote (which I do not keep in my truck).

    If I had another chance to chose a new radio for my truck I probably would go with something other than this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Awsome Unit!!!!

    Written By Lucky, Jackson SC on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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    This is a top of the line unit and I love I could not ask for anything any better. You sould feel at ease with Jensen, there top notch!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Jesen 9213

    Written By reggie, warner robins, ga. on Monday, June 08, 2009
     
    Just picked up this radio Saturday. This is a great radio for the price. If you just want to look at dvd's and play music its fantastic and the USB port works extremely well
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