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by Ken Nail
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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.

Equip your car for audio/video enjoyment with Jensen's VM9214 DVD receiver. The bright 7" display provides touchscreen control while you're driving, and lets you enjoy DVDs and other video when the car's parked.

Versatile music machine
When you're ready for some tunes, you can play your favorite store-bought CDs or the recordable discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You'll find two USB inputs for MP3 and WMA file playback, plus you can plug your iPod® into one of the USB inputs and control it with the touchscreen. Adjust the audio with the 3-band equalizer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the eight preset EQ curves.

Video center
The front-panel audio/video input provides a convenient connection for your portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. With Jensen's optional jLinkUSB cable, you can even watch video from your iPod. The receiver boasts a video output to send movies to rear video screen, and you'll also find an input for a rear-view camera — perfect for when you're maneuvering your vehicle in tight spaces.

Options for navigation and more
If you're building a high-powered system, you'll enjoy the utility of front, rear, and mono subwoofer preamp outputs. Jensen's NAV-102 navigation module brings maps and guidance to your receiver's screen, and you can add Jensen's Bluetooth™ module for hands-free calling.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

  • in-dash DVD receiver with 7" motorized flip-out touchscreen
  • internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
  • fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
  • plays CDs and DVDs (including MP3 and WMA files on disc)
Expandability:
  • iPod audio control built-in, iPod video requires optional jLinkUSB cable
  • compatible with Jensen navigation system, Bluetooth module
  • inputs: front A/V input, front and rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and mono subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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Yes
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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5-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
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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3
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Adapter required
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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3.5mm AV
USB Input
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Front/Rear
Memory Card Slot
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USB
Bluetooth Compatible
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Optional
Satellite Radio Ready
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No
HD Radio
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No
Navigation
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Optional
iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Classic/5Gen
Nano
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Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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iPhone
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Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3G/Phone
Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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What's in the box?

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  • Multimedia receiver with integrated motorized retractable monitor
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • 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
  • 39" AV minijack cable
  • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
  • 6.625" Mounting back strap
  • 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 Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (French/ Spanish)
  • Installation Guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • InstallerNet InstallCard
  • "STOP" note
  • Emusic.com offer
  • Jensen Logo sticker

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Display Features
Audio Section
AM/FM Radio
Disc Playback
USB/iPod Connectivity
Bluetooth/Remote Control
Audio/Video Connection

Display Features

Motorized 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The VM9214 features a motorized-retractable 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 1440 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.

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 the button on the top of the frame of the screen and rotary knob.

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

Dimmer: You can adjust the picture's brightness manually between -10 and +10. You can set the head unit's display to automatically dim at dusk, based on the unit's clock setting.

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. 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 VM9214 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.

Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touch-panel controls the VM9214 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.

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

Anti-Theft Feature: The VM9214 is equipped with an anti-theft feature requiring you to enter a 6-digit password upon initial power-on.

Audio Section

D/A Converter: The VM9214 is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog converter with a multi-bit Sigma-Delta modulator.

CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VM9214 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 VM9214 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)

5-Channel Audio Preamp Outputs: This unit has five audio preamp outputs (stereo Front, stereo Rear, and mono Sub). In addition, the subwoofer preamp output has an adjustable low pass crossover (80/120/160Hz), and level adjustment (-14 to 0). An RCA "Y" adapter may be needed for the mono subwoofer output if your subwoofer amp has stereo inputs.

Start 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 every time you power up the radio.

Preset EQ: Preset EQ curves 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.

3-Band EQ: In the User EQ mode, you are able to manually adjust the level of the head unit's Bass, Midrange, and Treble (+/-14).

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

DRC: 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 Auto or On.

Source Level: You can increase the relative volume (0-6dB) of the unit's source inputs to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9214's Radio, Disc, USB, iPod, Auxiliary, Navigation (optional), or Bluetooth (optional).

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

AM/FM Tuner: The head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, preset, and direct tuning.

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.

Preset Scan: In addition, the tuner features a Preset Scan function which allows you to preview your stored preset stations in the selected band.

Direct Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touch-screen panel.

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.

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

Disc Playback

Disc Slot: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, so you don't have to wait for the unit's monitor to retract.

Disc Compatibility: The VM9214 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, AVI

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

MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9214 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. This unit will only recognize 3 folder levels.

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 screen to access disc information and playback functions. 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 16x.
  • Slow Motion: Plays the current title in slow motion.
  • 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.

Direct Search: During DVD, VCD, or CD playback you can use the numeric keypad on the touch-screen display to access a chapter/track directly.

Random Play: When playing a CD disc, you can play the tracks or files in random order.

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

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.

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

Mounting: For proper operation of the CD/DVD player, the chassis must be mounted with 30-degrees of horizontal.

USB/iPod Connectivity

USB Port: The Jensen VM9214 features a front- and rear-panel USB type-A port for playback of MP3 (128kbps) and WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded in FAT16 or FAT32 on a connected USB flash memory device, as well as USB portable hard-drives formatted to FAT32. The head unit also support JPEG still image playback via USB. Up to 1500 songs/files can be recognized from one USB mass storage device (it will only recognize 3 folder levels). The VM9214HD will also display ID3 tag information.

iPod Control: The optional jLink-USB cable (110JLINUSB, sold separately) allows you to connect select iPods and iPhones to this unit through the head unit's front- or rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm AV input. Once an iPod/iPhone is connected, you can playback audio/video content from your iPod/iPhone on the VM9214. The Jensen head unit will also display text information such as song, track or artist name from your connected iPod. You can directly control audio/video functions of your iPod from the head unit's touchscreen. During audio/video playback of your iPod/iPhone, the touch-screen or click-wheel controls will be locked. Your iPod/iPhone is also charged when it is connected to the head unit. If you only require iPod/iPhone audio playback, you can simply connect your iPod/iPhone to the VM9214 via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The Jensen VM9214 and optional jLink-USB cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y 3.5mm Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y 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 Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y

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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

iPod/iPhone Photo Playback: Your iPod's clickwheel or touchscreen is locked during music and video playback. However, to view photos, you will need to use your iPod's clickwheel or touchscreen to control playback.

iPod Video Playback: The VM9214 does not support video playback from the iPod video (5th gen) when used with the jLink-USB cable. Instead the head unit requires an AV minijack connection for video playback of your iPod video (5th gen), which offers no information display, control, or charging.

Bluetooth/Remote Control

Bluetooth Ready: The VM9214 supports Jensen's add-on Bluetooth interface (110BTM15, sold separately). The Jensen BTM15 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 BTM15 features a 9.75' cable terminated by a proprietary connector and 3.5mm connector which plugs into the head unit's BT-Bus port and microphone input (if equipped).

  • Bluetooth Phone: The Jensen BTM15 (sold separately) allows for wireless communication between the head unit 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 VM9214's integrated monitor. The Jensen BTM15 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 head unit. 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 BTM15 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 VM9214.

Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with the BTM15 and the VM9214.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Audio/Video Connection

Video Out: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately).

Audio/Video Inputs: TheVM9214 features a front- and rear-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player.

Rear View Camera Input: The VM9214 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.

Navigation Ready: The Jensen VM9214 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.

 
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1 out of 5

touchscreen stopped after 3 years

Written By JT, BR, LA on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
 
I purchased my Jensen from Crutchfield. Touchscreen stopped working after 3 years, with very little screen use. I mainly have it as a back up camera display and only sometimes use it for FM radio or CD. The display looks good and everything else works fine, but with no response from the touchscreen the whole system is useless! We were very happy with our VM9312 product until the screen stopped responding even though the display looks fine. Maybe Jensen has a better screen on the newer model, but you are taking a chance.
Pros:
All features as described. Sound was good.
Cons:
Menus are a little slow to respond. Touchscreen displays but fails to respond after 3 years of very light use.
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5 out of 5

Jensen VM9214

Written By Anonymous, chicago il on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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I love it! Its so awesome.
1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

pretty good for the price

Written By KerryG, portsmouth,va on Sunday, March 04, 2012
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This DVD player is great if you want a dvd player without paying a high price this is the one for you, its easy to operate my kids usually operate it while I am driving. My ipod is located in the glove box so their are no wires hanging everywhere but if you use your ipod or iphone and you want to play video's GET THE JENSEN JLINK CABLE, VIDEO'S CANNOT PLAY WITHOUT IT!!!! I made that mistake thinking that I just needed my iphone cord but no just get the cable
Pros:
Ease of use and quality
Cons:
nothing
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3 out of 5

Worked good, for 8 months.

Written By Anonymous, Aztec, NM on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
 
After 8 months of ownership my touchscrren began acting up; not working, mis reading my touch, etc. Sent in to fix because it was under factory warranty. A month later I got it back, however it was NOT fixed.... Disappointed in Jensen.
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5 out of 5

good upgrade!

Written By Wess, Montana on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Great product and upgrade for older vehicles that need upgrades. Our family really enjoys this stereo! Sound is phenomenal with stock and aftermarket speakers. No complaints here.
Pros:
All features work good and are easy to navigate through.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Love this product so far

Written By Jhereg, Acworth, GA on Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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So far, I love this unit. It took me all of about 15 minutes to install and has a great sound/picture. The MP3 navigation is not quite what I had hoped for, but I may not be completely used to it yet. It is not bad though.
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4 out of 5

So easy a girl did it

Written By Ga Peach, Peach, GA on Friday, July 15, 2011
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I love this system it has everything I needed. My friends and family were so impressed that I installed this system myself. I did get a little re assurance from the guys at crutchfiled tech support to go over everything I did to install this system. They were great! They reassured me that the installation was correct and I confirmed it with the system playing correctly. I previously bought another system from another dealer and had them install it but the thing kept blowing a fuse. So I decided to do this one myself. I had to add a antenna adapter to hear the radio stations, once I did that.... Wha la... presto , I can hear the radio loud and clear. I am so happy!. The reason I gave it a 4 was because.... the sound qualilty with the radio is a little subpar ( my husband said maybe I should add new speakers) but with the use of a cd, dvd, or usb the sound quality is great, I love it! I loved it so much I next installed 2 headrest dvd players for the kids in the back! They love them!.. I would recommend this system to anyone!
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5 out of 5

Jensen VM9214

Written By scott, poland,ME on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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great radio i love it sounds great looks great easy to use and set up all around great buy
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4 out of 5

Jensen VM9214

Written By James, Emporium,Pa on Monday, May 30, 2011
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I love this unit. The sound is great. It picks up most radio stations in our area and I live in an isolated area. The video is very clear and it seems like you are in the theatre. The rear camera is a little slow coming on but it actually helps, makes me think a little before backing up and it also has a pretty good picture at night. Bluetooth works great and was easy to sync with my Droiud 2. Doesn't store your phone book permanently though. I didn't get the nav, but think it would be cool to have.. Overall this unit is awesome.
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5 out of 5

fantastic

Written By justin, albany ga on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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this is a great product....the best for the price on the market
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4 out of 5

Jensen VM9214

Written By Zbunch, Prescott, AZ on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
 
I have had this receiver for just over two months now and feel now I can post a fair review.

Pros:
Awesome volume, this unit is LOUD and yet still clear. Good touch screen, fairly easy to navigate, folds and unfolds quickly, and the display is easy to read/see (bright enough to see in direct sunlight).
I am very pleased with the performance of the unit so far, even the radio reception is better than I expected.

Cons:
Touch screen can be inaccurate at times. The scroll for the song list is very close to the song list and it frequently selects a song to play rather than scrolling. (I found it easier to use the secondary scroll buttons on the other side to avoid this). Second, I have two USB drives for each of the USB inputs and even though they are formatted to the recommended format (FAT32) the unit sometimes will not recognize them, and display "USB not supported". BUT turning off and restarting the unit with fix the problem and it will play normally. Also, there is no "play all" option for the USB drives or any multi folder mp3 or DVD disc. Not a huge issue but a feature I would like to have. And the last problem I have had so far is the cooling fan for the unit (which is always on), is quite noisy when the unit is cold.

The "cons" list looks bad, but this really is a good unit. It does what it's supposed to do.

I am very happy with my choice and I'm sure I will enjoy it for years to come... but I probably would not buy it again.
21 out of 22 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Jensen VM9214

Written By RobQ, New Hampshire on Monday, October 04, 2010
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Great in dash reciever. 2nd jensen product first one lasted 7 years. Hope for many more
years of entertainment from this one. Easy to install. Great sound quality.
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