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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.

Get on the road with hands-free calling and more

Equip your car for audio/video enjoyment, hands-free calling, and wireless audio streaming. It's all packed into Jensen's VM9215BT, a versatile DVD receiver that'll fit right into your 2" tall dash opening. Its bright 7" display motors out when you fire up your system — it provides touchscreen control while you're driving, and lets you enjoy DVDs and other video when the car's parked. The receiver's built-in Bluetooth offers hands-free calling, plus an easy-to-use touchscreen interface for when you're making outgoing calls. And Bluetooth audio streaming lets you send music to the receiver from compatible devices.

Jensen VM9215BT

Music central

When you're ready for some tunes, you've got a lot more options than just CDs. You'll find two USB inputs — use one for MP3 and WMA file playback, and the other for controlling your iPod® or iPhone® from the receiver. iPhone options include control of Pandora® Internet radio from the receiver, too. Adjust the audio with the 3-band equalizer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the eight preset EQ curves.

Video in the car

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 can 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. You have the option of adding Jensen's NAV-104 navigation module to your system, which brings maps and guidance to your receiver's screen. And for even more music options, you can add on a SiriusXM tuner for unparalleled music, news, sports, and talk.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Jensen 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: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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 AM/FM tuner
  • internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
  • 7" motorized flip-out touchscreen and secondary display with 8-character LED readout
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Pandora control for iPhone
  • fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
  • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
  • wireless remote
Expandability:
  • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — Jensen jLinkUSB cable required for viewing video content
  • inputs: front A/V input, front and rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, mono sub), rear A/V output
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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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4 volts
Display Color
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Key Button Color
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Variable
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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Yes
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 (f)
USB Input
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Front/Rear
Memory Card Slot
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USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible
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Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready
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SiriusXM
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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Nanno7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano3/Nano2
Touch
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Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
Mini
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iPhone
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Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek/Scan
Radio Data System
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What's in the box?

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  • Multimedia receiver with motorized 7" monitor
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • NAV BUS/Microphone harness
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
  • Microphone (with attached 7.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Visor clip (installed on mic)
  • Self-adhesive mount
  • 39" AV minijack cable
  • Metal backstrap
  • Rear support stud
  • Rubber bushing
  • Self-tapping screw
  • 2 Flat-head machine screws
  • 4 Large pan-head machine screws
  • 4 Small pan-head machine screws
  • Operating Instructions
  • Installation Guide
  • "STOP" sheet
  • Limited Warranty information

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Touchscreen Display
Built-in Bluetooth
Disc Playback
USB/iPod Connectivity
AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
Audio Section
Audio/Video Connection
Remote Control

Touchscreen Display

Motorized 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The VM9215BT features a motorized-retractable 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD monitor 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.

Selectable Backgrounds: You can select from five background wallpapers (Black, Motor Sport, Space, Havoc, or Sheet Metal).

Picture Adjustments: You can adjust the picture's brightness & contrasts manually between -10 and +10.

Secondary LCD Display: In addition to the 7" motorized flip-out monitor the Jensen VM9215BT features a secondary 8-character/Segment type LCD display. This display can be used to during CD-audio, Aux-in, USB/iPod, 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 w/ Adjustable Illumination: In addition to the unit's LCD touchscreen controls, the VM9215BT 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. You can adjust the front-panel's button illumination between 8 Preset colors (White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, AquaBlue, SkyBlue); a Custom color (RGB colors), or set the unit to "Scan" (scrolls through preset color spectrum)

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

Parking Brake Detection: 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).

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Communication: The Jensen VM9215BT 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 VM9215BT. 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 VM9215BT.

Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Jensen VM9215BT 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 touchscreen. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the VM9215BT's integrated monitor. You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad or transfer a call from your phone. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call.

External Microphone: The VM9215BT 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. The visor-clip can be removed and the microphone an be mounted to your dash using the supplied self-adhesive bracket.

Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Jensen VM9215BT 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 the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VM9215BT. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

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 VM9215BT is compatible with the following discs:

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

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

MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9215BT 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.

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.

USB/iPod Connectivity

USB Port: The Jensen VM9215BT features a front-panel & 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 mass storage class device. The head unit also supports 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 VM9215BTHD will also display ID3 tag information. In addition, the VM9215BT's USB port (5V/500mA) will charge your connected USB device.

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 VM9215BT. 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/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. You can search your music and videos by Playlists and Categories. You can even select a track directly from the on-screen keypad. Your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel controls will be locked while connected to the head unit. 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 VM9215BT via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Jensen VM9215BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the Jensen jLINK-USB cable (sold separately). The Jensen VM9215BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or A-Z. You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The Jensen VM9215BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (10/10/2012):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
3 6.0 Y Y Y 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.

AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

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.

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.

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

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

SiriusXM Ready: The Jensen VM9215BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

  • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
  • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
  • Direct Channel input allows you to directly enter a station number using the remote control
  • Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, and Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display
  • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
  • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

Audio Section

D/A Converter: The VM9215BT 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 VM9215BT 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 VM9215BT 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)

4V/5Ch Preamp Outputs: The Jensen VM9215BT is equipped with five 4-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/mono-Sub). The front and rear channels are fading, while the subwoofer output is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter and separate level control.

Subwoofer Controls: The Jensen VM9215BT offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

  • Low Pass Crossover: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover for subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or off.
  • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (+/-14) from the DVD receiver.

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.

EQ: The VM9215BT features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Acoustic, Urban, Rave, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency/Level).

3-Band EQ
Frequency Level Q
Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -14 to +14 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -14 to +14 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 1.25
Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -14 to +14 Fixed

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 (+/-6dB) of the unit's source inputs to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9215BT's Radio, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, or AV input.

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.

Audio/Video Connection

Front-Panel AV Input: TheVM9215BT features a front-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player. There is also a rear-panel 3.5mm AV input that is shared with the unit's rear-panel USB port (labeled "iPod") used only to connect an iPod/iPhone via Jensen's jLink-USB cable (sold separately). See "USB/iPod Connectivity" section.

Video Out: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately). The video output will display whatever video signal that is being displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor.

Rear View Camera Input: The VM9215BT features a composite video input and a green/white wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera, such as the Jensen JCAM1 ( 110JCAM1, sold separately). 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 (takes approximately 10 seconds). 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 (takes approximately 2 seconds). 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 NAV104 (110NAV104, sold separately) is an add-on GPS Navigation module for the Jensen multimedia head unit. The NAV104 is driven by iGo Primo software featuring turn-by-turn audible/visual guidance with lane assist, 3D landmarks and building graphics, plus TeleAtlas US maps with over 11 million POIs (points of interest). The system also offers 19 on-screen display languages, and text-to-speech recorded voice guidance in English, French and Spanish.

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The Jensen VM9215BT comes supplied with a 44-button IR remote control which provides wireless operation of the Jensen multimedia receiver.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

 
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Written By PhatMatt, Harker Heights, TX on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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I bought this stereo in September 2012, installed it a month later, and Oct 2013, it stopped working. Can't play music with my iPhone (through any connection) and Bluetooth doesn't connect. I've tried with several friends' phones and through all connections, nothing. From the get-go, the touch display lagged. Even the volume knob was slow! Turning it up or down, there was a lag between the knob and the radio's software actually doing it. Very disappointed but I was gonna live with it, but can't now because it quit working. The only thing that does work is the radio. Nothing else. The sound was always good, and still is listening to the radio. I will never buy a Jensen again with my experience with this one which was a waste of money. During phone calls, the other party could barely hear me unless I put the included mic up to my mouth. The interface menus are not user or driver friendly either which makes it dangerous. When searching through the music, if you don't select something within about 10 seconds because you have to keep your attention on the roadway, the menu automatically goes to the top making you have to scroll down again and keep your attention on the radio. And it doesn't help the interface is slow as well. Good thing this stereo is discontinued. I'm very disappointed in this purchase.
Pros:
Sound quality
Cons:
Software interface and internal hardware which stopped working less than a year after installing it.
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3 out of 5

Doesn't Pair With My Phone

Written By Warcat59, Texas on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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This receiver pumps out some serious sound, with 40 watts/channel. With all of the wallpapers and lighting color schemes, you should be able find something that really enhances the look of your vehicle. All of the features work exceptionally well, except for the Bluetooth. I especially like being able to plug in my iPod Touch and using the big screen to select my playlists, etc. As for getting the unit to pair with your phone, it's pretty much a crap shoot. I have an LG Intuition and I could not get it to pair with the receiver. It's unfortunate as this is the main feature I wanted to use. My LG pairs well with other devices. We even use it at the office as it is the only device that will pair with our Bluetooth credit card reader and printer. I was really surprised and dismayed that the unit would not pair with this phone, but it's been my experience that Bluetooth technology is a bit twitchy anyway.
Pros:
Great sound, clean, unobtrusive look when screen is stowed away, good graphics, plenty of options for expansion and customization.
Cons:
Difficult to impossible to perform Bluetooth pairing with phone.
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5 out of 5

Awesome :)

Written By Oscar B Johnson, Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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I love this DVD receiver looks a lot better than the old one that was on my car. Also I always recommend crutchfield to people because you guys have great deals. Thank you
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I have the option control my sound in my car.
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5 out of 5

Great Purchase!

Written By swmiller2, Sykesville, MD on Friday, June 21, 2013
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I wanted a new head unit with Blue Tooth capabilities to replace my OEM stereo in my 99 Tahoe. After shopping around I decided I wanted the Sirius XM as well. I got way more than I bargained for when I decided to buy this one. This system does way more than I thought I would ever need. Anything I can do from my iPhone I can push through the stereo ex. (Audible books app, Pandora app, and the list goes on.)
Pros:
Large motorized screen, Blue Tooth, Custom color changing back light. Built in filter controls for bass, mid and treble, backup camera, DVD and video out supported.
Cons:
A lot of wires to cram back into dash. I have not found any other Cons as of yet!
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5 out of 5

Jensen VM9215BT

Written By Anonymous, Gonzales, LA on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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This unit is one that I was kinda of worrie me. But when I got it hook up and the sound and quality it pur out I was pleased
Pros:
Big screen and easy to used
Cons:
It block my a/c vents. Would have been nice to read that some where.
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1 out of 5

2008 Silverado incompatible

Written By Rick, UP of Michigan on Thursday, June 13, 2013
 
this radio doesn't work in 2008 Silverado. The only available harness requires a manual programming for Jensen radios and still didn't work. The installation was attempted by a certified installer.
Cons:
not compatible with a 2008 silverado
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Anonymous, O Kean, AR on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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It's really cool and great
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3 out of 5

Not Worth the money compared to Other Radios

Written By Patrick G, Mineral Ridge, OH on Monday, May 06, 2013
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I bought this radio for my daughter for her 18th birthday. I thought is would be cool to have a radio that came out and popped up. She thought it was cool also. First problem with this radio on a Scion xB is that it partially blocks some of the guages. The radio and all of the features work well, except for the Bluetooth. It seems to be an older Bluetooth because it doesn't show the song info on-screen when playing in Bluetooth. If you notice in the pictures for the ad, they only show you the phone dialer keypad and not any of the Bluetooth screens. That should have been my first clue not to get this radio. The song info does show up when connected via the USB cable(extra $), but I didn't want my daughter having to fumble to plug in her phone while driving. It also is not able to connect to the Steering Wheel controls on her car.
Pros:
It is pretty cool to have a screen come out and 'POP UP'. When the screen is down and in, it looks like a cheapy radio which would be good for anti theft. The sound is good and setup was easy.
Cons:
Songs are not displayed on screen in Bluetooth mode. Unable to connect to steering wheel controls. Other radios that are the same or close to the same cost as this one have more/updated features.
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4 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Nick G, Indianapolis, In on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Easy to ibstall and use. Everything I expected from a mid priced indash dvd player.
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2 out of 5

I would pick something else...

Written By Arthur, Louisville, KY on Saturday, April 13, 2013
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I bought this to replace the stock radio. The list of features on this radio impressed me, but -- after installing it and using it for a couple months I am a little disappointed. The features work but the user interface is very limited and clunky. The touch positions on the screen seem a little off at time. The screen has 'stuck' partially open a couple times. The screen seems to have a mind of its own when choosing to open or stay closed when I start the car. I have connected a backup camera and it has worked without problem (probably the only feature I have not had a problem with). One of the features I really miss from the factory radio is the 'speed volume'. Other than this, the sound quality is good. All in all, I expected more quality and stability for this price.
Pros:
Bluetooth, USB, backup camera connection, remote control.
Cons:
he touch screen interface is pretty slow and clunky. Software quality is low.
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4 out of 5

Great

Written By MongoMike, WA on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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Impressed with this radio. Installation was a snap and works great. I was expecting a lot more lag and slowness like my last Jensen but this unit has none of that.
Pros:
Sounds good, lots of features, can change the backlight color to match interior.
Cons:
Would like a little more info displayed when the screen is closed
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4 out of 5

Jensen VM9215BT

Written By Anonymous, fl,pensacola on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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Great buy easy to install, .Sound is amazing .
Pros:
Sound is amazing and picture is very clear.
Cons:
but the tilt is sensitive has play when touching the screen
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5 out of 5

Jensen VM9215bt

Written By Nelson, Florida on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Great unit,easy to install with the harness,and a lot of features for the units size.
Cons:
Face isn't detacheable
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3 out of 5

jensen vm9215bt

Written By Jeff S, Brooklyn, NY on Monday, December 17, 2012
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Crutchfield was great. Gave me everything i needed.
Pros:
Touch screen.
Cons:
Does not accept USB sources, ANY. Only I phone
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3 out of 5

So-So

Written By Ryan, Bristow, VA on Monday, December 17, 2012
 
I bought this for my wife's minivan. We were excited about the features this product offered, but -- having owned Jensen products in the past -- I was skeptical about the build quality and sturdiness of the unit. I pretty much got what I expected for the price. All of the promised features "work", but they are a little clunky and unrefined.
Pros:
Bluetooth, USB, iPhone/iPod integration choices.
Cons:
The user interface (UI) is pretty slow and clunky. The UI is slow to respond to commands like starting videos from USB. Support for saved video formats/codecs/parameters is limited. (It took me several attempts to encode AVI videos so the unit would consistently play them.) Some features, like fading the audio to the back seats take several button pushes to get to the right interface screen. This screen is not available from every source (e.g. playing USB videos), which is annoying.
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4 out of 5

Great unit

Written By Cope, Boston MA on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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I'm really happy with this unit. So far the only issue I had was that the mic for phone calls that came with the car was DOA, but Crutchfield is shipping out a replacement. I purchased this unit because of tech. Higher end units did not include AD2P for wireless bluetooth streaming that this unit has included. One issue I do have with AD2P is that with my iPhone I'm not getting any sort of meta tags about what song is playing but from what I hear this is a common issue due to the IOS6 upgrade. Hopefully Jensen provides an update to address this issue. What I love about this unit is the touch screen and its multiple options such as backup camera support. I also really enjoy the pandora app built in - when connected to the USB cable all the song meta data and album art is displayed - you also get the same when playing off of the iPod. Sound quality is good.
Pros:
AD2P bluetooth streaming Excellent iPod integration Pandora support Good sound Backup camera capable GPS capable Sound quality
Cons:
Bluetooth meta tages in IOS 6 not supported
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4 out of 5

Works Pretty Good

Written By Chad, Glendale, AZ on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Was a little intimidated when I started this, I have never put a head unit in a car and had never wired anything prior to this. I did have to purchase some additional tools, a crimping tool/wire cutter/strippers and some crimping caps. Wiring it was pretty easy once I matched everything up. Was amazed at how many extra and accessory wires there were. Wiring the parking brake was the most difficult. I had to remove the center console in my 03 Matrix, it was four bolts and a lighter socket plug. Then just wired the brake cable from the stereo into the brake cable itself. Got the head unit in and it looks and sounds great. I am impressed with how well the blutooth sound comes through and the hands free calling is great.
Pros:
Sound quality is great for everything including blutooth for phone calls.
Cons:
On screen menus are a little difficult to navigate, but I also haven't read the entire users manual.
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4 out of 5

Pretty Good, but a few small issues

Written By JTKerch79, Austin, TX on Monday, September 17, 2012
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All in all, a good product, but a few issues:

1) It's just a tad slow in response when dealing with an iPod or iPhone. You hit a selection and you have to wait a second before it takes the input. This takes some getting used to, as you will think it didn't take the input. This is much less of a problem when hitting "track forward/backward" or "play/pause". Those respond essentially immediately. But everything else is a little slow.
2) There's no search feature (at least that I've found so far). The aforementioned slowness makes this a real issue. If you're like me, and have well over 5000 songs available on the iPhone, you either need to settle for not hearing the exact song you wanted (unless it or the artist starts with an "A", because otherwise you have to scroll through the names alphabetically, and it's not a real scroll, but hit the down arrow and the next set of 8 or so names pop up.
3) With the screen out there's a significant electromagnetic field around it (I haven't tested with the screen closed). It doesn't create noise in the audio but it does interefere with an iphone's ability to receive GPS signals. If my iPhone 4S is within about 5-6 inches of the unit, maybe a little more, m position in GPS gets shifted about 200-300 feet off of the actual position. I had it setup to float in it's holder right by the screen, but have had to move it to the other side of the steering wheel. The special cord's not long enough, so using a different cord, and no video
Pros:
Decent appearance, good sound, Pandora functionality, bluetooth works well, and doesn't try to assume that you want to use bluetooth audio when you have a plugged in iPhone.
Cons:
Slow communication with iPhone 4S, interferes with iPhone GPS, no clear search feature for iPhone/iPod.
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3 out of 5

Much Better than stock

Written By Birdman, Greenwood, SC on Sunday, September 16, 2012
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Not a bad product but has several annoying issues that I am not sure why they don'f fix them. First off, there is no dimming control to dim the screen based you the dimmer adjustment in the vehicle. You have to manually go into settings and change brightness and contrast. Even at that it is still too bright at night. That being said it brings me to this issue. Anytime you press source to go to settings, all of the music features stop except for the radio. The radio will continue to play while you are in the source/settings screen. Third thing is the volume control. The last radio I had the volume was independent on each source. If I have the volume at 20 on the radio and then switch to CD the volume would be where I left it last time I played a CD. The volume control on this one is system wide. Don't forget to turn it way back down when you change from BT phone back to a music source. I understand that this is a low end DVD player but these would be so easy to remedy with software.

Had I known about these issues, I would have looked further and purchased another unit.
Pros:
Great price, easy setup, and of course the cool factor.
Cons:
Volume is system wide, not source dependent Can't listen to music while in setup screen No way to dim from vehicle, only on setup screen and still too bright at night.
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5 out of 5

love it!

Written By eric s, easley,sc. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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im just gonna say this is a great unit i had ordered. i ordered the dual xdvd3101x and the touch of it was just slow responsive. i had to touch it with the corner of my finger nail. so i sent it back to crutchfield and got this unit the vm9215bt. i must say it's awesome. i had a old jensen dvd unit in my civic couple of years back and i loved it. you will like this unit if you get it. it's good for the price, plus the add on's you can get later or now if you want too. the blue tooth part of it worked. i had to read the manual in order for it to work. but i got it paired up with my phone and started dailing. i am going to continue ordering the add on stuff for this and im one happy costumer.
Pros:
everything
Cons:
nothing.
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