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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.

Equip your car for audio/video enjoyment and hands-free calling with Jensen's VM9224BT DVD receiver. The bright 6.2" widescreen LCD screen provides touchscreen control and displays system info when you're on the road, and you can also view movies and video on the screen when the car's parked.

Built-in Bluetooth® — more than hands-free calling
This Jensen offers some cool features for use with your phone. Your phone book info is stored in the receiver, so you'll see phone numbers or the names of contacts on the screen when someone's calling you. Just touch the screen to answer your call or look up a number. The VM9224BT also supports audio streaming, so you can stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth-equipped music players or mobile devices.

Media options galore
Once you've plugged your iPod® or iPhone® into the front or rear USB input, you can use the touchscreen to control your playlists. You can also watch video from your iPod with the included cable. You'll find an SD® card slot along with the USB input, so you can load music, video, or picture files onto memory cards or USB devices for playback. You can also play your favorite store-bought CDs and DVDs, even discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. 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.

Create an audio/video system
Use the convenient front-panel audio/video auxiliary input to hook up your favorite portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. 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. You can add Jensen's NAV-102 navigation module to enjoy maps and guidance on your screen.

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 Jensen stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Jensen, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, SD card, and USB memory devices (see Hands-on Research for full capabilities)
    • 3-band EQ with eight preset tone curves
    • loudness
    Expandability:
    • iPod audio control built-in, iPod video cable included
    • compatible with Jensen NAV-102 navigation module
    • inputs: front and rear A/V inputs, SD card slot, front and rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and mono sub)
    Other information:
     

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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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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    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, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
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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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    • Multimedia receiver with integrated monitor (with inserted 15A fuse and 2 transport screws installed)
    • Sleeve
    • 2 Mounting brackets
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Steering-wheel control/camera harness
    • 44" iPod connecting cable (with a Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector/3.5mm AV connector on other end)
    • Bluetooth/Navigation harness
    • Preamp/USB harness
    • Microphone with attached 8' cable (visor + self-adhesive bracket)
    • 5' AV minijack cable
    • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
    • Metal backstrap
    • Rear support stud
    • Rubber bushing
    • Large self-tapping screw
    • Hex-head screw
    • 4 Flat-head iso-mount machine screws
    • 4 Pan-head iso-mount machine screws
    • 4 Sleeve-mount machine screws
    • Operating Instructions (Eng)
    • Installation Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty sheet
    • "STOP" note

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Radio
    Disc/SD-card Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Steering Wheel Remote Control
    Audio/Video Connection

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Jensen VM9224BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.2" Touchscreen Display: The Jensen VM9224BT features a fixed 6.2" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 800x3 (H) x 234 (V) with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    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.

    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).

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touch-panel controls, the VM9224BT also features hard-key controls on the left edge of the screen. The unit offers a rotary volume control, source button, NAV button, and eject button.

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

    Anti-Theft Feature: The VM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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).

    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 VM9424's Radio, Disc, USB, SD, 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/SD-card Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The VM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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.

    SD Card Slot: The Jensen VM9224BT is equipped with a front-panel SD-card slot. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded on SD/SDHC memory cards up to 8GB. It will also playback JPEG still images stored on an SD/SDHC card. Up to 1500 songs/files can be supported from a compatible disc. This unit will only recognize 3 folder levels.

    Note: SD/SDHC-memory cards larger than 8GB are not supported.

    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 VM9224BT 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 VM9224BTHD will also display ID3 tag information.

    iPod Control: The included jLink-USB cable 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 VM9224BT. 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 VM9224BT via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The Jensen VM9224BT and jLink-USB cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/2/2012):

    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
    4S 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 VM9224BT 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Communication: The Jensen VM9224BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety.

    Bluetooth Technology: 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 VM9224BT.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible.

    Hands Free Profile (HFP/PBAP): The Jensen VM9224BT allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The VM9224BT includes an external microphone and lets you dial out, and answer incoming calls.

    • External Microphone: The VM9224BT 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.
    • Answering Calls: You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's touchscreen. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the VM9224's integrated monitor.
    • Dialing Calls: You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad, from your downloaded phonebook, or from a call history list (up to 10).

    Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Jensen VM9224BT also allows you to play back audio files 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 VM9224BT.

    Steering Wheel Remote Control

    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-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, 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: TheVM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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 VM9224BT 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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    5 out of 5

    It is included

    Written By Whoaaaski, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
     
    well I just got it yesterday night.... After going through the box to make sure everything was in there behold what was found the infamous "Jensen jLinkUSB" cable that crutchfield product spec' say's is not in there SMH!! haha so if anyone else buy this unite know that you do not have to buy the Jensen jLinkUSB cable like I did save yourself the $34 bucks or use it towards the steering wheel control adaptor which I'm sure you will need as I do..... after I install this unite this weekend I will return and give an actual review I just thought I would shear this info to anyone wanting to buy this unite and wants the iPhone/iPod interface this unite has!!
    Pros:
    It actually comes with everything but the Navi... I am happy I bought from Crutichfield... Fast and Friendly...
    Cons:
    The unite spec' needed a review it's self haha because it says the jLink able is needed but it actual is incouleded..... Just to make sure I wasn't seeing things wrong I rechecked and it states that the jLinkUSB is optional if you want iPhone/iPod control but you will receive it in the box.... So if you guys at Curtchfield please review the product and change that opational to included thanks...
    Crutchfield response on Thursday, June 14, 2012
    Based on this feedback we checked the inventory and confirmed the cable is now included. We have updated our product informaiton.
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    5 out of 5

    Loved this unit!

    Written By Throttles, Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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    Great unit. Easy to install. I wish it had an on screen brightness control and I was able to control the color. Great clean sound through my factory speakers.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Lots of options.
    Cons:
    No on screen brightness controls.
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    3 out of 5

    Ok for the money

    Written By Pete, Plymouth, IN on Saturday, February 25, 2012
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    It is not a bad unit and the price was right but the interface between it and my iPhone is slow. The biggest problem is switching between functions it's controlling on the phone as it will cause it to lock up at times if you try and do it to fast. It was easy to hook up and the DVD player works well so I guess I will just deal with the rest and try to remember to be patient.
    Pros:
    Good value for the options
    Cons:
    Interface controls are slow.
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen VM9224BT

    Written By Anonymous, Utah on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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    Sounds way better than my stock GM radio, even though the GM has Bose speakers and a subwoofer. I was surprised how good it sounded. Bluetooth works very well with my iPhone 4S. The interface does truly suck. It would have cost nothing to to allow different background colors besides gray and brown. Smallish font. Way too much glare at night. There is a way to to dim it, but you have do it each time you turn it on. Pinpoint photocells that auto dim the display have been around for decades, even old analog radios from the 80s had them. I'm installing window tint film over the display. Also, with 2 USBs, a SD slot there should be a way to let it display photos of your choice while its playing, or album art bigger than postage-stamp size. Just poorly thought out display
    Pros:
    Great value, good features, good sound.
    Cons:
    Clueless display design
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    5 out of 5

    Update: Great Product! Great Service

    Written By KR, Portland, OR on Thursday, December 22, 2011
     
    I mentioned in my review that you can't adjust the brightness. I just found out if you hold the [src] button down, it will show a Brightness and Contrast. You can use the volume nob to adjust the brightness or contrast to your liking...

    Still a great product! I did freak out a bit when it just went dark once... I blew the CIG/RADIO fuse. Hope that it is just an anomaly... maybe I just had too many gadgets plugged in!

    :)
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product! Great Service

    Written By KR, Portland, OR on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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    I normally don't write reviews, but my experience warrants one so that others will be informed.

    I bought the VM9224BT for the iPod connectivity, DVD capability and the input options (SD, USB Stick, etc). Installation went well... the instructions split up between Crutchfield master sheet and then the harness for my Toyota Carolla S. Not a big deal, but I think there could be some additional tweaking on the instructions.

    When I installed the VM9224BT, the Bluetooth was not working. People could barely hear me speaking. I did a bunch of tests and did not know if it was just "standard issue". Crutchfield... is amazing... they thanked me for the additional tests and sent me out a new unit, no questions asked.

    I installed the new unit and everything works perfectly. I can watch DVDs, stream Pandora and other music services via Bluetooth. I even have streamed Netflix (using my iPod with jensen video cable) using my broadband hotspot. Features are great! I love it.

    If I were to change anything, I would improve the navigation on the SD/USB content (sorting). I would also allow the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen. I would also provide instructions on the Mic installation options. It would be idea to be able to have ran the mic wire up through to the visor area.

    Anyway... great product! And great service from Crutchfield dealing with my issue/replacement.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome...well worth it...great sound...user friendly...

    Written By BrianMOhio, Canton, OH on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
     
    I read some of the not-so-fair reviews, but bought it anyways, and I am glad that I did. This stereo ROCKS!! It's super easy to use...sounds unreal...and the DVD sound and video quality are superb! It looks much better in the dash than the comparable Pioneer unit...had more features (blue tooth audio and streaming), and was SO much easier to use. I cannot say enough good things about this model. Def was worth the price I paid for it...crisp highs n lows...could not ask for more, honestly, especially for the price :)
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    4 out of 5

    Beyond average

    Written By Daniel B, Duvall, WA on Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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    I have purchased this radio about a week ago, and so far it has done its job! It may not have the 6 disc cd player like my stock one, however, it does have the AUX output, plays movies, has built in bluetooth, has a spot to plug in USB cables, and can eventually have navigation built in!

    Very good radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen VM9224

    Written By B Lynn, Fayetteville, NC on Monday, July 11, 2011
     
    The unit has performed well, the installation was a breeze thanks to the materials shipped with the unit. I enjoy using the SD card slot to play my music and movies. The only quirk.. I have not figured out how to play WMAs....the unit picks up the music yet say they are not playable. I may switch over to MP3s. I have had the unit for a week, the clock does drift, yet I am satisfied with the unit.
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    1 out of 5

    Looks like a bargain, but you get what you pay for!

    Written By Nathan, Iowa on Thursday, June 02, 2011
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    I've owned Jensen products before, so I bought this unit with realistic expectations: a basic head unit that performed its advertised functions without the polish of higher-end units. I was willing to trade features for price. But I wasn't willing to compromise reliability, so after a second failed unit, I've given up on Jensen.

    The issues included:

    * iPod control is totally unreliable. Both head units would either fail to detect supported iPods, detect but not play music, or start playing and then freeze up.

    * DVD playback randomly stopped working.

    * The clock on the first unit would lose and then re-gain 40 minutes.

    * Brightness and contrast of the display did not match the stored control value after a restart.

    * Tuner seek function would frequently blow past local stations and lock onto static.

    * Finally, the audio output on the second unit died completely the day after install.

    In all fairness, I did like a few things: The unit looked good in my car and the simple GUI was easy to use while driving. Bluetooth and backup camera display worked fine.

    In summary: If I didn't need iPod control, the other quirks might have been forgivable in exchange for the low price. But the hardware failures were the final straw. I will not be trying another Jensen unit, and would advise you to avoid this product.
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