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by Matt Holliday
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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.

Jensen's VM9312 DVD receiver plays DVDs and CDs in your vehicle, boasts a 7" screen, and offers plenty of options for building a mobile multimedia center. The VM9312 also plays your CDs or DVDs filled with MP3 or WMA digital music files — you can fit days of music on one DVD. Access all your tracks with the retractable touchscreen controls.

Jensen's MediaLink3 puts important external connection ports within easy reach. The interface mounts in a convenient spot, like under your dash or in a storage area, and provides connections for Jensen's optional iPod® adapter, a mini-jack auxiliary input, and an external video source, like a gaming console or a video camera. Control everything from the screen or with the included wireless remote.

The built-in amplifier will bring out the best in your car's speakers, while the audio processor lets you compensate for your car's acoustics. If you're building a full system, connect external amps to the front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs for even bigger sound from your movies and music.

You can add a satellite radio to access more than 150 channels of entertainment. For added safety, Jensen includes a port for an optional rear-view camera.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with built-in amplifier (13 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels, CEA-2006 compliant)
    • 7" motorized, retractable video screen
    • 12-step display angle adjustment
    Audio/Video features:
    • plays DVDs, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3/WMA CDs, video CDs, SVCDs, and picture CDs (JPEG format)
    • plays MP3/WMA files on DVD — up to 1,500 tracks
    • audio processor lets you adjust bass, midbass, and treble
    • includes MediaLink3 under-dash connection port
    Expandability:
    • satellite radio-ready
    • works with Jensen's jLink iPod adapter cable (not included): controls all iPod functions through the touchscreen
    • audio/video input
    • video output for external screen
    • front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
    Other features:
    • AM/FM tuner
    • 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • wireless remote
    • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
    • DVD signal-to-noise ratio: 95 dB
    • FM sensitivity: 9 dBf
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    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/Red
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Yes
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    No
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    XM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Both
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with integrated motorized flip-out monitor
    • Sleeve
    • 2 Sleeve mounting brackets (installed on receiver with 4 small machine screws and 2 flat head ISO screws)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (has in-line noise filter and 15A fuse)
    • Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 battery
    • Screen cleaning cloth (6" x 6")
    • MediaLink module with 56" cable that terminates into 4 connectors (Left and Right audio RCAs/Composite Video/Proprietary Bus terminal)
    • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
    • 6.625" Mounting back strap
    • 2 Metal mounting brackets (for mounting head unit)
    • Rear support stud
    • Rubber bushing
    • 1 Large self-tapping screw
    • 4 Small self-tapping screws (for mounting MediaLink module)
    • 2 Flat-head machine screws
    • 4 Large pan-head machine screws
    • 4 Small pan-head machine screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Jensen sticker

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    General Features
    DVD/Video CD Features
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Dimensions

    General Features

    Motorized 7" TFT LCD Monitor: The VM9312 features a motorized 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle and anti-glare coating. The resolution of the display is 1440 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels. The screen has a 130° horizontal viewing angle (65° left or right), and a 105° vertical viewing angle (40° up and 65° down). The motorized monitor has a 30mSec rise time and a 50mSec fall time. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    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 buttons on the top of the frame of the screen and the supplied remote control.

    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.

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

    Secondary LCD Display: In addition to the 7" motorized flip-out monitor the Jensen VM9312 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 VM9312 also features hard-key controls on the front of the unit, such as Volume, Audio, Play and Display functions. Two of the hard-keys are a 5-way joystick and rotary encoder audio control.

    Remote Control: The VM9312 also comes supplied with a 44-Key, full-function, infrared wireless remote control. The remote measures 1.972" wide x 5.473" long x 0.465" deep.

    MediaLink Module:  In addition to the preamp outputs, A/V auxiliary inputs and satellite radio inputs found on the rear chassis of the unit, the Jensen VM9312 utilizes a separate MediaLink module for easy connection and disconnection of your portable A/V equipment and portable MP3 player. The MediaLink features a 3.5mm minijack, left and right audio RCA jacks, one composite video jack and a proprietary jLink adapter port. The MediaLink uses an attached 56" Bus-cable that plugs into the rear chassis of the VM9312 which allows the MediaLink module to be installed under the dash or in other various locations to make hooking-up and unhooking your portable AV equipment a cinch.

    Audio Controls: Bass, Midbass and Treble presets are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following presets: Acoustic, Urban, Rave, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock or User. When in the User preset only, you can independently adjust the bass, midbass and treble settings between -14 and +14. The Subwoofer level can be independently adjusted between -14 and 0. The subwoofer output's low-pass filter frequency can be set to 80, 100 or 120Hz, and the subwoofer's phase can be set to 0 or 180 degrees.

    Source Level: You can increase the relative volume of the unit source inputs up to 6 decibels to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9312's iPod, Disc, Radio, Satellite, Aux In 1 and Aux In 2 sources.

    D/A Converter: The VM9312 is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog converter with a multi-bit Sigma-Delta modulator.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9312 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 is 48 kHz. Up to 1500 songs/files can be supported from a compatible disc.

    AM/FM Tuner: The unit features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands with the capability of storing 6 presets for each band giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. You can also automatically store the six strongest stations in your area inside the current selected band. The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touch-screen panel or supplied wireless remote control. In addition, the tuner features an Preview Scan function which allows you to preview the available stations in your area. 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. The  tuner features selectable USA, Europe, Latin America, and Asia frequency spacing.

    RDS: The unit's tuner supports RDS which allows the VM9312 to receive FM station identification call letters, artist and song information for display on the unit's monitor.

    Rear View Camera Compatible: The VM9312 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.

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

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

    Heat Management: The unit has a heat management system which incorporates forced-air cooling to keep the chip-sets operating at nominal temperatures.

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

    DVD/Video CD Features

    Video Lockout: 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.

    Disc Compatibility: The VM9312 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
    • Other: MP3, WMA, JPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVI, XviD, DivX

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

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

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

    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.

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

    DVD Touch-Screen Controls: While playing a DVD you can press the center-top portion of the screen to display the disc's playing information and press the bottom 1/3 of the screen to display the on-screen control menu. The following are some of the playback controls that are displayed when the bottom 1/3 of the screen is pressed while viewing a DVD disc.

    • Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions: 2x, 4x, 8x, and 20x.
    • Slow Motion: When playing a DVD, there are four slow motion speeds in both directions: 1/2x, 1/4x, 1/8x, 1/20x.
    • 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, you can repeat the current track. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file.

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

    Track Scan (CD-DA discs only): During CD-audio playback you can play the first 10 seconds of each track.

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

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

    External Device Controls

    jLink Adapter-ready: The optional jLink adapter (110JLINKIC) allows you to connect an iPod to this unit through the supplied MediaLink module's proprietary jLink port (mentioned above). Once an iPod is connected, you can control the iPod from the head unit's touchscreen, joystick or remote control. If you have a photo iPod or video iPod, you must use the iPod to control video and photo playback. During photo playback, you can only view photos in a slide show. You cannot display individual photos from the thumbnail menu. During music playback, the controls on the iPod are disabled. The unit will automatically switch to iPod mode when an iPod is plugged into the MediaLink using the optional jLink adapter cable.

    Note: The iPod is charged when it's connected to the head unit.

    XM Satellite Radio Ready: The Jensen VM9312 supports XM Radio via the optional CNP2000UC XMdirect2 Tuner (sold separately) and the Jensen CNPJEN1 Connection Cable (package # 700XMJEN1). In addition, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio.  XM Satellite Radio programming offers 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.

    Note:  XM Satellite radio service is available only within the continental United States. Service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Multimedia Receiver: The following connections are found on the rear chassis of the VM9312.

    • 5-Channel Audio Preamp Outputs: This unit has five audio preamp outputs on 6" pigtails attached to the rear chassis: front left and right, rear left and right, and mono-subwoofer.
    • Aux Input 1 and 2: Aux Inputs 1 and 2 consist of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack on 4" pigtails attached to the rear chassis, allowing you to connect external A/V equipment to this head unit and to the MediaLink module.
    • Video Out 1 and 2: These RCA composite video-output jacks allow you add external monitors such as rear headrest monitors (sold separately).
    • Camera: Single RCA composite video input used to connect a backup camera.
    • MediaLink Bus Cable: Proprietary Bus connection that connects to the attached cable of the supplied MediaLink module.
    • MZ-TFT: Single RCA composite video output used to connect another Touch Screen panel (sold separately).
    • PRK SW: 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)

    MediaLink Module Connections: The MediaLink Module has the following connections:

    • MediaLink Cable: Attached 56" MediaLink cable with proprietary MediaLink Bus connector, left and right RCA connectors and a composite video connector that plugs into the rear chassis of the VM9312.
    • iPod: round 8-pin jack that connects to an optional iPod using the optional jLink adapter cable
    • A/V Connections: Left and Right RCA stereo audio jacks and one Composite video RCA jack for the connection of external A/V equipment.
    • 3.5mm Minijack: 3.5mm minijack port for connection of your portable audio or MP3 player.

    Dimensions

    Dimensions:

    • MediaLink Module: W = 3.743", H = 1.372", D = 4.405" (5.275" with cables attached)
     
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the Price

    Written By Pip, Braintree, MA on Tuesday, May 06, 2008
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    I love this DVD player, it has great options that are easy to use on the screen. The remote has 40 buttons, but a quick look and you can find the important buttons. it has a ton of wires, but if you can follow the directions you should be able to install it in a few hours, it took me about 3 hours.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By Brad, Iowa on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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    Awesome picture and sound, I was planning on buying new speakers for my car until I hooked up this unit. I think the power is underated it sounds better than I thought great buy for the money.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Marshall, Florida on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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    I've only had the unit for a couple of weeks, but it has played every kind of disc I've put in it. Easy install and great picture. It is a little slow changing inputs. It's a great price for what you get. I use it to feed an amp so output power was not an issue. I may buy another one to put in my other car. So far so good......
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    5 out of 5

    NO AUDIO AFTER FIRMWARE UPGRADE

    Written By Israel, San Francisco - CA on Friday, April 18, 2008
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    SO, The dvd is great, I connect my media center (device that reads every media files in a hd and send as a vga/av) was working beautifully until I try to upgrade the firmware due to the fm/am leaking on the left speaker so, now my device wont play any audio at all. I contact crutchfield and they was great, they advise me to check each single connection with the speaker to make sure it is not a problem with the wiring. I didn't do that yet. OTHER THAN THAT, IT'S GREAT! I LOVED!!!
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By Danny, Iowa on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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    I spent some time looking for one of these and I picked this one because it was in a good price range and it had some good reviews. I just got it put in tonight in about an hour and i love it. I have my ipod hooked up and i am putting in an xbox tomorrow. It is great.
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    3 out of 5

    Great Monitor/ Mediocre Sound

    Written By Jose, South Texas on Sunday, April 13, 2008
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    A crisp monitor, Movies look great. However if you want to build a system
    around this head unit your going to need to buy a really powerful system,
    that's going to cost you a couple of thousands! I have a loud system that
    sounds wack with this head unit. I am going to upgrade for something with
    more out put power. My factory radio sounds louder than this unit. Great
    buy but just not good enough for me, I like to hear a good thump with my
    music.
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    5 out of 5

    WONDERFUL EQUIPMENT!!!

    Written By Alex, Rochester, MN on Sunday, April 13, 2008
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    I dont know how anyone can NOT rate this 5 stars. We installed it with no
    problems in under an hour (thanks for the mounting kit and harness
    Crutchfield!!). It flips out quick, goes back in quickly, and the touchscreen is
    awesome. The MediaLink3 is great too, for iPod and a slim PS2. All I can
    say is that it sounds GREAT. MUCH BETTER THAN MY FACTORY DECK.
    Everybody who says that it sounded worse does NOT fully
    understand mobile electronics. This receiver puts out 160w, 40w each
    channel. Unless you have GOOD factory speakers, like the Infinitis in my 03
    Stratus, then its gonna be TOO MUCH power for your speakers and theyll
    sound bad. Older cars's factory systems are made to sound good standing
    alone. THATS WHY ITS FACTORY!!! Dont believe the bad reviews, a lemon is
    a lemon, but a duck is a duck. The Jensen VM9312 is a must have, now all
    my friends want to get one. I burned over 80 music videos on a DVD R and
    it loaded them in 5 seconds, and 500 songs on a DVD R and it took even
    less. This does not take long to load discs, and the EQ works fine. And if
    you dont like the Mono Sub Out, spend $15 and GET AN RCA 2-1 male to
    female splitter. Its that easy. Crutchfield you guys are AMAZING!!!!
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Hate it & Headache!

    Written By Anonymous, Skokie, IL on Friday, April 04, 2008
     
    I really hate this stereo. I thought upgrading a after market stereo would
    get a better sound quality, but guess what! My car's factory stereo sounds
    better. I tried all the preset EQ and even the manual EQ still I couldn't get
    a better sound. What a shame! There's more about the DVD video mode
    problem, sometimes even though I've already set the parking brake on still
    the warning message appears on the screen and couldn't watch movie no
    more,
    this happens very often.
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    5 out of 5

    Two thumbs up !!

    Written By Bizkit, Titusville, Fl on Friday, March 21, 2008
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    I purchased this for my '01 Dodge Dakota quad cab and I'm 110% sold, great product. I've owned other brands in the past (Clarion,Pioneer,Dual) but this one believe it or not has the best screen and user friendly in my opinion. I would recommend this head unit to everyone.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    subwoofer problems

    Written By Will, Louisa, Va on Sunday, March 02, 2008
     
    I like this head unit but when i went to add bas with a sub the head unit will lock up and not play anymore only problem that i only had with it overall a good head unit though
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    4 out of 5

    Mitz

    Written By Batman23, DFW, TX on Friday, February 15, 2008
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    Once you figure out how to work out all the components and menues, this head unit is really a great buy. Don't forget to set your settings on the I-pod to let you send vidio out to your unit. Rear view camera attachment works great. The tilt feature for the screan allows you to divert any glare that you might get on a sunny day. Also suggest you upgrade speakers and add amp where applicable. Can't have a nice unit like this with factory speakers. Only thing is if you are looking for a big thump from the pre-out sub line, it won't be happening unless you are going to crank the heck out of the vol. All in all this unit works great. Now if I could get it to brew some coffee for me in the morning, it would be perfect.
    4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

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    Written By Jason, Goshen, IN on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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    Not bad for the money. Like all the others said though, the EQ system is terrible. There is no bass even when you put it all the way to 14 on the touch screen. Don't like the design of the knobs. The screen is fantastic and DVD is good. What they don't tell you is that you have to do some stupid sequence of pulling up your parking brake a few times to set the mode for the DVD to come on. I am returning it for a better brand. It was good for the price but control knobs are confusing when trying to skip songs. No radio controls unless screen is open. Still a good buy!
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Best Buy for the Buck!

    Written By Frank, Roanoke, Va. on Friday, January 25, 2008
     
    I installed in about a hour, Ford Contour SVT, did not use the Medialink. Instead I direct connected my Sirus Sporster to the Sat audio inputs. The overall sound quality is very good. I am using a 4 channel amp and a mono sub amp. The 2 volt pre amp outs for the mids is very good. But the sub out is very lacking. I used a linedriver for the sub out to add a little thump in the bottom end. Over all it sounds very good.
    The touch screen is a nice touch. Sorry for the pun. Picture quality is outstanding. It has a problem reading some burnt DVDs. If you are on a limited budget, you could do I lot worse the choosing the Jensen VM9312. Overall, 4 Stars. Would be 5 stars if not for the sub out.
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    5 out of 5

    Price

    Written By Nick, Ames,Ia on Thursday, November 22, 2007
     
    This is a good headunit works great with all my sub outs and xm radio. Would recommend it to anyone.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice Entry Level Multimedia Head-Unit

    Written By Dave, Pennsauken, NJ on Thursday, November 08, 2007
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    I installed this head unit a few days ago and so far it's been terrific. The sound and video quality are great, especially when compared to more expensive units.



    There have been several issues that other reviewers have mentioned that I'd like to comment on. First, as far as the volume coming on "full blast" upon turning on the unit, all you need to do is set the volume to whatever level you'd like it to be when you turn it on and press and hold in the volume knob until it beeps. After doing so the volume will come on to that pre-determined level every time the unit turns on.



    As for being able to hear the radio while listening to DVD's and iPod, there is a simple software upgrade that you can get from the Audiovox web site. Just download the file, unzip it to a CD-R then follow the instructions on the PDF file that Audiovox sends you along with the file. It'll take about five minutes but the instructions are perfect and if you follow them to the letter you'll be fine.



    The folks at Crutchfield were very helpful during the installation. However, they did not know that in order to get the half-sleeve off of the unit you have to remove four microscopic screws (as opposed to using the levers on the sides of the half-sleeve that, as it turns out, do not exist.)




    I purchased the optional JLink cable and it works flawlessly. Some have mentioned that you can't play songs in random order but this is not so. Although it's not mentioned in the owner's manual, it's fully capable of doing so.



    All in all, it's a very good head unit and it does what it's supposed to do. If you need Bluetooth then you'll need to opt for the VM9412 but if not this is a good way to go.
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    4 out of 5

    Not too bad at all!

    Written By Jeff, Downers Grove, IL on Sunday, November 04, 2007
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    It's not bad at all.. the volume goes up to 40 where some people say it isn't loud enough but for me it's more than enough. I have my backup camera, my subwoofers as well as my XM unit hooked up to it, it works perfectly, only downside I'd say is the screen isn't too clear in sunlight (but then again which screen is, right?), and when you want to choose between functions such as radio to camera, or radio to dvd/cd .. it takes a decent amount of time to change functions (around 3-7 seconds). I personally don't mind it but.. other people might?
    All in all I give it 2 thumbs up and a rating of 8 out of 10 or 4 out of 5.
    very great bang for the buck. Hope it lasts!
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By Daniel, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Sunday, October 28, 2007
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    The units far exceeded my expectations for the price. Features are increadible. The only downside is that the unit could use a little more bass, but this could also be the pioneer speakers. Either way, this is a great unit, but im going to add a subwoofer.
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Renee, Pell City, Alabama on Monday, October 15, 2007
     
    This DVD player is absolutley great. Easy to install, Easy to use! Highly Recommended!
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    2 out of 5

    VOLUME and VOLTAGE

    Written By RipDaJacka, D-Y, TN on Monday, October 15, 2007
     
    I bought this because of Touchscreen, easy dvd bypass, and ipod capabilities... I must say the screen is crystal clear and the unit will not skip..Its easy to use and has MANY features..BUT, the volume is only 40 and this absolutely is not loud enough.. THe sub pre-out voltage is terrible and you will HAVE to get a linedriver to get any decent output to your amp.. It makes me sick at how low quality the Eqilizers and sound controls work.. It will need an amp to get half way satifying speaker output... I have component speakers with Midbass 6.5's and tweeters and they sound horrible.. My stock speakers sounded better on the Stock headunit!!! I have a 9515G on 2000+ watts and i cant hear my vocals because of the low quality Headunit RMS, voltage, and sound controls..I will be selling this as soon as i can find someone that's interested.. I didnt expect great quality from this brand, so im going with a respected HU and getting satisfying sound next time!!
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty decent

    Written By Ecko3, Riverside, ca on Saturday, September 29, 2007
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    well i bought a sub for my car and my original stereo broke so i bought this unit i was very eager to recieve this item when i got it i installed it in about 40 mins very easy installation longest process was soldering the wires together but even that was easy the volume is decent it only goes up to 40 wich isnt very loud but its high enough i installed a sub and got an amp for my front speakers and its loud enough now overall its a very solid unit i recomend it for any one that wants an inexpensive, good quality indash reciever
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    3 out of 5

    might help,volume problem

    Written By marcel, NY,Astoria on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
     
    if u want to set volume thet after u start your car hold the volume button depresed for few second until u hear beep/if that time your volme is 17 after turn off and on ignition keys it will go back to 17.
    I have Nissan patfinder with bose amp and speakers i changed only radio in it for jensen vm 9312 u have to hook up a hi/lo transformer betwen output from jensen and amp!Also if u try hook up sat.radio it will play much less loud as regular fm radio it drives me nuts im going to put preamp between radio and sat.receiver to boost more.For guys who have problem with back round radio interfiering two options go to setting and shut off RDS or go to Jensen web site and download software to upgrate firmware in unit i did it ,its simple.Also unit can play over seas dvd,s just u have to get in settings this how to do it:go to am/fm mode hit set up on your remote and punch this numbers 543210 new menu will appear and u can change setting for region 1 to6 it doesnt have 0 which would play all dvds so it is kind of pain in the neck to change it everytime u put different dvd. Regarding balance and fade Jensen should take all units from market eventhought what we own and fix the problem.We should all send them letter of complain including guys from Crutchfield jus for one simple reason we all pay for it and we all expecting 100% performance.We didn't buy it for $100 we payed full price.If they have a problem fix it or give us money back/Jensen/ and end of story.
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    3 out of 5

    OK for the money

    Written By D'juan, NOLA on Sunday, August 19, 2007
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    I bought this unit to play MP3s from a DVD. I was surprised at how quickly it loaded my DVD+R DLs. I had no issues with the volume. Its loud enough. This unit does everything that it says t does. Minor complaints are no time display when monitor is closed. No Dolby 5.1 decoder (Valor has it). When scrolling through folders sometimes the displayed folder name gets stuck.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Best Bang For the Money

    Written By RBray, Phoenix on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
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    First let me start off by talking about Hearing the Radio when listening to AUX or IPOD. This concerned me too. I have found that there is a firmware update for this unit located at the Audiovox site (they make Jensen) and it completely fixes this issue.

    The unit is very nice and it works great. I am looking forward to finding the GPS module that works with it.

    All in all a very good product.
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    3 out of 5

    NO SPEAKER SEPARATION

    Written By Jim, Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, July 21, 2007
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    Had this reciever for 3 weeks now. I have only one complaint but its a deal breaker. There is a problem with the balance & fade feature on these units. I could not get the front speakers to go low no matter how much I faded it to the rear. The front would remain high. Same thing happens if I faded maximum to the front - the rears would still be fairly loud. Ditto for left to right & right to left separation. Reported it to Crutchfield tech dept & said I wanted a new unit & he suggested that they should bench test the replacement unit before they send it to me to make sure that they were not all like that so I agreed. Lo & behold I get a call back in 2 days & he says my order for a new unit was cancelled because they tested a few other units & all were found to have the same problem - no sound separation. I could not believe it - this is a basic feature that always works even in the cheapest of radios I've ever had.
    Now I read all the reviews on this unit before I purchased it & not one ever mention this problem. Could tech support be trying to get me to keep this reciever by telling me "They are all like that"? I am not tremendously picky about sound quality but I would like to have a basic control such as L/R balance & F/R fader work properly.
    Unfortunately, I'll be returning this unit which is a shame because everything else works great. Buyer beware!
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    4 out of 5

    great price but a few problems

    Written By no, Riverview, FL on Thursday, July 19, 2007
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    this is a great receiver i installed it today but you can hear the radio when its on ipod mode or cd mode but the have an update so its all good so great receiver
    2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By Destie, Cranston, RI on Saturday, June 30, 2007
     
    I bought this for my car its sick...the only problem i have it when i trun on my car the deck starts at vol 30 and its nuts.
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    5 out of 5

    99 S-Benz

    Written By Scooter, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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    This product far exceeded my expectations. I knew that the unit was going to be a CD,DVD,IPOD style. I was pleasantly suprised to find out that the unit does far more. The volume control only goes to 40 and that's fine because I listen to it at 20 and it is plenty loud for me. I did have some technical issues in the beginning and through the use of the technical support line we determined that the "new" unit was faulty. The Crutchfield gang sent me another unit right away. Now that everything is working I am in "Heaven". I thought I was going to have a problem with the install due to the fact that I was going to use the existing "Bose" speakers and integrated amplifier but, that was not the case. The screen controls are very easy to operate and the clarity of movies are awesome. I will be taking the car to my local repair garage to have them install the media link in the center console and I can't wait to use my IPOD. The car itself never had true "lows" so it looks like I will have to get a sub, which I found can be controlled through the unit, another awesome feature.
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    4 out of 5

    its ok for the price

    Written By luis, new york on Friday, June 22, 2007
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    i got this unit because of the price everything its great on it the display the buttons and the functions but the biggest problem for me i think its the lack of volume and sound quality i have two 500 watts amps and the sound its not what i expected everything else its great if your looking for your basic dvd player this its the way to go
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Get Yours

    Written By Kenneth, Carbondale, IL on Sunday, June 17, 2007
     
    I just purchased this unit and I can't say enough great things about it! It is very easy to use, and has all the features you hope to get when you make this kind of purchase. The best thing about it, if you’re like me, is the ability the unit gives you to add extra components to the head unit. It is very compact, durable and offers a display that will blow you away! The touch screen is very accurate and sensitive to touch and allows easy navigation throughout the menus. I say for the overall look and feel of the unit, it is the best buy for the money! Get yours!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice

    Written By Daryn, South Dakota on Monday, June 11, 2007
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    I purchased in April of 2007. I wanted to wait a while before I submitted a review. Overall I give it a 4 of 5 because there a couple minor things that let me down. The max. volume is not enough (No, I'm not a teenager) It is installed in my Dodge 1500 and the road noise I am trying to overcome is greater than the max volume. However, picture quality is awesome and makes the whole purchase worth while. My kids really like the IPOD features too. For the money it is a very good buy.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Real Good Buy

    Written By AntDog, Cali on Sunday, June 10, 2007
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    Iorder this unit on a monday and by friday it was here. good service from crutchfield....Sunday i installed in my colbalt....real easy to install with the instructions the wire harness.....took 5 minutes...touchscreen easy to use and the sound from my stock speakers sounds great.....good price...get while you can.....next for me is my amp and speakers.....
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    5 out of 5

    everything and more

    Written By Dustin, Flagstaff, AZ on Sunday, June 10, 2007
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    I just got this to replace my stock stereo in my 95 ford explorer. I mainly purchased it for using my ipod and occasionally watching a DVD. It took me a while to install because I had to bypass my factory amp and I attempted to make my own wiring harness to try to save the 6 disc cd changer in my car unfortunately that didn't work but who needs that when you have an ipod? The LCD screen's quality is surprisingly good but like otherwise noted controlling the ipod with the screen isn't very easy and can be kind of slow. I've only had it one day but I just finished making some boxes that fit underneath my rear seats that hold none other than a playstation and xbox. So far I love it and it was worth every penny.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Purchase

    Written By Beau, Stratham, NH on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
     
    This is one of the best decisions that I made for my in-car entertainment! Anyway, I hooked the video out to the back seat and presto, the whole car is the sound system with dual 10" screens in back, and this player's screen in front for the passenger. If we want it music up front and video in the back, pop in the DVD to the back set and poof, i-pod in the front and Shrek in the back! This deck performs wonderfully, and is just as loud as I need! Multiple EQ setting with one user definable EQ setting, Crisp sounding highs with deep lows, good quality video on screen and good output video, i-pod attachment is Soooo cool!! Control the i-pod from the touch screen instead of trying to fiddle with it driving down the road. Only compliant is that i-pod playlist are automatically changed to be in alphabetical order for the head unit!(Doesn't change the i-pod) I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants an entry level device at a decent price!!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By Randy, Waco Texas on Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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    This is an excellent head unit. For my purposes the volume stopping at 40 works well, but some might find this limited. The touch screen is easy to use. Typical of Jensen the load time is a little slow when you first turn it on but not a big deal to me. Sound quality is excellent. If you want a great head unit on a budget this Jensen unit is the way to go. I am thinking of getting another one for another vehicle.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen VM9312

    Written By RALPH, MILFORD, PA on Sunday, April 29, 2007
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    I give this unit a 5 of 5 because it fulfilled my everyneed for a price I didnt think possible. This is a quality product. Video looks great and theres a load of features and connections.
    8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit for the Money

    Written By kingz fan, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 28, 2007
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    I bought this unit because of the other reviews on it. Crutchfield has superb shipping as this got to me in two days. I would suggest that you buy any and all extras with this unit. I absolutely love this. The touch screen and video outputs are great as I have headrest monitors and can play movies for my daughters. The only draw back that I found on this model is the volume. I wish it was louder. I definately suggest buying an amp for the speakers.

    I give this product an A+ for what it is. It's a great DVD player/stereo for a great price.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Monitor, Great Price

    Written By Ryan, Newtown, CT on Thursday, April 26, 2007
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    I just installed the monitor in my 99 Durango with a friend. Before I installed it, I put my volume up on my stock speakers and got muddy sound at high volume levels. With the new deck in, however, I put the volume up to 30 (goes MAX at 40 but 30 is usually much more than enough for me and I'm a teenager) and it was clear sound with the stock speakers and no subwoofers or amp. The monitor has GREAT quality. The install was somewhat simple. Looks great, even better at night. The iPod controls are very fast but when I first connected it I had to wait about 3-4 minutes for it to get used to my ipod because it had about 3000 songs on it along with some pics and vids. Overall, this is a great monitor with even better features, fantastic quality, all at a great price. If you are thinking about getting an in-dash monitor. This is the one.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great product for the money!

    Written By Richard, Tampa, Fl on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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    I purchased this system to work as a slave unit through my factory radio, so this unit works basically as a DVD and an Ipod for me. I have a Bose system, so I really was just looking for more of a inexpensive flip out DVD player. I purchased the cable from cruthfield to maintain my factory rear audio settings to use in conjunction with the DVD player. All I do is switch to auxillary mode on my factory radio and my Jensen is playing through my factory setup. The Ipod feature is fantastic. The DVD quality on the flip out screen is way better than I would have ever expected for this price. Not too difficult to use, figured out how to use just about every function in under an hour. Great customer service, and extreemly quick shipping. You won't be dissappointed with this unit if you're on a budget like I was.
    10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By cfo20, Atlanta, GA on Friday, April 06, 2007
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    Crutchfield came though with this one! Got a great deal and included everything needed for a flawless install! The unit itself is great. Touchscreen, multiple inputs/outputs, Ipod capable. I hooked it to an aftermarket Pyle navigation module and it works better than any stock unit I have seen so far. Only backside so far is what has been stated, volume only reaches 40 (still loud, but could be louder, maybe I need an amp!) and the remote is tricky but can be learned. Operates like a higher end unit.
    16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Headunit for the price!

    Written By ryman88, Philadelphia,PA on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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    I first off would love to thank Crutchfield so being AMAZING with shipping and all the free stuff. I ordered this headunit on March 27 and it was here on the 28 with their free standard shipping. I installed it today the only problem i had was with all the wires coming out of the back of it, but i am guessing it is like that so you can hook up headrest monitors and that kind of stuff but the touchscreen works great and its very easy to use the remote is a lil tricky to use but u will eventually get used to it. The only thing i dont like is that the maximum volume is 40 and personally its not loud enough for me. Thats the only Con i have found as of now. Other that that if you want a cheap DVD player with a touch screen this is the BEST way to go because this thing is GREAT. Highly Recommended!!!!
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