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by Ken Nail
Jensen

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

Jensen's VM9424 navigation receiver lets you upgrade your car's audio system to a multimedia powerhouse with a user-friendly 6.2" touchscreen. You'll have access to a powerful built-in navigation system and CD/DVD playback, along with a well-rounded set of audio and video capabilities.

Audio and video at the fore
Play your all your audio discs on the VM9424 — including CDs or DVDs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can connect and control your iPod® via USB, while Jensen's MediaLink cable offers a single connection center with an audio auxiliary input, A/V input, and USB input. Refine the sound in your cabin by adjusting the 3-band equalizer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the preset EQ curves.

You can enjoy DVD movies on the 6.2" video screen when you're parked, or share the fun with backseat passengers by adding video screens to the two video outputs. For iPod video content, add Jensen's optional J-Link cable. Jensen includes a full-featured remote so your passengers can control the entertainment.

Navigation built in
You'll find your way with ease with the VM9424's navigation system, developed hand-in-hand with industry leaders like Horizon Navigation, NavMate, and Tele Atlas. The receiver boasts 11 million points of interest throughout the United States, with accurate routes, reliable guidance and time estimates. Maps and information are preloaded on an easy-to-access 2 GB SD™ card, so updating down the road is a quick and easy operation.

Convenient system building
If you're building a high-powered system, you'll enjoy the utility of front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs, with a sub level control to boot. Large vehicle owners, you'll appreciate the ability to add a rear-view camera to this receiver — put your vehicle in reverse and the view behind you pops up on the 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 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.

iPod 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:

    General features:
    • in-dash navigation receiver with 6.2" touchscreen
    • internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in navigation system with 11 million points of interest
    • plays CDs and DVDs (including MP3 and WMA files on disc)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band equalizer
    Expandability:
    • iPod control built in, add Jensen's jLinkUSB adapter for video content
    • compatible with Jensen Bluetooth adapter and XM receiver
    • inputs: rear A/V input, front auxiliary input, rear USB input, front SD card slot, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: two video outputs, 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, and mono subwoofer)
    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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    White
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front AV
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    XM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
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    iPhone
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    Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3G/Phone
    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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    What's in the box?

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    • Multimedia/Navigation receiver with integrated monitor (with 2 transport screws installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness (has in-line noise filter and 15A fuse)
    • AUX input harness
    • Preamp/AV output harness
    • Wireless remote control (with CR2025 battery installed)
    • MediaLink module
    • GPS antenna with magnetic base and attached 16.5' cable
    • 5' AV minijack cable
    • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
    • 6.625" Mounting back strap
    • Rear support stud
    • Rubber bushing
    • Large self-tapping screw
    • 2 Small self-tapping screws
    • 4 Flat-head machine screws
    • 4 Pan-head machine screws
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Self-adhesive velcro
    • Operating Instructions
    • Installation Guide
    • Limited Warranty sheet
    • InstallerNet brochure
    • emusic offer card
    • "STOP" note

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    Display Features
    Onboard Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc/SD-card Playback
    MediaLink Module
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Jensen VM9424 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), 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 VM9424 features a fixed 6.2" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 1440 (H) x 234 (V) with 336,960 total pixels. This unit has touch screen 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.

    Dimmer: You can adjust the picture's brightness manually, or set the display to automatically dim when ambient light is low.

    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 VM9424 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 VM9424 is equipped with an anti-theft feature requiring you to enter a 6-digit password upon initial power-on.

    Onboard Navigation

    Horizon NavMate Navigation System: The Jensen VM9424 features a built-in navigation system to lead you straight to your desired destination. It's easy-to-use and intuitive interface lets you plan your trip to suit your personal preferences and interests, find and save (bookmark) interesting destinations before you begin your trip, and navigate your route.

    GPS (Global Positioning System): The VM9424 uses a vehicle GPS-based navigation device which utilizes digital map data to guide you from your selected location (A) to your desired destination (B), using information obtained from a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

    Note: The initial GPS location lock is best established when your vehicle is in park. If the device is in motion, the signal can take longer to initially connect. Once the initial coordinates are established, the navigation software will follow you as you move and navigate.

    Tele Atlas Map Data: The navigation map data covers the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

    Visual & Audible Commands: The built-in navigation software will guide you along the shortest or quickest route from point-A to point-B using an on-screen map and voice commands. You can choose between a male or female voice (English only).

    Map Screen: During navigation the Map Screen display your route (in yellow) and your surroundings. A red/blue arrow indentifies your current position. The upcoming maneuver is visualized in the upper left corner, along with the distance and approximate time before that turn. When you come up to a turn, you will hear a voice command at the appropriate time.

    2D/3D Map: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen). You can also choose a split-screen which displays both a 2D and 3D map side-by-side.

    Color Modes: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a dark background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two).

    Look Ahead Feature: The integrated NavMate software offers a convenient interactive look-ahead search function to prevent misspelling when entering in a destination using the units touchscreen keyboard. Only keys that lead to a search result can be pressed, while all other are grayed out.

    Destination Search: The Jensen VM9424 offers the following destination search modes.

    • Home: Allows you to save your home address, so you can quickly navigate to your house from anywhere.
    • Office: Allows you to save your office address, so you can navigate back to it quickly.
    • Address: Allows you to enter an address (street, city, zip-code) as a destination.
    • Intersection: You can select to navigate to where to roads intersect.
    • Coordinates: Route to a destination by directly entering latitude and longitude values.
    • POI: Allows you to select from a points-of-interest directory (over 10 million) for your destination. You can quickly find POIs such as gas stations, restaurants, hotels, banks, movie theaters, etc. You can even create your own POI category. These places can be near your current position or near a selected State or Province.
    • Favorites (Address Book): You can save your favorite destinations and addresses, so you can quickly access them.
    • Recent History: Previous destinations (up to 15) are automatically saved to memory (History). This feature helps you quickly locate the address and return to a previous destination.
    • Browse: Or, you can simply browse the map and press a spot on the map to navigate to.

    Route Preferences: You can determine how the unit's built-in navigation software will calculate your route by setting the following preferences.

    • Shortest Time: Calculate route based on the fastest time.
    • Avoid Freeway: Try not to use highways when calculating routes.
    • Avoid Tolls: Do not use toll roads when calculating routes.
    • Use Ferries: Use ferry travel when calculating routes.

    Simulation: This function lets you preview the route that has been calculated for your destination.

    Intersection Zoom: As you approach an intersection, the map will automatically zoom in to show a close-up view of the roads near the intersection point on the right side of the screen.

    Auto Reroute: If you intentionally or accidentally leave the current route, the NavMate software will automatically recalculate the route and prompt you to get back on track to your destination.

    Turn-by-Turn List: While navigating, you can view a turn-by-turn list of upcoming maneuvers.

    Detour: If you are unable to complete the route as calculated, you can add a Detour to the route that will allow you t stay on track to your destination.

    Trip Computer: The Trip Computer provides information about your vehicle speed, trip related timing, elevation, odometer, and clock readings.

    Trail Book: The Trail Book feature allows you to create a path using map points when navigation data is not available.

    Trip Book: The Trip Book is a collection of trips, with each trip representing a set of multiple destinations.

    Audio Section

    D/A Converter: The VM9424 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 VM9424 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 VM9424 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 (80/100/120/140/160Hz), and level adjustment (-7 to +7)

    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: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, News, Urban, Rave, Movie, Techno, Flat, or User.

    3-Band EQ: In the User EQ mode, you are able to manually adjust the head unit's Bass, Midrange, and Treble. You can also choose the center frequency to be adjusted.

    Setting Frequency Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, or 120 Hz -12 to +12 dB
    Midrange 0.5, 1, 1.5, or 2.5 kHz
    Treble 8, 10, 12.5, or15 kHz

    Note: The Bass Q-Factor can be adjusted to Wide 1, Wide 2, Narrow 1, or Narrow 2.

    Source Level: You can increase the relative volume (-7 to +7) 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, 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.

    Radio Functions

    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 or supplied wireless remote control.

    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.

    XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-JEN1 Jensen adapter cable (package item number 700XMJEN2, sold separately).

    Disc/SD-card Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The VM9424 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

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

    MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9424 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 VM9424 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.
    • 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.
    • Direct Search: During DVD you can use the numeric keypad on the remote control or on the touch-screen display to access a chapter directly.

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

    Random Play: When playing a 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.

    Media Link Module

    MediaLink Module: The Jensen VM9424 utilizes a separate MediaLink module for easy connection and disconnection of your iPod, portable A/V equipment, or other portable MP3 player. The MediaLink features an AV 3.5mm minijack and a USB type-A port. The MediaLink uses an attached 5' AV/USB cable that plugs into the rear chassis of the VM9424, which allows the MediaLink module to be installed under the dash or in other various locations to make hooking-up and unhooking your portable A/V equipment much easier. Dimensions: W = 2.375", H = 0.8125", D = 3.0"

    Audio/Video Input: The included MediaLink features a 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player.

    USB Port: The Jensen VM9424's MediaLink module features a USB type-A port for playback of MP3 (128kbps) and WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT32 on a connected USB flash memory device, as well as USB portable hard drives formatted to FAT 32. 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 VM9424HD will also display ID3 tag information.

    iPod Control: The optional jLink-USB cable (110JLINUSB, sold separately) allows you to connect select iPods or iPhones to this unit through the head unit's included MediaLink module (using both the USB port and AV 3.5mm input). Once an iPod/iPhone is connected, you can playback audio/video content from your iPod/iPhone on the VM9424. 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 or supplied IR remote. During audio playback of your iPod/iPhone, the click-wheel and touch-screen 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 VM9424 via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The Jensen VM9424 and optional jLink-USB cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y 3.5mm Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    iPod Video Playback: The VM9424 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.

    Dual Video Outs: Dual rear-panel RCA composite video-output jacks allow you add external monitors such as rear headrest monitors (sold separately).

    Multi-zone Audio Outputs: The VM9424 is equipped with a pair of stereo RCA outputs which can be used in conjunction with the dual video outputs for dual zone playback. The unit will only play the DVD/CD source for Zone 2.

    AV Input: The Jensen VM9424 features a front-panel 3.5mm AV input for easy connection of your portable MP3 player.

    Rear View Camera Input: The VM9424 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.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The VM9424 supports Jensen's add-on Bluetooth interface (110BTM15, sold separately). The Jensen BTM15 is Bluetooth 2.0 compliant and supports the following Bluetooth profiles: HFP (Hands-free talking for safety and convenience from a Bluetooth enabled cell-phone) and A2DP/AVRCP (Wireless audio streaming and control from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone or portable digital audio device). The Jensen BTM15 features a 9.75' cable terminated by a proprietary connector and 3.5mm connector which plugs into the head unit's BT-Bus port and microphone input (if equipped).

    • Bluetooth Phone: The Jensen BTM15 (sold separately) allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The optional add-on Bluetooth interface features a built-in microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the VM9424's integrated monitor. The Jensen BTM15 features a single "Talk" button which allows you to answer and end incoming phone calls. All other functions, such as dialing out will be controlled from the head unit and its remote control. You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad, from your downloaded phonebook, or from a call history list (up to 10). The Jensen add-on Bluetooth interface features an attached visor-clip to mount the unit to your vehicle's sun-visor. The visor-clip can be removed and the BTM15 can be mounted to your dash using the supplied velcro strip.
    • Bluetooth Audio: The optional add-on Bluetooth interface allows you to play back audio files from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can also control the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VM9424.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with the BTM15 and the VM9424.

    Remote Control: The VM9424 also comes supplied with a 40-Key, full-function, infrared wireless 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.

     
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    Doesn't last long

    Written By USMC Bear, Waldo, KS on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    easy to install but I have only had this unit a few months and the volume control on the unit recently stopped working and now I have to use the remote to adjust the volume.
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    not a very good unit breaks easily
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    not totally happy

    Written By Randy, Upland Ca on Monday, December 19, 2011
     
    I purchased a whole system.Jensen VM9424,JBL Speakers,infinity Amp. Everything worked great except the clock for about two weeks. After two,three weeks the bluetooth stopped working,which was my whole reason to purchase the unit. The clock never kept time. the unit needs a screen"brightness" control. I had them replace the unit. the second unit did the same thing except the CD on that one didn't work. I am now on my third unit which I replaced myself. this one's bluetooth doesn't work,clock doesn't keep time.all three unit's Bluetooth went out in about two ,three weeks. I have spoken to Audiovox for hours and they don't aknowledge the problem and ask me to send it in. who really has the time or the want to do that? I have to say Lorree at taylor Marketing has been awesome with their customer service,she answers all my questions,points me in the right direction. I am now waiting till Jan to see what the new year model is @ CES to replace this one. Good luck out there.
    Pros:
    I like the price, ease of use......
    Cons:
    The several things that don't work correctly
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    4 out of 5

    Jensen VM9424

    Written By Mesa7, North Bergen, NJ on Sunday, September 25, 2011
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    Great for the price, I would compare to a $1000.00 system, easy to install nice size screen.
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    2 out of 5

    EXCELLENT UNIT FOR 3 MONTHS

    Written By EC, ATLANTA, GA on Saturday, August 20, 2011
     
    The unit works great for the price. After two months of normal use, the radio stoped working completely. You could use the tuner but no sound came out. A month later the touch screen does not work at all. I am now trying to call Audiovox for warranty service, but does not cover installation (which I paid $ 200.00) and I need to pay $ 100.00 to get it out and $ 100.00 to reinstall it. They also told me that I have to pay the shipping charges to send the unit to them. It is really a hassle. I own three Kenwood GPS units installed in different cars that I bought from Crutchfield and I've never had a problem. So I believe you get what you pay for...
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    4 out of 5

    Good Unit for the Price

    Written By Mark, South Texas on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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    This is a very Good unit for the Price. The features you received are good and
    functional. The USB connection is very fast access for MP3 music but kinda slow
    if you are displaying pictures... really slow. The GPS Nav system is good but
    not great. It tends to get off track and does not give you the shortest route
    possiable, but other than that works good over all. The DVD player is good and
    picture quality is fine. The SD memory slot is a faster port than the USB ? Not
    really sure why this is. The Radio is good also, has basic features and good
    options also. Reception was very good, pulled out Radio stations that were very
    far away that I would normally not received. CD player is very good also, menus
    are clear and easy to follow. The remote control was fully functional for all
    feature on the Radio itself ... Nice. Purchased the Blue Tooth option and this
    works extremely well. Good clear sound quality and reception was found. . A few
    things I wished they put on there would be a user defined color schemes and
    maybe user defined background image options ... would be nice. The one other
    thing that I did not like, the clock is located on the upper ICON bar to the
    right side, in my car, you can not see it clearly because the over hang trim
    around the screen, I have to lower my head to see it and I am not a tall person..
    5'8". Over all, I am Happy with this unit and would recommend for the Price.
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    3 out of 5

    Basic Nav Unit

    Written By ktown, San Diego on Monday, February 21, 2011
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    This unit provide a good platform for the price. The navigation is really basic, don't expect a fully featured system, it is simple to use; however doesn't compare to even the basic Garmin systems. It will get you there, but not the easiest readout to follow. DVD player is good, screen quality is ok, and the controls are simple and easy. I am driving my regular speakers and connected an amp w/ a sub and sounds actually pretty good and a lot better than the stock head unit out of my Toyota. For half the costs of other systems it's a good value, just don't compare it to a top of the line Kenwood. (I also have a 6960and it too has some flaws but is better) You have to use a BT adaptor, so add on additional $$ to get your BT. Phone works ok and sound quality is decent. I have used all the features except the ipod control and overall I am satisfied. I had to get the original unit replaced as it was defective in sound quality with DVD player. Would I buy it again??? Maybe, hard to turn down the cost of the unit, is paying $300-400 more worth it to go to Kenwood? Not really in my opinion, this for the most part does the same thing for almost half the price.

    A quick update, sent a second unit, the first one had a DVD/CD sound issue, and the replacement unit had a amplifier issue, it was cutting out on the higher volumes after I used it for a few weeks. Don't know if I had just a run of poor quality headunits, but I would not recommend this unit now, two in a row bad is not good. I will pay the $300 more for a better unit. Crutchfield has great support, you pay a little more, but they make it easy to deal with them, I have purchased over 2k in stuff in the last six months, but there is something to say about an authorized dealer who will back up the warranty, you might save a few bucks over other sites, but if you have a problem your out a bunch of $$$ with no warranty. Solid support and service, I highly recommend doing business with them, just pay a little more and get a better quality head unit.
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    2 out of 5

    not bad but not great...

    Written By brandon, portsmouth, va on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
     
    i would save up the extra dough and get a better name brand unit. reason being
    is that well there are a few. one, the unit looks ok but i would have liked to have had
    some customizability to it. color, user interface, background etc.. not a big deal but user
    preference.
    second, the gps is a little frustrating to use. When selecting points of interest it can be
    a little confusing to figure out how to start the route. once you figure it out its about 4
    extra, unneeded steps to get to the route screen. a pain when trying to focus on the road
    and input stuff. i know, shouldnt do that but i know im not the only one. the other thing
    with the gps is that it would always give me routes that would be out of the way to where
    i need to go.

    i have a small gps that i compared this to and the routes were completely different.
    doesnt seem to be very accurate by any means. also, if you stray off of the given route,
    the gps will freeze. your position on the map will continue to move but the directions will
    not update thus prompting you to restart the route. kind of a big deal considering its a
    gps unit. the user interface is a little tacky. saving the radio presets is easy but it does
    not save the station name, just the song playing at that time. other than that i like to
    hidden all in one usb, aux ipod dock. a feature i wish other units had. its not a bad
    radio..great reception a lot of features.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value, Great Performance

    Written By huskydog, Advance, NC on Sunday, September 19, 2010
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    Purchased to replace factory radio in an 06 Mustand Convertible. Purchased VM9424 and XM Direct kit alng with all accessories. First of all the Crutchfield Service team was the best of the best, I would use them anytime. This unit has all of the features of the more expensive units at a much better cost. Navigation is easy to use, accurate and highly customizable [make sure you download 5.029 from Horizon to fix volume nuisance]. The radio comes with a USB connector which allows I-Pod hookup and control from the head unit at no extra cost. This unit plays, CD, DVD, MP3, SD Card, USB, I-Pod, AM/FM all standard and the sound is great. You can view photos, watch movies, listen to music, and with the XM direct, there are more opportunities than I can enjoy. Unit fit in dash with adapter and looks like factory original. Wiring was a breeze with the FRD1 kit, don't buy without it [make sure you go to cart for pricing, this was discounted at time of purchase]. All in all it is a great unit purchased from a great company and made the Mustang perfect!
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