Soundstream VCD-32B

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A double-DIN workhorse

Soundstream's affordable VCD-32B CD receiver provides large accessible controls on its oversized face, so you can find the button you want quickly. Its simple display lets you know you what's going on at a glance.

Factor in built-in Bluetooth®, a USB port, a CD player, AM/FM radio, and a front panel auxiliary input, and you'll see that this Soundstream gives you lots of options for playing music while you're cruising.

Cut the cord with Bluetooth

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. Soundstream includes a sensitive front-panel microphone, which eliminates the hassle of installing an external microphone.

Audio and expansion

The VCD-32B's front USB port accepts thumb drives up to 32 GB, so you can play all your MP3 and WMA favorites. You can also connect just about any portable audio player to the front aux input, or simply pop in one of your favorite CDs.

Once you're playing what you want, shape your sound with one of the three equalizer presets. If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the two sets of preamp outputs give you convenient connections.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio Features:
    • 3 EQ presets
    • bass, treble, and loudness controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs (no iPod® control)
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front and rear)
    Other Info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring
    • Harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • Screw-bolt
    • Hex-nut
    • Backstrap
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage Not given
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    Mini ---
    iPhone N/A
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display & Remote Feature

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Soundstream VCD-32B CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The unit will playback MP3/WMA music files recorded on a CD-R/RW disc.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The VCD-32B CD receiver features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-down cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files stored on a compatible USB memory device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

    Playback & Search Functions: You can search music files within music folders on a disc or USB device. You are also able to listen to the beginning of each track for 10 seconds to help find the track you want to listen to. In addition, you can skip to the previous or next track one by one or in increments of 10. You even get Repeat and Random playback functions for disc and USB.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up. If the ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio device; such as an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or any other portable device with an analog audio output or headphone jack.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Soundstream VCD-32B is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.4 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the VR-345. One one device can be paired at a time. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the VCD-32B.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ integrated mic): The VCD-32B supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls and carry on a phone conversation hands-free; the caller's phone number will display on the head unit's LCD. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You will need to continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled phone to dial a number; the phone conversation is then automatically transferred to the Soundstream head unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Soundstream VCD-32B allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or audio player. You can control basic music playback functions (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the VVCD-32B. Advanced music navigation will still need to be done through your Bluetooth mobile device. This unit does not display song/artist information from connected Bluetooth audio devices. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VCD-32B is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs:  The VCD-32B is fitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier with fader control.

    Preset EQ + Loudness: Five EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve (User, Pop, Classic, Rock) for different types of music. The User mode allows you to independently adjust the Bass & Treble. The Loudness function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VCD-32B is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The VCD-32B lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically. You can scan through each preset station for 5 seconds.  If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    Display & Remote Features

    Single-Line LCD: The Soundstream VCD-32B CD receiver features a single LCD which will indicate source, song/artist, track info, menu settings, and clock. The clock is only display when the head unit is turned on and the clock is activated. The clock is not displayed while viewing source, station, song/artist, and track information.

    2-DIN Chassis: The VCD-32B 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. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    IR Remote: The Soundstream VCD-32B includes a 21-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.

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    Horrible product but great customer service

    Written By Dr. Devousivac, Minnesota on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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    The product broke 24 hours after install. The display stopped working and displays only random symbols. The CD player randomly turns on and off and when it is on a horrible whirring whine comes out of the box. The USB function sometimes works but usually doesn't. Despite the lemon I got, Crutchfield is taking the unit back and paying for return shipping. I am awaiting my return shipping slip and expect to receive a full refund once they get it back.

    Pros: Crutchfield customer service making right on a garbage unit

    Cons: Everything about the product because it is a flimsy, broken, worthless pain.

    Bad reception. Died after 6 weeks

    Written By Don't buy this one., Arizona on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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    I installed stereos in high school for a reputable shop so I know how to install a car radio. Sound quality was good with Diamond Audio separates in the front and Alpines in the back with a small 8" Kenwood powered subwoofer under the passenger seat. The display was a bit over the top, bordering on epileptic seizure. Controls are clumsy, but none of that mattered because it died after 6 weeks. What a waste of time...spent 17 hours on a trip to California listening to myself breathe.

    Pros: Don't matter

    Cons: Died at 6 weeks.

    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Remember, when you purchase from Crutchfield, you also get our free tech support service to help with any problem or question that comes up when installing or using that product - anything from installation and hook up, to setting the clock. And if you didn't purchase your gear from us, you can still purchase our tech support to help you out of a jam.

    It's good enough

    Written By Kate, Peoria on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    It was good enough for my car. Easy to install and fits nicely. Looks nice too and wasn't expensive. It gets the job done.

    Pros: I like the blue lights and how everything is easy to navigate.

    Cons: I don't like that you have to press a button for the clock. And that it doesn't have a scan feature so I get a lot of static stations. The sound quality could be better but it's not horrible.

    Cheap fix

    Written By Soulardjoel, Saint Louis, MO on Saturday, April 04, 2015

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    Solid, inexpensive replacement for our factory jeep piece of s#%t that would sporadically stop working. For a fraction of the money I replaced in under an hour what all the local shops wanted $400+ to do.

    Pros: Works every time

    Cons: Won't stay on clock display.

    Updated Unit

    Written By Radar, California on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    Great update to an older vehicle...Everything fit and was easy to install...didn't have to create or modify anything to fill the space of the factory radio and tape deck....

    Pros: ease of use, play thumb drives, bluetooth capabilities

    Cons: great starter unit when updating an older vehicle

    I got exactly what I paid for

    Written By Eric C, Florida on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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    The title states how this device has been and was expected at the time of purchase. I got all the features I wanted for less. Is it the best? Nope. Installed this unit into a 2000 Toyota Avalon XL I'm prepping for my teenage daughter. Crutchfield suggested harness and bezel were acceptable. The bezel plastic grain doesn't match the matte black finish in the car but it's good enough and a minor nitpick. Wiring harness doesn't come with crimp caps another minor point and not a huge deal. Shipping was fast and everything arrived as it should have. Unit has been performing well. Bluetooth hands free calling works well enough. USB port is great and has no issue playing music back on my various thumb drives. All in all I think this is a perfect entry level unit for someone needing current feature sets in a double din form factor for older vehicles.

    Pros: USB / Bluetooth streaming and handsfree calling / Aux port / Bright easily readable display / Button layout that makes sense.

    Cons: Average quality / Does everything but is master of none

    Soundstream VCD-32B

    Written By Musicman, Nyc on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    This device sucks. I bought the device and after 2 weeks with it, the Bluetooth failed. My phone would connect to it but the Bluetooth mode wouldnt function.

    Pros: Sound quality is great

    Cons: Bluetooth dosnt work

    Great System

    Written By BenW, Alabama on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    I ordered this for my daughter for Christmas. She loves it. Very easy to sync phone to unit via bluetooth. Installation instructions could be a little more detailed but I called the help line at Crutchfield and got wonderful help from them. the gentleman I spoke with walked me through what I needed to complete the installation. He was very efficient and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this product and Crutchfield.

    Pros: Easy to use. Simple installation. Works well.

    Soundstream VCD-32B

    Written By Steam Wizard, Los Gatos, CA on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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    An economically priced value.

    Pros: Very easy to use, intuitive simple and straight forward. Unit has a "protect mode" to prevent damage if you have a short circuit in the speaker wires. Crutchfield tech support is first class, as always.

    Cons: Mounting kit worked much better using double sided tape vs the screws that come with it.

    Soundstream VCD-32B

    Written By Willie, California on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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    Just installed today in my wife's Saturn SL2. Installation was very easy with Crutchfield's instruction sheets. Everything fit perfect and the sound is terrific. Also like the blue tooth feature as well.

    Pros: Easy to install. Sound and features is great.

    Cons: The search / tune feature could be a little more user friendly but overall ok.

    Quality

    Written By Gary, Mechanicsville, VA on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    I purchased this unit, hired a professional installer, and it looked really good in the vehicle. When I drove away from the install shop I immediately noticed an inordinate amount of cross modulation (crosstalk) from other FM signals. This even happened when listening to a strong signal station. Thinking that the unit has a problem, another was shipped to me, and subsequently installed. Same exact result, so I decided to just buy a better unit. I contacted Crutchfield, told the tech that I didn't want either one, and he provided me the necessary labels to ship both back. I then ordered a Kenwood DPX500BT and man, this unit nails it, in every respect. I guess the old adage is true that "you get what you pay for" The Soundstream might do well for some folks but not for me in this metro area. There was an old automotive manufacturer whose motto was, "we wrote the book on 4-wheel drive". Well allow me to say that Crutchfield wrote the book on customer service. I will never go anywhere else to buy my audio equipment. Each person I spoke with was a professional in every respect. A great company to do business with. Oh, and I would recommend the Kenwood unit. It actually imported the entire phone contact list from my I-phone. Incredible!

    Pros: Looks good. Many features. Easy to install. Reasonably priced.

    Cons: Crosstalk between FM stations. Phone function randomly came on and then would go off without making a call.

    bright @night

    Written By Anonymous, upstate, ny on Saturday, December 06, 2014

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    I agree with what someone else said about bright @ night.

    For the price cant complain.

    I wish their was a dimmer and could change the color to a darker color then neon blue.

    Sound is good.

    But will need an amp connected if have aftermarket speakers. Treble - is great. Bass - needs small amp, for mids.

    It's "OK"

    Written By bret, AZ on Friday, December 05, 2014

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    Interestingly, the box the receiver came in stated it has a detachable face with carrier. This is not true. Overall its a baseline receiver. In a 2005 Dodge Ram the mic is not sensitive enough. As a driver, one has to lean over near the dash in order for your voice to be heard appropriately. The music stream feature via Bluetooth with an Android phone seems to have intermittant reception ('skipping') whereas with an Iphone its not intermittant. Also, one cannot dim the lights or get rid of the flashing spectrum on the display as music is playing.

    Pros: Decent for an entry level receiver.

    Cons: Mic sensitivity, bluetooth questionable with Android and annoying flashing lights.

    Soundstream VCD-32B

    Written By Randy, California on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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    I hate to give a poor review, but.... Had I known the phone mode on this radio would stop working in less than 3 weeks, I would have selected another more popular brand without the phone interface capability, because now, that's what I have. I do not change out dash radios for a living, nor for fun. It was something I needed to do and I made a choice of this radio for the Bluetooth phone connection capability--it worked for less than 3 weeks. The radio is installed in my Mom's 2006 Hyundai Tucson, and everything else about the radio works great. I am a bit disappointed with the response from the "Tech Support". I sent an email to the Tech Support at Soundstream, and this is all I got back in reply, "Please contact our service Dept. to get the information on having that unit serviced.". I have responded twice asking for additional info about the problem, because, as I mentioned, I do not replace dash radios for fun, and I have yet to hear anything back from the tech support. I wish they would not have totally ignored me; it has made me sorry for trying this brand.

    Pros: So far, the radio itself works great and has good sound.

    Cons: The issues I have are with the fact the phone mode stopped working and the Soundstream tech support is not much for communication, nor additional response.

    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Read the spec

    Written By DC, Maryland on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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    My fault for not examining the specs closely. Radio has seek but no scan and no dimmer capability. Blue panel lights are extremely bright and distracting and also causes reflection in the windshield that is very bothersome at night

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons: No scan Panel lights don't dim

    CUSTOMER

    Written By RICHB, WEST VIRIGINA on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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    IS A GREAT PRODUCT FOR THE PRICE AND EASE OF USE

    Soundstream VCD-32B

    Written By Carl, Crystal Lake, IL on Saturday, November 01, 2014

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    Installed and a 2004 Honda Accord work perfectly in the bottom cubby area very easy to set up

    Pros: Easy to set up/ use

    Cons: None yet

    Great stereo

    Written By Tanya, Santa ana on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    Love that the mic was built on, but was not compatible with iPhone.

    Pros: Built in mic

    Cons: Not compatible with iPhone.

    Works well in my 2003 Tiburon

    Written By Tom P, Broadalbin, NY on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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    Perfect fit in my Tiburon. Technical assistance quickly answered a wiring question I had. Overall a great entry level stereo for the price.

    Pros: Easy to navigate. Aux, USB, bluetooth

    Cons: Bluetooth cuts music out with Windows Phone Facebook notifications for a couple seconds. Have to turn off toaster to eliminate this "feature"