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Soundstream VCD-32B

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    The double-DIN design offers bigger buttons and a larger display

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Our take on the Soundstream VCD-32B

by Dave Delamere
Soundstream

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.

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.

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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.

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:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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
    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
    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

    Our Product Research Team

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