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Soundstream VCM-103DMH

10.3" overhead high-resolution video monitor with built-in DVD player

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Picture quality that will keep their attention

Your backseat riders won't ever get bored again after they start watching their shows on this eye-popping video display. Soundstream's VCM-103DMH 10.3-inch LCD overhead monitor offers a high-resolution picture (1,024 by 600 pixels), providing crystal-clear imagery that reveals much more detail than a standard-definition monitor. A tough DVD transport ensures that the show will go on smoothly, even on bumpy roads.

Play the content from your phone

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology allows this monitor to play digital content from your smartphone, whether it's stored or streaming from your provider. For instance, you can watch the latest from your Netflix account when you're connected, or just listen to your playlist while the album artwork and info displays. Once your phone is connected with the correct MHL interconnect cable, this Soundstream monitor will display anything that you can play on your mobile device.

Digital video input

The  VCM-103DMH's MHL interface uses HDMI and USB plugs, along with some new technology, to send crystal-clear uncompressed digital video and audio through a single cable to deliver truly outstanding pictures and sound. Soundstream's optional MHL cable also charges the battery of your portable device, so it's always ready to rock. You're not just limited to your phone or tablet for digital input, either. You can play movies, music, or show photos from your standard non-MHL-capable devices through the monitor's USB, HDMI, and auxiliary inputs. You'll even find an SD card slot, so you could scroll through photos, for example.

More features

The  VCM-103DMH comes with three changeable color "skins" — beige, gray, and black — so you can match your headrest to your vehicle's interior. A built-in FM transmitter can send the signal to the car radio so everyone can hear. For private listening, you use a compatible set of wireless headphones connected by way of this monitor's infrared transmitter.

Highlights:

  • overhead fold-down 10.3" video monitor with built-in DVD player
  • 16:9 widescreen with 1,024 by 600 picture resolution (614.4K pixels)
  • DVD player supports DVDR/RW, MP4, AVI, and DivX formats
  • Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology enables HD content to be delivered from your mobile device through an MHL/HDMI cable
  • USB and HDMI inputs
  • SD card slot (up to 16 GB capacity)
  • auxiliary A/V inputs and outputs
  • FM transmitter plays soundtrack through vehicle's radio
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack and single-channel wireless infrared headphone transmitter (headphones not included)
  • wireless remote control
  • 3 changeable color skins included (beige, gray, black)
  • built-in dome lights
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Flip-down overhead monitor w/ integrated DVD player
  • Power/AV harness
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • 3 Trim rings (beige/black/grey)
  • 3 Covers (beige/black/grey)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Removal tool
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Registration Card

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Features

Flip-Down Overhead Monitor: The Soundstream VCM-103DMH overhead monitor features a drop-down 10.3" LCD  monitor with an integrated DVD player. It can be used as a stand-alone display with included IR wireless headphones, or can be integrated into your vehicle's audio system using its RCA outputs or built-in FM transmitter. The unit also features two audio/video inputs so you can connect optional external audio/video sources to the VCM-103DMH. The Soundstream overhead monitor includes an IR wireless remote control for added convenience.

10.3" LCD Monitor: The Soundstream VCM-103DMH features a flip-down 10.3" widescreen LCD high-resolution monitor with LED backlight technology. The 10.3" widescreen monitor has a resolution of 1,024 x 600. You can select either a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for each monitor. You can also adjust picture mode, color temperature, and noise reduction.

Built-in DVD Player: The Soundstream VCM-103DMH overhead monitor features an automotive-spec DVD transport for playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The built-in DVD player supports MP3/WAV audio codecs and MP4/AVI/DivX video codecs (up to 1080p). The player offers a Parental Control function to prevent playback of discs that are inappropriate for children.

Dual AV Inputs: The Soundstream VCM-103DMH is equipped with dual AV inputs which will accept NTSC and PAL. The VCM-103DMH is fitted with a two composite video/stereo RCA inputs. These AV inputs allow you to connect your portable MP3 player, DVD player, and/or game console.

HDMI & USB Port (MHL compatible): The Soundstream VCM-103DMH is equipped with a full-size HDMI input on the side-panel for connection of your mobile DVD player, Blu-ray player, or game console. The HDMI input can also be used in conjunction with the side-panel USB port to allow you to connect your Android smartphone, Galaxy S3, iPhone 4/4S, or iPhone 5 using one of Soundstream's MHL-to-HDMI cables (sold separately). The HDMI input will support up to 1080p video and 2ch PCM. By itself, the USB port supports connection of USB mass storage class devices (such as a thumbdrive up to 32GB) for MP3 audio, MP4 video, and JPEG photo playback.

SD-Card Slot: The overhead monitor is also fitted with a side-panel SD-card slot for MP3 audio, MP4 video, and JPEG photo playback from a SD or SDHC memory card (up to 32GB).

Headphone Output: The VCM-103DMH overhead monitor gives you two options for connecting a set of headphones so you can privately listen to your connected AV sources in the backset of your vehicle. The VCM-103DMH features a built-in IR transmitter for listening through a pair of IR headphones (530VHP12, sold separately). The VCM-103DMH is also fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone jack for a hardwired headphone connection.

Audio Output: The VCM-103DMH features a built-in FM transmitter (87.7-89.1 mHz) to output sound to your car audio system through the car stereo's FM radio. The overhead monitor is also equipped with a set of stereo RCA outputs to connect to the Aux input on your car stereo (audio cable not included; RCA-to-minijack adapter may be required). The overhead monitor does not offer built-in speakers.

Remote Control: In addition to the unit's front-panel controls, the VCM-103DMH comes supplied with a full function IR remote control for wireless operation of the overhead monitor.

OSD (On-Screen Display): The unit's OSD contains features and options that let you customize your system to change audio and video settings.

  • Aspect Ratio: You can select to display either a 16:9 or 4:3 screen image.
  • Picture Control: Select from 3 preset picture modes (Mild, User, or Dynamic). The User mode lets you adjusts the LCD monitor's brightness, contrast, hut, and saturation. You can also adjust Color Temperature and activate Noise Reduction.
  • Audio Adjustments: You can choose from 4 preset audio modes (Music, Movie, Sports, or User). The User mode activates an adjustable 5-band EQ (120Hz/500Hz/1.5kHz/5kHz/10kHz). You can also active a Surround mode for simulated surround sound in your vehicle.
Note: You can adjust the on-screen display language to English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese.

Dual LED Dome Lights: On-board dual LED lights can be used as dome lights if the unit is installed in the factory dome light locations. A trigger sensor can activate the lights when the vehicle's doors are opened.

Mounting: The flip-down overhead monitor mounts to the roof of your vehicle with the supplied metal mounting bracket and supplied hardware. The VCM-103DMH features a black plastic frame and comes supplied with interchangeable, snap-on Pewter and Shale plastic frames to match your vehicle's interior.

Interchangeable Color Skins: The unit comes with 3 sets of interchangeable snap-on color skins to match your vehicle's interior. Choose from beige, grey, or black.

 
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Still undecided

Written By Joe D, Geneva, Il on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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I bought this unit for my VW Routan, installation manual leaves something to be desired but was pretty self explanatory. First off, I liked the choice of colors for the trim and bezel, the tan matched perfectly with my interior, I also thought the various inputs were a plus. The included screws were to short to use with my thicker headliner and did not work, but a quick trip to the hardware store took care of the problem. Installation took me about 2 hours, once installed, the first DVD played was eaten and destroyed by the unit, when it finally ejected the DVD, it displayed error messages and made a sound like stripped gears grinding. I contacted Crutchfield and without any hassle, they shipped a new one the next day. The new one is performing OK so far, picture is nice, the FM transmitter is OK and offers several channel options, the only complaint is that the unit still makes that grinding noise on occasion but has not eaten any DVD's yet. I guess I have to wait and see about the longevity of this unit.
Pros:
HD, lots of input choices, interchangeable bezels to match your interior.
Cons:
Poor installation instructions, seems poorly built.
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Written By himmy, front royal va on Monday, July 15, 2013
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Item is great so far, love all options and the hd is a plus.worked great on our trip to the beach!
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Hd, usb
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