Soundstream VDVD-165

DVD player

  • Soundstream VDVD-165


  • Soundstream VDVD-165


  • Soundstream VDVD-165

  • Soundstream VDVD-165

  • Soundstream VDVD-165


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by Ken Nail

Add video to your vehicle

If you want to add video capabilities to your vehicle, you've got a couple of choices. You could change the stock receiver to a DVD or multimedia receiver, or you can add a stand-alone DVD player like the Soundstream VDVD-165 to your system. Each route has its own advantages, but in many cases you may prefer to go with a stand-alone player — for example, it's a great choice if you're putting a system into an RV.

Soundstream VDVD-165

You can mount the VDVD-165 in the dash or use the included brackets for other locations.

Just what you need

Soundstream designed the VDVD-165 as a video jack-of-all-trades. Just add a screen and an amp and this player is ready to go as the heart of your vehicle's A/V system — and at a very attractive price, too. You can mount this Soundstream in the single-DIN (2" tall) opening in your dash above or below your factory radio, so it can deliver the DVD signal to your rear screens. Or you can use the supplied brackets to mount it on a variety of flat surfaces, wherever you've got space in your vehicle.

The player comes with a remote control and an IR repeater, so you can take charge of the system when you're out of line of sight. In addition to the front DVD slot, you'll find a convenient USB input, SD card slot, and A/V input. So if you're not watching a movie, you can check out vacation photos, listen to MP3 music files, or plug in a game system.


    General features:
    • DVD/CD player (no internal amplifier)
    • fits single-DIN dash openings — mounts provided for horizontal mounting
    • remote control with IR repeater included
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • inputs: front USB input, front SD card slot, front A/V input
    • outputs: rear A/V output
    Other information:

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    • DIN-size DVD player (2 transport screws inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 8" Minijack-to-RCA AV adapter
    • IR Blaster (w/ attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 L-brackets
    • 2 Backstraps
    • Rear-stud bolt
    • 8 Machine screws
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 2 Self-adhesive pads
    • 2-Sided tape
    • Owner's Manual
    • Owner's Registration Card

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    DIN-Size DVD Player: The Soundstream VDVD-165 DIN-size universal DVD player is designed to add multimedia to your vehicle's current A/V system already consisting of a head-unit or amplifier with RCA audio inputs and video monitor consisting of a composite video input. The unit is designed to be mounted in the dash using the supplied sleeve, trim ring, and mounting hardware. The DVD player can also be mounted out of sight, under the seat or in the glove box, using the supplied brackets and mounting hardware.

    Disc Compatibility: The Soundstream VDVD-165 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit will play back of music, video, and photo files recorded onto DVD or CD.

    SD Card Slot: The Soundstream VDVD-165 is fitted with a front-panel SD-card slot  that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of music, video, and photo files on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    USB Port: The Soundstream VDVD-165 is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) 2.0 port for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone, digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of music files, video, and photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

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

    Supported Files: The unit can play back MP3/WMA music files, MPEG/MP4 video files, and JPEG still-image files recorded onto compatible CD/DVD discs, SD/SDHC memory cards, or a USB MSC device.

    File Types File Description File System Maximum Number of Files/Folders
    Audio MP3: 32-320 kbps, 8-48 kHz
    WMA: 32-320 kbps, 8-48 kHz
    Disc: ISO 9660 or Joliet format
    SD/SDHC: FAT 12/16/32
    USB: FAT 12/16/32
    99 Folders
    448 Files
    Video MP4 (AVI/DivX/XVID)
    MPEG 1, MPEG 2
    Photo JPEG

    AV Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input and comes with a minijack-to-RCA AV adapter for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a MP3 player or game system.

    AV Outputs: The Soundstream VDVD-165 is fitted with a composite video output and stereo RCA outputs to connect the player to your existing car stereo system.

    On-Screen Display: The VDVD-165 provides an on-screen menu display through its composite video output. This unit does not feature a front-panel display of its own.

    Remote Control w/ IR Blaster: In addition to the unit's front-panel controls, the Soundstream VDVD-165 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the DVD player. The VDVD-165 features a Remote input and comes with an external IR blaster which can be mounted on the dash, so you can still operate the DVD player even if it is installed out of sight.

    Power/Ground Harness: The included harness consists of a Red (+12V Switched), Yellow (+12V Accessory), and Black (Ground) wires.

    Mounting Dimensions:

    • Chassis: 7.175" (w) x 2.095" (h) x 5.75" (d)
    • Face Plate: 7.345" (w) x 2.205" (h) x 0.625" (d)
    • Mounting Depth Required (w/ cables): 6.9375"
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    Written By MRC, Central NY on Friday, June 21, 2013
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    Everything works as advertised. Install was smooth and uneventful. Working through Crutchfield was painless and cost effective. Had the player a couple months now and works perfectly.
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    Written By Jerry, Ashland,VA on Friday, May 31, 2013
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    Excellent quality. Easy to install. The best support team on the planet!!!
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    1 question already asked

    When you're watching a movie and shut off the vehicle, will the movie resume playing from the same spot when you come back? Or does it go back to the start? [ Reverend Ink  Mar 29, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • Not sure. I would not buy this product. I have had one in my charter bus for less than a year and am going to have to buy a 30.00 local one to replace it because it will not suck in the DVD. I sent the one I ordered for a second bus back because it did not work correctly out of the box. Got a local one on that bus 30.00. Still working. Hope this is helpful. [ KEVIN H   Mar 30, 2014 ]

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