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Soundstream VR-103B

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  • Soundstream VR-103B

    Get the big screen experience in the smaller single-DIN fit

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    SmartSense technology reduces glare and provides better clarity

 

Our take on the Soundstream VR-103B

by Dave Delamere
Soundstream

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Installation Note: Soundstream's VR-103B requires adequate clearance for its oversized display when mounted in your vehicle's dashboard. Please call us at 1-888-955-6000 if you require assistance in determining if it will work in your vehicle.

Big, big screen for a small dash opening

While the maximum screen size for most double-DIN (4" tall) DVD receivers is limited to about 7", Soundstream's VR-103B takes a different direction by including a mammoth, detachable 10.3" screen on a single-DIN (2" tall) chassis. While it may not be for every car, or every installation, it can be a real show-stopper in a dash that isn't large enough to accept a double-DIN radio. In addition to the big display, you also get a DVD/CD player, Bluetooth®, a USB port, an SD card slot, and lots of ways to expand your system.

Bluetooth for wireless convenience

Bluetooth allows you to take and make calls using your compatible phone through this receiver, all while keeping your hands on the wheel when talking. The sensitive microphone built into the front panel of the VR-103B lets your callers hear you clearly. Built-in A2DP technology allows you to stream music from your smartphone through this Soundstream without the hassle of plugging in.

User-friendly touchscreen controls

Soundstream's SmartSense™ touchscreen delivers better clarity with less glare, so you can quickly see all your system info. Its icon-based menu system lets you quickly access content from USB drives and SD cards, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth wireless audio, CDs, and DVDs.

Lots of options

Use the VR-103B's front audio/video input to hook up your favorite portable audio player, game console, or another video source. This receiver boasts a video output to send movies to young viewers in the backseat. You'll also appreciate the input for a rear-view camera, so you can safely maneuver in and out of tight parking spots.

You can play your MP3 music using the front USB input, DVD/CD player, and SD card slot. Once you've picked your music, you can tweak it with the five EQ presets. You'll dig the five preamp outputs if you're adding amps and subs to your system, and you can use the touchscreen to control the amount of bass coming from your subwoofer.

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.

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Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (14 watts RMS/52 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 10.3" detachable motorized SmartSense™ touchscreen display
    • fits single-DIN dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards
    • 5 preset EQ curves
    • bass, treble, and loudness controls
    • low-pass filter
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB input (no iPod control), front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: rear analog video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other Information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    52 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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    N/C
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    3.5mm (AV)
    USB Input
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    Side
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    N/A
    Nano
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    N/A
    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    N/A
    Tuner
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    10 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 receiver (2 transport screws)
    • Detachable touchscreen monitor
    • 2 Sleeves (one installed)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/AV harness
    • 3.5mm-to-RCA AV adapter
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • Carrying case
    • 4 Pan-head screws
    • Rear-mount bolt
    • Metal backstrap
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Bluetooth Connection Instructions
    • Supplemental Toubleshooting Information
    • "CAUTIONS" note
    • Owners Registration Card
    • Video File Conversion 101

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    Touchscreen & Remote Features
    Multimedia Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    AV Connections

    Touchscreen & Remote

    10.3" Motorized SmartSense Touchscreen: The Soundstream VR-103B features a 1024 RGB x 600 high-resolution motorized 10.3" LCD monitor with LED backlighting and SmartSense touchscreen technology. SmartSense touchscreen technology offers more precise control, greater clarity, and less glare. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics make menu navigation easy. The monitor electronically slides out for loading or ejecting a disc, and allows you to adjust the viewing angle (1-4) of the screen.

    Note: The motorized LCD monitor measures 10.0625" (w) x 6.25" (h). It extends 4.125" below the bottom of the head unit's chassis and does not retract inside of the unit. This type of design may interfere with your vehicle's instrument panel. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car and talk to one of our Sales Advisors to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Detachable LCD Monitor: The unit's LCD touchscreen monitor is detachable to deter theft, and comes with a padded carrying case for added protection.

    Hard-Key Controls: There are also push-button controls along the top-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor. The controls included Power/Mute, Menu, Setup/EQ, and Eject.

    Backlight Brightness: You can adjust the unit's LCD monitor brightness in 3 steps; including Low, Mid, and High.

    Parking Brake Detection: 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 pink wire of the included harness must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged. Video on the LCD monitor can only be displayed when this unit's Parking Brake wire (pink) senses that the parking brake has been engaged in the vehicle.

    Remote Control: The Soundstream VR-103B includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit. The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the Farenheit Steering Wheel Control Interface (sold separately; not available at Crutchfield).

    Multimedia Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Soundstream VR-103B supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3 music files and MP4/AVI video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.

    SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-103B is fitted with a SD-card slot located on the top-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3 music files, MP4/AVI video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    USB 2.0 Port: The Soundstream VR-103B is fitted with a USB (type-A) 2.0 port located on the side-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 music files, MP4/AVI video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

    Note: This unit's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad.

    Bluetooth Technology: The Soundstream VR-103B features built-in Bluetooth (Ver 2.0) Technology. With built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled audio player.  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 - HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), & AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    • Hands-free Communication w/ Integrated Mic: The VR-103B supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VR-103B allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's integrated front-panel microphone and your car audio speakers. The VR-103B allows you to answer the call manually from the head unit or automatically. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's LCD monitor. You can make a call from the VR-103B using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9), your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 
    • Audio Streaming: The Soundstream VR-103B also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control (Play/Pause/Skip) the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VR-103B. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    Note: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the VR-103B.  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 VR-103B.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-103B is equipped with a 14W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    5ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The VR-103B features front, rear and subwoofer 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The mono-subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover (80/120/160Hz) for subwoofer preamp output. You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-15).

    Equalizer: Five EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve (User, Pop, Classic, Rock, Jazz) for different types of music. The User mode allows you to independently adjust the Bass & Treble from -9 to +9.

    Loudness: 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. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-103B is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning. The VR-103B lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically.  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. If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    Note: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.

    AV Connection

    Aux Input: The unit features a 3.5mm audio/video input on the side-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a MP3 player or game console.

    Video Output: The multimedia head unit features a rear-panel composite video output for integration of a ceiling-mounted or headrest entertainment system in your vehicle.

    Rear-View Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera (sold separately). This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (orange/black wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 2.0 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

     
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