Soundstream VR-345B

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Big features, small chassis

Soundstream's VR-345B DVD receiver gives you a gorgeous 3.4" fold-down LCD display in a smaller single-DIN (2" tall) chassis that can fit a wide variety of vehicles. Combine that with DVD/CD playback, Bluetooth®, a front USB port, an SD card slot, and you've got a little receiver with a huge multimedia upside.

Bluetooth means wireless

Bluetooth provides you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible smartphone. Soundstream built in a sensitive built-in Bluetooth microphone for your calls, located on the receiver's faceplate for a simpler installation.

Ready for your video and audio

Soundstream's 3.4" LCD screen makes a great display for system and song info, and you can also use it to view movies and video from DVDs and other sources when your car is parked. If you want to take your show on the road, connect a video screen to the video output on the VR-345B and keep your passengers entertained. The receiver will play any MP4 video that you've loaded onto an SD card, USB device, or DVD.

When you're in the mood for music, you can slide in just about any disc, even a recordable DVD loaded with music files. And the SD card slot, USB port, and auxiliary input offer plenty of other ways to check out all your media. Want to add some punch to your soundtracks? This Soundstream includes five EQ presets for quick tone changes, and two sets of preamp outputs for connecting outboard amps.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 3.4" fold-down detachable LCD display
    • fits single-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • bass and treble controls with 5 preset EQ curves
    • loudness control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB input (no iPod control), front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear)
    Other Information:

    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.

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    Aftermarket radio

    Written By Dc, Michigan on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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    Good radio for the price. I mainly got it because I wanted the ability to allow me to play music through blue tooth and that works great. Sound quality is average usability is average but price is low so quality for money is great. I really wasn't wanting to dump a ton of money into a fancy high dollar radio so this one works great for me. Take some time to figure out how it works and set it up before you drive cause changing things while driving can be hard.

    Pros: Blue tooth, CD player, backup camera capable, looks cool, easy instal.

    Cons: Not user friendly, small screen, the mic is located on the face of the radio so it has bad reception and back ground noise if trying to make calls through the Bluetooth.

    Plays Great

    Written By Cigtyme, Houma, La on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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    Very easy to install and sounds great for the price.

    Pros: Great value

    Cons: Small Screen

    Looks good but not driver friendly

    Written By Tim, Chesterfield, VA on Friday, July 31, 2015

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    The unit looks nice but too many steps to do simple things especially listening to audio through Bluetooth. I almost rear-ended a car on to occasions during the 2 weeks I had this unit in my car.

    Pros: Looks good. Easy ton install.

    Cons: Hard to switch between inputs while driving.

    Solid little receiver

    Written By Mthrynn, Texas on Friday, July 31, 2015

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    I was looking for a good quality receiver with a decent set of features. Bluetooth was a must as was a usb connection. I got that and more with this receiver. There is a little LCD screen that displays all sorts of things.

    Pros: Bluetooth, AUX, LCD screen, SD Card

    Cons: A few of the settings are left off of the receiver itself and you can only get to them via the remote control (an item I consider superfluous).

    Nice Radio..Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By J.Rosario, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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    Nice Radio, good look, sound very nice, easy to install. Crutchfield support good job.

    Pros: very easy to install and manage, and setup this radio.

    Cons: No comments.

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By Anonymous, Minnesota on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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    Not that great. Doesn't do much, not many features, or control options

    Soundstream

    Written By Mel, Virginia on Thursday, July 02, 2015

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    Unit easy to install. Put in rear view camera with it. There are certain wires you need to use that are not labeled so get with Crutchfield service and they will tell you exactly what to do. Unit is cool use the remote for easier uSe works good sounds and looks good great product great unit for the price.

    Pros: very easy to install and manage.

    Sound Stream VR 345 B

    Written By Josh, Marshfield , WI on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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    Nice stereo. Used it to replace the factory deck in a Land Rover discovery. Had to run the line out adapter from under the steering wheel but wasn't a big deal. Deck fit perfect...looks great.

    Pros: Easy install..fits perfectly. Kit and instructions that came with were right on. Sound quality is great too.

    Cons: Had to run the LOA which added some time to the install.

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By SethS, New Jersey on Thursday, May 21, 2015

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    The radio should have dedicated buttons for the stations. The radio has a lot of functions but it is not easy To use you have to use multi buttons for functions have to pull the car ove to use .you have to pull the car oven.to see

    Pros: Good price and a lot of features

    Cons: Needs dedicated buttons for the radio presets. Need to use more than one button for a function

    Nice for the price

    Written By matt, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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    Great unit, good sound. The only complaint I have is ease of use. Can't use remote by feel while driving. I have pre-amp outs going to RF 400w powering front and back, and have front speaker outs driving a powered sub. Runs all perfectly. I use my phone to stream Pandora by Bluetooth. Works great. Oh yeah, one more minor issue is radio reception. It's not great, but it's not really bad either. Overall, I'm happy with it. It looks cool. I'm going to add a back up camera. And the multimedia options are great. Crutchfield was great. Got it quick. Wiring harness made install super easy.

    Pros: Easy install Runs everything I need it too Sounds great Looks cool Many playback options (SD card, USB, CD, Bluetooth)

    Cons: Ease of use Radio reception

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By Anonymous, Carpentersville, IL on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    Very complicated to use

    Pros: Looks great

    Cons: Trouble playing DVDs the sub doesn't charge I phones and difficult to set radio stations

    absolute junk in comparison

    Written By Josh, Virginia on Saturday, May 02, 2015

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    Do not cut corners, this is a waste of money. Spend 80 dollars more and get the Jensen 3012. You go from crappy tiny non touch screen to excellent full size touch screen. The soundstream sounds terrible compared to the jensen, its interface is lousy, its display is so much worse, and it has a weird spider logo. DO NOT BUY.

    Pros: Zero. None. Crap.

    Cons: Not worth the money, it is that weird money vs value thing that makes us consider buying an underpriced piece of junk instead of a rightpriced diamond.

    great value for the money

    Written By Mad Lad, Massachusetts on Friday, April 24, 2015

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    The VR-345-B is a great value for the money. The on face controls are a little confusing, and the remote isn't something you should use while driving. The fit isn't quite as tight as I would like. The sound is great and the media output options are a great surprise considering the price point.

    Pros: great sound, media input and output options

    Cons: confusing face controls, not a tight console fit

    Bad

    Written By Txg, New York on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    Major disappointment

    Pros: None

    Cons: Too many to name

    vr-345b

    Written By chad, Warner robins on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    Unit easy to install. Put in rear view camera with it. There are certain wires you need to use that are not labeled so get with Crutchfield service and they will tell you exactly what to do. Unit is cool use the remote for easier uSe works good sounds and looks good great product

    Cheap

    Written By Leviathan151, Pennsylvania on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    After reading some of the reviews I thought this would be a good purchase for the money. Turns out, I want to send it back after just a few days of using it. The sound quality from streaming Pandora through bluetooth is horrid. I have 2 sets of Infinity Kappas and if you run bad sound to these speakers, they will play bad sound. I was aware that there were no controls for an Ipod (so no Iphone controls either) but I thought that I could at least charge my Iphone through the usb. Not the case. You just get a "USB Error" when you plug it in. I do not own one CD. I stream all my music so for me, this is not a good head unit.

    Pros: The cost, you can add a reverse cam, it has built in bluetooth and it plays Dvd's.

    Cons: Bluetooth stream sound quality is bad. Has no Ipod controls and you cant even charge your iphone from it. So if you dont use Cd's or put your music on a usb, the sound quality is going to be bad...

    Don't let the screen dupe you...

    Written By Dave, Maryland on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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    The radio looked pretty cool online and I ignored my gut feeling about the coolness and the price. The radio is easy to install as Crutchfield always comes through with the necessities to get the job done quickly and professionally. The radio overall isn't too bad as long as you accept you get what you pay for. The screen was the selling point and I fell for it. I recommend you just spend the same money or even add a few bucks on a Pioneer or a similar name brand radio it's well worth it. The BT feature is nice but the mic is in the face plate so you sound distant and music playback through the BT is really low so you have to crank up the volume and hope you didn't forget about that when you switch to the radio or CD. No dimmer connections so you are blinded at night. A screen saver or availability to add your own jpg would be nice as the display looks pretty blah. Again, stick with a name you know.

    Pros: Looks cool, I like the SD slot behind the face as it hides any additional temptation for someone to take a quick stab at stealing it, the wiring is easy and again the screen was the selling point initially.

    Cons: The instructions for settings is a bit confusing, the menu buttons take a bit of getting used to, you can dim the screen but you can't dim any additional lighted features (big disappointment), the menu doesn't pick songs up from were it left off so i heard song #1 every time i got back into my truck, the remote control is big and not very user friendly, additionally the buttons are poor and it takes several presses to get a result.

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, Zebulon, nc on Monday, April 06, 2015

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    Great product wit a great price. Easy install.

    Pros: Function

    Cons: Remote control is crowded and can't be seen at night.

    Don't buy

    Written By Olsmoky, Tennessee on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    I bought this unit about a year ago. unfortunately I can not find my receipt so can not get tech support from Crutchfield. I would have given this unit a 4 star till it quit working but now it's only a one star. the face plate quit working so I have no way to use the radio. I have power to unit but nothing shows up on faceplate . So now it is only usefull as a paper weight.

    Pros: wonderful unit while it works

    Cons: only working for about a year is absurd

    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 That stinks, and you're right, the stereo SHOULD work for far longer than a year. Please call our customer service number (800-955-9091) and they can look up your order and then put you in contact with our tech support department.

    Verte good car stereo

    Written By Aldo, Miami on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    It seems to me a very good car stereo has very good sound and video, and with reverse camera image looks very good I think in excellent stereo

    Got what I paid for kind of

    Written By Cole, New york on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    Makes a crazy loud beep as push buttons it can be turned off but it's still annoying and the menus are weird . I thought it was touch screen for some reason but that's my own dumb fault . Other than that it's a good unit

    Pros: Looks nice plays video and relatively inexpensive

    Cons: The menue sucks

    Pretty good and worth the money

    Written By RyanR, Oklahoma on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Pros: It got me a backup camera screen in a single DIN for not much money. Display switches quickly to camera when you shift to reverse. It works good. Cons: It takes about 10 seconds to power up after starting the car, so sometimes you have to wait to use the backup camera. The screen is not very bright esp. in bright daylight. The user interface is not intuitive at all. You will have to read the book to learn to program anything. The remote is huge and buttons are all the same size, so its hard to operate by feel. Bottom line - you get what you pay for, and it got exactly what I needed for not much cash. I'd buy another one if I needed it.

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    Written By Troy, South Holland, IL on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Overall it's a good unit. Very simple to operate.

    Pros: This unit has a beautiful display. Easy to read. It has enough power to reach highs and lows. It has every connection you will need from Bluetooth, sd card reader, usb, 3.5 aux plug input, etc, etc..

    Cons: The radio reception has a little distortion. The sound is not as lively as an Alpine or Kenwood.

    Very nice display face. Unbeatable value.

    Written By SamF, Florida on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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    I bought this to replace the unit in the Mercedes E430. I do need to use dremel tool to shave a little bit around the factory opening. The new radio looks good and sound very good too. I think it is even better than the OEM radio. I had a problem with the sound after hook up. I called for tech support . I received a wiring diagram through my email and instructed to hook up a wire to the factory adapter to turn on the internal amp. Everything is working good now.

    Pros: Unbeatable value.

    Cons: The instruction manual is too little with tiny printed connection diagram.

    Great service

    Written By Hugh...West Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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    I could have purchased this radio for at least $20.00 least than I paid Crutchfield. But I valued the input receieved from their technition. I provide (via online) information regarding car type, price and usage. Crutchfield responded within 24 hrs with specific recomendations and attached a pre-loaded shopping cart with recommened radio and items needed to install it. Installing it was a bit tricky but the radio is terrif....would highly recommend this sound system and Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound quality superior, great functionality, very good value for the price

    Cons: Wiring can be a bit tricky even with conversion box

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By Juice, West Virginia on Saturday, March 07, 2015

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    Great for price video quality great clear

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By thezman4ya, high point, nc on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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    This was an inexpensive radio with high quality.

    Pros: Simple to use, and great video picture Quality

    stereo

    Written By johnny, st peters mo on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    It's exactly as stated in ad, looks good and works good. What a bargain,very pleased

    Pros: Looks operation sound

    Soundstream VR-345B

    Written By Mac, Arizona on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    Love the fit finish and ease of use of this stereo. A lot of great features for a great price point. Particularly the Bluetooth Phone and the playability of digital music formats. The screen is very visible for it size and easy to read.

    Pros: Fit, finish, ease of use, ease of installation, great features, great price point.

    Cons: Stereo could use more power wattage for greater volume.

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Ray, Beaumont texas on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    Grwat radio for the price! Bluetooth phone could sound better, maybe should add a mic? Either way great all around radio!

    Pros: Bluetooth and dvd for the price

    Cons: Sound quality on bluetooth phone

    Soundstream cd/dvd player

    Written By Anonymous, Windsor, Missouri on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    The player is great. A ease to put in and works great for my truck. I didn't have to many options for DVD players in my truck and this fits the bill.

    Pros: Space is great, sound quality and movie picture is great for the price. That is the key to this. If you are on a tight budget, PERFECT way to go. I'm serious best route to go!

    Cons: The remote is a pain, but it can be acceptable. When you have a usb drive or MP3 cd it is hard to skip through the song. You have to go through one by one. But like I said in the pros section if you are on a tight budget like I was then it's worth these Perticular cons.

    soundstream vr 345b

    Written By Anonymous, drummonds tn on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    I love the stereo. Was easy to install. If I had another vehicle I would install another one

    Pros: Easy install. Superior sound and quality.

    Cons: --------------

    Great

    Written By Maue, Missouri on Saturday, January 03, 2015

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    I had 2 of these sent to me. The first one did not work when I pulled it out of the box but one call and Crutchfield had a nether one on its way. Now it is installed and I am amassed at how it sounds. I have had no problems with the fm signal strength. The built in speaker is a little week thow I hafto talk loud and I have Ben told it sounds like I'm in an airplane. Picture quality is amassing it's almost like being in the movies with a little screen with the way it sounds. The one thing I don't like is the phone set up. you can't really axes any phone options from the head unit you hafto use the remote. But for the price there would be something I won't like.

    Pros: Video quality, Bluetooth capability sound.

    Cons: Phone mike, not really hands free dialing.

    Best inexpensive upgrade.

    Written By JonJonsocal, Anaheim, CA on Monday, December 01, 2014

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    Great radio upgrade, easy to install and fits like a glove! Best deal out there... If you want to get the max bang for your bucks this one is the one for you... Very simple and easy to use not to mention the detachable face! Best single din with screen I've seen... Great picture quality! And as always you get everything you need for an easy install with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Detachable face easy to use and to install fits like a glove Has every out/input you migth need Built-in mic Built-in Bluetooth Dvd player Front usb Front video in Easy to use interface..

    Cons: Remote is some what generic( has unusable buttons) Remote is hard to see at night Software is ok (might need an update soon)

    Great single din reciever

    Written By Shane, Atlanta Ga on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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    Great value. Sounds great looks awesome

    Pros: Value sound quality

    nice

    Written By Anonymous, Harrisburg pa on Thursday, November 27, 2014

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    Works and sounds good .

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Hard to use at first until you figure out.

    Quality and Economical

    Written By RoSal, Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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    This unit was by far the best we were able to find after doing a comparison of many different types of audio systems. We are using these systems in all of our limousines now. Easy to install, everything needed comes with the unit, sounds great and our clients seem to have no trouble at all in operation the system. Highly recommend this system to anyone looking for crystal clear sound, ease of operation, great looks and the best part of all is that it won't drain your pockets, worth every penny and more.

    Great system for the money

    Written By Sound stream, Teaneck nj on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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    Easy to install and great for the money

    Pros: Works and sounds good

    Cons: Don't have one

    great price!!

    Written By Anonymous, Winston Salem, nc on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    This unit is very nice. The DVD movie quality is ok not great. A lot of screen rips on fast motion. The user interface is very straightforward. The installation was very easy. Please note, this unit doesn't have kenwood sound quality. Very flat bass and ringing highs and low to mid volume level. The Bluetooth is very good, no pause or disconnects. I wish it had a better remote. It works but you can't see it at night. It has way to many buttons to not have glow in the dark or lights. The screen isnt touch screen. It doesn't support voice calling or texting. I tried and can't seem to get it working. The build quality is nice, and it doesn't feel cheap. This unit has preset EQ setting with just bass and treble. There isnt any Bluetooth commands or voice. The bluetooth was very clear no static. It has a lot of options for basic DVD playback. For the money, this is more than I thought it would be. I wasn't disappointed and you won't be....

    Pros: Nice build with dvd and Bluetooth, nice price. wow best Bluetooth connection for your phone or mp3. Way to many options... Get this while supplies last.

    Cons: Sound quality needs better bass and clean highs. No voice commands or hands free controls. Needs illumination color change option.

    Very Happy

    Written By Bryan C, Weatherford, TX on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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    Great radio for the price. I have no problems and it fits my needs perfectly. Tech support was incredibly helpful.

    Pros: Price, Ease of install

    Cons: None so far

    Great Value -Except!

    Written By Anonymous, tampa, fl on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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    This unit is made under 3 names. I purchased 3 units under 2 different brand names because consistantly the radio tuner had malfunctioned, delivering only static. The Soundstream model actually picks up some stations but not nearly as many as the systems it replaced. If you do get a unit with a satisfactory tuner, all other functions of this system work well. The usb, bluetooth, rear camera function, dvd, all operate correctly.

    Pros: Usb, Bluetooth, DVD, Rear Camera and display functions all work well. Screen displays adequate information when playing mp3.

    Cons: The radio function picks up very few stations, and having purchased 2 identical units under different brand names, they too had radio problems, not picking up any stations at all. I purchase this Sound Stream unit from Crutchfield at a premium simply because I knew they would back their product and help resolve any issues should they arise.

    Easy install.

    Written By ButchinFl, Fort Myers, Fl on Friday, May 23, 2014

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    Easy as you want it to be. We soldered and double wrapped with shrink and tape. Adapters were user friendly as was the dash mount adapter. Their online help is expert and courteous. They actually listened and clarified. Have already referred a neighbor to them.

    Almost great except for one flaw

    Written By JohnP, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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    I really wanted to like this unit, decent build quality with some cool features such as the display which could be connected to a backup camera,both SD card and USB media capable and good sound. However, the FM tuner is weak, constantly fading in/out with stations my factory unit had not trouble bringing in. It seemed that the FM receiver had squelch which exaggerated fade in/fade out even more. In the end, it was too much of a deficiency and I returned the unit for a Kenwood which cost $60 more but reception is no longer an issue. One other minor flaw on this stereo which I could have overlooked was that when I wore polarized sunglasses, the display could only be viewed from a very narrow angle. The Bluetooth worked well with my phone and the built in mic was ok, not great but good enough.

    Pros: Good feature set, attractively priced, Bluetooth and build quality.

    Cons: FM tuner

    Fantastic quality

    Written By John, Maine on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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    I love this system. It was easy to install...and I'm only 17. It sounds great and has lots of great extra features. It fit perfectly and looks factory installed.

    Pros: Awesome look, sound, fit and easy to install

    Cons: None

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    What's in the box?

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    • Single-DIN multimedia receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Detachable face-plate (inside face case)
    • Face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 4 Pan-head screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rear stud bolt
    • Hex nut
    • Lock washer
    • Flat washer
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Bluetooth Connection Instructions
    • Video File Conversion Instructions
    • Owner's Registration Card

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 20 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 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (front)
    Audio/video Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    Mini ---
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No

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    LCD Color Screen
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    LCD Color Screen

    3.4" LCD Screen: The Soundstream VR-345B features a 3.4" color LCD screen for display of video & photo files, as well as song/artist information. The brightness of the display can be adjusted in 3-steps (low/mid/high).

    Fold-down Detachable Front-Panel: The unit's front-panel must be folded-down to insert/eject a disc or SD card. You can detach the head unit's front-panel to deter theft (face case included).

    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 brown 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.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The head unit's front-panel must be folded down to insert or eject a disc. The Soundstream VR-345B supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3/WMA music files and MP4/DivX video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.

    Front-Panel SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-345B is fitted with a front-panel SD-card slot (hidden behind fold-down front-panel) that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files, MP4/DivX video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Soundstream VR-345B 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 (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files, MP4/DivX video files, and JPEG 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Soundstream VR-345B 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. 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-345B.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ integrated mic): The VR-345B 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. 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 can make a call by entering a phone number from the included remote, selecting a contact from your Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Soundstream VR-345B 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 VVR-345B. 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-345B is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, seek, and scan tuning.

    Preset Stations w/ Preset Scan: The VR-345B 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.

    Seek/Scan: The built-in tuner offers both seek and scan tuning. You can manually seek stations or scan through each station for 10 seconds.

    Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-345B is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs:  The VR-345B is fitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier with fader control.

    Preset EQ: 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.

    Loudness: This 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.

    AV Connections

    Front-Panel AV Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input 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 (pink wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.9 seconds.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Soundstream VR-345B includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.

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