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by Ken Nail
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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.

Video and Bluetooth® in one sweet package

If your car has a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, you're all set to equip your car for movies, hands-free calling, and wireless audio streaming with Soundstream's VR-652NB. This versatile DVD receiver sports a bright 6.5" display with touchscreen controls, perfect for watching DVDs when your car's parked. The receiver's built-in Bluetooth offers hands-free calling, and you'll appreciate the easy-to-use touchscreen when you're making outgoing calls. And Bluetooth audio streaming lets you send music to the receiver from compatible devices.

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Music central

When you're ready for some music, take your choice. You've got a front-panel USB input for memory devices, while the front-panel audio/video input provides a convenient connection for your portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. You can slide a card loaded with music into the SD card slot on the front panel. And of course you can play CDs and DVDs, both store-bought and home-burned. You'll find five preset tone curves that'll match the sound to the music you're listening to.

Audio and video from your iPod® and iPhone®

Soundstream's optional IC-3 cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to the receiver, so you can enjoy listening to your playlists when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too. Compatible iPod and iPhone models are listed in the "Details" section.

Add navigation

Plug in Soundstream's optional NAVIBOX-2 in and then use the receiver's touchscreen controls to take charge. You can choose a destination by entering a specific street address or intersection, or by selecting a hotel, restaurant, shop, or another of the twelve million points of interest. You'll see the preloaded road maps of the U.S. and Canada on your receiver's video screen, as it displays your current position and your destination with an option to select 2-D or 3-D views.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use a special adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver and its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.5" touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    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
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: Soundstream IC-3 cable required for iPod and iPhone control
    • inputs: front USB input, front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    • compatible with Soundstream Navibox-2 GPS navigation module
    Other information:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm (AV)
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-DIN DVD receiver (2 transport screws)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/AV harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • Microphone (with attach 6.5' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Backstrap
    • Rear-stud bolt
    • Eight M5x5mm screws
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Supplemental Bluetooth Information

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.5" LCD Touchscreen: The Soundstream VR-652NB features a 6.5" LCD touchscreen monitor (800x480) with LED backlighting. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics make menu navigation simple and intuitive.

    Hard-Key Controls: There are also push-button controls along either side of the LCD touchscreen monitor, including a 3-way rotary dial.

    Dimmer: You can adjust the unit's LCD monitor brightness in 4 steps, including Off.

    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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The VR-652NB has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth (v2.1 + EDR) Technology: The Soundstream VR-652NB features built-in Bluetooth (Ver 2.1+EDR) 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. Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) increases data transfer rates to 2.1 Mbit/sec for increased clarity & virtually eliminates unwanted distortion during calls and wireless MP3 audio playback.

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (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-652NB. You can pair up to 5 devices (only one can be used 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 VR-652NB.

    Hands-free Communication w/ External Mic: The VR-652NB supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VR-652NB allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. The VR-652NB utilizes a Noise & Echo Cancelling feature to reduce noise & echo generated during hands-free conversation. The VR-652NB 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-652NB 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-652NB 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-652NB. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Soundstream VR-652NB 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 video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.

    Front-Panel SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-652NB is fitted with a front-panel SD-card slot that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3/WAV/FLAC music files, MP4/DivX/MKV/FLV/MOV video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Soundstream VR-652NB 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 MP3/WAV/FLAC music files, MP4/DivX/MKV/FLV/MOV video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Ready: The Soundstream VR-652NB's front-panel USB (type-A) port and 3.5mm AV input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the Soundstream IC-3 iPod cable (530IC3, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Soundstream VR-652NB. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. The Soundstream VR-652NB does not support direct connection of the dock-cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Its also not compatible with any of the new Lightning-connector Apple devices.

    • Control: The Soundstream head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, or All. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, or Video Podcast. Categories will be displayed in alphabetical order. You can also repeat a single track or all tracks in a category. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen controls will be locked once connected (except for iPod/iPhone devices with iOS 6.0+).
    • Metadata: The Soundstream VR-652NB will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the multimedia head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label (no Album Art).
    • Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility: The VR-652NB is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/5/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 6.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y
    5th 6.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.01 N N N N N N N N N N
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N
    4 6.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 6.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N

    Notes: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-652NB is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning.

    Preset Stations: The VR-652NB lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically.

    Local Seek: 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.

    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-652NB is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    5ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The VR-652NB features front, rear and mono-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.

    Subwoofer Control: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover (80Hz/120Hz/160Hz/Off) for subwoofer preamp output. You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-15).

    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 from -9 to +9.

    X-Bass: The X-Bass function boosts the head unit's bass output.

    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. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connections

    Aux 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 (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.  

    Add-On Navigation: The VR-652NB supports connection of Soundstream's add-on GPS Navigation Module (530NAVIBX2, sold separately). The add-on NAVIBOX-2 is powered by NAVTEQ with maps of the United States and Canada. It offers over 12 million points-of-interests with turn-by-turn navigation.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Soundstream VR-652NB includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit 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 Metra Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (120ASWC1, sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    4 out of 5

    I like it

    Written By Tom, Anchorage Alaska on Sunday, May 25, 2014
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    It has awesome features, quality sound and very easy to operate
    Pros:
    Has alot of options
    Cons:
    Too many options
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    5 out of 5

    Great deck!

    Written By Daltonclev, Green river WY on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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    Great product and was super easily to install. There are also a lot of cool features on it.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality and easy to install!
    Cons:
    When using Bluetooth id wish the pictures of the songs would pop up on the screen.
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    4 out of 5

    lots of features slow interface

    Written By stanleycup kings, los angeles, ca on Friday, May 09, 2014
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    the unit has a usb port to hook up a mp3 player/ ipod / i phone. sd card output can be useful also. the soundstream has lots of features but getting from one feature to the next is a slow interface. sometimes it would be nice to have a real button to press for radio, cd/dvd, ipod, sd card instead of using the touch screen. occasionally i use am radio for listening to news/traffic report. the am radio reception quality is poor.
    Pros:
    lots of options
    Cons:
    slow interface to switch from features, would be nice to have separate buttons
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    4 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Tim, NJ on Friday, May 09, 2014
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    Not a bad unit, the tuner is a little weak but other then that a great upgrade from a stock. Bluetooth is good and backup camera is clear.
    Pros:
    Lots of Extra features to add; TV tuner, GPS
    Cons:
    If your not in the heart of the city the tuner is a little weak.
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    5 out of 5

    Sound stream what a dream

    Written By Samuel, Hot springs ,va on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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    This was not for my truck. But it was an easy install with what I was sent standed in box stuff. And trimming factor stuff a little and two strips of heavy Velcro
    Pros:
    Way easy to use. I'm 44 I put it in and operate it all on my own. U can too
    Cons:
    Nothing so far
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    5 out of 5

    good value

    Written By kingp0820, Castro Valley, CA on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    for under $300, works and sounds good. was easy to install on my 2004 4 Runner
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    4 out of 5

    Great Price

    Written By HKA, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    Great system!, works great, easy to use. The faceplate did not fit well, and took a lot of work to make it fit. The stereo took about 45 minutes to install, however I spend almost 4 hours messing with the faceplate so that it would somewhat fit on the dash. The DIP switch settings for the steering wheel controls were not listed and I had to try all the settings to get it to work. Even now, sometimes using the steering wheel controls for volume, the stereo would forward to next song when I increase volume. Frustrating sometimes.
    Pros:
    Get your bang for the buck!
    Cons:
    I installed this into my 2010 BMW 328i. The faceplate does not fit well, and required a lot of work to make it fit. The face plate could've been molded better. I spend 45 minutes installing the radio, and 4 hours messing with the face plate. Also, the factory steering adapter did not list the DIP switch selection for this radio, i had to try multiple DIP settings to get it to work.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Not Happy

    Written By OJ, Sierra Vista AZ on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    I purchased this Stereo a few wekks ago, bcause of price and Bluetooth connectivity. After I received it and connected it. I find that there are too many steps to get to another use. It has multiple use and apps. Driving a car and operating these apps...not a good idea..pull over and read the book
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    5 out of 5

    Easy to use!! Loaded with features!!

    Written By EricT, Tampa, FL on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    Great product for the money. Very easy to use and install. Several different add-ons available like back-camera and navigation. Satisfied with quality.
    Pros:
    Navigation, back-up camera, etc available for low cost. Add on when you want.
    Cons:
    None
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    3 out of 5

    A lot of things lacking

    Written By Hughes, Astoria, Oregon on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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    I love the bluetooth on this model but thats about it. I ordered another model but sent it back because it didnt have bluetooth, this model is not user friendly. The dimming feature is a pain to use and the screen is very bright when driving, you have to pull over to dimm it. The touch screen has a bit of a delay. I'm more than likely sending this unit back also. Not very impressed.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Mobile connections Radio is very unclear The display is dated looking Not easy to do anything while driving
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    5 out of 5

    what a great unit

    Written By Tony, Dodgeville, WI on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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    excellent bang for the buck
    Pros:
    works very well
    Cons:
    FM receiver could be stronger
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Alaric, Amarillo, TX on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    Love the radio. Was and easy Install. Great quality!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product

    Written By Ivan, San Antonio, TX on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    Device is great. Sounds great and was easy to install. Reviews showed issues with the radio but I have no issues. Everything works great
    Pros:
    Good product for the money
    Cons:
    Nothing yet
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    4 out of 5

    Good deal nice features.

    Written By SHS, Fairfield, ca on Friday, April 11, 2014
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    Seems like a solid unit. Install was straightforward. Instructions and wiring harness were easy.
    Pros:
    Nice bright screen. Easy to sync with Bluetooth. Was on sale, so a great value.
    Cons:
    Nice BRIGHT screen! At night it's very bright. Need to keep 'dim' button in my most used area. Often I turn the display completely off! Does not have RDA (where your song title & artist display on your screen) .
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Anonymous, Santa Rosa, CA on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    Super glad I found this deck! It's awesome.
    Pros:
    Connectivity
    Cons:
    Does not show time. And the instructions sucked.
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Anonymous, Alplaus ny 12008 on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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    Super deal on a touch screen radio plus Crutchfield throws all the wiring in for free
    Pros:
    Beautiful screen
    Cons:
    The home button is a little small in top corner. Would have been easier in the middle
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    4 out of 5

    Installed today

    Written By DickB, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    Finished the install today after bench testing. Crutchfield made that part easy. All the documentation I needed and all the parts I needed. That's why I buy this stuff at Crutchfield. You get what you pay for and this delivers for the price. With all the nice displays out there these guys went with those ring tabs that look like you bought it from Hong Kong. If what you want is a nice radio/dvd player for the price in your car this will serve if you don't go to the home screen when your friends are with you.
    Pros:
    Pretty good sound quality, but I'm not a Audiophile. Plenty good enough for a truck. Easy installation, Bright and easy to read. Reasonability intuitive after the setup is done. The Phone works pretty good but there is no voice dialing, It does read your phone books but displays them funny. The list doesn't fill up but there are more entries on the next page.
    Cons:
    Those silly ring tabs are a pain to get in the position I want them, but once done it's OK. Sluggish response. The Clock may as well not be there at all. It doesn't show on most screens and when it does it's so small you could have a wreck trying to read it.
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream

    Written By Firefighter, South Wilmington, IL on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    Great product for a low price. No complaints. Love how easy it is to operate
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    4 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Billy, Louisiana on Monday, March 17, 2014
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    A great replacement for my stock radio. Sounds 100% better and look great in my car.
    Pros:
    Low price, Easy to install, sounds great
    Cons:
    Radio reception not great.
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    5 out of 5

    Fits great

    Written By JoNo, Chicago, IL on Friday, March 14, 2014
     
    Mounted nicely into my 2003 Chevy Express van. I'm not sure why, but Crutchfield said it would not fit my truck, however with a Metra install kit and a little trimming here and there, it fit just fine.
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    5 out of 5

    Love this item!

    Written By Kersey1999, Winfield, Alabama on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
     
    After a longer than expected install, my son and I installed this in our F-250. The sound is great, the options are great, put cd in dvd player with no playback, may be because I have not hooked brake wire up yet, gotta figure that out.
    Pros:
    Great sound from this unit, multiple options available, plenty of user specific settings. Great product for the price. I live out in the country and radio reception is typically difficult to get, worked fine even on far away stations that I normally don't get without static.
    Cons:
    Only one phone can be connected at a time, wish rear view camera came with the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    good bang for the buck$$$

    Written By Rickyton, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
     
    Looks good in my 2009 Camry...sounds way better than my stock...the only thing that sucks is the radio Fm...it be fading out sometimes... but I hardly use Fm... Other than that I use the bluetooth for my Sirius xm app and music and it's flawless...usb and sd card work fine...picture on DVD is pretty good... If looking for nice priced double din...this is a good upgrade...so far love it...
    Pros:
    Bluetooth is a ++ for price
    Cons:
    radio Fm receiver fades out
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    3 out of 5

    652nb

    Written By johnboywv, rivesville wv on Monday, March 10, 2014
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    Its kinda slow and clumsy. Takes awhile to get used too. Kinda like a really old smart phone. Really hard install.
    Pros:
    Blue tooth. Works with music and phone call. Easy awnser and end call hard buttons on side. Cd/dvd slot in the front instead having to move the screen. Buying from Crutchfield helps. Great advice and know how
    Cons:
    Multi-funtion power button sucks. Hit a bump while turning up volume and you change media. Crappy radio reception. Slow reaction time. Chop up half your dash to get it installed. Got to use the dvd player to play cds
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    4 out of 5

    Good, not great

    Written By Josh, Phoenix AZ on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    Installed this in a 2009 Mini Cooper S. It sounds good hooked up to my MB Quart speakers front/rear, and seems to work pretty well. It was easy to figure out, and everything works as advertised. Has TONS of features and really cannot be beat at this price point.
    Pros:
    Price DVDs play nice Bluetooth works good with my iPhone 4s: audio, calls, navigation all work flawlessly when Bluetooth mode is selected Radio pulls in stations w/ no problem Sounds good
    Cons:
    Annoying splash screen that plays EVERY TIME the unit boots up Bluetooth phone/directions only work when Bluetooth function is selected; it should interrupt other functions for incoming calls and Bluetooth turn-by-turn audio, but doesn't. My stock unit did this. Unit's menus and buttons are sort of cheesy looking. Could have a lot cleaner interface and not look so cheap, but no big deal I guess as it IS really cheap.
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    4 out of 5

    Solid unit, great price

    Written By Don, Shinnston, WV on Friday, March 07, 2014
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    Installed in 2004 Silverado. Has to make a few small cuts to get it to fit but nothing big or difficult and one installed, perfect fit with the include mount kit.

    Installation was pretty straight forward. Instructions are pretty clear as far as wiring goes. This unit has features on it that you would have to pay much more for on other brands and the sound is good without an amp, although I will end up adding one and upgrading speakers soon.

    Radio: it appears that it does not get as good of reception as my stock unit did. Plenty of presets, AM and FM. You do have to cycle through each group to get back to first group which could be made easier with tabs of each but thats being picky.

    SD Card/ USB: I've heard others say that the indexing is slow but using a 16 GB card that is over half full of songs hasn't been an issue for me. No lag at all. Songns can be searched by the number they are on the card but it would be more useful to be able to search alphabetically.

    TV: still haven't figured out how to get reception on the analog and maybe living in this hilly area it's not possible, but for the most part it's worthless as it picks up absolutely nothing. Doubtful I'll even look into the digital ad I don't feel like paying extra for that.

    Nav: can't comment on that as I haven't got the add on navibox and since nobody can tell me if the map updates cost.

    DVD: good picture, slow to start.
    Pros:
    Features found in more pricey units Quality seems good
    Cons:
    Tv and nav add one Redundancy of controls
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    5 out of 5

    I like it.

    Written By Chris, Indiana on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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    I installed this unit yesterday and I am very pleased so far. The connections were simple and the install was pretty easy even for a rookie like me. The sound quality is better that the stock bose system in my 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax. The controls aren't super intuitive but once I played around for a bit I was able to figure them out. I purchased a Navibox-2 from another source and had no problems with the hook up. I like that I can listen to my bluetooth,radio, etc and still hear my upcoming directions. Also the back up camera system works well with a good screen quality. Overall very pleased with it for the price. Five stars based on that alone.
    Pros:
    Great price, easy install, great sound.
    Cons:
    Clunky user interface, Clock is not visible on all screens and when it is visible it is kind of small.
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    2 out of 5

    bummer all around

    Written By michael, surprise, az on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    I just about never go online to write reviews but felt obligated because this stereo was not at all like I had hoped.
    Pros:
    None
    Cons:
    The audio options are very very basic. The ease of user ability is a pain. It's not a horrible stereo but for the price they charge, yikes....
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    4 out of 5

    wonderful radio

    Written By cheeks29505, Florence, SC on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    I am very pleased with this product. I have nothing but good things to say about it. The quality is wonderful and you can't beat the price!
    Pros:
    Nice screen quality and sound.
    Cons:
    None
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    3 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Anonymous, Midvale, UT on Friday, February 28, 2014
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    I love this receiver but it has a few minor bugs. Nothing I can't overlook because of the price and the fact that it does what I need it to.
    Pros:
    Love that it has a front USB and SD card slot. Great to hold all my songs and movies.
    Cons:
    Locks up every once in a while and have to reset it.
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    5 out of 5

    Best stero ever

    Written By Dale, Yoakum Texas on Friday, February 28, 2014
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    Great product
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    4 out of 5

    customer

    Written By monica, uvalde texas on Monday, February 24, 2014
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    I like it
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice unit

    Written By Rob, California on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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    Although Soundstream is not yet household name for mobile audio brand, my overall impression is that good amount of thought has put into this unit and I'm very pleased with my purchase.
    Pros:
    Value and the offered function, perceived initial quality
    Cons:
    - Interface is bit un-intuitive - Slower responsive time for button push - Although mp4 format is listed, some mp4 files do not play; AVI format plays well
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, February 22, 2014
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    great product overall made my honda accord 09 sound 100x better than my stock radio and for this price it hard to pass up. with the cool features like navigation, DVD, Bluetooth
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    1 out of 5

    Put your money towards another unit

    Written By WRX, Saranac Lake, NY on Sunday, February 16, 2014
     
    This is absolute garbage. The touch screen is horrible. Bluetooth works sometimes...sometimes. The directions are terrible as well. There are no instructions on how to actually navigate, and it takes a LOT of time to learn and set it up. Sound quality is mediocre, too. Honestly, i wish i just stuck with the stock head unit. This product is a waste of your time and money.
    Pros:
    price
    Cons:
    everything - it sucks
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    5 out of 5

    great quality and feature set for the price

    Written By ca_audio, Dublin, CA on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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    Wanted to purchase a pioneer unit but a friend of mine had one of these already and at the same level of features I would have had to paid at least a 100$ more for the pioneer! Why? Installed and already rockin' to the beats from this unit.
    Pros:
    Nice screen and built in Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Small volume rotary knob
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Anonymous, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    I love everything about this deck!
    Pros:
    I can't stress enough the quality and ease of operation!
    Cons:
    None yet!
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Jay, Bpt, ct on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    Great
    Pros:
    Amazing quality
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Nice product for a low price

    Written By wwjdpilot, North Carolina on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    A pretty descent product for the money. As with any project I start, my actual time spent installing versus my assumption of time required was about double.
    Pros:
    Easy to use wiring diagrams and phone support for any questions. I was emailed pictures of the correct wires to splice into. That in itself is a major plus for the Crutchfield purchase. Volume knob is nice to have, as is the ability to completely turn off the screen for night time driving. I added a backup camera with this installation, and it works flawlessly.
    Cons:
    As with others, I feel the clock is a bit too small, but I'll deal with that. Also, the volume knob is a little difficult to use with the associated dash modification kit that it came with, but it is much better than having to poke at the screen to change the volume.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!!!

    Written By Anonymous, Johnston SC on Monday, January 13, 2014
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    Being an old school car audio installer I've always liked sound stream products this touch screen is easy to use looks great and easy to install
    Pros:
    Beautiful display easy to use
    Cons:
    Touch screen not real senstive
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By Anonymous, Mulberry, FL on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    Great product, quality similar to the big name products, for half the price
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    5 out of 5

    Receiver

    Written By Hector, aguada,puerto rico on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Great product
    Pros:
    Great product and at a good price
    Cons:
    So far none
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    4 out of 5

    Good receiver with a few shortcomings

    Written By DavidK, Buena Vista, GA on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Overall, a nice receiver. The included Crutchfield wiring harness matched perfectly to the factory connector and installation instructions made the daunting task of removing the dash to get to the radio a snap. However, the receiver did not have some features I was ASSUMING would be on a new unit so I returned for one that did.
    Pros:
    USB and memory card access on front. Bluetooth connectivity to phone.
    Cons:
    Clock is tiny. I need a clock I can glance at while commuting to know if i'm late or not. Does not have RDS. I like to have the radio station name and song info displayed. Did not like the left and right scrolling on the main menu. All main app functions should be displayed on one screen.
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    4 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck

    Written By JET, Fort Myers, FL on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Installation was straightforward and made very simple by the clearly marked wiring harness and the (free) included factory wiring harness adapter. Screen is clear and bright, but at night, overly bright, even with the dimmer wire activated with headlights on. It comes down one level but still too bright, so keeping the dimmer "widget" on the main screen is a must, but even that is made easy by the customizable main screen. Sound quality is clear and very good for a unit in this price range. Has a great array of inputs (iPod, Bluetooth, USB, SD, rear cam, etc.) and outputs (separate front/rear/sub RCAs). Only real downside I found was the lack of support for radio data system, which is found in even some of the most basic receivers these days (not to mention the factory head unit this replaced). Not a deal killer, but an odd oversight, especially when one is used to having it. Agree with the many other reviews that mention the size of the clock, but it's there and usable... Overall a great buy for the money and I would recommend this unit to anyone looking to upgrade to a DVD unit (or simply upgrading any factory head unit).
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, Good feature set, sharp, clear screen, well marked wiring harness, easy to install.
    Cons:
    No RDS radio data to show track/artist/station info, not satellite ready, not HD radio compatible
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    4 out of 5

    soundstream

    Written By Dave, pittsburgh on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Needed a new radio for my Ford truck and this was a good fit. Install was easy took about 45 minutes. One issue was the screws that were with the kit are too short. All the functions as easy to use but the FM fades outbbut might have something to do with wiring
    Pros:
    Ease of use looks, price
    Cons:
    FM fading out
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    1 out of 5

    Soundstream VR-652NB

    Written By John, Port Charlotte, Fl on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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    Features were attractive, ability to add features was attractive, price was attractive but stereo was bad out of the box. Customer service was good on sending out a replacement. Install manual for wire adapter does not show or explain all wires provided.
    Pros:
    Many nice features
    Cons:
    Bad radio out of box, waiting to install replacement to test quality of unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Soundstream vr 652 nb

    Written By Mike, San Antonio on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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    All features I wanted for an affordable price. Bluetooth is loud and clear. Ipod control and bright screen.
    Pros:
    Front usb, aux, sd card.
    Cons:
    None in my opinion.
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    4 out of 5

    excellent

    Written By Anonymous, Stuart, OK on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    Easy install.
    Pros:
    Excellent product for price.
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Great performance vs price

    Written By AricP, Reno,NV on Friday, December 06, 2013
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    I was very pleasantly surprised to get a great reciever/media player for this price. It sounds good and the screen looks good whether playing movies or navigating menus. The menus are very inuitive and easy to find your way through. This was very important as this one is for my girlfriend who hates complicated stereos even if they do sound great.
    Pros:
    ease of use and decent sound quality. Lots of functions built in plus add ons available to upgrade it down the road. Also the hands free phone setup work great and the sound through it is pretty good. has front, rear and sub RCA's plus sub crossover and control.
    Cons:
    Could have a highpass x-over but no biggy since my amp has it covered for 2 channels and I have a crossover I can ad for the other 2.
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    4 out of 5

    works great

    Written By Anonymous, gilbert az on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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    Looka great. Works great.
    Cons:
    None
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