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Very good radio and dvd and extras!
Item # 110VX3518 | MFR # VX3518
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Slip behind the wheel, turn the key, and enjoy the moment as the Jensen VX3518 DVD receiver's 7" touchscreen display motors out to serve as a control center for your system and your music. You can use the built-in Bluetooth® to stream your music library or favorite apps from your smartphone, as you take and make calls while keeping your hands on the wheel. On a long road trip? Use the dual video outputs to send video to rear-seat screens (not included) so you can keep the family entertained.
The retractable screen angles back slightly, so check your dash to make sure it won't hit anything or block any important vents when it opens.
When you're cruising for yourself, take your carefully curated Pandora stations on the road. The VX3518 lets you control content right from the touchscreen. For more entertainment options, this Jensen will play nearly any kind of disc, while the front USB input lets you pull songs from thumb drives or your iPhone®. You'll set the sound the way you want it with Jensen's 8-band equalizer.
If you're a satellite radio fan, you can connect a SiriusXM® tuner (sold separately) and start enjoying the wide variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment available. If you haven't experienced satellite radio, you'll be blown away by the incredible selection of music and more that comes with your subscription. Plus, you can drive all the way across the USA without losing your favorite channels.
The VX3518 also includes rear audio/video inputs so you can add on a portable audio player, camcorder, or other video sources too. For the safety-minded, a dedicated input on the rear panel accepts an optional rear-view camera.
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.
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.
Very good radio and dvd and extras!
victor, San Juan, PR
Average Customer Review(s):
Very good radio and dvd and extras!
My initial impressions of this unit were favorable but now not so certain. Purchased new from Crutchfield in 9/18. This was installed in a van that i'm currently converting into a campervan so it is not seeing daily use. Upon purchase a user manual was still in production and not yet available. Recently a user manual has been published. I'm not really knocking down a rating due to this as I just looked through other manuals of similar models to answer any questions. Main issue is quality and support. My unit has developed a chirping noise at startup like it is trying to load a disc and it is having a hard time reading the disc. This occurs regardless of whether a disc is in or not. Now the unit is completely freezing with no input response to any buttons. Holding the power key does nothing. Only stopping and restarting vehicle will correct issue. So with these problems popping up, I'm trying to register this product with Jensen and getting a "405 Not Allowed" error on their website. Hoping I can get some support to rectify these problems.
Pros: Reasonable Price Nice Screen
Cons: Interface kind of "clunky" Questionable quality and supportCrutchfield response on 1/9/2019 Tim, we're sorry you're having issues with your receiver. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem, or help with the 2-year Jensen warranty. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The radio had all features that I was looking for and then some. Good value for the price.
The radio is no good something is wrong with it it is making a loud noise and the screen will not work I had it professionally installed and paid to have that done now I need a new radio
Cons: I'm on nightshift working 7 days a week and I don't ever have time to do anything but I had my radio professionally installed and now I don't have time to go get it taken out and fixedCrutchfield response on 11/21/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support specialist, Daniel, reached out to James to help him further. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Good product a little confused on how to get through the menus but otherwise everything else is good
Pros: Ease of operation nice to be able to get a full screen in a single din -
Cons: Hard to get through the menus to find out where the menus are
It is a nice unit and works well for my needs, it would seem however that the unit I have is getting replaced because of a strange noise it's making on power up.
Pros: Touch screen works well, sound is great, I like the ease of use.
Cons: My initial unit had a defect.
Received in excellent time. Quality Radio.
Nice stereo, qiuet car fine, my rv could use an amp to drive bass audio or add amp for a subwoofer. I use av2 for rearview camera full time. You can't display camera and listen to radio or bt at same time .... fyi.
Pros: Lots of rca hookups
Cons: Cant listen to radio and expect bt phone gps to switch for directions unless using bt for music like napster, etc. like my prius.
Nice unit, easy to install. Great customer service.
Very cool with the 7" touch screen, functions and control are intuitive, LG and easy to find, easy install with the harness, GPS would be the only feature of want, and I think that's available on a different modle
Pros: Touch screen controls are easy to use
Cons: No GPS
|Audio/video Input||Mini (front), RCA (rear)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||14 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||14 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||9 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Bluetooth Technology: The Jensen VX3518 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, 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:
Note: 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 VX3518.
Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The VX3518 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's touchscreen and carry on a phone conversation hands-free. The included external 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 the phone number, selecting a contact from your Phonebook list, using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls, or using voice recognition.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Jensen VX3518 allows you to play back stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device. You can control basic music playback functions; including Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the VX3518 (advanced music navigation will still need to be done through your Bluetooth mobile device). This unit will even display song/artist/album information (no album art) on its touchscreen monitor. 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.
iPod/iPhone USB Direct (Lightning Connector Only): The Jensen VX3518 supports direct connection of select Apple iPods and iPhones with a Lightning connector through its front-panel USB port (not compatible with rear-panel USB port). The unit offers audio playback, control, song/artist/album display, and charging of your Apple device through its USB port.
Note: The unit's rear-panel USB port only supports charging (not iPod/iPhone music playback).
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Jensen VX3518 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (7/26/2018):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Pandora||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art||Phone||Audio|
- Not compatible with 30-pin Apple devices.
- 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.
Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Jensen VX3518 using your front-panel USB connected Apple iPhone. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Jensen VX3518 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (including Album Art).
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Jensen VX3518 is SiriusXM Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, scan, preset, and direct tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible FM stations. FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible digital information along with the regular radio program signal.
Note: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.
Disc Compatibility: The Jensen VX3518 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier. The VX3518 supports playback of DVD Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports a variety of video, audio, and photo files recorded on to DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
Dual USB Ports: The Jensen VX3518 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port for audio/video/photo files and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port for charging purposes only.
Note: The USB ports do not support USB hubs or card-readers.
File Compatibility: The Jensen VX3518 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW)||USB (MSC)|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet||FAT 16/32|
|Playable File Types||Audio||MP3, WMA|
|Max # of Files/Folders||1500 total files/folders|
|Tags||MP3 ID3-tags, WMA-tags, Album Art|
Search Functions: The VX3518 provides various search functions to find your music, videos, and photos.
Playback Functions: The Jensen VX3518 offers a variety of playback functions to enjoy your music, video, and photo files.
24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Jensen VX3518 is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog converter (Cirrus Logic CS4361) for your digital music.
CTA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VX3518 are compliant with the CTA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the VX3518 are as follows:
4V/5Ch Pre-Outs: The Jensen VX3518 is equipped with five 4.0-volt pre-outs (Front/Rear/mono-Sub). The front and rear channels are fading, while the subwoofer output is non-fading.
Subwoofer Control: The VX3518 offers Subwoofer Control with an adjustable low-pass crossover filter (Off/80/120/160Hz) and separate level control (0-16) for the unit's mono-Sub pre-out.
8-Band EQ w/ Presets: The Jensen VX3518 features a six EQ presets to choose from; including Classic, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Electronic, and User. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 8-band EQ (80, 160, 320, 600, 1k, 3k, 8k, and 16k Hz). Each frequency is adjustable from -16dB to + 16dB.
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at lower volume.
Source Level: You can increase the relative volume (0-6) of the unit's source inputs to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VX3518's Radio, Disc, USB, Bluetooth, Pandora, AV inputs, or SiriusXM (optional tuner required).
Beep Tones: An audible beep tone confirms each function selection. The beep tone can be disabled/enabled in the Setup Menu.
Dual AV Inputs: The Jensen VX3518 is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected source. The rear composite video/stereo RCA inputs are ideal for permanent installations, while the front AV minijack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.
Dual Video Outputs: Two RCA composite video-output jacks allow you to add external monitors, such as rear headrest monitors (sold separately). The video outputs will display whatever image is being displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor. This includes the warning "Video Is Disabled For Your Safety" when trying to watch video from a DVD, USB device, or AV inputs without the vehicle's parking brake engaged. You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to see video from these sources through the head units' video output.
Rear View Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video jack and mono-RCA audio jack for connecting an optional rear view camera (sold separately - see Accessories tab) in order to display the area behind your vehicle on the head unit's touchscreen, as well as hear audio behind your vehicle through your vehicle speakers (camera must have audio jack).
7" Motorized-Retractable Touchscreen: The Jensen VX3518 features a motorized-retractable 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD display with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480p with 1,152,000 pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.
Note: 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 head unit's yellow/green wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.
Secondary Display & Front-panel Controls: In addition to the 7" touchscreen monitor, the Jensen VX3518 features a secondary 8-character/Segment type LCD screen, as well as front-panel controls This display can be used during music playback for track & song information. You will need to use the 7" LCD monitor display for menu functions and to view video.
Remote Control: The Jensen head unit comes with an IR remote and supports many vehicle's steering wheel controls (adapter required).
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My friends previous stereo was broken. She loved her stereo and I wanted to get her a system that matched the capabilities (front aux, USB, DVD) of her broken system. [ Carlos Feb 01, 2019 ]
The unit has most of the features I require at a price that cannot be beat refurbishing the original unit. [ Stuart Dec 18, 2018 ]
Gift [ Lisa Dec 10, 2018 ]
I chose this one based on the price and features. This product based on description has everything I want without spending way too much money . [ Caleb Oct 10, 2018 ]
Good price for radio features and quality. [ JOSE Oct 10, 2018 ]
Mine hasn't done that. However, my unit makes a funny sound like a motor is running. I'm still on the fence with mine. I'm considering an upgrade because it seems this stereo has issues that the manufacturer hasn't worked out, yet. [ Miguel Jan 10, 2019 ]
No it's not- does yours make noise when it's on . Like a gear spinning out [ PHYLLIS Dec 30, 2018 ]
No, maybe you hooked up the constant hot and the acc hot to the same lead. [ matt Dec 30, 2018 ]
Obviously whether or not your unit has constant power depends on where you are pulling your primary power. If you are pulling from the ignition circuit it will go off with the ignition. If you pull power from the always 'on' auxiliary power line then it will always have power. I purchased the Crutchfield harness. It was set to pull power from the ignition circuit so it goes off when the key is pulled. Note that the secondary power must be on the always 'on' auxiliary power in order to preserve your units settings. [ Scott Dec 30, 2018 ]
Yes, there is battery power at the unit, at all times. But, it is only for a 'sleep' mode, very slight power draw... [ Marty Dec 30, 2018 ]
Yeah it needs constant power. Without it you cant save your radio stations an the clock will always be the wrong time [ Cody Dec 30, 2018 ]
Probably for the clock. But it shouldn't work otherwise [ Allen Dec 30, 2018 ]
No it shouldn't [ Philip De Dec 30, 2018 ]
The radio is bluetooth so bluetooth works with any phone that has bluetooth in it. I have a samsung S7 and use it for it everyday. You can even use a plug to hook up to it aswell [ Austin Nov 16, 2018 ]
i'm really not sure, i haven't installed the unit yet... i know you can use bluetooth with your android phone to operate certain functions like hands free calling and play music from your phone, but you cant really screen mirror your phone screen to the radio's screen unless you use a usb cable from the back of the radio unit to your android phone.. hope that helps [ Martin Nov 15, 2018 ]
If you are referring to Bluetooth compatibility, then yes it is. [ Jeffrey Nov 15, 2018 ]
Its android compatible man I got one in my 88 caprice classic an it works mint. I just use the bluetooth [ Cody Nov 15, 2018 ]
Yes I have an s8 and it works fine [ Allen Nov 15, 2018 ]
Yes and also comes back out n gets in Same position you've adjusted it to [ PHYLLIS Oct 21, 2018 ]
Yes. It also automatically opens upon startup. [ Jeffrey Oct 11, 2018 ]
Yes it does and the radio stops playing the CD or as I use a USB port for music. Love this unit. [ JONE Oct 09, 2018 ]
If you connect the reserve cable from the stereo to the reverse lights of your vehicle it will. [ Jeff Oct 08, 2018 ]
YES [ Ben Oct 07, 2018 ]
Yes. We used a universal mount backup camera. If the screen is open and you put the vehicle in reverse, the backup camera view is displayed. [ Teresa Oct 06, 2018 ]
Yes, as long as the back up wire has been connected to the unit. [ matt Oct 06, 2018 ]
Though I don't have any measurements, it will tilt forward a decent amount. I'd say about 30 degrees. [ Jeff Oct 08, 2018 ]
I've looked through all the information we have on it and even tried searching for a manual on Jensen's site. I couldn't find any information on how far the screen tilts. I recommend calling Jensen support on 888-921-4088 for that information My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Aug 10, 2018 ] Staff