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Jensen VM9115

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Our take on the Jensen VM9115

Jensen's VM9115 DVD receiver features a big 7" display that motors out of your single-DIN dash opening. This receiver's touchscreen controls give you easy access to all functions, and you can adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. When the screen's retracted, a secondary display keeps you posted on system information.

A big screen for small dash openings

Jensen's VM9115 DVD receiver features a big 7" display that motors out of your single-DIN dash opening. This receiver's touchscreen controls give you easy access to all functions, and you can adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. When the screen's retracted, a secondary display keeps you posted on system information.

Video and audio central

You can use the video screen to enjoy DVDs when you're parked, and the front-panel audio/video input provides a convenient connection for a camcorder, game system, or other video sources. When you're ready for some tunes, you can play your favorite store-bought or recordable CDs, even discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You'll find a front USB input, too — handy for plugging in your iPod® or iPhone® or for thumb drives loaded with MP3 and WMA files.

More audio options

You can get a little more bump in the trunk by connecting an amp or powered subwoofer to the rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. Adjust the audio output of the VM9115 with the 3-band equalizer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the eight preset EQ curves.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • in-dash DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
  • 7" motorized flip-out touchscreen and secondary display with 8-character LED readout
  • fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
Audio/video features:
  • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 preset EQ curves
  • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
  • iPod control: iPod control: Jensen jLinkUSB cable required for full access to audio/video content
  • inputs: front A/V input, front USB input, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 3-channel preamp outputs (rear, mono sub), video output
Other information:

What's in the Box:

  • Multimedia receiver with motorized 7" monitor
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
  • 39" AV minijack cable
  • Metal backstrap
  • Rear support stud
  • Rubber bushing
  • Self-tapping screw
  • 2 Flat-head machine screws
  • 4 Large pan-head machine screws
  • 4 Small pan-head machine screws
  • Operating Instructions
  • Installation Guide
  • "STOP" sheet
  • Limited Warranty information

Featured Video:

I love this stereo, and i wanna hook subs up to it.

Sneedy, toledo, oh


Jensen VM9115 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)


bigmac from ames,lowa on 8/26/2013

1998 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had this stereo installed professionally , if im lucky,it will play two songs before overheating ,most of the time I cant get through half a song.then it will shut off for 15-30 min before turning back on.i would send it back but think I will get more enjoymemt smashing to not buy this model!!!!

Pros: don't know,it wont stay on long enough for me too find any pros.

Cons: doesn't work

Crutchfield response on 8/27/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


Sneedy from toledo, oh on 7/15/2013

I love this stereo, and i wanna hook subs up to it.

Pros: Errythang.

Cons: Nothing but this sub thing

I love it

TeejW from Ringgold, GA on 7/4/2013

2007 Honda Civic LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have nothing negative to say about it

Pros: So many settings

Cons: None

Jensen VM9115

Anonymous from Monticello, Ga. on 5/29/2013

2003 Chevrolet Astro
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Even though this is my first DVD Receiver, I know that this is the lowest of the form. Yes, it does what it is purported to do but, it doesn't do those things very well. If I were to buy another DVD Receiver, I would look elsewhere and/or consider spending more.

Pros: Does what it is supposed to do.

Cons: Does what it is supposed to do in a blah way.

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RogerM from Aurora IL on 5/4/2013

1995 Dodge Caravan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)



Cons: Blue tooth connection

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SteveN from Ridgway PA on 4/11/2013

2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

so far so good just wish it had more power to the speakers



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dmarkshark from Richardson, tx on 3/30/2013

1999 Chevrolet Corvette
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is a nice upgrade in a 99 Vette. Only issue is that is does stick out futher than the original. Also, if you plan to have the screen up, it will cut into the ceter vent and that will be a problem when it get hot, but then just leave the screen down. It was fairly easy to install with the wiring accessories. I enjoy the system a lot, I only wish I could put on different backgrounds ( maybe I can and just don'i know it yet.

Pros: Exellent price . Easy install. Good looking screen. Great sound.

Cons: In a Vette, it sticks out futher than the original equipment. Would like to use different screen backgrounds.


Mark from Indiana on 2/21/2013

1991 Chevrolet C Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The first unit I received was dead. The power button would light up but nothing else worked. Tech ran me through the did you check the fuse etc. They were very polite and patient and so was I. Quickly they came to the conclusion that it was dead too. They sent a replacement next day air along with a return freight label. The second unit worked perfectly. I think it is a good value for the price point

Pros: Good sound. Easy to use


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Don G from Manassas, Va on 1/6/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's doesn't look good at all in the dash. Old unit was flat, this one sticks out, but every day it gets better looking.

Pros: It's newer

Cons: ugly

time tested reliability

jerry from Aurora, Co on 1/3/2013

I originally purchased this stereo predecesor 8 years ago, and it still works, the car does not anymore :( I was confident on the reliabilty of the stereo, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they fixed all of the the things I did not like about the older model. The dvd works great with added screens, has a digital crossover and level adjustments. It has expansions galore! No remote, but then again you are seating in front of it,right?

Pros: Unbeatable price,great features, great dvd playback

Cons: None, I am happy with it

Not bad for the $

IslandBreeze from Oahu, Hawaii on 7/27/2012

This item is definitely a bang for the buck! It is decent quality and has everything you need to function as it should. It does lag a bit but if you dont mind and extra second or two there are no other complaints!

Pros: Good quality, Sturdy cage, decent length wires for easy install, suprisingly clear video quality, and good price!

Cons: Lags a little, could use a remote.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Mini (front)
Audio/video Input 3.5mm (front)
USB Input Front
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation No
iPod Compatibility
Full size Classic/5Gen
Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch 5/4/3/2/1
iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 13 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 40 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 3-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 3
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
Radio Data System No

Product Research

Touchscreen Display
Disc Playback
USB/iPod Connectivity
AM/FM Radio
Audio Section
Audio/Video Connection

Touchscreen Display

Motorized 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The VM9115 features a motorized-retractable 7" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen LCD monitor with an adjustable viewing angle. The resolution of the display is 1440 x 234 for a total of 336,960 pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.

Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display automatically opens when the ignition switch is turned on and closes when the ignition switch is turned off.

Monitor Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. The display tilts forward and backward to multiple tilt positions (12), and can be controlled by the button on the top of the frame of the screen and rotary knob.

Aspect Ratio: You can choose from the following aspect ratio modes for the unit's integrated monitor:

  • Full: The entire screen is extended horizontally to the aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Normal: The conventional display image has a 4:3 aspect ratio of horizontal to vertical, leaving a blank area on the right and left sides of the display.

Selectable Backgrounds: You can select from five background wallpapers (Black, Motor Sport, Space, Havoc, or Sheet Metal).

Picture Adjustments: You can adjust the picture's brightness & contrasts manually between -10 and +10.

Secondary LCD Display: In addition to the 7" motorized flip-out monitor the Jensen VM9115 features a secondary 8-character/Segment type LCD display. This display can be used to during CD-audio, Aux-in, USB/iPod, or AM/FM playback and to select from the preset EQ settings. You will need to use the 7" LCD monitor display for menu functions and to view video.

Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touchscreen controls, the VM9115 also features hard-key controls on the front of the unit, such as Volume, Audio, Play and Display functions. One of the hard-keys is a 3-way rotary encoder audio control.

12 or 24 Hour Clock: You can set the unit to display a 12 or 24 hour clock.

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 supplied pink wire must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged. The pink parking brake wire is used to connect to your parking brake light wire (video on the LCD monitor can only be displayed when this unit's pink PRK SW wire senses that the parking brake has been engaged in the vehicle).

Disc Playback

Disc Slot: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, so you don't have to wait for the unit's monitor to retract.

Disc Compatibility: The VM9115 is compatible with the following discs:

  • CD: Audio CD (CD-DA), CD-R, CD-RW
  • Compressed Files: MP3, WMA, JPEG, MPEG 1/2

Note: 8 cm discs should not be used in this unit.

MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9115 can play MP3/WMA files with ID3 Tag capability that have been recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. The recommended bit rate is 128 kbps and sample frequency of 48 kHz. Up to 1500 songs/files can be supported from a compatible disc. This unit will only recognize 3 folder levels.

JPEG Playback: The unit supports playback of JPEG still images recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. You can view a thumbnail display of available images as well as rotate a selected image 360-degrees in 90-degree increments.

DVD Touch-Screen Controls: While playing a DVD you can press the screen to access disc information and playback functions. The following are some of the playback controls that are displayed when the bottom of the screen is pressed while viewing a DVD disc.

  • Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a DVD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions: 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x.
  • Slow Motion: Plays the current title in slow motion.
  • Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title.
  • A-B Repeat: A-B Repeat allows you to repeat any portion of a DVD.

Note: When playing a Video CD, the repeat function is not available. For MP3/WMA, you can repeat the current file.

Direct Search: During DVD, VCD, or CD playback you can use the numeric keypad on the touch-screen display to access a chapter/track directly.

Random Play: When playing a CD disc, you can play the tracks or files in random order.

Intro Scan: During CD-audio playback you can play the first 10 seconds of each track or file.

Zoom: When playing DVDs and Video CDs, you can enlarge the picture using the zoom feature. You can choose one of four zoom settings.

Parental Lock: The DVD system has a built-in Parental Lock feature to prevent unauthorized persons from viewing restricted disc content. By default, the rating system is unlocked. You can choose from 8 different levels of Parental Lock. Once setup, the parental lock is released only by entering the user 4-digit password.

Off Eject: You can eject a disc with the unit powered off. You cannot insert a disc with the head unit powered off.

USB/iPod Connectivity

USB Port: The Jensen VM9115 features a front-panel USB type-A port for playback of MP3 (128kbps) and WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded in FAT16 or FAT32 on a connected USB mass storage class device. The head unit also supports JPEG still image playback via USB. Up to 1500 songs/files can be recognized from one USB mass storage device (it will only recognize 3 folder levels). The VM9115HD will also display ID3 tag information. In addition, the VM9115's USB port (5V/500mA) will charge your connected USB device.

iPod Control: The optional jLink-USB cable (110JLINUSB, sold separately) allows you to connect select iPods and iPhones to this unit through the head unit's front-panel USB port and 3.5mm AV input. Once an iPod/iPhone is connected, you can playback audio/video content from your iPod/iPhone on the VM9115. The Jensen head unit will also display text information such as song, track or artist name from your connected iPod. You can directly control audio/video functions of your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. You can search your music and videos by Playlists and Categories. You can even select a track directly from the on-screen keypad. Your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel controls will be locked while connected to the head unit. Your iPod/iPhone is also charged when it is connected to the head unit. If you only require iPod/iPhone audio playback, you can simply connect your iPod/iPhone to the VM9115 via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output). The Jensen VM9115 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (10/10/2012):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
4th N/A N N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
3 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N

Note: 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.

AM/FM Radio

AM/FM Tuner: The head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, preset, and direct tuning.

Preset Tuning: The unit features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands with the capability of storing 6 presets for each band giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets (30 total). You can also automatically store the six strongest stations in your area inside the current selected band.

Preset Scan: In addition, the tuner features a Preset Scan function which allows you to preview your stored preset stations in the selected band.

Preview Scan: The Scan function will play the first five seconds of each station, until you find a station you like.

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.

Direct Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touchscreen panel.

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

Audio Section

D/A Converter: The VM9115 is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog converter with a multi-bit Sigma-Delta modulator.

CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VM9115 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). 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 VM9115 are as follows:

  • CEA2006 Specs: 13 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
  • Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts total)

2V/3CH Preamp Output: The VM9115 is equipped with three 2-volt preamp outputs (Left and Right Rear/mono-Sub). The rear preamp outputs offer balance/fade control and are designed to connect to a full-range amplifier. The mono-subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and designed to hookup to a mono-block subwoofer amplifier.

Subwoofer Controls: The Jensen VM9115 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

  • Low Pass Crossover: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover for subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or off.
  • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (+/-14) from the DVD receiver.

Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can set the head unit to turn-on to the last volume level adjustment when turned off, or turn-on to a pre-defined volume level (0-40) every time you power up the radio.

EQ: The VM9115 features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Acoustic, Urban, Rave, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency/Level).

3-Band EQ
Frequency Level Q
Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -14 to +14 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -14 to +14 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 1.25
Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -14 to +14 Fixed

Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.

DRC: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.

Source Level: You can increase the relative volume (+/-6dB) of the unit's source inputs to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9115's Radio, Disc, USB, iPod, or AV input.

Beep Tones: An audible beep tone confirms each function selection. The beep tone can be disabled/enabled in the Setup Menu.

Heat Management: The unit has a heat management system which incorporates forced-air cooling to keep the chip-sets operating at nominal temperatures for reliable operation and sound quality.

Audio/Video Connection

Front-Panel AV Input: The VM9115 features a front-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player. This input is also used to connect the optional jLink-USB cable for iPod/iPhone video playback.

Video Out: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately). The video output will display whatever video signal that is being displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor.

Rear View Camera Input: The VM9115 features a composite video input and a green/white wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera, such as the Jensen JCAM1 (110JCAM1, sold separately). If a rear-view video camera is connected, the unit is on, and the TFT monitor is retracted inside the unit, the TFT monitor automatically moves into the viewing position and Camera modes is selected upon shifting into Reverse gear (takes approximately 10 seconds). When shifting into Drive gear, the TFT monitor is retracted back inside the unit. If the monitor is already in a viewing position and in display mode, the monitor automatically switches to Camera mode upon shifting into Reverse (takes approximately 2 seconds). When the reverse driving stops, the monitor returns to its original input display mode. You can choose for the monitor to display a Mirror mode image or a Normal mode image from the rear-view camera.

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