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Jensen's VM9216BT DVD receiver offers up a retractable 7" display in a single-DIN (2" tall) receiver. Press a button and the screen motors out, giving you touchscreen controls with easy access to all functions. You can select from five different graphic backgrounds to customize the look, and adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. You can retract the screen for a lower profile, and still keep playing your music — a secondary display keeps you posted on system information.

Big screen, great looks

Jensen's VM9216BT DVD receiver offers up a retractable 7" display in a single-DIN (2" tall) receiver. Press a button and the screen motors out, giving you touchscreen controls with easy access to all functions. You can select from five different graphic backgrounds to customize the look, and adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. You can retract the screen for a lower profile, and still keep playing your music — a secondary display keeps you posted on system information.

Built-in Bluetooth®

The VM9216BT features built-in Parrot® Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. In our increasingly cloud-based world, many of us don't limit our entertainment to downloaded media. With Bluetooth, you can stream your favorite Internet stations or music you've stored on your smartphone wirelessly to this Jensen. An external microphone ensures your voice comes through loud and clear when you make a hands-free call.

Video and audio options

The VM9216BT's video screen lets you enjoy DVDs when you're parked, while the front-panel audio/video input provides a convenient connection for accessories like a camcorder, game system, or other audio and video sources. You can expand the video system by connecting a screen for your rear passengers — perfect for long road trips or jaunts to soccer practice. Add Jensen's jLink-USB cable to tap into video content from your iPod® or iPhone® (video not available with Lightning connector equipped devices.)

Jensen VM9216BT DVD receiver

You can adjust the angle of the screen on this Jensen DVD receiver for maximum visibility in your vehicle.

The VM9216BT offers fingertip control over your Pandora® Internet radio stations when your iPhone's connected. You can access your favorite stations with a few flicks of your finger and rate the songs you're listening to with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down." And of course you can play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. And this receiver offers a front USB input, too — handy for plugging in your iPod®, iPhone®, or thumb drives loaded with music.

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

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

iPod 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.

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 selectable graphic backgrounds
  • secondary display with 8-character LED readout
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Pandora control via iPhone
  • 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/iPhone direct control via USB input — Jensen jLinkUSB cable required for viewing video content
  • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
  • inputs: front A/V input, front USB input, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono sub), video output
Other information:

What's in the Box:

  • DVD receiver (w/ motorized 7" monitor)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • NAV/Mic harness
  • IR remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • Microphone (with attached 7.75' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Visor clip (installed on mic)
  • Self-adhesive mount
  • Metal backstrap
  • Rear support stud
  • Rubber bushing
  • Self-tapping screw
  • 2 Counter-sunk 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:

Good value for the price. Screen resolution not that great. Sound quality very good. Added the Navigation and haven't been able to hear the radio when using the Navigator. Install was easy since I was replacing another DIN. Overall, very good product and I am pleased with it.

Stan Pez, Gowen, MI


Jensen VM9216BT Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(18 Reviews)

Screen gets stuck

Aric from Reno, Nevada on 1/13/2015

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this unit about 2 months after purchase. About 2 months ago it started doing weird things when opening and closing the screen. It seems like it doesn't know where "home" is. I have found no way to reset this. It is progressively worse each time it turns on. Sometimes it powers off in the middle of its fit of trying to open and close several times. Each time I drive my vehicle it takes more times of the screen going in and out over and over to finally get to some spot where it will turn on and show a picture. It is floppy feeling now so it flops around while moving down the road. I treat this thing very well as I work out of my vehicle so I really appreciate good entertainment while in it. I wanted to do a custom install of a flat faced double din but would have required all custom fab to do it. I was afraid of this motorized screen doing just this. I am so very unhappy.

Pros: cheapish but more expensive than the flat face unit I would have custom installed soooo not really cheap. It is definitely MADE cheap.

Cons: Construction quality is lower than most 99 dollar receivers I see. Very cheap poor quality product.

Get what you pay for

Joe M from Philadelphia, PA on 7/14/2014

1995 Ford Thunderbird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For a cheap motorized monitor head unit, this is a good buy. The picture quality is good and so is the sound, depending on the source. The instructions for the installation were spot on. The user interface on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. Also speed at which the unit responds to commands is almost unbearable. Simple things like changing the volume seem to take a second or so to respond and even longer if you use the remote.

Pros: Cheap unit Easy to install

Cons: iPhone over USB audio is very sluggish BT Audio is very degraded Bad user interface

Good Value

Stan Pez from Gowen, MI on 4/5/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good value for the price. Screen resolution not that great. Sound quality very good. Added the Navigation and haven't been able to hear the radio when using the Navigator. Install was easy since I was replacing another DIN. Overall, very good product and I am pleased with it.

Pros: Value. Sound quality. Features and add-on options. Ability to hook up an external video screen.

Cons: Cannot use radio and navigator at the same time (at I haven't been able to figure out how). Screen resolution. Instruction Manual, particularly for add-ons.

Finishing Touches

Shanard from Fort Lee, VA on 3/26/2014

2005 Dodge Dakota
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. It was has everything needed for later upgrades. The blue tooth works great; even through the factory speakers the clarity and sound is still as good.

Pros: Blue tooth, DVD, sound and additional connections.

Cons: Contrast of DVD is not good. Touch screen a little hard to use.

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Anonymous from 20175 on 3/24/2014

2007 Jeep Compass
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is definitely a great value. For what it costs, it's great. I wish it had a little more EQ adjustability but I'm a bit of an audio snob. Also, it's probably fine but there is a little bit of wiggle in the screen when it's out which makes me nervous for longevity. That being said, my phone syncs up very quickly and it's great not having to plug it in when I get in my car.



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charles from Bedford, va on 2/26/2014

1999 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love this dvd player

Pros: It sound great in my expenditon

Cons: Yes I will tell anyone to buy one

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JudyR from St. Louis, MO on 2/1/2014

2006 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love this radio. Like the screen so I can see exactly what is playing.



Happy Happy Happy

Dusty from Beebe, AR on 1/21/2014

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had more features than I expected, glad I bought it.

Pros: easy to hook up


So disappointed.

Lone Wolf Unbiased Reviews from Lehighton, Pa. on 12/26/2013

2001 Dodge Dakota
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So disappointed. On paper this radio had everything. Big screen in a single din, navigation, satellite radio, bluetooth... Volume levels between functions were not equal. If I were listening to the radio at volume level 17 and received a bluetooth phone call, I would have to jack the volume way up to 35+ to be able to hear the person on the other end. The call would be clear on both ends with no problems. But when the call ends, the volume is still way up at 35+. Much too loud for the radio, and turning the volume down quickly can not be done. The large, beautiful screen? You can use it as a reverse light at night. There is no way to dim the display. Not through the dash-lights, not through the radio display settings. That being said, Crutchfield is the greatest, allowing me to return the radio.

Pros: Bluetooth connected easily to my Android phone and worked well. Sirius/Xm. Navigation.

Cons: No way to dim the large screen. Volume balance between functions not level.

Good product for what you pay for

deej8290 from Boynton Beach,FL on 10/25/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good product for the price you pay. I've had Jensen's in the past and have had no issues with them.

Pros: Decent amount of features for the price

Cons: Takes a little time switching between inputs

Good stereo for the price

Anonymous from Yelm, WA on 10/12/2013

2003 Ford Econoline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this for my work van because I spend way too much time driving around and the factory decks volume wouldn't adjust any longer. The stereo was easy to install, looks good and works well.

Pros: Lots of features including blue tooth which works well.

Cons: Screen resolution isn't all that great but works well

Nice Item for the price

Dominiator from Las Vegas, NV on 10/4/2013

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice stereo for the price. Really needs an amp connected to it though. Even with the correct speakers, sound taps out about halfway then becomes distorted.

Pros: Easy Instal, Easy controls. Nice Screen. Lots of options for add ons.

Cons: Sound taps out about half way. Instructions for Camera Screen on are backwards

Love it

Wayne from Prescott, Az on 9/18/2013

2005 Hyundai Elantra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

id enjoy playing with it....great display and sounds.



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Anonymous from Decatur on 9/14/2013

2005 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing car stereo



Coolest system ever

Scott H from Pioneer, CA on 9/4/2013

2002 Volvo S60
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does everything I need. I even bought a back up camera and XM radio to round out the project.

Pros: Does everything from hands-free mobile phone to XM satellite radio

Cons: It's so cool, you may be tempted to play with it while driving.

So far so good

Crazywelder72 from Winchester MA on 8/24/2013

2008 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good value for the price

Pros: Good inexpensive unit with DVD, back up camera and Bluetooth.

Cons: Radio face and display is lame. Owned previous products from Jenson (Phase Liner) and the mechanical motors were noisy. Customer service was bad also. I only bought this one as Cruchfield's customer service is excellent should I need them.

love it

jamcbb from edgewood, tx on 7/19/2013

2003 Toyota Avalon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love the stereo. Sounds great and easy to use. Don't care for the microphone. Have to have it next to your mouth to be heard when using the blue tooth. Overall great!

Pros: Sound ease of use.

Cons: Wiring instuction are not specific enough. No explanation on how to wire options. Microphone is terrible. Crutchfield was great with helping, but by the time we got to wiring the options, I felt bad about calling for help again.

Great Stereo

Scott W from Texas on 7/9/2013

1998 Chevrolet K Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The stereo is awesome. The sound quality is great and has numerous possibilites for use with iphone, cameras, and DVD systems. The touch screen makes it very easy to use and switch between functions.

Pros: High Quality Sound and very useful!

Cons: Only a 3 band EQ


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input 3.5mm AV (f)
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 Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
HD Radio No
Navigation Optional
iPod Compatibility
Full size Classic/5Gen
Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch 5/4/3/2/1
iPhone 5S/5C/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 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 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
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
Built-in Bluetooth
Disc & USB Playback
iPod/iPhone Integration
AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
Audio Section
AV Connections
Remote Control

Touchscreen Display

Motorized 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The Jensen VM9216BT 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, and can be controlled by the button on the top of the frame of the screen and rotary knob.
  • Selectable Backgrounds: You can select from five background wallpapers (Engine Button, Green Cubes, Red Swirl, Tribal, or Blue Haze).

Secondary LCD Display: In addition to the 7" motorized flip-out monitor the Jensen VM9216BT features a secondary single-line LCD on its front-panel. 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.

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

Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touchscreen controls, the VM9216BT also features hard-key controls on the front of the unit; such as Power, Volume, Source, Monitor Open/Close, Eject functions. One of the hard-keys is a 3-way rotary encoder audio control.

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 (attached to rear-chassis) must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Communication: The Jensen VM9216BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that is developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones, and other handheld devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit-per-second.

Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the VM9216BT. 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 VM9216BT.

Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Jensen VM9216BT allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's touchscreen. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the VM9216BT's integrated monitor. You can enter a phone number using the touchscreen keypad or transfer a call from your phone. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call.

External Microphone: The VM9216BT includes an external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. The microphone features a visor-clip to mount the unit to your vehicle's sun-visor. The visor-clip can be removed and the microphone an be mounted to your dash using the supplied self-adhesive bracket.

Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Jensen VM9216BT 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 the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VM9216BT. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.

Disc & USB Playback

Disc Compatibility:  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. The VM9216BT supports playback of DVD Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

Front-Panel USB Port: The Jensen VM9216BT features a front-panel USB type-A port for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback of MP3/WMA 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. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/500mA), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

File Compatibility: The Jensen VM9216BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet FAT 16/32
Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate up to 128kbps w/ sampling frequency up to 48kHz
WMA: bit rate up to 128kbps w/ sampling frequency up to 48kHz
Video MPEG-1
Photo JPEG
Maximum # of Folders/Files 1,500 total songs/files
Tags MP3 ID3-tags, WMA-tags

Playback Functions: The Jensen VM9216BT offers a variety of playback functions to enjoy your music, video, and photo files.

  • Slow Motion: Plays the current DVD video title in slow motion.
  • Repeat Play: Repeat Chapter, Titles, Tracks, and Folders on a disc or USB device. 
  • A-B Repeat: A-B Repeat allows you to repeat a specific section of a DVD.
  • Random Play: When playing a disc or USB device, you can play audio tracks/files in random order.

Search Functions: The VM9216BT provides various search functions to find your music, videos, and photos.

  • Playlist Screen: The Playlist Screen provides a search list for music, video, or photo files stored on your MP3/WMA disc or USB device.
  • Fast Forward/Fast Reverse: When playing a disc or USB device, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions - 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x.
  • Intro Scan: During music playback you can play the first 10 seconds of each track or file.
  • Direct Search: During disc or USB playback you can use the numeric keypad on the touch-screen display to access a chapter/track directly.

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.

iPod/iPhone Integration

iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Jensen VM9216BT supports connection to either Dock-connector or Lightning-connector Apple iPods and iPhones.

  • 30-Pin Dock Connector iPod/iPhone: The optional jLink-USB cable (110JLINUSB, sold separately) allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone to VM9216BT through the head unit's front-panel USB port and 3.5mm AV input. This type of connection supports playback of audio/video content stored on your Apple device, as well as music and movies streamed to your iPhone from select apps. If you only require iPod/iPhone audio playback, you can simply connect your iPod/iPhone to the VM9216BT via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone.
  • Lightning-Connector iPod/iPhone:  If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback from music stored on the device or select music apps streamed to the iPhone 5/5C/5S. These devices do not support video output.

iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. You can use the VM9216BT's touchscreen to browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, or Podcast. You can browse your videos by Movie, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, Rentals, and Video Playlists. You can also access a music track directly by using the head unit's touchscreen keypad. In addition, you can activate Random & Repeat playback modes. Most iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).

Information Display: The Jensen VM9216BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information from stored music and select music apps. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, and Album Art.

Battery 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/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Jensen VM9216BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (12/8/2013):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
7th* 1.02 PC Y* N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
2 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
3 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
4 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
mini 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
air 7.0.4 Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
  • *Requires the Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device for audio playback only. These devices do not support video output.
  • 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+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

AM/FM Tuner: The head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, preset, and direct 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. In addition, the tuner features a Preset Scan function which allows you to preview your stored preset stations in the selected band. The Scan function will play the first five seconds of each station, until you find a station you like. 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. The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touchscreen panel.

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

Pandora App: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The free Pandora app lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Jensen VM9216BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Jensen jLink-USB cable (sold separately), or the USB cable supplied with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The VM9216BT will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information (including Album Art).

  • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List.
  • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
  • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
  • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
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 VM9216BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

  • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
  • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
  • Direct Channel input allows you to directly enter a station number using the remote control
  • Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, and Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display
  • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
  • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

Note: A 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.

Audio Section

CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VM9216BT 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 VM9216BT 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/5CH Preamp Output: The VM9216BT is equipped with five 2-volt preamp outputs (Front L/R, Rear L/R, & mono-Sub). The front & 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 VM9216BT 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.

EQ: The VM9216BT 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 VM9216BT's Radio, Disc, USB, iPod, or AV input.

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.

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.

AV Connections

Front-Panel AV Input: The VM9216BT 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 VM9216BT features a composite video input and a green/white wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera (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 mode is selected upon shifting into Reverse gear (takes approximately 7.1 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 1.2 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.

Navigation Ready: The Jensen NAV104 (110NAV104, sold separately) is an add-on GPS Navigation module for this Jensen head unit. The NAV104 is driven by iGo Primo software featuring turn-by-turn audible/visual guidance with lane assist, 3D landmarks and building graphics, plus TeleAtlas US maps with over 11 million POIs (points of interest). The system also offers 19 on-screen display languages, and text-to-speech recorded voice guidance in English, French and Spanish.

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The Jensen VM9216BT comes supplied with a 44-button IR remote control which provides wireless operation of the Jensen multimedia receiver.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

8 questions already asked

You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Apr 08, 2014 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Mar 07, 2014 ]  Staff
So far I have not been able to do it. Apple just released ios 7.1 with car play in the software, which means your radio has to be car play able. At this time there are no aftermarket radios with that ability according to Apple. [ RICHARD  Mar 12, 2014 ]
No [ Matthew  Mar 06, 2014 ]
No it cannot, it would be nice. Best way to get Nav is to get the add on module for it. [ ROBERT P  Mar 06, 2014 ]
Hey Pete, Yes you can hook a TV into this unit, and you can hook up multiple amps and subwoofers. This unit does not have surround sound. [ Joseph  Feb 28, 2014 ]
Yes it has a standard yellow RCA video out connector for connection to other screens. These connections are usually standard 640x480 and interlaced scan (480i). Sadly I don't see anyone making outputs for s-video which is standard 720x480 and progressive scan (480p) which is DVD resolution pixel for pixel. It does also have RCA outputs for stereo front and rear as well as a RCA subwoofer output. It does not have true surround sound output as it only outputs stereo rather than say 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 dolby surround. The onboard amp sounds ok but adding a sub makes the clarity really pop. I added bass blockers to my stereo channels so those speakers are not trying to produce so much bass. The woofer output has a crossover you can select but the stereo channels don't seem to. At least I havent found how to get it to work if it does, Thats why I used the bassblockers. It really does sound pretty decent though. [ arice  Feb 27, 2014 ]
oh I am ok and my car is very good music and already have amp subwoofers. thank you very much, take care [ DANIEL C  Feb 27, 2014 ]
Amp and subwoofer, YES The TV and surrond, I cannot answer that as I have no need for that. [ ALAN D  Feb 26, 2014 ]
yes !! [ GENE S  Feb 11, 2014 ]
I know it has RCA outputsin the back of the radio I do believe it had a sub output but I don't remember for sureI really like the unit though for the moneyit works great [ MICHAEL C  Feb 10, 2014 ]
There are RCA jacks to plug in a amp for a sub and you are able to control the sub volume with the deck. [ SCOTT  Feb 10, 2014 ]
Yes it has front rear and sub pre amp outputs [ BRIAN  Feb 09, 2014 ]
check the manual, some units have a limit to how many files they can read at once. [ PETE  Jan 07, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Dec 31, 2013 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For specific fit questions like this it is best to have a quick call or chat with Advisor. They will be able to pull up your vehicle information and make sure everything will work as expected. [ Jeff  Dec 06, 2013 ]  Staff
The internal controls on the unit ------Greg [ GENE S  Dec 06, 2013 ]
Internal controls [ ED  Dec 04, 2013 ]
This unit does not have an internal control and does not dim with the vehicle dimmer switch. You can pick one of the colors that is not bright in color when the touch screen is not being used. You can also tilt the screen to cut down on the brightness but those are the only options. [ RANDALL  Dec 03, 2013 ]
It has a wire you can hook up to the dimmer. Does not dim with internal controls. [ SCOTT  Dec 03, 2013 ]
To be honest I don't recall I keep my adjustment on high at all times.that being said it has an internal adjustments for brightness and For color,I do not have the vehicle with me at this time I can check later and get back to you.I am very happy with this unit you get a lot for the money the bluetooth works excellent thanks again for the help from crutchfield. [ MICHAEL C  Dec 03, 2013 ]