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Our take on the Jensen VM9224 by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Equip your double-sized dash opening for A/V enjoyment with Jensen's VM9224 DVD receiver. The bright 6.2" widescreen displays movies and video when the car's parked, and transforms into a touchscreen interface when you're on the road.
Play it all
When you're ready to enjoy some tunes, play your favorite store-bought CDs and DVDs or discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You'll find an SD card slot and USB input for MP3 and WMA file playback too. And you can plug in and control your iPod® with the touchscreen. Further your sound enjoyment by adjusting the audio with the three-band equalizer, or keep it simple and select one of the eight preset EQ curves.
Create an audio/video system
Use the convenient front-panel audio/video auxiliary input to hook up your favorite portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. The receiver boasts a video output to send movies to rear video screen, and you'll also find an input for a rear-view camera — perfect for when you're maneuvering your vehicle in tight spaces.
If you're building a high-powered system, you'll enjoy the utility of front, rear, and mono subwoofer preamp outputs. You can also add Jensen's NAV-104 navigation module to enjoy maps and guidance on your screen.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
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.
Bought this stereo to replace the factory unit in my 03 Silverado. I like the MP3/CD/DVD playback and the ipod ready controls. It will even display album art when playing.
Lawrence, Norfolk, Va
What's in the Box:
- Multimedia receiver with integrated monitor (with inserted 15A fuse and 2 transport screws installed)
- 2 Mounting brackets
- 2 Trim rings
- Power/ground harness
- Speaker harness
- Steering-wheel control/camera harness
- Bluetooth/Navigation harness
- Preamp/USB harness
- 5' AV minijack cable
- 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
- Metal backstrap
- Rear support stud
- Rubber bushing
- Large self-tapping screw
- Hex-head screw
- 4 Flat-head iso-mount machine screws
- 4 Pan-head iso-mount machine screws
- 4 Sleeve-mount machine screws
- Operating Instructions (Eng)
- Operating Instructions (Fre/Spa)
- Installation Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
- Limited Warranty sheet
- InstallerNet card
- emusic offer card
- "STOP" note
- in-dash DVD receiver with 6.2" motorized touchscreen
- internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- plays CDs and DVDs (including MP3 and WMA files on disc)
- 24-bit D/A converter
- 3-band EQ with eight preset tone curves
- iPod audio control built-in, iPod video requires optional jLink-USB cable
- compatible with Jensen navigation system
- inputs: front and rear A/V inputs, SD card slot, USB input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, and mono subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||3.5mm AV|
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||13 watts|
|Peak Output||40 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
2-DIN Chassis: The Jensen VM9224 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.
Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.
6.2" Touchscreen Display: The Jensen VM9224 features a fixed 6.2" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 800x3 (H) x 234 (V) with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.
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.
PRK SW: 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).
Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touch-panel controls, the VM9224 also features hard-key controls on the left edge of the screen. The unit offers a rotary volume control, source button, NAV button, and eject button.
12 or 24 Hour Clock: You can set the unit to display a 12 or 24 hour clock.
Anti-Theft Feature: The VM9224 is equipped with an anti-theft feature requiring you to enter a 6-digit password upon initial power-on.
D/A Converter: The VM9224 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 VM9224 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 VM9224 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)
5-Channel Audio Preamp Outputs: This unit has five audio preamp outputs (stereo Front, stereo Rear, and mono Sub). In addition, the subwoofer preamp output has an adjustable low pass crossover (80/120/160Hz), and level adjustment (-14 to 0).
Start 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 every time you power up the radio.
Preset EQ: Preset EQ curves are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following presets: Acoustic, Urban, Rave, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop, Rock, or User.
3-Band EQ: In the User EQ mode, you are able to manually adjust the level of the head unit's Bass, Midrange, and Treble (+/-14).
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 (0-6dB) of the unit's source inputs to match the external source's output level. The Source Level can be used for the VM9424's Radio, Disc, USB, SD, iPod, Auxiliary, or Navigation (optional).
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.
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.
Direct Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner also allows direct frequency tuning through the unit's touch-screen panel.
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.
European Tuning: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.
Disc Compatibility: The VM9224 is compatible with the following discs:
- DVD: DVD Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+RW DL
- VCD: Video CD, Super Video CD
- CD: Audio CD (CD-DA), CD-R, CD-RW
- Compressed Files: MP3, WMA, JPEG, MPEG 1/2, Xvid, AVI
Note: 8 cm discs should not be used in this unit.
MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9224 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.
SD Card Slot: The Jensen VM9224 is equipped with a front-panel SD-card slot. The head unit supports playback of MP3/WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded on SD/SDHC memory cards up to 8GB. It will also playback JPEG still images stored on an SD/SDHC card. Up to 1500 songs/files can be supported from a compatible disc. This unit will only recognize 3 folder levels.
Note: SD/SDHC-memory cards larger than 8GB are not supported.
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 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.
Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.
Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
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.
Mounting: For proper operation of the CD/DVD player, the chassis must be mounted with 30-degrees of horizontal.
USB Port: The Jensen VM9224 features a front- and rear-panel USB type-A port for playback of MP3 (128kbps) and WMA (128kbps) audio files recorded in FAT16 or FAT32 on a connected USB flash memory device, as well as USB portable hard-drives formatted to FAT32. The head unit also support 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 VM9224HD will also display ID3 tag information.
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- or rear-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 VM9224. 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 from the head unit's touchscreen. During audio/video playback of your iPod/iPhone, the touch-screen or click-wheel controls will be locked. 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 VM9224 via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The Jensen VM9224 and optional jLink-USB cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.
iPod/iPhone Photo Playback: Your iPod's clickwheel or touchscreen is locked during music and video playback. However, to view photos, you will need to use your iPod's clickwheel or touchscreen to control playback.
iPod Video Playback: The VM9224 does not support video playback from the iPod video (5th gen) when used with the jLink-USB cable. Instead the head unit requires an AV minijack connection for video playback of your iPod video (5th gen), which offers no information display, control, or charging.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Video Out: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately).
Audio/Video Inputs: TheVM9224 features a front- and rear-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player.
Rear View Camera Input: The VM9224 features a composite video input and a green/white wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera. 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. 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. 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 the Jensen multimedia 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.
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