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Our take on the Jensen VM9225BT by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Get on the road with hands-free calling and more
Jensen's VM9225BT DVD receiver keeps you in touch with the outside world, and gives you plenty of audio/video options. The receiver's built-in Bluetooth® offers hands-free calling, plus an easy-to-use interface for making outgoing calls. And Bluetooth audio streaming lets you send music to the receiver from compatible devices. The receiver's 6.2" display provides touchscreen control while you're driving, and you can enjoy DVDs and other video when the car's parked.
When you're ready for some tunes, you've got a lot more options than just CDs. You'll find front and rear USB inputs for your thumb drive, iPod®, or iPhone®. And you can control your Pandora® account from the receiver when your iPhone is connected, too. Use the 3-band equalizer to dial in the sound you prefer, or keep it simple by selecting one of the eight preset EQ curves.
Front and rear A/V inputs provide convenient connection possibilities for your portable audio player, a camcorder, or other video sources. With Jensen's optional jLinkUSB cable, you can even watch video from your iPod. The receiver can send movies to a 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.
Options for navigation and more
If you're building a high-powered system, the front, rear, and mono subwoofer preamp outputs make it easier to connect outboard amps. Need maps? Jensen's NAV-104 navigation module brings GPS guidance to your receiver's screen. And for even more entertainment options, you can add on a SiriusXM tuner for unparalleled music, news, sports, and talk.
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 Jensen stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Jensen, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
For the amount of money, this has great value.
Anonymous, San Diego, CA
What's in the Box:
- Multimedia receiver with integrated 6.2" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse inserted in chassis)
- 2 Trim rings
- Power/ground harness
- Speaker harness
- AV/Preamp harness
- Parking brake/reverse harness
- NAV BUS harness
- 8.25' Parking brake light detection wire (pink)
- 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
- Hex-head screw
- 6 Flat-head iso-mount machine screws
- 6 Pan-head iso-mount machine screws
- Operating Instructions
- Installation Guide
- "STOP" sheet
- Limited Warranty information
- in-dash DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- internal amp (13 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
- 6.2" touchscreen display
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- Pandora control with iPhone
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- wireless remote
- plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
- iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — Jensen jLinkUSB cable required for viewing video content
- inputs: front A/V input, front and rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
- outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (4-volt rear, rear, mono sub), video output
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Mini (front)|
|Audio/video Input||3.5mm (front)|
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|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||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
6.2" Touchscreen Display: The Jensen VM9225BT features a fixed 6.2" widescreen touchscreen LCD monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 RGB x 234 with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.
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.
Hard-Key Controls w/ Adjustable Illumination: In addition to the unit's LCD touchscreen controls, the VM9225BT also features hard-key controls on the left edge of the screen (including a 3-way rotary audio control). You can adjust the front-panel's button illumination between 8 Preset colors (White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, AquaBlue, SkyBlue); a Custom color (RGB colors), or set the unit to "Scan" (scrolls through preset color spectrum)
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).
2-DIN Chassis: The Jensen VM9225BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Bluetooth Communication: The Jensen VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT. 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 VM9225BT
Hands Free Profile (HFP): The Jensen VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT'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 VM9225BT 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. The microphone measures 0.5" (diameter) x 1.1875" (deep) and features an attached 7.75' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector.
Bluetooth Audio (A2DP/AVRCP): The Jensen VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
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 VM9225BT is compatible with the following discs:
- DVD: DVD Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+RW DL
- 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.
SD-Card Slot: The Jensen VM92125 is equipped with a front-panel SD-card slot. The head unit supports playback of audio & photo files recorded on SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 8GB).
MP3/WMA Playback: The VM9225BT 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; as well as SD/SDHC memory cards. The files must be recorded in ISO 9660 or Joliet formats for discs and formatted in FAT 16/32 for SD-cards. 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 or SD/SDHC memory card. 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; as well as SD/SDHC memory cards. 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 Port: The Jensen VM9225BT features a front-panel & 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 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 VM9225BTHD will also display ID3 tag information. In addition, the VM9225BT'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- 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 VM9225BT. 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 VM9225BT 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).
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Jensen VM9225BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the Jensen jLINK-USB cable (sold separately). The Jensen VM9225BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or A-Z. You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 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.
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 and only available in the United States.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The Jensen VM9225BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 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|
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 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.
SiriusXM Ready: The Jensen VM9225BT 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 SiriusXM.com 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 separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.
D/A Converter: The VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT 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)
4V/5Ch Preamp Outputs: The Jensen VM9225BT is equipped with five 4-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/mono-Sub). The front and rear channels are fading, while the subwoofer output is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter and separate level control.
Subwoofer Controls: The Jensen VM9225BT 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 VM9225BT 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).
|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 VM9225BT's Radio, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, 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.
Front-Panel AV Input: TheVM9225BT features a front-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device such as a portable digital media player. There is also a rear-panel 3.5mm AV input that is shared with the unit's rear-panel USB port (labeled "iPod") used only to connect an iPod/iPhone via Jensen's jLink-USB cable (sold separately). See "USB/iPod Connectivity" section.
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 Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera, such as the Jensen JCAM1(110JCAM1, sold separately). This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (green/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.9 seconds. You can choose for the monitor to display a Mirror mode image or a Normal mode image from the rear-view camera. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
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.
IR Remote Control: The Jensen VM9225BT 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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