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Rosen SB1010-H11

Custom-fit replacement for your 2008-up Subaru factory radio

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Factory look, aftermarket performance and options
Like the look of your factory stereo, but wish it could do more? A Rosen multimedia receiver fits perfectly into your vehicle's dash, giving you touchscreen navigation, DVD movie playback, CD and MP3 playback, and Bluetooth® connectivity. A built-in virtual CD changer stores the music from six of your favorite CDs in the receiver's memory, or you can use the USB input to access thumb drives loaded with music files. Plus, you can add iPod® control with Rosen's optional cable.

Factory look, aftermarket performance and options
Like the look of your factory stereo, but wish it could do more? A Rosen multimedia receiver fits perfectly into your vehicle's dash, giving you touchscreen navigation, DVD movie playback, CD and MP3 playback, and Bluetooth® connectivity. A built-in virtual CD changer stores the music from six of your favorite CDs in the receiver's memory, or you can use the USB input to access thumb drives loaded with music files. Plus, you can add iPod® control with Rosen's optional cable.

Rosen builds their systems to exactly match your vehicle's dash opening and wiring — and you'll even get to keep your steering wheel controls and other factory options. The built-in mounting brackets and included plug-and-play wiring harnesses let you install the receiver without having to splice wires or modify your dash. The thoughtfully designed graphical user interface (GUI) makes it easy to take command.

GPS navigation — built in
Rosen puts you in command on the road. You can navigate to specific addresses or any of the 11 million points of interest — the high-resolution 7" touchscreen display shows maps in easy-to-read detail, including 3-D building views in many cities. A built-in database of 2500 red-light and speed cameras provides valuable driving info.

Bluetooth convenience and safety
You can make and take calls without having to touch your compatible Bluetooth phone — you'll hear your caller over the car's speakers, while the built-in microphone picks up your voice. Three microphone sensitivity settings ensure that your caller will hear you loud and clear. You can also stream music from your compatible mobile device to the Rosen receiver.

Video center
You can watch DVDs on the 7" screen while parked. Add Rosen's optional audio/video output to add rear video screens — then use the dual zone feature to let your passengers watch movies on optional rear screens while you listen to music up front.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD/CD receiver with internal amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen
    • custom-fit receiver designed for select 2008-up Subaru dash openings
    • SD card memory with maps of the U.S.
    • over 11 million points of interest (POI)
    • built-in virtual 6-disc CD changer
    • built-in Bluetooth with hands-free calling and music streaming
    Audio/visual features:
    • supports DVD, CD, VCD, MP3, MPEG4, and JPEG playback
    • Dolby Digital and Virtual Surround decoding built in
    • dual-zone audio/video output
    • 3-band EQ with five preset tone curves
    • BBE sound processing
    • compatible with Rosen iPod connection cable and satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: USB input, front SD card slot, rear-view camera input, optional rear A/V input
    • outputs: optional rear A/V output
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • GPS Navigation/Multi-Media headunit (with 15-AMP fuse installed in chassis)
    • Trim-panel
    • DB-SB1012/DB-SB1013 Vehicle/steering wheel control harness
    • 34" USB cable (with a female USB type-A connector on one end and a molex connector on other end)
    • 2GB SD-card with map info (installed)
    • GPS antenna (with attached 10' cable terminated by an SMB connector
    • HDR-40-SB10 Subaru vehicle antenna adapter cable
    • 2 Metal mounting brackets
    • 8 Machine screws
    • Multi-Media System User Video
    • Owner's Manual
    • Navigation User's Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Installation Guide
    • Touch Screen Calibration sheet
    • Warranty Card
    • GuidePoint activation card

    Rosen SB1010-H11 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (3 Reviews)

    Installed on 2010 Subaru STi (non-nav radio)

    MikeT from Bellevue, WA on 12/1/2011

    I was worried about the price tag but the promise of having navigation and bluetooth fully integrated in a factory look package was too good not to try. I had it all installed within a few hours and we used the system for a few days. The fit and finish was excellent and looked like it came from the factory. What we first noticed was that the navigation unit was slow to respond and we often missed the turn before the unit said to turn. The slowness also translated to switching between the different screens and meus. It wasn't horrible but not something you wanted to deal with while driving. Secondly the unit would pair up with our Verizon HTC Incredible (Android) phone but would not actually work properly. You could answer calls but the microphone was not working. The unit worked fine when paired to an AT&T Samsung Focus (Windows Phone) but the microphone on the headunit was weak and you could barely have a conversation while driving. Finally the built in CD player and CD caching feature was a little lame. You actually have to play the full CD in realtime to cache it. If you stopped at any point you'd have a part of a track and only part of the album. Overall this unit was a dissapointment for the price. The core features we wanted did not deliver and ultimately made this unit worse than the factory unit by adding slowness and complexity. It's really too bad, I was really hoping this unit would deliver!

    Pros: Factory look and feel. Factory fit. Promise of integrated nav, bluetooth and radio. Touchscreen and physical buttons. Sound quality was better than factory.

    Cons: Slow navigation response when navigating. Layout of touchscreen controls was a little cumbersome to switch between modes. Slow to switch modes. Bluetooth did not work with HTC Incredible Android phone.

    Nice, but not perfect

    MikeM from Seattle, WA on 11/29/2011

    The Rosen unit is nice, but it is quirky. Once installed, it looks stock. The dash trim fits almost perfectly, and the dash lights, the color of the plastic, and the button-layout all match the interior perfectly. The sound the unit produces is crisper and cleaner than the factory headunit. The ipod integration is much much much better than the factory ipod controls. The Navigation function is nice, although I am still getting used to it. I am used to a Garmin Nuvi, and the Rosen Nav has some nice features that the Garmin doesn't. The quirks of the unit seem to be the interface between the Navigation software and the Radio/video/ipod software, as they are two completely different products that don't seem to get along very well. I'm still trying to figure this out. Finally, three features of my stock stereo that are not on the Rosen unit are: 1) that nice fade when turning the radio on or off, or when muting; 2) the automatic speed-sensitive volume adjustment; and 3) radio station tagging (which displays what station and program you are listing to (e.g., "NPR," "Morning Edition," etc.). Overall I am pleased but not blown away. It is a hefty pricetag, so I am now really hoping it remains a reliable unit.

    Pros: Factory Look Available options and expandability Sound

    Cons: Loses some nice factory functions Quirky Price (and not sure about longevity)

    Rosen SB1010-H11

    Jorge from NewYork on 10/30/2010

    2009 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow! I love everything about it the simplicity of how everything works The nav, the bluetooth the controls on the steering wheel they're Great. I have had some many different brands this one is just amazing. I Believe that all cars should come with rosen units instead of a Factory unit I love it...........




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input Optional
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot Built-in Flash, USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs None
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage N/A
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Built-in
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Both
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    System Compatibility
    Display Features
    Built-in Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Steering-Wheel Control

    System Compatibility

    Overview: The Rosen GPS Navigation and Multimedia In-Dash 2DIN head unit (DS-SB1010-H11) offers a factory look for your 2008 and up Subaru Impreza and 2009 and up Subaru Forester. The receiver is compatible only with those vehicles that did not come with factory-installed navigation. The Rosen GPS Navigation and Multimedia In-Dash 2DIN head unit will fit perfectly in the dash without the use of a kit and comes supplied with direct plug-in factory harnesses.

    Note: As always, please consult theCrutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

    Display Features

    High-Resolution Touch-Screen LCD Display: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit features a 7" high-resolution, wide-screen, touch-screen LCD display. You can adjust the brightness, color, and contrast of the display. The display also offers three dimmer settings (Bright, Dim, and Off). In addition, you can set the LCD monitor to display a Widescreen, Letter-Box, or Pan&Scan image.

    Note: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit includes a stylus for touch-screen operation.

    Spectrum Audio Display: The unit features a spectrum audio display when listening to music.

    Screen Saver: The unit's screen saver will display after 3-4 minutes of no operation.

    Hard-Key Controls: The unit also features rotary volume and tuning knobs, along with push-button controls along the left and right side of the LCD screen.

    Parking Brake Detection: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit contains a built-in DVD player and integrated LCD monitor, which is not intended for viewing while driving. The unit's video player is disabled when the vehicle is in motion through a connection to your vehicle's parking brake.

    Built-in Navigation

    Rosen Navigation: The Rosen Navigation system is powered by Nav-N-Go 8 software, featuring city center views in major markets across the U.S. that helps you find your way to your destination in tandem with its built-in GPS receiver.

    Note: Rosen Navigation does not transmit your GPS position; others cannot track you.

    Global-Position-System (GPS): Rosen Navigation uses Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display travel directions. The system's GPS antenna receives signals from a constellation of 24 satellites orbiting the earth and uses the strongest of signals to determine your position to within meters.

    GPS Antenna: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit comes supplied with a magnetic GPS antenna with a 10' cord which plugs into the back of the receiver's chassis.

    Mapping Software: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit features maps of USA with over 11 million points of interests (POI) by Tele Atlas stored on a 2GB SD-card (already inserted into front of unit).

    Note: The 2GB SD-card must remain in the head unit during navigation. If the SD-card is removed, you will not be able to access the head unit's navigation functions. When you reinsert the SD-card, the head unit must be reset to restore navigation functions.

    POI (Points-of-Interests): A point-of-interest (POI) is a location that someone might find useful or interesting. Rosen Navigation offers over 11 million POIs. POIs are grouped into several levels of categories and subcategories to choose from. POI locations are marked on the map with special icons.

    SpeedCamera POI: This model includes a free data base of over 2,500+ red light and speed camera's located in the U.S. The system is pre-activated and will notify you (the driver) when you are approaching a camera's location.

    Note: All data is provided by SpeedCameraPOI.Com and updates can be obtained on-line.

    Speed Warning: Rosen Navigation is able to warn you if you exceed the current speed limit. This information may not always be available on the map.

    Visual and Audible Guidance: Rosen navigation provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct you to your selected destination. It quickly calculates step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation map. There are two fields reserved on the on-screen map to display the next two maneuvers (route events that are listed in the Itinerary). Both the type of event (turn, traffic, circle, exiting highway, etc) and its distance from the current GPS position is displayed. The unit offers 5 audio and visual languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).

    Note: This unit does not offer text-to-speech.

    Map View: Rosen Navigation's map screen looks similar to paper road maps. The on-screen map shows the streets in a way that is similar to how the paper road maps show them. Their width and colors correspond to their importance, so you can easily tell a highway from a small street. You can choose from the following map perspectives.

    • 2D: Classic top-down two-dimensional view (always facing North).
    • 3D: Three-dimensional perspective view (automatically rotates to driving direction).

    Color Schemes: Rosen Navigation uses different color schemes during day and night time driving.

    • Daytime: Daytime color are similar to paper maps.
    • Nighttime: The nigh color schemes use dark colors for large objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low.
    • Auto: Switches automatically between the daytime and the night scheme based on the current time and GPS position a few minutes before sunrise (when the sky has already turned bright), and a few minutes after sunset (before it becomes dark).
    • Tunnels: When entering a tunnel, the colors of the map change. All buildings disappear, the large objects (such as surface waters or forests), and the empty areas between roads become black. However, roads and streets keep their original colors from the daytime or nigh color scheme.

    Smart Zoom: Rosen Navigation can automatically rotate, scale, an title the map and give you the optimal view.

    • When you are approaching a turn, Rosen Navigation zooms in and raises the view angle to le you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction.
    • If the next turn is at a distance, Rosen Navigation zooms out and lowers the view angle to show you the road in front of you.

    Choosing a Destination: Rosen Navigation offers you several ways of choosing your destination and via points (intermediate destinations).

    • Browse Map: Use the selected location on the map (the cursor).
    • City: Takes you to the center of city.
    • Address: Enter a full address or part of an address, or two intersecting streets.
    • Zip Code: Enter an address with only the zip code.
    • Coordinates: Enter longitude and latitude.
    • POI: Select your destination from a POI.
    • Favorites: Select a destination that you have saved as a Favorite.
    • History: Destinations you have set earlier appear in History.

    Inserting Via-Points: You can expand your route by inserting via-points (intermediate destinations).

    Fit-to-Screen: You can display an entire active route or track long on the map screen.

    Route Calculation: Rosen Navigation calculates the route base on your preferences. You can choose from the following:

    • Route Calculation Method: Fast, Short, Economical, or Easy
    • Road Types: Unpaved, Permit, Highways, Tolls, Ferries, Cross-border, and/or Carpool lanes

    Itinerary: The Itinerary is the list of the route events and driving instructions.

    Route Simulation: A simulation takes you through the route, following the calculated driving instructions.

    Track Log: Once you start navigating, Rosen Navigation records a Track Log, so you can look back at your trip at a later date.

    Trip Information: The Trip Information screen displays a compass, speed, time, and distance.

    • Compass: Shows the direction of your heading both when the map is automatically rotated (3D) and when the map is always facing North (2D).
    • Speed: Displays current speed and speed limit on the current road.
    • Time: Display current GPS time, time remaining to reach destination, time remaining to reach the next via-point, estimated arrival time at destination, and estimate arrival time at next via-point.
    • Distance: Shows distance remaining to reach destination, distance remain to reach next via-point, and current altitude.

    Route Recalculation: Rosen Navigation automatically recalculates the rote if you deviate from the propose itinerary.

    Detour: This screen contains quick detour possibilities during navigation so you can bypass a part of the route.

    Safety Mode: Safety Mode disables the unit's touch-screen above 6-mph to keep your attention on the road.

    Simultaneous Music Playback: While in navigation mode, you can still listen to music. Voice navigation will interrupt music when necessary.

    GuidePoint Compatible: GuidePoint is a GPS enabled on-the-road driver assistant system that provides roadside rescue, emergency services, and personal concierges. GuidePoint uses a state-of-the-art computer module that's equipped with a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver, wireless data modem and vehicle interface component that allows communication with the vehicle. Each unit's unique electronic serial number-similar to a cell phone number-allows information to be sent back and forth between the vehicle and GuidePoint's Response Center over a nationwide wireless network.

    Note: Included is a free 90-day trial of GuidePoint Connect Silver Services, which consists of roadside rescue, emergency services, and personal concierge assistance. After your 90-day free trial you, you can discontinue service or renew your plan with a monthly charge.

    Audio Section

    Preset EQ Modes: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit features five preset EQ modes (Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic, Flat) and one custom sound field mode.

    Custom EQ: The Custom EQ mode allows you to adjust the unit's bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10khz) manually (+/-8dB).

    BBE: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit offers BBE sound processing for excellent high, mids, and low frequency reproduction. BBE can be adjusted between 0-16.

    Sound Modes: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit offers the following sound modes.

    • Stereo: Audio is output from the left and right channel for 2-channel stereo.
    • Dolby Stereo: Dolby Stereo distributes the sound from the middle and the surround channels of a soundtrack to the left and right speaker channels of the unit.
    • V. Surround: The left and right channels create a surround sound effect from a two-channel source.
    • Dolby Digital: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit supports Dolby Digital playback via Rosen's Dolby5.1/Amp harness (135DP1011, sold separately), when connected to an optional external processor and 5.1-ch amplifier.

    Speaker Level: You can adjust the level (+/-8dB) of each connected speaker (LR, LF, RR, RF, CTR, and SUB).

    5.1 Preamp Outputs (Optional): With the optional Rosen 5.1-channel RCA output harness (135DP1011, sold separately) you can connect external aftermarket amplifiers for a 5.1 speaker audio system.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Radio: The Multimedia Navigation head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, scan, and preset tuning.

    AM/FM Presets: The unit offers 18 FM station presets (6 stations each for FM1/FM2/FM3) and 6 AM station presets. Station presets can be manually entered or automatically scanned.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    Sirius Satellite Ready: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit also supports Sirius Satellite Radio using the Rosen Sirius/iPod Kit (135DP1055, sold separately). The Sirius/iPod kit includes a connector cable which allows you to connect your compatible iPod and the included SiriusConnect SC-C1 Universal Vehicle Tuner.

    Note: If you already have the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Universal Vehicle Tuner, you can purchase just the iPod/Sirius connector cable (135DP1053, sold separately) to connect your compatible iPod and SiriusConnect tuner (SC-C1).

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: This multimedia navigation head unit supports playback of DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, VCD, CD, and CD-R/RW discs (12cm discs only). The unit also supports MP3 audio files and JPEG still-image files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Automatic Play: A disc can be inserted at any time in the unit and the system will automatically switch to disc playback.

    Last Memory: If you stop playback of a disc, the disc will resume play from where it last left off, as long as you do not eject the disc.

    Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Internal Flash Memory: The Rosen multimedia navigation head unit is equipped with an internal flash memory which allows you to copy music tracks from a CD disc to the head unit as an MP3 file. The unit features 6 folders (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and Favorites) to store your music. Once you have copied your CD's music over to the head unit's internal memory, you can listen to those stored songs at anytime, without inserting the CD.

    JPEG Playback: JPEG still images can be viewed as thumbnails (up to 12 images) or a single image.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit features a molex connector on the rear-panel and comes with a 34" molex-to-USB type-A cable for connection of a USB mass class storage device (up to 2GB), so you can play back your MP3 audio files or JPEG still-image files stored on your USB thumbdrive.

    iPod Interface (Optional): The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit supports audio/video playback, control, information display, and charging of select iPods, using the proprietary Rosen iPod harness (135DP1013, sold separately). This unit supports the following iPods (as of December 2010):

    iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideohead unitiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist InfoTrack Info
    dock-connector 3rdNNNNNNN
    mini 1stNNNNNNN
    video 5thYYYNYYY

    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 an newer software update is available.

    AV Connections

    Optional Audio/Video Input: You can also add the Rosen audio/video input harness (135DP1009, sold separately) consisting of a composite video connector and stereo RCA connectors, so you can connect an external AV source to the unit.

    Optional Audio/Video Output: You can add the Rosen audio/video output harness (135DP1008, sold separately) which consists of two composite video outputs and a pair stereo RCA audio outputs, which allows you to connect the head unit to an external headrest and/or overhead monitor.

    Note: You can watch and listen to the same source which is being played back on the unit's integrated LCD monitor on a connected external monitor and wireless headphone kit, or watch and listen to a different source. You can choose AM/FM, SAT, (optional tuner kit required), iPod (optional harness required), Disc, Aux (optional harness required), or MP3 for the second zone.

    Reverse Camera/Sensor Operation: The Rosen Multimedia head unit can be connected to an optional Rosen rear-view camera (135DP1068, sold separately) or back-up sensor kit (135DP1030, sold separately), using the optional Rosen back-up camera/sensor harness (135DP1010, sold separately). This allows you to view the image from the rear camera on the unit or use the backup warning system. When the camera is connected, the unit will automatically switch to the back-up camera display whenever the reverse gear is engaged.

    Note: The optional rearview camera and sensors are provided for additional information only. As the driver, you should always check your surroundings before backing-up the vehicle.

    Bluetooth/Steering-Wheel Control

    Built-In Bluetooth Hands-Free Interface: This unit provides Bluetooth Hands-Free communication functions. If your mobile phone is Bluetooth enabled, it can establish a point-to-point connection with the Rosen head unit providing telephone dial-up, call answering, Phonebook, and Bluetooth music play functions. The Phonebook displays incoming calls, received calls, and missed calls (the 5 most recent calls in each category are displayed). You can dial-out using your phone or using the unit's touch-screen monitor. Incoming call phone numbers are displayed on-screen. Using your vehicle's speakers and the Rosen head unit's built-in microphone, you can carry on your cell-phone conversation without picking up your phone. If your cell-phone also supports Bluetooth music play, the audio for your cell-phone can heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can control basic music playback functions such as Play/Pause, Stop, Next/Previous Track.

    Note: You can pair up to six phones (using only one at a time).

    Steering Wheel Controls: The Rosen Multimedia Navigation head unit can be setup through its menu system to retain your factory steering wheel controls (using the factory steering wheel controls does require splicing into factory wires at the radio location, and possibly elsewhere; there is no plug in adapter available for this function).

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