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Lightning Audio LA-6200

DVD receiver

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Lightning Audio's LA-6200 DVD receiver gives you plenty of audio/video options, plus the convenience and safety of built-in Bluetooth®. The receiver's 6.2" display provides touchscreen control of your music while you're driving, and adds a touch of style and flash to your dash.

Hit the road with flair

Lightning Audio's LA-6200 DVD receiver gives you plenty of audio/video options, plus the convenience and safety of built-in Bluetooth®. The receiver's 6.2" display provides touchscreen control of your music while you're driving, and adds a touch of style and flash to your dash.

Bluetooth is built in

The LA-6200 supports hands-free phone calls and audio streaming. You can transfer your phone book info, so you can quickly make calls and identify incoming callers — when a call comes in, just touch a button to talk hands-free. And you can send music or stream Internet radio from your smartphone or other Bluetooth audio device to the receiver without the hassle of wires.

Audio and video, your way

Of course you can pop in a CD for some music when you're on the road, but that just scratches the surface of what this receiver can do. You can connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input, and browse through your playlists using the receiver's controls. Or plug a thumbdrive into the rear USB port for access to hours of music. The SD card slot and both front and rear A/V inputs accommodate other audio sources. A 3-band equalizer provides control over your tone, and three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to add external amps and subwoofers.

You can check out a DVD on the receiver's screen when the car is parked, or you can use the LA-6200 as a centerpiece for a video system in your vehicle. It'll send video to your rear-seat screens, so you can ease on down the road with contented kids. And Lightning Audio includes a comprehensive remote control so the kids can pause the movie without bothering you.

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 the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards
    • built-in equalizer
    • low-pass filter
    • subwoofer controls
    • built-in iPod controls
    • inputs: front and rear A/V inputs, front and rear USB inputs, front SD card slot, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: dual video outputs, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Multimedia receiver (15A fuse installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/Video output harness
    • AV/Mic input harness
    • 39" USB extension cable
    • Remote control (w/ installed CR2025 battery)
    • 39" iPod video cable
    • 7" AV minijack-to-RCA adapter
    • 6.5' Yellow/blue wire (parking brake)
    • Microphone (w/ attached 9.5' cable)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mount
    • 4 Counter-sunk ISO screws
    • 4 Pan-head ISO screws
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Backstrap
    • Back support bolt
    • Hex-nut
    • Star-washer
    • Owner's Manual

    Lightning Audio LA-6200 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Great Radio

    JR from Puerto Rico on 1/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great DVD receiver

    Pros: Nice look

    Cons: Don,t know how to activate RDS

    Crutchfield response on 1/21/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    You get what you pay for !!!!

    Roy from Honolulu, Hawaii on 1/9/2014

    2013 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound Quality is about the only thing good..

    Pros: Sound quality and power is excellent!

    Cons: Control software is horrible. Preset station list is weird, Bluetooth hands free phone works can be better. My factory radio had better control. Does not store your phonebook in memory, need to sync every startup. Only basic steering wheel control. As I said earlier you get what you pay for...


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (f)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (f), Composite (r)
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 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 Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Audio Section
    Tuner Functions
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.2" LCD Touchscreen: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 multimedia receiver features a 6.2" TFT LCD touchscreen widescreen (16:9) monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB and contrast ratio of 600:1. The LCD touchscreen serves as a video monitor, system information display, and touchscreen control panel.

    Display Settings: The Lightning Audio multimedia receiver offers a variety of display adjustments.

    • Picture Adjustments: You can adjust the touchscreen display's brightness, contrast, and color from -10 to +10.
    • View Mode: You can change the "view mode" of the receiver's LCD monitor to suit your video content. You can choose from Full, Original, Height Fit, or Width Fit.

    Hard Key Controls: In addition to the unit's touchscreen display monitor, the LA-6200 provides 3 push-button controls (Eject/Menu/BT) and a 3-way rotary dial (volume/mute) along the left edge of the screen.

    Security Code: The 6.2" LCD touchscreen is fixed and not detachable. However, you can setup a 4-digit pass-code to help against theft. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

    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 yellow/blue wire within the supplied harness must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

    2-DIN Chassis: The LA-6200 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Built-in Bluetooth: Bluetooth hands-free communication is built into the Lightning Audio LA-6200, making it easy to integrate a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone (up to 10). Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls or stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled phone on the LA-6200 multimedia receiver

    Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the Lightning Audio LA-6200. 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 LA-6200.

    Hands-free Communication: The built-in Bluetooth hands-free feature allows you to talk on your cell phone through the LA-6200 without the need of holding the phone in your hand, which helps avoid any traffic violations by keeping you focused on the road. When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. Speak into the included microphone and the other party will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen. Your music will pause or mute automatically during a call. You can download your phonebook to the LA-6200, so you can easily find your contacts from the unit's touchscreen. You can also enter a phone number using the receiver's on-screen keypad. In addition, you can search and dial phone numbers by Call History; including incoming, outgoing, and missed calls. A phone call can be transferred between the LA-6200 and your mobile phone.

    Front-Panel & External Microphone: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 offers both an integrated front-panel microphone and external microphone. Use the integrated front-panel mic if you don't want the hassle of installing the external microphone. However, the external microphone provides better performance and is recommended. The external mic comes with a sun-visor clip and self-adhesive mount.

    Audio Streaming: The built-in Bluetooth audio streaming feature allows you to stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the LA-6200 and control basic playback of the audio through the receiver. You can listen to stored music and music apps on your mobile phone through multimedia receiver. The LA-6200 will also control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause & Skip Next/Previous. No song/artist information will be displayed.

    Disc/USB/SD Playback

    DVD/CD Player: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The multimedia receiver supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs.

    Dual USB Ports: The unit features front- and rear-panel USB ports. The rear-panel USB port includes a 39" USB extension cable. You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. Your compatible USB storage device must be formatted in FAT 8/16/32. 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.

    Front-Panel SD-Card Slot: The LA-6200 is equipped with a front-panel SD-card slot. The unit supports SD (up to 2GB) and SDHC (up to 32GB) memory cards.

    MP3/WMA/JPEG Playback: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 supports MP3/WMA music files and JPEG still image files recorded onto a disc, USB mass storage class device, or SD/SDHC memory card.

    Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: All Random (plays all tracks at random), Off (cancels random function)

    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 pass-code.

    Off Eject + Auto Reload: You can eject a disc with the unit powered off. You cannot insert a disc with the head unit powered off. The DVD/CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 15 seconds or more.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 supports connection to either Dock-connector or Lightning-connector Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector iPod/iPhone (Audio/Video): The included iPod video cable allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone to the LA-6200 through the head unit's rear-panel USB port and composite video 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 LA-6200's front-panel USB port via the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone.
    • Lightning-Connector iPod/iPhone (Audio only):  If you have the latest iPod/iPhone with the new Lightning-connector, you can simply use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit's front USB port. You can also use the included iPod video cable, along with a Lightning-to-Dock connector adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to connect your iPod/iPhone to the multimedia receiver's rear-panel USB port; however, these Apple devices do not support video output. The Lightning Audio LA-6200 will be able to playback stored music and music apps on your compatible Apple device.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. You can use the LA-6200'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. 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 Lightning Audio LA-6200 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information from stored music and select music apps. The head unit will display 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 Lightning Audio LA-6200 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (8/7/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 6.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th* 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4* 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini* 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    • *Requires the Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device or the Lightning-to-Dock connector adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) 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.

    Audio Section

    22W x 4CH Amplifier: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 multimedia receiver employs a 22W x 4Ch RMS amplifier (50W x 4Ch Peak).

    5CH/2V RCA Outputs w/ Subwoofer Control: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 is equipped with a pair of 2V front- and rear-channel RCA outputs, as well as a single 2V mono-sub RCA output for connection of external amplifiers. You can independently adjust the mono-Sub RCA output's low-pass crossover (80/120/160Hz) and volume level.

    3-Band EQ w/ 4 Presets: The LA-6200 offers 10 preset EQ modes; choose from Flat, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soft, Vocal, Classic, Dance, Movie, Hip-Hop, & User), plus a User EQ mode. The User EQ mode lets you manually adjust the receiver's 3-band parametric equalizer (bass/mid/treble).

    3-Band EQ
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Source Level: The level of each source (Disc/SD/USB, iPod, Tuner AV1, AV2, & BT) may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Tuner Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    36 Total Presets: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 18 AM station presets, manually or automatically. 

    Preset Scan: The built-in tuner features a Preset Scan function which allows you to preview your stored preset stations in the selected band.

    Local Seek Mode: 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.

    US/European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    AV Connections

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Lightning Audio LA-6200 multimedia receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting an external game console or portable MP3 player. The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear-panel for connecting an external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray/DVD player or mobile ATSC tuner.

    Dual Video Outputs: Two RCA composite video-output jacks allow you to add external monitors such as rear headrest monitors (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 LA-6200 features a composite video input and a white/tan wire lead attached to the harness for connection of a rear view camera (sold separately). When your vehicle's transmission is in reverse, the multimedia receiver's screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the white/tan wire of harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 2.5 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed. You can choose for the monitor to display a Mirror mode image or a Normal mode image from the rear-view camera.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The LA-6200 comes with a 40-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia receiver.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control 3.5mm input 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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