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Lightning Audio LA-7000
Our take on the Lightning Audio LA-7000 by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Slim profile, packed with features
Lightning Audio's LA-7000 DVD receiver puts the functionality and flair of a touchscreen multimedia machine in a package that'll fit into the 2" tall (single-DIN) radio slot in your dash. Once the motorized touchscreen slides out, you'll enjoy plenty of audio/video options, along with the convenience and safety of built-in Bluetooth®.
Music and video
When you want some music on the road, plug your iPod®, iPhone®, or any USB device into the front-panel USB input and browse through your playlists with the receiver's controls. The front-panel SD card slot, front aux input, and rear audio/video input will accommodate all your other audio sources. And of course you can slide in a CD, or load a recordable CD or DVD with enough tunes for your longest road trips. The LA-7000 sports a 3-band equalizer for tone control, and the two pairs of preamp outputs are convenient when you're adding external amps and subs.
Want to enjoy some video? You can watch a movie on the receiver's screen when the car is parked, or send the video to a video screen for your back seat passengers.
The LA-7000's Bluetooth technology 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. Audio streaming lets you control music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth equipped audio device from the receiver without the hassle of wires.
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.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
What's in the Box:
- Multimedia receiver
- Sleeve (installed)
- Wiring harness
- Preamp/AV harness
- Remote control (w/ installed CR2025 battery)
- 39" USB extension cable
- 39" iPod video cable
- 7" AV minijack-to-RCA adapter
- 6.5' Yellow/blue wire (parking brake)
- 4 Pan-head ISO screws
- 2 Removal tools
- Back support bolt
- Owner's Manual
- DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 7" motorized retractable touchscreen
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- fits single-DIN dash openings
- remote control
- plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards
- built-in 3-band equalizer with 10 presets
- low-pass filter
- subwoofer controls
- built-in iPod control
- inputs: front aux input, front USB input, front SD card slot, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: video output, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
- compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Mini (rear), RCA (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||Mini (rear), RCA (rear)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 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||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
7" Motorized LCD Touchscreen: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 multimedia receiver features a motorized-retractable 7" TFT LCD touchscreen widescreen (16:9) monitor with an adjustable viewing angle. 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. You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. The display tilts forward and backward to multiple tilt positions.
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.
Secondary Display: In addition to the 7" motorized-retractable monitor the LA-7000 features a secondary single-line LCD on its front-panel. This display can be used to during CD-audio, AV-in, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, 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.
Hard Key Controls: In addition to the unit's LCD touchscreen controls, the LA-7000 also features hard-key controls on the front of the unit; such as Power, Volume, Source, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Monitor Open/Close, & Eject functions. One of the hard-keys is a 3-way rotary encoder audio control.
Security Code: The motorized 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.
Built-in Bluetooth: Bluetooth hands-free communication is built into the Lightning Audio LA-7000, 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-7000 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-7000. 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-7000.
Hands-free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The built-in Bluetooth hands-free feature allows you to talk on your cell phone through the LA-7000 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 integrated front-panel 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-7000, 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-7000 and your mobile phone.
Audio Streaming: The built-in Bluetooth audio streaming feature allows you to stream digital audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the LA-7000 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-7000 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.
DVD/CD Player: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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 multimedia receiver supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs.
Front-Panel USB Port: The unit features a front-panel USB (type-A) port which allows you to 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-7000 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-7000 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 Connectivity: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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-7000 through the head unit's front-panel USB port and 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 LA-7000'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 front-panel USB port; however, these Apple devices do not support video output. The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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-7000'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-7000 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-7000 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|
- *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.
22W x 4CH Amplifier: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 multimedia receiver employs a 22W x 4Ch RMS amplifier (50W x 4Ch Peak).
5CH/2V RCA Outputs w/ Subwoofer Control: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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-7000 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).
|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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Lightning Audio LA-7000 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.
Video Output: The composite video-output jack allows you to add an 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 LA-7000 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.
IR Remote: The LA-7000 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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2 questions already asked
Yeah you'll have to do some trimming. I had to on my 2002 F150 [ Paul Nov 16, 2016 ]
2007 Patriot. Had to cut the trim piece. [ Christopher Dec 28, 2014 ]
I have 2 phones paired to it. [ Chris Jan 07, 2017 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Jan 11, 2014 ] Staff