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Soundstream VR-345

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Our take on the Soundstream VR-345

Sure, Soundstream built the VR-345 to fit into a 2" tall (single-DIN) dash opening, but just one look at its display tells you that they were definitely thinking outside the box when they designed this sharp-looking DVD receiver. It'll play just about anything under the sun, and it offers a comprehensive set of audio/video capabilities. You can even detach the display to keep potential thieves at bay.

Mighty mite

Sure, Soundstream built the VR-345 to fit into a 2" tall (single-DIN) dash opening, but just one look at its display tells you that they were definitely thinking outside the box when they designed this sharp-looking DVD receiver. It'll play just about anything under the sun, and it offers a comprehensive set of audio/video capabilities. You can even detach the display to keep potential thieves at bay.

Ready for your video and audio

The receiver's 3.4" LCD screen makes a great display for system and song info, and you can also use it to view movies and video from DVDs and other sources when your car is parked. If you want to take your show on the road, connect a video screen to the receiver's A/V output and keep your passengers entertained during those long road trips. The receiver will play any MP4 and DivX video that you've loaded onto an SD card, USB device, or DVD. You can connect the outputs from a Soundstream headrest or overhead monitor to this receiver's A/V inputs, so everybody can watch the same movie when you're parked.

When you're in the mode for music, you can slide in just about any disc, even a recordable DVD loaded with music files. And the SD card slot, USB port, and auxiliary input offer plenty of other ways to check out your favorite media. Want to add some punch to your soundtracks? This Soundstream includes preamp outputs for connecting outboard amps.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 3.4" fold-down detachable LCD display
    • fits single-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • bass and treble controls with 5 preset EQ curves
    • loudness
    • inputs: front USB input (no iPod control), front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Single-DIN multimedia receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Detachable face-plate (inside face case)
    • Face case
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • 4 Pan-head screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rear stud bolt
    • Hex nut
    • Lock washer
    • Flat washer
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Owner's Registration Card

    its a great cd player, it was easy to install. the features on it are great u couldn get a better cd/dvd player for your money

    redd, clairfield,tn


    Soundstream VR-345 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (29 Reviews)

    Horrific! Avoid at all costs!

    SouthPh1lly from South Philadelphia, PA on 5/18/2014

    2006 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed the unit and within a month it broke. The cheap plastic clips that hold the face plate broke off. The next day the face plate stopped working. I called the lackluster tech support from Soundstream and was talked to like a five year old. Finally, they agree to an RMA and require me to send them a $20 money order along with the stereo. I send them the stereo and then I hear nothing. I have to call them multiple times to and I finally get a hold of someone. The person who I spoke to at Soundstream said that the stereo is fixed and will be sent out 'soon'. Fast forward two weeks and without warning UPS shows up at my house with the stereo. Good news right? I go out to my Hummer and install it and it does not work. It does not work! Soundstream repaired the cheap plastic clips and that is it. Are you kidding me? Thank God I bought a Square Trade warranty. I will never purchase, nor will I ever let a friend, or even the devil buy a Soundstream product. If anyone from Soundstream is reading this you should be ashamed for treating customers this way. You should be ashamed for selling inferior products. Your product is bad and you should feel bad. Calling Soundstream tech support could be used as a torture technique in Guantanamo Bay.

    Pros: It came from Crutchfield.

    Cons: 1. The unit is made poorly 2. The plastic components feel cheap. 3. Lack of customization in the display. 4. Very limited sound options. 5. Their customer service is akin to calling the IRS 6. The warranty repair is a joke. 7. It is a Soundstream, seriously save yourself and do not make a mistake of buying one of these units.

    Problems within 1 year and no response from Soundstream

    Jason J. from Montpelier, VA on 5/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    At first I was very pleased with this head unit. After about ten months, the display an controls on the unit itself stopped working. The remote control works, and the display to rear screens is still good. Using the reset button behind the faceplate brought the built in display and controls back into operation. But a few days later, same scenario. Now I have to reset it every few hours if I expect the faceplate display or controls to function. Over the past month I have sent two emails and left on voice message for Soundstream support/repairs. No responses at all. I expect service to be a part of a companies operations. This does not seem to matter to Soundstream. I could not recommend this to anyone. I was as pleased as some of the other reviewers at first, but I would have expected more than one year of operation. When that failed, I would have expected a response from the company. Getting neither of the two, I must warn others, caveat emptor. Buyer's beware. This one let me down in product and company. I will continue to buy from Crutchfield, but I will probably never spend my money on a Soundstream product.

    Pros: Worked for ten months.

    Cons: Stopped working and no support or response from manufacturer after multiple attempts via email and phone over the course of 30 days. My one year warranty will expire soon. I guess they will not even have any obligations after that...

    great cd player

    redd from clairfield,tn on 3/9/2014

    1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    its a great cd player, it was easy to install. the features on it are great u couldn get a better cd/dvd player for your money

    Pros: everything about it is a pro

    Cons: i have yet to find one

    Works well for back up camera

    Al from Arlington, TX on 1/20/2014

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for use with my back up camera, plus my 2004 Mitsubishi Infinity stereo stopped working. This stereo is one of the few single Din units that has two sets of audio outputs to interface with my Mitsubishi Sun and Sound package Infinity amps and subwoofer. This feature allowed easy hookup to my amp and subwoofer, so kudos for that. It works great. The video works great for automatic switching to the back up camera when the car is put in reverse. There is the usual few seconds delay to bring the video up when in reverse, like all other units. The video screen has lots of reflection in the sunlight making it hard to see the back up camera image sometimes. I have a hard time remembering which buttons to use for any given function. Like many modern units they combine lots of features into a few buttons. Overall this unit does exactly what I wanted.

    Pros: Video for back up camera. Two audio outputs for subwoofer.

    Cons: Too many functions for too few buttons.

    New DVD Receiver

    bobertpro from San Anselmo Ca on 1/16/2014

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Low end on the cost scale but perfect for my needs. Crutchfield was, as always very helpful with a specific to my model truck installation question. Some of you may want more features and bigger screen, but the SD card, USB inputs for music and video if you want to go that way are great. Excellent EQ adjustment menu and plenty of presets for me. Remote is better interface than faceplate.



    Pretty Good Radio For the Money

    Moms Mabley from St. Louis Missouri on 12/18/2013

    2002 Ford Taurus SES
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After Having this player for a couple of months, the basic thing that I see wrong is its inability to play from a flash drive, USB device such as MP3 player. I have not contacted technical support yet about this issue, so I can't speak from experience.

    Pros: I had thought that I would have to buy new speakers with this system, and possibly add an amplifier. But it sounds great to my wife, whose cars that it is installed in. It looks good to her, and she loves the ability to build her own soundtracks and play them back via DVD player.

    Cons: Right now after having owned this unit for a couple of months, my wife just today decided to try and use the USB port, after putting a flash drive to the poor the playlist came up, but read illegal key. I am just now beginning to research and try to find out what the problem is.

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    Anonymous from Harrisonburg va on 12/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wasn't very good returned it



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    Anonymous from Beaverton, OR on 11/19/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent value for the money. Overall great product.

    Pros: Looks great

    Cons: Difficult to store preset radio stations

    Major Flaw

    Anthony from TX on 11/13/2013

    2004 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decent device, surprisingly sharp screen and no complaints with the audio quality - much better than stock pioneer system. major issue with mp3s...

    Pros: good sound quality easy to use menus very nice display great value awesome crutchfield tech support

    Cons: Will not read more than a couple hundred songs. Tried multiple combos, device can and will read my 16gb and 32gb cards, but only if i have less than about 400 songs. Makes supporting anything larger than a 2gb card pointless.... unfortunately for me, the entire reason I chose this was for the hidden sd slot to load my entire music collection on. also, a lot of the controls require the remote. a bit unrealistic while driving.

    3/4 frozen

    bill from moore idaho on 9/29/2013

    i have had this in my 04 jeep wrangler for about 2 months before it started to freeze on my about 3/4 threw a movie. the only way to fix it is turn off my jeep and turn it back on and skip the chapter. the dvd's are not scratched but who knows whats up. all and all it works better then stock and price is great.

    Pros: cheaper dvd price and has extra out and in puts.

    Cons: dvd freezes up sometimes. kinda small screen for movies.

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    nightcap from Central Florida on 9/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok for the price, but picking up AM radio signal is poor. My stock radio did much better. I like the fact that it can play DVD and CD which is what I was looking for and like I said the price is very good. The installation was very easy, it was just a plug-and-play for me.

    Pros: Good sounds

    Cons: Poor radio signal pickup

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    Tyler from Baytown tx on 9/14/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this deck for my 05' Ram 1500. Had some trouble with the unit fitting in the bracket but after I filed it down the unit slipped right in. Other then that every thing is very straight forward takes all but 20min to hook up the wires and plug it in. The video quality is good and the sound quality is 100x better then the factory unit and the price is very affordable. I would definitely recommend this product.



    good quality and good value

    Anonymous from Caribou, ME on 8/23/2013

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value for money.

    Pros: Good value for money and good sound quality. Plays almost anything

    Cons: Not compatible with iPhone. Not enough controls on face panel. Keep your remote control

    Flawed Design

    Terry from Ventnor, NJ on 8/20/2013

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks aren't everything. This probably has the best display for a single-DIN anywhere, but that's where the good part ends for me. It can take a 32GB USB drive, but it wouldn't see 5.15GB of music files. I had to reduce that to under 4 to get it to work at all. Random (Shuffle) has to be selected every time you start your car (USB is already in the unit). 90% of my library is .WMA files. When this unit plays them, it skips the 1st full second of play. MP3's no problem. My Sansa+ Clip plays more efficiently than this does, and that's 4 years old. I meant for this head unit to replace that, but it looks like I'll be returning it. Called Soundstream's customer support, but you're transferred to voice mail. Emailed Soundstream's tech support for "a quicker reply", haven't had a response in two days.

    Pros: Brilliant display. Full graphics that you would only see on higher end Double-DIN units.

    Cons: Shuffle settings won't stay when restarting the unit. Poor .WMA playback. Nonsensical file limitations on USB connection. No information in manual nor online about USB limits beyond 32GB limit shown.


    RobertC from Tallahassee, Fl. on 8/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the Soundstream VR-345 for my Wife's car. I installed it, she loves it, and that makes me happy, 'cause I got Lucky! Great product for the money and nobody beats Crutchfield's customer service.

    Pros: Everything works as promised and it sounds great on the car's speakers. And it's an awesome deal.

    Cons: Can't find any.

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    awesome! from Inola, Oklahoma on 8/15/2013

    1993 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it! Great and easy use!

    Pros: 3.5 inch screen easy to work

    Cons: Cant play movies while in drive, remote has to be pointed right at it


    Jaykubm from Waddell, AZ on 7/25/2013

    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is just as good as the $300 ones. the video quality is pretty good for such a small screen. kind of hard to learn at first but once you know it, it is fun to play with. the music setting like bass and treble are very simple so not very good for those car-audio maniacs.

    Pros: Very inexpensive and worth every penny.

    Cons: not for car audio addicts who mess with HPF/LPF all the time.

    2001 Grand Marquis

    gatso48 from Madison, OH on 7/17/2013

    2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am more than satisfied with this unit - extremely versatile. This registered as a "modified fit," owing largely to the need to cut out the back of the Grand Marquis stereo receptacle to accommodate the Soundstream's depth. This was not necessary--fits just fine.

    Pros: Receives CD, DVD, USB, SD..., vivid color and clarity, potent blue accent lighting, remote is comprehensive

    Cons: None yet

    great radio

    dechi from il on 7/12/2013

    2000 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great for the price, can't beat it...

    Pros: Small screen.

    Cons: Face plate thin.

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    Alvin W from marietta, ga on 7/1/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product

    Pros: Easy I stallation and use

    Cons: None


    chris from st.paul mn on 6/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit if you dont play it to loud.Starts to make the speakers clip when playing hip hop with a lot of bass.

    Pros: Nice screen

    Cons: Cant play very loud

    i love this thing.

    Dee from chi on 6/27/2013

    Can't beat it for the price, sounds good, looks good, great customer service and it was so easy to install.

    Pros: SD card reader mini screen cheap good quality.

    Cons: No I pod or android controls thru USB. You can use flash sticks but not externals. Like 500G ext.

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    MN from Fortson, GA on 6/21/2013

    2005 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed with no problem in 2005 outback. Definitely used everything Crutchfield recommended online. Did not have to call at all.

    Pros: Sounds great, looks great. Kit matches my interior. Way cheaper than going to Subaru for a replacement.

    Cons: Have to use the remote to set a channel.

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    Ron from Ridgeland, MS on 6/12/2013

    2005 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio! It can play anything: audio files on cd's dvd's, also video files on cd's, dvd's. Love the usb port and the micro sd slot.

    Pros: Very easy to install!

    Cons: Manual tuning the radio takes a bit getting use to.

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    ThomasG from west valley city, utah on 6/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like it! It works great in my van.



    Easy Install

    Spillingvoid from S.A. Texas on 6/8/2013

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks good, easy install, pain in the butt trying to get it to manually cycle through Freq's(with no auto scan/lock).

    Pros: Value

    Cons: kinda clumsy interface.

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    Peeks from Valdosta on 6/1/2013

    1992 Chevrolet Caprice
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was truly amazed how great this unit is




    vish from Florida on 5/7/2013

    2007 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system. ...great price

    Pros: Like all feautures

    Cons: None

    Great DVD player

    DatD from Bay Area, CA on 4/18/2013

    1997 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for a small-screen DVD player. Very easy to connect to the car with wiring adaptor from Crutchfield's

    Pros: Very low price CD/DVD/MP3 player.

    Cons: Does not have "blue-tooth" to connect to smart-phone


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (front)
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone No
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    LCD Color Screen
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    LCD Color Screen

    3.4" LCD Screen: The Soundstream VR-345 features a 3.4" color LCD screen for display of video & photo files, as well as song/artist information. The brightness of the display can be adjusted in 3-steps (low/mid/high).

    Fold-down Detachable Front-Panel: The unit's front-panel must be folded-down to insert/eject a disc or SD card. You can detach the head unit's front-panel to deter theft (face case included).

    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 brown wire of the included harness must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The head unit's front-panel must be folded down to insert or eject a disc. The Soundstream VR-345 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3/WMA music files and MP4/DivX video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.

    Front-Panel SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-345 is fitted with a front-panel SD-card slot (hidden behind fold-down front-panel) that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files, MP4/DivX video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Soundstream VR-345 is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) 2.0 port for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone, digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files, MP4/DivX video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-345 is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, seek, and scan tuning.

    Preset Stations w/ Preset Scan: The VR-345 lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically. You can scan through each preset station for 5 seconds.

    Seek/Scan: The built-in tuner offers both seek and scan tuning. You can manually seek stations or scan through each station for 10 seconds.

    Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    European Tuning: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-345 is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs:  The VR-345 is fitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier with fader control.

    Preset EQ: Five EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve (User, Pop, Classic, Rock, Jazz) for different types of music. The User mode allows you to independently adjust the Bass & Treble.

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

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation.

    AV Connections

    Front-Panel AV Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a MP3 player or game console.

    Video Output: The multimedia head unit features a rear-panel composite video output for integration of a ceiling-mounted or headrest entertainment system in your vehicle.

    Rear-View Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera (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 (pink wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.9 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.  

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Soundstream VR-345 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    1 question already asked

    It has an auxiliary plug on the front so it will play off your iPod or iPhone , I personally use the USB port myself , I actually bought a 64 gig flash drive holds like 10,000 songs so hope this answers helps [ MONTE  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    It will play through an aux cable. But not a charging cord. U need a flash drive with music for the USB slot. [ JACOB K  Dec 10, 2013 ]
    It will play music from them if you plug it into the input jack and select that mode on the radio. You can't control any functions from the radio to your ipod or from your ipod to your radio so you simply use your ipod or iphone controls to choose and play your songs. [ EDWARD  Dec 10, 2013 ]