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Our take on the Soundstream VR-652NB by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Video and Bluetooth® in one sweet package
If your car has a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, you're all set to equip your car for movies, hands-free calling, and wireless audio streaming with Soundstream's VR-652NB. This versatile DVD receiver sports a bright 6.5" display with touchscreen controls, perfect for watching DVDs when your car's parked. The receiver's built-in Bluetooth offers hands-free calling, and you'll appreciate the easy-to-use touchscreen when you're making outgoing calls. And Bluetooth audio streaming lets you send music to the receiver from compatible devices.
When you're ready for some music, take your choice. You've got a front-panel USB input for memory devices, while the front-panel audio/video input provides a convenient connection for your portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. You can slide a card loaded with music into the SD card slot on the front panel. And of course you can play CDs and DVDs, both store-bought and home-burned. You'll find five preset tone curves that'll match the sound to the music you're listening to.
Audio and video from your iPod® and iPhone®
Soundstream's optional IC-3 cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to the receiver, so you can enjoy listening to your playlists when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too. Compatible iPod and iPhone models are listed in the "Details" section.
Plug in Soundstream's optional NAVIBOX-2 in and then use the receiver's touchscreen controls to take charge. You can choose a destination by entering a specific street address or intersection, or by selecting a hotel, restaurant, shop, or another of the twelve million points of interest. You'll see the preloaded road maps of the U.S. and Canada on your receiver's video screen, as it displays your current position and your destination with an option to select 2-D or 3-D views.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use a special adapter 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 of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver and its optional iPod adapter.
It has awesome features, quality sound and very easy to operate
Tom, Anchorage Alaska
What's in the Box:
- Double-DIN DVD receiver (2 transport screws)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- Preamp/AV harness
- Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
- Microphone (with attach 6.5' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
- Rear-stud bolt
- Eight M5x5mm screws
- 2 Removal tools
- Owner's Manual
- Supplemental Bluetooth Information
- DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
- 6.5" touchscreen display
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- fits double-DIN dash openings
- plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
- bass and treble controls with 5 preset EQ curves
- bass boost
- low-pass filter
- subwoofer controls
- iPod control: Soundstream IC-3 cable required for iPod and iPhone control
- inputs: front USB input, front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
- compatible with Soundstream Navibox-2 GPS navigation module
- 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||3.5mm (AV)|
|Audio/video Input||3.5mm (front)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||20 watts|
|Peak Output||52 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||White|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
6.5" LCD Touchscreen: The Soundstream VR-652NB features a 6.5" LCD touchscreen monitor (800x480) with LED backlighting. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics make menu navigation simple and intuitive.
Hard-Key Controls: There are also push-button controls along either side of the LCD touchscreen monitor, including a 3-way rotary dial.
Dimmer: You can adjust the unit's LCD monitor brightness in 4 steps, including Off.
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 pink 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.
2-DIN Chassis: The VR-652NB has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Bluetooth (v2.1 + EDR) Technology: The Soundstream VR-652NB features built-in Bluetooth (Ver 2.1+EDR) Technology. With built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled audio player. Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) increases data transfer rates to 2.1 Mbit/sec for increased clarity & virtually eliminates unwanted distortion during calls and wireless MP3 audio playback.
Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the VR-652NB. You can pair up to 5 devices (only one can be used at a time). 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 VR-652NB.
Hands-free Communication w/ External Mic: The VR-652NB supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VR-652NB allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. The VR-652NB utilizes a Noise & Echo Cancelling feature to reduce noise & echo generated during hands-free conversation. The VR-652NB allows you to answer the call manually from the head unit or automatically. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's LCD monitor. You can make a call from the VR-652NB using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9), your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. Your car audio speakers will mute automatically during a call. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
Audio Streaming: The Soundstream VR-652NB also allows you to play back stored music and streamed music from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control (Play/Pause/Skip) the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the VR-652NB. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
Disc Compatibility: The Soundstream VR-652NB supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play back MP3 music files and MP4 video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.
Front-Panel SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-652NB is fitted with a front-panel SD-card slot that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3/WAV/FLAC music files, MP4/DivX/MKV/FLV/MOV video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.
Front-Panel USB Port: The Soundstream VR-652NB 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/WAV/FLAC music files, MP4/DivX/MKV/FLV/MOV video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).
iPod Ready: The Soundstream VR-652NB's front-panel USB (type-A) port and 3.5mm AV input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the Soundstream IC-3 iPod cable (530IC3, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Soundstream VR-652NB. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. The Soundstream VR-652NB does not support direct connection of the dock-cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Its also not compatible with any of the new Lightning-connector Apple devices.
- Control: The Soundstream head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, or All. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, or Video Podcast. Categories will be displayed in alphabetical order. You can also repeat a single track or all tracks in a category. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen controls will be locked once connected (except for iPod/iPhone devices with iOS 6.0+).
- Metadata: The Soundstream VR-652NB will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the multimedia head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label (no Album Art).
- 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 Compatibility: The VR-652NB is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/5/2013):
|Apple Device||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|
Notes: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-652NB is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning.
Preset Stations: The VR-652NB lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically.
Local Seek: The unit's tuner also is equipped with a Seek mode that when used with the Local function, only allows radio stations with a strong local radio signals to be played.
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.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-652NB is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.
5ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The VR-652NB features front, rear and mono-subwoofer 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The mono-subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
Subwoofer Control: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover (80Hz/120Hz/160Hz/Off) for subwoofer preamp output. You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-15).
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 from -9 to +9.
X-Bass: The X-Bass function boosts the head unit's bass output.
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. This function can be turned On or Off.
Aux 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 (orange/black wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 2.0 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Add-On Navigation: The VR-652NB supports connection of Soundstream's add-on GPS Navigation Module (530NAVIBX2, sold separately). The add-on NAVIBOX-2 is powered by NAVTEQ with maps of the United States and Canada. It offers over 12 million points-of-interests with turn-by-turn navigation.
IR Remote: The Soundstream VR-652NB includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the Metra Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (120ASWC1, sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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9 questions already asked
front usb does charge my 5S, the bloototh will play music and hands free phone. theres also a smart app to mirror everything from your phone to the stereo screen [ ROBERT J Mar 31, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes, you can use the existing Rockford Fosgate sound system when you install a new receiver. You will need to use item #120707551 with a receiver that has at least two pair (4-channels) of preamp outputs so that you can retain the fader. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 28, 2014 ] Staff
Yes with the adapter cord ...sold separately. .forgot the model no. [ MARLON W Mar 18, 2014 ]
Yes, but I would not recommend this unit because it had trouble with coming unpaired and the sound quality was not very good. I returned mine and ended up buying a pioneer which I really like. Good luck! [ BRIAN Mar 16, 2014 ]
yes , I use the bluetooth way, or you can use the supplied cable [ NATHAN Mar 16, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ ALVARO Mar 16, 2014 ]
Yes. Via USB or Bluetooth. [ ADAM Mar 16, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff Jan 26, 2014 ] Staff
Eustacio, There isn't an equalizer that you can adjust yourself but you can boost the low and high frequencies in the settings. You can also set the subwoofer settings too. There are several presets like rock, classical, etc. I really like this unit. The only things I don't like is that the FM receiver doesn't pull in stations very well and the volume status stays on the screen for way too long after you make an adjustment. Other than that this unit was well worth the money. Hope you like yours too.Lynn C [ DALE L Feb 27, 2014 ]
Yes, this unit has an equalizer with several presets as well as a customizable personal preset eq setting. There is a tab for adjusting the bass, treble, balance and fader at any time. [ JONATHAN Jan 27, 2014 ]
Yes you can adjust the bass and terble balance, fadar separately. It also does come with preset eq settings and you can perset your own eq setting. Hope this helps. [ DAVID Jan 23, 2014 ]
There are adjustments available for bass, treble, balance, and fader, as well as subwoofer adjustments (level, crossover frequency, etc.).There is also a separate "bass boost" adjustment and a loudness option (on/off). [ JOSE Jan 23, 2014 ]
There are EQ settings, like you said, rock, classical, etc. There is also a user customizable setting. No "typical" bass, treble, or fader. I upgraded to a JVC unit with a little more "old school" control. [ KARL Jan 23, 2014 ]
Preset settings: Front panne; MUTE/EQ button - Press to mute I unmute sound. Holding the button will adjust the EQ setting as following: USER - POP- CLASSIC - ROCK- JAZZ- USER [ THOMAS M Jan 22, 2014 ]
Yes bass anx treble are adjustable go under settings and the sound option is there. [ RAMIRO Jan 22, 2014 ]
this unit does not have a fancy equalizer built into it but it does have the base and Treble.there are presets and customizable Eq . Hope this helps. [ DANIEL C Jan 22, 2014 ]
I don't know....still trying to get my tv too work... can you help me??? [ BOB Jan 20, 2014 ]
Yes you can. [ JOSEPH Jan 20, 2014 ]
Call Crutchfield and ask for support, they should tell you the answer. [ KAREY Jan 20, 2014 ]
I'm sorry, but I don't know the answer to that. I bought mine so I could use the Bluetooth for my iPad music. [ KAREY Jan 20, 2014 ]
Yes, easily [ JEFFREY Jan 20, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff Jan 17, 2014 ] Staff
Will this fit in a 2005 chevy 2500 HD? [ Rick Feb 11, 2014 ]
We want you to enjoy the items you purchase from Crutchfield. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days. You can find out more about the return policy here: http://www.crutchfield.com/app/ReturnProduct.aspx You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your amp. They will be able to pull up your current gear and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Dec 18, 2013 ] Staff
There are steering wheel control adapters available for use with this unit. However, not they will only be compatible with some vehicles. Please connect with an Advisor by phone or chat to ensure you get everything you need for your install. [ Jeff Nov 29, 2013 ] Staff
Andrew, My vehical did not have stering wheel controls, however i'm very happy with this unit and have sence added a backup camera and it works very well. Thank you, Joe D. [ JOE Nov 28, 2013 ]
I installed this radio in two separate Pontiac G6's. I also purchased the adapter for the warning chimes, etc. Both vehicles had steering wheel sound controls that were not compatible with this radio. Hope this helps to answer your question. [ William Nov 28, 2013 ]
No [ ALVARO Nov 28, 2013 ]
Yes it will you just need to buy the proper harness. Which will connect tontine factory harness with no issues. [ ADAM Nov 28, 2013 ]