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Soundstream VR-701

DVD receiver

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Our take on the Soundstream VR-701

Soundstream's VR-701 DVD receiver offers sleek control over your USB, and DVD media on its large 7" motorized, retractable flip-out display. Using a single-DIN (2" tall) chassis, this affordable multimedia stereo fits in a large number of vehicles. And when it's not entertaining you and your posse, you can detach the front panel to protect against theft.

Bring on the show

Soundstream's VR-701 DVD receiver offers sleek control over your USB, and DVD media on its large 7" motorized, retractable flip-out display. Using a single-DIN (2" tall) chassis, this affordable multimedia stereo fits in a large number of vehicles. And when it's not entertaining you and your posse, you can detach the front panel to protect against theft.

Play what you have

The VR-701 can handle MP3 music and MP4 video from your CDs, DVDs, and your USB thumb drive, so bring them all to the party. The brilliant touchscreen display lets you quickly control your music and video, and see who's playing at a glance.

Soundstream's SmartControl™ provides basic playback controls over your portable media player or smartphone. Connect the headphone output on your player to the receiver's front auxiliary input, and you can play, pause, or skip tracks.

Added extras

You can tweak your music with the five EQ presets and the treble and bass controls. With the five preamp outputs, you can add additional amps to power your speakers and your subwoofer. You can even control the level of your sub amp's output directly from the touchscreen's controls.

Use the front audio/video input to hook up your favorite game console or another video source. This receiver boasts a video output to send movies to a rear video screen, so your back seat remains tranquil.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" motorized retractable LCD touchscreen display
    • detachable faceplate
    • fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • SmartControl enables playback control of smartphones/tablets via the AUX input
    Audio/visual Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (no iPod control)
    • five EQ presets
    • bass, treble, and loudness controls
    • inputs: front USB port, front analog A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer), rear A/V output
    Other Information:

    Installed into 1999 Expedition with the MACH sound system. Great that I was able to use the factory sub woofer!. Of course no more 6-disc changer, so that was removed for additional video -related components now that the car has the VR-701 video receiver.

    Steve, California

    What's in the Box:

    • DVD receiver w/ motorized 7" LCD screen
    • Detachable control-panel (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • 33" Stereo minijack cable
    • Carry pouch
    • 4 ISO-screws
    • Backstrap
    • Rear-stud bolt
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Lock-washer
    • Flat-washer
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Owner's Manual
    • Supplemental Troubleshooting Information
    • Video File Conversion 101
    • Owner's Registration Card

    Soundstream VR-701 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (6 Reviews)

    Nice Unit for the Money but there is one thing

    Steve from California on 2/23/2015

    1999 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed into 1999 Expedition with the MACH sound system. Great that I was able to use the factory sub woofer!. Of course no more 6-disc changer, so that was removed for additional video -related components now that the car has the VR-701 video receiver.

    Pros: Nice looking screen. Works well for video playback, and rear-camera viewing. Price. Crutchfield bundle of install items makes the install easy. I took the time to also solder all connections and cover them with heat shrink tubing. Remote control is easier to use than the unit's interface touch screen and buttons. Video playback though the factory sound system is excellent. I fell like I am at the movies sound-wise. Rear Camera integration is easy. AV Out RCA is handy.

    Cons: When in SMART CONTROL, you cannot change that screen to anything else and looks kind of dorky. I may just send the screen back into the unit during these times. Using SMART CONTROL with my LG G2 has been difficult. Problem could be in the cockpit, still in the learning curve 2 weeks later. Using SMART CONTROL and Pandora 95% of the time, so it would be very nice to get the Pandora info ported to the screen somehow. Any ideas?

    Soundstream VR-701

    jc from North Carolina on 2/18/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    looks great,sounds amazing


    Cons: no problems everything works

    great bang for your buck

    Anonymous from coburn, Pa on 1/27/2015

    1998 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and easy to operate overall great product



    Soundstream VR-701

    Anonymous from ca on 8/15/2014

    1998 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install looks good



    its ok

    meh from Little Rock AR on 7/17/2014

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    its cool to have to show off a in dash but to me its nothing amazing it sticks outa my dash about a inch and a half, the volume nob doesnt work when i plug in my ipod it clicks up and down on the voulme setting like say its on 14 i turn it up itll go 14 13 12 13 14 15 14 then it might change. im not to impressed with it. i had it professionally installed too.

    Pros: its cool if you like touch screen in-dashs that are cheap in price

    Cons: volume wont change properly, cant get it to work on my ipod or phone wont even load when plugged in have to use aux, no blue tooth,

    awesome stereo

    strike from newton, nc on 6/21/2014

    Over all great quality stereo

    Pros: Great quality, awesome, interface

    Cons: No bluetooth


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    Audio/video Input Mini(f)
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Aux
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4
    Touch 5/4/3
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 52 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 None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Features
    Multimedia Playback
    Audio/Video Section

    Touchscreen & Remote Features

    Motorized 7" Touchscreen: The Soundstream VR-701 features a motorized, retractable 7.0" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 480 (H) x 234 (V) with 112,320 total pixels. This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. You can adjust the angle of the retractable monitor for a better viewing angle. You can also adjust the brightness of the display.

    Detachable Control Panel: In addition to touchscreen control, the VR-701 offer hard-key control buttons along the front-panel, including a 3-way rotary dial. Part of the front control panel detaches to deter theft; drawstring carrying pouch 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.

    Remote Control: The Soundstream VR-701 includes a 39-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit. The head unit also 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 Farenheit Steering Wheel Control Interface (sold separately; not available at Crutchfield).

    Multimedia Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Soundstream VR-701 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 USB Port: The Soundstream VR-701 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 (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 music files, MP4 video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with direct USB connection of Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad.

    Smartphone Control: Through the Soundstream VR-701's front-panel Aux (3.5mm) input, you can control basic music playback & phone functions of your connected Apple device or Android smartphone from the head unit's touchscreen monitor. You can also activate voice command and Siri functions through the head unit's touchscreen and integrated front-panel microphone. Your compatible Apple or Android device connects to the head unit's front-panel Aux input via the included 33" minijack cable.

    • Music Playback: You are able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Apple device through the head unit, as well as control basic playback functions like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the touchscreen display. You can also ask Siri and use voice command functions to search your stored music library. Other advanced music navigation will need to be done from your Apple device or Android smartphone. No song/artist information is displayed on the head unit.
    • Answer Phone: You are also able to answer an incoming call or reject a call from the Soundstream head unit's touchscreen. The integrated front-panel microphone lets you carry on your side of the conversation, while the caller is heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can ask Siri or use voice commands to dial out or check messages. Other advanced phone functions will still need to be done from Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. No caller information is displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor.
    Note: Smartphone Control is supported by Apple's iPod nano (4th gen+), iPod touch (2nd gen+), iPod classic (120/160GB), iPod touch (3rd gen+) and iPhone (3GS+) Most Android (2.1+) smartphones with a headphone jack output will be compatible.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-701 is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning. The VR-701 lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. Your presets can be scanned quickly using the Preset Scan function. 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.  If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    Audio/Video Section

    MOSFET Amp +  Preamp Outputs: The Soundstream VR-701 is equipped with a 20W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier. The VR-701 also 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. 

    Preset EQ + Bass & Treble: Five EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve (User, Pop, Classic, Rock, Flat) for different types of music. The User mode allows you to independently adjust the Bass & Treble from -7 to +7. The Loudness function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    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 Outputs: 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 2.0 seconds.

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

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    2 questions already asked

    no there's not a lot of settings but there's a lot of power in the deck [ DANIEL T  Jan 08, 2015 ]
    Yes there are. The only thing it doesn't habe is Bluetooth. [ Nkosana  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Buy a dvd screen that is not motorized. Ours just broke and won't open. [ Steven  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Nah, just on and off for the subs. [ DAVID  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    I'm not sure because the sub woofer that I use is a powered sub woofer . Its a bazooka tube. BUT there are options for a none powered sub.. there no way of telling until one is hooked up. [ walter  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    Not really. Just basics [ Kyler  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    no there's really not a lot of settings for the subwoofer but this dEck has a lot of power and 1 subwoofer hook up no built in equalizer [ DANIEL T  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    Not really bro [ Terrence  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    Yes there is has bass treble and other features [ Luis Enrique  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 26, 2014 ]  Staff