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Our take on the Soundstream VR-732B by Crutchfield's Dave Delamere
Installation Note: Soundstream's VR-732B requires adequate clearance for its oversized display when mounted in your vehicle's dashboard (see Details). Please call us at 1-888-955-6000 if you require assistance in determining if it will work in your vehicle.
Big screen for a small opening
You'd like the touchscreen controls a larger DVD receiver offers, but you can't get that larger chassis in your vehicle's dash. Soundstream's VR-732B DVD receiver solves that problem. You'll get a detachable 7" touchscreen display on the body of a smaller single-DIN (2" tall) radio, so it can fit a wide variety of vehicles. Along with its cool display, the VR-732B offers solid power, DVD and CD playback, a USB port, an SD card slot, and Bluetooth for wireless audio and hands-free calling.
Bluetooth® is built in
You'll enjoy crystal-clear hands-free phone calls and great-sounding audio streaming using the VR-732B's built-in Bluetooth technology. Your phone book info transfers in moments, so you can quickly make calls and identify incoming callers. And you'll be able to control your streaming music from the receiver, without having to use your phone to change tracks.
Soundstream built in a sensitive built-in Bluetooth microphone for your calls, located closer to the driver on the upper left corner of the receiver's faceplate.
Lots of media
Soundstream equipped this receiver with a USB port and SD™ card slot for plugging in storage devices with up to 32 GB of capacity, so you should never be at a loss for your MP3 music or MP4, AVI, and DivX video. And of course it plays CDs and DVDs, along with just about any kind of recordable disc. If you've got a gaming console or other A/V sources, plug them into the front A/V input. When you're ready for some video entertainment, set the brake and enjoy video from DVDs, USB devices, or SD cards.
Expand and control your system
Once you've picked your music, you can tweak it with the five EQ presets. You'll appreciate the five preamp outputs if you're adding amps to your system.
Color-coded icons on the touchscreen let you quickly set up the receiver, and then provide you access to your music and video — no more clumsy flicking through layered menus to find your source.
Want to keep your steering wheel audio controls?
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with a new car stereo. Check “Details” for more information, and the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters. If you're not sure if you need an adapter, call, chat, or email an Advisor for help determining what you'll need for your vehicle.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.
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What's in the Box:
- Multimedia receiver (2 transport screws)
- Detachable touchscreen monitor
- 2 Sleeves (one installed)
- 2 Trim rings (one installed)
- Wiring harness
- Preamp/AV harness
- Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
- Carrying case
- 4 Pan-head screws
- Rear-mount bolt
- Metal backstrap
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual
- Bluetooth Connection Instructions
- Supplemental Toubleshooting Information
- "CAUTIONS" note
- Product Registration Card
- DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in internal amp (14 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
- motorized 7" detachable touchscreen display
- fits single-DIN dash openings
- remote control
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices (no iPod control), and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
- bass and treble controls with 5 preset EQ curves
- bass boost
- low-pass filter at 80 Hz
- subwoofer level control
- inputs: front USB input, front A/V input, front SD card slot, rear-view camera input
- outputs: rear video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono 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 (front)|
|Audio/video Input||Mini (front)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||14 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||N/C|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
7" Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Soundstream VR-732B features a motorized 7" LCD monitor (800 x 480) with LED backlighting and iGlass touchscreen technology. iGlass touchscreen technology offers more precise control, greater clarity, and less glare. This unit's touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics make menu navigation easy. The monitor electronically slides out for loading or ejecting a disc, and allows you to adjust the viewing angle (1-4) of the screen.
Note: The motorized LCD monitor measures 7.3125" (w) x 4.5" (h). It extends 2.375" below the bottom of the head unit's chassis and does not retract inside of the unit. This type of design may interfere with your vehicle's instrument panel. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car and talk to one of our Sales Advisors to verify fit with your vehicle.
Detachable LCD Monitor: The unit's LCD touchscreen monitor is detachable to deter theft, and comes with a padded carrying case for added protection.
Hard-Key Controls: There are also push-button controls along the side-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor. The controls included a 3-way rotary dial and 4 push-buttons (Eject, Home, Set, EQ).
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. Video on the LCD monitor can only be displayed when this unit's Parking Brake wire (pink) senses that the parking brake has been engaged in the vehicle.
Remote Control: The Soundstream VR-732B includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.
Disc Compatibility: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Soundstream VR-732B 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/AVI/DivX video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.
SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-732B is fitted with a SD-card slot located on the top-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor that will accept SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3 music files, MP4/AVI/DivX video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.
USB 2.0 Port: The Soundstream VR-732B is fitted with a USB (type-A) 2.0 port located on the side-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor 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/AVI/DivX video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible USB MSC device (up to 32GB).
Note: This unit's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad.
Bluetooth Technology: The Soundstream VR-732B features built-in Bluetooth (Ver 2.0) 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. 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 - HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), & AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
- Hands-free Communication w/ Integrated Mic: The VR-732B supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VR-732B allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's integrated front-panel microphone and your car audio speakers. The VR-732B 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-732B 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-732B 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-732B. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
Note: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the VR-732B. 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-732B.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-732B is equipped with a 14W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.
5ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The VR-732B features front, rear and 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. The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover (80Hz) for subwoofer preamp output. You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-15).
Equalizer: 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 + Loudness: The X-Bass function boosts the head unit's bass output. The Loudness 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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Soundstream VR-732B is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning. The VR-732B lets you store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. These presets can be stored manually or automatically. 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.
Aux Input: The unit features a 3.5mm audio/video input on the side-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor 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.
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17 questions already asked
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately this receiver is not Satellite Radio Ready. [ Kenny Feb 13, 2016 ] Staff
It comes with a wire harness type thing where you plug into the back of the head unit and you will have the female RCA ports for your the RCA's to go to you amp for your front speakers and your rear speakers. [ MICHAEL ANTHONY Jan 29, 2016 ]
YEs [ O Jan 15, 2016 ]
Yes with the preamp RCA jack on the back. That way when to turn your ignition switch to accessory or on it all powers up, and connect your subwoofer to your amp. [ Christopher Jan 15, 2016 ]
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 Dec 15, 2015 ] Staff
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. [ Krissy Oct 23, 2015 ] Staff
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. [ Krissy Sep 08, 2015 ] Staff
It has an input cable for it, but I don't know the compatabilities of different manufacturers. [ BRIAN ANTHONY Aug 24, 2015 ]
The VR-732B does have a rear view camera input. [ Seth Aug 23, 2015 ]
YEp. [ Peter Alan Aug 23, 2015 ]
Not sure about a roku. The USB and SD card are finicky about what formats they will play. I couldn't get it to work right. In the end I just got Google play music on my phone and stream it via bluetooth. Way easier. [ Calhoun Aug 18, 2015 ]
Sorry, but I do not know [ Scott Aug 18, 2015 ]
I plugged one in this weekend and it would charge while plugged into usb. [ Scott Aug 10, 2015 ]
Yes, the USB port has power [ Kurt Aug 08, 2015 ]
It charges my S5 so I would think that yes it would. [ S Aug 08, 2015 ]
No [ O Aug 08, 2015 ]
Yes [ Ravi Aug 08, 2015 ]
Yes, it will. I don't remember it being able to use the hd though. [ dale Aug 08, 2015 ]
no [ Paul H. Jun 30, 2015 ]
No. I got this system and the monitor broke. When trying to get it replaced I was on back order for over a month. Look into a clarion system. A lot better [ Colin Jun 30, 2015 ]
No, it does not. You can control the phone, but it doesn't display any music data. (at least with win8.1) It does display call information [ Kurt Jun 29, 2015 ]
No, just device name. [ Ravi Jun 29, 2015 ]
IT will display all info about it that you have on your phone,iPod etc. [ steven michael Jun 28, 2015 ]
No [ Christian Jun 28, 2015 ]
No, unfortunately not. It shows your devices name but no song info. Other than that I really like this unit for the price. [ Jay Jun 28, 2015 ]
Short answer: No I believe if you get the non Bluetooth version there is something called smart control for your phone, that might let you see your phone screen on the receiver display... This unit has a composite video in, so if your phone has some kind of video out you can connect it that way... [ Paul H. May 22, 2015 ]
no [ Vernon May 14, 2015 ]
Paired via Bluetooth it will play your tunes and answer your phone but won't display your GPS screen. There is a way to hard wire video to it e.g. a rear cam and you may be able to display your phone GPS that way but I don't have the instructions in front of me. As you can see from the pic on the web site it has an AV in. If you can get AV out from you phone it will display it, I doubt this is doable on this unit. Aside from that, it installed nicely in my 93 Jeep Cherokee. You need to look closely at your install location. The screen needs to be able to flip up and down freely. [ O May 13, 2015 ]
No, it can only stream audio from phone for music and phone calls. [ Ravi May 13, 2015 ]
If your phone has a video out option that will plug into an RCA line, maybe [ Kurt May 13, 2015 ]
No. You'll be a bit dissapointed. [ JEANNIE May 13, 2015 ]
Not that I know of. [ ANTHONY May 13, 2015 ]
No, when you are in blue tooth mode you look at a default phone screen. [ dale May 13, 2015 ]
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 Dec 04, 2014 ] Staff
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. [ Krissy Jun 04, 2014 ] Staff
No but Its a great unit. Installed in my 93 Grand Cherokee easypeze working fine for more than a year now. [ O Aug 08, 2015 ]
Yes it can I've had this head unit for a while now and as long as you pair the phone through Bluetooth to the reciever it works like a charm every time. I just get into my car, it pairs up automatically and I can make calls and play music from my phone wirelessly. If your think about getting it, GET IT! You won't regret it. [ wilson May 21, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We do not have a flip down or hang down screen receiver that has navigation abilities. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 23, 2014 ] Staff
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. [ Krissy Apr 21, 2014 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: No this radio does not ave navigation capability, and you can't add it. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 22, 2014 ] Staff