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Soundstream VR-930B

DVD receiver

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Our take on the Soundstream VR-930B

Soundstream's SmartSense™ touchscreen delivers better clarity and less glare, so you can quickly see all your info. Its icon-based menu system lets you quickly access content from USB drives and SD cards, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth® wireless audio, CDs, and DVDs.

Installation Note: Soundstream's VR-930B requires adequate clearance for its oversized display when mounted in your vehicle's dashboard. Please call us at 1-888-955-6000 if you require assistance in determining if it will work in your vehicle.

Maximum display, minimum chassis

Soundstream's VR-930B DVD receiver isn't like most big touchscreen display multimedia units. Most are built to be installed in a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, so the screen size is by necessity limited to about 7" max. Soundstream took a different direction by putting a detachable 9.3" screen on a single-DIN (2" tall) chassis. This receiver isn't for every car, or every installation, but if you've got some imagination it could be a real show-stopper in your dash, or a cool addition to an RV.

Your media at your fingertips

Soundstream's SmartSense™ touchscreen delivers better clarity and less glare, so you can quickly see all your info. Its icon-based menu system lets you quickly access content from USB drives and SD cards, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth® wireless audio, CDs, and DVDs.

Bluetooth connectivity

Bluetooth allows you to take and make calls using your compatible phone through this receiver, all while keeping your hands on the wheel when talking. The sensitive microphone built into the front panel of the VR-930B lets your callers hear you clearly. Built-in A2DP technology allows you to stream music from your smartphone through this Soundstream without the hassle of plugging in.

The A/V nitty gritty

You can play your MP3 music using the front USB input, DVD/CD player, and SD card slot. Once you've picked your music, you can tweak it with the five EQ presets. You'll dig the five preamp outputs if you're adding amps and subs to your system, and you can use the touchscreen to control the amount of bass coming from your subwoofer.

Use the VR-930B's front audio/video input to hook up your favorite portable audio player, game console, or another video source. This receiver boasts a video output to send movies to young film critics in the backseat. Got a big vehicle? Then you'll appreciate the input for a rear-view camera, so you can safely maneuver into tight parking spots.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (14 watts RMS/52 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 9.3" detachable motorized touchscreen display (9-1/8"W x 5-9/16"H x 1"D)
    • fits single-DIN dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 5 preset EQ curves
    • bass, treble, and loudness controls
    • low-pass filter
    • subwoofer controls
    • inputs: front USB input (no iPod control), front SD card slot, front A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: rear analog video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other Information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Multimedia receiver (2 transport screws)
    • Detachable touchscreen monitor
    • 2 Sleeves (one installed)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/AV harness
    • 3.5mm-to-RCA AV adapter
    • 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
    • Owners Registration Card
    • Video File Conversion 101

    Soundstream VR-930B Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (9 Reviews)

    Soundstream VR-930B

    Jon from Landrum,SC on 1/28/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was excited when I purchased this .I was expecting more but for the money you can't complain. A few complaints I have is 1 there is only a bass and trebel adjustment not a midrange adjustment.I also had one issue with cd was liked jamed in it I my kids were messing with it I rest it and it worked fine but hasn't done it again.Blue tooth is cool to play music and hands free phone

    Pros: Amazing picture for DVDs easy to use and install,great value.

    Cons: It is cheap,ejecting and putting CDs in are tricky,only has bass and trebel adjustadjustments.

    Not What I Expected

    Jon from Illinois on 10/16/2015

    I fell for the looks and the oversized screen. I feel like this unit is not worth the money that I paid for it. The OS feels really outdated compared to other touch screen head units out there. You can only EQ to the radio because when you have media playing via disk, bluetooth, aux, sd, or usb it backs out of the application and stops playing music. USB will not work with my iPhone. The screen is always on and at night is very distracting and bright even on the lowest brightness setting. The customization of this unit is minuscule. You can only EQ Bass and Treble. It gives you about 4 preset EQs. The dim settings are useless. Some things that I do like include the sound quality. Even though there is little to EQ it still sounds good unless you are streaming audio via Bluetooth. When streaming via Bluetooth there is a little interference and you can hear it in the speakers. I do not know if it is my speakers or the head unit but nevertheless it is still annoying. It is a very powerful unit compared to stock. supplies my speakers with more than enough power. The display is simple and sleek. Easy to wire and install if you know what you are doing.

    Pros: Sleek Simple to install Easy to use Great sound quality hands free bluetooth

    Cons: No customization Outdated GUI Only EQ to Radio Interference when streaming via Bluetooth Only EQ Bass and treble Screen is always on while driving Very bright at night on lowest setting No iphone USB support


    stephen from Louisiana on 9/17/2015

    1997 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I 've only had the unit 1 month, but so far it is excellent. It was easy to install and looks great. The display is clear and very easy to use. The blue tooth capabilities are quick and functional. good overall unit

    Pros: large clear screen easy install good sound intuitive design

    Cons: this might not fit in all vehicles

    Works well nice screen wish you could turn off the closed caption on a

    Car stereo Soundstream s*** from Denver Colorado on 7/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well wish you could turn the closed captioning off the DVD player

    Pros: Can't turn off closed caption

    Cons: Some people don't know how to put the damn thing in so make sure you find the right people

    Soundstream VR-930B

    Bob L. from Philly on 6/9/2015

    2003 GMC Envoy XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit is OK. Some aspects are really cool, like the flip up to get at the disk slot. This also helps you get at any dashboard controls that might get covered by the screen. Interface for controls is reasonably intuitive, although not amazing. You'll get it down pretty quickly. The biggest disappointment was the bluetooth. It's pathetic. The mic can't pick anything up. My callers tell me it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel. Not really functional at all. Overall, the sound is not great at lower volume levels. When you turn up the volume, it starts to sound pretty good. Video looks great when you are playing a DVD - pretty sick actually. You'll love that.



    Soundstream VR-930B

    Anonymous from Colorado on 3/31/2015

    1989 Dodge B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the worst headunit you could waste your money on. Returning as we speak!

    Pros: It has multiple inputs, and the dvd's play fine, big screen

    Cons: If you have an input aux the screen is a default big blue empty screen that says AV-IN, there is no way to change this If you have a usb plugged in, it will only access the folder name the media is stored in, making an artist list almost impossible. Basically you have to name a folder who the artist is and cram all your music in there, regardless of album, which is annoying. The SD slot is mystifying and doesnt load anything I try to put on it Whenever you want to go to the menu the music st

    Great be wrong for my car

    Greene from Virginia on 3/10/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the look and size of this radio. But it would not fit my car. The base sat in dash just fine. But when trying to put face display on it would hit gear selector.

    Pros: Love the large screen. I did not get to see this one powered up. Because of fit

    Cons: To big to fit Does not have where phone gps could be seen on it

    Soundstream VR-930B

    Humberto from Fort Stockton, TX on 3/9/2015

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My first time using a sound stream product so I am still 100% sure of the build quality but for the most part it's working great. It could use a better design on the display bottoms in screen because it looks just a little too much like a pc screen.



    2001 Dodge Ram

    Akwolf from Frostbite, Alaska on 6/7/2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo works prefect for my 2001 Dodge Ram. The drop down screen is very clear and functions great. Screen graphics could use some customizing and a little bling but touch screen works flawlessly. Backup camera works phenomenal on this unit with the big screen. I would recommend this unit for any Dodge Ram owner 1997-2001 because it fits over the dash bezel with no modifications.

    Pros: Big screen

    Cons: Screen graphics could use some customizing and a little bling


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (front)
    Audio/video Input Mini (front)
    USB Input Side
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    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 N/C
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Features
    Multimedia Playback
    Audio & Tuner Section
    AV Connections

    Touchscreen & Remote

    9.3" Motorized SmartSense Touchscreen: The Soundstream VR-930B features a 800 x 480 high-resolution motorized 9.3" LCD monitor with LED backlighting and SmartSense touchscreen technology. SmartSense 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 9.125" (w) x 5.5625" (h). It extends 3.5" 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 top-panel of the detachable touchscreen monitor. The controls included Power/Mute, Menu, Setup/EQ, and Eject.

    Backlight Brightness: You can adjust the unit's LCD monitor brightness in 3 steps; including Low, Mid, and High.

    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.

    IR Remote: The Soundstream VR-930B includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia unit.

    Multimedia Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Soundstream VR-930B 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 video files recorded onto a compatible DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW disc.

    SD-Card Slot: The Soundstream VR-930B 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 video files, and JPEG photo files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card.

    USB 2.0 Port: The Soundstream VR-930B 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 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-930B 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-930B supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VR-930B 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-930B 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-930B 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-930B 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-930B. 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-930B.  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-930B.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Soundstream VR-930B is equipped with a 14W x 4-channel (RMS)/52W x 4-channel (Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    5ch/2V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The VR-930B 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 (80/120/160Hz) 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.

    Loudness: 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-930B is equipped with an AM/FM tuner with manual, preset, and seek tuning. The VR-930B 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.

    AV Connection

    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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    8 questions already asked

    Check ground and acc (red wire) and constant power wire (yellow) with tester put ground side of tester to your actual black wire then touch red wire then yellow both should light up with ignition on. If neither light up bad ground[ KELVIN D  Nov 04, 2015 ]
    there is a white power button on the top which you have to press, or your parking brake wire may not be installed sc[ stephen  Nov 04, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Nov 04, 2015 ]  Staff
    Don't know from personal experience but I suspect the maximum is controlled by the stoarge device being plugged into the receiver[ Tom  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    I'm not sure truly. I sent mine back. It would not fit my car. Sorry could not help[ SAM  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.[ Krissy  Apr 05, 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  Mar 13, 2015 ]  Staff
    I have not install the unit at this time, I will answer all the questions once I have install.dex[ DEXTER  Nov 07, 2014 ]
    Thanks![ Max  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    Max the screen comes out and then down and has a few angles of adjustment. When inserting a disc the faceplate moves on its own straight out to allow disc to be inserted.[ Shawn  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    It opened up easy, when inserting a cd/ DVD the screen will flip open and then close with touch screen or wait couple of second then the screen close by itself[ JING  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Nov 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.[ Krissy  Jun 17, 2014 ]  Staff
    Iphone 4gs works, iphone 5, 5c, 5s does not work.[ EDGAR  Jun 13, 2014 ]
    I do not use an iPhone however it does receive audio from my Android through bluetooth and allows me to play Pandora and other music via Blutooth.Hope that helps a little... It's a pretty cool unit and no issues with it thus far! I love how I can load AVI files on usb drives and play music videos on that big screen too![ Shawn  Jun 13, 2014 ]