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|Customer Review Summary for Jensen VM9324|
|November 9, 2011||Good value, does what it's supposed to do||
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
KSandbergFL from Melbourne, FL
I have had my new VM9324 in my car for a few days now and have the following comments:
1) I have used most every feature on the unit except the iPod interface (I don't own an iPod) or the verbal control, and everything works "as advertised". The stereo is a great value for a HD radio fan -- there aren't any other double-DIN touchscreen units with built-in HD radio in this price range.
2) I don't have an issue with the boot up time. Maybe people have an older version? The sticker on mine says it was manufactured in May 2010. It boots up in 15 seconds, and it will start up in exactly the same place (on a radio station, or on a CD track, or a MP3, or in the middle of a movie) as when it turned off... furthermore, if you're only out of the car for 20 minutes or less -- the unit merely "sleeps" and comes on instantly when you start the car, no waiting for a reboot. If your unit doesn't do this -- maybe it's wired up wrong?
3) I haven't noticed the HD reception issues either. If you leave the receiver in "Auto" mode, the stereo will do its best to switch between the HD and FM signal when it has to.... I have only noticed a slight "echo" a couple times, otherwise it handles HD signal dropouts just fine. The HD radio works as well as the Kenwood in my wife's car, I have no complaints.
4) I have had no lockups or spontaneous reboots. I have a feeling that those who do, are probably suffering from over-heating.. this unit gets hot! Be sure to leave space behind the rear fan.
5) Unlike my cell phone, the VM9324 does not play MPeg4's, WMV/ASF's, or AAC/M4A's. It does like MPEG1, MPEG2, and AVI video files... as well as WAV and MP3 audio. I will have to re-encode some of my vids and music.
6) I do concur that the user interface is problematic. There is no practical way to switch between radio stations while you are driving... the only buttons big enough to touch accurately are the Next and Prev station, you can't jump to preset 15 from preset 1 without a lot of hassle.. you'll have to get used to hitting "Next" 14 times to get from preset 1 to preset 15; the MP3 playlist handling is truly "WTF"?; most of the fonts are too small for just a quick glance (like the clock -- why is the Time page so darn small?).
Overall, I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone looking for a double-DIN touchscreen with built-in HD radio.... I consider it a good value. However, if you don't care about HD radio, you'd probably be happier with a different brand..