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Jensen VM9212N (VM9212 Nav Ready)

In-dash 7" TFT-LCD Monitor with DVD, CD, MP3, DivX/XviD Navigation Ready Multimedia Player with Remote

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Jensen VM9213

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General Features:

  • In-dash DVD, CD, MP3, DivX/XviD Navigation Ready Multimedia Player with Remote
  • 7" Retractable touchscreen LCD display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 40 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 13 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of DVD, DVD±R/RW, VCD, SVCD, AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, JPEG, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • SSIR-EXA tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • 3-Band equalizer with 8 EQ presets

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Navigation Ready: Jensen NAV102 is required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: iPod video and audio connection but no iPod control through unit
  • Rear auxiliary input: RCA Audio/Video Inputs
  • CD Changer controls

Key Features:

  • Screen tilt/angle adjustments
  • Anti-glare coating
  • Heat management system - forced air cooling to keep the chipsets operating at nominal temperatures
  • Subwoofer phase control: 0-180 degrees

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Jensen VM9214)
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(previous model, replaced by Jensen VM9213)
(previous model, replaced by Jensen VM9212N (VM9212 Nav Ready))

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

None
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
Yes
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

40 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
13 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
2 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
3-Band with 8 EQ Presets
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
95 dB

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
12
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
DVD
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
DivX

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
No
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

2 Sets of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
No
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

No
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Audio and Video Connection with No Unit Control
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Labor Warranty Duration
Not warranted
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
40%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.4
Usability
4.9

mendez

walled lake, MI

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Great Head Unit!

May 17, 2010

i love this head unit! the features are amazing! i would recommend it to anyone, the only draw back is that the GPS, Blue tooth and camera are all add ons. you have to spend an extra 400 to get the full usage of the unit.

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Ray

Jamaica, NY

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Excellent Head Unit!!!

July 14, 2009

I bought this head unit after doing some research and was in my budget range. Excellent head unit and great features. Highly recommended. At Sonic you can't beat the price.

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Robert

south florida

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Great buy

May 16, 2009

I installed this radio in a 06 impala and i had to customise it a little bit but the radio works great for the price would not hesitate to buy another one, the picture is great sound is great and very easy to use the menu

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morecustoms

Atlanta, KS

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This is an awesome cd player

April 30, 2009

I put this cd player is a 2001 eclipse and hooked it up my ps3 and two kicker L7 suds. its easy to hook up set up and use the only thing i don't like is that it doesn't display your ipod song on aux. but other then that its an awesome cd/dvd player with a great picture.

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Heather L.

HOLBROOK, NY

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It's got bang for the buck

March 12, 2009

I just had this unit installed in my 05 Pontiac Aztek today (I bought it from SonicElectronix) and I am loving it. What drew me to this particular unit is its ability to play various video formats from various DVD media types. The only video formats it DOESN'T play are Real Media (RM) and Windows Media (WMV), but that's ok. Most of the video I download online are DivX or XviD encoded AVIs anyway. I tested a burned DVD ISO and it worked without a hitch, the same with a DVD-R with AVI files. It also played DVD's that my home standalone player wouldn't read. I love the fact that you could navigate the DVD menu with the touch screen. The picture quality is absolutely excellent and the touch screen isn't overly sensitive or requiring a heavy touch. I had priced out more expensive units with similar specs but they lacked certain playback formats or if they DID have them, they were over the $500 mark. My only complaint is that the remote has no range. This could be that the battery it came with is low on juice, but you have to point the remote at the screen in order to use it. I was hoping to mount it on my dashboard with velcro, but that's not going to happen. I am a security guard using my own vehicle and I needed something to entertain me during the long, boring nights at work. This will do the trick! I don't know about the longevity of this unit quite yet, but just in case, I paid the extra $35 for the extended 3 year warranty. The wiring harness and adapter plate supplied by SonicElectronix worked perfectly (according to the tech who installed it) and I ended up not needing the special harness that includes the door chime (usually needed by GM vehicles 2000 & up). I am definately reccomending this product and SonicElectronix.com to anyone on a budget who wants an in-dash DVD player for their car.

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Nate

Iowa

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Great head unit

March 8, 2009

Great head unit. Very low noise and easy to use. Great features that you would want in your car! Love the navigation!

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CHARLOTTE NC

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ITS COOL FOR ME

March 2, 2009

I LIKE THIS T.V ITS GREAT TO HAVE IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET BUT WANT TO BE FLASHY AT THE SAME I HAVE BEN INSTALLING FOR 8 YEARS AN THIS HAS BEN ON OF THE BEST I HAVE SEEN FOR THE PRICE I OWN THIS AND ITS GOOD THE ONLY THING THAT IT LACKS IS THAT IT COULD HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE FEATURES BUT ITS GREAT TO HAVE AND EVEN BETTER FREE SHIPPING LOL LOL........

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Rick

Illinois

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I Love It

February 12, 2009

I really like mine i put mine in 2001 corvette an added 1 12" sub and 1 500w amp, i like the fact that i can put over 500 songs on a CD and it will play it

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jesus

La Habra, CA

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nice for the price

October 1, 2008

i have this currently in my 07 charger its it is awesome is a with out a doubt great buy for the money i recommend this to anybody on a budget the screen is crisp and clear i get many comments on it only this i don't like is that is sticks out a little to much and and seems real fragile other than that is nice i like it

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Wanda

Brentwood, TN

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Great Unit

July 11, 2008

This unit is a great it has alL the options you could ask for that you really use. I would recommend this unit to anyone. The touch screen and audio controls are easy to understand. over all great unit for the price especially since it has the Navigation option

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Jensen NAV102

This add-on GPS navigation module is designed to install navigation to this specific in-dash car stereo.

Your Price $139.95

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

VM9212N

UPC

043258304278

Weight

6.50lbs

Internal SKU

vm9212n

Internal Product ID

13219

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Jensen VM9212N (VM9212 Nav Ready)