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Jensen VM9512HD

In-Dash 7" LCD Monitor with Touchscreen, BUILT-IN Bluetooth Hands-Free Kit and HD Radio Tuner, Multimedia DVD, CD, MP3 Player, iPod Cable Included, USB, SD Slot and Remote (VM-9512HD)

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Connectivity is Jensen's middle name when it comes to the VM9512HD. The VM9512HD virtually plays all disc types (see description below for complete list) and with easy touchscreen controls all features are a finger away. The 7" LCD touchscreen can also control an iPod through the included adapter cable, 4GB worth of music stored on a SD card, digital files from a USB thumb drive or storage device. New for this year is the ability to also add an optional navigation system to the VM9512HD and it also can be controlled by the touchscreen.

Another great connectivity addition for safety and convenience is the built-in Bluetooth controls that allow you to place and receive calls, as well as stream A2DP audio files through your stereo system from a compatible Bluetooth phone.

A remote mount MediaLink4 center makes it easy to add additional components, with connections for Jensen's included iPod cable, a mini jack 3.5mm auxiliary input, a USB port, and RCA connections. All ports are easily accessible on the front of the MediaLink4 interface, and it can be mounted seemingly anywhere in your vehicle, such as under your dash, in a glove compartment or center console.

The Jensen VM9512HD also allows your rear-seat passengers to enjoy separate sources of entertainment from the front passenger with dual zone capability. For example, you and your driving mate in front can enjoy music, while passengers in the back can watch a movie on an optional flip-down or backseat screen.

Be sure to checkout Jensen's optional navigation system, so you can add turn-by-turn instructions with voice guidance through an easy-to-use graphic interface. The system comes with a 2GB SD card preloaded with US and Canadian maps.

General Features:

  • In-dash DVD, CD, MP3 Player with BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH Capability, USB, SD Slot, iPod Connection Cable and Remote
  • iPod interface cable included for iPod controls, charging and playback
  • Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • Flip-out retractable face
  • 7" LCD touchscreen display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 60 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 18 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files), SVCD, VCD, DivX, DVDs, DVD+Rs, and XviD
  • Picture-in-picture capable
  • Dual-zone capable
  • Dolby Digital and Pro-Logic II/5.1 with Time Delay
  • DVD signal-to-noise: ratio 95 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 10 dB

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear, and subwoofer)
  • Navigation Ready: Jensen NAV102 navigation add-on module required and sold separately
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready: A subscription is required for service as well as the Jensen XM Radio Package
  • HD Radio Ready: FREE HD Radio tuner module included for clear radio reception and no subscription fee
  • Bluetooth Ready: Built-in Bluetooth wireless technology
  • iPod interface cable included for iPod controls, charging and playback
    • The Apple iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2nd Gen, and any other newly released iPods can be controlled using the iPod adapter above; however, charging will not be possible unless you purchase the Scosche IFWA PassPORT charging adapter.
  • Included remote-mount MediaLink4 auxiliary input module: includes USB connector, minijack, iPod cable connector, and RCA jacks
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-PSv1 required and sold separately
  • SD Card reader
  • 2 Audio/video inputs
  • 2 Video outputs
  • Rear camera input

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Jensen VM9512HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Jensen VM9512)
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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.

Security Code
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.

60 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.
18 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.
4 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.
Bass and Treble Controls with 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
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes

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
AVI
DivX
SVCD (MPEG-2)
VCD (MPEG-1)
XviD
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

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.
Front
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
Front 3.5mm Audio Input

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.
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

Backward
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

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.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
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.

2 Video RCA Outputs
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.
Optional - XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
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.
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
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.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.
Yes (Universal)
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.
SD Card

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.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

4G iPod (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Mini (4 & 6GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
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
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
50%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
7%
1 Star
4%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.0
Value
4.4
Features
4.6
Design
4.1
Usability
4.1
todd

shelbyville, IN

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a good radio for the money

August 2, 2009

I have looked at other radios with the same features as this one and this is a lot cheaper priced but still as good

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Kevin

Pearland, TX

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The ultimate in car media

October 1, 2009

I bought the Jensen VM9512HD as an upgrade from my older Jensen model. I absolutely love this. I love the touchscreen, and combined with the iPod it's amazing. The dvd player is great too. The expandability on this unit is amazing. With inputs for NAV, backup camera, more screens....

I highly, highly recommend this unit if you can sink the money into it. You will not be disappointed.

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ADALBERTO C

SAN MARCOS TX

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GREAT VALUE

November 21, 2009

TANKS FOR THIS IN DASH UNIT ITS THE BEST I EVER HAD HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND THE PRICE WAS THE BEST

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Joseph

West Monroe, LA

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Problems after 2 months

September 19, 2009

I was really excited about this unit. It has many features for a good price. The unit installed easily. After some use I found the bluetooth not very useful. Folks on the other end complain of too much background noise. Most likely it's because of the lack of a remote mic. The unit would have problems with my IPOD. It would just start scrolling through songs every couple of seconds. Both of these issues were somewhat just nuisances. The big problem set in just two months after use. It will no longer play DVDs. It just reports BAD DISC. I've tried several discs and cleaning and nothing works. I'll be sending the unit back and trying to replace with something else.

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sasha

league city, TX

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ok radio for price

August 31, 2009

missing many features that would make easier to use.
unable to change stations, tracks etc with screen closed, major defect in my opinion. remote changes stations, tracks ect when screen closed but is hard to use without looking at it.

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John

brooklyn, NY

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Great Product for the money

February 10, 2010

The Jensen VM9512HD does everything really well the sound quality is good, the touch screen works very nicely, and its easy to setup. I don't think this would be good for someone who wants a high performance system but it is great for the everyday person. The only problem i had with the radio is the front screen went for a few days and it just fixed itself (not sure what happen)

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Steve

Edmond, Oklahoma

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Jenson VM9512HD

August 14, 2009

This product has lots of features and the sound just from the internal amp is great, lacking in the bass though even with the EQ but add an amp and it made all the difference. Has problems with home made DVD's not playing them but this is mentioned in the owners manual. Has lots of options for Videos Ipod and one I don't see much of and use the most of the SD card easy to use and it will take any size card at least I am up to 4GB. Front and Rear control's. I recommend this unit highly for the price and sound quality.

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Al

DAVIE, FL

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love the jensen vm9512hd

March 30, 2009

It's been 6 months since i purchased the jensen 9512hd and simply love it. From the touch screen, to the ease of use, to the way it looks in my truck , to it's value, it's all great. I highly recomend this head unit. And for Sonic, the unit was delivered on time as promised and well packaged to minimize any damage which may be caused by the uncaring delivery personnel.

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jimmy

Placedo, Tx

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A lot of great features for the price! Great Value!

March 28, 2009

I would recommend this product. It combines almost all the features into one device. The quality of the picture on the screen is very clear and the touchscreen works great! No more touching preset function keys to work your unit with this product because if it is on the screen you can press it. I'm very happy with this product.

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Chris

Stuart, VA

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Not for me

March 13, 2009

My decision to purchase this head unit was with many hours of research prior to the purchase. I am a middle aged, tech savy, man that loves rock and country. I have a keen ear for clarity and no matter what type of sound system that I am building, if doing this for myself, clarity is of the utmost importance, after all, music is the no. 1 reason for a car stereo and anything else is just extras. With that said, I decided to give Jensen a chance. I knew that back in my head pounding days (1980's) the Jensen brand was not the best brand but not the worst. However, after reading many reviews on this unit, including the Jensen website, It appeared to beranked as a high-end unit. Plus it came with many extras (HD radio tuner, built in Blue Tooth, SD Card capable, etc...). All these features plus the specs compared to the big brand audio (Kenwood, Pioneer, Alpine, etc...), this was an excellent deal. After all, $400.00-$600.00 is alot of cash for me to spend out on a head unit, plus the Jensen offered alot of extra features. I purchased the unit and spent about 3 to 4 hours installing it. My entire build consist of: door speakers with Cerwin Vega 68's (4), MTX Thunderform subwoofer enclosure w/ dual Rockford Fosgate 8" punch subwoofers, 1-P200 Punch amp for the subs, and a Jensen POWER PLUS 840 4-Channel amp for the 4 door speakers. After completing the entire installation, I turned on the head unit. These are my findings over the next 7 days: The unit had to be reset 5 times due to screen locking up, pressed a FM preset button 1 time and it erased all my presets, There is a constant humm in the subwoofers even at volume level 1, the unit rebooted itself twice, no matter how much I worked with the equalizer settings I just could not get the clarity that I was looking for, 3 times the volume froze on the unit causing me to reset the unit in order to get the volume control function back, the unit will only read at 64kbpsfrom the SD card, The unit played DVD's fine and the HD tuner was nice. One disappointing item that I found was that the unit did not have any sort of sorting functions for audio files on a USB drive or SD card. When you put 122 albums on a drive to play on the unit, it became very frustrating to try and locate a song. Also, if a song was playing from one of these drives and you wanted to locate the next song to play, the music would quit playing while you are locating the next song. However, do not base my single experience as your reason to or not to purchase the unit. I believe that my unit was simply defective and I in no way have hard feelings towards Sonic Electronix because of this. Sonic went over and above my expectations in assisting me with this unit, their customer support was A++++++! I hope that I have assisted you in your efforts to make a more informed decision. PS: The Jensen amp is excellent and I purchased the Kenwood KVT-819DVD to replace the Jensen ($280.00 more) and gave me the quality of sound that I was looking for. I will write a review on the Kenwood soon!

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Matt

Fairfax, VA

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Jensen VM9512HD

August 3, 2011

So.. couple tips after using this. The SD card maxes at 2gb. The USB-still climbing (using a 4gb). The NAV I updated following the process (terrible, but doable). It still lacks lots of local info for being updated but is also pretty accurate. Sometimes the screen won't display unless I close and open it. The sound clarity is good from the head unit. I'm running an alpine amp and boston speakers and it's crystal. No buzz, no noise, and natural, obnoxiously biased from the head unit. No problems with the cd/dvd, haven't used the bluetooth. Overall it's a little quirky at times but you can't beat it for the money and features, and with an SD card, USB drive, DVD full of tunes, and iPod, you can carry boatloads of tunes.

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sherry

Yuma, AZ

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Great Value

January 1, 2010

This unit was the Best Value for all the features plus the price was great and it's a Brand name. Also easy to use, great picture, sound and was easy to install. I don't have to say a word i just show all my friends, plus the screen hides away so it looks like it's only a radio. WE love it.....

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Sweet P aka Operator

Jeffersonville, IN

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Great Deal for the Price

December 4, 2009

I would recommend this Jensen VM9512HD to everyone, I have friends who have an older model but they all like the one i have also. It is great, sounds great, base is great and yes it can play videos while driving if have it installed by a professional and request it. Picture is great quality. I have no regrets or complaints. I searched on line for this model at several places, Sonic had the best price and I had no problems having it delivered. Thanks Sonic it is a pleasure ordering from your company.

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Tiff

Denver, CO

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Pretty good product

November 18, 2009

My husband bought this for his Honda del sol and is overall happy with it. The buttons on the screen are sometimes a pain to use and it is sometimes a bit laggy when you are trying to perform certain functions. The speaker bluetooth is decent too. Overall not a bad product for the price paid if you're looking for a basic cd/DVD player for your car.

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brand2

Spokane, wa

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Dont waste your money!

October 22, 2009

I received this unit as a gift a while ago and was told to return it even before installation by the store in which it was purchased. Unfortunately, I didn't listen and had it installed anyway. The cd function doesn't work half the time and theres no way to permanently preset the FM stations. They can be erased accidentally to easily. The nav has to be the worst part. You pay around $200 extra for it and it doesn't work. I've only used it around town because its extremely unreliable. You input an address and start to follow the directions, then shortly thereafter the system freezes. This happens about every thirty seconds or so making it impossible to follow the course. You end up driving by the street you were supposed to turn at. To make it worse, you have to pay for the update which is $90 more than you've already spent. Trust me, theres much better out there for far less hassle!

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Eduardo

Borger, TX

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Great deal withlots of compliments

September 18, 2009

This is an awesome multimedia player that you should really consider before you spend twice on other units that cost more and dont have half what this one is equiped with. I have had many in dash players and this is by far the best I have ever owned. I was a die hard pioneer premier fan but this unit made me see it different. I give it an A+++

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Steve

Monroe, CT

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Jensen Radio

September 3, 2009

I have had this radio for several months, installation was easy, and overall radio performance was good at first. For the past week and a half. The front display will not open completely and the radio cuts out. It does not happen when playing a CD or something else only radio. And blue tooth is very noisy for the person you are talking to, picks up a lot of radio noise from fan or if display is open.

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Chris

Tulsa, OK

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Love it

July 20, 2009

I returned some off brand thing from this site that was a great value but not worth the trouble and bought this and I love it.
Phone Bluetooth- Works Great. 4of5 starts
Sound Quality- 5of5 huge EQ and sub adjustments make this very adjustable and add to the sound quality.
I-POD-4of5 great on screen control but does not allow video or picture to be used through the device. charges while playing and cable works great.
Screen-5of5 great picture
Back Up Cam- 5of5 turns on auto when in reverse if you ever figure out how to wire it up.
USB-4of5 works great with my jump drive
dvd- 5of5
HD Radio- 4of5sounds great and the extra stations are cool. I hope they don't try what they did with DTV with Radio however. If you don't have a strong signal it will switch to analog automatically.

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Steve

Germantown, TN

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Excellent Value

March 12, 2009

I'm still getting to know/use this deck (owned about 1 month), but it has met my expectations. You can't beat the features for the price. The HD radio sounds great, I've used the USB with a thumb drive with no problems. It does have a lot of wires in the back, but it wasn't a problem (I installed in an '02 Corvette). I bought a rear camera on eBay and it works fine with the system. This is the first flip out screen I've owned so I don't know how other brands compare in display properties, etc. But I'm very pleased overall. A similar model was in a chain electronics store, so I did some hands on with it first - but Sonic had this model with more features for I think the same or lesser price.

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Jose

Tulare, CA

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Jensen VM9512HD

February 17, 2009

awesome deck. it has so many other accesories you can add to it, though they aren't exactly necessary with this amazing deck. i would recommend it to anyone who is willing to pay the price, because it is well worth the cost.

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Bryan

hamsburg, PA

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February 9, 2009

I recommend this product, Jensen really makes a great multimedia player. It has way more features then the more expensive players. The HD radio is great, the flash and sd card are great too. I mostly make mp3 CD's though so I fit about 170 songs on a CD. The mp3 player plays them great. DVD player is sharp and plays great DivX movies. Only downside is it has many wires in the back. I wish you could remove the ones you don't use just makes it a tight fit for some cars.

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Jason

Las Cruces, NM

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You almost get what you pay for

October 16, 2009

Within a week of being installed the screen wouldn't come out or go in unless you really messed with it. The nav system often times says that the closest point of interest is in New York no matter where you are.

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Shannon

Murrieta, CA

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Jensen VM9512HD

September 1, 2009

I've had many problems with mine. The bluetooth is garbage...everyone has problems hearing me and they sound muffled. Syncing my iphone gave me many problems but i've figured it out now but mainly the bluetooth is the daily issue.
No screensaver!!! When you use your iphone the tv screen is just blank vs a screensaver or EQ.

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Ryan

Springfield, OH

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An Incredible CD player for the price!

August 21, 2009

I'm not sure what this CD player retails for on other websites, but I can tell you that for $420, it's a steal compared to any other website out there. Quick shipping, a free dash kit and wiring harness, makes this an offer you can't resist. I went to B*** B** this month and they had the Jensen VM9312 in stock for $400 and the VM9512HD is MUCH better. Not too terribly difficult to put in as long as you have some experience putting in CD players, just take your time and do it right. This head unit has worked flawlessly in the six months I've had it and if you're looking for an in-dash DVD player with monitor and touch screen, this is definitely the way to go!

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RUDY

FORT WORTH, TX

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Great Value

April 15, 2009

I had a theft of my car audio so I was in the market for an upgrade. I went with the Jensen VM9512HD. I have to tell you this has it all for a small price. It does have some quirks like always going back to the main screen when you are in XM mode but otherwise I love this car deck. You can pay more and get less just to get a name but for my money I am glad I went with Jensen.

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Chris

Mesa, AZ

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nice

July 28, 2009

Its a good entry level in-dash dvd touch screen deck. Ipod control is sluggish and makes finding songs a little difficult.

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Richard

Mentone, AL

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Matt from Mentone, AL

July 7, 2009

I bought this item pretty much because of it's value and all of it's accessories. The Touch screen is absolutely amazing, the screen is so easy to touch and does not confuse your finger for touching something else. The picture is as high quality as a LCD TV. I had a little trouble finding a place to put the HD radio module but I finally found a place to mount it. The sound is very crisp and clear. It louds DVD's and reg. cd's very fast. Homemade cd's it takes a little less time but it is no big deal. The ipod hookup is very essential and easy to use. Also the bluetooth is perfect. When people call you it is so easy to hear them and drive at the same time. I have owned my share of different brand radio's but I give the Jensen 5 stars great radio. I would high recommend buying this radio for anyone on a budget or just wanting a awesome radio. I have bought from Sonic Electronix before and will most definitely continue buying from them. Fast and kind service.

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Cedric

Baton Rouge, LA

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June 27, 2009

This multimedia reciever works great! I bought the NAV 101 for it. The navigation system works very good. As I drive through the city I can see all the street names before I get to my destination. Also I bought an 8gig SD card for my music and I could listen to all my favorite songs while I'm driving. The high definition Radio works well too! You just set the channels which is simple. I can make and recieve
blu-tooth calls from my cell phone! I can watch DVD, DVDR and movies from my USB device in DVIX format. This product does so much and the price is unbeatable!

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Product Summary

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Model Number

VM9512HD

UPC

043258304285

Weight

9.00lbs

Internal SKU

vm9512hd

Internal Product ID

14267

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 VM9512HD