Jensen 2014 car audio lineup hits retailers

Sections: Aftermarket, Car Audio, Infotainment

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Jensen DMX5020 screen view

Jensen’s DMX5020 is among four new series of receivers being released to retailers by the car infotainment company this month. (Photo courtesy Voxx International)

Jensen announced this week its roll out of four more car audio and infotainment receiver series to follow on what the company called the successful launch of the VX6020 during the 2013 holiday season.

A press release from Jensen said the introduction of the 3000, 4000, 5000, and 7000 models will complete the company’s scheduled roll out of in-car infotainment receivers for 2014.

Tom Malone, President of Jensen parent company Voxx Electronics, said, “We designed the 2014 Jensen line with faster processers, sharper screens and improved UI, and we did it without breaking the bank for consumers and still giving our retail partners the tools they need for success. For our retail partners, we have delivered a full line of eight models, all designed to hit a certain consumer’s sweet spot with both features and MSRP.”

The release said the VX7010 and VX7020 are the range-topping models, with smart device app control, built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and TFT touchscreens sized at seven inches (single-DIN models) or 6.2 inches (double-DIN models). The units’ app control allows for apps such as Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, and more to be controlled through the touchscreen so long as your device is connected via the USB port on the receiver.Both receivers reportedly are SiriusXM satellite radio-ready and can display channel art for each channel on the service. The release said both have built-in iGo Primo Navigation with NaviExtras Web Support. The VX7010 and VX7020 are priced at an MSRP of $400 each, according to Jensen.

The VX4010 (single-DIN) and VX4020 (double-DIN) strip a few of what the release referred to as “bells and whistles” from the package — mainly navigation, it would appear. They both have rearview camera inputs with “instant on” capability, according to Jensen. They carry a Jensen-recommended retail price of $280 each.

The VX3010 (single-DIN) and VX3020 (double-DIN) further strip down the options, coming only with iPhone/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth with hands-free calling, advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), and audio-video remote control profile (AVRCP), the latter of which allows Bluetooth devices to control the content playing on the device. The result: They’re $50 than the 4000 series, ringing in at $230 each.

Finally, Jensen said there’s a mechless unit in store: The DMX5020 has all the features of the 4000 series receivers, but instead of a CD/DVD drive, it gets SD card slots, AUX inputs, and even a dedicated iPod connection point. It, like the 4000 series, carries an MSRP of $280. This is probably the unit I’d go for, if I’m honest. I no longer carry CDs around in my car — and I’ve never had a reason to carry around DVDs.

More information about Jensen’s current receiver lineup can be found here.

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