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Old 10-18-2016, 05:56 PM   #31
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Although I would not call Jensen a brand x, I am sure there are better choices. We have found the Jensen dash radio performance poor at pulling in stations. The Serius radio and CD player work great, as well as the Bluetooth connection to our iPad and iPhone. The Nav system is a puzzle at first, but once you play with it a bit, it works really well. The "cancel/delete route" function is on the same screen as the "new route" icon... try scrolling the screen with the bar on the right to see additional choices. Same is true when adding info on other screens. Try pushing the area in the lower left hand corner of the display where the distance and speed data are displayed... you will get a full screen of data that uses larger type. Regarding speed and speed limits, on my system this data has been pretty accurate. When in Canada, it translates kph to mph, which is really handy.

We seem to only have the center speaker in the MB cab, and the sound quality is mediocre at best... I am always messing with the equalizer to tailor the sound for either voice or various types of music.

Regarding upgrades, many things can be improved, all at additional cost. If FR added all the improvements "out the door" that we think would make the product more perfect, many of us would be priced out of this lifestyle. Further, your "perfect" may not necessarily be mine. We looked at a lot of product before choosing the SunSeeker MBS 2400W, and no "perfect" exists... we could never afford a Leisure Travel Van, and if we could, they take a year to get. Winnebagos come with a few more features, but the "best deal" cost difference is 15-20%... further, they definitely have their share of problems. We are happily doing the upgrades we want as we can, while throughly enjoying our travels... over 10000 miles since April, with another 3000 miles planned before year's end.


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Old 10-18-2016, 05:57 PM   #32
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As with most components installed by RV Manufacturers, they use the cheap brand 'x' for most things. I think the Jensen radio is one of those things...

I have been contemplating replacing it with a highly rated Pioneer or Sony unit that has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, bluetooth, excellent controls/Sirius/great sound/great graphics/etc.



With Apple CarPlay for instance, you can use the far superior Apple Maps / Google Maps from your phone on the radio screen - just like modern vehicles do. A replacement radio is not very expensive either.

I agree, never thought about Jensen and high end audio going together. I want to change my sub out to a real one also.


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Old 10-19-2016, 07:13 PM   #33
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Like many of you, I've grown weary dealing with the inferior reception and unacceptable performance of the Jensen head unit.

Anyone have a unit replacement recommendation that works well with android? I think Katana mentioned one a while back but can't find it right now.
It would be a big plus if I could pair Bluetooth Sirius from the replacement head to the Jensen entertainment unit in the coach.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:02 AM   #34
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Like many of you, I've grown weary dealing with the inferior reception and unacceptable performance of the Jensen head unit.

Anyone have a unit replacement recommendation that works well with android? I think Katana mentioned one a while back but can't find it right now.
It would be a big plus if I could pair Bluetooth Sirius from the replacement head to the Jensen entertainment unit in the coach.
Ya leave your head unit then Bluetooth your cellphone for all your navigation and music needs, far better and easy to do.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:34 AM   #35
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I do that now for GPS and don't use the head unit for directions. Then there's those pesky data charges. I do appreciate your suggestion, though.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:31 AM   #36
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Like many of you, I've grown weary dealing with the inferior reception and unacceptable performance of the Jensen head unit.

Anyone have a unit replacement recommendation that works well with android? I think Katana mentioned one a while back but can't find it right now.
It would be a big plus if I could pair Bluetooth Sirius from the replacement head to the Jensen entertainment unit in the coach.
If you can stomach the cost, the Kenwood DNX 893S would seem to fit the bill. I just got mine, but haven't had the time to install it yet.

Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Garmin Nav and plenty of other features to geek out over. Don't know if the Bluetooth would pair to another device other than a phone or wireless speaker. Here is a link to the owners manual - the information you want might be there. Sorry, haven't had time to read that, either.

I'll provide a pirep (pilot report) and pictures once it's installed and operating.
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Old 10-20-2016, 02:26 PM   #37
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Thanks Katana. I knew you would come through.
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Old 10-20-2016, 03:19 PM   #38
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ouch - that kenwood is definitely pricey !

I'm looking for something in the $300 range that doesn't have integrated GPS but has ApplePlay - so I can use the iPhones mapping apps. It uses a little data plan to get mapping, but then just uses GPS - which I think is very good. I know a radio with built-in GPS would probably be a better GPS unit, but I'll trade that off.

KatanaPilot - are you planning on plugging the camera into the radio and eliminating the winshield monitor ?
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Probably not

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I'm looking for something in the $300 range that doesn't have integrated GPS but has ApplePlay - so I can use the iPhones mapping apps. It uses a little data plan to get mapping, but then just uses GPS - which I think is very good. I know a radio with built-in GPS would probably be a better GPS unit, but I'll trade that off.

KatanaPilot - are you planning on plugging the camera into the radio and eliminating the winshield monitor ?
Right now my plan is to continue to use the factory installed RVS system as is. What I may do is buy two new side mount cameras and locate them on the coach body along the sides - where FR mounts them on current models vs. the almost useless location on the front fenders of the chassis. IF I do that, I may hook one of the existing cameras to the Kenwood system.

Probably should have spent my money on those beautiful and light weight Alcoa wheels instead...
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Great minds think alike...

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If you can stomach the cost, the Kenwood DNX 893S would seem to fit the bill. I just got mine, but haven't had the time to install it yet.

Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Garmin Nav and plenty of other features to geek out over. Don't know if the Bluetooth would pair to another device other than a phone or wireless speaker. Here is a link to the owners manual - the information you want might be there. Sorry, haven't had time to read that, either.

I'll provide a pirep (pilot report) and pictures once it's installed and operating.
I have been searching for something to replace the POS Jensen head. There are not a lot of good options for ApplePlay+Nav, so it narrowed quickly to Pioneer and Kenwood. I selected the Kenwood DNX893S because I really like the Garmin NAV and an actual volume knob. It also seems to have a more modern interface. Now to find a decent price... Crutchfield/Amazon. They have a refurb one for $649, but I'm a bit reluctant to buy refurb. Anyway, I landed on it before I read your posting !
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