Jensen MP 1516BT Review
The Jensen MP1516 has a CD player, a USB connection, an auxiliary port and an SD card slot to connect you to your music.
The sound quality and customization options for the sound are lacking.
The MP1516 is a decent replacement model for your factory-installed head unit, but don’t expect much improvement in the quality of sound from your car stereo system.
The Jensen MP1516 is a basic head unit with limited improvements from standard, factory-installed head units. The sound quality is not as good as it could be, and this is directly related to the fact that the MP1516 is underpowered. With its power maxing out at 160 watts, it is the weakest head unit we reviewed. Also, there is not much you can do to improve the sound quality for the environment within your car.
The Jensen MP1516 comes with four preset equalizer curves. If you turn off the presets, you can manually adjust the bass, treble, balance and fader. As for expansion, the MP1516 has only one pair of RCA outputs, which will allow you to connect an amplifier or another set of speakers. An amplifier will help improve the sound quality because the car stereo system will be better powered overall.
The Jensen MP1516 has a CD player and Bluetooth capability. The microphone is included in the purchase, and you can place it on the visor or another nearby location to make and receive calls. You can stream music via Bluetooth, and you can use the three other physical inputs to play music files. The auxiliary port and the USB connection are both located on the front of the faceplate. The SD card slot, however, is located behind the detachable faceplate. The Jensen MP1516 supports an SD card with up to 8GB of storage. With all the inputs combined, the MP1516 can play both MP3 and WMA files.
Jensen provides a one-year limited warranty on the MP1516 that covers defective materials and workmanship. To contact Jensen, you have to go through the Voxx International customer care site. You have to create an account, but once you log in, you have access to live chat and an email support form. In our experience, we had trouble connecting to a customer service agent via live chat, but we received prompt responses through the question and answer email form. It is also on this customer care site that you will find the FAQs page and a sort of knowledgebase with a collection of questions and answers. If you are looking for the warranty card or the user manual, you can find them on the MP1516 product page.
The sound quality issue and the limited ability to customize the sound do not help the Jensen MP1516 stand out from other head units we reviewed. However, the addition of Bluetooth and its other connections help make the MP1516 a solid car stereo head unit. Consider the Jensen MP1516 as a decent replacement for your current head unit.
5.0 out of 5 stars
not because it was bad, but because I am working on a show …
By Robert A
This is the second time I have bought this radio. No, not because it was bad, but because I am working on a show car, and before the radio was in the car, I decided to “test” the first one. Hooked it up to a battery charger and tried it out. Works wonderful, then the stupid part. the positive cable came off and touched the chassis of the radio. Well needless to say my radio was toast. I looked several places to bry the radio, but most sights said it was discontinued. Great, it’s all wired and ready to go so now I have to change everything. Tried Amazon, and there it was, so now I don’t have to change all the dash wiring to make it work. Car should be finished in a month, so I won’t test the radio until it’s actually in the car. By the way, the test sounded pretty good and I am sure it will sound even better in the car.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great features, great price, no bling
By Charles E Gray
I got this head unit to replace the stock one in my ancient Subaru. I just wanted something to plug in an aux cable, for a good price, that doesn’t have all the terrible lights and colors and buttons. This unit delivers.
I wasn’t expecting too much for the price, I’ve had more expensive after-market head units in other cars and they sucked. This little guy has worked fantastically. I don’t even bother with the aux cable for my iPhone since both bluetooth and the USB hook-up work. A bunch of reviews around the web complained the iPhone/iPod interface didn’t work. I have no idea what they’re talking about. About half the time on first hook-up I need to turn the unit off and on to get the audio to come out. Once that’s done, it’s flawless. Track names, timings, play/pause/skip, navigation directions over audio.
Apart from the external inputs, the radio works great. Audio quality is above expected for someone with my mediocre ears. Very clear, and none of the engine noise and interferences I used to get with my old audio hook-ups.
You want my opinion? Buy this unit.
Good: Super cheap, easy install, easy to use, easy on the eyes, great audio quality
Dunno: I’ve not tried the SD or the CD player. I’d expect they’d be fine. My friend tuned the balance / fader etc. so I don’t know about how easy that is. I’ve never used the remote.
The bad: Unit arrived with a small piece of plastic trim that had dislodged from the front plate. Nothing a few tiny dabs of super glue didn’t fix perfectly, but there has to be something wrong at this price point. As I mentioned, iPhone USB hookup takes a quick reset about half the time (not a big deal, I use BT for short trips, USB for long ones to charge, but worth noting).
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works great although in my 05 jeep wrangler I had to bend the original support bar out of the way