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Toyota Sienna, Audio, Entertainment System, Van
#167 of 233 Re: Waiting for my 2010 Sienna, questions about dvd nav [nboerner]
Aug 09, 2009 (12:49 am)
Answers to your questions based on my 2009 Sienna XLE:
1. If the kids are watching a movie in back with headphones can I (driver) listen to something else on the radio
A. Yes. This works quite well, although with youngsters under 2 it's pretty tough to get them to keep the headphones on.
2. If I am driving and the kids ( aged 1 and 3 ) need their movie started rewound or the volume turned up can I do hat while driving.
A. There is a remote control that allows you to control everything like you would on your DVD player at home. It doesn't work great as the driver as it seems to need to be pointed at the front of the DVD player. We've had varying success while using it as without seeing the DVD screen it's hard to know what the current options are.
The DVD player volume when played over the car speakers is quite soft. You'll have to crank the volume up to double the volume that you'll use when listening to the radio. ( setting 22 verses 11 ) This does cause issues when you eject a movie to put in another the entertainment system switches to the radio when no DVDs are present in the DVD player. Maybe I shouldn't mention that I've switched out the DVDs while being the only adult in the car and while driving on the highway, but it is do-able. You'll learn where the eject button is on the front of the player and be able to press it catch the DVD and replace it with a new one while driving.
If your kids have the headphones on you will not be able to change the volume for them. Each headphone has it's own volume control on the unit itself. The fact that they are wireless makes them much more toddler friendly.
3. What does another post mean when they say the DVD turns on every time they start the car, is that only when there is a movie in the player.
A. The DVD player will always be on while the car is on. If there isn't a movie present it just will just show a static screen on the player if the screen is down ( I believe, I didn't double check this ). If the screen is closed it will be as if the unit was turned off.
If there is a movie in the player it will resume playing from the position it was in when the vehicle was turned of. This works great for us. The movie "Cars" is this month's favorite. Each time we get into the Sienna it's right were we left off and thus we're not stuck listening to only the beginning of the movie every time we get in for a while trip across town.
4. Does anyone have experience using the system with young kids and how do they deal with these issues.
Well, my oldest son was about 20 months old when we bought our Sienna and we also had a 1 month old at the time. Our oldest had previously dealt with our poor man's solution of using an iPod Touch as a video player so jumping up to the larger screen was a major bonus for him. He loves getting in to the Sienna for any trip short or long. Our infant still isn't able to watch the video's yet although he'd love to. He's now 10 month old and still has to ride in a rear facing car seat which makes seeing the screen impossible. We're only about 2 months away from being able to turn him around and then we'll have to worry about finding a movie that they both want to watch.
The only problems we've run into with the entertainment system is:
1. The audio video jacks in the rear of the vehicle are not hooked up to the main entertainment system in the front of the car. The audio from these inputs will only be audible through the headphones and will not play over the vehicle's speakers.
2. The remote is a little flaky. At times it just will not work.
3. Audio playing over the speakers for the DVDs is very quite and causes radio blasts when DVDs are ejected.
These are fairly minor problems and wouldn't steer me away from going this route again. We did look seriously at buying a lower level Sienna and having screens put into the headrests but opted to go the full Toyota route and we're still happy with our decision. Next time we take the Sienna in for maintenance I'll mention the audio/video jack issue and see if they're able to do anything about it. I've heard a few different solutions such as running a cable from the DVD player to the auxillary jack in the main console ( which seems like something that a toddler would love to pull on) or attaching small speakers to the DVD player that hang from the ceiling. I guess if we were desperate I would just run a long cable from the rear of the Sienna where the jacks are to the front running it under the carpet and then up to the auxillary jack in front. Then you just wouldn't use the audio portion of the jack in back and would use the cable to hook it directly to the port on the front console.
In your other post you mentioned being able to control an iPod or other MP3 player from the steering wheel. In our XLE this isn't doable but I'll let someone else answer for the Limited. The MP3 player uses the Auxillary jack which is only a headphone jack basically. It isn't able to control the device through it.
I hope this helps and I'm sure you'll love your Sienna. We're still in very happy with ours.
#168 of 233 thanks for your wonderful reply
Aug 09, 2009 (6:42 am)
Thank you so much for your detailed answer, it has really helped me understand the logistics of using the system. I appreciate your time.
#169 of 233 Re: Waiting for my 2010 Sienna, questions about dvd nav [nboerner]
Aug 09, 2009 (6:00 pm)
Answers to your questions based on my 2006 XLE Limited system
1.Yes, no problem
2.No, unless you are stopped and emergency break on. Then you have control over the DVD. Some have found ways to work around this issue. They bypass the emergency brake.
3.Yes. Eject the DVD or take off the emergency brake.
4. Mom,dad or grandparents intercede when kids scream. I find the 5 year old can handle the remote better than I.
You'll love the entertainment unit and the kids will not keep asking "Are we there yet?" The 2 and 5 year old can not take their eyes off the screen.
#170 of 233 ulocking the dvd and nav
Aug 09, 2009 (6:34 pm)
how do you bypass the emergency brake. are ther ways other than purchasing the somewhat complicated accessories that unlock all the dvd and nav features while driving. it wuld be a lot easier it would seam to bypass the emergency brake if that is possible. i had heard that the unit must receive some signal to let it know the car is braked and that you cant just disconnect some wire, anyone have any opinions. I would also love to hear from anyone tht has used the lockpick or prestigious society products. I have some questions about usnig them,
#171 of 233 Re: Waiting for my 2010 Sienna, questions about dvd nav [nboerner]
Aug 13, 2009 (2:15 pm)
To add what to skluz said, you can't ff or rw while a dvd is playing from your steering wheel. But the up/down buttons on the left side will let you advance or go back in the DVD chapters. If you have your NAV sceen activated to view the DVD chapters while the movie is playing, you can see what chapters you are changing to on the screen.
#172 of 233 XM Receiver for 2010 Sienna
Aug 13, 2009 (2:24 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 XLE with package #4 and the stereo is XM Radio capable. I have a hard time paying the dealer $500 to put a receiver in the vehicle for XM Radio. Is there a less expensive alternative out there?
#173 of 233 Re: XM Receiver for 2010 Sienna [duke88]
Sep 14, 2009 (9:14 pm)
Hi, Duke88: Like you, I just bought a 2010 Toyota XLE Sienna with Pkg #4 (Satellite ready). We've had it 6 days and love it. However, I, too, would like to put an XM Radio in it but don't want to pay hundreds and hundreds of $$. Have you had any response to your posting? :
#174 of 233 2010 sienna CE steering wheel audio controls
Sep 18, 2009 (2:15 pm)
I just bought a 2010 ienna CE and forgot to order the steering wheel audio controls. DOes anyone have any knowledge about getting a steering wheel with the controls or adding a aftermarket controller? What make is the radio in the sienna?
#175 of 233 Re: 2010 sienna CE steering wheel audio controls [jsambo]
Sep 21, 2009 (8:04 am)
The high end stuff is JBL, but I'm not sure about the CE and base LE models.
#176 of 233 Re: oops I forgot to ask a question in my last post [nboerner]
Oct 15, 2009 (6:06 am)
You can have an ipod interface installed in your 2010 sienna. Works great just have one installed yesterday. This is a Toyota part. You can control all functions of you ipod from the Nav screen, Playlist, Album, Artist...