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Toyota Sienna Audio/Entertainment Questions



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Does it pause if you close the screen?

    Mine does, but it's aftermarket.
  • Has anyone gotten the satellite radio accessory? As I understand it, you have to have the JBL stereo to get it - which is pretty pricy. Any recommendations on aftermarket satellite systems that are easy to use? Thanks.
  • seats8seats8 Posts: 12
    I just wanted to provide some feedback on an aftermarket system I just had installed in my 2008 Sienna LE (8-seater).

    After some careful Internet research, I opted for a hard disk-based navigation/DVD/music head unit with a 7" LCD. The hard disk-based units keep all the navigation information on a hard disk or solid state flash memory for fast performance and no need to swap DVD's or use your DVD slot for navigation. These units are generally more expensive than DVD based units, but they perform operations much more quickly.

    I went with the Kenwood DNX7100 because it had reasonable reviews and great features plus expansion options. I also added the following;
    -Kenwood Bluetooth Interface, KCA-BT100
    -Boyo Vision Plate Frame Backup Camera, VTL300
    -Eonon 14.1" Widescreen Flip Down LCD Monitor, Model 683 (from
    -Generic Sienna Fit Kit
    -Generic Steering Wheel Controls Interface

    I had the entire system installed at Tweeter, etc. in Rockville, MD. I did not buy any of the equipment at Tweeter. They did a fabulous job in one day.

    The system looks factory installed and the plate frame with integrated backup camera is just perfect. The flip down screen was very inexpensive ($250) and plays DVD's or other video input from the head unit. The steering wheel controls work and can do quite a bit, like change music folders on a USB memory stick.

    A real bonus with the DNX7100 is a USB input cable that permits you to plug in any memory stick and play MP3 songs. It has a folder menu on the 7" touch screen. This works great. You hardly need an iPod. For an iPod, you have two options, a $20 accessory permits you to control some of the modern iPods via the touch screen or you can plug the audio input into the Video (a.k.a. AUX) connector. I had a hole cut into the top of the upper glove box and had the cables dropped into it for ease of use and to keep everything hidden.

    Everything works very well. You can use the built-in Garmin nav system on the fron screen and watch a DVD on the flip-down LCD. When the nav system speaks, it only mutes the front speakers but keeps playing the DVD in the rear of the van. When an incoming call rings on a Bluetooth associated phone, the entire system is muted. Caller ID is shown on the 7" LCD and you can press a button to bypass answering an incoming call if you wish (otherwise, it answers on the second ring).

    All in all, very slick. The Garmin nav system is great. The only downside is the kludgy Kenwood source selector interface. It works, but it's just awful. It seems like a grade school programmer wrote it and then implemented it without ever testing it. It's OK to use but frustrating to think of how good it could have been. Maybe Kenwood will provide an update - apparently this can be performed quickly and simply via the USB interface.

    The back up camera is so nice, it should be standard on vans. As soon as you put the van in reverse, the screen changes to the backup camera, instantly.

    Bottom line, hold your breath, $1500 for the equipment and $1000 for installation. However, this is a much better system than Toyota offers in any Sienna.
  • caravan2caravan2 Posts: 198
    Where did you buy the following:

    -Generic Sienna Fit Kit
    -Generic Steering Wheel Controls Interface

    According to some websites like, double DIN navs will not fit Sienna. I think 2007 and 2008 Sienna's have same opening for stereos.
  • seats8seats8 Posts: 12
    Both the fit kit and steering wheel control interface were provided by Tweeter, etc. and were included in the installation amount I listed. My installation appointment was scheduled about 10 days prior and the fit kit was hanging on a hook above the work bench when I arrived for the install. The installer said they work on Siennas quite a lot.

    Perhaps Crutchfield means they won't fit without a kit that they do not carry?

    You can call them if you need more information. The installer did say that the 2007 and 2008 Sienna fit kits were the same.

    The fit kit is made of a dark gray platic that looks good. I can assure you that double DIN head units fit quite well. The OEM Toyota unit is double DIN. Additionally, the Bluetooth electronics module and the GPS antenna were both mounted under the dashboard, too. Only the microphone, which is very small, is visible above the driver's side sun visor.
  • seats8seats8 Posts: 12
    I should have mentioned above that the Kenwood DNX7100 also offers the following modules which work seemlessly with the unit, I only added the Bluetooth module. I suppose if you live in your van, they all might be nice to have!

    • iPod USB Direct Control KCA-iP300V
    • Bluetooth Hands-Free Ready: KCA-BT100
    • Sirius Satellite Ready: SIR-KEN1
    • HD Radio Ready: KTC-HR100TR
    • TV Tuner Ready: KTC-V300N
    • CD Changer Ready
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm jealous, that setup sounds AWESOME.

    The factory DVD player forces you into the JBL audio package and adds about what you paid to the price. And that's just for the DVD player, no NAV.

    FOURTEEN inch screen! You da man!

    I thought mine was huge, at 12.1", but you win! That's sweet! :shades:
  • seats8seats8 Posts: 12
    Is it that obvious that I am a man?! Indeed.

    Anyway, the cost between the 13.3, 14.1 and 15.4" widescreens was negligable. However, at some point the entire rear view is blocked when the LCD is open. I opted for the 14.1 because it was in the same physical frame as the 13.3, meaning when it was open, the 14.1 blocked no more rear view than the 13.3.

    With the 14.1, about 75% of the rear view is blocked. I had to draw the line somewhere. If you don't feel the need to draw lines, Eonon also offers a 17" widescreen flipdown which is only $320 shipped to the U.S. I'm pretty sure this would guarantee 100% rear view blockage!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not "a man", DA MAN! :D

    My 12.1" screen blocks the top half of the rear view. I know what you mean by that.

    It's OK, the bottom half shows the road, and who cares? I can always look over my shoulder and/or use the side mirrors.
  • In my 2004 Sienna XLE Limited (with factory DVD Entertainment System), there are audio/video RCA jacks (the usual red/white/yellow) near the back seats. I was hoping to be able to use the Line Out of my MP3 player (not an iPod), connect up through these audio jacks and listen through the main sound system. All I've been able to do is get it to play through the overhead DVD player into the wireless headphones. Anyone know a way of getting the sound out through the main sound system?

  • gklumgklum Posts: 2
    I have a 2006 Sienna with a factory installed DVD player that runs warm to hot. DVD's are "baked" after I eject them (even in the winter). Anyone notice this with their DVD players too?
  • caravan2caravan2 Posts: 198
    I just bought 2008 XLE with sunroof. I was planning to install 12.1 DVD similar to what I have in my LE. I took it Circuit city and they tell me that it can't be installed because of the sunroof. I see there point. Has anyone figured out how to install DVD player? My kids are really dis-appointed....
  • I am looking for a place (other than over priced dealerships) to purchase one 6.5" diameter woofer made by JBL for my 2001 Sienna. Turns out JBL made these speakers at 2.2 ohms so after market shops don't carry. Any leads to web sites would be appreciated. Only need the speaker in driver's side door panel. Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would try a salvage yard.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What about a headrest mounted model? Twin screens about 7" or so. The kids can watch different shows (one a video, the other a video game).
  • caravan2caravan2 Posts: 198
    There are two concerns...

    1) expensive
    2) People in third row can't enjoy it.

    I'm looking at a solution installing just installing LCD screen and install DVD somewhere else. The screen alone would be lighter.
  • Our 2004 Sienna XLE Limited has the factory DVD with that somewhat smaller screen, and when we went to use it the other day on a road trip it was dead. When I press the "disc" button up front using the front/dash controls, a message displays saying "no CD."

    Yes, this is after I loaded a DVD into the player and opened the screen. The DVD player takes the DVD and the light comes on, but nothing appears on the DVD screen at all. I'm suspecting the drive itself is the problem as the audio system doesn't sense anything and the other functions (remote locater, eject, etc) work on the DVD panel itself.

    1) Does anyone have a hint on what the problem could be?


    2) If this DVD player needs to be replaced, can I replace it with an aftermarket unit and use the same connector/cable? If so I would opt for a larger screen unit, but aside from the connection I'm concerned about the mounting interior appearance after removing the "older" one.

  • What Tweeter location did you go to ?
  • jalalhjalalh Posts: 1
    I live in Canada and I just purchased a 2008 Sienna LE with the navigation system. Is it normal that the steering wheel does not have the "talk" and the "On-hook, Off-hook" buttons on the steering wheel. Also, when I paired my bluetooth cell phone with the system, I could hear the who is calling me but they do not hear me at all. Could it be that the Microphone is not installed in my car?

    Can they be installed after?

    I would appreciate any help you can provide.

    Thank you,
  • hause7hause7 Posts: 153
    How do the Sienna's stock speakers sound? i am debating on getting an 08 LE with or without the JBL system. I have then in our 04 Limited and don't want to be disappointed.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm not audiophile by any means, but I think the base sound system is actually pretty good. Give it a good listen at the dealership, but I'm quite happy with it.
  • We have the exact same issue - just as you described. Have you made any progress? If you found the fix, randster, could you please share it with us.

    We tried changing the fuses #5, #23, and #25 but the DISC button still responds with "NO CD" and does nothing on the second press. The rear DVD video screen is jet black and my kids are bummed out!

    I noticed our previous owner replaced the battery with a non-Toyota part. We found another Post saying that once their battery was changed their DVD player stopped working... curious.

    Anyways, we are out of ideas for now. Our used Sienna 2004 XLE AWD Limited came with everything but the RES remote; is the remote required for successful DVD operation?
  • We just bought a 2008 Sienna Limited with EVP#2 - JBL audio, Nav, and Rear DVD

    I very much would like to add the XM adaptor with full factory control and add an iPod adapter. Can both be done? I got a quote of $500-600 from the dealership for the XM adapter and antenna installed. the local aftermarket place wants $400.

    The JBL audio/NAV system has an XM input and an AUX, but the AUX seems to be for an analog miniport on the dash (not good for the iPod). I have an USA Spec adapter for my MDX which works great, but I do not have NAV in that system.

    Does anyone know if I can achieve my goals? If so, product recommendations would be appreciated.

  • Buy a 3-5 foot wire with miniplugs at the Radio Shack for $5. Plug it into Aux. Be sure to change the setting on the Ipod. Go to "setting", "volume limit" and rotate wheel to max volume. Then the ipod will operate fine thru the audio of the Sienna. If you need to recharge constantly then buy a Belkin FM transmitter and it works great. Try for more audio info. Bob
  • Thank you Bob.

    I posted on sienna club too. I am hoping to avoid the analog connection if I can.
  • We're having a similiar problem. We purchase a 05 sienna about a month ago, and all of a sudden the dvd screen has been going black. I haven't seen the "No CD" . I also had a problem getting the dvd to eject. The system has power. I'm really bummed about this. This is a feature that our kids love and isn't working already. What battery are you talking about? The actual van battery?

    Would love any input!!
  • The "No CD" appears on our navigation system screen when we press the DISC button, or when we cycle through AM/FM1/FM2/CD... using the "Mode" button on the steering wheel.

    Yes, the battery we were referring to is the main van battery under the hood. Our van had to be boosted twice during transport - once to get it on the carrier, and once to get it off. It was obvious the battery was drained completely when we took possession of the vehicle. We've had it for about a month now and everything is working fabulous - except the DVD seems not to be recognized by the system.

    Our DVD player also has power to it, but it consistantly receives and ejects the DVDs no problem. It just has a completely black screen, and of course no audio to boot.

    We have a Toyota RES remote control on order. We are waiting for a response from a Toyota dealer who put in a service call to a Toyota service tech regarding our issue.
  • Hi;

    My 2000 Toyota Sienna with 6 CD Changer quitted few months ago. I removed the unit but lost it. (TOYOTA 6-DISC AM-FM A56811 86120-0C040)

    I installed a same unit from my friend's Tundra. The unit is working fine. My friend was going to install a satellite radio and no longer needs it.

    When I plugged in the connectors to the radio/cd, I could hear some noice from the cd changer first (there is power), but their is no power to the radio panel.

    I have also checked the fuses, they were fine.

    Please help.

  • I have a 2008 Sienna, & when I use the AUX plug for my MP3 player (not an IPod) I am not able to control the MP3 through the van with SEEK, TEXT, FOLDER. Also when I push the TEXT button with a CD in, nothing is displayed. What am I doing wrong, what are these controls intended for? Thanks
  • bsburnsbsburns Posts: 1
    How do you get the factory DVD player to play over the sound system?

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