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Our take on the JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

by Ken Nail
JVC

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Outstanding A/V functionality and smartphone integration

JVC's Arsenal Series KW-ADV65BT DVD receiver does a lot more than play discs. First, it features built-in Bluetooth®, so you'll be able to talk hands-free, place outgoing calls, and even stream music from your phone or other Bluetooth device. Then it offers a detachable 6.1" touchscreen that gives you thousands of color and display options. Last of all, JVC goes the extra mile to provide an incredible level of smartphone and app integration.

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Menu options are front and center on the 6.1" touchscreen

Outstanding iPhone® app control

With your iPhone connected via JVC's KS-U30 cable, you can view and control a wide variety of apps on the KW-ADV65BT's screen. You'll get basic control over audio apps like Mog and Tunein Radio — basic functions like play/pause or track up/down. You can also view traffic info from Inrix, Cobra iRadar, and other driving apps. For powerful navigation, download the MotionX-GPS Drive app (subscription required) and you'll be able to see maps and live traffic reports on the receiver's screen. You'll still need to access your iPhone with this app, so consider adding an iPhone mount for easy use.

Pandora with iPhone and Android™

JVC makes it easy for you to take your Pandora stations on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and you'll have touchscreen control over Pandora right in your dash. Plus you'll see artist and song info on the big display. Got an Android™ device? No problem — use your Bluetooth link to listen and control Pandora.

JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

It's easy to see song and artist info on the 6.1" screen

Great for the rest of your digital music

Once you plug your iPod or iPhone into the USB input, you can tap your way through all your tunes and playlist on this JVC's responsive touchscreen. If you're not an iPod user, you can load up a USB drive or a recordable disc with music — it's easy to fit hundreds of tracks on either one, and you can still dive in using the touchscreen.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen with detachable face
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • App Link mode for control of music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone
    • Pandora control via iPhone and Android
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: JVC KS-U30 cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, front panel aux in, rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output; 5-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other information:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Included
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Included
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classci/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2//1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1/
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver (10-amp fuse inserted in chasis)
    • Detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor
    • Sleeve (installed) Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed behind faceplate)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Remote control (RM-RK256)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Red wire splice tap (18-22 gauge)
    • Rubber boot
    • Rear-support stud (with flat-washer/lock-nut attached)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US warranty information
    • Canadian warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note (taped to wiring harness)
    • "Caution on cleaning the unit" note (attached to touchscreen monitor)
    • iPhone/iPod Users note
    • Face-fixing screw note
    • Bluetooth Adapter Caution note
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor (Detachable): The KW-ADV65BT features a 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display, and touchscreen control panel. You can detach the touchscreen LCD monitor to deter theft. No face case is included.

    Gesture Volume Control: Gesture Control lets you operate certain functions of the KW-ADV65BT by making specific gesture commands on the unit's touchscreen. You can adjust the volume of the multimedia receiver by making a circular motion with your finger on the unit's touchscreen.

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-ADV65BT features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The unit includes a 3-way rotary dial for Volume (up/down) control and push-button controls for Power/Source functions.

    Variable Color Illumination: You can change the color of  background, text, touchscreen buttons, and hard-key buttons. The color of the background, text, and buttons can be changed independently from one another.

    • Background: The unit's background color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Text: The unit's onscreen text can be changed to one of seven preset colors - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Buttons: The unit's touchscreen and hard-key button color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also choose to have the unit constantly scroll through all eight preset color. In addition, you can create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.

    Note: You can save separate color settings for Daytime and Nighttime driving.

    Custom Background Image: While playing a video or JPEG file, you can capture an image and use the captured image as your background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. The color of the captured image may look different from that of the actual scene. You cannot capture copyrighted content and images from the iPod/iPhone.

    Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the brightness and black level of the unit's onscreen display. You can also adjust the contrast, color, tint, and detail level during video playback. The adjustment level for each setting is -15 to +15.

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display:

    • Regular: For 4:3 source material, 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed).
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Panorama: For viewing 4:3 pictures naturally on the unit's wide-screen display.
    • Auto: The correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal.

    Adjustable Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off an on). The unit also features 3 dimmer levels to choose from - Bright, Middle, or Dark.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    Multi-Language Menu: There are ten options for the menu language; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, and Russian.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-ADV65BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KW-ADV65BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's hidden front-panel USB input (located behind detachable face plate), making the DDX419 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR certified. The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the hidden USB port. The DDX419 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KW-ADV65BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KW-ADV65BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KW-ADV65BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the JVC head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the KW-ADV65BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately in 5 seconds. The KW-ADV65BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KW-ADV65BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-ADV65BT. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-ADV65BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KW-ADV65BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-ADV65BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KW-ADV65BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S/5 via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KW-ADV65BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the touchscreen "voice command" icon on the Bluetooth Phone screen to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KW-ADV65BT and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the JVC KW-ADV65BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-ADV65BT  features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. Local tuning lets you only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength. You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week (the stereo effect will be lost).

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC KW-ADV65BT DVD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Connection Type: The JVC KW-ADV65BT provides Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KW-ADV65BT provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The JVC KW-ADV65BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Station Control: The JVC KW-ADV65BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone. 
      • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Information Display: The JVC KW-ADV65BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KW-ADV65BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The JVC KW-ADV65BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 and DiVX video files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3/WMA/WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The JVC KW-ADV65BT features a rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The KW-ADV65BT also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 1A. You cannot connect a computer or portable HDD to the USB port of this unit.

    File Compatibility: The JVC KW-ADV65BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 22.05-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    DivX (disc only): .divx, .div, or .avi (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the picture adjustments, while pressing the bottom center activates the playback controls.

    Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc or USB device). Next time you select CD or USB for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Disc Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust; playback starts automatically.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry): The JVC receiver's USB port supports playback from BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode). JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your BlackBerry smartphone's internal and external memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on either memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory type.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from JVC's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version G21.01.00 (0001). 

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The JVC KW-ADV65BT supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • Audio/Video Playback: The optional JVC KS-U30 USB A/V Cable For iPod/iPhone (105KSU30, sold separately) allows you to playback and control audio/video from your iPod or iPhone on this JVC multimedia head unit. You can access audio/video content stored on your iPod/iPhone device or apps streamed to your Apple device. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod 30-pin dock connector on one end and a male composite video/stereo audio RCA connectors on other end, along with a USB type-A connector. The cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel AV input and USB port. The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. The composite video/stereo RCA inputs handle audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the JVC receiver. By using the AV input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod/iPhone. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the KW-ADV65BT's USB port using the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 95dB. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files. This 1-wire connection only supports audio stored on your iPod/iPhone device and Pandora (no other apps or video content).

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Or, use the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately), plus the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to access audio apps. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit and from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's touchscreen you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-ADV65BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen still remains functional.
    • iPod: The iPod control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. Basic iPod navigation controls remain functional on the KW-ADV65BT's touchscreen, but the advanced Playlist and Category search modes cannot be accessed from the head unit.
    • iPod Out: The iPod out mode displays the stored music playback menu of your iPod/iPhone on the JVC head unit's LCD touchscreen. You can control playback of your iPod's stored music by navigating the mirrored on-screen menu. The iPod out mode requires the JVC KSU-30 cable (sold separately) and that your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. The iPod out mode does not function for videos or apps.

    App Control: The JVC KW-ADV65BT in-dash multimedia head unit offers two distinct App Control modes when connected to your Apple iPhone via the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (not compatible with the USB connector cable that comes with your iPhone device).

    • App Mode: App mode for your iPhone requires the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately). You will also need the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) for the iPhone 5. App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the JVC head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the JVC DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+). The iPod mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible and only limited (basic), if any, control will be available. Available controls may include (Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next). Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • App Link Mode: App Link mode lets you experience large detailed displays of useful driving and audio apps from your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.3 or later) on the JVC KW-ADV65BT, using the  JVC KS-U30 cable (105KSU30, sold separately). App Link mode is not compatible with the iPhone 5. Available apps included (as of 3/8/2013).
    App Categories App Link Apps Description
    Navigation MotionX-GPS Drive The Motion X GPS Drive App is available from iTunes for your iPhone for only $0.99. There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee, or $19.99 per year is required for the Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive turns your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0 or later) and the JVC KW-AV61BT into a personal navigation device for your vehicle. Providing full navigation features and song playback control from your iPhone 4/4S, MotionX-GPS Drive also displays its map data on the connected JVC multimedia receiver's widescreen monitor. Your iPhone 4/4S displays a choice of MotionX-GPS Driver's feature/menu screens as a secondary display (for passenger), while continuing to show the map on the JVC receiver. It even works simultaneously with iPhone 4/4S song playback by muting or pausing music, then restoring your volume during voice guidance through your car speakers. The MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation application covers the United States & Canada.
    INRIX Traffic INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app for iPhone provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the JVC KW-AV61, while control is still handled from the iPhone. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits - (1) Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network (2) View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events (3) Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions (4)Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.
    Driver Assistance Local Scope Local Scope (free app) allows you to find places, people, and information around your current position using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services, and other apps. Explore information, photos and videos aggregated from diverse services or get information about places.
    DashCommand Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand  app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the head unit's touchscreen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Cobra iRadar Cobra iRadar (free app) is the world's first and largest community-based radar/laser/camera detection system. Now you can share and receive alerts in real time from other iRadar users. With access to live radar/laser detection, user reports, automatic alert reporting, and Cobra's AURA speed and red light camera database, iRadar users are the smartest and most aware drivers on the road.
    DriveMate Rec DriveMate Rec ($1.99) is an iPhone app that records video while you drive and tracks the route driven. It includes three functions. (1) Automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents (2) Records scenery while driving (3)  Record tracks while driving, so you can compare track with other routes you have driven.
    DriveMate SafetyCam DriveMate SafetyCam ($.99) is an iPhone app designed to support safe and eco-friendly driving. Provides an approach warning to the car ahead, departure notification of the car ahead, and an overall driving safety evaluation.
    Web Reader (Text-to-Speech) Web Reader ($1.99) for iPhone uses Text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages out loud. Web Reader reads web pages and social media sites aloud through car speaker while driving with on-screen play & pause.
    Music Sonic MaxPro for JVC Sonic MaxPro for JVC (free app) is an HD quality music player with BBE's critically acclaimed HD audio technology-(Sonic Maximizer) and built-in presets.
    TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free. The KW-AV61BT will display station identification, song/artist information. and album artwork. You will still need to use your iPhone to change stations.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Apps not available in all areas. Available apps subject to change without notice.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-ADV65BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, Album label, and Album Art. Your iPod/iPhone's downloaded apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor (except for Pandora and App Link apps).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone (not the iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-ADV65BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/8/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone iPod Out App  Mode App Link Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N

    Note:

    • *Requires the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.
    • **Requires the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-ADV65BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-ADV65BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KW-ADV65BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KW-ADV65BT are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KW-ADV65BT with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to low, the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to high, and the volume control will range from 0 to 50. The internal amp can also be turned off when all the speakers are powered by outboard amplifiers.

    5ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KW-ADV65BT is equipped with 5ch/4.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the KW-ADV65BT's subwoofer level (-50 to +10) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-ADV65BT features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: You can activate a variable high-pass filter (40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220 Hz or Through) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers. The front & rear channel's high-pass filters can be set independently of one another.
    • Low-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter. In order to prevent high-frequencies from being sent to your system's subwoofers, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter to 50, 60, 80, 100, 120 Hz or Through.

    Speaker Select: You can select which type & size of speaker you have connected to the head unit. Choose from Standard (OEM/Factory), Narrow (4"/5"), Middle (6"/5x7"/6x8"), Wide (6x9").

    Pro EQ: The KW-ADV65BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Vibrant, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Tone
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 150 Hz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 2.0
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) Fixed

    Note: The audio adjustments are memorized for each individual source until you adjust the sound again.

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set the Loudness to On or Off.

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On (reduced dynamic range), Dialogue (clearer movie dialogue), or Off (full dynamic range).

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -15 to +6.

    Key-Touch Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connections

    Dual A/V Inputs: The JVC KW-ADV65BT DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a game console. The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear-panel for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV IN: Choose when connecting an A/V component like a game system.
    • iPod Video: Select when connecting your iPod using the optional USB/Video cable (105KSU30, sold separately).

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM20, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when connected to your vehicle's reverse light circuit, will automatically switch the KW-ADV65BT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Video Output: The rear-panel Video Output consists of a  composite video jack that allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can watch the same audio/video source that is being played back on the JVC head unit on your connected external monitor (sold separately). You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the JVC multimedia head unit and your connected devices; included Tuner, Disc, USB, and Bluetooth functions.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    Ideal for iPhone app lovers

    Written by Dominic Devito, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM

    The JVC's home menu screen features ten small-ish icons in two horizontal rows of five, which is not great for a guy with big fingers like myself. There are other DVD receivers out there with more convenient displays. However, the JVC features three extras not often found in other similar DVD receivers: a detachable face, a remote control, and a front auxiliary input. The detachable face helps ease my mind since I don't have an alarm on my car. And the front aux-in comes in handy when I've got a passenger with an iPod or iPhone and I want a quick connection to their tunes. The on-the-go iPhone apps feature is nice but it can cost extra to use the really cool ones, like MotionX-GPS Drive for navigation. However, it's cheaper than buying a separate portable navigator and much safer (and smarter!) than following maps on your phone. Since the radio seems to be geared towards iPhone/iPod users, it would've been nice for JVC to include the cable needed to use apps through the radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Great System

    Written By Brian, Henderson, NV on Monday, February 10, 2014
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    I bought this head deck with the intention of adding a sub-woofer and nicer door speakers to my 97 4Runner. I opted for more features than originally planned. I've had it hooked up and rockin' for two weeks now and I am very happy with my purchase! It has the capability to add a back up camera but I haven't hooked that part up yet. It made my paid for '97 almost as current as my woman's 2014 Audi!
    Pros:
    Handsfree talking on the cell phone through bluetooth works very well. Sound quality is very good. Fine tuning of the equalizer is nice too.
    Cons:
    One con with the unit is it takes over a minute to connect the phone via bluetooth. The other is that when I connect the iPhone to the USB cord it asks me on the screen to say a voice.
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    5 out of 5

    Great system!

    Written By Joe, Maryland on Friday, January 31, 2014
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    So far I am very happy with my purchase. I ma not use every fancy feature the system has, but I really needed to get rid of the stock stereo I had. The install was simple and it was very easy to learn the basic functionality without the user manual.
    Pros:
    Sounds great Great price Comes with everything you need
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit for the money

    Written By pandino, Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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    Excellent purchase, the very good sound quality, easy to connect Samsung GS3 via Bluetooth for both calling and Pandora. Ipod connection was easy as well with excellent display of music info. Overall it is a great unit for the price...no regrets.
    Pros:
    All of the above plus responsive touch screen, easy to set up, and sounds great.
    Cons:
    Slow start up screen, 5-8 seconds.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Head Unit!

    Written By Anonymous, State College, PA on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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    I love this head unit! It was easy to install, sounds great, has good power in its own and plays nice with all my devices!
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    3 out of 5

    Slow and poorly laid out screen

    Written By Jamie, Virginia Beach, VA on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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    First off the stereo has pretty good sound, has a good screen, can play mp3s off the DVD or USB Drive. Remote works well and I'll have to get more used to using it as they made some poor design decisions with the touch screen controls. Be aware it has a nag feature where the car has to be parked to use the touchscreen. Just ground the wire to the chassis to avoid that. Install kits provided do not fit over the back of the stereo. Remove the face, the trim, and the mounting chassis and slide the mounting kit on from the front. For some reason they made the back of the stereo about 1/4" bigger than all other manufacturers.
    Pros:
    1-Touch Screen works great and is pretty responsive. 2-Controls Pandora over bluetooth for my Galaxy Nexus. Iphones get not only BT access, but have an adapter that plugs into the back of the stereo. 3-Can play mp3s from DVD or USB Drive. Haven't tried over BT from my phone.
    Cons:
    1-Very lousy design. Most used controls on the screen (Play/Pause, Next/Prev Song) are on the R side of the stereo away from the driver. The Change folder button is close to the driver (I always push this button instead of the next song button) 2-250Folder limit, 5000file limit. That's 250 total folders, not on each level 3-Slow Startup. From Car start to stereo playing an mp3 off the DVD or USB drive it takes 45 seconds. OEM only took 5 seconds playing mp3 off CD 4-no case for det. fac
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

    Written By Anonymous, millington, tn on Friday, August 23, 2013
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    very good product easy to use
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    4 out of 5

    Most bang for the buck

    Written By Steve, SF Bay Area, CA on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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    Good radio. Good I pod / I phone (4s) interface. Good touch screen. Enjoying tremendously.
    Pros:
    Responsive touch screen. Easy to install. Easy to set up. Sounds great. Nice audio and Nav apps.
    Cons:
    Start up takes a few seconds - maybe 5.
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    5 out of 5

    VW Jetta 2013

    Written By Raymond, San Juan, PR on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    Excellent purchase, the sound is clearer and greatly improved its quality.
    Pros:
    Excellent with Iphone 4
    Cons:
    n/a
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    5 out of 5

    A fine-sounding replacement for my 'premium' '13' Grand Chrokee

    Written By jeffeybehr, Pheonix, AZ USA on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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    My 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited came with a 10-speaker 'premium' sound system. Unfortunately. the sound quality was dreadful. The bass was excessive in level and boomy, ill-defined, and thick. Treble was excessive in level and VERY harsh--essentially unlistenable. (After a couple days, I was running the bass and treble sliders at full cut--THAT's how bad it sounded.) Opinions on forums were that that was the basic character of the digital poweramp and cheap speakers. I decided to start at the beginning and buy this DVD receiver and adapter system. WOW--what a difference. Sound QUALITY is much improved, and altho the frequency balance still needs some tone-controlling, the system is now plenty listenable. This receiver is very flexible--I MIGHT use 20% of its capabilities. One point of clunky design--the fader page takes several clicks to get to from either the disc-playing or equalizer page.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality, high degree of flexibility.
    Cons:
    Getting to the fader page requires too many clicks and detours.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

    Written By NWJ, Shiloh,IL on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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    After a lot of research and the reading of reviews on many brands of receivers, I am very pleased with the choice that I made. Installed it in a 2004 CTS and all of the features such as the Bluetooth, SiriusXM and Pandora just make the car feel more up to date. I was little intimidated since this was the first time that I had soldered wires, but I practiced on some scrap wire first and found it to be very easy. The excellent tech support and the fact that Crutchfield provides the customer with almost everything that you need for free or at a reduced cost makes it a no brainer to go anywhere else. The Bluetooth and the included remote when paired with my IPhone 4S make the use of the patch cable almost unnecessary except to maybe charge the phone. The DVD shows an excellent picture and the built in equalizer is pretty good also.
    Pros:
    The Bluetooth, the detachable face, the sound quality, the included remote, etc. Overall a good value.
    Cons:
    The screen could be a little bigger.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal

    Written By T, Central MS on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    Very easy to install in my 06 Mustang. Everything was straightforward and trouble free. Did not need the antenna adapter for my car. (Shaker 500). Radio was easy to operate even without the manual.
    Pros:
    Looks great and operates easily.
    Cons:
    None so far......
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal

    Written By BK, Nebr. on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    I love this JVC Arsenal stereo! It makes the factory speakers sound so much better. I was told that I would have to cut a medal dash support out but it turns out it fit fine in my '05 Silverado. It works great with my iphone4s. The hands free calling works great. I can hear the other caller just fine and they can hear me good too. I put the corded mic by my sun visor on the sidepost trim. I can use the Inrix navigation app (free). It works but not to happy with the quality of the picture on the JVC screen. The street names are small and hard to read. You can zoom in with your phone but it wont follow you in zoom. That is probably just the app. I haven't messed to much with it, so maybe I can change setting to make it more visible. The JVC ipod/iphone cord that I also bought is OK only problem is the 30 pin plug in is TO BIG to fit in my phone with my Otter Box Armor case. I have to remove the phone from the case just to use the 30 pin plug. BIG FAIL! DVD's play great and look great. The JVC Arsenal does have alot of menus and does take time to figure out but not a big deal for me. Only thing that is lacking is hook up instructions for everything, but you can call Crutchfield and they can help. They gave me good instructions how to hook up a couple of things.
    Pros:
    makes factory speakers sound great, app compatible (although there should be more apps). Back up camera ready
    Cons:
    No case for detachable face. Fm signal could be better.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By B Johnson, Ca on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    Awesome product
    Pros:
    Easy to use, Bluetooth works great, all around great receiver
    Cons:
    Took a little fabrication to get unit to fit
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    4 out of 5

    Not IPhone 5 compatible

    Written By Tim, Midland Tx on Friday, August 09, 2013
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    Good radio, easy to navigate, good size screen
    Cons:
    Wll not work with iPhone 5 at the time of this review(8/9/13)
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    4 out of 5

    Great at everything

    Written By David, Mesa, az on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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    Fits perfect in my 04 Frontier, works amazing, love the Bluetooth streaming operation and the picture quality of DVD is awesome! The only complaint I have is that it came with no case for the faceplate and I can't even find one to buy for it
    Pros:
    Lots of features for the price, Bluetooth operation is fantastic both calls and music, DVD picture is brilliant, remote works great
    Cons:
    No case for faceplate, can't find a case to buy for it
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound!

    Written By Carlos O., Northern New Jersey. on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    Great service from Crutchfield, and super fast shipping as always!!!

    I have to say I'm a little disappointed at the fact that the display looks like that from a stereo 10 years ago. Even my 6 year old Pionner looks more modern than the one on the JVC. The great thing about this stereo is the sound. It has a powerful sound with plenty of fine tuning options. I almost gave it a 3 star rating for the fact that I will have to purchase extra items for this unit to work (properly)with my iPhone, and again for the outdated display.

    If you don't mind a dull display and some initial tweaking to get your stereo to work with your smartphone, then you will like this unit because of the great sound it delivers.
    Pros:
    The sound. Build quality.
    Cons:
    -iphone connectivity requires the purchase of a proprietary cable. - Outdate, dull display with small characters. It's 2013. JVC could have done a lot better. - Lack of pause, rewind feature for Sirius XM radio.
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    5 out of 5

    I was pleased

    Written By Dario, Orcutt, CA on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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    App link could be better but overall great buy for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

    Written By Jim B, Cottage Grove, MN on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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    The JVC Arsenal I installed in my 2005 Honda Element EX (7 factory speakers) went very smooth. I'd like to shout out to the Crutchfield tech support who were very helpful, organized and ready to assist as if they were in my garage with me. The JVC unit and the Honda adapter harness and finishing kit give the impression that it was OEM equipment. I had one mishap with the microphone wire which was cut by pulling through a sharp opening under the dash. Instead of another JVC microphone I ordered and Olympus and re routed the mic and it works well. The screen, sound and BT functionality are excellent. My OEM speakers have never sounded that good prior to the new JVC receiver. I bought the JVC Arsenal for the hands free convenience and very pleased with the addition to my baby Hummer.
    Pros:
    Good software to handle hands free mobile phone book etc. The screen and functionality of this unit are very good.
    Cons:
    The radio receiver picks up limited FM AM channels as compared to the OEM, but with all the options for music this is hardly a deal breaker.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product: Quality interface, picture, easy navigation

    Written By BrentD, Albany, NY on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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    Pros:
    Pros:
    Looks great in dash clear picture easy to learn controls solid, quality design easy to customize Bluetooth connection is very fast with VERY little echo for the caller on the other end User friendly interface
    Cons:
    My previous CD receiver seemed to have a better equalizer. It seems like my CD receiver allowed for a little more punch from my subwoofers. This model seems to give a more rounded bass sound. However, this may be due to the mono sub output while my previous receiver had a stereo output.
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    5 out of 5

    Great in dash dvd reciever!

    Written By Meredith A, Tacoma, WA on Friday, July 05, 2013
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    So easy to install even I was able to do it. System looks and sounds great!
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    4 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Steve, Fayetteville, nc on Friday, July 05, 2013
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    Great radio for the price.
    Pros:
    ease of instalation
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    5 out of 5

    Very pleased with product

    Written By Dave, Massillon, OH on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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    I have had my radio for about 3 weeks now, I have a 2005 Toyota pickup I installed it in. I am not a big stereo guy looking to try to impress everyone around me. I was just looking for functionality and versatility, things my factory radio did not have. One of the first things I noticed was the sound quality was awesome with my factory speakers, I was thinking I would replace them but right now I am really pleased with the way it sounds. I like I could virtually match my factory dash color to a T so it looks a factory as can be. I have a android Commando phone and the blue tooth works great ,very clear. Pandora works great too, just have to play it through the Bluetooth, it won't work on the USB plug. I bought the USB extension plug and did a low dash mount so I could just plug in a storage device for my music and such. That is very nice. I listen to some audio books and I use the fast forward and rewind sometimes and it only has two speeds 2x and 10x. Wish that was faster. Stinks if you bump the button and your 20 min into a chapter and you have to chase it back down. And AM radio is not that good, won't pick up like my factory radio did at all. I think that might be the norm with these radios. See how upset I get this fall when High school football starts and I'm wanting to to listen to a game.. I will most likely never use the DVD, I have nothing to say on that, I just wanted a touch screen. Over all I think the unit is great. Very pleased
    Pros:
    functionality and versatility, sound quality, overall look, color options, Phone and mic work great. Everyone says I am very clear.
    Cons:
    fast forward and rewind speeds are way to slow, would have liked to seen at least 20x, Am radio signal is very week.
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    4 out of 5

    Good product

    Written By Tyler, Texas on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    Good quality for price and love the customization for background. BE SURE TO READ INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SNIPPING ANY WIRES!!! I messed up there and it took me way longer than it had to.
    Pros:
    Easy to navigate through home screen to equalizer. Love the mic. Like the option for rear view camera and other devices such as ps3 or Xbox
    Cons:
    Minor Bluetooth glitch. Have to have my Bluetooth on my phone on first before turning nit on or it won't connect the audio. Also the usb won't read all of my audio files on my flash drive
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    4 out of 5

    Enjoying it!

    Written By OldCarMan, Humboldt County, California on Friday, June 14, 2013
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    This is our first DVD receiver and we're having fun with it. The sound is great and we use it to stream music with the Bluetooth from our Android cell phone, which seems to be working well so far. We have our business cell phone hooked up to it for phone use and the personal Android cell phone for audio use at the same time. We placed the microphone on the steering wheel and the call sound quality is great! The installation was a bit tricky as the kit didn't fit the vehicle correctly and we had to do a lot of modification. We also hooked up a back up camera and the picture quality is pretty good. Overall, we are happy with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By Anonymous, El Paso, TX on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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    Excellent radio for the price
    Pros:
    Easy to navigate, works well with ipod, and has awesome sound quality.
    Cons:
    Some minor glitches in menu navigation but nothing big.
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    5 out of 5

    Good unit

    Written By steve, VT on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    Was what i expected, the free installation gear on the other hand was better than expected , I installed it in an audi a4, the wiring harness they gave me saved me the trouble of having to hard wire the speakers built in amps. (bestbuy charges 35-40 bucks for this in my area).
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Nothing yet
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KW-ADV65BT

    Written By Tim, Prescott, ont on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    Great radio! Easy to install. Sounds great. Crisp clear sound and hits the subwoofer nicely.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, satellite radio was easy to install and setup. Bluetooth is clear and easy to use.
    Cons:
    Doesn't support the iPhone 5.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome unit

    Written By Jeff, Schererville, IN on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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    Product was a easy install and has nice features.
    Pros:
    Apps
    Cons:
    Smaller screen than some but for the price can't beat it.
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    5 out of 5

    jvc arsenal

    Written By Jese, port Charlotte fl 33980 on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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    Awesome
    Pros:
    Sound is extremely good
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By JohnnyDio, Amherst, NY on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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    I purchased this for my 2007 Chevy Silverado and the SiriusXM SXV200V1 Satellite Radio Tuner. I am impressed with the quality, ease of use and sound it produces. After I purchased it I received a Crutchfield catalog in the mail and read that this unit received the highest rating of the 5 DVD units compared and it was the lowest priced. I like how it is customizable colors and EQ. The buttons are easy to press and changing between inputs is quick and clean. Overall I am very happy.
    Pros:
    Great product for the $!
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    5 out of 5

    great product!

    Written By JAZ, Perry, Ohio on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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    Works as good if not better than advertised. Install was a breeze. My biggest concern before the purchase was using the blue tooth phone feature and that the person on the other end of the phone would not be able to hear me clearly but it is better than I ever imagined. Connecting and using my Iphone with it was very easy
    Pros:
    the value. Price was great and so is the product
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    AN Arsenal of Awesome (Mostly)

    Written By Damian, Alexandria VA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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    Installed in 1999 Accord a few weeks ago and I'm quite impressed. First and foremost, I love it, and I am particularly pleased with Crutchfield's instructions and installation materials. If you're going to buy this to install yourself, GET IT HERE! Installation couldn't have been. Crutchfield price is lower than JVC directly, and you get the installation kit. As far as the system goes, it is quite user friendly. Navigating the functionality is very easy, and no module has too many layers of complexity. Everything is intuitive, even in light of the range of options that exist for equalizer and display settings. I like being able to set my own wallpaper and adjust brightness and color schemes for separate lights on/lights off modes. The USB file navigation is VERY good, but switching between file types was the only counterintuitive feature I found. Sound is fantastic--can set default sound equalizer settings for each type of input, and a baseline between modes that doesn't result in a jarring change in sound level. "Dynamic" setting is pretty much perfect for most everything, but audiophiles will have nothing to complain about with the depth of adjustments possible. Apps are Apple only, as is the Pandora module. Hopefully JVC expands the Mirror Link to both this unit and Motorola phones to allow Android folks to enjoy the same functionality. Bluetooth connectivity still allows for full Pandora control (with app on Droid) and cuts into the system with turn-by-turn.
    Pros:
    Extremely cool, excellent sound, easy to use, Crutchfield support.
    Cons:
    Focused on Apple users
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet Uint

    Written By C.J., San Diego, CA on Monday, April 08, 2013
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    I purchased this unit for my 2005 GMC Sierra SLT, it exceeded my expectations in many ways. The unit installed with no modifications needed. Removal and installation of the unit took a little over 35 min. The bulk of the time I incurred was figuring out the wiring for the steering controls. CRUTCHFIELD Tech Support is by far is the best I have encountered, hats of to (Travis) for his guidance's and patiences. The unit looks almost like a factory unit once installed into my Sierra.The ease of use of this unit is great, not difficult to navigate through the different functions offered with the unit. Bluetooth connectivity works flawlessly with my iPhone 4s for streaming music, making and receiving calls. Contacts can be accessed from the touch screen making hands free calling a breeze. USB is one of the most intuitive I've used for locating artist and songs. Choosing color combinations can be a bit confusing I would suggest consulting the manual. Great features offered with this JVC, price point is not bad either. You get almost all features offered with the higher priced units when using the app manger.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, Hands free calling, Keep steering wheel controls
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what she wanted...

    Written By JeffW, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, March 02, 2013
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    Bought this receiver for my wife for her birthday. She wanted something with a touch screen, Bluetooth for hands-free phone use and GPS. This receiver delivered it all and was easy for her to learn to use. It worked seamlessly right out out the box and she was ecstatic. Sound quality is excellent, the screens were easy to navigate, and the iPhone cable made all her phone apps easily accessible. Price was very good as well, an excellent value for the price and the installation was painless, about 2 hrs., start to finish.
    Pros:
    Great price, easy to navigate, a snap to install .
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    2 questions already asked

    I recently got this HU installed and am having trouble pulling up apps on it. I have the Waze app and it does not appear on the screen. What should i do? [ kristoffer  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Is it compatible with Iphone 5? [ Nic  Jan 07, 2014 ]
    5 answers
    • Yes. It is blue tooth compatible with the iPhone 5 [ ALEISHA   Jan 12, 2014 ]
    • yes it is, if you down lode motionx GPS it works great with iPhone to also sounds awesome. [ JOSE   Jan 09, 2014 ]
    • Yeah i would think it does it 2 the iPhone4 [ DAVID   Jan 08, 2014 ]
    • I would not know I have a galaxy s4 sorry I couldn't help [ TERENCE C   Jan 07, 2014 ]
    • I use it with an iphone 5 , htc thunderbolt and nexus 4 which are both droids. It is actually geared more towards iphones like everything else in this world but has the compatibility of allowing android based smartphones to interface with the unit. My gf has an iphone 5 and i use my nexus 4 and you can actually save profiles and switch between the phones in a matter of seconds via bluetooth. [ PETE   Jan 07, 2014 ]

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