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JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

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Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

by Dave Delamere
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Eye-catching and customizable

Think of it as a mood ring for your car. JVC's KD-AR959BS CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a complete entertainment console for your car. And since this receiver is part of their Arsenal Series, JVC backs it up with a 2-year warranty.

JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS CD receiver

You can use the Separate Variable color adjustments to match your interior lighting and illuminate your controls.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth serves as a wireless bridge between your smartphone and your dash, enabling music streaming and hands-free phone calls with any compatible phone. But pair up this JVC and an Android™ smartphone, and you can use JVC's Smart Music Control App to harness Bluetooth's full potential — you'll be able to use your phone to change settings, EQ, and sources on your receiver with a simple gesture or a voice command.

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Added cool stuff

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the receiver's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives. Connect just about any portable audio player using the KD-AR959BS's front aux input. Once you've got the music going, you can shape your sound with the onboard 5-band parametric equalizer.

If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the six 4.8-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need. You also get a subwoofer level control and low-pass filter to help you match the sub's output with the rest of your system.

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.

App Note: iHeart Radio playback and control requires the "iHeart Link for JVC" app on your smartphone.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • AM/FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with Separate Variable color adjustments for 3 display zones
    • front USB port compatible with MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files
    • USB 1A connection provides extra power for charging devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 5-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness control
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app (gesture control and voice command with Android phones)
    • Siri "Eyes Free" support with compatible iPhones
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4.8 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    8.2 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warrant Information
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

    Our Product Research Team

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    Smartphone Integration
    AM/FM+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 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 KD-AR959BS. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one 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 controls of the KD-AR959BS can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. 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 also set the head unit's LCD to change colors when a phone call is received. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-AR959BS 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 KD-AR959BS, 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 front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-AR959BS.You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call Log: The Call Log 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: 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).

    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 KD-AR959BS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-AR959BS 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 KD-AR959BS 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-AR959BS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-AR959BS 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 head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-AR959BS; 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/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC KD-AR959BS supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MCS Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types

    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-AR959BS offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)

    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 player will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible: JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-AR959BS, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    Off Insert/Eject + Disc Protection: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. 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. The source will change to CD, and the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the time.

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

    Smartphone Integration

    Android Compatible: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS supports USB-connection and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems installed.

    • JVC Music Control: By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search your MP3 music stored on the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply select your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that best fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.
    • Drive Change Mode: When an Android smartphone is connected to the USB input terminal, you can select its internal memory or external memory (such as an microSD card) to playback the songs stored on the phone or on the memory card. This feature is also compatible with other USB mass storage class compliant smartphones, such as Blackberry.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The JVC KD-AR959BS's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the Lightning or Dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The KD-AR959BS's USB connection also offers music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-AR959BS also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-AR959BS will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "iPhone Mode".
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-AR959BS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/6/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    Note: 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.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a built-in RDS 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 (manually or automatically). The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

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

    Internet Radio Apps: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-AR959BS via the 30-pin or Lightning cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-AR959BS will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services 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. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and 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 and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets. You can tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. You can store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Parental Control: 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.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-AR959BS utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS 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. The power output specs for the KD-AR959BS are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)
    Note: When you are using the KD-AR959BS 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.

    6ch/4.8V Preamp Outputs with Sub Control: The KD-AR959BS is equipped with 6ch/4.8V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The head unit's sub preamp output features a low pass crossover and independent volume control. You can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    High-Pass Filter (for Front & Rear Speakers): You can activate a variable high-pass filter (100, 120, 150, 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.

    Pro EQ: The KD-AR959BS is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Talk, vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Q-Factor, and Level).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Q Level
    Bass 63, 80, 100, 125 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 -10 to + 10
    Mid Bass 200, 250, 315, 400 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 630, 800, 1.0k, 1.25k Hz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Mid High 2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    High 6.3, 8.0, 10.0, 12.5 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Digital Track Expander: The digital Track Expander automatically enhances compressed music files and restores the original richness of the recording.
    • Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.
    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.
    • 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 -5 to +5.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    3 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color illumination is separated into 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). The KD-AR959BS offers 29 color presets and custom colors for each of these zones. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. You can choose to use the same color for all 3 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.

    • Zone 1: Zone 1 consists of the rotary knob and the following buttons (Power/Source, Answer/Voice, Menu, Back, and Previous/Next Track).
    • Display Zone: The Display Zone consists of the LCD, preset buttons, and display button.
    • Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of the USB port and Aux input.

    Lighting Effects + Color Guide: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed for all 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). Choose from Spectrum, Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and Night Sweep. When activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.

    Brightness & Dimmer Control: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, button, and USB input terminal. You can adjust the brightness level of each zone manually from 0-31. The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit).

    Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Smart Music Control App (for Android): JVC's Smart Music Control App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture or voice control of the JVC head unit from your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+). The Smart Music Control App uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the CD receiver. The head unit will auto connect to the Smart Music Control app when your Smartphone is in range. The Smart Music Control app is specifically designed for easy gesture control or voice command operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Music Control App, passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo information.

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Music Control App will display the head unit's source information, such as song/artist information and station identification. In addition, it provides EQ info.
    • Gesture Control: The JVC Smart Music Control App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down).
    • Voice Command: The JVC Smart Music Control App also lets you operate certain head unit function by voice commands. Voice commands include - Change Source, Search for Song/Artist/Album, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, or Preset Select.

    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.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AR959BS comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

     
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    4 out of 5

    Unbeatable Value

    Written By Rick, Fresno, CA on Saturday, July 19, 2014
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    This is a great low priced stereo. It has all of the features I was looking for. It even bluetooths with my older cell phone. Sound quality is good and picks up stations well. My only downfall is that the display is a little light and the plastic is quite reflective, so I have trouble seeing the display during the day.
    Pros:
    Lots of features for a great price.
    Cons:
    Display hard to see during daylight hours.
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    4 out of 5

    great head unit

    Written By Rikdiculos, Springfield, OH on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    I'd buy another!
    Pros:
    Nice sound, looks good
    Cons:
    Takes some time get the settings right
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    5 out of 5

    2003 Ranger

    Written By Josh, Nebraska on Monday, July 14, 2014
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    I've changed out several stock radios before and this was by far the easiest. I literally took 15 minutes with all of the free tools that came with it. It was cheaper than all other competing sales locations, free shipping, and $50 of accessories essential to install the unit. It was an easy purchase and I'm considering buying another one for my wife's car. I bought it for the blue tooth factor and to my surprise it will even tap your phone just by turning on the car so I can just push play and the music goes from where it left off. I wouldn't recommend any other unit for under $250 unless you want a dvd player.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth for android AND apple Colorful head unit with 3 separate colors Easy install Best value from any competition
    Cons:
    None. People say it's hard to see in the daylight, you can adjust the brightness for when you have your headlights off and adjust it for when they're on. So they're complaint is null.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By steveo, linton, north dakota on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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    It works like it should
    Pros:
    Love the pandora feature
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Buy this CD player!!

    Written By Robert, Foley Al on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    For the price, you will not find a better Head Unit. Honestly I think you would have to spend a couple of hundred more to find better. After a few minutes of messing around with it you will find its easy to figure out all the settings etc..Great sound quality endless setting options the whole 9. And the look (especially the color settings are just sick). Out of all of the stuff I recently purchased for my new system this is my favorite. You will not be disappointed. 5*
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    5 out of 5

    Just wonderful!

    Written By Chris, Ridgely, MD on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    I have been out of the car audio world for roughly 15 years. I finally decided to bite the bulet and go ahead and do an upgrade. I have been an alpine fan forever. Which I was dead set on purchasing. I read some reviews, always loved the tuner in the JVC head units and thought. I should give it a try. I am glad I did. Between the warranty, 2 years, the bluetooth and how well it works, the 4 volt pre amp outputs, and the amount of hidden goodies this little gem comes with, you really can't go wrong.
    Pros:
    Everything is fantastic, there is one super pro though. Once I synced the bluetooth, I sent out a text message. When I received a response. it asked me if i wanted it read. Fabulous. Had no idea it did that.
    Cons:
    Definitely a little on the complicated side to go into all the menus. Not horrible, just a lot going on for the casual person.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Anonymous, augusta, ga on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    Great quality for an affordable price
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal

    Written By Robert, Paso Robles, CA on Friday, June 27, 2014
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    Easy install. Good looking unit.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Good looking unit.
    Cons:
    Too many silly color options.
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    5 out of 5

    Affordable Audio

    Written By Zig, Fresno, CA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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    If you're looking for a car stereo that sounds great, but won't bust your wallet, consider the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS. You can't beat the price, especially with the installation gear and supporting document that make the unit look like it was installed by professionals. I haven't swapped out the factory speakers yet, but after installing this receiver I'm hearing better sound than I was before. can't wait to see what new speakers will do.
    Pros:
    The EQ allows me to customize the sound to my liking with greater flexibility for my taste. Flawless Bluetooth connection. I hardly have to use the manual to figure out how to use the various functions.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    Jammin'

    Written By Easy E, Berwick, LA on Sunday, June 15, 2014
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    Bought this unit for my daughters Jeep based on Crutchfield reviews. Thanks for the thumbs up. THIS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU! Excellent sound, cool display, and simple to use. And thanks to Crutchfield, it was a snap to install with all the instructions and connections included. Priceless.
    Pros:
    Awesome sound. Cool as $?!@
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    really nice radio

    Written By Scott, Strasburg, PA on Friday, June 13, 2014
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    really nice radio. the only reason i gave it 4 stars for ease of use is because there is a lot of stuff going on with it. great features and really nice sound quality.
    Cons:
    just going to take some time to learn all the ins and outs of this unit
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    5 out of 5

    really happy

    Written By Jenny S., Harisonburg, VA on Friday, June 13, 2014
     
    I'm really happy overall with this radio. I drive a Corolla and had no way to play my music off my iPod or phone through my stereo radio and I'm really glad I made this upgrade! I was about to go on a long roadtrip by myself and really benefited by having this radio. I love listening to music and singing along to music so the best part about this radio is that the GPS audio will mute the music while it gives directions so I don't have to worry about missing a turn, etc. I took a couple calls via bluetooth and they sound quality was ok, not as clear as on the phone but for a quick call it was fine (don't know how it was on their end though). The only thing I don't like about it is that sometimes it's tricky to get the faceplate back on. I haven't quite figured that out the few times I've taken it off. I also don't love the way the menus are and trying to find a specific pandora stations is annoying because you have to scroll them on the radio which takes your eyes off the radio. I also wish that it was easier to access the stored radio stations that are beyond the first 6.
    Pros:
    like being able to change colors like that I can use iPhone or android like that I have the option (and comfort of mind that comes with it) of being able to remove the faceplate when I want love that I can thumbs up/down songs on pandora with the radio
    Cons:
    the face plate sometimes is tricky to get back on don't love the way the menus are so deep and the way they branch off (esp. annoying when searching for pandora station) wish it was easier to get to stored stations beyond the first 6 (I think it stores 18?)
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    5 out of 5

    Great!!

    Written By Anonymous, New York on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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    I love how it looks and how customizable.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Marc, WV on Monday, June 09, 2014
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    I love this thing. Installation was easy thanks to the crutchfield instruction sheet. I bought this solely for the Bluetooth music streaming and hands free calling and both function great and are easy to operate. To be fair this is my first experience with an aftermarket stereo installation so I was really impressed with how easy it was to install and set everything up and bind the stereo to my phone (htc one x). This stereo outperforms my dad's and he paid over 500 buck at a car audio place for parts and installation. Only downside is now a couple people I know want me to help them replace their radios.
    Pros:
    Extremely easy installation and setup. Way better sound quality over the stock tape deck/tuner that was in my old jeep. The adjustable multicolor display is just plain cool. Call quality is really good on both ends.
    Cons:
    Haven't found any yet, but I only use the Bluetooth music streaming and hands free calling.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Sven, Janesville Wi on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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    This was easy to install looks and sounds great.
    Pros:
    awesome sound, all the input option you need
    Cons:
    set-up isn't intuitive, read the manual
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    5 out of 5

    Good stereo

    Written By TonyS, Detroit, MI on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    Good radio. It installed easily. The sound is fantastic especially the high and mind range.
    Pros:
    Sound clarity
    Cons:
    Hard to read display in sunlight
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    5 out of 5

    Jvc head unit

    Written By Anonymous, Bridgeport. Il on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    Excellent player for money
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, hands free, iphone compatible
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By MIke, Aurora, Colorado on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    this is a great replacement stereo
    Pros:
    easy to install, great directions, very loud and clear
    Cons:
    hard to see in daytime
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    5 out of 5

    great unit

    Written By MarkH, Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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    I have had this unit for a few weeks now and really like it. It was easy to hook up in my 2006 F250 and looks great. The unit is easy to use and pretty intuitive for finding menu items and all that. Definitely recommend it to others.
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    None really yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy as pie

    Written By Gotsfish, SLC UT on Monday, June 02, 2014
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    The JVC Arsenal has everything you could possibly want in a mid-price head unit. The sound is incredible compared to the factory unit, even with the factory speakers. It's easy to see and control. I can connect sevral devices to the bluetooth and they are paired immediately. The mic works great for hands free phone communications.The ease of installation with the free insrtuctions wire adapter and mount adapter was a big bonus.
    Pros:
    great sound. easy install.
    Cons:
    steering wheel adapter is too expensive. I opted out!
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    4 out of 5

    nice factory replacement

    Written By keith, west valley city,ut on Saturday, May 31, 2014
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    nice replacement for factory stereo, wanted Bluetooth phone, works pretty well after you figure it out, the biggest problem we have is the display is hard to read in daylight, at night it is wonderful, it has many color choices but cannot simulate factory color on display to match original
    Pros:
    good deal for the money, Bluetooth phone, usb for flashdrive is great for music on trips,2 phones pair,
    Cons:
    display hard to read in daylight
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    5 out of 5

    Well worth the money

    Written By Anonymous, Peoria, IL on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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    Well worth the money. Makes the sound system in my mk4 jetta sound awesome.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, ability to make hands free calls and texts, play music from iPhone and iheart.
    Cons:
    The fact that the the wired microphone has to be installed on the visor for good sound quality for whoever your calling. Installed in cd tray and I've been told it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Becky, Ames, IA on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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    This radio is great for me. It connects well with Bluetooth for calls and music with my android phone. I also love the versatility to play music from CD, Auxiliary or USB. The menu set up takes some getting used to, but it's good. Love the color changing segmentation so I can have a variety of colors on it all at once.
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    4 out of 5

    Good factory replacement

    Written By Tjngirlz, Oak Hills, CA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Easy install.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, ipod controls, looks cool, sounds good.
    Cons:
    Complicated interface at first
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deck

    Written By JS, AK on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Seems to be a great deck so far. All the features work well. Easier to use Pandora than my last Kenwood. Hands free is excellent and it connects to my android flawlessly. Overall great deck especially for the price with the complete install kit and free 2day shipping
    Pros:
    pretty seamless install, blue tooth is flawless and connects with my phone smoothly
    Cons:
    none that I can find yet
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    5 out of 5

    Rock On

    Written By Philisha, 9284044823 on Friday, May 23, 2014
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    I couldn't wait to put it in. I love the features and the price was affordable.
    Pros:
    Multiple colors to match the instrument panel. Accessible plug ins make it so nice to keep the music flowin.
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    3 out of 5

    self install radio

    Written By Marcos, Denham Springs, LA on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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    The radio was fairly easy to install but the AM reception is terrible. The stock radio I pulled out was much better. I have to admit I have not called Crutchfield to see if they had any info.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Good FM sound. Decent bluetooth
    Cons:
    Terrible AM reception. Bluetooth microphone mount not very adaptable.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By JimD, La Salle, IL on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    For the money this without a doubt the best car stereo I have ever owned.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, the 5 band eq., everything this unit does is the best for the money.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great Buy

    Written By Russter, Catasauqua, PA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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    I was in search of an affordable replacement for my OEM Bose stereo after the CD player stopped working. I was happy to find this gem with all the modern day bells and whistles like Sirius/XM and bluetooth connectivity to bring my spare "beater" car from the 90's into today.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Connectivity, Sirius/SM Ready, Multiple Inputs Including USB, Easy Install
    Cons:
    Cannot scroll Station/Artist/Song Title all at once. Only one at a time can be selected.
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    5 out of 5

    A lot of bang for the buck

    Written By Bakes, Upstate, NY on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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    This unit has more features than I can figure out but with help from Crutchfield and JVC I can make it do what I want it to do. It pairs with my Iphone 4s so I can play music from the web or stored on the phone via bluetooth. Using USB cord I can access Pandora, other music sites or again music stored on the phone. I can also answer phone calls hand free without endangering myself or others. The unit can do much more but I'm at the end of my learning curve. The three stars for "ease of use" isn't the unit's fault, but mine.

    The unit was a breeze to install thanks to the step by step instructions from Crutchfield and the installation kit that came at no extra charge.
    Pros:
    support team, a plethora of options, good sounds, ease of installation
    Cons:
    If you pay for this unit with funds from your social security check, as I did, be prepared to read the manual carefully.
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    5 out of 5

    Very impressed

    Written By bkocik, Charles Town, WV on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    I love this stereo. I installed one of these in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler (which is the Rocky Mountain Edition with the factory-installed amp and subwoofer), and it makes even my stock speakers sound good. The sound is an enormous improvement over the factory head unit, and although I will probably replace the factory speakers I don't feel like I'm in any hurry as this stereo makes them sound pretty good. The controls are well thought-out and make sense. I also have a nice Pioneer touch-screen double-DIN in my other vehicle (the AVH-X4500BT), and I honestly like this little JVC a bit better. Heck of a sound, especially for the price.
    Pros:
    Great sound, sensible user interface.
    Cons:
    LED display is a bit hard to read in sunlight (which matters in a Wrangler with the top off), but I can't think of any stereo that wouldn't have the same problem.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Dwayne, Va on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    Had it for a few weeks now. Love the bluetooth and that you can pair 2 devices. I still haven't played with all the settings, has a ton of audio settings and display settings. Great value for a head unit with 4.8v rca, 5 band eq, bluetooth, usb and aux. Would love more eq bands and a functional remote, lost the tiny remote the first week.
    Pros:
    2 device bluetooth lots of sources hi volt rca steering wheel remote option sounds amazing
    Cons:
    could use more eq bands tiny remote
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    5 out of 5

    Jvc arsenal kd ar959bs

    Written By Anonymous, Orlando fl on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    Excellent
    Pros:
    Great Quality!
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By DonS, SanFrancisco, CA. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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    My JVC Arsenel gives my car the ability to receive all the current sound options available on my smartphone, a real updated improvement from the radio replaced about 10 years ago.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, USB port, modern 2014 sound access
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product!!

    Written By JamesK, Central Cali on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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    Installed This in a 2008 Dogde 1500 PU. This stereo sounds much better than the stock stereo. Bluetooth interface with my IPhone is spot-on. I haven't quite figured out the Pandora or IheartRadio features, they are a little confusing (it would probably help if I read the directions more carefully). There are limitless amounts of color combinations to program in. Great Stereo!!!
    Pros:
    Sound, Bluetooth, USB front connector, microphone, display colors adjustable.
    Cons:
    none so far.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Anonymous, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on Monday, April 07, 2014
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    I like this radio. Good quality sound.
    Pros:
    Great price
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    5 out of 5

    Pulled out some new sound with this stereo

    Written By Anthony, Wade, NC on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    This stereo has brought out a whole new sound system in our car! The stereo has great features available--bass boost, light display variations, preset eq settings, and hands-free option for bluetooth phone use. Best value of any other product I have purchases this year, so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Absolutely perf

    Written By Dave G, Vail, CO on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    If the only thing that worked on the radio was the bluetooth hookup, and it sounded like crap, I would still think it was amazing. But it's more than just that. The radio sounds amazing, and works flawlessly. The flashing and blinking that it does is a bit over the top, but you can shut it all off with a few setting adjustments. The only complaint I have is when you plug in your phone to charge, it automatically thinks you want USB audio, so it will disconnect from bluetooth. I'm dealing with it.
    Pros:
    Lots of awesome
    Cons:
    USB connectivity
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit for a Great Price

    Written By Eric B, Memphis, TN on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    The unit has so many features & was surprised by how good the receiver looked & worked, I can't believe the price I paid for it. Bluetooth connection to my Android device works & I am able to listen to my music, audio books & answer incoming calls hands free. I have not tried the Pandora part that the unit advertises. Setup was very simple & smooth. The sound quality is way better than the stock radio & I didn't mess with speakers at all. You have to read the manual to do the first start-up steps, but big deal. I can't say enough about the overall product. It really is a nice unit for the money.
    Pros:
    Remote control to change inputs, volume, EQ & preset stations. Customizing the colors of the back light & LCD. Hands free talking & listening w/out paying a gross amount from a stereo dealer.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth connectivity... If you change inputs, get out of vehicle & come back, Turn radio reciever off & on it looses connection & I have to manually find it & pair it from my phone. Bluetooth should automatically pair when it is in range. Setting more than 6 preset FM/AM channels is a pain in the butt & still haven't figured out how to program them.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Tyrone, Warner Robins on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    Great Aftermarket Radio...Every feature I needed..Sounds a thousand times better than my factory radio. I placed in a Dodge Durango 2004 .I left the factory speakers and used a special harness to him to the factory amp. The sound was amazing. Did the install myself in 45mins.
    Pros:
    Different illumination colors,Bluetooth, Pandora, Sirius
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Kadia, South Carolina on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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    This is the first experience I have with crutch field and upgraded stereos. A friend recommended them and I'm glad she did. First of all, shipping was really fast. The sound that pumps through my speakers is definitely better, now I just need to upgrade those. Very cool features, easy to navigate menu button. Bluetooth did take a while to hook up but once you sync you're good. I had someone who knew what they were doing put the speaker in and he said it wasn't difficult but did require a little extra "know how" to do it correctly(He had to weld wires or something)

    I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase and would not hesitate to buy from here in the future.
    Pros:
    Many cool features Good sound Good value Easy to use
    Cons:
    Very DIY capable but requires you know more about cars than the average joe Bluetooth sync takes a while(But it's worth it)
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    5 out of 5

    JVC is great!!!

    Written By HemiRam05, Wendell, NC on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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    I was trying to decide between Pioneer and JVC, since I have used both products in the past. Glad I chose the JVC, this radio is great. The sound quality is unbelievable, much louder and crisper sound with stock speakers. Bluetooth works fine, everyone says they can hear me fine and I love that I am completely handsfree now. Love the custom lighting, Awesome product so far.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, great price, Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Outrageous Sound

    Written By Hemi 09, Linden,NJ on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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    Great radio, still using stock speakers and the sound is 100 times louder, clearer, just awesome. So happy with my purchase. Bluetooth works great, easy to program all features.
    Pros:
    Nothing but praise. Looks great, easy install, sounds outrageous
    Cons:
    None by me
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Cochran_M, Fayetteville,Tn on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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    I bought this radio last week and was highly impressed after getting it installed. Crutchfield made it so easy including everything I needed for my installation for free. They even give you the wiring schematic for your specific vehicle which makes it a breeze.

    The options on this receiver are about unlimited it seems. My android bluetooth connected right away when I paired the two together. Using my phone is so much easier and safer being able to take calls from the stereo now.

    All I need now is to finish up is a nice amp and a couple of subs, I put new speakers in the front and back already over the weekend.
    Pros:
    Easy to use,so many options.
    Cons:
    None
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    2 questions already asked

    Does this product display the time of day? [ Marlin  Jun 07, 2014 ]
    14 answers
    • yes [ JENNIFER DANIEL   Jun 15, 2014 ]
    • Yes it displays the time [ ROBERT   Jun 12, 2014 ]
    • Yes. As you set the clock you have the option to display the clock and day or not, either during music playback or when the unit is turned off. I hope this helps. [ John   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • This stereo displays the day of the week and time of day. [ MICHAEL L.   Jun 09, 2014 ]
    • So much lights I constantly feel that I'm getting pulled over. Nerve racking I love it [ ISA   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes [ DANIEL   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes in addition to several other display options that you may choose from. [ JEFFREY A   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes. It displays the time if you want it to. There is a display button that changes the display to show the radio station, song title, time, etc. You just have to choose to leave it on the time option. [ Rebecca   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes [ EUGENE   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes it displays time of day, it also displays the day of the week. For the price it is a top notch unit. [ EDWARD J   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Yes [ DJ   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • It displays the date and time [ BRYAN   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • yes it does. [ ALLYN   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • Hi Marlin, Yes it does display the time. Installed it into my wife's Crossfire, and she loved it. [ JEFF   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Does this unit allow voice control with an android phone (Galaxy S3 in particular)? [ Jeff  Mar 25, 2014 ]
    7 answers
    • I haven't tried out all of the things that this unit claims it can do yet. It does claim that it can do voice assisted dialing. Also has an option of downloading an app called JVC smart music, that will enhance the voice controls. Again i haven't tried these options yet. Good luck. [ DJ   Apr 09, 2014 ]
    • It works with my Samsung Galaxy Centura phone so i'm sure it will work with an S3, being that it is a better phone than the Centura. Voice control works as far as calling people , not for changing radio stations though. Great stereo imo !! [ MICHAEL L.   Apr 06, 2014 ]
    • When I researched the radio it would work with almost all android phones as well as I-phones.This is why I got it because I had the razor maxx(old).The radio is killer , great sight and sound. [ CHARLES T   Mar 27, 2014 ]
    • Yes it does if paired with your contact list in your phone. Its a little slow to react and speaking clearly and slowly is required but it does work well when you realize the requirements. I hope this helps. [ John   Mar 27, 2014 ]
    • The JVC Unit comes with a small speaker you can mount anywhere in the front cab area of vehicle. I mounted on the the steering wheel column. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4, and a Samsung Galaxy S2 as well. I made a BlueTooth connection & was able to answer, talk, and hang up with both Android devices just fine. The sound quality is good coming through speakers. The person on the other end of call said I sounded fine as well. You should have no issues. [ ERIC   Mar 26, 2014 ]
    • Hi, the radio is in my wife's car , she likes the Bluetooth , and it works good.she is not sure on the voice control . She has the S4 model phone. [ RODNEY   Mar 26, 2014 ]
    • Not sure. I just got it installed and have only begun playing with it. I use the iPhone and so not sure if it does voice for it yet [ RICK   Mar 26, 2014 ]

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