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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.

Product 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 satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    awesome

    Written By christian, Minnesota on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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    best bang for your buck, i own one and have installed 3 in other cars for friends never any complaints

    JVC no customer support

    Written By MazdaProtege, California on Saturday, May 16, 2015

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    I drive dark roads late at night. The display constantly blinks without regard to settings and the front of the unit is glossy, both are distractions for such driving. JVC customer support contacts bounce. Do not count on anything from JVC customer support.

    Unit setup is tedious and the settings to not survive a disconnect of the vehicle battery lead.

    OEM radio display was much easier to read and did not have any blinking indicators. OEM radio had matte finish that does not reflect stray light. OEM radio backlight responded proportionally to dashboard brightness setting. Shouldn't it be a simple matter to have such features in a replacement radio?

    Pros: It works and fits. MP3 play from flash (no MP3 player required) is a good money saver.

    Cons: Would prefer no CD player, but with HD radio. Display and plastic finish are inferior to my 15 year old (now dead) OEM radio.

    Awesome

    Written By D. J, Georgia on Monday, May 11, 2015

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    The best radio I have seen yet.

    Pros: *****

    Good buy

    Written By Brian C, Springfield MN on Friday, May 01, 2015

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    Best receiver for the money. Tons of EQ adjustments, endless color schemes.

    Great Little Radio!

    Written By Ecko, Montana on Friday, May 01, 2015

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    I got the unit and installed it myself in just a couple of hours in my '03 Outback. I replaced the original stereo with this one and what a difference!! I love the Iphone voice control and after reading the instructions can operate pretty easily. The Bluetooth calling feature works great and everyone I have talked to said the call is clear and I can make the caller as loud as I want on my end to hear even when the windows are down and I am cruising on the back roads here in Montana! Definitely recommend.

    Pros: Sound for calls and CD's Color settings

    Cons: BT connection for music from Ipod or Iphone is about half as loud as sound from CD and BT calling

    Great Head Unit!

    Written By Mark, Boulder, CO on Monday, April 27, 2015

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    Great receiver for the money. This receiver has features normally found on stereos $25-50 more! The faceplate has a real wow factor with tons of color combos or color flows. FM sensitivity is better than most receivers and the preamp voltage will make any other amp installs you do sound much better. The ease of use isn't great, but within a week you are a pro at navigating this head unit. A great feature of this receiver is the low/high amp settings. If you are running stock speakers, running low amp gain keeps the receiver from blowing the speakers with more power than they can handle by limiting the max volume. If you have aftermarket speakers, you will then be able to set the amp gain to high with no fear!There is a large group of head units all around $130, but if you spend an extra $10 and get this receiver, the amount of upgrades you get is just a steal for the money. Next up are some new speakers and a sub for my setup!

    Pros: Build quality, sound quality, coolness factor

    Cons: Ease of use

    Nice music system

    Written By PZ, New York on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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    Installed this device in my 2010 ranger to replace the factory radio. The difference in sound quality was quite noticeable. The JVC produces great sound across the frequency spectrum and makes the OEM speakers come alive. I'm using the blue tooth and pandora functions and enjoy the simplicity of it. The colors are a nice touch and if you have the need, you can create any effect you want. There's an option for colors to change as you listen, but it seems a bit distracting for a road vehicle. I wonder if the large dial/volume knob will last based on how many functions it has to perform. The usb port is great for playing tunes from a jump drive, using the cell phone as a source and for charging devices. The install kit absolutely sucked. Directions were wrong, the plastic cheap, and the radio is ready to fall out of the opening with the slightest pull. The stock radio had sirius plug that connected to the truck's antenna and power system which was not addressed in any of the literature or options. If you want xm/sirius, be prepared to shell out more for a compatible device.

    Pros: Sound, blue tooth, pandora, colors.

    Cons: Install kit no option for connecting to existing sirius plug

    Great for the RV!

    Written By JR, Mt. Vernon, IN on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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    I purchased this stereo as an entry level head unit to update the older stereo in my class A motorhome. I wanted a unit that was Bluetooth capable and boy was I pleasantly surprised at all this unit provides especially for the great price. First off, driving a 32' 18,000 lb. motorhome down the highway I really don't want to deal with any distractions from a cumbersome stereo. The main items I wanted was: Bluetooth capability, an actual round volume knob to turn music up or down instantly without having to hold in on a button. (Dumb engineering idea by the way), and hands free talking for phone calls. This unit does all of this plus more. It has the usb connection for any mp3, 1/8" line input for any type of audio, and more. The best part is how easy it connects with my Iphone 5 for Pandora and phone calls. I just jump into RV, turn on stereo and it does the rest. Another great plus is I have been using stereo with Google maps and RVParky via Iphone and voice directions play over stereo car speakers! It comes with a microphone that I mounted on steering column and have not had any complaints from callers. I really did get everything I wanted from this stereo and way more. JVC has always been a solid equipment company and this unit exhibits that and more.

    Pros: Easy Installation Great Price Lots of Options Versatile Clear voice for phone calls Works great with Pandora Bluetooth connects great and stays connected Selectable display brightness and color

    Cons: Haven't found any cons yet since install of May 2014

    Replacing with something that works

    Written By Dan, New Jersey on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    There is nothing that makes this radio stand out. The sound and controls are about the same as the Kenwood and Pioneer I also own. I had an extremely cheap media only version of this same head unit in my old junk car. I needed bluetooth calling in my new car. The old cheap media unit worked perfectly for this. However, this head unit has such poor bluetooth that I can't use it with most of my customers. It sweals and they can't understand me. It cuts out constantly. I even called into tech support for help. With some fine tuning it stopped the squealing but my customers still can't hear me.

    Seriously, the only reason people replace factory car stereos today is because they need a feature like bluetooth that did not come with the car.

    My other complaint is that you can only really use playlist. If you have an 80GB ipod and want to go from Adele to ZZ-top then it will take 5 minutes of scrolling. It's just easier to disconnect the iPod and use that interface and then plug it back in.

    Pros: Lighting effects

    Cons: Horrible bluetooth Media controls Lack of backlighting on center buttons for shuffle, etc

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By joe n, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18, 2015

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    radio sounds great and works well

    Pros: installed easy and fired right up the separate sub woofer output and control makes this unit great.

    Cons: i wish the radio was more user friendly to set up

    JVC Boom

    Written By DMc, California on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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    I love the sound that comes out of my speakers now, with the wattage and amps, this JVC rocks! The install directions for a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, left out some panel information which I will share with those that run a Tacoma. There are three (3) screws, 1 in the lower right side behind the ash tray. The other two are behind the Climate control panel, on the right side it is the middle screw, on the left It is the top screw, with these three screws removed you can remove the panel. The rest of the install was a breeze. So glad I went with this JVC. Nice

    WoW!

    Written By T. Moss, Zebulon, N.C. on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    So I am eventually going to change out everything audio on my stock Toyota Avalon, but first comes the head unit... I ordered this on a Wednesday afternoon and it arrived on Friday afternoon, so the service was was quick and accurate... I installed this JVC the following Monday and all I can say is Wow! It has made my stock speakers come alive.... I hear a lot more range along with volume in all music... I haven't learned all the controls yet, so I know once it is dialed in correctly, it will be even more awesome... The only thing is that it makes me wonder if I need to even upgrade my stock speakers now...

    Pros: Decently priced, full of features, great sound and clarity, stylish

    Cons: None that I can see unless you count the fact that it now makes me question whether or not I even need to change out my factory speakers Lol...

    Car Stereo that Rocks!

    Written By Charlie, Michigan on Monday, March 30, 2015

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    This is the 2nd stereo I have installed in a vehicle in the last 3 years. The stereo came with the harness needed to connect to my Jeep. I soldered all my connections and wow! Talk about listening to music! I also installed 4 new JBL speakers. I never new I could listen to this kind of sound in a vehicle. I am going to install new stuff in every car I get from now On!

    Pros: Easy to install. Wonderful to listen to! Bluetooth works great!

    Cons: Nothing

    Greatest Hits, for the money...

    Written By Becks, Missouri on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    The unit is awesome and truly what we were looking for. He wanted the opportunity for multi-color display, check, expand-ability, check, and high quality, check. It had everything my young new driver could ask for and then some. Needed the color selection to match the older dash controls of his vehicle, and the expand-ability so he could add as he came up with the funds. Great deal and great buy over-all.

    Pros: Great color selection, expand-ability, great sound, high quality, with a lot of the rest.

    Cons: none

    Great product

    Written By R S, Florida on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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    This is our 2nd one.after putting this in my truck,the wife had to have one in her car.of course I changed all factory speakers and added a small sub,but this unit has all the built in features and controls to work with most any combo.i did give 4 stars for ease of use,only because for non electronic types it can be a little much to navigate all the features at first. The pro eq has a 5 band eq that lets you really dial in the sound to your vehicle but,also has a 3 band or pre sets for those who don't want to tinker with the unit. Built in hp and lp filters with adjustable levels is a great addition for a unit in this low of price range. All in all I would recommend this to anyone that is not looking for the very top of the line but still wants great sound at a good price. The crutch field included install parts makes install a breeze. Defiantly worth considering.

    Pros: Lots of usable features.. Bluetooth etc..great sound.. Hands free. Practically infinite adjustments.

    Cons: Can be intimidating to some at first.. But the manual is quite clear and user friendly.

    Awesome Radio

    Written By Shaft, Illinois on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Very powerful radio that was super loud when i turned it to full volume. The ability to change display colors in three zones is awesome. You can utilize various built-in color schemes and the colors will pulsate to the beat of the music if you like. Radio Data System works great in Chicago. Has thumbdrive USB and aux jack but I use Bluetooth for calls and music.The price was good compared to other vendors I looked at and Crutchfield provides all the accessories for about 50% off which is awesome. Great sound and well built and looks really cool. I have had people ask me what is flashing in my car when they see my radio flashing the various colors at night. Cool factor is off the chart. You will not regret buying this radio and the slight shortcomings/con are not a big deal to me but thought I would mention them for an honest review.

    Pros: Affordable, colorful, powerful sound, excellent bluetooth sound, clearly readable text, Siri Eyes Free to control your iPhone for certain functions, detachable faceplate,, Satellite Radio Ready, 6-channel preouts, remote control, 2 year warranty, 3 with my Amex, 5 band EQ

    Cons: not as easy to read during sunny days, clock not displayed during Radio Data System, limited remote control features, buttons are a little small for my taste, slow response when moving from the different sources like AM to FM to USB to bluetooth, etc.

    Great Receiver, Great Price

    Written By Austin, New York on Friday, March 20, 2015

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    I spent some time searching for a good replacement after my receiver was stolen (I was ignorant and never removed the faceplate). I compared this receiver with an Alpine CDE-152, Alpine UTE-52BT, Sony MEX-N5000BT, and Clarion CZ702. These are all great receivers that are rated highly by many people. My decision came down to the JVC receiver's features. This receiver has front, rear, and subwoofer pre-amp outputs (4.8V). The higher voltage sends a better signal to your amplifiers. The front USB input is compatible with an iPhone cable and charges your apple device. There is a detachable face which was a must for me considering my last receiver was stolen. Unfortunately, it does not come with a case so I had to find my own. There are plenty of audio controls and there are options for the presets, Easy EQ, and Pro EQ which makes fine tuning the sound very user-friendly. The built-in iPod controls work very well but can be a bit confusing at first. It is a bit hard to figure out how to navigate the iPod mode (playlists, etc.). The screen is a decent size and it is easy to read. I really enjoy the custom color illumination. The interface for this can be a bit confusing but there are a ton of options to pick from. It is similar to a RGB setting so you can get almost any color you want and the colors can be different for the button panel, screen, and USB / AUX inputs. Overall, it is pretty easy to use, sounds great, and for the price you can't beat it.

    Pros: - 3 Pre-Amp Outputs (4.8V) - Front USB and AUX inputs. - Plays CDs - 5-band Parametric EQ with 12 Preset Tone Curves. - Built-in Amplifier is 22W x 4-Channels (not great but better than others) - Screen is easy to read. - Custom color illumination in 3 separate areas. - Low / High Amp power options (Volume adjustment either 0-30 or 0-50)

    Cons: - Faceplate feels a bit delicate. - Interface / Controls can be somewhat confusing. - The adjustment range for some of the Audio options could be a bit wider.

    Excellent

    Written By JDW, Northeast Arkansas on Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    Very Good. Everything I was hoping for.

    Great price, great sound, "classy subtle"

    Written By The808kauai, California on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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    Just got this sub/amp for our Toyota Prius (2008). It fit perfectly under the driver's seat, we ran all the cords through the paneling, so you would have no idea it's even in the car until you turn up the bass. The sound is perfectly loud (can mildly shake the car, but not excessive like my husband would maybe have wanted it to be).

    Pros: Size, solid build, and price

    Cons: nothing yet.

    Great Reciever

    Written By ShawnT, Texas on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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    Love It!

    JVC KD-AR959BS for 2006 Vibe

    Written By MattF, Missouri on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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    Installed in 2006 Pontiac Vibe factory Monsoon system with amp, to replace factory head unit. Initial quality ok. Love the ability to set up two bluetooth phones, call and audio separately too!! Also look the instant way to mute the sound with pressing the knob. The unit does take about 30 to 60 seconds to re-pair with my iPhone 4S each time I start it up; this can be a bit annoying. The unit occasionally forgets my phone is paired for audio as well and I have to re-establish that; this is midly irritating. This unit comes with external microphone for hands-free calling, a reason for my purchase, but the microphone (installed on top of the steering column behind the wheel) is not that sensitive and does pick up a bit of ambient noise. You can adjust the sensitivity, but it doesn't perform as nice as the factory unit in our Nissan. Another mild complaint is that you can store 18 FM stations, but the can only quickly choose the first 6. The rest have to be scrolled to.This unit does play well with an android device. I would recommend for the price still, just wish the pairing "forgetfulness" could be resolved. i almost forgot, I did have to reset the unit once after it froze on me. I have had the unit for about 2 months now.

    Pros: bluetooth calling, BT audio, ability to pair one phone for calling and another BT deice for audio, compliant with iTunes podcast playback, USB port for direct auido

    Cons: only able to one touch first 6 FM stored stations, takes about 30 to 60 seconds to re-establish BT audio connection when getting back in car, "forgets" audio playback pairing

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Written By Anonymous, Washington on Friday, February 06, 2015

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