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Our take on the JVC KW-AVX640

by Zak Billmeier
JVC

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

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

Talk about making a statement in your dash — JVC's KW-AVX640 DVD receiver sports an ample 6.1" touchscreen monitor you can customize to your heart's content. For example, you can choose from over 30,000 color variations for the knobs and buttons, and even use your own digital photos as the screen's wallpaper. Plus you can detach the faceplate for added security, a feature not often found in DVD receivers.

Got an iPhone®? Add in-dash GPS to the KW-AVX640
You can use your iPhone to put the most up-to-date maps available in your dash. Just download the MotionX-GPS Drive app, connect your iPhone with JVC's KS-U30 cable, and you'll have fingertip access to maps and live traffic.

Unlike factory navigation systems, points of interest (POIs) are integrated with Wikipedia and Facebook, giving you more accurate search results than with pre-loaded navigation. Throw in live traffic and live map updates, and you'll have the most accurate navigation system on the planet. At 99 cents, plus $19.99 for a year's subscription for voice guidance and live traffic, it's a fantastic value, too.

Great for your digital music
Just plug in your iPod® or iPhone® to the USB input, and you can use JVC's responsive touchscreen to tap your way through all your tunes and playlists. Not an iPod user? Just load up a USB drive or a recordable disc with digital files — it's easy to fit dozens of albums on either one, and you can still dive in using the touchscreen.

No matter how you play your music, the KW-AVX640 gives you the tools you need to enjoy it to the fullest. A 3-band parametric EQ gives you pinpoint control over the low, middle, and high frequencies, while a high-pass filter lets you trim extreme low bass out of your car's speakers for better performance. High-powered preamp outputs send a clean signal to your aftermarket amps and subs.

Ready for more
JVC lets you add Bluetooth® hands-free calling and satellite radio reception to this receiver. Check the "Accessories" tab for even more options.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter 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.

Compatibility note: Currently the MotionX-GPS Drive app only works in your car with the iPhone4. It'll work on the iPhone 3G and 3GS only as a portable navigator.

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

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 and WMA files on CD, DVD, or USB
    • works with MotionX-GPS Drive app (iPhone 4 and KS-U30 cable required)
    • detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor
    • variable color illumination
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control, adapter required for iPod video display
    • works with satellite radio tuner, Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: rear USB input on cable, rear A/V input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear and subwoofer), audio/video output
    Other info:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    5-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 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Optional tuner not available
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
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    9.3 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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    • Double-DIN AM/FM DVD receiver (10-amp fuse inserted in chasis)
    • Detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor (inside soft carry pouch)
    • Sleeve (installed) Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Red wire splice tap (18-22 gauge)
    • Rubber boot
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Rear-support stud (with flat-washer/lock-nut attached)
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US warranty information
    • Canadian warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note (taped to wiring harness)
    • Face fixing screw note
    • "Before Installation" note (taped to chassis)
    • "Caution on cleaning the unit" note (attached to touchscreen monitor)

    Our Product Research Team

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    Touchscreen Display
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    AV Connections

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The KW-AVX640 features a 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display and touchscreen control panel.

    Detachable LCD Monitor: You can detach the touchscreen LCD monitor and place it in its supplied soft face case to prevent theft.

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-AVX640 features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The unit includes a 3-way rotary dial for Volume (up/down) control and push-button controls for Power/Source functions..

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

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

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

    Custom Background Image: While playing a video or JPEG file, you can capture an image and use the captured image as your background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. The color of the captured image may look different from that of the actual scene.

    Note: You cannot capture copyrighted content and image s from the iPod/iPhone.

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

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

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

    Adjustable Dimmer: When 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead (orange/white) and the dimmer set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's exterior or interior lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off an on). The unit also features 3 dimmer levels to choose from - Bright, Middle, or Dark.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the parking brake wire (light green) attached to the rear-chassis must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

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

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-AVX640 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-AVX640 supports the playback of the following disc types: DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and Video CD.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KW-AVX640 can play MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (sampling freq: 44.1kHz) audio files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. MP3/WMA/WAV files must be formatted in ISO 9660 level or level 2, Romeo, or Joliet. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. The KW-AVX640 can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information.

    MPEG/JPEG Playback:  The JVC KW-AVX640 supports playback of JPEG still-image files (resolution: 32x32 - 8192x7680) and MPEG1/2 video files (maximum bit-rate: 4Mbps) recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.

    DivX Certified: The KW-AVX640 is DivX Certified to play DivX video files, including premium content.

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

    Off Insert/Eject: 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.

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

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

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The JVC KW-AVX640 features a rear-panel USB port on a 38" pigtail. This allows playback of MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (sampling freq: 44.1 kHz) audio files; JPEG (resolution: 32x32 - 8192x7680) still image files; and MPEG1/2 (maximum bitrate: 4 Mbps) video files stored on a USB mass storage device. For the unit to recognize the USB medium, it must be specified as a mass storage device formatted using FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 50 characters for file/folder names. The KW-AVX640 can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information.

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

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The optional JVC KS-U30 USB A/V Cable For iPod/iPhone (105KSU30, sold separately) allows you to playback and control audio/video from your iPod or iPhone on this JVC multimedia head unit. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a male composite video and male stereo audio RCA connectors on other end along with a USB type-A connector. The cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel AV input and USB port. To playback video, the KW-AVX640's rear-panel Video Input must be set to "iPod" in the unit's menu.

    Note: You can also connect your iPod's USB/Docking cable to the unit's USB port for audio only playback from your iPod/iPhone. The head unit's rear-panel Audio Input must be set to "AV-IN", not "iPod".

    iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the JVC KW-AVX640 uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 95dB.

    Note: You can also choose to transfer the audio from your iPod/iPhone to the JVC KW-AVX60 via an analog connection using the KS-U30 USB A/V Cable's stereo RCA connector. This allows you to listen to DRM protected audio files. The head unit's rear-panel Audio Input must be set to "iPod".

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

    • Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order.
    • Repeat & Random: The KW-AVX640 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: You can listen to apps stored on your iPod touch or iPhone through the JVC head unit when controlling the iPod/iPhone via its touchscreen (cannot access apps via head unit control mode).

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-AVX640 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, Album label, and Album Art.

    Note: Your iPod/iPhone's downloaded apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-AVX640 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/20/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y 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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    iPhone External Mode: The JVC multimedia in-dash receiver features an iPhone External Mode which lets you enjoy audio/video content from downloaded Apps (such as Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, etc..) on your Apple iPhone. Using the JVC KSU-30 cable (sold separately), you can view video and listen to audio from downloaded Apps on your iPhone through the JVC KW-AVX640. This mode offers no control of your iPhone. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your Apps. Video from compatible Apps can only be output from the iPhone 4.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: Motionx-GPS Drive turns your iPhone 4 (iOS 4.0 or later) and the JVC KW-AVX640 into a personal navigation device for your vehicle. Providing full navigation features and song playback control from your iPhone 4, MotioX-GPS Drive also displays its map data on the connected JVC multimedia receiver's widescreen monitor (via the JVC KSU-30 cable, sold separately). Your iPhone 4 displays a choice of MotionX-GPS Driver's feature/menu screens as a secondary display (for passenger), while continuing to show the map on the JVC receiver. It even works simultaneously with iPhone 4 song playback by muting or pausing music, then restoring your volume during voice guidance through your car speakers. The MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation application covers the United States & Canada.

    Note: MotionX-GPS Drive App purchase ($0.99) and download required for your iPhone through iTunes. $2.99 per month subscription fee or $19.99 per year is required for Voice Guidance feature.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Optional Bluetooth: The unit's rear-panel AV input can also be used to connect JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately). The KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player. The optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The KW-AVX640 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Note: The KW-AVX640 requires a male stereo RCA-to-female 3.5mm converter cable (sold separately) to connect the KS-BTA100 Bluetooth adapter. The head unit's AV input must also be set to "Bluetooth" in the menu.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The JVC KW-AVX640 is wireless remote controller ready and supports the JVC RM-RK252P IR wireless remote control (sold separately).

    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 the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-AVX640 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-AVX640 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KW-AVX640 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KW-AVX640 are as follows:

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

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KW-AVX640 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to low, the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to high, and the volume control will range from 0 to 50. The internal amp can also be turned off when all the speakers are powered by outboard amplifiers.

    5ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KW-AVX640 is equipped with 5ch/4.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: You can adjust the KW-AVX640's subwoofer level (-50 to +10) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume. You can also adjust the subwoofer phase between Normal or Reverse to blend the bass sound better with the rest of the speakers in  your system.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-AVX640 features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

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

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

    Pro EQ: The KW-AVX640 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Vibrant, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

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

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

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

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.

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

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-AVX640  features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations,

    Preset Tuning: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically.

    IF Filter: You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Local: You can select this function to only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength.

    Mono Mode: You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week. The stereo effect will be lost.

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

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS: The JVC KW-AVX640 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
    • XM: A portable XM Satellite Radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via the front-panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (sold separately).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    AV Connections

    Video Output: The rear-panel Video Output consists of a  composite video jack that allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can choose one of the following monitor types for the output to the external monitor(s):

    • 16:9: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9.
    • 4:3 Letter Box: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on screen.

    Auxiliary Input: The JVC KW-AVX640 is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Audio/Video Input: The rear-panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit. The audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV IN: Choose when connecting an A/V component like a game system.
    • iPod Video: Select when connecting your iPod using the optional USB/Video cable (105KSU30, sold separately).
    • BT: Select when connecting the optional JVC Bluetooth adapter (KS-BTA100, sold separately).

    Note: You cannot connect both the KS-BTA100 Bluetooth adapter & the KS-U30 iPod adapter, since they share the same AV input.

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM1K, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when hooked up will switch the KW-AVX640's display to the rear-view camera input.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the J-port on this unit.

    RGB Terminal: You can connect an optional add-on navigation unit (sold separately) to the head unit's RGB input terminal so that you can view the navigation map on the head unit's touchscreen monitor.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good unit

    Written By Lee, Boston on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
     
    I got this unit mainly because of 2 factors- the detachable face plate (security in my soft top convert), and the rear ipod/usb input. I leave my doors unlocked since I have a soft top that theives could just slash if they really want to get it. So having a removable face plate is a must. The rear cable routing is just cleaner looking to me. Sound quality for this unit is really good, but it takes a little fiddling to get it there. Easy to do w/the PRO mode EQ. The display is easily adjustable to match my dash lights. Controlling my iphone thru the JVC or on the iphone itself is really cool. And having the option of adding bluetooth (which I did) and using a GPS fuction on the iphone is also sweet. The only problem is that if you want to use both, you can't w/the head unit. You can have them both hooked up, but if you control the blue tooth through the HU, the GPS display will only work on the iphone. The sound still comes thru the speakers, tho. I haven't tried using the GPS on the HU while getting a phone call yet. Other minor gripes are that it takes a good 15 seconds (or more) for a CD to start playing. Searching thru the ipod thru the HU can be slow and cumbersome. Some functions aren't intuitive, but reading the manual makes it fairly clear. And removing the face plate could be easier. But other than that, I really like this unit.
    Pros:
    Sound, looks, adjustability, ability to add on accessories.
    Cons:
    Can be slow to load cd's and search the ipod. Could be more intuitive to use.
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    5 out of 5

    j v c in the low fat z

    Written By phil n., phoenix az. on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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    this stereo looks and sounds great. the wiring harness plugged right in to my factory harness. the face plate fit perfectly. had to call crutchfield to answer a couple of questions about hooking up my back up camera. they gave me the exact color of the wire and its location on the vehicle. the install instructions are very good. better than the vehicle service manual that would have you tearing the whole car apart. i think the stereo is great. i think the customer service i got from the people at crutchfield was fantastic!!!!!!! especially sierra! thanks again you guys. phil 03 350z
    Pros:
    looks great. sounds great. tons of options and add on capability. love the detachable face plate to deter people from breaking into to your car.
    Cons:
    had it for a few days. so far no complaints. in the process of hooking up an amp and 10 inch woofer i have now. ah yeah!
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    U30 and iphone 4S work around

    Written By Charlie W, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
     
    The one thing that deterred me from purchasing this unit was it being incompatible with an iphone 4S, as well as when using motionx as navigation thru the U30 cable, the other audio features (sat, tuner, etc) were shut down.

    I found a cool workaround to be able to use the iphone 4S with the U30 cable. From the headunit turn A/V off. Then go to sets and set the ipod as Video Input. Turn the unit on and go to settings, and turn the camera on. Plug in the Video cable from the U30 into the camera input (not the normal video input). From the ipod settings, turn the headunit on to control the ipod from the "external".

    Doing this work around, I was able to use the Camera Mode as my navigation from MotionX and use my ipod controls from my iphone. It also allows me to use the other features. I had read many reviews that using navigation limited the unit to only play music from the iphone. Now, this workaround should be able to free up all the other features.

    This just turned into an AMAZING unit for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    Good buy and happy customer

    Written By cmack, Leesburg, va on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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    The stereo has lived up to the other reviews I read before I bought it. Great buy and great value. The kit I bought to fit it into my dash worked like a charm and you can't even tell it was and aftermarket instal. There were a few questions we had during the instal (such as are we supposed to keep the stereo in the metal bracket it came in or remove it) but with a call to the helpdesk of Crutchfield it was all worked out. Nothing major. One issue I'm continuing to have is occasionally my sirus radio will get stuck and be non-responsive to changing the channel or pulling up the menu. I have to switch applications and go to the radio or DVD setting before going back to the satellite option to unfreeze it. I'm not sure if this is a device issue or a sirus issue but that's the only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5. Not a big issue for me personally but I can see where someone might get annoyed after dropping this much on a piece of equipment.
    Pros:
    Great sounds, lots of options
    Cons:
    Sirus radio often freezes.
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    3 out of 5

    Almost there.

    Written By Jeremy M., Vero Beach, FL on Thursday, November 17, 2011
     
    The best feature about this product is the detachable faceplate. After having one stolen it was a must have on my next unit. Overall product has everything you could want or need except for one thing, Ipod searching capabilities. I have a very large collection of music on my ipod and have to search for the artist by hitting the down button or hoping I can hit the scroller in the right spot. I wish they would of added a search by letter to each category. Build quality is amazing on this unit. I remove the faceplate every night and it still fits in snug like the day I purchased it.

    I personally would not purchase another JVC unit unless they add this search feature. I am not saying it isnt a great unit but I am in my truck most of the day and listen to the ipod more than anything else.
    Pros:
    Detachable Faceplate. Customization.
    Cons:
    Ipod Search Capabilities.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-AVX640

    Written By Anonymous, VA on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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    AWESOME
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    4 out of 5

    practically perfect

    Written By mr3, Orlando, FL on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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    I'm not sure why manufacturers don't make more with removable faces, but I no longer feel restricted in choices--this receiver does what I need well and offers extra, actually valuable features. Personally, I just wanted a player with a removable face that fit my console and played burned DVDs, so paying for extra features naturally made me scrutinize them.

    Overall I'm having a hard time finding anything serious. The unit's reverted some (only a few) settings a couple of times. The display customization is great but doesn't apply to everything it should--for ex., setting button colors (btw most color looks to be 16-bit) sets some but not all buttons, text has fewer color choices, and there are no settings for most of the graphics on-screen (borders, lines, etc) so there's always more default white on-screen than anything else. With seamless music there's a sound delay between files while the next song loads like the iPod used to have. Speaking of iPod--integration through rear USB does almost everything you'd expect; the only beef there is if you turn off the receiver then after turning back on you have to re-attach the iPod (it assumes the iPod isn't there at first). Also, about turning the receiver off w/the source button--turning it back on later defaults the input to radio.

    Those are all minor beefs though, all of which could probably be fixed by firmware/software improvements. Overall the player is great, and hopefully JVC will keep making them better.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Joey M, Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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    I got this recently and installed it in a 2006 Trailblazer. So far, I love it. It's a great stereo! The speakers sound so much better than it did with my factory stereo too. I ran into a couple of issues installing it (my own incompetence) and called customer service for some tech support. I ended up talking to 2 different people and both gave great customer service too and quickly worked me through my problem. I definitely recommend this radio and purchasing it from Crutchfield.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding Value!

    Written By bjmsam, Mount Airy, MD on Saturday, August 13, 2011
     
    Dropped right in to my '94 Dodge Stealth (Mitsubishi 3000GT) with double-din opening (don't know why Crutchfield says it "Won't Fit"). Intuitive interface, no lag, controls my MP3 player and iPod Touch via USB (no adapter needed), DVDs look and [surround] sound great, very good tuner sensitivity, very configurable (exactly matches dash colors, custom background, day and night settings, parametric EQ, etc.). Only gripe is that the power antenna deploys for all input sources rather than just Tuner (contacted JVC about this). Optional remote is handy (passenger doesn't have to reach across stickshift to hit mute, etc.). Highly recommended!
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome!

    Written By Mark H, Monticello, IN on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
     
    Installation was easy with the included adapters. It looks great, and has too
    many features to list. Super customizable, able to match dash colors with no
    problem. I installed it with a steering wheel control adapter and it works
    perfectly. Highly recommended!
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-AVX640

    Written By C. Caouette, Porter, Maine on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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    This unit is feature packed, easy to install and performs flawlessly. The
    detachable faceplate is a great bonus and I love the manual volume control
    (though I mostly control it with my steering wheel controls) and 3 sets of 4v pre-
    outs. Great price too, and it came with everything i needed to install it. Highly
    recommended.
    6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-AVX640

    Written By DylanH, Torrance, CA on Monday, March 28, 2011
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    instillation of the reciever is very straight forward and easy. it looks sick and the customization of the reciever is awsome. it has nice features and i like the volume knob because pushing a button to turn up the volume is just a pain. the removable faceplate is probally the best thing about it because there are way too many theives out there, my last stereo got stolen. overall would highly recommend.
    18 out of 20 people found this helpful
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