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JVC KS-BTA200

Bluetooth® adapter for select JVC receivers

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by Ken Nail
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Add hands-free calling to your compatible JVC receiver. This handy JVC Bluetooth adapter lets you answer incoming calls and place outgoing calls with compatible phones — all without having to fumble around for your cell phone. You can also stream music from a phone with MP3 storage to your stereo.

To get started, plug the KS-BTA200 into your compatible JVC stereo, then mount the included microphone. Setup only takes a few minutes, and you'll be on your way to safer driving, talking with both hands on the wheel and keeping your eyes on the road. If your phone has voice recognition dialing, you'll even be able to dial your favorite numbers just by saying a name.

The KS-BTA200 includes a pass-through port that allows you to connect it to your JVC receiver while retaining your existing JVC iPod® adapter, satellite radio, or CD changer.

Note: Compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless adapter for JVC receivers with J-Bus connections
  • place and accept calls hands-free via the wireless connection
  • supports audio streaming from Bluetooth devices
  • Bluetooth digital technology ensures crisp, static-free performance in the car
  • included microphone
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth adapter with attached 5' cable using a proprietary DIN connector
  • Microphone with attached 10.5' cord using a right-angle male 3.5mm minijack connector
  • Microphone stand
  • 4 Velcro strips
  • 2-sided tape strip
  • Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Product Registration card
  • US Warranty sheet
  • Canada warranty card
  • European Guarantee sheet
  • "EC Declaration of Conformity" sheet
  • "Available characters for the SMS/Text Message" sheet
  • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" sheet

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Features

Overview: The JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth adapter supports only JVC's Bluetooth-Ready car receivers. By using this adapter, you can operate the following functions from your Bluetooth compatible cellular phone wirelessly with your compatible JVC car receiver.

  • Receiving a call: If you receive al call, "Receiving Call", name and phone number appears on the radio's display if applicable.
  • Making a call: You can make a call by entering a phone number from your JVC receiver.
  • Calling from phonebook: You can call a number from the phone-book in your connected cellular phone using your JVC headunit; before using this function, transfer the phone-book memory of your cellular phone to this unit.
  • Calling by voice command: If your cellular phone is equipped with the voice recognition system, you can make a call by your voice using the supplied microphone.
  • Calling from call histories: This adapter has three kinds of call histories - redial, missed calls, and received calls. You can make a call using these call histories through your JVC headunit.
  • Call Waiting: If your cellular phone is equipped with the call waiting function, you can put the current call on hold and answer the waiting call.
  • Calling by preset numbers: You can preset up to six phone numbers for one touch dialing from your JVC receiver.
  • Receiving the SMS (Short Message Service)/Text Message: If your cellular phone can use SMS and Text Message, you can read the message on the display or monitor of your receiver.

Headunit Compatibility: The JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth adapter is currently compatible with 2008-2010 Bluetooth-Ready JVC headunits.

Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio communication technology for the mobile device such as cellular phones, portable PCs and other devices. The Bluetooth devices can be connected to one another without cables and communicate with each other. To send or receive voice and data between this adapter and your Bluetooth device, the units must be within 10 meters of each other.

Bluetooth Profile: The Bluetooth 1.2 certified adapter supports the following Bluetooth profiles.

  • HSP (Headset Profile)
  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
  • SPP (Serial Port Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)

Pairing: When you connect a Bluetooth device to your JVC receiver through this adapter for the first time, you must pair the two units. Pairing allows Bluetooth devices to communicate to each other. To pair the two units, you may need to enter the PIN code of your Bluetooth device you want to connect. You can pair up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this adapter.

Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/car/bluetooth/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

Auto Connect: You can set the unit to connect to your Bluetooth device automatically when the receiver is turned on.

Auto Answer: You can set the receiver to receive or reject incoming calls automatically.

Message Info: You can set the receiver to ring and inform you of the arrival of the message when your receive an SMS or Text Message.

Microphone Level: You can adjust the supplied microphone volume from levels 1, 2 or 3.

Playback  Bluetooth Audio: The adapter allows your JVC headunit to playback audio wirelessly from your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player and operate the following playback options of your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player - Start Playback, Pause, Forward Skip, Reverse Skip and Stop.

Connections: The Bluetooth adapter is equipped with an attached 5 foot DIN-cable that connects to the CD-changer port on the rear of your compatible JVC receiver. The Bluetooth adapter also features  a changer pass-through using a proprietary DIN-port for so you can still keep or hookup a CD-changer, Satellite Radio tuner or iPod interface to your JVC receiver. In addition, the Bluetooth adapter is equipped with a 3.5mm minijack port where the supplied wired microphone plugs into.

Mounting: The JVC KS-BTA200 comes with four self-adhesive strips of velcro to attach the Bluetooth adapter to any flat surface of your vehicle within 5 feet of your JVC receiver due to cable length. The unit also comes with a strip of two-sided tape to secure the microphone stand to a flat surface or you can clip the microphone stand to your sun-visor. Once the microphone is secured onto the stand you can adjust the angle of the microphone backward up to 65-degrees and forward up to 90-degrees.

 
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5 out of 5

Virgin Mobile Android

Written By CorNut, Eugene, OR on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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I have the Samsung Intercept (Android) and it pairs perfectly with this product allowing me
to make calls or stream Howard with the Sirius XM app.

Head unit is the KD-HDR40

Marie is the Crutchfield advisor who helped me through the purchase of this product, which
turned out to be a great addition to my setup, thanks!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-BTA200

Written By Busy, Lawrence, KS on Monday, January 24, 2011
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Works great with my Blackberry Torch 9800. Call quality is good. Receiver can access
my phonebook. Pandora radio can be streamed from my phone to the receiver. No
complaints.
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5 out of 5

Works with my Droid 1 perfectly

Written By Greg, Buford, GA on Friday, December 03, 2010
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Works great with my Droid 1 and will let me use my JVC remote to change tracks and stop,
play songs. It will let me go back and forward on tracks and phone sounds pretty good if mic
is mounted high and away from noises like AC fans. It makes the transition automatically in
to music and I can start and stop it in my car when getting in range since my music player is
set to automatically start. I can leave in my pocket the whole time and listen to auto from
internet or my mp3s. Very good sound quality compared to my AUX cable hookup with no
cables!
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3 out of 5

BT Audio good... BT call quality bad

Written By George, Honolulu, HI on Sunday, May 16, 2010
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I decided to buy one because of the handsfree law here in Hawaii. I listen to a lot of podcasts during my drives on my Droid and was tired with the mess of cables. I figure this was a good option as it would be neat and integrated into my current audio system. This was VERY EASY to install. I successfully paired it with 2 phones.

Things I like:
* BT audio is great. No issues in audio quality and the audio controls (play, pause, etc) all work beautifully. No matter if I am playing MP3s, podcasts, Slacker, Pandora, etc... it works great on my Droid.
* Being able to pair multiple devices
* Audio mute on incoming calls
* Hidden module -- eliminated cables

Things I dont like:
* Connections are not automatic (unless you leave it on BT phone or audio). Most times I am listening to FM for news and traffic. In order to connect, I have change to BT phone first then I can change to another selection.
* Does not support multi-connections. I have 2 phones, 1 for work and 1 personal. I can only have one connected at a time.
* BT phone call audio sucks pretty bad. I am still playing with the mic settings as that does seem to have an affect. I know that mic placement also can make a difference but I have truck and the mic is placed in a front of me with no interference from the a/c ducts, etc.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Sound Quality Rapidly Degraded

Written By George, Rocky Hill, CT on Friday, October 23, 2009
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I bought this for my wife's car, hand held cell phones are illegal to use while
driving in CT. She didn't want a corded hands free and her first attempt at a
wireless Bluetooth is now linked to my phone and resides in my summer car's console.
I loved the features, the interface works great and it wasn't that hard to set
up. The unit was crystal clear for the first two weeks of use both in the car
and on my phone calling her. By the end of a month there was incredible amounts
of humming. Eventually there was no hope in using this for conversation, too
much distortion and background noise and barely a trace of her voice. She said
the calls coming over the receiver echo badly. Just this week she asked me to
pull the unit out of her car because she now shuts off her radio when her phone
rings so that the receiver won't pick up the call.
I bought this as a Christmas present last year, and I am thrilled to see a one
year warrantee. I have a more than 25 years experience with Crutchfiled, I know
I'll get help. Somehow I see the replacement Bluetooth in my winter car. We
both have JVC receivers with HD audio. Hopefully I'll have better luck.
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4 out of 5

Works well butt

Written By Dave, Annapolis, Md on Monday, June 08, 2009
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This unit works well with my JVC KD-HDR50 in both of our cars. It works really well with her LG Voyager, but just ok with my Nextel i880. This has more to due with the phones than the unit. Only real draw backs have more to due with the JVC KD-HDR50 head unit. See my review there for details. I was lucky enough to have a local car audio shop that had this unit hooked up in a display to see if it would work with our phones before we purchased and installed.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works great ... with compatible phones -- needs updated list!

Written By Adam, Vienna, VA on Tuesday, March 03, 2009
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The BTA200 is working great for me ... now. I was originally using a Samsung Juke with it, and it didn't work very well ... the audio (mp3 player) connection worked great -- auto-connected each time. The BT phone function, however, almost never worked. Now, the Juke isn't on the list of compatible phones, so you can blame that one on me. I transferred my cell service over to one of my old phones -- an LG VX8300 -- and the BT phone function works perfectly. Note, however, that the VX8300 (nor any other LG phones, for that matter) is not on the list of compatible phones. JVC needs to update its list, so I know whether I can buy a different phone that will work! (My VX8300 is super-old and beat up).

Other than that minor issue, it works great!
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4 out of 5

Great sound - requires practice to use

Written By Scott, Long Island, NY on Monday, February 02, 2009
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The sound, both in and out, are great. Be aware that support for dialing,
phone book, etc. varies depending on phone model. This means that the
ability to use various phone functions, and the ease of using them through
the head unit may vary alot. For example, my wife has the Samsung Juke
SCH-U470 (from VZW) and I have a Blackberry 8830 (also from VZW). My
BB works much better with this setup. Auto-connect works as advertised -
the phone and deck auto connect as soon as in range and/or deck is
powered on. I haven't been able to get the Juke to do the same.

Overall, I'm happy (my wife not as much!) and will continue to learn/tweak
to get most use out of the BTA-200.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-BTA200

Written By Rodger, Dearborn,MI on Monday, November 17, 2008
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Bought this to go with the JVC KD-AHD39 HD radio and it is fantastic!! A little hard to get set up because it does so much but once its set up it connects to my cell phone itself and ready to take calls over the vehical sytem!!.This is just like having ONSTAR again but NO MONTHLY FEES!!!! Love it!!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

amazing

Written By Chryston, Redding Cal on Sunday, August 03, 2008
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What an amazing bluetooth. This little bluetooth adaptor is very easy to install and use. The reception is crystal clear. It is so much nicer than an over the ear bluetooth. Music stops automatically when a call comes in so you don't have to punch any buttons. With todays laws this bluetooth is the only way to go.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-BTA200

Written By Alan, Works great with Nokia 6133 on Sunday, June 22, 2008
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I am using this adapter with the JVC KD-AHD39 (also purchased from
Crutchfield) and Nokia 6133 (t-Mobile). Every advertised function works fine.
You can call from presets, phone book that transfers from the phone, voice
dial, the works. Incoming and outgoing voice clarity is superb. The AHD39
does not display text messages, but I do get a text message alert and then
the unit switches back to the previously selected source.

One thing that could be a negative I have not fully examined yet. When I
paired the Blue tooth phone source with the Nokia the unit automatically
paired the Blue tooth audio source with the Nokia also. I haven't yet tried
to pair another mp3 player as the blue tooth audio source to see if the
phone will still stay connected.

Overall totally satisfied with the adapter.
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4 out of 5

T-mobile dash pairing

Written By nina, Miami, FL on Thursday, June 19, 2008
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I recently installed a bluetooth device in my car: JVC KS-BTA200. My problem: it does not pair with T-mobile Dash. Now, the profile is supposed to support:
HSP (Headset Profile)
HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
SPP (Serial Port Profile)
OPP (Object Push Profile)

This should work with the Dash (aka HTC excalibur). HTC Customer Service told me that the ROM used by T-Mobile for the Dash does not support the above profiles, however if I were able to "convert" my Dash back into an Excalibur the phone would pair with my bluetooth device.
I love my phone, but this bluetooth thing just makes it a bummer.

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1 out of 5

not very good

Written By schlierf, Sharon Springs,NY on Sunday, June 15, 2008
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Easy to install but not very good when it comes to sound quality, caller hears echo on their end. Called tech support but they said this was normal, if I would have known this I would have never gotten it. Also callers say they have a hard time hearing me as well, tried repositioning the mike no luck.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works Great with Treo 750

Written By Jeff, Nashville, TN on Thursday, June 12, 2008
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It took about 10 minutes to install. Works great with both audio and hands
free profiles. When pairing with a Treo 750, don't set a code and leave
blank on the Treo. Once I tried this, it paired perfectly. It did not work
setting the code and entering it on the Treo. The Treo would lock up.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By JCJC2U, Texas on Monday, June 09, 2008
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Very easy to install. Worked great with my RAZR. Can't get text messages
to come across JVC receiver but I think its the radio or phone.
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-BTA200

Written By Nick, Taunton, MA on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
 
This was very easy to install. My Samsung phone connected v. easily. The sound clarity was superb. I definately recommend this product to someone who is looking for a bluetooth for their car radio.
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5 out of 5

Great bluetooth adapter

Written By Mitch, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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I installed this bluetooth adapter in a 2003 VW Passat wagon with a new JVC head unit I got from Crutchfield too. I did the install work myself for both and placed the mic above the rear view mirror. It was easy to install, works great and I couldn't be happier.

It even has a passthrough connection so I was also able to hook up my SIRIUS satellite tuner and can add a CD changer in the future if desired. Wife likes using it too & now wants bluetooth capability in her minvan as well. Will have to look at options for that.

This was my first complete car stereo install with Crutchfield and they were great in helping me out with everything (bluetooth & JVC deck). Class A customer service.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-BTA200

Written By beav, Louisville, KY on Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Unit works as described. I leave my phone's bluetooth enabled continuously so I never need to fiddle with buttons when I get into my car.

IMHO, the way people drive (or don't) today, bluetooth phone connectivity should be a Federal auto safety standard, just like seat belts.
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5 out of 5

Owesome product

Written By Jacek, Myrtle Beach South Carolina on Thursday, September 20, 2007
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I bought this unit to work with my jvc avx800 unit. I must say it works great. One downfall is that sometimes I can't recognize the peoples voices on the other and. I did have blue tooth in my car before and it worked slightly better. But this one is great also...
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5 out of 5

Great interface with AVX800 - but be aware!

Written By Joe, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
 
This a great bluetooth adapter but you need to be careful with the functionality and with the features for each head unit.

Be aware if your going to hook up the Bluetooth adapter to check the phone compatiblity list. JVC's bluetooth adapter is version 1.2. If your using 1.1 phones like my old samsung was you will only see the phone number of an incoming call and loose most of the functionality touted with the head unit. I did purchase a phone that was not on the approved list, an LG Env VX9900. It is Bluetooth 1.2 and all the extened features worked just fine. So I'm assuming if you have a 1.2 Bluetooth phone features should work fine with this adapter.

Other than this little hidden fact, installation with my headunity and features are great.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Abhi, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, May 03, 2007
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I recently bought this for my JVC KD-AVX33 stereo. First off I must say, shipping was quick and product arrived in orginal JVC Box. Works great with the head unit. Infact this is my second JVC unit that I have purchased and both have been top of line, great products. If you want true handsfree capability this product is a must buy. And if you are getting it from Crutchfield, you have already made the right choice.
21 out of 28 people found this helpful
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