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Item #: 105KDA645
 

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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.

Choices, choices

Meet the JVC Arsenal KD-A645, a little gem of a CD receiver that gives you a lots of flexibility in a small package. You'll find the front-panel auxiliary input handy for plugging in your phone, a game console, or a Dock & Play satellite radio. You can plug your iPhone® iPod, or USB drive into the front USB port and use the receiver's driver-friendly controls to access and enjoy your playlists. And, you'll get get the superior sound and functionality only a direct USB connection can offer.

Color your world

This receiver offers over 30,000 choices for button and display illumination, so it's sure to bring a little color to your life. You can choose a hue that fits your car's interior best, or pick different colors for the buttons and the display if you want to live it up a little. (And, if you don't like to make decisions, you can let the colors cycle through constantly to enjoy each and every one of them.)

JVC Arsenal KD-A645

Choose a color that matches your dash, or go wild!

Never-ending music supply

Of course, you can always pop a CD in and enjoy great JVC sound, but don't forget that you can also load up a recordable disc with several albums' worth of MP3, WMA, or WAV files. Whether you're playing a disc, a USB drive, or your iPod, the receiver's 24-bit digital-analog converter makes your music sound better. You tweakers out there will appreciate the 3-band parametric EQ that allows you to make pinpoint adjustments of the treble, midrange, and bass.

Talk hands-free

Experience the safety and convenience of hands-free calling by adding JVC's Bluetooth® adapter. When a call comes in, you'll talk naturally and hear your caller over your speakers – just like you're talking to someone in the front seat. Most importantly, you can concentrate on your driving.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can 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.

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:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • variable-color display with over 30,000 combinations
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs and MP3/WMA/WAV files on disc
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band parametric equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level control
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's Bluetooth adapter, SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front-panel USB port
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face Fixing screw note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Android/AUX Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, 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 Arsenal KD-A645 features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) for 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.  You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage 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, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/65,025 files (255 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 folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 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-A645, 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: 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. 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.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-A645's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. This USB connection allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. The head unit supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (not all music apps will be compatible).

    • DAC Bypass: 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 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
      • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category are listed alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-A645 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone.
      • iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for stored music and music apps.
      • External Mode: External Mode allows you to solely navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be locked.
    • iPod Display: The KD-A645 will display your Apple device's stored music and streamed music app song/artist information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Artist title, and Station identification
    • iPod Charging: 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-A645 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/13/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone External mode Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    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.

    JVC Music Control (for Android):  By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (OS 2.2+) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search all of the songs stored inside the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Smart 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 move the on-screen "mood ball" to your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that most fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.

    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+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone. The JVC KD-A645 will also provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone. 

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KD-A645 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 displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Direct Tuning via included remote
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • 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

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-A645 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 KD-A645 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 KD-A645 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 KD-A645 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.

    2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KD-A645 is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, 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).

    Pro EQ: The KD-A645 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, & 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).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    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 Arsenal KD-A645 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. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. 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. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject button (it remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    Brightness: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer:
    The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-A645 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).

    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.

    Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSTBA10, sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio streaming functions for the JVC Arsenal KD-A645. The JVC KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, when connected to the JVC in-dash head unit. The JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 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: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit the JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.
     
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Matt, Stillwater, MN on Monday, March 31, 2014
     
    Upgraded from an old kenwood deck and was very pleased with the difference in audio quality when using a high end sub and even with my stock speakers. JVC headunits are probably the best bang for your $ IMO
    Pros:
    Looks clean, easy to use, lots of features, and most importantly sound quality
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    Wish there was a better way to hide ipod cord
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    5 out of 5

    Very pleased with this purchase.

    Written By (sic), Sacramento, Ca on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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    Overall I was surprised with the quality of this stereo. Very easy to hook up (especially with the adapter harness), the sound quality was actually a lot better than I expected to get for the price. It is fairly easy to use, although some aspects of the menu require a lot of key presses. Construction wise, it feels sturdy.
    Pros:
    Amazing sound, easy installation, nice look.
    Cons:
    Menu takes some getting used to as most setting are buried.
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    4 out of 5

    Disco Ball JVC Arsenal

    Written By I B N Tune, Texas on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    The shifting colors are 2 cool and with the LED kit I already have installed under dash and on the interior I am 2 cool for this generation. I have Saturday Night Fever all over again. Oh yea. The radio is great also. I love the ipod and iphone features as well as flash drive capability.
    Pros:
    Looks way COOL !!!!!!!!!!!
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    4 out of 5

    stereo

    Written By Jesus t, Alb nm on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    It's awesome that the colors change to any color
    Pros:
    Easy install and features
    Cons:
    Able to use with disc changer
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!!!

    Written By Ant, Leesburg Ga on Friday, September 27, 2013
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    I love this head unit!! The second JVC I've owned and just love the Adjustment options!! Sounds Great and Great Quality!!
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    It's a JVC!!
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    Let you know when I find it
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By dtwjew2, mississippi on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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    this product is great and it sounds great
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A645 Review

    Written By Anonymous, SW Montana on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    A great head unit that delivers greatly improved sound over factory unit, So good that now I have to upgrade speakers to enjoy the full benefit! Install was fairly easy and took about two hours start to finish. Someone with experience could cut that time in half. Now I can finally enjoy Pandora and Slacker without hassles.
    Pros:
    Great value! Excellent Crutchfield support-they supply everything you need to do it right the first time. Unit sound terrific!!
    Cons:
    It works, sounds great and is easy to operate....can't really come up with any "cons"
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    4 out of 5

    can't read display

    Written By Anonymous, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, September 20, 2013
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    I do like the stereo - my only issue I can't read the display when there is full sunlight
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect fit!

    Written By Court, Scranton, PA on Monday, August 26, 2013
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    I fit perfectly into my dash and the color matched exactly, it looks so good!
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    5 out of 5

    Nice product

    Written By Lee F, Everett, WA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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    5 star all the way around. Good sound in an old car. Ease in installation. Crutchfield team with the recommended wiring harness and expert advise made It too easy
    Pros:
    Good sound, this product has adjustable lighting that matches the cars orangish dash lights or the continuous display color changes are cool when you feel like it. Enjoying it!
    Cons:
    Nope!
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    5 out of 5

    Good Service and good product

    Written By Bob H, Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    Does everything I wanted well. Needed a single height receiver to make room for a Ham radio below. Does XM and USB which is what I use.
    Pros:
    Correct height, XM and USB.
    Cons:
    Display does not dim with dash lights.
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    2 out of 5

    CD player skips

    Written By Mike, Richmond on Friday, July 19, 2013
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    Radio installed easily and looked great. Unfortunately the CD player would't play cd's without skipping. Home mades and Studio discs both would skip randomly during playback. Had to pull it out and send it back. Bought a Sony instead. All the stereos these days look alike don't they?
    Pros:
    Easy to install and operate
    Cons:
    CD player was either defective ( i hope ). Resulted in the return of the radio.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jvc stereo

    Written By Tom, East liverpool, ohio on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    Bought JVC stereos for years and never had any issues. Top quality product!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A645

    Written By jeremy/ montana, missoula, mt on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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    great cd player and it took just a few minutes to figure out the controls. But after good to go and the sound quality is great. the chev sounds great now.
    Pros:
    great product and ease of controls , color are great a color for everyone and a great price
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Satisfaction

    Written By MoLover8, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    I am happy with this radio it is one of the best I've owned sounds great .
    Pros:
    Color display is awesome
    Cons:
    Its great
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    5 out of 5

    My JVC Arsenal KD-A645

    Written By Milt, Maryland on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    Great stereo! Great sound and quality! and the price was awesome!
    Pros:
    Cool color options, easy to use
    Cons:
    no preset station buttons
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A645

    Written By rb nietzer, New Jersey on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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    JVC Arsenal KD-A645 worked exactly as anticipated - no issues - sounds great and integrated well into my 2003 Infinity G35 with the purchased adaptors
    Pros:
    Sounds great - integrated well into the dash of my car - perfect for my ipod
    Cons:
    None!
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    4 out of 5

    good product

    Written By LeeF, Akron, Oh on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    Good sound, good choice in inputs. I like the many audio settings options, equalizer, etc. I feel good product for the cost
    Pros:
    Good quality, great audio, many input options, adequate power for the normal user, with options to add amps, woofers etc.
    Cons:
    Takes some reading to figure out how to set it up... no big deal though
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    5 out of 5

    Satisfied customer!!

    Written By Dakota, Columbus on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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    The jvc arsenal radio and face kit is pretty cool. It's the first item I ever purchased from crutchfield, and I must say that I am very impressed. The color changeable setting for the face is alsome and the ladies love it. No all I need is an amplifier for even more clear and crisp sound. Thanks for the great product.:)
    Pros:
    Colors, amps, rms, remove able face plate, EASY TO INSTALL AND LOOKS GREAT.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC arsenal KD-A645

    Written By Bikertrash, Atchison Kansas on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    Great stereo
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    5 out of 5

    This is the best unit I've ever owned beyond any of my Alpines even.

    Written By Greg in Atlanta, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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    JVC? Who would have guessed? The sound quality of the internal amp can push the volume without distortion and very clear, while every feature laid out and in logical order. I returned a Kenwood due to sound quality and glad I got the JVC. The Kenwood was slow to update channels and slow to change XM stations quickly or cycle through channels. The JVC is not and very fast and responsive.
    Pros:
    XM Tuner as easy as plugging in...Iphone works great via cable and charges phone too. Sound quality is very good.
    Cons:
    Remote lacks features and not made for American sized hands.....too small and can't control sub via remote like Kenwood could. you cannot use remote to change Itunes playlist either....so not good JVC.
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    1 question already asked

    I own a 1997 F-150 Lariat with a 6-Disc changer (stock). Is this receiver compatible with my changer? I love my discs and do not want to lose my changer. Thanks! [ Jacob  Dec 28, 2013 ]
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    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 29, 2013 ]

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