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JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

CD receiver

Item #: 105KDA735B

182 Reviews

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Original Price: $129.99

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Bluetooth® included — more than meets the eye
Bluetooth is best known as the way you can talk hands-free in your car. But did you know it can do a whole lot more, too? JVC's Arsenal Series KD-A735BT CD receiver will pair up with your iPhone®, Blackberry™, or Android™ smartphone, allowing you to realize Bluetooth's true potential. You'll be able to receive text messages, stream music, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. And since this receiver is part of JVC's Arsenal line, you're covered by a comforting two-year warranty.

Get more out of your Android™ smartphone
With JVC's Smart Remote Android app, you can use the touchscreen on your compatible Android phone to control the action using finger swipes and gestures — for example, tap the screen to play and pause, or swipe right to skip forward a track. Install your Android phone in a mount, and you'll be able to reach down and skip a track without taking your eyes off the road.

Use it with two phones at the same time
You don't have to choose between your personal and business phones any more — the KD-A735BT's built-in Bluetooth lets you pair two phones at once. When a call comes in, the receiver blinks either blue or red, telling you at a glance if your call is coming from home or the office. Just tap the volume knob to answer a call.

Higher-power USB connection
JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to its internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another.

Control PANDORA® Internet radio
JVC makes it easy to play your favorite PANDORA® Internet Radio stations. iPhone users can control PANDORA® when connected to the USB slot, while Android and Blackberry owners get full control of Pandora over the Bluetooth connection, depending on your phone's features.

Separated Variable Color display
The KD-A735BT features a super cool display that lets you change the colors on the controls independent from those on the screen — with over 30,000 possible shades per side. You can match your receiver to your dash lighting, support your favorite team, or just make a statement.

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.

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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • included Bluetooth adapter for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • USB 1A connection provides extra power for charging your devices
    • built-in iPod control
    • control PANDORA® from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone
    • Android app for gesture control over music playback
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Variable Color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • works with satellite radio tuner (subscription required)
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input, rear USB port (used for Bluetooth adapter)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    182 Reviews

    Bluetooth frustration

    Written by: RPK from Pittsburgh, PA on December 24, 2013

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    This unit has been discontinued but I wanted to be on record anyway. I bought this unit for its Bluetooth calling feature and in this regard the unit fails miserably. After about 6 months the unit developed a loud ECHO on the other end of the phone call. Monkeying with the settings of the unit does nothing. Calls are intolerable for the listener. I sent it back to JVC for repair and it was sent back in the same state. This unit is worthless to me. It can display all the colors in the world but it can't make or receive phone calls with acceptable quality. VERY DISAPPOINTED. A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. Crutchfield has been no help. I also think the buttons are too small and hard to press.

    Pros: Like the USB.

    Cons: The buttons are too small. Bluetooth call quality is terrible.

    Worked o.k. for 7 months

    Written by: John L. from Hernando, MS on July 8, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This radio worked great for 7 months. Then one day it started acting screwy on displayed err messages. I sent it back to Crutchfield 3 weeks ago and they don't know when it will be fixed.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great tech support during installation.

    Cons: Pray it doesn't break. Who knows when you will get it back.

    Awkward

    Written by: keith from Issaquah, WA on July 4, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Since this product is no longer available, I will focus on one aspect of the component that is quite simply a major frustration. It is not intuitive and seems to have glitches. I could spend my entire commute just trying to get it to recognize my iPhone which is already set up in the Bluetooth menu. I have to turn the unit off and back on, then go to the phone's menu and reconnect it. It has the ability to connect with up to four or five Bluetooth devices, but it seems impossible to switch between devices. It does not remember which device it was connected to last, rather it always chooses my wife's phone which is registered as device 2. When I connect the iPhone via the USB cable, it should recognize it. However, I sometimes have to shut the head unit off and back on for it to recognize it. I wish I could trade this unit in for an Alpine unit

    Pros: Sounds good and is affordable

    Cons: Read about my frustrations in my review which have to do with its difficulty to connect my iPhone via Bluetooth or USB.

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    Written by: JaxMl from Jacksonville, Fl on March 9, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Value

    Gave this to my son for christmas. We installed it over the holidays. Instllation in his '98 MeBe SUV was quite simple. The conversion/adapter from Crutchfield made the job quite simple. Had to get an updated wire diagram from Daniel S at Crutchfied. Sound is great. Color match for OEM lighting look... priceless/

    Pros: variation in lighting themes

    Cons: Needed additional diagram for the Bose system.

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    Written by: Steve S from Columbia, MO on March 3, 2013

    1998 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The feature to customize EQ wasn't intuitive as desired, but it was a great value for all the features and the low price.

    Pros: Lots of features. Easy to install.

    Cons:

    Failed quickly, poor support

    Written by: Doncha from San Francisco on February 28, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Installation was rather straight forward like any other car stereo system, so that went swimmingly. The sound was amazing, especially compared to my previous Alpine receiver. The buttons, though, leave a lot to be desired. They aren't clear on what they will activate. Also, when hooked up to an iPhone 5, it would frequently "lose its place" and either have audio hiccups or just stop playing audio completely. Pulling the faceplate off and reinserting it was the only resolution.

    Then, 2 months into it, the unit wouldn't output any music, but would output the button beep sounds. Then it wouldn't switch out of the CD input. Then, not a day later, it wouldn't power on. Troubleshooted with Crutchfield and JVC over the course of three weeks to determine it needed to be sent in for a warrantied repair. It leaves my hands the end of January, and now, at the end of February, a month later, it is still waiting for parts. United Radio, the ONLY service center in the entire United States, located in New York state, tells me they are backed up. Four part orders later, and no prioritization for an older repair (unless most of their repairs take weeks to months), and still no resolution. They have asked me to contact JVC and they will not do anything, either. They say that it is their policy to have a repair occur on warrantied items, not replacements, refunds, or anything else. They did not offer any sort of resolution besides that they will wait for ever slow United Radio to continue.

    Pros: Great sound. Pretty/Gaudy lights.

    Cons: Poor build quality for their "top of the line" Arsenal line. Cheap feeling buttons. Quickly failing unit and poor warranty.

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    Written by: DJHWI from Milwaukee, WI on February 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Simple install, sounds great.

    Pros: easy to install, great sound,

    Cons:

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Doug from Poquoson, VA on January 14, 2013

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Can't beat it for the price.

    Pros: FM reception. Lots of audio adjustments. Worked great with iPhone bluetooth for both voice control and audio streaming.

    Cons: No simple bass/treble control. Did not work with Android bluetooth streaming or voice control.

    Good unit for the price

    Written by: Ralphkramden from Maryland on January 10, 2013

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Nice unit. Installed in '02 Camry. Crutchfield Master sheet was easy to use. Use the connection diagram included with the JVC unit in order to complete the wiring connections.

    Pros: Painless install process. Follow the Master sheet and it's easy.

    Cons: None so far.

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    Written by: pergamum from Huntsville, AL on January 7, 2013

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Installed in a 2003 Silverado with no issues. Setup was fairly easy and the unit looks and sounds great.

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    Bluetooth didn't work

    Written by: Joe from Dayton, OH on January 3, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Ordered the unit well in time for Christmas. Went to install it and the Bluetooth feature did not work. Crutchfield technical support informed me that the unit was discontinued so they couldn't provide a replacement. I was advised to choose another receiver. They sent the second receiver about a week later but without any of the mounting hardware. Now I'm waiting on that. I'm not very impressed with how much effort has been involved with having to deal with Crutchfield and the fact that harnesses have to be soldered together.

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    JVC Arsenal

    Written by: Mike from Maysville , Ky on January 2, 2013

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Installed in my son silverado looks great and sounds great . Installation was a breeze

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    Nice Receiver

    Written by: Rob from Florida on January 2, 2013

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Bought this so my wife could stream Pandora/iHeart Radio from her android phone. Sound is great. Bluetooth works pretty good for calls and streaming audio.

    Pros: Colorflow display looks cool. Bluetooth connection pretty reliable. Bluetooth phone quality is pretty good. AUdio quality much better than stock unit I removed

    Cons: Pandora over bluetooth does not display station, artist, etc. And does not thumbs up/down songs as advertised. It just says "STOP" all the time. A little disappointed about that.

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    Written by: A S from Lynn Haven, Fl on January 2, 2013

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Came with everything I needed to install this unit. No hassels, fast delivery, great instructions and quality materilas.

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    Awesome!

    Written by: Simply amazing from Reno, NV on January 1, 2013

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    A lot of people find it annoying to have to use the wheel to scroll through everything, I find this no problem at all. It's simple to use and get used to. The sound is amazing; I'm STILL using my stock speakers and it sounds much better. (I do plan on upgrading everything). The color choices are awesome, I can drive down the road with it going through any of the colors at once, or choose a color to match my other color, which is red.

    It was simple to install and came with excellent instructions. This item has been discontinued as of now, but if you want to get a good stereo you can not go wrong with this one! Find it, buy it!

    Pros: Easy to use and install, no issues found after using it for a week.

    Cons: None that I can see!

    Best stereo I've had

    Written by: Eddie from Lexington SC on January 1, 2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Man was I surprised witht this head unit. I've got a CDA 105 in my other car and this JVC beats it hands down. Good, clean sound but what I really like is the adjustability. I'm not a sound guy but was able to get much better sound out of my four speakers and little sub. It allows you to adjust a high pass and lo pass filter plus Q which I understand is the width of the bell curve of the response. Separate adjustments for bass, mid and treble. I send all the mid and high stuff to the 6" speakers and send the lows to the sub. Let's it run clean and loud. I love it.

    Pros: Adjustability, good clean sound, decent power

    Cons: It's a little slower reading the iPod at power up than my Alpine head unit.

    Great all around value

    Written by: Mike from Huntsville, AL on January 1, 2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This is a great product for the money. Installed it with my son on Christmas day in about an hour or so including soldering the wires together. The install sheets that came from Crutchfield were easy to follow. My son was able to get it set his way quickly just by looking through the manual. Pairing the phone and Ipod worked great.

    Pros: Easy to set up and use Bluetooth phone and playlist works very well. Sound quality on both ends sounds good lots of options

    Cons: Not really any for the install or the deck. The JVC android app is more trouble than it's worth

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    Written by: RichC from Overland Park, KS on January 1, 2013

    2005 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Bought this as Christmas present for daughter. Customer service was excellent and helped me order everything needed to install the new system. She loves it and her parents love the radio controls of her Ipod and hands-free phone.bb

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    Written by: cwpate from O'Fallon, IL on January 1, 2013

    2004 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great sound, and easy to install, without straight-forward instructions.

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    Written by: John B. from Old bridge, NJ on December 31, 2012

    2010 Ford Transit Connect
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Seems like everything is working great. A bit confusing with all the different menus for options though.

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    Great Product

    Written by: Nick J from Sacramento, CA on December 31, 2012

    2005 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great product, easy to install as well.

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    Great Deck

    Written by: E542baker from Bellingham, WA on December 31, 2012

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This deck is awesome. It has so many features. 2 USB ports, Bluetooth, aux in. You can have 3 devices BT paired to the deck.

    Pros: Installation was super easy. Has about 24 different colors to match any dash. Bluetooth ready and comes with a mic iPod/iPhone controls from dash

    Cons: Menu is kind of confusing

    SOUNDS GOOD AS LONG AS YOU DON'T MIND FUMBLING IN THE DARK TO POWER IT

    Written by: Bob from NJ on December 31, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Bought this, the install went smooth into my daughters 2005 Accord. I had ti fiddle a bit to make the faceplate sit smooth but was able to make it work. Once in the system was a huge improvement to the stock system. A day or two after the install I was driving my daughters car at night when I realized there were no lights on the system. I called Crutchfield support and was told to remove the system and check the wiring. A bit of a pain as I am pretty careful when doing work like this but I did pull the system and did check the wiring, as was connected well. I then called the JVC service number on the back of their manual. The tech (who did not sound like he knew what he was doing) told me that in fact a lack of any lighting at night without first powering on the system was by design. Agian, I thought he did not know what he was talking about because who in their right mind would engineer a product that has you fumbling in the dark to press a little on/off button while driving down thw highway? I have installed plenty of after market head units (I currenly have a Panasonic in my truck as well as my son's car, both of which have lit displays when the key is turned). I recalled Crutchfield support and after some digging they confirmed that the JVC does not illuminate unless you press the power button. In JVC's defense, it appears they are not the only ones to do this. At any rate this is an absurd (and potentially dangerous) way to engineer the product. This has been returned.

    Pros: Sound good, looks good

    Cons: No illumination unless you press the power button, dangerous way to engineer their product.

    Excellent deck with a couple of drawbacks to be aware of

    Written by: ChuckM from Calgary, AB on December 31, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I have installed two of these, one in my wife's 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, and one in my 1999 Ford SVT Contour. I've been using this deck for about six months. It's been an excellent performer with a couple of drawbacks worth mentioning. I would buy this again. The Bluetooth streaming has been rock solid for us with great sound quality, something that was very important to me; I wanted to dispense with the AUX cable but not if Bluetooth streaming made the music sound like 64kb mono.

    Install info: For my wife's van, I used the PAC RP4-CH11 wire harness and steering wheel interface (see separate review; works great) and the Posi Products wire harness connectors (you screw them together instead of crimping or soldering -- also great). I also used some foam tape (Hushmat Quiet Tape, but there are other brands) to wrap all the Posi connectors and other hard plastic bits of the wire harness to prevent them from rattling behind the deck; it worked wonders. I don't know if you can buy that stuff on Crutchfield as I had some already handy.

    Pros: - Excellent sound quality. - Lots of outputs (5V instead of 2.5V too!) in case I decide to install anything fancy later on. - Bluetooth streaming works very well with my Galaxy S3, my wife's S2, and our oldest son's iPod Touch. - Decent EQ that lets you change frequencies as well as levels, e.g. you can specify that "bass" cuts off at 100Hz, 80Hz, 60Hz. It's choosing among presets, but still, a nice touch at this price point. - Not too "showy." Turn off demo mode and "colorflow" and you're g

    Cons: - No built-in deck mic, just a wired condenser. Longest part of both installs was running that mic from the headliner to the deck. - My old, cheap Sony was smart enough to only trigger the power antenna when the radio was on; for other sources the antenna stayed down. This JVC sends the signal every time you turn on the deck. - "Button zone" LEDs very bright; my night setting is Red 1, Blue 0, Green 0 and it'll do, but I still wish it was dimmer at night. The "display zone" dims very well.

    Happy Customer

    Written by: SteveS from Olive Branch, MS on December 30, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Couldn't be happier. This purchase was made for my son and he's as happy as an 18 yr old can be!

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    Great unit

    Written by: ripper1a from Chino Hills Ca on December 28, 2012

    1989 Acura Legend L
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Replaced the stock radio , the install went smooth no real issues that were not caused by Crutchfield. The replacement made such a difference in the sound "Like Night and Day"

    Pros: Cool unit does everything

    Cons: No issues yet.

    A+++

    Written by: Anonymous from NJ on December 27, 2012

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Excellent unit. Comes with everything I was looking for in a unit. CD, Bluetooth, and more! I looked at Pioneer, Sony, and Kenwood, but this is defiantly the better choice of brand!

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Great product.

    Written by: Wayne from SC on December 27, 2012

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Excellent customer service. System was easy to install and works as advertised.

    Pros: Easy setup, appearance and features.

    Cons: Buttons are a little close together making it slightly difficult to get too.

    Good Value

    Written by: Wayne P from WV on December 27, 2012

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Just installed yesterday have not figures out all the features yet. Great value for the monry

    Pros: Lots of features, Bluetooth worksvery well.

    Cons: A little too glitzy.

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Mark from Charleston, SC on December 26, 2012

    2002 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Excellent stereo for the price! Installation instructions were easy to follow, and Crutchfield supplied everything necessary for the install. Sound is great with factory speakers, and the daughter loves the capability of changing the display color. Setting up preset stations, bluetooth, pandora for bluetooth, ipod isn't very difficult, but you do need to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Bluetooth sound quality is fine, but I recommend installing the microphone close to the driver's head location.

    Pros: Great sound with a lot of functionality. Like the external microphone, bluetooth, usb, and audio jacks. Great to have usb on front and back of the stereo.

    Cons: Nothing major, but the buttons are rather small.

    Great Sound, Great Look

    Written by: RonT from S.E. Georgia on December 26, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Overall an excellent choice to replace my factory radio. Bluetooth music from my Droid Razor Maxx sounds great and the hands free phone sound is also very good. Didn't even unwrap the remote ( I never understood the need for a remote in a vehicle ). I wouldn't bother with the phone app to control the radio. I downloaded it because I'm, well, an appoholic, but it seems pretty useless and I will probably uninstall it soon. Overall this unit is a good value and I would recommend it as a replacement for a factory unit.

    Pros: Nice sound, good look, excellent FM reception, Bluetooth works well. Excellent value!!

    Cons: Multi-use buttons are small and close together. Controls aren't real intuitive. Remote and phone app are pretty useless.

    Amazing stereo

    Written by: Anonymous from KY on December 25, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Amazing stereo, with amazing sound quality.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: nothing

    Good value

    Written by: Mick from New York, NY on December 23, 2012

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    I read almost every review on the site before getting this unit. I was very pleased with my decision. This unit is packed with features and options. I was able to get a this unit on sale during the thanksgiving sale. This unit replaced my existing factory unit on a 97 Maxima GXE. The feature set on this unit includes phone integration via Bluetooth, CD receiver, basic AM/FM tuner, audio playback from an Android or iPhone via Bluetooth (by far my favorite feature) and among other great features. Didn't think I would really use the remote but I use it all the time. The high voltage output generates great sound and the per defined EQ settings are great for all types of music. The unit comes with two USB connections, one right on the unit and the second option is to use a cable that can be hidden behind the unit or run it behind the panel and into your glovebox (which is what I did). The first USB slot is used to for the Bluetooth module.

    Pros: Feature packed High voltage output Room for upgrades (Subwoofer) Audio playback from your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth Phone integration via Bluetooth Voice command access to basic phone features Remote control access

    Cons: I wish the layout on the unit would have been a bit cleaner. There are some digital audio receivers that have a cleaner layout but the lack of a CD player turned me away.

    Jvc in merc Benz

    Written by: Jon from Orlando Florida on December 23, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I wanted a radio to go in to a nice SLK 320 and not look too new and out of place. This radio was the ticket. The sound complemented the factory Bose speakers and made for great overall this quality.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Sound quality. Ability to color code the LED display matching original factory gauges.

    Cons: It took a little creativity to a fix the sleeve for mounting the new head unit into the original factory radio slot. It only took a short time to figure it out.

    Huge Improvement

    Written by: MD from Hood River, OR on December 19, 2012

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    Install kit and instructions were right on. Looks and sounds great. Especially like the bluetooth audio streaming.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Marie from San Diego, CA on December 19, 2012

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I had been wanting a new stereo for a while now. After some research and reading the good reviews on this unit I decided to purchase it and I was not disappointed. I had a friend install it (which did not take more than an hour). Once I started testing out the sound I noticed immediately the improvement over my factory-installed radio (2005 Scion tC). I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and bluetooth integration is a breeze making it easy to listen to music or for talking and Pandora works great too. I really like the ability to customize the color schemes as well. Overall, I'm really glad I purchased this unit!

    Pros: Great sound, bluetooth is easy to work with, great value

    Cons: The light that emits off the display can be too bright, especially at night

    Wow!

    Written by: Dale from Florence, SC on December 19, 2012

    2001 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Wish I could give it more than 5 stars! I got the stereo, installion kit, wiring harness and master instruction sheet and this cold not have been any easier to install. Took about an hour to remove old stereo, install new ne, clean up mess and set the presets and Bluetooth connection!!

    Pros: Ease on installation, coolness, sound

    Cons: None

    Great Value

    Written by: Marc W from Franklin, MA on December 17, 2012

    2004 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Purchased this radio for $100 when they had a $50 discount. Excellent radio that was straight forward and easy to install. Good sounding radio. Bluetooth works like a charm. The wife (who I bought this for) likes the configurable color schemes and adds to the coolness factor. Looks and feels like a radio worth much more than what I paid.

    Pros: Good sound. Trouble free Bluetooth integration. Easy to install. Configurable display. Great overall value.

    Cons: Clock has some funky set up which kept resetting the time to an hour ahead. After monkeying around found the proper setting to switch this off. Honda wiring does not allow for the stock subwoofer to be powered with the wiring harness. This was minor as the lack of that subwoofer made seemingly no impact on good sound.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Santa Rosa, ca on December 14, 2012

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great...wish the AM tuner was better though.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Little Rock, AR on December 14, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    good unit for a single din, but takes down the "Coolness factor" but for the price worth it.

    Pros: all the options I wanted, sinks to BT well, and over good for a simple radio upgrade

    Cons: single din, and the settings are a bit limited... (overall good unit for the price....

    great product

    Written by: chris from asheville nc on December 13, 2012

    1986 BMW 325E
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product, always loved jvc receivers and this is the best yet. Great price got it for 100 on sale. Bluetooth syncs great to my galaxy s3 and is crystal clear. Got three pre outs so great expansion. Lots of tweaking options too. Debating getting another for my truck I have this in my bmw e30 and it looks great in the dash.

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    Great stereo for the money!!

    Written by: LisaP from Tucson, AZ on December 12, 2012

    2006 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was a gift for my husband, and he has been very happy with the performance of the stereo, and I was thrilled with the price! I purchased the installation kit along with the stereo and took them both in to a local professional installer, and it couldn't have been easier! I had been shopping online for a completely wrong type of stereo for my husband's truck until your website showed me exactly what type to find! The stereo is awesome, and has all the bells and whistles we were looking for. Doing business with Crutchfield is something I look forward to again in the future. : )

    Pros: Many functions and a great price!

    Cons: None that we've encountered yet.

    Arsenal is awesome!

    Written by: Food assassin from San Jose ca on December 10, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sounds really good. Fairly easy to use and the Bluetooth works good.

    Pros: Installation was easy. Sounds really good. The Bluetooth was easy to setup Well built and I recommend buying this headunit! for the price it was well worth it!

    Cons: None so far.

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    Written by: LeoSan from Canóvanas, PR on December 10, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Yo era un fanático de Pioneer... ERA... Lo compré en especial y con el sustituí un radio de $600.00 Quedé totalmente impresionado. Voy a comprar otro para mi chica. Exelente sonido, muchas funciones útiles, adaptación, apariencia, sencillez, calidad de construcción, precio, sencillamente perfecto! Estoy muy complacido.

    I was a fan of Pioneer...WAS...I bought it on special and with it I substituted a $600 radio, I was totally impressed. I am going to buy another one for my girlfriend. Excellent sound, many useful functions, adaptation, appearance, simplicity, build quality, price, simply perfect! I am very pleased.

    Pros: Everything.

    Cons: Nothing.

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Dave M from Gainesville, Fl on December 10, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am really enjoying this radis. Bought this unit to have a Bluetooth capable radio. I was pleased with the USB and 3.5 inputs, but mostly needed Bluetooth for my phone calls and music playback from my phone. Also radio reception is much better than my previous unit (JVC HD-HDW10). Never really used the HD radio in the old unit due to poor reception so I got this unit without HD.

    Bluetooth works well, although it takes5-10 seconds to pair up after turning the unit off. Not really an issue now that I know, but at first I thought it wasn't connecting and I reset my phone trying to connect. My only complaints are the glare off the front plastic face and not enough bass. Sometimes it is hard to read the display in bright daylight. Bass is not real strong without a subwoofer.

    Pros: Bluetooth, good reception, good sound, value for the money. Excellent service from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Glare in bright light. Weak bass over stock speakers.

    Bluetooth is awesome

    Written by: Matt L from Crystal Lake, IL on December 10, 2012

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I would call this receiver an extreme value with what is included, primarily the Bluetooth function. I can speak on the phone, listen to my music from my iphone5 and stream Pandora from my phone as well. Awesome, especially with Siri helping. Works perfectly and the quality of sound is amazing, even before I installed the new speakers I ordered at the same time. Install was a breeze. The instructions from Crutchfield were very helpful and so were the videos I looked up on Google. I highly suggest you do the same before installing either stereo or speakers. As always the Crutchfield staff is tremendous both during my order and a couple of times I needed to call tech support. I had two issues which they answered correctly and immediately the first time.

    Pros: Value, Bluetooth functions, ease of use, quality of sound and craftmanship.

    Cons: It doesn't make breakfast or coffee in the morning while I drive to work. JVC should really fix that.

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    Written by: Thops from Martinsburg, WV on December 10, 2012

    2005 Ford Freestar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Stereo Deck for the price. Installed for my father-in-law, who likes no change. I have installed in each of his 2 cars. He loves it. The microphone is good quality. The cord is extra long. I love the easy of installation. Had a bluetooth issue, crutchfield support fixed me up. I don't think anyone can touch this one for the price, and a 2 year warranty to boot. What a Deal!

    Pros: Excellent value for the money with 2 year warranty. Very simple with tons of modern features. Bluetooth is excellent. Really a great deal!

    Cons: None noted

    Great value great product

    Written by: Anonymous from Webster my on December 10, 2012

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Couldn't ask for a better car stereo for the price

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    Simply Awesome!!

    Written by: Johnny 510 / Datsunpr.com from Isabela Puerto Rico on December 10, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in a 1970 Datsun 510 with ease. Just using one of the preset EQ settings just sounds awesome. I was pulled towards this head unit seeking the 6 preamp lines for the three amps I have installed and the 4.8 volts that these feed to the amps. Also the multi color display with separate options for the button and display colors is a great feature. This way I was able to match the factory dash lights.The sound quality is very good. I had a top of the line alpine receiver but 5 years ago that was already outdated, I was a bit worried if the JVC could deliver the sound quality I was expecting but I was totaly amazed. I have six infinity referance speakers installed. Two 6 1/2"s on the doors, two 6 1/2"s on the rear deck and two 3 1/2"s up in the front dash factory location working as a center channel ( correct bought from Crutchfied a few years ago) and the sound is just great. I have been buying from Crutchfield since the year 1990 and have just great experience with they way they work and treat me. I have never bought any electronics products for my cars from anybody else. Keep up the great service and prices you guys are the BEST!!

    Pros: Price, unbeatable, warrany 2 years (who can offer this? nobody) Free UPS shipping with tracking info, many payment options ( i used paypal ) life time support, return option if your not satisfied etc.. to many to remember .

    Cons: Can't think of any

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    Written by: Lindell S from Oklahoma City, Ok on December 9, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit, loaded with features, easy install. The Crutchfield Master install sheet was very helpful. The unit's box had the Bluetooth pairing instructions printed on the outside of it, and in no way agreed with the JVC operation manual???? So you need to use the operation manual.

    Pros: Great unit for me, for CD's, Fm radio and the usb port in front I can insert my thumb drive and listen to my own tunes. Loveit!

    Cons: I had a problem in keeping the Bluetooth paired to my phone. After pairing it and two ignition cycles in my truck, I would loose the pairing. Did everything I knew of, reset the unit, reset my cell phone(android smart phone) called Crutchfield Tech line and talked with Joe and Travis. The last conversation I had with Travis he suggested that remove the Bluetooth unit from the plug in the rear usb cord and try it in the front usb port. I did this and walla it worked. It was difficult to put in th

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Taft,Ca on December 9, 2012

    2002 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    everything i wanted for my daughters car

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    great value

    Written by: Anonymous from Fort Wayne, IN on December 9, 2012

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great value for the money.

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    great radio for a great value

    Written by: Tim from Cincinnati, Ohio on December 9, 2012

    2002 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio for a great value. Does everything I want in a car radio, bluetooth, handsfree, ipod control The button layout is a bit odd which makes it hard to feel buttons while driving

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    Incredible value

    Written by: Jason from Lafayette, IN on December 8, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just installed this about a week ago, replacing a Monsoon factory head unit in my VW. I'm amazed that you can get this sound quality and feature set at this low-end price point. The iPod interface is reasonably intuitive, especially considering that the display only gives you one line of text at a time to work with. I'm happy with Bluetooth, both for streaming audio from my Android phone and for hands-free calling. The mic isn't very high-gain, so I wasn't able to tuck it out of sight behind the sunroof/dome light panel where VW intended - but once I moved it out into the open, just inboard of my sun visor up where the windshield and headliner meet, people can't even tell that I'm using a handsfree setup. Tuner sensitivity is fine; haven't even used the CD player yet, but can't imagine there'll be any room for complaint there, either. I'm sure more expensive units are better, but this is just ridiculously good for the price. I'm completely satisfied.

    Pros: Extraordinarily good value; competent at everything it does. It's amazing that a head unit this good can be this cheap.

    Cons: I wish the EQ settings weren't buried under so many menu layers, but the easy-access factory choices are serviceable (and since one of the easy-access ones is "user," I could take some time and tweak it just how I wanted, I suppose). I also wish the mic were more sensitive. But these are very minor quibbles considering the low price.

    great radio, great price

    Written by: HBaer from CA on December 7, 2012

    1989 BMW 325I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    got this radio because my old one broke .. and have to say that in hindsight I would have loved to see the old one breaking earlier ;-) . This is a nice radio, and so far - after one week - I have to say that it definitely does what it's promising. Especially the iPhone integration rocks, both for the Apps and the phone usage. Sound is great, too.

    I personally have to get used to the every-changing colors but the kids won't allow to change it ;-)

    Pros: Easy installation, mostly easy and intuitive usage, great sound and functionality.

    Cons: The control knob has dual function, acting as volume control (turning, as usual), and other things (pressing the button), depending on the mode. I have yet to get used to this dual-mode, and it happens to me that I want to control the volume, but accidentally press the button, too. A bit disturbing now and then, but probably more a monkey training exercise than a real issue. Sorting of contacts in phone is based on the first name and not on the last name, so remember your contacts well.

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    Written by: Stan from Saint Petersburg, FL on December 6, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am not a professional or picky, so I like the JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT. It does the job it is designed to. So far no problems. Personally, I like japanese electronics.

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    Very nice receiver. Has everything I need

    Written by: nmgarimellas from Los Alamos, nm on December 5, 2012

    2002 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver has everything I was looking for in a receiver - Bluetooth handsfree calling, USB port, IPod control and Aux/Line in capability. In addition it has bluetooth streaming. Installation was easy with the extra Crutchfield kit. Almost everything works as expected. I can even connect a Sansa MP3 player and it recognizes the WMA/MP3 files on it an plays them so I am not tied to an Apple product for music and audiobooks. My only issue is that I have not yet found the right controls in the menu to turn off the changing colors and the scrolling display of its various features.

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free calling, good sound quality, USB port and Aux input

    Cons: WMA playback controls are not as polished as the Ipod control. Also, not sure if I can navigate the IPod Genres/Albums/Artists etc from the radio and select them. But I can from the Ipod player itself (In one of the Ipod modes)

    Great stereo

    Written by: wrenchspinner from Cleveland on December 3, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Instaled this stereo as a replacement for the factory in a 2007 Honda Accord. The factory unit and 6 disc changer was ok but I was looking for something more. Let me tell you, this thing delivered! With the 6 RCA jacks in the back with 4v outputs this really woke my system up. I have a 12" sony in a ported box that was OK with the stock system. With this unit it hits extremely hard. I was supprised at the quality of the sound. Great system, I should have done this a long time ago.

    Pros: Awesome sound and has handsfree bluetooth.

    Cons: Not the easiest to set up. Still working through the set up. Could be a bit more intuitive. Need better instructions, what do all the setting do?

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Allen from Chambersburg, PA on December 3, 2012

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Product delivered on all levels of expectations. Unit was installed in 30 min from time of its delivery. Excellant product. Excellant directions. Excellant company. No need to buy from anyone else.

    Pros: 100% SATISFACTION

    Cons: N/A

    Great

    Written by: Robert from Minnesota on November 29, 2012

    2006 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Stereo install was smooth for a chevy impala 06. Makes my after market speakers bump. Blue tooth works great as well.

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    Great STock replacement

    Written by: TW from Las Vegas, NV on November 27, 2012

    2001 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For the price, this stereo is amazing. Made my stock speakers, which I will soon replace, sound much better. I also hooked up an AMP and subwooofer and the pre-amp makes it sound great. I love the fact it has bluetooth and can't wait to get it working. The display has dual color, which my kids thought was really cool. We can play CD's, ipods or a line in. Very Pleased.

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    Written by: josh h from Evansville Indiana on November 27, 2012

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great head unit has everything I wanted and for this price shipped it's a steal.

    Pros: 3 4.8v pre outs , parametric eq, android supported Pandora , and the Mic sounds good on phone calls.

    Cons: The remote is so small and I have bad joints in my fingers I can't grip it to use it.

    Awesome unit

    Written by: Keith from Bentonville, AR 7272 on November 27, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I was looking for a unit that had Bluetooth and USB, preferably one with a front and rear plug. I had a hard time finding one under $300... Until this one, and it was on sale, but even the regular price was great.

    Pros: Bluetooth - easy to set up and use, can play stereo through it and really don't hear difference to direct hookup. USB - both front and back, the Bluetooth adaptor is very small and can be moved to the front plug. Easy to use and set up.

    Cons: Remote - is really useless in a regular car. It is line-of-sight, so I can mount it on my steering wheel. Dimmer - this is a minor thing. It has a set up for a fixed dimmer (night setting), would be nice if it would work with my dimmer switch.

    A very nice head unit!

    Written by: Jason R from San Antonnio on November 26, 2012

    2004 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This head unit has great value in my 04 Nissan Sentra Spec-V. The sound quality is very good. Better than what I had installed previously. I had an older Pioneer Premier model that still worked but was looking pretty used up. I noticed right away from the JVC that the sound was much fuller and just sounded cleaner. I have Rockford Fosgate aftermarket speakers installed. 2-ways in front & components in the rear deck. There also 2 factory tweeters installed in the front panels. I also have a Kicker 6.5 in sub installed in the back factory panel. This head unit lets me crank it up more with clean sound with all the EQ settings. The bluetooth works great. I synced it with my phone easily and it sounded great. I don't have android so I can't comment on the swipe method. Navigating menus is a little hard at first but a couple of days later I got used to it and I like it. One shortcut I like is if you hold down the EQ button on the face it brings up your basic Sub, Bass, Mid, Treble settings. I also love the color adjustments. There are so many different ways to change the colors. Its amazing. This JVC unit was worth the great price on Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, features and color adjustments

    Cons: none

    JVC Arsenal

    Written by: TimothyP from Machesney Park, IL on November 25, 2012

    1999 Saturn SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have had this unit for about a week now and have no complaints whatsoever. I have used both FM (great reception) and the iPod mode. I love being able to switch easily from controlling the iPod with the unit or on the iPod itself.

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    Very Pleased With Crutchfield Advice & Products

    Written by: DrERC from Clearwater, FL on November 24, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My wife loves her '04 BMW 330 convertible; doesn't want a new one. But she wanted to update the sound system with satellite radio and Bluetooth. Checked with BMW; no luck. Car is too old. So we called Crutchfield. PROBLEM SOLVED! We got great advice & products. Sound is much better and we have all the updated features we wanted and more.

    Pros: Great sound and features. Really like wireless iPod connectivity via Bluetooth.

    Cons: Not really a con, but due to all the new features, it is taking a while to become familiar with the new technology.

    A little cumbersome, but loaded with features

    Written by: Jesse from NJ on November 23, 2012

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This stereo has a ton of features for the price...what sold me off the bat was the fact that it had 3 pre-amp inputs with decent voltage for an awesome price. Now that my whole stereo is reinstalled, I have to say that this unit isn't as easy to use as my old Pioneer unit, however, it makes up for that fact with the incredible amount of features. The appearance is very customizable and I really like all of the flexibility you have with EQ settings. I'd definitely buy it again.

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    Written by: stacey from Carteret nj on November 21, 2012

    1989 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    i love it

    Pros: super easy to install

    Cons: nothing yet

    WARNING: Pandora Integration is a PAIN!

    Written by: Wensleydale from Atlanta, GA on November 15, 2012

    2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I listen to Pandora in my car a lot. I recently got an iPhone 5, which required me to change my iPhone integration setup (long story). When shopping for a receiver with USB input, I thought Pandora integration would be a GOOD thing. But it turns out to be quite the opposite:

     When the phone is docked, Pandora won't allow me to control Pandora from the phone, only from the receiver. This is supposedly a safety feature, but I don't see how fiddling with buttons and knobs to select a station is anything but more dangerous than simply tapping on the station on the screen of the phone.

     As long as Pandora is running, even in the background, Pandora is pretty much all you can get out of your iPhone. Put it on the dock and Pandora starts playing automatically. Pause Pandora and start playing the Podcast or Music app, and the receiver is convinced all you are doing is Not Listening To Pandora. The moment you try to adjust the volume, Pandora starts back up again, and your other audio is paused. The only way I can find around this is to force quit Pandora.

    Pandora and JVC support have both told me there is no way to disable this feature. You can get around it by using Bluetooth audio, but if you want to charge off the USB port, this means you have to switch the input every time you dock the phone.

    Pros: Decent sound, has an FM tuner.

    Cons: "Pandora integration" turns out to be more a warning than a feature bullet point. Button design is ridiculous: crazy shapes, tiny, all clustered together. The operation of a car radio needs to be simple and intuitive for safety's sake and sanity's sake. This fails on both counts. Also, the demo mode with the changing colors is just godawful.

    Great sound and more uses every day

    Written by: Crutchfield ONLY customer now from Marion, IA on November 15, 2012

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I had a local shop install a JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT in my newer F-150 and WOW is this unit great! I bought 2 more units and the associated mounting hardware from Crutchfield. Installation in my other F-150 took about 1.5 hours with their instructions (fine details but I had to figure out to remove the plastic cover on the side column to route the microphone wire ahd hide it under the dash). Totally satisfied with the unit and Cruthchfield and the money I saved by installing it myself paid for the 2nd radio (going into my '07 Impala, looks like it might be more detailed due to the electronics being routed through the radio. I am telling eveyone this is the unit to get for your vehicles. After looking at the other radios available for the price this is the best choice.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone, bluetooth radio through android phone (JVC has an app for this), much better sound quality than the stock radio, ease of installation, Lots of extras on this radio. Bluetooth adaptor and microphone included in the price of the unit. USB for charging on front of unit.

    Cons: The clock doesn't display during certain modes.

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Chicago, IL on November 15, 2012

    2002 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    JVC's always a good buy. Easy to install, nice features, great sound. The front panel could be a little more user friendly though.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Bowie, MD on November 14, 2012

    2002 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice CD/receiver with lots of bells and whistles. No problems with installation. Easy setup, easy to use. I enjoy being able to change display colors. Oddly, doesn't show the time if radio (or CD, etc) isn't on.

    Pros: Ease of use, lots of features (especially bluetooth, usb, and aux input). Fun display lights.

    Cons: At max brightness, still have trouble seeing display in bright sunlight. Doesn't show time when radio is off.

    JVC Arsenal beat my more expensive Pioneer

    Written by: New JVC Fan from El Paso, TX on November 14, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    After owning a Pioneer DEH-P9400BH for six months and not being happy with the Bluetooth performance or the USB file browsing the store agreed to replace it with another unit of my choice; enter the JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT. Wow, what a difference! I remember JVC being in the dumps some years back and was very skeptical, but after acquiring Kenwood they got their act together; this unit rocks in every way! I'm talking hands free with no problems, USB file browsing is much better (the Pioneer drops you back in the root no matter how many folders you are in so you have to start at the beginning when looking for the same genre/artist/etc, this is frustrating (especially when driving), and the sound - it actually sounds better than the Pioneer! I also love the Pandora connection from my phone! I spent much time tuning both head units, the Pioneer sounded great, but the JVC beats it; deeper bass, crisper highs. To top it all the JVC is less expensive so I actually got money back for upgrading to the better unit. The display is not as nice as the Pioneer's but this doesn't matter to me, it is nice enough; no HD radio, but I can't tell the difference in sound, and I still get station name and song text. I tried working with Pioneer by email, but they basically told me "too bad" that is how the unit work, no firmware update, nothing else, not even offer help configuring it, I felt like they blew me off so after being a loyal fan I'm phasing out all of my Pioneer products in time.

    Pros: Sound - USB file browsing - Bluetooth performance (I have an HTC Sensation Android phone) - Pandora connection from phone which enables you to control Pandora from the head unit, I have not heard a commercial yet, and at night you don't have the phone's bright screen bothering you.

    Cons: Not the best looking unit at first, but when you hear it and work it gets a lot better looking. One of the USB ports is also taken by the included Bluetooth adapter, so I'm using the front for BT and the rear for a 32GB flash drive in my glove compartment.

    Wonderful Unit and a Terrific Buy for my 2001 Escape

    Written by: WalterC from Virginia Beach, VA on November 12, 2012

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Saw this unit on a recent sale while browsing for a new stereo for my old 2001 Escape. I wanted to upgrade the factory stereo and also have some of the updated features such as aux, usb, Android control and especially bluetooth. This being an older CUV, I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a stereo for a vechicle this old. Then I found this JVC unit. I'm delighted with the unit and it really helps the sound, but the bluetooth is great. The unit went into the Escape very easily and the usual wonderful Crutchfield instructions really helped. Crutchfield Service - I ordered this on a Thursday night before 6 PM. You know, the stereo was delivered by UPS before 2 PM to my home. I'm darned impressed - great job guys.

    Pros: Great unit - a ton of features and functions for a very reasonable price - was a bargain during their recent sale on this. Installed easily into a Ford Escape with all the components needed to do a nice, neat job. Sounds Great Bluetooth (included) works very well - I even have voice dialing. Good Android phone control using both AUX and Bluetooth connections.

    Cons: Buttons are small - seems to be endemic to 1-DIN units that pack all of the features and functions this one has. The remote supplied should help, and I may try the JVC Android remote control app as well.

    Replaced factory receiver 2002 Ford Escape

    Written by: Kevin from Mobile, AL on November 11, 2012

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This a great receiver, unbelievable value at the price Crutchfield has it on sale for and would still be a bargain at twice the price. I installed this unit in a 2002 Ford Escape and for now am leaving the factory speakers. I hope to upgrade them soon but for now the improvement in sound quality is very noticeable. I love the equalizer. It really allowed me to tailor the curve for the crappy factory speakers and I think once they are replaced, this unit is going to rock. The custom color settings were great for letting me match the lights in my instrument panel. My wife thought that looked really nice. I haven't had a chance to evaluate the phone and mic clarity aspect of the Bluetooth functionality but the wireless audio streaming from my Android phone, as well as with Pandora, is fabulous. Less wires is a good thing. Overall, great buy!

    Pros: Great sound and packed with features.

    Cons: Single din size makes for cramped controls and lots of layered menus for changing anything.

    Awesome stereo - has EVERYTHING I was looking for...and more!

    Written by: dosbirn from Memphis, TN on November 10, 2012

    1994 Honda Civic SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This unit has exactly what I was looking for, bluetooth, Aux input in front AND back, external microphone to help pick up voices. It easily paired with my iphone and my husband's. I don't agree that it's difficult to go through the menus - it' was pretty easy for me. I was able to do most everything the first few times I used it without having to resort to the book. It's just that it does so many things - that's why there's a lot to learn. And the color choices are pretty cool too. :)

    The only problem we've had so far was when we both were in the car with paired iphones, while streaming music with bluetooth, the unit seemed to get confused on which phone to use. But there may have been something we should have done so the unit knew exactly which iphone to use? It was still very new for us at the time.

    Anyway, sound, looks, fit is great! Installation was pretty easy - I did it myself using the instructions. It was a little confusing at first but I was able to figure out that all the colored wires matched (even though the colors were slightly different between the Crutchfield wiring harness and the JVC wires...they were still the same color). I connected the wires inside first (using heat shrink connectors and wire ties). That probably took the longest. Installing it in my 1994 Honda Civic was a breeze.

    Love this stereo! I am considering getting another one for my 2002 Miata...if it will fit. I'm sure the techs at Crutchfield will know for sure!

    Pros: Has EVERYTHING!

    Cons: Aside from the bluetooth streaming music confusion (which could have been mine), there are absolute NO cons.

    Great unit

    Written by: G Stone from Blacksburg, Va on November 10, 2012

    2002 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this unit and an alpine 133BT at the same time (two cars). The Alpine is good, this unit is better. The build quality is tight, the display is good and the menus are intuitive. This unit sounds great and works better with my iphone than the Alpine. If you trying to find an inexpensive unit that sounds, looks, and has features like a high end unit, look no further - you found it. Nice job JVC

    Pros: connectivity, sound quality, build quality, looks

    Cons: None

    Surprised

    Written by: Pattsalott from Juneau, AK on November 9, 2012

    1999 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have not had any problems with this head unit. I have been nothing but impressed with the laundry list of options and features. Sound quality is great. This is a great unit to replace a stock head unit. The vehicle harness adapter was a nice addition and made the install go much faster.

    Pros: Love it all around

    Cons: Little more spendy than other options.

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Dan from Keller Tx on November 5, 2012

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good features for the price. It looks good, sound is good, and is easy to use. It was extremely easy to install and set up.

    Pros: Great sound on phone calls with bluetooth.

    Cons: Buttons are somewhat small.

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Nelskie from Pikesville, MD on November 3, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product! Anyone looking for a nice inexpensive head unit with all the bells & whistles, well look no further cuz this one is for you. In fact I've purchased 2 (one for each of my vehicles) and a friend of mine liked my unit so much he bought one after seeing all of the features. The icing on the cake though is that Crutchfield pretty much walk you through the install (very easy installation process) by way of the paper instructions, techinal support and the wiring harness/kit they send with the unit. I believe Crutchfield has the best customer service I've ever encountered.

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    Good product

    Written by: Eric J. from Graniteville, SC on November 3, 2012

    2010 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Performs as advertised. Very pleased.

    Pros: Intuitive controls. I was able to figure out menus fairly easy.

    Cons: Display could be a little brighter in day mode.

    Worth the Money

    Written by: MrMark from Goleta, CA on November 3, 2012

    2005 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So far, the unit has satisified what I was looking for in a car stereo system. It looks good, sound is good, and is easy to use. It was extremely easy to install on my own. I did use the tech service, but that was only because I needed help with the steering controls. Tech and sales service was beyond excellent.

    The only reservation I have with the unit is the sound quality through the microphone when using the Bluetooth. Friends on the other end of the line report the quality of sound is low and there is what sounds like traffic noise even when stationary. This may be my phone, so read this with some reservations.

    Pros: Easy to install. Works with steering controls, Bluetooth, and can change the colors of face. Service from staff is excellent.

    Cons: Bluetooth sound on reciever's end not clear. However, calls sound good through car speakers.

    great features at great price

    Written by: CraigW from Greensboro, NC on November 1, 2012

    2000 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Bluetooth and remote features make the KD-A735BT a great car stereo. With Bluetooth I can play my music files from smartphone to stereo with ease and no cables. Sound quality is excellent, especially if you upgrade your original car speakers. Installation was a breeze with car kits and wiring harness supplied by Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth, remote, front USB.

    Cons:

    JVC Arsenal KD-A735BT

    Written by: Nick from Mobile, AL on October 29, 2012

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I waited to submit this review, I have been using this stereo for a little over a month now. This is a nice stereo, if you are looking to replace a factory stereo you should look into this one. I do not have subwoofers but it has a very nice sound with factory upgraded speakers (Infinity). This stereo offers good connectivity with bluetooth and a front USB input for IPOD's and other USB devices.

    Pros: Variable color display is a cool factor. Bluetooth is also a plus. Front USB input is great.

    Cons: No connection for a CD changer, I now have a 6 disc paper weight.

    Solid Stereo at good price

    Written by: DJ from Denver on October 29, 2012

    2007 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this radio to replace the stock CD/radio in my 2007 Highlander Hybrid. The stereo is great and once I got it in it was really easy to set up and get it working. Definite upgrade in sound and now I'm considering upgrading my speakers :) I like that there is a variety of options to connect my iPhone (aux, USB and Bluetooth) which all were plug-and-play easy. A couple minor issues: when using BT connection, it takes 20 or so seconds for head unit to power up and connect with my phone--just takes a little longer than expected but not a big deal. My other issue is that the sound level is not the same depending on how I connect my phone--switching from BT to USB (to charge my phone, yay!) the sound is much louder on USB. Not major issues and I'm very happy with my purchase and think it's a great price. As for the kit, master sheet, etc....ordering from the Crutchfield website is amazing. I really like that I can put in my car model and get all the additional equipment and installation instructions. So simple. However, the instructions were not as idiot-proof as I would have hoped. It would be nice to have a little more text to go along with the pictures b/c it took me a bit to figure out the wiring and installation. The wiring adapter I got has a wire to hook up the steering wheel controls but I haven't figured out how to do it. It would be great if the instructions/master sheet could help out there. The kit fit perfectly and looks fine in my dash, no complaints.

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    Written by: cwg- from walker, la. on October 29, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    this unit exceeded all my expectations the blue tooth works perfectly and the adjustment that u have can make so-so speakers hit

    Pros: bluetooth connects as soon as i start my vehical color change is great and equalizer adjustments are nice and just short of having a extra equalizer

    Cons: have'nt found any so far