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by Zak Billmeier
JVC

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.

Hands-free calling and awesome sound

JVC includes a Bluetooth® adapter with the KD-A805 CD receiver, letting you make safer hands-free calls in your car with a compatible phone. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music and you'll hear the caller over your vehicle's speakers. Mount the included microphone in a convenient spot for maximum sound quality.

JVC's KDA805 CD receiver

Built-in iPod® controls

Just connect your iPod or iPhone® using the cable it came with, and you'll be using the receiver's controls to browse your tunes and playlists in no time — no adapter required. JVC's 2-Way Control lets your passengers use the iPod itself to control your music while it's connected to the radio — and you'll still see song info on the display. Be sure to check the Hands-on Research tab for iPod model compatibility when using 2-way control.


A powerful, flexible tone machine

Play your MP3 and WMA files you've burned to disc, or load them on a USB flash drive. You'll have tunes to spare for your next trip, and you'll see song info on the receiver's display. A powerful internal amplifier belts out all your tunes with authority, and you can tweak your tone to perfection with the 3-band equalizer. The premium Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter ensures that your music will be reproduced faithfully.


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Looking to add to your system?

Three sets of gold-plated, 5-volt preamp outputs send a strong, clean signal to your amps and subs. Add an HD Radio™ tuner and take advantage of the enhanced sound quality and additional programming options offered by participating stations. You can also add a satellite radio tuner and tap into the endless variety of entertainment.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • included USB Bluetooth adapter
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • choice of 30 illumination colors
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band parametric equalizer
    • Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • built-in 2-way iPod control for most iPod models
    • compatible with optional HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    5 volts
    Display Color
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    VarioColor
    Key Button Color
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    VarioColor
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front and Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Included
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp mini-ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Face security screw
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter
    • Microphone with attached 10' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt with flat washer/hex nut/Rubber bushing installed
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fren)
    • US warranty sheet
    • Canadian warranty card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution" note attached to wiring harness
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter Instructions
    • Bluetooth Function sheet

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    CD Playback
    AM/FM Tuner
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The unit comes with a hard plastic face case to store the receiver's faceplate when detached.

    Display Color: The receiver features 29 display 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 over 30,000 color options. The chosen color applies to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except Power, Eject, and EQ; those remain red. The contrast of the display can also be adjusted 1 to 8.

    Clock Display: In the menu the clock can be set to display with the ignition on, even when the unit is off ("keyed" operation). With the ignition off, when you press the display button the clock is displayed for 5 seconds, then turned off.

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

    Audio Section

    MOS-FET Amplifier: The JVC KD-A805 features a MOS-FET amplifier that is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 20 watts RMS x 4 channels in 4-ohm and 1% THD+N with a signal to noise ratio of 80 dBA.

    TI/Burr-Brown 24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-A805 utilizes a TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Intelligent Equalizer (i-EQ): The KD-A805 has a 3-band parametric EQ with manually adjustable center frequencies: Bass; 50Hz, 100 Hz, or 200 Hz; Midrange 500 Hz, 1 kHz, or 2.5 kHz; and Treble 5kHz, 10 kHz, or 15 kHz. The bass, midrange, and treble bandwidth settings are also adjustable: Q0.7, Q1.0, Q1.4, or Q2.0. The setting for each EQ band varies from -6 to +6 dB. In addition to these "User" settings, there are six EQ presets with the following combinations:

    Sound Modes Preset Values
    Bass Midrange Treble
    Level Freq. Q Level Freq. Q Level Freq. Freq.
    User (initial) 00 50 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.0 00 10 kHz Q1.0
    Rock +03 100 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.0 +02 10 kHz Q1.4
    Classic +01 80 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.0 +03 10 kHz Q1.4
    Pop +02 100 Hz Q1.0 +01 1 kHz Q1.0 +02 10 kHz Q1.4
    Hip Hop +04 50 Hz Q1.0 -02 1 kHz Q1.0 +01 10 kHz Q1.4
    Jazz +03 100 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.0 +03 10 kHz Q1.4

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-A805 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.

    3 Pair of 5V Preamp Outputs: The KD-A805 is equipped with three pair of 5.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a variable low-pass crossover (55Hz, 85Hz, 120Hz, or Through) and level control (0 to 8).

    High Pass Filter: You can select the unit's high pass filter cut-off frequency (62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, or Through) for the front and rear speakers so it matches the subwoofer's low-pass filter setting.

    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.

    CD Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-A805 can play MP3 (5-320 kbps)/WMA files (5-320 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. This unit can recognize a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

    Playback Modes: The JVC KD-A805 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current rack repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function
    • Random: Folder Random (plays al tacks 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)

    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.

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

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner With Title Assignment: The KD-A805 features a built-in AM/FM tuner.

    Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides three FM bands and one AM band. Each AM/FM band can hold up to six station presets. You can store these presets manually or have the radio store them automatically.

    Title Assignment: You can assign names (up to eight characters) for 24 AM/FM station frequencies.

    Mono Mode: If an FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    External Device Connection

    USB Port: The KD-A805 features a front-panel and rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port. The front-panel USB port is behind a sliding cover while the rear USB port is attached to the chassis by a 4' pigtail. The USB ports enable connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class devices. The USB ports are compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT12, FAT16, or FAT32 file system. The unit will playback MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA audio files (5-320 kbps) stored on a USB mass storage device. This unit can recognize a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder) for each USB port. The KD-A805 will also display ID3 Tag information (up to 128 characters for MP3/WMA).

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Direct iPod Connection: The JVC KD-A805's front-panel and rear-panel USB ports also act as iPod high-speed direct connections when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. An additional iPod cable is available (item number 472USBCBLE, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Menu options allow iPod control from the radio's front panel or from the iPod itself (the 5th generation iPod and 1st generation iPod nano must be controlled from the head unit, not from the iPod itself). The iPod is charged whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KD-A805 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) N N N N N N N
    mini (1/2 gen) N N N N N N N
    video (5 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     touch 1 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. The KD-A805 is also compatible with the optional KS-PD100 external iPod adapter (257KSPD100, sold separately). When the KS-PD100 is added, the iPod dock connector (3rd gen.), iPod click-wheel/color-display (4th gen.), and iPod mini (1st/2nd gen.) are also compatible.

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-A805 comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which can plug into either the head unit's front or rear-panel USB input, making the KD-A805 Bluetooth 2.0 certified. Once the Bluetooth adapter is inserted, this unit will support the following Bluetooth Profiles: HFP (Hands-Free Profile) 1.5, OPP (Object Push Profile) 1.1, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution profile) 1.2, and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) 1.3. Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone or music hands-free operation.

    • Bluetooth Communication: The supplied Bluetooth adapter allows you receive and make calls from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone using the KD-A805's controls. When making a call, dial from your Phonebook (up to 300 numbers), Direct Dial, Voice Dial, or dial from a list of received or missed calls. When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash, and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. The KD-A805 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. A wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. The head unit can also inform you of the arrival of a text message on your mobile phone (You cannot read, edit or send a text message through this unit).
    • Bluetooth Audio: The Bluetooth adapter also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth audio player through the KD-A805. The KD-A805 will be able to control basic playback features such as Play, Pause, Track Selection, Folder Selection, Fast Forward, Reverse, Skip Next, Skip Previous, Repeat and Random.

    Note: You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be connected at a time. Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with this unit.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-A805 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the front panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (item numbers 105KSU57 and 257KSU58).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio: The KD-A805 supports HD Radio when the optional KT-HD300 HD Radio tuner (105KTHD300, sold separately) is connected to the receiver's CD changer port on the rear of the unit. HD Radio Technology can deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free and clear reception. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming, called multicasting. When this optional HD Radio tuner box is connected, you will still be able to receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    CD Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with JVC CD changers. When connected to a CD Text capable changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with that information.

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD, or MP3 player to this unit and listen to the audio from the portable player through the KD-A805.

    Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57, sold separately) or Aux Input Adapter (257KSU58, sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-A805 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KD-A805 has a steering wheel remote input on the back panel. When used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Overall Great Value

    Written By Mason, Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, January 28, 2010
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    Pros: Lots of options and features. Having the rear USB is nice so you don't have to use the front inputs if you don't want to. I have the optional HD tuner which works perfectly with the head unit. Also, having so many display colors to choose from helps to match up with the dash lights and controls.

    Cons: Bluetooth quality. Almost everyone I talk to says it sounds like I'm speaking around or through water. Callers all sound great on my end, though. If I had to pay extra for the bluetooth feature I probably would have returned it by now.
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible value for the money

    Written By ElGatoNegro, Grand Junction, Colorado on Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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    Bought this deck for its iPod and Bluetooth capabilities and found out it is even NICER in real life than it looks online!

    The install into my 2000 Grand Am went super smoothly thanks to Crutchfield's free installation goodies and I was able to pair my phone and talk hands-free in practically no time at all. It's remarkable how much safer and more convenient it is to have fully integrated Bluetooth in my car - No need to fumble around for the phone, just press the button on the deck! It's worth the price just for that feature... The INCLUDED Bluetooth dongle saved a small fortune vs. purchasing a separate Bluetooth module and simplified install even more!

    Add in a variable color scheme + myriad customization options and you can make this deck look at home in pretty much any vehicle.

    Interestingly enough, I thought that the button to the left of the rotary knob was going to be one of those kind of cheezy feeling "remote control" rubber buttons with arrows that would rub off in no time but its NOT. It is actually a durable plastic button with indicators UNDERNEATH its surface that is blank when the deck is off! Minor squabble perhaps but I was glad.
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    4 out of 5

    Great receiver for the price, but . . .

    Written By rktect29, Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, January 15, 2010
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    Good: Most bang for the buck in the receiver market. Excellent 5V preamp outs for those building a system with amplifiers. Two USB ports work simultaneously, which is very nice. Color selection is very nice. Single knob operation is user-friendly. Sounds great.

    Bad: Bluetooth with phone works fine, but people complain that they cannot hear me very good. I have moved the microphone all over, but it still isn't great. You can hear others just fine, but the included microphone is junk.

    Ugly: iPod connectivity is awesome. It can play and charge your iPod (I have a 1st gen touch), BUT every time you go to change artists or songs, you have to start right back at the beginning, at the root folders and start at "A". Also, when it gets to the end of an album or playlist it says "STOP" and you have to go all the way back to the main menu again - it will not go on to the next artist automatically. Needless to say it is dangerous to try and change artists, playlists, songs, etc. while driving. VERY BAD DESIGN. Hopefully JVC will get this fixed in future models.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A805

    Written By Anonymous, Evansville, IN on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
     
    Easy to operate with general knowledge of controls; great sound and excellent options for the price!
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice unit

    Written By Vern, Idaho on Monday, January 11, 2010
     
    i just installed this unit in my car last week. It sounds great. the easiest menu I've ever used. All of the illumination colors are cool too. Lots of options for listening. the included mic works great. It is the first stereo I've had that doesn't have 6 buttons along the bottom for presets, only a minor drawback. I would highly recommend.
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    4 out of 5

    Mike

    Written By Mike, MTPleasant, MI on Sunday, January 10, 2010
     
    This Unit gives us the flexability to use several types of technology without having to get rid of or replace our old technolgy such as cds. It is very easy to use and oh so simple even for guy like me.
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    5 out of 5

    Exceptional

    Written By Larry, Charleston, SC on Saturday, December 12, 2009
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    I first tried a Clarion unit that was more expensive but had poor sound and didn't fit my car correctly. I didn't buy it from Crutchfield. Big mistake on my part! Then I got smart and called the experts at Crutchfield and they recommended this unit. I setup the display color to match the BMW colors so it looks even better than the factory stereo. And the sound is superb. This is the third unit that I've purchased over the past several years from Crutchfield for my cars. I am never disappointed. Thank you Crutchfield. I love my new JVC stereo!
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    4 out of 5

    Very satisfied with this unit

    Written By Martin, Vancouver, WA on Monday, December 07, 2009
     
    My wife got me this unit to replace the stock unit in my Jeep Liberty. Install was very simple using the detailed instructions included by Crutchfield - it took me longer to figure out where to route the mic cable and USB cable behind the dashboard than it did to mount the stereo.
    Two minor grumbles:
    1 - when controlling and iPhone from the head unit, if you scroll quickly through artists, albums or songs, it takes a while for the text to catch up - I was looking at a list saying artist 14/125, 15/125, etc until the display catches up.
    2 - it doesn't state in the single sheet included with the bevel for the Jeep Liberty that the bevel has to be oriented correctly. I put the unit in, connected everything up, then tried to re-fit the center console and found that the bevel was on upside down. Yes, I know I should have checked before fitting it, but in the semi-dark interior inside my garage, it was hard to tell that the bevel was directional.

    Other than those two grumbles, I am very happy with this unit. The sound is very clear, even through the cheap stock speakers, and controlling my iPhone and iPod is very easy.
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    5 out of 5

    Completely Satisfied

    Written By Marshall, California on Monday, November 02, 2009
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    I bought this to replace they dying factory stereo in my 1996 BMW 328. I am completely satisfied. The sound quality with the factory speakers is excellent and better than the factory unit. The Bluetooth feature works well for both telephone and music from my iPhone 3G (which has Bluetooth audio support with the new Version 3 software.). The unit is very easy to use, much easier than the Pioneer I bought for my other car. I was able to change the display color to match the orange glow of the BMW, which is a nice touch.

    Installation was flawless and simple. The Crutchfield directions were very clear and made the project go very smoothly. I had a question, which was answered over the phone by a very knowlegeable rep. I'll never buy a car audio product anywhere but Crutchfield. It's a pleasure to do business with this company.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A805

    Written By Jason, Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, October 22, 2009
     
    This unit is a big step up from my factory unit. I also added infinity speakers to make the sound even better. I absolutley love the bluetooth. Though it took a couple tries to figure out where to place the mic so I would sound clear to a caller, it works great now. I insist upon bluetooth even being in a state where it is okay to talk on your phone while driving. The only problem I have with this unit relates to the Ipod control. Instead of being able to choose songs by scrolling on my Ipod while docked to the receiver, I can only choose the songs by using the actual JVC Unit. It's a bit of a pain, but otherwise, a great unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By William, Wichita, KS on Saturday, September 19, 2009
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    The reason I am leaving this review of this JVC deck is to praise the button /
    menu lay-out. I have owned two previous JVC Arsenal decks and the stereo
    buttons and functions were somewhat lacking to say the least. This deck is laid
    out very nicely. I was able to setup the deck with no instruction in about 10
    minutes. Of course there is much more to discover in the manual, which is very
    well written, but is not needed for everyday operation.

    The deck sounds very nice driving two pairs of Polk speakers and makes plenty of
    sound with minimal distortion. The Bluetooth synced right up with my BB Tour
    and transferred the address book seamlessly. This is a very nice deck for the
    money.

    I would definitely recommend the purchase of this receiver!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A805

    Written By Peter, Lexington, Ky on Friday, September 18, 2009
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    Very good head unit, lots of great features including bt. Everything works quite well. I would have liked easier browsing through radio presets, but that is nitpicking.
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    2 out of 5

    Very poor Blue Tooth performance

    Written By Remy, Evergreen, CO on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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    First I would like to say that Crutchfield rocks. Exceptional support and extremely nice people to deal with.

    I purchase this HU for my 08 Xterra. The install was easy enough - I am very "dedicated" when installing something in my truck. The sound is good, amp is adequate, the screen is kinda' small and makes reading anything on the screen very hard. But this is not the issue.
    I have 4 phone in my household a IPhone 3Gs, Iphone 3G, Blackberry and a regular Nokia .... None of them are working right with this unit and all of them are workign perfect in my other car equiped with Parrot Bluetoot, or my other car Infiniti G35x with factory BT.
    The caller in the other side can barely hear me - the quality is horrible, to much background noise even when sitting with the engine off ... 75% of the time when I want to make a phone call - it will ring thru the HU and when the other party picks up it switches to the phone vs goign to the car speakers. Try that when driving to look for the phone and accept the conversation .... Or try to get in teh car an it does not recognize the phone .... you have to remove the BT adapter and reinsert it.
    So I called Crutchfield and they sent me another brand new unit. Absolutely identical. So no mistake here - I am not the only one complaining about this. Do your reading and make an educate decision.
    And yeah - I am a computer engineer and an electronist ... I did install more HU's than I can remember.
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    4 out of 5

    Golden middle

    Written By pragmatic, Victoria, BC, Canada on Thursday, August 27, 2009
     
    This guy carries all the features which are must for today's car media systems: BlueTooth, USB, MP3. Besides, it looks elegant and supports different colors for the illumination to match your interior. The price you pay, is in a middle between the entry models and the very expensive (but not better in quality) ones. My rate of 4 stars is due to some issues, which I list below:
    - Phone button is not illuminated (someone also mentioned that)
    - If you wear the sunglasses, you will almost see nothing on LCD, regardless the color you choose (Do not buy it if you live in Texas or drive along the Miami Beach :) )
    - No international characters (unicode) support. The tunes and folder names on your native language will be displayed as __________
    - When the unit is off (with Clock mode on), the clock is difficult to see. No idea why they can't put it in a middle of LCD and use the bigger font.
    - FM Radio, does not recognize the station names. However, it gives you an ability to enter it manually.

    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very happy

    Written By TT, Bay Area, Ca on Sunday, August 23, 2009
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    At first I bought a Dual stereo and had it about a week. I was not happy with that purchase. I returned it for this JVC and I was extremely pleased I did so. The JVC Arsenal works with the iphone, has bluetooth, and front and back USB inputs. The display can light up in many different colors of your choosing which is a nice touch if you want to make it match your dash lights and look like it belongs. Very happy.
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Bang for your Buck

    Written By Charles, Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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    I rarely take the time to review a product/retailer, but my experience purchasing from Crutchfield was so impressive that I wanted to remove any fear of buying from this online retailer that potential customers might have. Crutchfield's customer support cannot be touched. Their staff are extremely knowledgeable and every step of the transaction was handled professionally. When I received the package, it was obvious that their standards of performance trickle right down to the shipping department. The free mounting brackets and wiring harnesses worked flawlessly and the instructions could be followed by even the most novice individual. The unit itself is fantastic. Sound and display are easily customized and there are plenty of RCA's out for amps. My iPhone works perfectly with the unit in bluetooth mode while making phone calls or streaming music. The unit is feature packed and will make an excellent addition to any auto dash with its many display colors. So far, the only complaint I have (and it is small) is that the button for the phone does not illuminate. You will have a hard time finding a better bluetooth/2 USB/iPhone/iPod compatible stereo at this price. However, if this unit dosen't suit your needs, do yourself a favor and purchase the unit you choose from Crutchfield...you won't be disappointed.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    04 Pontiac Grand Prix w/o Monsoon

    Written By Scott, Mankato, Mn on Saturday, August 08, 2009
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    This is my second time purchasing an aftermarket stereo for any of my vehicles so I was a little anxious to get this up and running. I got the package very quickly from Crutchfield (Kudos) and began my setup. The process of hooking it all up went very well. I was a little concerned about losing my Calendar Function in the D.I.C. but not having it isn't the end of the world. The deck sounds great with the factory speakers, probably even better with aftermarket (that'll be down the road). The lack of preset buttons were not hard to get used to. Very clean look.

    I just installed a Clarion DPX1851 for an Amp with my Infinity Kappa Perfect 10.1 and had a little trouble tuning the system, but as always patience, patience, patience.

    Very customizable for sound for the User EQ, if your into good sound quality, this deck is for you. I would DEFINITELY recommend this deck to a friend or family member (oh wait, i did... lol)
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    5 out of 5

    The only thing this unit left me wanting is better speakers!

    Written By forguson, Hopkinsville, KY on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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    This unit is packed with features which are also very easy to navigate through. I've never owned a unit without preset buttons but now I'm thinking what a waste of space! I've installed a couple units on my own but the Crutchfield supplied kit made it obscenely simple to do and saved me about $120.00.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A805

    Written By Paul, California on Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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    I have never been disapointed with a crutchfield purchase. They stand behind everthing they sell. I have bought pioneer head units in the past but JVC Arsenal is a product to be reckenoned with. This head unit is very affordable and is feature packed. Get over the no radio presets, it has so much to offer. IPod conects and works great. Bluetooth is easy to use, older phones won't transfer the address book, but a blackberry will. The menues are straight forward unlike the Pioneer units. The sound is clean, there are outputs for external amps and a subwoofer. The Bluetooth takes up one of the USB ports, I plugged it into the rear and left the cord behind the head unit. I plug the IPOD into the front usb. Oh you can also use a usb stick with all your music listed in folders or just on the stick and it works great too. I also have the JVC KW NX700 and love that unit as well. GO JVC!
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    good value

    Written By vincent, california on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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    strange but the 5v preouts are louder than my 8v eclipse preouts. had to reduce the gain on my non subwoofer amps to bring the subwoofer bass up. unit has a bright sound like clarion units, it is a nice change from the neutral sound of eclipse. no subwoofer phase control, will have to swap out the wire polarity till i get it right, no big deal. 20Gb usb hard drive fired up quickly, using rear usb connector cable, sounded great. did not flake out when starting the engine with it connected. still trying to figure out how to stop the color change rotation and stay a single color blue. monster cable rca connectors a really tight fit onto the head unit. if i had 2 of the same type it would not fit, not enough space between rca connectors in the back. no alternator noise anymore after installing this unit. got this unit on sale for a good deal. 2 year warranty. FM reception better than eclipse i had. set fm presets and used up arrow button to scroll thru them when driving. has 18 presets. unit looked fresh from the factory. jvc mandates authorized dealers to sell only brand new sealed units from the factory. remote is weak. but i do not need it, controls and volume within easy reach on faceplate for us cars. usb drive does not work with 8Gb flash drive plugged into the front usb, but most likely due to the hard drive type requiring all the usb power. i am happy it just worked with the long rear usb cable.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice...

    Written By Gordon, Atlanta, GA on Monday, June 01, 2009
     
    I bought this radio to go in my Dodge Ram. It fit perfectly!! I am loving how it looks in my truck. I love the different colors. I don't plan to purchase the HD radio turner. The only thing about the radio that I don't really like is when controlling the ipod, when looking for the artist, the list of names start all over again. Meaning... that it doesn't start where you left your search. Example, when I'm looking for say... Nickleback, I have to start with Aerosmith. After I start looking for ZZ Top, I have to start back with Aerosmith again (that's the annoying part). Maybe there's a feature that can do this in the radio, but I haven't found it yet.

    However, the radio is awesome and I am very pleased with the bluetooth, the ability to pick up all of my favorite stations (am and fm), and I love the sound that it puts out.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By Michael, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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    Just installed this radio to replace my factory unit. This is a great receiver
    from JVC. I am impressed with the out-of-the-box options and features.
    The USB ports make this receiver amazing, add in the boothtooth capability
    and this is absolutely the best product for the money. Easy to install with
    the provided installation gear and guides courtesy of Crutchfield. You won't
    be disappointed. Other's commented about the lack of present buttons. I
    found this to be very easy to adapt to using the simple menu system. You
    no longer have to memorize what station was assigned to what number.
    The preset menu shows you the stations you want to listen to.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    great HU

    Written By jake, evansville, in on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
     
    got this as a replacement for the new pioneer premier P510UB. the pioneer
    made my JL components and 6x9's sound weak and aweful. the JVC fixed it
    and then some! sound is rich, very LOUD and fantastic! the only reason i
    didn't go 5 stars was that added features like sreen savers, spectrum
    analyzers, bass boost should have been included for a deck in this price
    range. but on the flipside there are 30,000 display color combinations!!!!
    4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KDA805

    Written By joea2001, Rockland County New York on Sunday, April 19, 2009
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    This is a great Radio. Lots of Clean Power. The front USB port and the ipod input are fantastic. The ipod port can be used for any mp3 player as well. The unit is very stylish and the sound is superb. The only minus I can say is that there are no preset radio buttons. You have to access the menu and scoll to the presets. Kind of a pain but you get used to it. With the optional HD unit the radio will remember an HD 2 station in the presets. The bluetooth works just fine with a bluetooth phone. Handsfree is great as the sound comes thru the speakers. The microphone pics up your voice and others tell me it sounds clear. It even downloads your contacts, phonebook, missed calls recent calls etc. Nice Feature. It was slightly pricey but definetely a high end unit with great features. Lots of power. Clean sound!
    10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal

    Written By Kevin, Wichita Ks on Friday, April 17, 2009
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    The Arsenal works great It has many cool features that we like such as the built in ipod controls with two usb inputs making it a clean install when using your ipod It has plenty of power for factory speakers and the rca outputs are super for expanding your system. The only thing that is not user friendly is it does not have set channel buttons for the radio it is a little bit of a hassle to scroll in the menu or keep hitting the preset button to get the channel you want to listen to especially while driving I would recomend this unit to any one. I rate it at a A-
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By dennis, Hillsdale,NJ on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
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    Absolutely a great piece, I have installed many units in my days, nothing for this price ever compares..Bluetooth, USB, Aux the amp and all workings can change a factory stereo into one with great options..Its a steal!!
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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