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JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

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Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

by Ken Nail
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.

Bluetooth® is just the beginning

JVC designed their Arsenal KD-A845BT CD receiver to be your trusty companion on the road. Built-in Bluetooth not only lets you talk hands-free with a compatible phone, it also allows you to enjoy audio streams from compatible Bluetooth devices. A cool five-zone customizable color display ensures that this receiver will look awesome in your dash — the display options are almost endless.

JVC apps for your Android

You can step beyond linking your Android device via Bluetooth. Plug your Android into receiver's USB input and use JVC's Smart Music Control app to access the media you've stored on your Android. You'll enjoy cool features like voice and gesture controls, plus voice readout of SMS text messages. 

Made for your iPod® and ready for other digital media

Plug your iPod or iPhone into the handy front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to speed through your music library with the KD-A845BT's controls. You can also use the receiver to control your Pandora account when your iPhone is plugged in. Android™ users, you can take charge of your Pandora® Internet radio stations through the Bluetooth linkup too.

Whatever media you're listening too, all song and artist info will appear in bright characters on the receiver's display. JVC also includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes. Got an iPhone 5? You can use Siri through the receiver's Bluetooth microphone and hear her responses over the stereo's speakers.

This versatile stereo will also handle all your CDs and recordable discs, even discs or thumb drives you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. The receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter ensures that you'll hear all the details in your music, and this receiver will even handle uncompressed WAV files — an audiophile's delight.

JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT CD receiver

You can set separate illumination colors in five different zone on the receiver's face. Cool!

Looking to add on?

The KD-A845BT is ready for a dedicated add-on SiriusXM satellite radio tuner, or you can plug in a variety of other audio sources to the handy front-panel auxiliary input. If you're building a top-end audio system, you'll find three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs that'll provide a strong, noise-free signal to your outboard amplifiers. You can activate a selectable low-pass filter on the subwoofer outputs, and use the subwoofer level control to dial in the right amount of bass.

Keep your car's steering wheel audio controls

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • JVC Music Control app for control of Android via USB
    • detachable face with 5-zone variable color illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band iEQ parametric equalizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod and iPhone control
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary; front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:
     

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

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

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Face-case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Face case
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face Fixing screw note

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-A845BT before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-A845BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can also set the head unit's LCD to change colors when a phone call is received. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 3/5/10 seconds. The KD-A845BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-A845BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-A845BT.You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    Note: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    External Microphone: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KD-A845BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-A845BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KD-A845BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-A845BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-A845BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (attached to rear chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.  You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types

     MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV (USB only):
    bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1, 48kHz.

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Character Search: You can search for your MP3/WMA/WAV music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)

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

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible: JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-A845BT, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust. The source will change to CD, and the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the time.

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

    iPod/Android/BlackBerry/AUX Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-A845BT's front-panel or rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. This USB connection allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. The head unit supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (not all music apps will be compatible).

    • DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
      • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. You can search a Playlist or Category alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-A845BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone.
      • iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for stored music and music apps.
      • External Mode: External Mode allows you to solely navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be locked.
    • iPod Display: The KD-A845BT will display your Apple device's stored music and streamed music app song/artist information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Artist title, and Station identification
    • iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-A845BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone External mode Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry): The receiver's USB port also supports playback from BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode). JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your BlackBerry smartphone's internal and external memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on either memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory type.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically).  The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

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

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Smartphone Connectivity: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT supports playback of the Pandora app via your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The KD-A845BT provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front- or rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora via Android: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Pandora Control: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone.
      • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
      • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    • Information Display: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KD-A845BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

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

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-A845BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-A845BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-A845BT are as follows:

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

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-A845BT 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.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KD-A845BT is equipped with 6ch/4.8V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: The head unit's sub preamp output features a low pass crossover and independent volume control. You can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    High-Pass Filter (for Front & Rear Speakers): You can activate a variable high-pass filter (100, 120, 150, Hz or Through) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

    Pro EQ: The KD-A845BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, & User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

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

    Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.

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

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT features a detachable face to deter theft (a hard plastic face case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    5 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color illumination is separated into 5 Zones (LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1, button zone 2, and button zone 3). The KD-A845B offers 29 color presets and custom colors for each of these zones. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. You can choose to use the same color for all 5 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.

    • LCD Zone: The LCD zone refers to the head unit's LCD screen.
    • Rotary Dial Zone: The rotary dial zone refers to the unit's rotary volume control.
    • Button Zone 1: Button Zone 1 contains Phone, Menu, Source/Power, Back/Return, Next/Previous Track buttons.
    • Button Zone 2: Button Zone 2 contains EQ, Display, Preset 1, Preset 2, and Preset 3 buttons.
    • Button Zone 3: Button Zone 3 contains Preset 4, Preset 5, Preset 6, and Eject buttons; along with USB port backlight.

    Lighting Effects: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed for all zones (LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1/2/3). Choose from Spectrum, Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and NightSweep.

    5 Zone Brightness Control: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1, button zone 2, and button zone 3. You can also adjust the brightness level of each zone manually from 0-31.

    Color Guide: When activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.

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

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-A845BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    4 out of 5

    Great unit!

    Written By Mike S, Illinois on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    Great product. Crutchfield's installation kit made it a breeze to install. The sound quality blows away my previous radio and the wide variety of inputs allow me to easily connect all the peripherals I have.

    I subtracted one star for 'ease of use' because of the occasional bluetooth connection drops.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality Lots of inputs Important functions are easy to access
    Cons:
    The bluetooth connection occasionally drops. Resetting my phone doesn't fix the problem, but cycling the power of the unit does, so there's a bug in there somewhere.
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    4 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Biker Rodney, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    I use this radio in my Harley and aside from having a hard time seeing the radio in direct sunlight it is amazing. Love the colors and all the cool things it does, the android functions are a little hard to learn but i got them over the course of a day or two.
    Pros:
    GREAT SOUND, cool colors, super easy install
    Cons:
    Cant see display in direct sunlight (no biggie) Cant see most radios n this application
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    5 out of 5

    Very satisfied

    Written By Rob W, Lynchburg, VA on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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    I received the unit two days after placing the order online. The unit fit perfectly in the console & only took about 15 minutes to install. The sound quality is excellent and the display very easy to read with many different color & brightness options to suit. Bluetooth worked perfectly 1st time & the voice control on the unit works with Siri on the iphone.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Handsfree works with Siri 2 USB ports Connect 2 phones simultaneously Display color mode options EQ options
    Cons:
    Operations Manual not intuitive
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Jeff K., Wi on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    Overall very satisfied with the jvc stereo. Display could be a little brighter. Blue tooth operation could be more streamlined.
    Pros:
    A lot of features for the money. Love the fact two phones can be connected simultaneously.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth operation could be simpler
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty awesome.

    Written By hayryn, Charleston, SC on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    Installed in 02 Audi A4. This is a big step up from my factory radio that didn't have Bluetooth or an aux input. So just for that alone, it is awesome. Has a nice display but not always the easiest to see. Text scrolling is choppy and hard to read sometimes but it works well enough. I don't like how it automatically tries to play my phone when I plug it into the USB ports though. Unless there is a setting to turn this off and I don't know about it. It also charges my phone pretty slow. So if I am streaming music or using gps, it barely charges it enough. I may even still drain slightly faster than it charges. Install was easy enough other than the need to a Hi/Low converter due to the factory amp for my rear speakers. Without the Hi/Low converter the back speakers were really quiet. Great customer service from Crutchfield...even at 11:30pm EST which was surprising.
    Pros:
    Looks nice. Great sound. Great Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth mic works well so I am told. Pandora works well with my Android phone. Easy install with included car kit and instructions from Crutchfield.
    Cons:
    Slow charging USB ports. Automatically switches to and tries to play anything you plug into the USB (may be a setting to shut this off but I don't know). So when I am listening to Pandora and need to charge my phone, if I plug it into the USB to charge it then switches off of Pandora and tries to play my phone from USB. Then I have to wait for it to connect again via Bluetooth and connect to Pandora again to start playing. This has caused Pandora to crash a couple of times.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Eric, Chesapeake VA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Great stereo. Pretty simple install using the Crutchfield master sheet. The installation kit was broken during shipping, but one call to customer service and a new one was on the way. My wife and son love the different colors, especially on the techno setting. Very easy to use. Sound is so improved, even with factory speakers. Easy to use controls for using mp3 player thru the rear USB.
    Pros:
    Easy install, Cool Display, Great Sound
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Anonymous, Wadsworth on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    Works fantastic. Love it
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    5 out of 5

    Asenal

    Written By Hard2pass, Chicago on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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    Awesome product, good price point, customer service sets the standard.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent quality and value

    Written By Kelly Lee, Tucson, AZ on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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    Installed in '00 Dakota. This is one full featured radio that should satisfy the needs of most people. So many great features that allow you to tailor your sound, style, and interaction with the unit that it is simply amazing.

    Windows phone users, this head unit will pair up with your phone just fine. I have it paired with my Nokia Windows phone and it works perfectly. I can stream music from my microSD card and Pandora, Slacker Radio, IRadio or any other music source on the phone. The hands free phone calling features all work. The sound quality of phone calls are excellent on my end and have been told by others that it sounds perfect on theirs.

    Works great with my Ipod Classic but I do wish there was a better way to pick the song you want to play. Unfortunately, there is only so much room on a radios display. Same goes for using a flash drive. The 20 watts rms made my Pioneer 2-ways come alive. They actually produce some decent bass now. Not like a sub, of course, but a night and day difference compared to the factory Dodge Infiniti sound system I removed. I do plan to add a pair of 10's and mono amp to round everything out in the near future.

    Would I buy it again? Well, I like this radio so much that I also bought another one for the wife's car!
    Pros:
    Total flexibility, excellent sound shaping capabilities, hands free phone calls, color changing
    Cons:
    None that I have found.
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    4 out of 5

    Christmas for My daughter

    Written By Louisf, Waverly, GA on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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    I have yet to install this as I am waiting on Christmas for her to open her presents, but I love all the features such as multi-color display, iphone abilities, bluetooth, three 4.8v line outs, pandora, and etc. Based on expert reviews the sound quality is great. I have always been a fan of JVC and sure that will not change now. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I have yet to install and play it.
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    5 out of 5

    Simply amazing

    Written By Anonymous, East Dundee,il on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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    Awesome sounding deck. Will make any sub thump.The adjustments available really make it simple to dial in the sound you enjoy.Purchased a kenwood 955hd. To me sounded like crap returned it and purchased this unit and WOW simply amazing.
    Pros:
    Great sounding unit
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Very satisfied

    Written By Jecker, Carmel Valley, CA on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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    I can't find anything wrong with this stereo, I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    Good color customization and settings for brightness, great sound and equalizer.
    Cons:
    So far nothing
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent BT radio

    Written By TommieL, Clifton,nj on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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    Price is right and has all the features I needed. BT for my cell phone and GPS
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    5 out of 5

    SIMPLE AND AMAMZING

    Written By NuL, Appleton,WI on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    This is my first JVC unit and I'm completly satisified. Directions are easy to follow for variable color display and has 2 USB ports! Overall with the use of this unit is very simple and easy to use.
    Pros:
    This headunit is awesome and very easy to use. Lots of choices with the color display and lots of customization. Crutchfield has done it again. Every single step is simple, from choices to delivery. The adapter harness is the best on the market with its simple instructions and the dash receiver kit is the most durable and sturdy one I have ever seen and installed with. I WILL NEVER buy from any other website every again.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Product

    Written By JC, Spartanburg, SC on Friday, October 04, 2013
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    Awesome head unit. Was looking to upgrade my OEM unit and this was the perfect match. Gives me great connectivity with my Android phone and sound quality is great! Have not installed an aftermarket radio in a car since my high school days. (way back :) ) Love the features and how you can program the different colors too! Can't go wrong with this JVC product!
    Pros:
    Great sound, great looks, easy to install and get working with my phone
    Cons:
    Menu options could be a little more user friendly!
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    4 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Shizzle, Fort Worth, TX on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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    Great sound and easy to install!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Oraglo, USA on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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    I have purchased audio products from Crutchfield in the past. Crutchfield itself deserves as many stars as one can give them. Incredible level of customer service, coupled with knowledge and fast shipping! Great combination! The audio unit (JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT) exceeded my wildest expectations! The sound is terrific. The features defy belief! I never had a unit where the colors of the different buttons could be changed to many combinations! The Blue Tooth/Siri compatible feature was up and running in less than 5 minutes! Within 10 minutes, I had used the unit to handle my phone calls... and the fact that it keeps track of recent calls is very impressive! It is hard to believe that I got such a feature-laden item for under $200! Because Crutchfield included the FREE nose piece and wiring harness to exactly match my car, the installer took 1/2 of the time to install the unit, which resulted in a lower installation cost! It is definitely a GREAT value for the money!
    Pros:
    Sound quality, features (too many to list!) Terrific value for the money! Extremely user friendly... It only requires 5 or 6 buttons to work ALL the features... Amazingly clever design.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Good receiver, but display lacks oomph

    Written By ChrisG, Sacramento, CA on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    First off, "coolness factor" is not something I look for in a stereo. To me it can look like a brick as long as it does what it's supposed to do. I like the sound, the price, and the display flexibility, but on that last point, you can have all the colors in the world, but if you can't see them, of what use are they? I have a 2007 RAV4, and the stereo is up near the top of the dash, so it receives a lot of glare. I tried all different colors, put it in day mode, and turned the brightness up to full, and still could barely see the display. If I'm searching through my iPod menus and can't see the display, well...

    But it sounds great, and I'm sure if you have a radio location in a darker spot on the dash, this is a great buy. Bluetooth pairs and works like a champ, but as someone previously mentioned, the mic also lacks. I called my home and left a message, and it sounded like one of those old drive-thru speakers. But for $170, it does what it's supposed to.

    I'd keep it except for the display issue. I can't really use a radio I can't see, so I'll exchange it for something else. More of a function of its location in the car rather than the radio itself.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Great price. Good flexibility in options (EQ, colors), bluetooth works well.
    Cons:
    Display is very dim and difficult to see in bright light. Poor mic.
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    5 out of 5

    This head unit DOES IT ALL!

    Written By Music Man, Maine on Monday, September 23, 2013
     
    The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT does everything! It plays CD's, FM & AM stations, front and rear usb and front aux jack for ipods, and BT connectivity. Installation in the dash was easy, thanks to the kit I ordered from Crutchfield that matched my vehicle. My car never sounded so good! I used this head unit in conjunction with an amp to power my stock speakers and the sound is so crisp and clean! Setting the color of the display to a color I liked was a walk in the park. Adjusting the bass and treble controls are intuitive. This unit comes with a 2 year warranty as well. I can't think of anything this JVC unit can't do. After much research, I'm glad I chose this head unit!
    Pros:
    Price, features, dual usb
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Anonymous, Oakland, CA on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    Honestly, it's a pretty good head unit, though it has some problems.

    Good: - Bluetooth pairs easily, delivers great streaming audio quality and acceptable call quality if you mount the microphone right - Doesn't have to "relearn" the device every time you get in the car - just wait a minute for it to realize it's there, then push unpause on the receiver to start the music at where you left off - Colors are great and easy to adjust, lots of different modes to get just the right feel that you want - 2 "Loud" modes to kick your woofers a bit more at conservative volumes - Excellent built-in amplifier to drive both stock and aftermarket speakers - Charges 2 USB devices and has a front aux jack

    - Streaming audio over USB, both ports, "skips" about once a minute, making it unlistenable (I've stopped using the USB audio altogether in favor of the bluetooth, which doesn't do this) - Parametric EQ has very coarse steps (ex: 80 hz, 200hz, 10khz, 15khz) making it hard to dial in just the right freq, and also the frequencies are not labeled right, especially in the treble range - 10khz sounds a lot more like 5khz and such - I'm an audio engineer and know how it's supposed to sound, so this bothers me - the bit about "pairing with 2 bluetooth devices simultaneously" is bull - the device gets very confused and there's no way to manually switch between the two, so it just locks onto the first one it saw for music playback. It does switch to the other one for calling though.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth audio quality, amp audio quality, colors, versatility
    Cons:
    USB audio quality, pairing with more than one bluetooth device
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By accordman, Traverse City, MI on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    Bought this radio after doing a lot of searching online and couldn't be happier. I bought the ASWC-1 to retain my steering wheel control and the SiriusXm tuner. It took me roughly half an hour to wire the radio to the receiver wire harness crutchfield included for free using posi connectors. The longest part of install was placement of SiriusXm antenna and routing the wire for it.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, Dual USB, SiriusXM ready,made for iPhone, the colorful display
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Rebma823, Peoria, IL on Monday, August 19, 2013
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    This is a great radio for the price. The only thing I found not so great was the mic for the phone. It does not pick up the driver really well even after moving it to many different places.
    Cons:
    Mic
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By camarocomm, New York on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    Great radio for the price. Would recommend to a friend.
    Pros:
    Choice of color display.
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    4 out of 5

    Jvc

    Written By Antoine, Rowland Heights, CA on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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    Good price. Does what it needs to do.
    Pros:
    Comes with mic so sound is clearer when using Bluetooth. No echo!!!!
    Cons:
    Buttons are confusing... Learning curve.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Jay S, Auburn, WA. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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    easy to install because of the installation kit that comes with it from crutchfield, The bluetooth here is a big plus for me! one of the reason I bought it. The bluetooth is easy to pair with other device like galaxy s3 and s4 same as tablet I own, the first time I use the bluetooth for calling someone the sound was choppy even though the other person hear me fine but that got fix by updating the software of the stereo so Please update your stereos software through JVC website. My only issue with the stereo is the position of the fast forward, back button it's kind of small, specially if you have fatter finger than mine,
    Pros:
    USb connection in the front and in the back (put that in the glove box) easy to pair with Ipad, Asus TF700T, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 love the different color of the faceplate of stereo
    Cons:
    the forward & back button is in awkward place the folder forward & back button is in awkward place too
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Anonymous, eastland tx on Monday, July 29, 2013
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    Beats the factory radio in my toyota Tacoma.
    Pros:
    sends great hot signal to my amps
    Cons:
    color display is difficult to adjust way to many options for me still trying to figure it all out.
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    4 out of 5

    So far so good... mostly...

    Written By Tindergarten, Moscow, ID on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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    Installation was a snap with the supplied kit and harness from Crutchfield. Had a small problem with the XM adapter; the wiring connection came loose and I had to tear the dash apart again to fix it. Shoved everything back in the dash again and it seems to be holding, but I wouldn't be surprised if it comes loose again. Also, it seems to have forgotten who it was or its subscription information after about a week; I had to re-send initiation codes from SiriusXM. No biggie, it's easy and free even from a smart phone.

    The bluetooth function connected easily and without fuss, but I sound like I'm talking from the bottom of a bucket to the other person. Person I'm talking to sounds great on my end though! I may try running the microphone somewhere else, see if that helps. As of now, it's virtually unusable. Also, once it's paired with a phone, it will seek it every time it fires up. If the phone is not there, it beeps, which I find annoying.

    I have not yet tried streaming Pandora from my Android phone over bluetooth (I have a skimpy data allowance) but using the AUX jack to my phone to play MP3's sounds pretty awful. Perhaps a higher quality cable would help, but I am doubtful it would be satisfactory. I have not yet tried a thumb drive on the front panel USB.

    Otherwise, it looks nice, endlessly customizable, intuitive to use, and sounds slightly but noticeably better than the factory unit even with the factory speakers still in use.
    Pros:
    easy to install and use, good radio reception, available XM, front panel AUX and USB, a worthwhile upgrade from factory unit.
    Cons:
    XM module has been flaky, sound quality from AUX input very poor, bluetooth microphone sound quality poor as I have it currently located. YMMV. Display is hard or impossible to read in bright light.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By fierodr., Buena Park, CA on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    Nice stereo with lots of features. Has good power. The USB port is awesome. The multiple colors is a nice feature to allow you to adjust it to your dash lighting. You can have different light on different areas of the radio. Also the dimmer is nice and you can adjust how much dimming you want. The built in bluetooth allows you to use 2 phones and 3 other bluetooth devices. The bluetooth will cancel the wind noise if the window is down. The caller really appreciates that. The menu is user friendly. I only have been using it for less then a week so am still getting used to it and the features. So far i am happy with it.
    Pros:
    The dimmer feature. Built in bluetooth for 2 phones and noise canceling. When an incoming call radio will auto mute as well if making a call. The USB port is awesome. Radio shows your phone book.
    Cons:
    It does not pair with both phones without prompting it. It will look for the previous phone even if its not their. This might be a setting and am still looking into why. I have not figured out how to dial from the radio. I been using the phone to call.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By meb4byn, Boise, ID on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Awesome head unit that does everything. Easy to install, easy to setup and connect to bluetooth devices.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, dual USB, aux, 5 section color display, oh and it has a CD player.
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-A845BT Review

    Written By Jeff, Houston,TX on Monday, July 08, 2013
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    After comparing countless head units I finally decided upon the KD-A845BT. It seemed to have everything that I wanted (bluetooth, front/rear USB, respectable power, sub, and even some things that I didn't need currently, but could be really nice in the future (6 channel 4.8v pre-amp outputs).

    After installing the unit and learning the functionality I find that getting around is fairly straight forward. The FM pre-sets are strange in that for the first 6 you use the hard buttons, but in order to access any presets greater than 6 you have to use the Menu button and knob. Why not a FM2 source or a double press of the hard button. This is a minor point as there are hardly 6 stations in the area to listen to anyhow.

    The rear USB feature is fantastic! I placed the USB dongle into the glove compartment and simply leave a flash drive plugged in all the time. The front USB is also great for charging phones and playing tunes as well. Both my wife's iphone4 and my Atrix synced via bluetooth without an issue. During installation I mounted the microphone on top of the A-pillar on the driver's side and routed the wire through the dash. I made a test call and it seemed to work well.

    I have to include the colors available for the display with this unit as it seemed to be emphasized highly in the reviews I found when I was researching. The colors are definitely cool and there are some nice preset patterns that puts the unit through its paces.
    Pros:
    dual USB, bluetooth, power, price
    Cons:
    Somewhat quirky control that will take a little bit of learning to get used to. This is hardly a con since JVC packed so much functionality into this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    1992 Camaro Installation JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Elmer N, St. Joseph, IL on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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    Really an excellent replacement for the Factory unit. Excellent sound with factory speakers.
    Pros:
    Good quality unit
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Full featured receiver with good sound

    Written By KevinF, Plano, TX on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    It sounds great and has every feature I was looking for at a great price. My only concern is that it has so many features that the learning curve is steep.
    Pros:
    Full Featured Cool good price
    Cons:
    complicated
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    5 out of 5

    Every Option You Need Including a Clock on Display

    Written By N.W., Flint, MI on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    You can set the clock to show just like a factory radio, turn the volume, shows the level, then the station, then back to clock, same with CD or BT Audio. USB in front and back, AUX in front. All of the buttons are nice and separated, EQ button is nice touch. You have to use the included mic in order to use the Hands-Free Calling which works great and is worth the effort. I put mine under the steering wheel on the column and it still works great. Nice preset color options including an amber color #16 and even has just a plain white color. Many other colors available and tons of effects. You can set your own color in the Color Setup by adjusting RED, GREEN, YELLOW, so you are truly making your own color. It's time consuming to get it perfect but also worth the effort. To get to the phone options just hit the phone button and turn the knob to settings they are right there, all other settings are available after holding MENU. To use the voice activation just press and hold the phone button. The manual is nice, put it in the glove box for a week and you'll be fine. This can be the fancy gaudy colorful radio or the plain understated badass that fades away whichever you need. This radio makes the factory speakers better, my old music sounds new. CD and Tuner are great. All of the options for connecting a phone using bluetooth to Pandora, Spotify, Hands-Free or just the music you have on your phone make this a fantastic purchase. 840 or 845? The 845 Aresenal has a 2 year warranty.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Maybe one thing, the center display is somewhat dim in bright sunlight.
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    5 out of 5

    Awsome

    Written By FRO, Vandergrift, PA on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    Great radio!
    Pros:
    Sound good
    Cons:
    Hard to see in sun light
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    4 out of 5

    Love it.

    Written By Giving it a try, NJ on Friday, June 14, 2013
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    This radio work great The only complaint it that pandora don't work with Bluetooth.
    Pros:
    Price
    Cons:
    No Bluetooth with pandora.
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    5 out of 5

    amazing HU

    Written By Chris H., Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    I absolutely love this radio! I have a 00' honda civic and we changed out all the speakers and went with polk audio. I have components in the front, 6x9's in the rear and the pioneer champion series (GM-D8604) 4 channel amp along with this jvc powering everything. The difference in sound is night and day. I admit the radio is tricky at 1st. I keep the manual in the car with me. But over time its becoming easier to control. I love how the radio lights up. The BT sounds great with my blackberry and connects with my phone every time i start the car. The sirius works well as well as the ipod controls. This radio is truly a must have!!!
    Pros:
    This radio does it all!!
    Cons:
    A little tricky at first but after some time it becomes simple to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Phenomenal Stereo for Price

    Written By Skydas, Waldorf, MD on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    An excellent radio for the price, very good sound quality, seamless integration with my cell phone (Razr M).
    Pros:
    Phenomenal sound, very adjustable, easy to install
    Cons:
    May take awhile to figure all the settings out, it is very adjustable.
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet

    Written By Branden, Sparks nv on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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    Sounds great but buttons are l little hard to get to around the volume area. Also don't like the limit of song on one folder for the USB.
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    5 out of 5

    great receiver

    Written By Anonymous, Louisville on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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    Great cd player. Many.great features.... Almost to many. If you like to control exactly how your music sounds perfect receiver.
    Pros:
    Pro eq is great. Bluetooth is pretty good
    Cons:
    Takes awhile to figure everything out
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By AnthonyP, North Attleboro , MA on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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    Best system I've ever installed. Jvc has really good quality.
    Pros:
    Simply the best
    Cons:
    None to my knowledge .
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Anonymous, casper,wy on Saturday, April 06, 2013
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    nice stereo replaced and old kenwood that was nice but didnt play ipods or anything like that. system already sounded good but the 2 subs overpowered the sound. new stereo installed and everything adjusted, amazing difference, crisp, clear sound,great bass but the treble and vocals are so much better its unreal. bluetooth relatively easy to connect but stereo overall a little difficult to learn at first. great quality though
    Pros:
    does everything good price looks cool and great sound
    Cons:
    little tricky to learn
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT

    Written By Dennis, Inverness,Fl on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    Great product, very pleased
    Pros:
    I purchased this so my 16 yr old could answer cell phone calls answer calls on bluetooth and keep both hands on the wheel.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!

    Written By Jack, San Marcos, WA on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    Super easy setup! Pandora starts automatically! XM works awesome! Highly recommended to anyone who needs a great stereo with integrated blu tooth!
    Pros:
    Nearly every function
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Sweet!!!!!

    Written By Anonymous, warren pa on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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    the only issue i have with the unit is i wish the bluetooth connection was slightly easier. i dont now about with android phones but i have to go into the phone to make connection which isnt a big deal on long trips but constant in and out makes it a hassle but i have nothing to compare it to so this may be expected. Other then that i love this head unit lots of options and possiblities. planning on adding on xm tuner along with some subs. Happy purchase like always with crutchfield.
    Pros:
    lots of display options and add ons.
    Cons:
    Linking bluetooth to has to be done manually on my iphone but isnt huge hassle.
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME!!!!!

    Written By Darth SWATrSTIK, Jefferson City, MO on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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    By far the best head unit I have ever owned. Works awesome and easily with my IPhone 4S and its easy to learn.
    Pros:
    Everything about this head unit is great and the Crutchfield service is outstanding to say the least. For the money this exceeded all of my expectations and then some!!! You won't regret buying this
    Cons:
    Nothing bad to say at all!
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    3 questions already asked

    I'm trying to make a decision between the jvc arsenal kd-a845bt and the pioneer deb-x8500bs. Can anyone compare and contrast these two and provide me with witch one is the better radio? I'm looking for audio quality but being completely hands free is my goal as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated [ DGRazak  Jan 20, 2014 ]
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    • I normally love jvc gear but I bought this head unit and had 2 defective ones in a row (installed by a professional), so I gave up and switched to a sony, never been happier [ RICHARD A   Jan 20, 2014 ]
    • I normally love jvc gear but I bought this head unit and had 2 defective ones in a row (installed by a professional), so I gave up and switched to a sony, never been happier [ RICHARD A   Jan 20, 2014 ]
    • I had boiled down to the same choices (this JVC or Pioneer's DEH-X8500B). I have ways liked Pioneer products. I finally went with JVC and it does everything great. The only issue I have (and reviews show the same thing with the pioneer) is the screen is hard to read in direct sunlight. But that can be different from car to car depending on the angle it sits at and is pretty much the same for almost any headunit. If sun shines directly on it, the display is useless. The audio quality is decent. The only limitations I have are my factory speakers. You can adjust volume levels for different modes. Calls and ringers can be set louder without having to adjust again when the music starts back up. Hands free is simple to use. It will automatically connect as long as bluetooth is enabled on your phone. Audio during the call is clear on both ends and doesn't sound like you're on speaker. There may be an echo, you can adjust it with a quick press of the prev and next track buttons. Noise cancellation works well. My car is a bit noisy and they can't hear any of the road noise, wind, engine, or other random sounds. When a call comes in it displays contact info from your address book and the number if you don't. Making a call is easy, too. For the price it is great. You'll likely have to spend a lot more for anything better without someone cutting you some huge deal. Not sure if it matters to you, but one big advantage of the JVC is the front USB port. No need to run a wire from the back. Just pop a low profile flash drive in and it blends right in. For the price I am happy with my choice. They both have great quality, the only REAL difference is which features you prefer. For me it came down to the front USB and that I use Pandora on Android. Hope that helps. [ CHRISTOPHER   Jan 20, 2014 ]
    • You can be pretty much hands free with the jvc. besides voice control I suppose. Very nice head unit though [ BRIAN L   Jan 20, 2014 ]
    • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Whats the difference between the KD-840BS and the A845BT? [ DGRazak  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss the difference. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see what works best for your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I am trying to find a head unit that will work with a rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint) running Negalite custom rom. Any suggestions? [ Jason  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    2 answers
    • I don't have a sprint but it works with a Google T2 phone on Tmobile great but the only problem with the unit is that it is not that bright in direct sunlight. Overall it is a good unit and well worth the money. [ CHRISTOPHER M   Dec 12, 2013 ]
    • I am using an stock AT & T Galaxy 4 with this head unit. It seems to work well. [ Archie   Dec 12, 2013 ]

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