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Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

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.

Talk hands-free, stream music

You're on the road a lot — between road trips with friends, running errands, and driving to the office, the time adds up. So why not enjoy that time as much as you can? The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT CD receiver gives you a driving companion that'll deliver topnotch sound, while giving you the convenience and safety of music streaming and hands-free calling. Plus, JVC protects this workhorse receiver with the Arsenal 2-year warranty.

JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

Bluetooth® included

JVC includes a tiny USB Bluetooth adapter and an external microphone with the KD-A925BT. This receiver features two USB slots, so you'll still be able to connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the free slot.

Once connected, just pair your phone and you're ready to go. Talking hands-free makes sense — you can make and receive calls without reaching for your phone (and its tiny buttons), and keep your hands on the wheel. Plus, as more and more localities enact hands-free laws, you can be sure you're in compliance no matter where the road takes you.

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

Listen to PANDORA® Internet radio, plus audio from other iPhone apps

You can use the KD-A925BT to control PANDORA® just like any other source. Just download a free iPhone app, connect the phone to one of the USB inputs, and enjoy. You can even rate songs with a "Thumbs up," or "Thumbs down," so that PANDORA® knows what music you like.

You can also play the audio from other apps on your iPhone, like those for Internet radio, navigation, and movies. You'll control those apps from your iPhone, not the receiver.


Fun, customizable display

JVC's Separated Variable-Color display lets you pick from over 30,000 possible colors to match the KD-A925BT's display to your vehicle's dash lighting. You can also assign separate colors to the left and right sides of the control panel for a style that's all your own, or tell the stereo to continually cycle through all the colors for a truly unique look.


Beautiful sound

A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) takes the digital information stored on your CDs and in your music files, and turns it back into music. Burr-Brown converters are universally recognized for their smooth, superior sound, and JVC uses a Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC in this receiver. You'll really be knocked out by this receiver's sound quality, especially if you're building a full audio system in your vehicle.

Advanced digital processor

JVC's Digital Signal Processor really helps your music shine. Its Time Alignment feature uses data from ten different vehicle styles to put you in the center of the soundstage, by changing the timing of each speaker. Think about it — you don't sit in the center of your car, you sit in the front left. JVC changes the timing so the signal from a distant speaker reaches your ear at the same time as the one right next to you, putting you right in the center of a musical performance. All you have to do is tell it the type of car you're in, and the KD-A925BT does the rest.


Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • included Bluetooth® adapter for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • variable-color display with over 30,000 choices per side
    • PANDORA® control (requires an iPhone and a free app)
    • app mode for playing audio from iPhone apps
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, plus MP3/WMA files on disc
    • detachable face with carrying case
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • My Sound EQ 5-band equalizer
    • Digital Signal Processor, including time alignment
    • high-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    • Burr-Brown 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel and rear USB inputs, front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    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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    5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    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 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 tuner not available
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (installed in supplied face-case)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Microphone (with attached 9.75' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor clip
    • Self-adhesive bracket
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 2 Face security clips
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter Instructions
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security clip note
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Bluetooth Caution note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Bluetooth Communication
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT features a fold-down face which is detachable face to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    3-Line LCD: The head unit features a three-line, alphanumeric-text LCD with adjustable color, brightness, and dimmer settings.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the Display, Brightness, & Eject buttons (they remain red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    Brightness/Contrast: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving. You can also adjust the display contrast (0-8) to make the display clearer and more legible.

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

    Clock Display: The JVC CD receiver features a 12/24-hour clock display. You can switch between the head unit's source information and clock display when the unit is powered on. When you power the unit off, you can press the "display" button to temporarily view the clock display.

    Audio Section

    Burr-Brown 24-bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT utilizes a premium TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit digital-to-analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-A925BT 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-A925BT 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-A925BT 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)

    5V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-A925BT is equipped with three pair of gold-plated 5V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between 0 and 8, as well as the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse).

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-A925BT 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.

    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.

    MySound EQ: The My Sound EQ features lets you customize your car audio system's sound by listening to test tones in five frequencies (All, Low, Middle, Middle-High, High), each represented by a different type of instrument. You can adjust the level of each frequency between -9 to +9. You can save up to 3 MySound EQ Profiles (Sound 1/2/3) for easy recall. You can also download sample music (instruments) in various genres for the My Sound EQ function from the JVC mobile website onto a USB thumbdrive.

    5-Band EQ (with Presets): You can select a preset sound mode suitable for your music. You can select from Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal, Bass, or User. The User mode lets you customize the head unit's 5-band EQ (50Hz, 200Hz, 800hz, 3.2kHz, 125kHz) from +/-9dB.

    DSP Control: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the head unit's DSP control to set the type of vehicle, your seated position, and speaker size, distance, & x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: You can choose what type of vehicle you have - Compact, Sedan (medium), Sedan (large), SUV, SUV (small), X'over, Truck, Wagon, Minivan, or Van.
    • Seated Position: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front.
    • Time Alignment: You can manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 1.6-16.4' for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, and Subwoofer.
    • Speaker Crossover: You can choose between an Easy crossover setup or Pro (custom) crossover setup for your audio system.
      • Easy: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the size of each speaker is select from the following items.
        • Front/Rear: select from full-range, 4", 5-1/4", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
        • Subwoofer: select from full-range, 6-1/2", 8", 10", 12", or 15" + over
      • Pro (Custom): The JVC head unit offers a high-pass crossover for the front & rear speaker/preamp channels and a low-pass crossover for the unit's subwoofer preamp output.
        • High-Pass Crossover (Front/Rear): variable high-pass filter (30-200Hz) and crossover slope (-12/-18/-24 dB per octave); frequencies lower than the selected frequency are cut-off from the front and rear speakers
        • Low-Pass Crossover (Subwoofer): variable low-pass filter (30-200Hz)and crossover slope (-12/-18/-24 dB per octave); frequencies lower than the selected frequency are sent to the subwoofer.

    D.T. Expander (Digital Track Expander): The Digital Track Expander feature compensates for harsh high frequency sound in compressed digital tracks. The Digital Track Expander effect can be used for MP3/WMA (64-128 kbps) audio files and iPod/iPhone music files.

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The Loudness features has four settings (1, 2, 3, or off).

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically.

    Note: This unit does not offer front-panel preset buttons. You will need to access your saved presets through the receiver's menu.

    Title Assignment: You can assign titles (up to 8 characters) for up to 30 AM/FM stations.

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

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

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

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

    • SIRIUS: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT 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).
    • XM: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc 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.

    Note: The unit features a fold-down face, so the face must be folded-down manually before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-A925BT can play MP3 (5-320 kbps) and WMA (5-320 kbps) audio files 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, or Romeo. The head 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/WMA files (up to 128 characters).

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD, so you can easily access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc. If the MP3/WMA disc contains a lot of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000) through the disc by turning the unit's control dial quickly.

    A-Z Search: For MP3/WMA discs, you can also use the A-Z search function to scroll through the track/folder list menu.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-A925BT offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

    • 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)

    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.

    Off Eject: A CD disc can be ejected with the power off. The unit must be powered on to insert a disc.

    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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and a rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (attached to a 45" pigtail) for connection of USB mass-storage class devices. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (5-320 kbps), and WAV (705-1411 kbps) audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The head 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/WMA/WAV files (up to 128 characters). The unit offers the same playback functions for its USB connections as its disc player.

    Note: Both of the USB terminals can be connected to USB devices at the same time. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT's front-panel or rear-panel USB port can also act as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the JVC head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 102dB. The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT supports audio playback of music files, podcasts, and apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer). If the selected category contains a high number of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000) through the music tracks in that particular category by simply turning the head unit's control dial. You can also use the A-Z search function to search your music alphabetically.
    • Repeat & Random: The KD-A925BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: You can listen to apps stored on your iPhone through the JVC head unit when controlling the iPhone via its touchscreen (cannot access apps via head unit control mode).

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KD-A925BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). The JVC KD-A925BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.7 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. 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.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio 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 J-port on this unit.

    Bluetooth Communication

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-A925BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's rear-panel USB input, making the KD-A925BT Bluetooth 2.0 certified. The KD-A925BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) can also be installed in the head unit's front-panel USB port.

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash multimedia receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: The JVC KD-A925BT supports the following Bluetooth profiles:

    • HFP 1.5 (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the head unit.
    • AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Basic music playback control of your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player from the head unit.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-A925BT 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).

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

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-A925BT 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 (front or all).

    External Microphone: The JVC KD-A925BT 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 level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 9.75' 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 0.545" (diameter) x 1.105" (depth).

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

    Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash (Ring Color), and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the KD-A925BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call. You adjust the head unit's ring color from the unit's 29 preset colors or 30,000 custom colors.

    Dialing A Number: Using the KD-A925BT, 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.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-A925BT. If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast search (+/-10, 100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's control dial. You can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
    • 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. 

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected JVC head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The included Bluetooth adapter also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth enabled audio player through the KD-A925BT. The KD-A925BT will be able to control basic playback features, such as - Play/Pause, Track/Folder Select, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip Next/Previous and Random/Repeat.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-A925BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, 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 also 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 the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Arsenal of Features

    Written By Ron G., Lexington, KY on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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    This deck is one of the few with Bluetooth streaming, which sounds a lot better than a Dual deck I had with that feature. I use it for short trips with the phone in my pocket. It also supports direct iPhone control, which is better for longer trips as it charges the phone. One quirk : when I start the car, it recognizes the iPhone and starts playing, but then it drops out and I have to unplug/replug the iPhone cable. I think it's probably the Bluetooth connection that causes this when it associates and the iPhone switched to BT output instead of cable output. Just guessing. Might be a way around it. Lots of colors, options, FM presets, etc. Multiple USB and accessory options. A solid purchase for this price range, especially if you want BT streaming.
    Pros:
    BT Streaming, iPhone control, and lots of features, customizable sound to match your car, solid sound, color options, etc, etc.
    Cons:
    I get confused as to when to use the menu button and the push-button inside the rotary knob. Play/Pause moves between these two in different modes. No biggie, though
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not great

    Written By AGUY, So. Cal. on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    I needed to replace the unit in my older Jeep Grand Cherokee. I wanted one with Bluetooth and a stand-alone mic. This radio was recommended by the phone rep and it seemed to fit the bill. The sound is fine, especially after I replaced the speakers. See the pros and cons for more.
    Pros:
    This unit is relatively inexpensive. It also seems to have plenty of power for my use, driving four 6" speakers and two small tweeters. It comes with a remote control that is somewhat handy. The display can be changed to a range of colors. It also has a feature to automatically answer incoming phone calls through the Bluetooth circuit. It has a front USB connection as well as an aux input. It also allows the BT device to be connected at the rear, freeing up the USB in front for various use
    Cons:
    Here are the cons: The unit is small and the buttons are tiny. The display is small. It is difficult to see what is being displayed. It also does not feature RDS to get song titles from FM stations sending the that information. The audio settings are canned and so far I don't see an easy way to manually adjust the sound.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

    Written By Anonymous, Pembroke Pines Florida on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    Ok, so this was my first time installing a new car stereo and at first when I ordered all the parts, etc, etc, it was a little overwhelming. The project was to remove the stock radio from my 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, and replace it with the new JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT. The intructions provided were incredibly accurate and I could not be happier. all in all the installation was pretty easy. Now on to the radio. The only thing I wish this radio had was an easier to see front panel in the daylight, and with my sunglasses on I cant see the front panel at all. I tried messing around with the color variations and brightness, but none seemed to help. the sound is great compared to how my stock radio sounded, so I am very pleased in that dept. The connection options are very useful including the bluetooth which i use to stream from my samsung infuse android phone, but I think I will be using the stereo input jack as the sound is much better. The small remote provided is a nice feature to quickly change song selections,it even works with my phones bluetooth which is nice. The face plate is a little difficult to put back on, and I find myself fummbling about with it in low light situations, but this is not a big deal. The usb ports are nice, I only wish I could use that connection with my phone as I could use it to charge and play music at the same time. the USB ports can olny be used for flash drives, etc. All in all I am very happy with my purchase thanks Crutchfield
    Pros:
    Lots of connection options, Great sound, easy to install
    Cons:
    Front panel is hard to see in daylight. Faceplate is a little tricky to put back on
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

    Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    I am very pleased with my new radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio/Cassette etc Unit

    Written By SadiesDad, Florida on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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    I love this unit. It is the second JVC unit I've bought from Crutchfield, and both are great radios. This one is a GREAT value for all it does, and it reproduces great music and voice. It flawlessly handles my bluetooth devices, with great phone handling (iphone and ipod)characteristics, has more than enough inputs, has great radio reception, is extremely adaptable, with hundred of screen, sound system/sound quality, and overall device modifications possible.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding Features, Implemented Well - Excellent Receiver

    Written By TeressaC, Concord, NH on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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    THANKS to Josh at Crutchfield for recommending this awesome receiver! I love that I can play music from so many different sources (iPhone/iPod via USB or via streaming Bluetooth, Pandora on iPhone, USB drive, FM/AM radio, CD, Aux port). Streaming music via BT from my iPhone is easy for short trips. I don't have to take my iPhone out of my purse, just wait for the receiver to automatically connect to the iPhone (a few seconds) and then press Menu to start playing where I left off. For longer trips, plug into the USB and phone charges too. I recently returned a Kenwood KDC-BT848U that was quirky and wouldn't operate properly in cold weather. It cost the same as this one and had fewer features (no BT streaming, no Pandora). This JVC unit performs wonderfully! I highly recommend it. Controls are so much more intuitive than Kenwood and the manual is easier to follow. My only tiny complaint is that you can't see the song title and artist both on the same display. You can see song title alone, or album/artist and you can push Display to toggle between them. Album info is almost irrelevant to me. There is a lot of stuff on the display, some that might not need to be there, but it is still readable even for these old eyes. One great thing about the display is that you see song/album/artist info no matter whether you choose to control the iPod from the receiver or from the iPod. On the Kenwood, you don't see info if you control the iPod from the receiver. Love it!
    Pros:
    - See song info for all sources (except radio). - Streaming music via BT is so convenient. - Menus are straightforward, easy to navigate. Read the manual for excellent tips though. - Can thumbs up/down on Pandora via receiver buttons. - External mic = clear phone calls via BT. - Set display to use a wide variety of colors. - Can control iPod/iPhone from receiver or from iPod/iPhone and receiver still displays song info. (Selecting specific song is easier from iPod interface.)
    Cons:
    - Display should have "song title / artist" without having to push the display button to toggle. - Having the CD behind the faceplate is a little inconvenient but who plays CDs anymore?!
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit BUT...

    Written By Keith, Phoenix, Az on Wednesday, October 05, 2011
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    Great unit but has a few short comings. The sound is UNBELIEVABLE with stock speakers. When you get into setting up the user mode including speaker settings it flat out rocks!!

    That said, I wish it had buttons for radio tuning (I'm old fashioned). The display could be larger (I have old eyes). However, with all the colors for the displays, you will be able to get the right one so you will be able to read it in any lighting conditions. I should get one for my BMW !!!
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Bang for the buck

    Written By Glenn, Durham on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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    I picked up this unit because of the three factors important to me. First was the rear USB port, which is a long cable you can use to plug in your USB stick or IPOD. I was disappointed neither USB port (there is a front port as well) could read my Zune (or any non-apple mp3 player). Second, I wanted a unit cam matching the lighting inside my vehicle, and this JVC unit does this very well, offering both day and night lighting variations that I was able to adjust to my car's factory lighting. Third was the high 5 volt pre-amp output which drives my Bose amp adequately.

    Having installed this unit, I found several items that I didn't recognize the unit offered when I purchased it. The bluetooth and enclosed microphone is very cool, with incoming calls temporarily interrupting the music being played so you can answer through the JVC unit by simply pushing the volume knob. It also allows you to play recorded music directly from your phone. The bluetooth adapter is unobtrusive except for a tiny blinking green light which doesn't bother me at all. You can use the rear USB if you prefer to hide it. I also found the personalization for time delay of signals to each speaker very useful to achieve a great sound chamber inside your car.

    I would prefer a slightly bigger volume knob and USB ports which can handle non-apple music players, but on my scale of 1-10, this JVC gets a solid 8.7.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good stereo for the price

    Written By Jahbello, Irvine, CA on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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    This sure is working out to be a nice stereo. The install was fairly simple for the unit; hardest part was the truck I put it into. The face plate is a bit awkward to put on and take off, but not a big deal. I don't remove it very often. The CD is behind the faceplate so it does not take up room on the front. The whole unit has small buttons and a small LCD area, so if you have trouble seeing, this can be hard to use. Very cool how the Bluetooth phone part works. Once you pair the first time, it just works so nice. Way better than headphones for talking on the phone. Good and clear for the caller too. Pandora works awesome and is my favorite part of the whole unit. So cool to have that in the car. Why use XM or Sirius for music now? This is a good buy. Enjoy.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    good sound and good price

    Written By Jay B, San Francisco, CA on Monday, September 19, 2011
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    I installed this head unit in my Chevy truck, it sounds great and it's priced really fair for all the features you get, and the installation went so smooth using the Crutchfield kit! My only complaint is how the faceplate goes on and off, not good a design.
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    3 out of 5

    Awful faceplate attachment design

    Written By foresto, California on Sunday, September 11, 2011
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    I wanted to like the KD-A925BT, but the mechanism that attaches the faceplate to the head unit is way too fiddly.

    It is designed to either fold down (to reveal the CD slot) or pop off. Detaching it requires you to first press the button and let it fold down, then pry open one of the claws that hold it in place. It doesn't require much force, but it is inconvenient and I worried that the claws would break.

    Much worse is the procedure to re-attach the faceplate. You have to carefully line up a gear on one edge of the faceplate such that the matching head unit claw goes into the center of the faceplate's gear and the head unit's gear teeth line up with the faceplate's gear teeth. If you succeed, you then have to apply steady pressure on this connection to keep it in place while you bring the opposite edge of the faceplate into line with the other head unit claw, and either pry the claw open or push the free faceplate edge into place, hoping this claw will line up with the matching faceplate hole. If anything doesn't line up perfectly, it is very easy to accidentally drop the faceplate on the floor.

    I don't want a car stereo that I have to fiddle with for 5-10 seconds every time I re-attach the faceplate. It should take 1-2 seconds tops, with one hand. With practice, I should be able to do it reliably without looking and without dropping it on the floor.
    4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

    Written By Jason, Kennewick, WA on Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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    I've never owned a JVC product until now, this head unit sounds awesome. Overall I would give this deck a 4.5 star rating. The only cons I have is when the usb port is plugged in you cant use your bluetooth media to stream music its either or. I generally only listen to slacker internet radio on my phone so really not that big of deal for me. This head unit is well worth the money wished I would of purchased a long time ago.
    3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty Good, a few annoyances

    Written By Brad, Sacramento, CA on Monday, August 08, 2011
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    First and most important, the sound quality on this unit is excellent. It's also got a lot of features. However, I think a lot of them could have been thought out better. Some of this has been pointed out in the other reviews.

    The display is too cramped. I could easily go with only having the track information being displayed and a button to cycle through time, track time, etc. Also, the display doesn't seem to be able to display in the format of Artist - Track Name. I can get Album / Artist, or just the track name, but can't get artist and track name on the display at the same time.

    The buttons seem small and the volume knob seems too short. It's kind of hard to change the track while driving. I suppose I could use the remote for this, but then I have to fish around for the remote.

    This is easily the slowest stereo I have ever used in my life. It takes a long time changing tracks, even longer changing albums on an MP3 CD. It takes a long time to sync with blue tooth. It takes a long time to read an ipod, however, changing tracks on an ipod is faster than on new, freshly burnt CD.

    Also, apparently JVC didn't get the memo that nobody uses iphones anymore. Android support would be nice. Although Android mostly works as is, it'd be nice to have Pandora be able to display the track and artist name on the display. The pause / play and forward functions still work though.

    Overall, I'd recommend it, but with warning of the few annoyance.
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    5 out of 5

    One more thing...

    Written By Grawlix, Inacornfield, IL on Saturday, July 02, 2011
     
    I've already outlined some of my minor complaints about this otherwise spectacular head unit, but I remembered something else. This grouse also applies to the Arsenal KD-A725, and probably to other JVC units as well.

    Namely, the sort routine for USB drives is a little goofy. It collates on letters, then numbers, then symbols, instead of just doing a straight-up case insensitive ASCII sort. So, "B-52s" sorts after "Bruce Springsteen." That's a little weird. (For those of you trying to build a directory of a large USB drive, here's the collation order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0123456789 !#$&'()+,-.;=@[]^_`{}~)

    This is my second review, so I gave it 5 stars this time around. That makes my average the intended 4.5 stars. It's a great deck, it could just stand some tweaking.
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    4 out of 5

    Good, but room for improvement

    Written By Grawlix, Inacornfield, IL on Sunday, June 26, 2011
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    If I were able to give this deck a 4.5 star rating, I certainly would have, but there is definitely room for improvement. Namely:

    1) The display is pretty weak. It is fairly small, but more importantly, committed to showing information that would be considered irrelevant to some users. Instead of fixing one line of the display to show folder number, file number, and track position, why not allow me to show more tag information?

    Also, the source icon is large and tends to clutter the display. It is redundant, as 1/3 of the top line alread names the source. Moreover, does JVC really need to dedicate part of its display to showing the time?

    2) Bluetooth is not truly built-in. One of the attractive features for this deck is the dual USB ports. Although it does not greatly impact my use of the receiver, I was disappointed to learn that if you want to use Bluetooth, you have to sacrifice one of those ports to an included adapter.

    3) Button layout is sort of cramped. By going to a flip-down face, hiding the CD slot, JVC could have utilized that extra space for larger buttons or the display. They did neither.

    4) Pandora is no better supported than any deck that will take AUX in. When you use Pandora in "Application Mode," you cannot use your iPod/iPhone's touch screen controls--you must use the (cramped) buttons on the head unit. This makes station selection tedious, as you have to disconnect your iPod/iPhone to accomplish it.

    9 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love JVC

    Written By Ford Fiesta Hatchback Driver, South Jersey on Friday, June 17, 2011
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    Great Head unit overall... I have owned several JVCs in the past and they have not let me down thus far. I will say that I miss the numbers along the bottom. It makes for selecting tracks and radio stations a bit more involved. Great power, makes my stock speakers sound incredible. If you are familiar with previous JVC products, learning how to navigate the settings on this one shouldnt be much of a problem. This Receiver makes my subwoofer sound amazing with my amp versus the stock radio with the amp. The Bluetooth worked fine but it cannot hold a candle to the Ford Sync System with full dial pad that I had in my car before I installed the JVC but I will take much better sound over phone use any day... Thanks for crutchfield for the extras like the Antenna Adapater and manuals. They just made my life that much easier. Quick delivery too.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great, Full Featured Head Unit

    Written By Ben, Poquoson, VA on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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    I finally decided to upgrade the stereo in my 05 Civic Coupe. I decided to go with this unit for the easy access front USB and AUX inputs. I don't have an iPhone or iPod to use, but It works very well with my Samsung Galaxy S phone. The sound quality is good coming from the phone, but the other features (like controlling your iPhone with the head unit controls) don't work. So don't expect anything that isn't promised. The CD sound quality is also very good. I don't listen to FM radio anymore, so I can not comment on that.

    I was very worried about installing the unit as I have never been a "handyman" type person and have never done anything like this before. With the Crutchfield master sheet in hand, everything went better than I expected. I did have to call the helpline one time to make sure I was fighting with the right screws, but overall the Install went smoothly. If you are on the fence about actually taking on the task of installing new sound equipment in your car I would highly recommend Crutchfield because as long as you have the right tools and the Master Sheet for your car, as well as the helpline for backup, you can't go wrong.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio

    Written By Dave E, Miami, FL on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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    The Bluetooth audio streaming works great w/ my iPhone 4. Streams all music apps and is very clear. The USB connection for iPod/ iPhone instantly recognizes the device. But it only allows use of the "iPod" function. The only problem with the radio is that you cannot see the display with polarized sunglasses. The buttons light up fine, but you cant see what station or function your on. Other than that, the radio is excellent. Sounds louder and clearer than the original factory radio.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-A925BT

    Written By MikeG, Bellevue NE on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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    Excellent feature set and performance even with stock speakers in my 2000 Ford Ranger. Bluetooth integration with my iPhone 4 is excellent, both music and phone.
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    5 out of 5

    Better than I hoped

    Written By Michael, Seattle, WA on Sunday, June 05, 2011
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    I went off the earlier reviews and focused on buying this one. I called and talked to a service rep and he had a great attitude and was really helpful. I have never put in a stereo myself and was a little concerned about trying it. I put this in a Nissan Xterra. When it came the instructions were crystal clear and meant for someone with no experience. The mounting brackets fit perfect.I had to call twice for help because I wanted to make sure about not using a couple of wires on the harness and later needed some help with the Blue Tooth (didnt know I had to push some buttons on my iPhone to get it to synch). Again both guys answered my questions quickly-it was obvious they knew what they were talking about. Great service! Great product! Obsolutely love this receiver! Everything I needed was in the box. All I used was a screw driver, some butt-connectors, and a crimping tool. I could not be happier with the entire experience. Thanks Crutchfield!!!
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    4 out of 5

    A great head unit for a very fair price

    Written By LoneWolf, SW Michigan on Monday, May 30, 2011
     
    I did a lot of research before purchasing this unit.SQ and ease-of-use were top priorities; my dying Pioneer DEH-P680MP had the first, but not the second. This is my first JVC unit; I've owned Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony Mobile ES (back in the day), Aiwa, and even Nakamichi during the tape-deck era.

    JVC has great, intuitive controls, with a well-defined menu system. It has one-button pause (it took four buttton presses on my Pioneer to pause the iPod or CD). Basic iPod/CD/radio controls are easy to operate without taking eyes off the road. Display shows you what you need, rather than lots of animated junk, and color changes are easy to match your car's lighting. The unit's Bluetooth paired easily with my Motorola Droid 2 for hands-free calling. Adjustable time-delay, and either basic (preset) or full equalizer controls are available. This unit has it all for $100 less than competing decks from other brands.

    Sound quality is also great; the unit bypasses the iPod DAC. I have four Infinity Reference 5.25" 2-way speakers, and they're a great match.

    One star taken off because it takes about 10-15 seconds to read my iPod every time I start the car (my Pioneer was near-instant). The face is a bit cumbersome to detach/re-attach compared to other models I've used. A less glossy screen would be nicer (for better reading in sunlight) but every manufacturer unfortunately does this.

    I'd buy this deck again, you won't find a better model at this price.
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    4 out of 5

    Just ordered this.

    Written By Justin, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, May 27, 2011
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    So far so good. Controls are easy to use and intuitive, the menu navigation makes sense and there are plenty of options to play with. The display is really hard to see if you're wearing polarized sunglasses (not surprising) but i found by setting the display area to white and making it negative helped quite a bit.

    Sound quality is good, I am still experimenting with the EQ levels to get it where I want. So far the bluetooth sync with my blackberry bold has worked very well too. Paired up quickly and has been reconnecting fairly quickly each time i get back in the car. Call audio seems good and those I've called said the voice comes through clearly, although I have yet to try it while actually driving so far it has just been quick tests.

    USB thumb drive i put in as my primary music source was recognized quickly and it indexed 2GB of songs reasonably fast.

    Overall I am pleased, especially for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    The JVC Arsenal Series is state-of-the-art,

    Written By Edwin R, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on Saturday, May 14, 2011
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    I bought this new Arsenal KD-A925BT Signature Series Receiver a few days ago after it first went on sale. Actually I just installed it works great, takes some time getting used to the controls and all the different settings you can choose. There is a noticeable difference in sound quality from the old stereo I had in my car, it has everything that you could want. Sounds terrific; if you have stock speakers it makes them sound like it `s high performance; like an amp. This state of the art receiver will excite those who want maximum sound performance and supreme system flexibility.
    I highly recommend this item, value and features!!!" So many options!!

    Of course the shopping experience was amazing too! so buy it now! only at www.crutchfield.com

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    4 out of 5

    Very good, but not perfect.

    Written By Alan, Twenty-nine Palms, CA on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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    First off, quality of sound is indeed supreme. The Burr-Brown Converter really makes a difference. After working on the 5-part equalizer for an hour through multiple songs I was able to make my stock speakers sound wow. Next step would be new speakers.
    The illumination wire is a plus. The moment I turn on my running lights, the stereo automatically adjusts to night settings (color and brightness). The options revolving around this feature alone are numerous.
    30,000 different colors mean you'll be able to find one that matches your dash perfectly.
    Built-in Bluetooth is really a usb nub that sticks a quarter of an inch out of the rear wire. When on, there's an green light that blinks about every sec. I found it to be annoying on the front usb port during night driving so I moved it back to the rear wire, which means I don't see it, however I was planning on using that rear wire for my iphone. Maybe I'll just open the nub and cover up the light or something..
    Playing music through Bluetooth tends to make certain high frequencies sound "electronic." I thought it was a connectivity issue so I replugged and restarted but it remained. So I stick with the USB cable for audio, and Bluetooth is good enough for phone calls. Wish they could run audio AND phone through but I believe thats Apple's territory.
    Mic was reported as decent when placed next to sun visor.
    Don't buy it anywhere else because Crutchfield gives you a free harness, instructions and shipping.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By David, Little Rock, AR on Monday, April 18, 2011
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    This is my second JVC head unit from Crutchfield. (First is still giving service in my son's vehicle).
    Great array of features and usability and utterly reliable. Mainly chosen for the inbuilt Bluetooth which works flawlessly for hands free calls including streaming tunes from my iPhone4. I still have the option of using the USB and charge at same time but the player uses very little battery power to run as is.
    Even with stock speakers in my Silverado the sound improvement is awesome.
    Particularly like the sound stage tool to balance for seating position. Really notice the rear speakers now. Upgrade to after market speakers I feel will make me a very happy camper.
    BTW correction to the ad...there IS an included faceplate carrier in the box!
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