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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.

Built-in HD Radio™ for digital sound

Your favorite AM/FM stations never sounded so good. The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver lets you tune into the superior sound quality of digital HD Radio broadcasts. Many stations also take advantage of the multicasting feature, which lets them broadcast additional channels on the same radio frequency, so you have more listening choices. JVC's radio timer ensures you'll never miss your favorite drive-time radio programs — you can program it to automatically switch the receiver to your favorite stations at the times you want.

JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver

This JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver brings you the superior sound quality of AM and FM broadcasts from HD Radio stations.

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Pandora® Internet Radio and more

JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora stations. Connect your iPhone® via the front-panel USB, and you can skip songs, change stations, and rate songs using the receiver's controls. Meanwhile, the 1-amp USB port charges your device quickly. JVC's Smart Music Control app offers Android users a way to integrate their music libraries into the road tunes. You'll have comprehensive control over your music from the receiver's controls, and you can even search for songs by mood.

Solid suite of sound controls

Whatever you choose to listen to, the KD-AHD57 offers some great ways to tune the sound to your liking. The Pro EQ 3-band parametric equalizer gives you different frequency options for adjusting the bass, midrange, and treble, plus seven preset EQ curves for quick switches. If you're connecting a powered sub, you be able to dial in just the right amount of thump with the receiver's subwoofer level control.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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 JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility.

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, WMA, and WAV files
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • JVC Music Control app for control of Android via USB
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • 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 JVC Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other info:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

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

    Our Product Research Team

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

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

    Disc & USB Playback

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

    Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-AHD57 features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The JVC KD-AHD57 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 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz

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

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

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

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-AHD57 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-AHD57, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

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

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

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

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

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-AHD57's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    • DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music 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: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of the Playlist or Category are listed alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-AHD57 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen is locked in this mode.
      • iPod: 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. The head unit's front-panel iPod controls will remain available.
      • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-AHD57. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode". The head unit's front-panel iPod controls will be locked. Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • iPod Display: The KD-AHD57 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file 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 title, and Album label.
    • 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-AHD57 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):

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

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

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

    HD AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology significantly improves audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality sound with static free and clear reception. In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KD-AHD57 can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KD-AHD57 to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, or analog radio stations only. You can store up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually or automatically, using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the analog tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. In addition, you can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • Text Display: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KD-AHD57.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.
    • Radio Timer: You can 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.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    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 KD-AHD57 provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The JVC KD-AHD57 will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone. The JVC KD-AHD57 will also provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone.

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

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-AHD57 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-AHD57 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-AHD57 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-AHD57 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-AHD57 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KD-AHD57 is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    Pro EQ: The KD-AHD57 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 KD-AHD57 features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with adjustable brightness and dimmer settings.

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

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

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AHD57 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

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

    Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSTBA10, sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio streaming functions for the JVC KD-AHD57. The JVC KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, when connected to the JVC in-dash head unit. The JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The JVC KD-AHD57 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit the JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.
     
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Gary, Middletown, OH on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    I am in my sixties and had never attempted to replace a car radio before. Crutchfield made it very easy. I was able to find what units would fit my car on the website. I received the radio in two days and it was very well packaged. The Mastersheets were very accurate and made the installation go very smoothly. I called customer support over one small issue (where to attach the ground wire) and received immediate assistance. The radio itself has great sound and the features (i.e. USB, HD tuner, etc.) are fantastic. I am extremely satisfied with my entire experience with Crutchfield.
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    Great sound, easy to use.
    Cons:
    Instruction manual from JVC can be somewhat difficult to follow.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent, versatile head unit

    Written By Toby H, Graham, WA on Friday, September 26, 2014
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    I bought this stereo to install in my wife's 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. Installation was very easy. The stereo has easy, straightforward controls that were simple to figure out without having to look through the manual. I really like the clock display which also includes the day. Overall this is a great value with a lot of features.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD

    Written By E Wachter, Pittsfield PA on Thursday, September 11, 2014
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    Nice product. Man features.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Product/Way Better than Stock Radio

    Written By Matt, Plano, Texas on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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    Replaced a stock head unit in a 1997 Jeep. Great improvement in sound along with upgraded speakers. Good features and would recommend. Price point was low and easy to install along with included harness.
    Pros:
    Good sound Lots of features Has a sleek look to it.
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    Takes a bit of time to learn all the features and program.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Tom, Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 07, 2014
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    Good tuner; Good sound.
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    Adapter parts made for a really good fit.
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    Great Value!

    Written By Bob E, Maryland on Friday, September 05, 2014
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    This is a very nice unit that was recommended by Crutchfield sales associate. Easy to install and sounds great. I listen to the radio a lot, so I wanted push button presets, etc. I ordered this online on a Monday and it was on my door step THE VERY NEXT DAY!! How did they do that?? Do they have drones?? Frankly amazing! Thanks!!
    Pros:
    Great value, everything I wanted!
    Cons:
    None so far!!
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    Surprising good

    Written By Gary, Lake Charles, LA on Thursday, August 21, 2014
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    Surprisingly good value. Lots of features connectivity to phones and other devices. No obnoxious lights or sounds on power up or down. Replaced factory premium sound in a 2000 ford explorer. Install accessories and instructions from Crutchfield made it easy. I used the chat window on the website to make sure I had the correct adapters. Fast and efficient.
    Pros:
    Worked great , intuitively obvious operation for the most part
    Cons:
    Not in love with red but it looks better than I expected
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Rob S., fredericksburg, va on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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    works great, can't beat for the $$$$
    Pros:
    great looking and sound
    Cons:
    not many so far
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Brett Kohler, savannah,Ga on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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    Very good radio no problems at all I would definitely recommended this product to anyone looking for a radio.
    Pros:
    Good sound Feature with iPods USB on the front Aux sounds Great HD radio is pretty cool
    Cons:
    You have to download an app to use with android
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    4 out of 5

    jvs

    Written By Chadscougar, Des Moines, IA on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    Great stereo, plenty of power. I replaced my stock Mach stereo in my Ford Expedition and it connected easily with the stock sub and works great.
    Pros:
    easy to connect with crutchfield's recommended harnesses and dash kit. HD radio picks up well too.
    Cons:
    lots of menus to navigate for sub control and tone control
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal

    Written By Duncan, Jasper, Ga. on Friday, August 08, 2014
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    Installed in my boat to replace another JVC, 16 years old
    Pros:
    easy to install and works great
    Cons:
    remote is nice but tiny. I put some Velcro on it to keep it easy to find.
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    4 out of 5

    Decent stereo for $100

    Written By mperry, Springfield OR on Saturday, August 02, 2014
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    This is a good value. I like the one-touch mute feature. The sound quality is excellent in mid and high range, but the 4 stock (94 Ranger) speakers have almost no bass. Max (pre-distortion) volume is loud enough to not hear yourself singing along.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, using the Crutchfield wiring harness. A similar stereo can cost $400 (installed) locally, so the $120 price tag is a bargain. It slid into the factory slot and the color even matches my truck.
    Cons:
    The wires were not pre-stripped, so I had to dig around to find my stripping tool. It took me over an hour to install, but I could probably repeat it in 20 minutes. (The manual's print is fairly small for an old geezer to read.)
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    5 out of 5

    This radio is great.

    Written By Mark, Detroit on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    This radio is great. It sounds good and the colors match the red in the Vibe better than the original. The only addition it could have is a default volume setting when you turn the car on. Other than that I have zero issues.
    Pros:
    HD, USB, Aux port
    Cons:
    Many features to tweak.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Dr P, San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, July 04, 2014
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    I gave this five stars because of all the features and how easy it is to use.
    Pros:
    Great looks and great sound.
    Cons:
    It took over an hour to read through the manual. It's not horrible that it has so many great features, though.
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    5 out of 5

    Great buy!

    Written By DJP, MUNSTER, IN on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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    Super buy,cool features, good price. Crutchfield always comes through with great products and OUTSTANDING customer service.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, easily viewable clock. Cool features.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenalb KD-AHD57

    Written By larry b, west palm beach, FL on Sunday, May 25, 2014
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    Very good product for the price
    Pros:
    sound quality, bang for the buck
    Cons:
    Buttons a little small for my big fingers (I wear a size 16 ring) siily how to exit demo mode was a pain until I figured out what the instructions meant to say, they were obiusly written by someone doing this alot and skipped some details
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Stereo

    Written By RickR, Somewhere, WV on Friday, May 09, 2014
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    Just got my stereo installed in my 2001 Dodge Dakota I'm restoring, and it sounds great. What I like is the Aux plug. I have a Sony Walkman Mp3 payer 16GB and I can play music all day and not hear the same song. Thanks Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Fits my dash perfectly with the adapter plate also purchased here. Looks good.
    Cons:
    Got to learn all the gadgets
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Russ A, Buckingham, PA on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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    great affordable unit, easy to install, had all of the features I was looking for
    Pros:
    good price, easy to use, ipod connection, hd stations
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound, great features

    Written By MikeM, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    This turned out to be a wonderful stereo. I did not realize that my original speaker system could sound this good. The CD player works and sounds terrific. The HD radio brings in a number of channels in great quality. If you ever listen to any sports AM stations - they all can be found on HD FM with this device. Many nice "extra" music stations. The USB connections works great for plugging in a thumb size USB device and playing music or audio books. With the included information and video instruction on the internet, installing worked perfectly. This stereo worked great and had the features I was really looking for.
    Pros:
    USB, Radio, CD player all were great. Great value, sound terrific.
    Cons:
    With daytime glare, the display can be a little hard to read in bright sunlight - but not a significant problem.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Ben, Pearcy, AR on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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    Great little radio. Replaced factory and wow , did the sound improve!
    Pros:
    Tremendous sound for the money.
    Cons:
    Not as easy to use as the factory radio.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD AHD57

    Written By John B, Mishawaka IN on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    Arrived within specified delivery time. Good value. Overall nice radio - cd player. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a value priced receiver- cd player.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Anonymous, Ofallon il on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    Easy to use sounds great
    Pros:
    Easy instal and easy to set up
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Plain Awesome

    Written By PatrickS, Mount Vision, NY on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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    Definitely a major upgrade to my factory stereo. Sounds awesome. Installation was a snap with the provided Master Sheet. I'm very pleased.
    Pros:
    Great sound, ease of installation.
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Jeremiah F., Liberty, MS on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    I highly recommend this unit.
    Pros:
    It's user friendly.
    Cons:
    It doesn't change colors like the Kd-AHD65
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    5 out of 5

    Night time install

    Written By Otavalo, Lewis county, wa on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    This was a Christmas present. My son couldn't wait till daylight so we did the install at 9pm. Except for cold hands it went perfectly. The good instructions and our combined ignorance prevailed!
    Pros:
    Good fit in a modified environment.
    Cons:
    Still trying to figure out the dimmer.
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    4 out of 5

    99 Toyota Camry LE

    Written By M Fong, NHP, NY on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Installation was very easy with the Crutchfield installation kit.. The Radio & CD player sound is great., however USB / CD / Aux output sounded muffle. FM tuner seems sensitive seems to be a little bit weak - I cannot receive some of the stations that my factory radio use to pick up.
    Pros:
    Very good Radio for the price.
    Cons:
    Need to improve the USB / CD / Aux sound quality, and FM Tuner FM Sensitivity.
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    5 out of 5

    Installed in stock Kia Spectra

    Written By J Baccus, Ca on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    I helped my son replace the factory stereo in his stock 05 Kia Spectra. This unit fit great (especially with the wiring harness and install kit from Crutchfield). The USB port on the front is able to charge his iPhone 5S as well as play Pandora and other music through it. The only issue we seem to be having is the difference between the volume of the USB / CD / Aux versus the FM Tuner. The FM Tuner volume seems to be about half the output volume of the other inputs.
    Pros:
    Ease of install and set up (less than an hour). USB port can be used for charging devices
    Cons:
    No case for the removable faceplate.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    great radio for the money!

    Written By rc5695, upstate, SC on Friday, December 27, 2013
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    This radio looks great and is a great value for the money. 2 pre-amp outputs (rear can be subwoofer), ipod and pandora controls, and TONS of adjustability for fine tuning the sound for your vehicle. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
    Pros:
    lots of options, TONS of sound adjustability (but don't "have" to), very easy to adjust display brightness (buttons and screen seperately even), HD
    Cons:
    When going into the menu it doesn't default to sound (cumbersome to make quick adjustments depending on what you're listening to), auto dim feature doesn't work on my 2000 Chevy Blazer
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By MarkT, Iowa City, IA on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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    Relatively easy install (once I read the directions), works great, nice radio at good price!
    Pros:
    easy install, easy to use, great sound
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By JohnJ, Seattle, WA on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    Installed easily to the dash of my 1999 Superduty motorhome. The music/sound quality is dramtically better over the aftermarket stereo that was in there. I like the round nob for easy manipulation of the unit. I love the push of the big round button to MUTE. So far only one road trip on this, but I am very happy with the controls, display, sound, adjustment, and MP3 input. It all works super. I gave it a coolness factor of 5 because it is easy to read the display and adjust and for me that's COOL, but it's not a super-gee-whiz lights flashing kind of distraction on your dash, if that's what you're looking for. I just wanted quality sound for going down the road and for when parked. Last comment: this is the first time I have used HD radio and I am impressed with the quality of HD radio. Didn't know I was missing it.
    Pros:
    value--super radio for a reasonable price easy to use round nob for the menu and such MUTE easily with a press of the nob 2 year warranty
    Cons:
    can't think of any. It covers all the bases.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By g, Benton, Arkansas on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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    Great price, sound and looks. Easy to install with great instructions.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By David, WA on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    Good unit, Sounds great, Easy to use. Similar to Sony units of the same price.

    Although my unit's CD drive broke after a week :/.. Crutchfield is letting me do an exchange :)
    Pros:
    Sounds great HD radio is crisp Easy to use
    Cons:
    Build quality seems a tad cheap, especially with certain flimsy plastic parts
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    5 out of 5

    easy install

    Written By Paulie, Franklin NH on Monday, September 02, 2013
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    I installed this in a friend's RV to replace a broken head unit works as designed and provides good sound throughout the entire vehicle while we drive. The unit run into the two factory door speakers the rest goes to an amp that powers the cabin surround system including a sub woofer. The only thing I would improve is the menu system. I think it could be a little more straight forward. Loved the option to turn off the Pandora app. They didn't want/ know what it was for anyway.
    Pros:
    good looks
    Cons:
    Menu functions.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57

    Written By Todd J, Salt Lake City UT. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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    Easy to use, and sounds great.
    Pros:
    Easy install.
    Cons:
    Face plate hard to remove.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice basic CD/Media receiver

    Written By Dirk, NE Arkansas on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    My current "2nd" vehicle needed an upgrade to the stereo. Blown speakers, and a factory head unit that left alot to be desired called for an upgrade. Due to the limited space in the 2001 Firebird, double DIN was out, so that left me with single DIN options. As this is a 2nd vehicle, price was also a factor. I have been wanting to try HDRadio for a while now, and also wanted to have seamless control of iPod and USB storage. I got it all in this JVC unit. The red illumination matches the interior of my car, the build quality seems top notch, install was a breeze, and I enjoy having a volume "knob" instead of push buttons. Some of the menu operations are not very intuitive, but on a related note, the menus don't seem to time out very quickly, so you have time to think about what you need to do. A few "ease of use" features are missing, or at least I haven't found them yet........no single button for LOUD, you have to delve into the menu, presets are a little confusing at first, would like to be able to include AM in the same preset bank with FM, bass and treble controls are also "in the menu". When you enter the MENU, you are always presented first with the DEMO mode selection. It would be nice to be able to hide this. There are some pretty nice animations shown on the DEMO mode that you don't see in normal operation. Sound quality is on par with the price, I would like a little more control over the crossover levels of the main channels. Sub control is pretty good.
    Pros:
    Build quality, appearance, subwoofer controls, remote included, FM tuner seems sufficiently sensitive.
    Cons:
    Access to some features requires a trip into the menu, no true crossover controls, desperation of FM/AM in presets, display color would be nice if red, the same as buttons, no included case for removable faceplate.
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    3 questions already asked

    I was wondering of the USB port on this charges the device that is plugged into it? Or for that matter if there are any head units out there that do. thanks. [ Kevin  Aug 12, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • It does charge my phone....but it won't an iPhone or other high current USB device. I haven't seen a spec, but I would guess the current is limited to .5amp or 1amp at the most. 2.1amp required for most high power devices. [ WILLIAM   Aug 15, 2014 ]
    • I'm super happy with that radiusIt ,,,was very easy to installI little English that I think a 5 year old children can do [ JEFFRY   Aug 15, 2014 ]
    • Yes it will charge your phone [ MIKE   Aug 14, 2014 ]
    Will this model control the factory 10 disc changer ? [ Will  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 07, 2014 ]
    Does this model have a full time clock feature? I bought a Clarion receiver from Crutchfield & never thought about the clock, that only stays visible for about a minute. I have to hit a button about 5 or 6 times in order to get to the clock function, and then it only lasts about 60 seconds. [ jim  Jan 15, 2014 ]
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    • I toggled through the screens and stopped at the date / clock. Left it on for the trip and it did not change. I also stopped, turned off the key, turned the key back on and the radio returned to the date and time again. Hope this helps. dan [ DANIEL J   Jan 19, 2014 ]
    • Hi Jim, Can't speak on the Clarion, but I can on the JVC. The Arsenal clock can be programmed to stay on in the settings feature under CLOCK. Check Crutchfield or JVC websites for manuals if you are not sure how to go about doing this? [ JOHN   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • You can switch the display to full time clock. I usually have it set to display the title and artist info though. [ ALAN   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • Thanks William. [ jim   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • You can set the display to one of several options such as RDS display, Track Title, Time Remaining/Elapsed, or Day/Time. It will keep which ever one you decide to leave it on. [ WILLIAM   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • Thanks for the response Francisco V. [ jim   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • Thanks MB. That would be better than what I have now. A clock for 30-60 seconds. [ jim   Jan 17, 2014 ]
    • You can switch display modes on the radio (clock, station, song, etc.) and the mode will stay selected. However, only one mode at a time can be displayed, so if you are displaying the clock, you can't see the station #. [ M   Jan 16, 2014 ]
    • Yes it does have a full time clock feature. You just need to set it up to show the clock all the time. [ FRANCISCO   Jan 16, 2014 ]

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