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JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

CD receiver

147 Reviews

Item #: 105KDAHD69

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Original Price: $159.99

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Overview

Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

Use the convenient front-panel USB input to connect and control your iPod® or iPhone®, and speed your way through songs and playlists with the KD-AHD69's controls. You can also switch over to the iPod's controls if your passengers prefer the hands-on approach. You'll see song and artist info bright and clear on the receiver's 2-line display.

Enjoy the crystal-clear sound of HD Radio®

Enjoy what HD Radio™ has to offer with the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 CD receiver. Its built-in tuner lets you dial in the enhanced sound quality of digital AM/FM stations, giving you FM sound that approaches CD quality, plus AM that sounds like traditional FM. You can also adjust the receiver's display colors to match your dash lighting, plus you'll get a rock-solid two-year warranty to boot.

JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

iTunes® tagging and iPod® control

Use the convenient front-panel USB input to connect and control your iPod® or iPhone®, and speed your way through songs and playlists with the KD-AHD69's controls. You can also switch over to the iPod's controls if your passengers prefer the hands-on approach. You'll see song and artist info bright and clear on the receiver's 2-line display.

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

When you're listening to an HD Radio station, just tap the dedicated button to "tag" a song you like. The next time you connect your iPod to the computer, you'll be prompted to buy your tagged tunes from the iTunes store.

Play your digital music files

This versatile stereo will handle all your CDs and recordable discs, as well as discs or or thumb drives you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can connect a portable satellite radio to the auxiliary input, or install a JVC satellite radio tuner permanently. The KD-AHD69 also works with JVC's Bluetooth® adapter for even greater flexibility.


Sweet sound

Go ahead and turn it up. The built-in amplifier gives you plenty of clean power when you're out with your friends. An advanced digital-to-analog converter brings out all the details in your music, and you can adjust the 7-band equalizer to get the perfect sound for your vehicle.


Clean sound for your amps and subs

Two sets of 5-volt preamp outputs simplify the process of adding amps and subs to your system, while providing a clean, noise-free signal. The subwoofer output includes a handy selectable low-pass filter, and you can add just the right amount of bass with the subwoofer level control.


Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use this 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.


very nice unit. HD radio is excellent... expandability is good... seven level equalizer allows custom audio tuning... plenty of power...all in all a remarkable value!

Tom B, TX

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
  • Face
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • Plastic face-case
  • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Face security screw
  • Instructions/Installation manual (English)
  • Instruction/Installation manual (French)
  • Instructions/Installation manual (Spanish)
  • US Warranty Sheet
  • Canadian Warranty Card
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • Face security screw note
  • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • variable color display (separate control over right and left sides of receiver)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • built-in iPod and iPhone control
    • 7-band iEQ
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, USB input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, sub)
    • works with JVC's satellite radio tuner and Bluetooth adapter
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    Reviews

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    Written by: dragonballz from Boston, MA on December 1, 2013

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    • Value

    I love the high pre-amp voltage for the subs. It works well playing music from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5S using stored music or from radio apps. Buttons feel cheap but they work. Only one complaint. In cold weather, around freezing temps, the radio doesn't respond. It only turns on and off, but when it is powered on, it is stuck on the start-up "JVC" text. No inputs will work. No buttons will work. Nothing. After about 10-15 minutes of warming up the vehicle, the radio will then work normally. The LCD screen refreshes very slow when it is cold.

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    Wonderful radio, very few complaints! Does everything I could ask for.

    Written by: RobT from Buffalo, NY on April 26, 2011

    1997 Ford Probe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After using this radio for a while, I realize its value. The ability to match the dashboard is awesome, even though you don't use it much, just set it and forget it. This radio sounds so much better than the OEM radio, it was a night and day difference. The radio reception is great. HD sounds even better! Some of my local stations even have HD2 and HD3 stations, which you don't even know about unless you have an HD receiver. 7-band EQ is helpful, as are the 5V RCA's. My only complaints are some of the buttons are kind of small and don't have a solid-feeling press action, and the auto-clock set through HD stations doesn't work - for me at least, the clock never stays set if you have this enabled. I won't subtract a star for one useless function which is probably not the radio's fault anyways.

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    Great price & unit plus everything needed for the install

    Written by: Dave P from Buffalo, NY on April 19, 2011

    This JVC had everything that I was looking for except dedicated preset buttons for the radio. I haven't used the radio much so I can't say how much I will miss the dedicated buttons but as others have said, you can manually tune in stations if you hold the seek buttons. This wasn't needed for finding the stations that I listen to even though I live in Buffalo, NY and some of my favorite channels broadcast from Toronto, ON. From my limited time using the radio, the stations came in clearer and stronger than the stock radio even when not on HD. I have not listened to much HD either though it's nice to not have any static with those channels. The menu interface is extremely simple once you learn the basic functions for each button. I immediately went to the Pro EQ for the 7 band EQ and started tailoring it to my liking. Without an amp, my speakers distort at higher volumes but that is normal when you're using the built-in amp. Once you get to know the systems limits you can start tuning the EQ and it sounds wonderful. I found myself enjoying the color options for the buttons and display even though I did not think that I would care. There are definitely certain colors that work better for daytime and some for nighttime. The sound that this unit produces seems even better than my last system and I'm not sure if it's because I have Infinity Kappas and JBL Power Series speakers now instead of just Infinity reference speakers or if the head unit just has a cleaner signal.

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    Written by: Tim N from Murphy, NC on April 14, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    used it 2 to 3 times amp gave out, called Crutchfield Techs, tryed what they suggested still no sound from main amp, only pre-amp works to separate power amp. Now on its way to Crutchfield repair center (three week turn around time for repair). First JVC product I ever bought, maybe last.

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    Written by: Tom B from TX on March 27, 2011

    2011 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice unit. HD radio is excellent... expandability is good... seven level equalizer allows custom audio tuning... plenty of power...all in all a remarkable value!

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    Love this unit

    Written by: GCart from Poquoson, VA on March 16, 2011

    2001 Ford F-150

    Received this unit about 2 weeks ago. I purchased it through the advice of a Crutchfield adviser, and as always, they were dead on at meeting my needs. I was primarily interested in the built-in HD radio, with which I am extremely pleased. An incredible improvement over regular radio. Very easy to navigate/learn your way around the controls. Remarkable improvement in sound quality, and I'm only powering the factory speakers in my 2001 F150. As usual, the Crutchfield team was amazing in putting me on just the right product. Support and free accessories made the installation very simple and professional looking.

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    Written by: stereorookie from Harlingen, TX on March 15, 2011

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

    This was the first time i ever tried to install a car radio and i was a little intiminated; however, once i read the instructions and started the install, it was a breeze. The free manufacturer harness adapter that came with my unit made it extremely easy to do the job. I've gotten several compliments on my radio. I thought it looked good, but according to my friends it's a killer looking unit. After installing the radio i heard an immediate difference from my factory unit. Great radio. Usb, hd, and color change features are a big plus!!!!!!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Wisconsin on March 10, 2011

    Great buy for the money. Highly reccomend it to everyone. I personally installed it in my 2004 Toyota Corolla LE. Perfect for my Alpine Type-R and Alpine MRP-M500 Amplifier. No problems with it.

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    Crutchfield Rocks!

    Written by: SeanB from Colorado on March 9, 2011

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

    This deck was shipped, delivered, priced, installed and operated exactly as promised. This is a great deal if you're interested in HD radio. I commute +70 minutes per day so this is important to me and Crutchfield came through with the right equipment and excellent instructions and support to install it myself. Well done Buzz/Crutchfield!

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    Can't beat the price!!! HD is a very nice +

    Written by: KP from Cleveland, OH on March 7, 2011

    2007 Dodge Charger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this stereo! Loaded 10 gigs of my music onto a 16 gig usb flash drive and it works GREAT!! My only complaint is I have soooooo much music at my fingertips I cant decide what to listen to and I'm always jumping around! Easy to install, (NOTE: crutchfield and JVC did not supply me with hardware to mount the stereo to the plastic bracket.) I had to run to best buy and they were nice enough to give me the screws i needed. The swap went smooth with the factory and the sound is FANTASTIC. HD Radio is a VERY nice touch. Very noticeable difference, If you listen to AM Sports like me. You will love HD radio it turns a crappy AM station into a CLEAR FM sounding station.

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    Some people haven't read the manual...

    Written by: Scott from Puyallup, Washington on March 3, 2011

    1990 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Several reviews have mentioned that this rig can't be manually tuned. YES IT CAN! The "scan" buttons, when pushed and HELD cause the radio to go into manual mode - "M" comes up on the display and now the scan buttons work as a manual tuner. I was initially unhappy about no preset buttons. But I discovered that a touch of the menu button puts the display in "List" mode - now turning the knob scrolls through the presets. When you have the one you want, push the knob. It's actually faster and you don't have to remember what's in which preset. This ALSO means that all presets are in a single "bank". None of that FMI FMII FMIII stuff. One very cool feature that I've never had on a radio - each source (CD, FM, USB...) has a separate pre-amp adjustment. If you've ever had a Sony where the CD had to be cranked about 6 numbers higher than the tuner (and then the tuner blows you out of the car when you remove the CD), you'll really appreciate this. Each mode can be adjusted separately so all are at equal volumes. And it's a simple menu function. There is one thing that makes me nuts - the CLOCK is an either / or situation. If you have the display doing its cool HD tricks, the clock isn't displayed. The top line of the display always shows something useless like preset or track number; the clock should have been there. Other than that I'm really happy with this. It sounds great and in terms of bang-for-the-buck, I think it would be hard to beat.

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: Mark S from Reading,PA on February 15, 2011

    2002 Ford F-150

    I purchased this for my 2002 Ford F150 Super crew Cab and was surprised at how easy it was to install and the sound is so much better than I thought it was going to be. The wiring was easy the insert also was easy to install as well. The Iphone playback is the greatest. Controls are easy to understand and navigate. HD radio is awesome as well..can't beat it for the price. Only mistake I made was ordering the brackets to remove the stock radio Crutchfield sent one for free which I didn't know they were going to do. All in all a class company a great experience.

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    Good but....

    Written by: bazrob from Wisconsin on February 12, 2011

    Everything was great except the iPod fuction stopped working. Crutchfiled was great and replaced it but the same problem occured.

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    Written by: Goldais from Dayton, OH on February 11, 2011

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm writing specifically because I'm very happy with this unit. The menu system is the easiest to learn and navigate of any I've owned (esp. Panasonic and Pioneer). Yes, I can find the clock set without the owner's manual in my hand, though I did read through the instructions just to understand the controls when I first installed. I love the USB for mp3 playback. It resumes where it left off, I can navigate the entire list and choose, or just skip through the folders/songs. The various menus are accessed by holding in specific buttons for a few seconds. Once in the menu, you simply rotate the nob, press to select, rotate to change, press to save. There is a "back" button so you don't have to start at the top of the menu when you need to back up a step. The display (for color setting) is divided, one setting for the knobs on the left, and one for the text box on the right. Separate colors can be set for each, and can be different for headlights on vs. headlights off (day/night). In the packaging was a tiny screw for locking in the faceplate before installation, if you so choose. For the first few days, I listened to lots of different music and tinkered with the EQ until I had just the sound I wanted. 7 bands are nice compared to the usual 3. I run a small subwoofer to balance out the lows and added one set of tweets to the upper dash to brighten the front in my car (before purchasing this unit). Otherwise a stock setup and it sounds great.

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    Written by: CrisA from Aurora, CO on February 10, 2011

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

    Love the Arsenal. Clearly JVC paid attention when it designed this new unit. Receiver sensitivity is much better than first and second generation HDR units. AM performance in particular is much better, locking quickly to even the weakest signals. HD performance is excellent. I really like the front panel aux input and USB port, and the display -- particularly the different day/night color schemes -- is awesome. Likes: - Excellent value for the money - Menu system makes sense and has a short learning curve - Plays just about everything -- analog/digital broadcasts, CDs and MP3s - The USB port will charge/power your MP3 player - Excellent configurable display Dislikes: - No manual tuning -- seek only (makes it hard to tune a weak signal) - Does not decode RDS data from non-HD stations - Only 8 AM presets (FM has 16 -- why can't AM have 16??)

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    Written by: John from Orange Park Florida on February 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver at an affordable price. High power amp, would prefer preset buttons, but is OK without due to included remote. Only problem is the display. In the daytime the sun in Florida makes it almost impossible to see regardless of the color. I have dark tinted windows to! Put sunglasses on and display is completely impossible to see. I think this is a problem with all aftermarket receivers.

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    Decent value

    Written by: BruceKr from Lebanon, OR on February 7, 2011

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price, it's hard to beat the feature set of this head unit. As someone alluded to, the lack of preset buttons is a bummer. The user interface and menu structure for the simplest of things like fader, balance, and such is cumbersome at best. I paid about $50 more for my similar Alpine, and it was worth the higher cost.

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    Great All Around

    Written by: JasonM from Plainfield, IL on February 5, 2011

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought two of these. Got one for my car and then one for my wife's car a few months later. We both love it! Installation was (as always) a snap in both cars. The sound is fantastic in my 2002 Lancer and in my wife's 2006 Escape. The HD radio sounds great and the iPod interface works flawlessly with both my iPod Touch and my wife's Nano. We like the ability to change the display color to any number of different varieties. I strongly recommend this unit to anyone looking to upgrade their factory system. The features simply can't be beat at this price.

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    Great radio for the price

    Written by: Scott L from Salt Lke City, ut on February 5, 2011

    2002 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really good radio for the price. The built in HD tuner sounds super clear. I originally checked with a local shop, but they wanted to charge me rediculous amounts of money for the harnesses and adaptor, which Crutchfield gave me for free. Ended up saving over $100 and received much better service.

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    Written by: Jay from Rincon,PR on February 5, 2011

    2002 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent radio for the prize, sounds great, hd fidelity

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    Cumbersom Radio

    Written by: Terry from Marshall VA on February 5, 2011

    I guess i am old school. To set radio statios you have to scan thru it only picks up the strong stations. There are stations that are not the strongest but you can still pull them in. this radio ignores those stations very annoying wish it had bottons. It takes forever to get to a playlist or just a record you want to hear on the ipod if you have it in the mode where you control it from the head unit. You put it in ipod mode you can control the selections from the ipod unit it self.I cant be to negative. I have a Pontiac Grand Prix, I was able to match the variable color display to the red dash lights. Heaven help me if i need work done and they disconnect the battery. Then i will have to pull out the 100 page manuel again and start over

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    Pretty good for the money...

    Written by: winter128 from Milwaukee, WI on February 3, 2011

    Sounds pretty good for what I payed for it. The USB and Aux in are fantastic also. Next time though I would purchase a unit without a detachable faceplate....moves around a little which can be annoying with the small buttons. Other than that a fantastic unit.

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    Great Radio for the money spent

    Written by: LES from Meadville, Ms on February 3, 2011

    1997 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for your buck. Sound quality is awesome. Plays, CD, I-pod, or any other mp3 player, with ease. Remote works when using mp3 player. Think theres about 25 different colors you can choose for the Display settings. Easy to figure out all the functions of stereo. Built in HD Radio tuner is great if you live near a large city..

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    Great Sound, Poor Tuner

    Written by: James O from Laguna Beach, CA on February 1, 2011

    Pros: 1. Great sound. A pleasure to listen to. 2. Easy to use. It didn't take long to figure it out. 3. Easy to install. 4. Versatile. I use it for radio, CD and MP3s via the USB jack in front. Love it. Cons: 1. AM reception is execrable. My previous radio picked up any number of stations, this one *barely* picks the 50,000 watt clear channel station in my area. 2. The tuner works by "seek" only--you can't manually make it go to a particular frequency. The seek rejects weak signals, so if the radio can't find your station by hunting for it, you can't force it to go there anyway. You have to wait until you get a strong enough signal to find it and then mark it in memory. I live in an area where there are a lot of listenable, but poor strength signals, so finding my favorite stations has been difficult and time consuming. If this had a feature where I could manually dial in a frequency so I could put it in memory, I'd give this all five stars.

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    Written by: TonyS from Claremore, OK on January 31, 2011

    1997 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it, I prefer preset buttons, but once you get used to the menu it's not bad.

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    Written by: Adam from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2011

    2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    stereo's okay good features. factory stereo had better bass than this unit

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    Very nice unit

    Written by: FondDuLac from Wellesley, MA on January 29, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice sound from both CD player, radio and iPod. Makes my 4-speaker system sound much better than did the factory-built unit. Love the iPod controls: Lots of features I haven't really explored yet, like tagging. Faceplate removal is very smooth. Smallish gripes: The plastic controls feel soft and jiggly. The key-sequences for setting the various options are counter-intuitive and for me at least, hard to remember. One should not have to RTFM for such matters.

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    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!

    Written by: 4WD Guy from Florida on January 28, 2011

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

    This unit rocks! for the price it does everything I want and more. I installed it in my 99 Tahoe and it only took about an hour and a half. Everything was included except wire nuts. It sounds great with the factory speakers and the HD radio is amazing! The ipod and USB functionality have transformed my listening habits. No worries with this unit.

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    Written by: Paul from Castroville Texas on January 27, 2011

    My wife scored big when she ordered this radio for me as a Christmas present. The sound is is crisp, the ability to play and manipulate my IPod through the system is handy, and the HD function provides for greater listening diversity without the cost of satellite radio subscriptions. The system, while providing multiple listening options and adjustments, is not difficult to operate and the owner's manual has easy-to-follow directions. The greatest difficulty with the system is getting my daughter to settle on a single lighting scheme for the display.

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    very nice sounding receiver

    Written by: Ken J from New Castle DE. on January 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this receiver a month and a half ago and must say it really has a nice sound.the hd sounds better than some of my cds. I bought this for radio and cds so as far as most of the other features I don't know,have used an mp-3 player with no probem. The main problem I have is I can't get a signal lower than 72hz to the front and rear speakers which does bother me as I have no sub. but even so I have to say that this does have an amazing sound. I read the manual and see no way to turn off the bypass filter that separates sub from the other speakers but I'll have to ask someone from cruthfield As far as Cruthfield , they really are second to none.Ihad problems with installation and guy stayed on the phone the whole time until probem was solved and best of all he actually knew the problems without second guess,very very nice. thanks Cruthield for the free stuff and your Knowlagable staff you are indeed a rare find.

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    good stereo

    Written by: b uck50 from Denver, CO on January 24, 2011

    2000 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with the sound of this unit. I am not useing the USB like I thought I would since the interface is kind of hard to use. It is much easier to just use the headphone jack to aux and control my mp3s through the player. May not be worth the extra cost. I like the HD radio very much and there are several commercial free stations out there. One annoying thing about the HD is if the signal is weak it goes back and forth from analog to digital with a delay that will make it unlistenable. There may be a setting to turn this off but I haven't found it. Bottom line...Looks Good, Sounds great, complicated interface. Buy it if you don't mind reading the manual a bit.

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    Ford Ranger Sound system upgrade

    Written by: Roy G from Chuluota, Fl on January 23, 2011

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just completed a total system upgrade in my Ranger...consiting of the JVC receiver, 4 new Polk MM571 2 way speakers and Sound ordinance powered sub B-8P...and I have to say I am totally impressed with how solid and clean this combination sounds! I did a ton of research and picked these components based on their specs, and it really delivers. The JVC receiver amp is impressive, pleanty of punch to drive the Polks, and I love the features, HD radio is fantastic, I pod input is great and the menues are easy to navigate. The sound quality and stereo stage is so dramatically improved, I want to continue driving around listening to tunes. the Polks deliver solid highs, great mids (drums have incredible impact and punch)and decent lows. I added the sub after breaking in the Polks for two weeks.....the 8BP fits nicely behind the drivers seat and delivers rock solid bass. Do not require a larger or more powerful sub for the extended ranger cab...pleanty of sound. I do recomment using the XTC baffles for the Polks...the sound punch does improve over no baffle

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    Nice fit for my 2007 Corolla

    Written by: Frank K from Madison WI on January 18, 2011

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

    I searched around for radio with HD and front USB support. I also wanted one that would have multiple color choices to match the two colors of my 2007 Toyota Corolla's dash. The two tone color options of this head unit fit the bill. The sound is huge improvement over the factory head unit. I don't find myself cranking up the volume as much as I used to cause I can actually hear it now. HD stations are definitely crystal clear. USB support works fine and with a mini mobile flash drive from HP which is half the size of an ordinary flash drive, it doesn't look that bad sticking out. Tunes start playing rather quickly from the drive and even picks up where it left off after turning off the car. The only downside that I must mention is the navigation buttons. They are a tad bit small and if you happen to be driving on a bumpy road its very hard to hit the right button on the first try. Overall I'd recommend this unit. If you can get it as a scratch and dent like I did from Crutchfield, you can save money and not worry that there's anything wrong with it.

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    good/bad

    Written by: BillS from Moscow PA on January 18, 2011

    1988 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good : great sound, features,and customization Bad : annoying time delay when going from regular stereo to HD radio, and when cold (20 degrees and below) head unit lights up but wil not play music from any media

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    Written by: jm from Stroudsburg, PA on January 16, 2011

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

    Easy installation and great sound. My only complaints are minor: 1) Trying to insert a CD when the unit is off doesn't turn the unit on (nor will the CD insert). 2) When another source is on and you insert a CD, sometimes it will load (and play), sometimes it won't load. 3) The unit is wired into the car's lighting system (so when you turn on your exterior lights the unit's lights dim, which makes sense), yet I don't understand why, at nighttime when the unit is off, that there are NO lights on at all on the unit. It makes one have to fumble to find the power button (which is too small and should not also be doing double-service as "input select"). 4) On a similar vein, why have a clock on the unit if - as noted in #3 - nothing is lit when the unit is off?

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    Room for Options

    Written by: Phlip from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. on January 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this radio mainly for the HD factor, the idea that it has options to move between HD or not is a plus. I currently have a basic system with some upgraded speakers in all locations, with a few plans for expansion. The room this unit carries to allow for that expansion is tremendous. I always look to have a product that will move into the future of my plans. For just a basic radio alone, it does wonders, you will be pleased. My only gripe is that the ease of use takes some getting used to, but this could apply to anything new to you in general. The single line is a bit annoying but better than the small font of other units have. You always have the option of changing 'what' you want displayed while it sends a brief description of the information in the begining and reverts back to your preference. I am very happy with the product, Crutchfield is the best!!

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    Excellent Head Uint, Buy this one!

    Written by: Edward R from West Palm Beach, FL on January 3, 2011

    1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent many, many, hours comparing and contrasting different head units, and finally after literally 50+ hours of research I decided on this one, and am I glad I did. Installation was simple, The Unit looks great with all of the many color combos available. The controls are pretty simple to use, the 7 band EQ is really nice for tweaking every little tone coming out of the speakers ( Bass, Low, Med-low, Med, Med-High, High, Ultra High), You can't get much more simple and practical than that. Also has 2 sets of 5 volt RCA outs, And a whittle itty bitty remote. The HD Radio was quite surprising, I have never heard an HD station before, But I sure knew when I landed on one. The quality is practically CD quality, If not cleaner and "brighter" than a CD, Very nice and I'm sure will surprise anyone else who has not heard an HD station before, I also pick up about 8 more stations because of the HD tuner. The ONLY issue I'm having right now is that when I'm playing music from my thumb drive, which sounds perfect (make sure you have high bit-rate songs), Every once in a great while it will just cut off, and I have to pull the drive out, and put it back in, and It just kicks right back into where it left off, If it continues ill call Crutchfield Support...... ..(I did not feel like this deserved anything less then 5 stars, I try to be realistic and at least entertain the possibility that it's USER error and not the Head Unit.)

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    Pretty nice radio.

    Written by: Zack W. from Ohio on December 26, 2010

    1994 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio a few months ago, the speaker deal it had made it a no-brainer. I love all the features this thing has, however it is not the most user friendly device out there. A lot of menu options are buried, so trying to change anything while driving is asking for trouble. Overall sound has been rather good, I am using it to push a 600w RMS amp with 2 Kicker Comp 12's. Running Pioneer 6x8s in all the factory locations and the sound is nice and crisp. Volume stays a bit low until you really turn it, but there is an adjustment on the radio to compensate a little bit. I don't know why they didn't just throw a LOUD button on there and be done with it. My biggest gripe however, is with the HD tuner. In my area, HD is majorly hit or miss. I love the fact that the radio auto-switches, but I also loathe that it does it. It is highly annoying listening to the radio when the songs are always stuttering due to the HD switching. This wouldn't be so bad if the radio had a setting to turn off HD, which it does, but the setting resets every time you power off the radio. As you can imagine, having to remember to go in and change this setting back every time you start your car is just a bit uncalled for. Why JVC overlooked this is beyond me, but it's almost enough to make me replace this unit with something that has a static setting for HD switching. I have no iPod, so can't say anything regarding that. USB thumb drives work great though.

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    Written by: BillyDel from NJ on December 26, 2010

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

    Sick radio and gave me every thing i needed to use. A bit higley priced but awesome radio.

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    Great Features - Great Price

    Written by: Mark B from San Diego, CA on December 14, 2010

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

    This stereo works absolutely great. I will need a bit of time to come up to speed on the function of all the buttons, but .. just .. wow. Three main features drove me to this product: HD Radio - I listen to AM quite a bit (Talk radio) and the sound difference as the radio begins in standard mode, then kicks into HD mode is astounding. AM sounds like FM. iPod Integration - This is the main reason I needed a new radio. I do a lot of podcasts and A few years ago, I added an iPod integration kit to my factory Honda radio that stopped working. Price - How can you beat it. The sound is great, and has adequate power for my needs. The last time I purchased a radio at Crutchfield was back in 1982. At the time, I was pretty adept at working on cars, which I am not so good with now. The website was fantastic at identifying which radios work with the car. The installation kit and car-specific instructions were FANTASTIC. Total installation time was about 45 minutes, in part because I was going really slow to make sure I did it right. The only negative is that I hoped to also have the Bluetooth feature for Cell phone integration. JVC has a Bluetooth kit that works with this radio, but it is expensive. I don't understand how it is that the little bluetooth add-on is so expensive? I just could not justify the additional cost. Overall, huge thumbs up for JVC and Crutchfield

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    Love this Radio!!

    Written by: rmulet from New York on December 9, 2010

    2008 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love my new radio! Installation was fairly easy but you do need some handyman skills to do the job properly. Sound is awesome and HD signals are fine in NY. All I need is a pair of new speakers!! Definitely worth the money.

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: Anonymous from Sarnia ON on December 8, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this reasonably priced receiver for my work truck. The install went OK after I called Crutchfield tech help. The reception of this radio is excellent, far better than to factory Ford receiver. Unfortunately I live too far away to get much HD radio as the range for HD is only 30 - 50 or so miles from the tower. When it comes in the sound is excellent. I still get those stations in ordinary stereo for almost 90 miles or more away. This radio has shown the shortcomings of the factory speakers (very cheap, no base). Now I need a small sub and better speakers. I recommend this receiver.

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    You will be very satisfied with ths one

    Written by: DaveC from Knoxville, TN on December 8, 2010

    I was looking for a different radio for my BMW 318i convertible. I wanted one that had a front aux so I could listen to my IPhone. I did not know anything about the JVC Arsenal radio when I stumbled across it but now I'm sure glad I found it. Amazing sound quality for $160. Lots of great features and looks great installed in the bimmer dash. HD Radio staions are like listening to the CD. I have bought several brand name radios over the years but for the money I do not think you can get a bigger bang for your buck.

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    Does what it should do

    Written by: Hartwell from Worcester,Ma on December 6, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the money. Great colors for buttons. You can set the bottons and dials for just about any color you want. Having HD part of the radio is great, what a diffrence with the sound. I use this deck with xm radio adapter with no issues. Easy to install you self, just need to read the insturctions. The total time to install the deck about 2 hours start to finish. Buttons are odd to remember, but once you remmeber how it is not an issue. No preset buttons, you just scan through the presests, not hitting preeset buttons.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: JV from NY, NY on December 6, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Receiver sounds great, but scrolling display does not work well below 35 degrees, (as is typical with New York winters). Crutchfield service is EXCEPTIONAL; they resolved the issue to my full satisfaction. Will continue to purchase from Crutchfield

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    Awesome!

    Written by: Dfsixstring from Fayetteville, TN on December 4, 2010

    This receiver was just the ticket to wake up my 2004 Santa Fe. It sounds incredible, even with the stock speakers (8) from my OEM Monsoon system. I was a little unsure of how to put the power attenuator box in, but Joel (Crutchfield Tech) was superb in assisting me today. He stayed with me until I felt confident enough to tackle this job. When all was said and done - there were "zero" problems installing this thing. I will never buy another car stereo from anyone else - you guys are incredible.

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    Great replacement for factory stereo

    Written by: MaxWattage from Columbus, OH on December 4, 2010

    1999 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the factory stereo in my 99 Saturn SL2. Great sound, tons of features. Controls not quite as intuitive as my factory stereo, but that's more of a learning curve thing than a bad thing. I've had my car 12 years so I'm more than a little used to its' controls. Like the iPod and USB connectivity, and the HD radio features. Very pleased, super-fast Crutchfield shipping, and excellent instructions (as always).

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    Decent for the money

    Written by: Kal from Ohio on December 4, 2010

    1992 BMW M5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very decent cheap head unit with a lot of features (HD radio, good control over the coloring so it will match your car, good media interface). It has some limitations. It sounds okay, not great, but that's to be expected at this price point. I've had some similarly priced units from other manufacturers that sound better. Wish it had a USB port on the rear. Clumsy interface controls, particularly when using a USB stick drive, the folder/track advance buttons are too close. No efficient way to quickly move through tracks in a folder, and it will forget folder position if you switch folders. It plays almost anything, and the HD tuner is very good. Crutchfield was very fast on delivery. I received their catalogs back in the 90s, first time I ever bought something from them. They forgot (or didn't know about/didn't offer) an antenna adapter for my particular car. No big deal, but someone who hadn't installed a HU before would have been stumped...

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    Overall a very nice receiver upgrade

    Written by: Pete from MD/DE/PA tri-state area on December 1, 2010

    1989 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm impressed with this receiver. Purchased it as an upgrade to a circa 1999 Sony CD receiver that I had in my '89 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (weekend car & track toy). Basically I wanted a receiver that I can play digital music via an ipod or USB stick so I wouldn't have to carry CDs (not much storage space in the '7!), and I figured I'd give HD radio a whirl. Neither feature has disappointed - this is a very good receiver for the $ and features. I also love the user selectable lighting for day/night use - for day I run it full white on black, which is readable in sunlight, and at night (when the car's lights are on), I have it set to the EXACT shade of red/amber to match the funky '80s RX7 lighting. I would have given it a 5/5 rating if it had a "smarter" power retractable antenna control line - basically, if you have a power retractable antenna, it will be up whenever this JVC receiver is turned on, regardless of input source (radio/CD/USB/Ipod). My 12 year old Sony was smart enough to drop the antenna if you switched sources from radio to CDs. My only other niggle is that this radio demands the user to spend more time than usual with the manual to figure out all of its settings and operation, but once that is done, the user interface is fairly intuitive and road worthy.

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    The radio is nice, but the perks that come with it are awesome!

    Written by: Aaron D. from Maricopa AZ on November 30, 2010

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

    This was great. I have never changed a radio on my own. But this made it pretty easy. The instructions were a little incorrect with wiring but easy enough to figure out. Also I had to drimal a few spots, but we all need to knock the dust off our dremals now and then. The radio works great. Can't wait to buy new speakers.

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    Great replacement radio

    Written by: BK from Lewisville, TX on November 30, 2010

    2006 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little radio. I had a friend assist me with the installation, mostly because he had all of the tools that we needed, and it took us about an hour. The instructions were spot on, and all of the included cables and accessories worked out great. I put this radio in my wife's car because her job has her driving all over the DFW area and she wanted to listen to the iPod in her car. The USB connection works out great, and once you figure out how to navigate your iPod through the Head Unit, then you are off to the races. I thought about replacing the speakers, but after putting this unit in and listening to how good it sounds through the factory speakers, I think I will wait. Well worth the price for this one.

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    Best Non DVD Receiver

    Written by: AdreaneB. from Dallas, TX on November 22, 2010

    1991 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you know how to hook up a home theater system or even plug in a game system to your tv you will be able to install this receiver. This was the first time I attempted to install my own system...just out of pure laziness before...the radio is awesome 5v preamp outs 20x4 rms wattage, and the kicker is that it reads my playlist from my ipod without a fancy ipod connect cable...the cable i have works to CONTROL&CHARGE my ipod!!!! I will be setting up JVC 5.25 and 6x9 speakers this coming weekend JVS is a great mobile brand and will continue to use there products in the future!!!! no soldering or heat shrinking necessary...twist the wires (color coded) cap em...SET IT AND FORGET IT!!!

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    ABsolitely great - especially the USB connectivity

    Written by: kcb from Greendale, WI on November 19, 2010

    2006 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I listen to a lot of public radio. Specifically, I record all my favorite shows over the weekend (Car Talk, etc). To date, I've listened to this during the week using a CD - while my Kia minivan's stereo can play mp3's-- the only way to hear them on my stereo was to burn (rw) CD's every week. Well, my stereo's cd reader died, so it was time to hunt for a new stereo... and I was hoping to find USB playback. Well, this unit has it all. Not only does it have an HD Radio tuner (pretty incredible, by the way, if you've never done HD radio in your car yet...) - but the ability to plug in a tiny usb stick with all my radio shows on it is great. One feature I had only so-so behavior with my old stereo was playback memory-- I'd get back in my car, and fire up the CD again, and I'd be +/- 5 minutes of where I left off. THIS stereo? Resumes pretty much exactly where I left off. INCLUDING if the source was a usb drive, which is the best feature of all. No more cd's, I now plop all my music and radio shows in a micro-sized USB drive, and I'm good for weeks.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Sturg from Ohio on November 18, 2010

    I got this for my birthday. What sold me on it was the price and the features. It has 5 volt amp preouts which are better than most that you will find. The HD radio is super clear and sounds as if youre listening to your Ipod or CD. The settings really let you fine tune your music. I replaced my old sony headunit with it and this blows that thing out of the water.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: JimM from North Port Fl. on November 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have owned this JVC car radio only a couple weeks and it is great. Crutchfield was very helpful. I had the radio professionally installed .I am very happy with it.My Sony Walkman MP3 player never sounded better.

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    nice indeck amp

    Written by: Random from Syracuse, NY on November 8, 2010

    2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this deck a few weeks ago its awesome, i still got stock speakers (subaru) and they sounded terrible with this deck, the nice thing is that you can turn the amp off which helped a great deal. It has a high and low setting for the indeck amp i really liked that, seeing subaru speakers cant take any power. I dont care for the way you have to preset the radio but oh well i got it done know so who cares lol. The radio sounds great fm is so clear and the way am comes in omg. As for the HD stations i dont listen to the one in my area, oh well more to come soon, just a lot of talk radio on the HD if u into that. With that said there are many other oways to get fm stations that are far away and not coming in to good, you can change the radio to a mono mode which helps a good deal, i can listen to my football team and hear it now nice. I would buy this deck again and would let my best friend go and buy one also. Hope this helps.

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    Awesome CD Receiver

    Written by: Rick from Columbus, OH on November 8, 2010

    2007 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is exactly what I wanted to replace the OEM CD Receiver in my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. It has great features and great sound. I wanted a CD Receiver with built-in - HD Radio, 3.5mm Auxillary Input, and USB Input for my iPOD. It was an incredible deal and very easy to install -- thanks to Crutchfield's Installation Manual and the free wiring harness, and installation kit. My wife loves it too -- she wants one for her Hyundai Sonata.

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    I expected better

    Written by: Rodney from Helena, AL on November 7, 2010

    I returned a Kenwood due to a problem. I let a Crutchfield advisor persuade me to get this JVC. At the time it was part of their Signature Series. The sound is OK and I like that I can fine tune the display colors to match my dash illumination, Beyond that I can't say anything good about it. The cheap plastic buttons are difficult to press and the labels on the remote began to fade and wear off within the first 30 days, Doing anything with the front panel controls is impossibly difficult. When you have your hand on the controls your view of the display is blocked so that you can't see what menu selection you've made. When playing from USB or CD there is no search function on the remote. The HD radio reception is poor at best and nonexistent during a thunderstorm. Multicast stations take as long as 10 to 15 seconds to sync while you listen to dead air. I wish I had returned this unit when I had the chance. It has lowered my opinion of JVC products as well as my opinion of Crutchfield recommendations. For what it's worth, the price has come down considerably from when I made my purchase and it's no longer part of the Signature Series.

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    Awesome!

    Written by: audiorookie from Cranford, NJ on November 5, 2010

    1999 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ordered this product because it had all the features I was looking for, was well priced, a Crutchfield signature product, and for the great reviews it had. It was everything and more than I anticipated. The sound is amazing and the HD stations are awesome. Looks great in my CRV. The buttons are a little small, but workable. I thought I would be able to install it myself and was a little disappointed because it wasn't as straightforward as everyone claimed, but then again I've never installed a car stereo so what do you expect. I found a guy at my local auto shop and he installed it. Overall I am VERY pleased with this unit. I don't know why I waited so long to upgrade!

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    Bang for the buck!

    Written by: Mike K from Long Island,NY on November 5, 2010

    After trying to decide which headunit was right for me i gave crutchfield a call for thier expert advise.As what i assumed their customer support was awesome. They reccomeneded me this headunit.I took thier advice and pulled the trigger. I am glad i did because this unit rocks for the price.Very easy to use and Iphone/ipod frendly.I also like how you can set the screen and touch pad different colors,or one solid to match your cars interior lighting.Install was a breeze and for a first time install it took me about 20 minutes.Sound quality is teriffic and free HD radio works great.

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    First rate at a low price

    Written by: lovinit from Los Angeles, CA on November 3, 2010

    1992 Nissan 300ZX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did my research on HD radios with USB/AUX inputs for iPods and this was the one that kept staring back at me. The reviews are great and the price was right so I took the plunge. I couldn't believe how good it sounds! It replaced my 6 year old Alpine and I gotta tell ya, the JVC rivals it in sound quality. In fact, I like it better! I'm loving the USB connector for my flash drive and iPod. The one thing I was a little hesitant about was the lack of radio preset buttons. One or more reviewers wrote that you have to press a button, scroll through your presets, then press a button to select which sounded like a royal pain in the butt to me. Well, that is one way to do it (and it really isn't a big deal) but they overlooked the fact that you can also just simply press the up or down arrow and immediately access them that way too. A pleasant surprise for me and makes it even faster to access the channels. Buttons would really be ideal but this is not a deal breaker at all. And I'm no a tech guru but for me it was quite easy to set up and took little time. I love this radio! I live in LA so HD channels come in pretty consistant (depending where you live, your mileage may vary). For what this deck does though at the price it's at, you'd be hard pressed to find something better in its range. Both thumbs way up!

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    Great sound!

    Written by: Phat98 from Madison, MS on November 2, 2010

    1994 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ordered this radio, plus speakers and the wiring harness adapter, for a '94 Corvette. Crutchfield flubbed the order and didn't include the mounting kit, which set my install back a week (they did send it out but I was out of town when it arrived). Installation was fairly simple, I had to fudge the brackets a bit to get it all lined up in the dash, but it does fit great...and for the inside of a 'Vette it sounds pretty darn good. Can't wait for a road trip to check out the HD function (no HD radios stations in my area yet). The adjustable dash lights are awesome - the radio display now perfectly matches my orange speedometer dial and gauges - also dims with my dashboard lights. It looks good and sounds great!

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Anonymous from PA on November 1, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This a very nice unit. It provides great sound clarity and is very solid overall. However it isn't the easiest to set up as setting the presets and the user menu is quite cumbersome. After the initial setup you won't be sorry as it truely delivers for the price.

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    Good for my S10

    Written by: Carl M from NC on November 1, 2010

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice head unit. I was specifically searching for a good DAC (digital to analog converter) so CD's would sound nice... and I wanted good bluetooth integration. The DAC is pretty good, I've heard better (Pioneer) but it's close enough and satisfying. I am a total audiophile, though and have high end taste. This was part of a budget system and for what it is, I am very pleased. The Bluetooth integration is surprisingly good, both in ease of use and quality of conversation sound quality. I like that I can just turn the volume knob up or down during a call, or hit the volume knob to mute. I do wish it was easier to make a call with voice commands. It may be, I just haven't figured out how to set it up. As has been stated, the menu navigation takes some getting used to.. but anyway, it's a solid performer and I hope stands the test of time.

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    Written by: ppcaddict from Mass on October 31, 2010

    1991 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, came bundled with JVC speakers with I used to replace the factory rear speakers in my 91 Firebird which happened to be a perfect fit. The instructions that came for the Firebird install were very helpful. The bundle came with all the adapters for the wire harness, antenna, and to use factory speaker wires. I wish the mounting kit that came with the bundle was a bit better. I had a little trouble with was getting it mounted securely, had to make my own brackets. I had to mod the factory rear mount to make room for the radio to fit it flush and make more of a factory fit. Really like the display color settings to match the rest of the dash lighting. Need to figure out what to do with the remote... maybe some velco... Sounds great!!! Lots of options and ways to play music. HD radio sound goods.

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    Written by: Mercedes 380se from Long Island, NY on October 31, 2010

    1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great tone adjustment possible with built in equalizer, even stock speakers sound great. I like the discrete appearance when off, fits in nicely with the rest of the interior. HD radio tuner works great with an incredibly clear sound. I only wish it had individual buttons for the radio station pre-sets.

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    Written by: james from nj on October 30, 2010

    2002 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i like it, sound quality is great compared to my stocker. nice features. i wish i could turn the HD off though. there seems to be a delay between analog and digital and where i live and depending on where i work it constantly goes back and forth between digital and analog which is annoying. you miss out on parts of songs and reports, i have to set it to hold on analog evertime i start my car or change the station. I WISH I COULD TURN THE HD OFF!!!

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    Written by: Erick from Twin Falls Id on October 30, 2010

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great. Replaced factory stereo with it.Little clunky navigating menu and setting up presets.love the differnet color op's.great sound even better price and ordering with crutchfeild who can go wrong.

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    Awesome Unit

    Written by: Cornhead from Tallahassee, FL on October 27, 2010

    1987 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a great unit. I am very happy with it. Controls take a little getting used to, but don't they all. Overall it is a great low-mid level deck.

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    Great bargain

    Written by: Drew from NY on October 25, 2010

    2002 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was originally going to get the KD-A815, but found that this had a cleaner display (less clutter) and basically the same feature set. The 7-band ProEQ provides just as much, if not more, adjustment than the 3EQ that the A815 comes with, and just about all the other features are the same. I don't find it difficult at all to see the display in the daylight. I have my display at 100% green and it is bright. Nighttime I have it set for 100% red and that shows up nicely in the dark. The number of color choices are outrageous. I'm a fanatic about sound quality and this radio delivers (using the pre-outs). It sounds much better than the Eclipse unit that it replaced. Distinct features of the music are extremely clear where they were somewhat muddied with the Eclipse unit. The HD radio quality is top-notch and it pulls in a ton of stations. I'm 100% impressed with this JVC unit so far and if it can hold up for at least a couple of years without breaking, I might be converted to JVC head units for life. Easily 5 stars. Crutchfield really delivered with the pricing on this unit and their ordering process was simple and comprehensive. A good experience all around.

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    Lots of technology for the money (good value)

    Written by: dino from Florida on October 25, 2010

    Lots-o-features for the hard earned cash. Installation will take careful planning to complete. This is not a toy. There are many submenus to navigate for extracting all the built in features. Reading of the owners manual is highly recommended. I was a little disappointed in that this model is not a true 4 channel reciever. It has two high volt preamp outs for front left/right and another two exclusive rear sub channels. What about the full frequency rear speaker channels??? Well they're not there.... The nice variable color matching lighting scheme makes this almost appear factory installed. I also appreciate the remote and 2 year warrantee. This deck may not be as visually stuning as the Kameleon line but with the included USB/3.5mm mini plug/blue tooth option/HD radio/CD player it is a no brainer. Thnks JVC!!!!

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    Written by: Anonymous from FL. on October 25, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of nice features. Some control buttons are small, but acclimate to them. Agree with the comment on the clock display, full time display would be nice. Installation was easy with Crutchfield's adapters and detailed instructions.

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    Excellent HD Receiver

    Written by: HBW from Rockville, MD on October 24, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used this to replace the factory unit in my 2000 Sienna. This was my first time ever replacing a car radio and I was a little nervous about it, but Installation was no problem with the harness and instructions that Crutchfield supplied. The unit itself is great. HD radio is a hidden treasure. When I plug my phone into the auxiliary outlet and stream Pandora, the sound is way better than with the cassette output method I was using with my old unit. A couple of things you should know. First, it took a few days to break in. The sound was extremely thin and disappointing at first, but became gradually richer. It's now got a clean, accurate sound with decent bass (I don't have a sub). Second, make sure to keep the instruction booklet handy. Using these controls should be more intuitive, but you do get used to it, and it's a really powerful unit. You can customize it quite a bit once you figure it all out.

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    HD Great, Display ok, clock mode

    Written by: Me from Boulder, CO on October 20, 2010

    1993 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio does sound fine. HD is great! Much better than plain of analog FM. Worth the extra price - even in a junker of a car. The built in HD radio is simply great The display is hard to read in sunshine - but I suspect that is problem with all these radios with similar displays (esp when wearing sunglasses.) But the ability to adjust the display colors helps. One thing that would have been nice, if when the radio is off, it would still display the time without a button push when the ignition is on. I thought the remote control would be a joke, but I find myself using it more and more. I believe, the JVC makes more sense than the comparable Kenwood model - fewer buttons is better than more. I find it less distracting to pick up the remote, than controlling the radio directly.

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    Great receiver

    Written by: LeeD from Reading, PA on October 20, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my OEM radio with this unit. Now the aftermarket speakers really kick. Now if I can only find an easy way to get through the firewall of my car to hook up my powered sub it will really rock. The HD is great when you're in an area with good signal strength, but there is an echo effect when it's switching between HD and analog. I don't know if it is the receiver or the stations signals aren't synched.

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    Written by: Howard from PA on October 19, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this is a great player. The color choices are perfect as I could match my gauges exactly. The HD radio is awesome. I would strongly recommend this radio as you cannot find the same features for this price point anywhere else from what I could see. However, it did not get 5 stars for a few minor issues - I would have done 4.5/5 but that wasn't an option ;) In playing from a USB it will only do random through one folder up to a max of 255 songs. I have more than that generally on my drive, so I had to pare it down. Also, I normally put each artist in their own folder, but since it will not do random across the folders, I neded them all on the root. Not the end of the world, but that is what is keeping this from getting 5 stars. Also, and this is a gripe with all aftermarket radios, the power to the power antenna is on whenever the stereo is on, regardless of mode (AM/FM/USB/CD/AUX) so the antenna is up all the time and I usually don't listen to radio. However, I installed a simple rocker switch and the problem is solved, still... :) As I said, excellent radio! Definitely recommend!

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    Written by: Steve from Indy on October 19, 2010

    Fantastic Value. Great sound with plenty EQ options. Easy to operate and navigate the ipod, CD or thumb drive. I purchased this based on Chuck's (Crutchfield sales guy) suggestion after giving him a list of features I wanted. This a fantastic buy.

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    I want another one!!!

    Written by: Brad from Flowery Branch, GA on October 17, 2010

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    Do not hesitate to buy this receiver. I put it in my wife's expedition and I like everything about it. The HD works great, the clarity is excellent from all sources, the rotary knob has a rubber cover around it and that is nice. I have an alpine in my truck and when it is time to replace it, I will definitely buy a JVC.

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    just missed a perfect score!

    Written by: sixstringoutlaw from oklahoma on October 15, 2010

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    The only reason i didn't give this one a 5 is because it wouldn't play my mp3 player,the creative zen. other than that this is perfect for someone who want's a kickin' stereo in their veehickle! yee hah! what i mean is, for the guy who wants a stereo and not an entertainment center. the hd69 rocks right out of the box! hd radio is great but all the other stations actually come in in stereo and i live in a place where thats a big deal! yes the middle of nowhere,the land where stereo waves just don't reach. so yeah i am really impressed with how well the radio works,memory stick,cd player all kick booty! i researched many units,to me? this had all that i would actually use and nothing else to go to waste! but mainly what did it for me, was the unheard of 7band eq that 75% of the the systems don't have! whats up with that? any way, in my opinion the hd69 arsenal is by far the best quality,best sounding most affordable high end unit there is! solid,solid stereo!

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    Written by: Old Rocker from Indianapolis on October 11, 2010

    2000 Ford Taurus SES
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    SWEEEET !!! ** That is the best summary I have. Crutchfield sales guy "Chuck" dialed me in with a great deal. This head unit kicks and was on sale with free shipping and a few freebee's on top of it. Wished the Scosche kit would have included the radio removal pins required on the Taurus but, we got'er done. Thanks Chuck and have Big Billy give me a call if he needs details !

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    Amazing so far

    Written by: DylanC from Houma,LA on October 11, 2010

    2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
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    The shipping was right on time and I was actually able to have it installed for me the same day. The funniest thing about it all is that I had to give the installer the packet of vehicle specific instructions that I got from Crutchfield in order to remove my dash! As for the deck itself, I love it. I bought it specifically to use with my iPhone 4 and the usb connection works great. There are many colors and options to choose from in the menus, and the HD radio is an added plus. I've only used the tagging feature once and it seems like it'd be a great addition, I actually was able to tag a song I didn't know the name of and download it later. I've also noticed the increase in quality of my factory speakers, and I can't wait to get my aftermarket speakers installed. There was one instance in which my iPhone could not be read no matter how much I would plug it in, but it was easily fixed by hitting the reset button. I definitely recommend this deck!

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    Please with overall operation

    Written by: Ryan from Twin Cities, MN on October 7, 2010

    2002 Honda Civic LX
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    Enjoyed this car stereo for all of 4 days from installation, until my car was rear ended and totaled. Already have removed it and plan to reinstall it into the replacement vehicle. The stereo receives tons of digital broadcasts in the Twin Cities area. Especially enjoy the simulcast of two local AM stations on sister FM stations using the HD2 and HD3 sub channels. Got used to using the up/down errors to access the presets fairly quickly. USB input works great with our iPhone 3GS models. One is running IOS4, while the other is still in IOS3. Able to charge and control music using the OEM cable. Will eventually purchase some additional cable to prevent having to carry them from home to the car to work and back. Haven't used the CD much, as the USB input provides for both MP3 and iPod/iPhone support which kind of makes CDs just a pain. Put the music on the iPod, phone, or USB stick and enjoy without having to haul around the CDs! One star marked off for the display, which is often difficult to read during the daytime when the sun is shinning into the car with any intensity. No problems at night, or when it is overcast.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: AndyM from Big Stone Gap, VA on October 4, 2010

    2006 Honda Element
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    I bought this head unit hoping for a nice head unit to work with my iPod. The install was easy but the directions for setting up the unit are fuzzy. The looks are great and color options are fun to play with. I have had a problem with the unit locking up in the iPod menu. Music continues to play buy options can't be selected. Eventually it will go back out of menu mode but it can be annoying.

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    Works great, hard to use. Tiny fingers required!

    Written by: Anonymous from Chicago, IL on October 1, 2010

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    I chose this unit because I was looking to replace my old, dying Blaupunkt and I wanted to get HD radio, I-pod control, and backlighting that could be set to red to match the rest of my interior lights. This JVC functions very well and for the price I thought it was a good value. Installation is straight forward and not a problem. The only complaints I have are that the display is difficult to see in bright sunlight, and the glossy face plate makes this worse with reflections. Also, while this unit works very well, it is a bit difficult to control. The buttons are very small and closely spaced. Also, there are no dedicated station preset buttons, so the up/down arrow keys have to be repeatedly pressed to change stations.

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    Awesome

    Written by: jason from woodbridge ,va on September 30, 2010

    2002 Honda Civic DX
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    1.brings new life to 8yr old aftermarket door and 6x9's..Clear! I never realized what a crappy signal I was sending to my speakers..shame on me. 2. my subs now sound solid and tight.3. Front usb/aux in is awesome 4.EQ gives you total control of how you want YOUR music to sound like.5 Color change for knob section and seperate color for display section = endless visual delight. 6. It has a little minor feature called HD RADIO!!! yep Radio sounds Awesome!!!!!!! This radio has everything that I need or could want. I Love IT!!

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    Great Product

    Written by: Bob D from Sarasota, Fl on September 27, 2010

    The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 is everything I hoped for. It sounds great, looks good, has numerous input options and I really like the improvement of HD radio over standard radio. I do wish the on/off switch was more easily accesible, it's flat and not easy to depress with out hitting other buttons. I like the variable color a lot and the black face is nicely understated. The information screen is a little sparse compared to other units but for the money it can't be beat. My Bose system sounds much better with this unit over the original, the mid range and upper end are clearer and the sound overall is more uniform. I decided not to install the reciever myself after seeing all the wires included with the steering wheel controller and the JVC--actually it was the capacitors with the steering wheel controller that put me off. I did find a local installer who did everything for $60 and I'm very happy with the results.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Rich from NJ on September 22, 2010

    2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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    i bought this radio and within the first 3 months the USB input stopped working. The HD was also fading in and out. I called JVC and was told that I had to send the radio in for repair. I was told that the turn around time would be weeks or even longer if parts had to be ordered. The guy at JVC pretty much told me that I was beat and that I had to deal without a radio for an unspecified amount of time. Thank you JVC. I will never buy your products again.

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    Sweet Sweet Sweet !!

    Written by: Pooh from Brooklyn New York on September 19, 2010

    2001 Nissan Maxima
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    Yo this Jvc rocks. HD radio is sweet!!!

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    HD kicks

    Written by: Mattleegee from Washington in a Truck on September 11, 2010

    2000 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio.. 20rms and 40x4... all kinds of color setups and a great HD radio, if you dont have HD time to upgrade, i get about 7 more stations, i dont think they have commercials either and for this price shipped to my door this was a HUGE savings compared local stores, plus got a dash kit and wire harness for free along with instructions!

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    Nice power and functionality and few issues

    Written by: SamM from Richmond, VA on September 10, 2010

    2003 Mazda Protege5
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    Overall I'm quite pleased with this unit. I found it very straightforward to configure the audio features and really liked the level of detail provided for the user-defined equalizer settings. Unlike a lot of reviewers, I don't mind the lack of buttons for pre-programmed stations and I find the software and hardware interfaces to be quite useful and visually pleasing. It never fails to pick up my iPhone 4G, although it would be nice if it didn't automatically start playing from my iTunes library as I often will be in the middle of using a streaming app. I use the iPod control function exclusively, so I can't really comment on the HU control function. Sound quality is solid, and this definitely has more than enough power to create a nice, loud environment that is close to ear-splitting (or at least factory speaker-frying). My only significant complaint is the weak signal strength for HD stations. This is my first HD head unit and I'm using the stock antenna from a 2003 Mazda Protege5, but a station that is always picked up on my home HD radio will fade in and out while my car is parked outside my house. I don't have enough experience with HD head units to say this is a flaw with this unit, but beware of its potential to be an issue. I'm going test it with a different antenna and report back if that helped at all.

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    best stereo ever!

    Written by: mike from sacramento, CA on September 9, 2010

    1994 Acura Integra GSR
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    The sound from this stereo is unbelievable! I installed the stereo before the speakers I purchased just to see how much of a difference it made. My old, factory speakers sounded ten times better then they did with my high end factory stereo. I phone/i pod control is awesome and the whole thing is very easy to use. I would absolutely recommend this stereo to anyone looking for these features.

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    EXCELLENT

    Written by: Go JVC from Denver, CO on August 19, 2010

    2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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    I had a four year old pioneer that this JVC replaced. The JVC is tremendous. With the Pioneer, it was always missing something...it was missing the HD JVC. It's the sound I always wanted...GO JVC.

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    Excellent radio!

    Written by: bunye from Orlando Florida on August 17, 2010

    2000 Dodge Durango
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    This is a great head unit with great features. I have this unit attached to four Pioneer TS-G1643R 6.5 speakers in my Durango and it puts out a very loud and clear sound. The ability to change the color on the unit is great. You can have a day and night color as well. I used the bright green for daylight color since it is easily read during bright sunny days. When I turn my headlights on, the unit changes to Red for night viewing. This is great and easy on the eyes. You can match the color to your interior lights by customizing the RGB settings. Also each day/night setting can have one color, or two at the same time if you choose a different color for buttons and display. The ipod feature is great, you can set it to control your ipod or have the ipod be in control. I prefer using the ipod to control it since I can change music faster than using the dial on the unit. The only issue I have is using a USB memory stick to play music from. For some reason it doesn't read every song. I assume I simply am not getting it right somehow, but that is what the ipod connection is for anyways! Great unit, great price, easy install. What more can you ask?

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    One awesome radio!

    Written by: James from Atlanta, GA on August 12, 2010

    2004 Toyota RAV4
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    The sound is amazing, way better than any Sony I've owned! I think the 20 RMS really makes a difference. Logical menus and a wealth of features. This is the best head-unit I've ever owned.

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    Loaded with features!

    Written by: Anonymous from Greensboro NC on August 9, 2010

    1999 BMW Z3
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    This is a really nice stereo with lots of features that just cannot be found in every head unit.... like the 7 band EQ and subwoofer controls i especially like being able to color match the instrument panel lighting perfectly due to all the colors that are built in..... this unit is capacble of matching any car's dash lighting. The front USB port is most excellant for using a thumbdrive...it's nice to have my whole music library at my fingertips with no wires or additional devices necessary.... the cd player is nice and plays solid (no skpping) but in my opinion it's really redundant with the USB port and the low cost of USB thumbdrives. i never knew how much i was missing by not having HD radio, the sound is incredible and reception is excellant in all my local areas..... even the analog stations are coming in clearer. the menus are a little tedious at first but this unit has a ton of features and they need to be accessed in order to get the most from this unit. It's worth taking the time to get to know the unit and what it's capable of. i miss not having actual preset buttons for the radio stations but the unit scans frequencys quickly and that can be activated with one external button..... scrolling thru the preset list on the display should only be done in a stationary vehicle for sure. Overall this JVC is plenty of bang for the buck and i highly recommend it.

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    What an upgrade

    Written by: Bradley from Marlton, NJ on August 9, 2010

    2010 Toyota Corolla
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    I just recently purchased the JVC AHD69 as an upgrade to the factory stereo in my 2010 Toyota Corolla. My car came with the factory 6 speaker system (non JBL) Installation of the deck was relatively painless. It took me a little while to match up the wiring colors on the headunit with the wiring colors on the harness, but after that everything went smoothly. Plugged it in and everything worked well the 1st time. I am amazed at how much better my speakers sound with just the deck upgrade. HD radio is a really nice feature, but I find that it locks onto the signal when I am at home (about 15miles from the station in Philly) but then it goes in/out on my drive to work (about 35 miles north of my home) I just tried iTunes tagging the other day and had my iPhone 4 plugged in. Seems to be a really cool feature. I got home, plugged my phone into my computer, and it copied the songs I chose right to my iTunes for purchase. I also like that I can change the colors of the screen and buttons to match the rest of the colors in my car. Took me a few minutes to figure out how to do it ( I hate reading manuals) but after finding the options, I was flying through the settings! Overall, this is probably the nicest deck I have ever purchased. I was a huge Alpine fanboy, but if JVC keeps putting out decks like this with the built-in iPod/iPhone support and HD Radio, I am sold!

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    Excellent Receiver

    Written by: DaveS from Sacramento, CA on August 8, 2010

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    The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 combines a complete musical feature set, attractive design and user interface, very good build quality and fine performance at a very competitive price. Crutchfield's installation directions and hardware were good, but not perfect. This receiver has the broadest range of music media for the price. Each media performs very well, with excellent reproduction and versatile controls to shape sound for source and for the listening environment. For a single-DIN size without a lot of real estate, the controls are logical and relatively easy to use once one has figured out the menu protocol. The simple, clean design and ability to adjust illumination colors makes the receiver look like it belongs in the dash (rather than popping out like a garish toy). The display is very easy to see, even in bright sunlight with polarized sunglasses. At this price and with this much versatility in a small package, there are bound to be some trade-offs. Three downsides (which are small in the complete scheme of things) are the somewhat non-intuitive controls for tuner presets, the absence of a rear-wired USB connection, and lack of button illumination for when the unit is off and the headlights are on. For those with a power antenna, the simple workaround for keeping the antenna down when the radio is off is to install an in-line switch on the auxilliary power lead.

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    Almost Perfect

    Written by: Anonymous from Fairbanks, AK to Burlington, VT on August 7, 2010

    2004 GMC Sierra 1500
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    I was looking for a system with USB and audio inputs. I was drawn to the JVC system because it was listed it as 'Fit' instead of 'Modified Fit' for my truck. I purchased it and had it shipped 2 days before leaving on a drive from AK to VT. All the features work great (some of the controls take a bit getting used to.) During the ride we mainly made use of 4GB USB sticks that we loaded with music and audio books. We had no problem with FM or AM stations through out the US and Canada. We've also used the Audio In port and 'old fashioned' CDs without any problems. Finally, a word about the FM HD (something I've not used before). The radio picks up HD radio stations automatically. In Fairbanks, only one local station seemed to broadcast in HD, and that was on the same frequency as the non-HD version. That seemed to work just fine. My only complaint is that there seems to be a number of HD stations, where when the signal is lost, the station just cuts out. On regular FM, the signal will get a bit staticy, but you could still tell what they are saying. On HD, it just cuts out. I'm assuming this is a system feature, not a broadcast issue. This has been frustrating since the only time I switch to the radio is to catch the news. A news report that cuts out for 10 sec. every 60 sec. is useless. The problem is that the HD overrides the FM signal on the same freq, so I can't switch to non-HD. Otherwise, I do love the unit for everything else that it seems to do quite well.

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    Written by: Rocket from KS on July 30, 2010

    1990 Chevrolet C Series
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    Awesome Radio! Bought open box and you couldn't even tell it was opened before. Installed it into a 1990 Chevy Cheyenne and was very pleased all around. Sound quality went up tremendously! Installation was easier than I thought it would be I had to call on one question and was answered immediately. I would not hesitate to buy from crutchfield or this receiver. Crutchfield has the best customer support around!! They provided an instruction specifically for my truck so it made it easy! I had some static in my speakers before i put this receiver in now there is none at all! Awesome product looks sweet to!! A++

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    Hope you don't have a power antenna! :)

    Written by: Justin from San Francisco on July 3, 2010

    1994 Mazda RX7
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    Ok first off let me say that I think JVC decks are awesome! Best bang for your buck usually. Sound quality is great. This deck in particular is pretty sweet itself. It pretty much covers every thing you would want in a deck. It has HD radio built in, It's iPhone friendly, it's has front AUX port, front USB port so you can just load a USB drive with all the music files you want and just go! Not to mention you can adjust the color of the deck to match your gauge cluster and accessory lights. What more can you ask for? Well the bad is that when this deck is installed and you have a power antenna, (you know the kind that goes up and down when you turn on the radio?), well It is ALWAYS in the up position when the stereo system is on regardless if you're listening to the radio or using the AUX port or CD player. This is important to me because I think personally the antenna is really ugly and outdated. I will eventually delete the power antenna and use a different type of antenna. It's just sorta retarded to have your antenna up while you play a CD or plug in a external MP3 player or something. So the reason this happens is because they do not have a separate power source that activates power antennas like other decks have. That's why if the deck is powered regardless what you're doing, the antenna will be erect. Other than that this unit rocks. It does not have preset buttons but that's a good thing and a bad thing. It keeps the face really clean and sleek looking.

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    Great FM and Music ok AM

    Written by: GeorgeR from Chicago IL subs on June 29, 2010

    let's start this review with perspective. I am in my 40's, I have had the unit in for about one week to date. Installed in a 2000 F150 extended cab with factory speakers. In a nut shell: great unit for the price, sound is great across the board with the exception of AM. The unit in both HD and analog FM sounds great it has improved the sound in my truck 10 fold. I love the Dynamic setting for FM and IPod. I am not a fan of cycling through all the selections to get the selection I want (i.e. FM to USB and back) AM sound is horrible I like my talk radio and it now sounds like they are talking through a wrapping paper tube. I am still learning the unit and I guess there could be a setting that I am missing. I am sure this is a typical thing but controlling an IPod from the head unit is cumbersome at best. both of my teenagers would like control by the IPod also. Install was straight forward and the equipment provided by Crutchfield fit great.

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    Written by: Ranya from Daytona Beach on June 27, 2010

    2006 Toyota Corolla
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    I've had this radio for 3 months and it is awesome. Just got the Iphone 4 and it works! No problem at all. Awesome. Thumb drives, CD playback and HD radio, all incredible. Highly recommend.

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    Written by: eudaxmn from Fort Myers, FL on June 24, 2010

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    At first I was considering purchasing a more expensive Kenwood model. I am soooo glad I did not buy that model. This JVC is wonderful, a straight fit for my OEM BMW Business CD radio. The controls are straight forward love the removable face and awesome sound quality in both HD and none HD stations. Two thumbs up for Crutchfield on the complete package. I was very impressed with the install instructions and OEM adapter included with the purchase. Had to call tech-support one time the answer was given immediately. If you are looking to purchase any type of electronics look at the others but buy from Crutchfield. This is my fifth electronics purchase form Crutchfield, I would not consider any other store be it online or local.

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    Written by: Vern from Valley of the Sun on June 21, 2010

    2000 Toyota 4Runner

    Fantastic unit at a nice price w/ HD radio. Repeat Crutchfield customer, awesome as usual! Ordered this O/N, installed and left on a roadtrip the next day. I've got 2 other cars with JVC sets, so I looked at JVC's current lineup to begin my rig's system. This is a good one! I've put a few radios in, so this went into my Toyota in about 30 min with the free install kit. I read all the reviews before ordering and want to address some of the "cons" as noted by others... This JVC made the stock speakers come to life! Bass is fine considering stock speakers. Easy to use EQ button changes how music sounds instantly. Power button is easy to hit and I have big fingers & hate cell phones with small buttons to put that in perspective. Display is awesome! Easy to see in daylight, at least in my rig where it's right in front of the shifter. Radio reception rocks! Much better than my stock radio. The presets are there! And way easy to use with the arrow buttons once you set them. My wife and I love this unit and have had no problems with buttons at all, even out 4wheeling! Love the detachable faceplate feature. Like the USB up front, easy to use and navigate thru. I've not used the ipod control yet, so can't speak of that. Multi-color is sweet. The variable EQ at the push of a button is nice. The user interface is intuitive if you've had any aftermarket head unit before, easy to set stations, set the volume, etc. A winning JVC set, with HD radio!

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    Killer Head Unit!

    Written by: hugegroove from Denver on June 20, 2010

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    Installed this in my 05 mustang, awesome system, matches up well with my infinity speakers. Exceeded my expectations.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Charleston, WV on June 19, 2010

    1999 Honda Accord
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    Ordered 1 for my SUV and was so impressed I ordered a 2nd unit for my wife's car. Nothing bad to say except the buttons are a little small for large fingers. The colors are nice since my wife wanted hers pink LOL. Crutchfiled what can I say!!!!! Ordered Thursday morning and UPS delivered it on Friday afternoon!!!! For FREE???? WOW Amazing Shipping!!!!! Had both units installed in less than 20 minutes with your install kits!!!!

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    Written by: Andrew from KS on June 4, 2010

    2006 Nissan Altima
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    Decent upgrade to the stock '06 Altima system and has good reception of both standard FM and HD in my area. I was able set the color of the unit to match the rest of the orange dash lights so it looks like it was meant to be there.

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    Good receiver

    Written by: Anonymous from SC on May 29, 2010

    2003 Honda Civic
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    Replaced a factory system w/ this JVC and some Polk 6.5s. The sound quality is good. The installation was easy. The price was right. HD radio is good but I expected better reception. Cons: The user interface is a bit touchy. When selecting Artists on external device, the jog wheel is inaccurate. Sometimes it requires a slow deliberate click. Developers should have made better use of the UP/DOWN and FF/Rw arrows. Would have liked USB on the front and back.

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    Good Head-unit for the price - excellent features

    Written by: Erik from Joliet, IL on May 27, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought 2 of these for my wife's van and my car. Had 3 day shipping, free install guide, free antenna adapters, free wiring adapter, free installation kit. How can you go wrong with that? My main criteria was iPod input, HD radio & sub output\crossover when I was searching for new head units. And I wanted the same radio in each vehicle for ease of use. They both sound great, and much louder & clear than the stock radios. iPod controls are fairly intuitive once you figure out the menu setup. Both cars are getting subs next, with the wife's van getting a Sound OrdnanceT B-8PT 8" powered sub when it comes into stock in a week or 2. My car will get a dual 10" bandpass box & amp installed I already had.

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    Written by: Rob from Nashville, TN on May 4, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me start by saying that I have never installed a car stereo on my own before, but buying from Crutchfield made it SO easy. No matter which stereo you might end up buying you can't go wrong buying it from Crutchfield. The only thing that I can say is that I wish that they had more strongly recommended buying the crimp caps to make the wiring easier. I saw that it came with a wiring harness and I guess I just assumed that it was more "plug and play" than it really was. Once I got all the wiring done then it was very simple to get everything installed. The instructions that were sent for my 2005 Toyota Matrix were great and I got the whole system wired and installed in about 1 1/2 hours. As far as the JVC KD_AHD69 unit itself I've been very pleased. The sound and reception are great and it is nice to finally have access to all of the HD channels in the Nashville area. Like many other reviews I've seen about this unit I agree that the unit can be very difficult to see on a bright and sunny day. Also, I was disappointed that you can't display information from your iPod on the head unit without controlling it from the head unit. When controlling from the iPod itself the head unit just displays iPod and not the currently playing song info. I assume that all other units work the same way, but I was still disappointed by this. I find it much easier to control from the unit itself instead of the head unit.

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    Great IPod Controls, HD radio above Avg

    Written by: Anonymous from Canonsburg, PA on May 3, 2010

    2006 Nissan Altima
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    I love how crutchfield saves you a lot of money by not paying for outrageous fees for the extra equipment that the big electronic stores charge for. The USB IPod hookup is very easy to use. Very easy to access your playlists and songs right on the head unit. The HD radio is very nice, but the HD stations have a tendency to fade in and out about 20% of the time. I live 15 miles from Pittsburgh, so they should come in a little better. It could be the radio stations bandwidth however. Overall, I give this unit an 8 out of 10.

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    OK Radio - I'm not blown away

    Written by: Chris from Birmingham, AL on May 3, 2010

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

    This is a good little radio, but for something from the Signature Line, I expected a little more. The goods: Nice sound quality. Large text. USB folder listing/searching. OK, the color thing is a gimmick, but I like it. 7 band EQ. I like the large rotary dial. The unit looks much better than the pictures. HD reception is good. Track name/artist scrolling. Setting, settings and more settings. The bads: No separate power button, you have to hold down the input select button (which is hard to do) to turn off the unit. No LOUD setting, the bass is almost non-existent at low volumes. Tiny remote with limited functionality. Like everybody else said, the visibility can be problematic. No power-on volume setting. I was hesitant about the lack of preset buttons, but all you have to do is press the menu button and then you can scroll thru all 18 of your presets by using the large rotary dial. This unit replaced my DUAL XHD-6425 receiver that malfunctioned. I'd rather have my DUAL back.

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    As advertised

    Written by: Anonymous from Rogers, Arkansas on April 29, 2010

    1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    installed this in our '99 C class Mercedes, that had a really cool phone that you could dial on the radio and an optical digital loop for all the options, but that quickly wouldn't run the analog phone, and we got tired of the CD's being in the back of the car, and no way to use our ipod. The installation was tricky as there was no vehicle specific guide and a few wires in the instructions were unclear (blue vs blue and white, some don't do anything) but the phone guy helped almost instantly and it so far works very well. The color was able to dial in to look just like the rest of the instuments, a real bonus as I hate blue! The ipod head mode is really crummy, you can't easily find your files, but the ipod mode works fine.

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    Awesome factory replacement for iPhone/iPod users

    Written by: Rick from Calimesa, CA on April 26, 2010

    2006 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit rocks and makes my factory speakers in my '06 Hyundai Accent sound 10x better than with the factory unit. The DAC used with the iPhone USB connection sounds much better than using the iPhone's internal DAC over the auxillary jack. Installation was very simple and all Crutchfield provided install accessories worked fine. I only have one HD station in my area that I listen to and it sounds great. It also switches between HD and FM, when I am on the edge of the reception area, with minimal static. Had to call tech support once and I am convinced the Crutchfield rep's are the best tech support rep's I have ever encountered. They are very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. No outsourcing here! I would highly recommend this unit and Crutchfield to anyone.

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    great unit but problems within 2 months.....

    Written by: jason from chunky ms on April 26, 2010

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

    this jvc does everything i could possibly want and more. the sound quality blew me away from the first day the control you have with this unit is top notch...... then the problem hits... with no warning at all it just quits. i park at home a couple hrs later nosound.... it still lights up and shows that its playing but no sound.at all i pulled it out and put the factory unit back in and it fired up as well as it could. so here is the conclusion the 12 volt amp lead is bad. crutchfield tech support is the best in any buisness i.m.o. i was on the phone maybe 10 mins he agreed with my conclusion and shipped me a new one. thx guys customer service that actually provides service these days. amazing.... ive always liked the service and helpfulness when needing info and ordering from you guys. this is the first return ive ever had with crutchfield and the service people were just as courteous and helpful as if they were making a $1000 sale. that says something to me. ill never buy my car audio anywhere else..

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    BAD radio reciption killed my 5 star rating

    Written by: jay from milwaukee wi on April 23, 2010

    Installed 2 of these units 1 in a 07 altima and 1 in a 04 honda accord. Great value, great easy ipod control, great cd sound, great bright color choices, great hd tuner. BUT BAD RADIO RECIPTION. Living in milwaukee,wi I have lost All but 1 (am620) AM radio station and Many FM stations like (for thoughs living in the milw area) FM 102.1, 96.5, 95.7, 106.1. I have the same issue with the unit I put in my wifes 04 honda accord. The ones that do come in i will say do sound better then with the factory system. Some have said that the screen is hard to see in sunlight i haven't had that problem with either cars. In all if regular radio is not all that important to you, then this would be a pretty nice unit to buy. With all the other great stuff you get for the price I say nice job JVC....just fix the radio reciption thing please

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    Five out of Five

    Written by: mrdmnr from Sacramento, Ca on April 18, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a fantastic experience from the quality of the product, materials needed, to customer service. I installed this unit, which was very easy to install. I am impressed with the JVC, not ever owning one, and enjoying it. Only downfall I see, is the small remote, to which I have never had one before, but dont really plan on using it. Other than that, I would definetly recommend this product and thank Crutchfield for superb service and will be using them for future purchases, along with verbal advertising to friends and family.

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    Love the HD tagging feature!

    Written by: Anonymous from St Petersburg, FL on April 13, 2010

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

    I wanted to replace the original factory radio in my car and told the Crutchfield advisor what I was looking for. This was a great choice. Very easy to install myself so that saved me $60 install charge. I play music very often on using my USB stick. Works and sounds great. I have no problem with brightness of the screen. I fiddled around with the color settings and found one that works fine in sunlight. Wish it was not a shiny black finish. Dust is always sticking to it. Someday matte black will be back in fashion again!

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    Wake up your speakers

    Written by: McCarthy from Chesapeake Bay Area on April 13, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced a Kenwood deck that played out after one year. It has more power and features. It has really enhanced my speakers and base tube. Great display lights and HD radio...

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    Good Choice

    Written by: Benny from Huntsville, AL on April 11, 2010

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, easy install. As always, the harness, tools, and directions provided by Crutchfield were very useful. I also installed a Sirius kit and I am very pleased. so far there are only 2 cons: 1. Face can be shiny and difficult to see in daylight and 2. Sirius info is somewhat limited due to the small display on the radio. I guess that is normal for a single space radio.

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    Good Head unit, but not 5 star.

    Written by: Michael from Austin, TX on April 10, 2010

    2006 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 06 Acura RSX. This is a decent head unit for the price/features. Made OEM speakers sound much better. Lots of settings for tuning the sound to your taste. HD radio sounds marginally better, but it is an improvement over standard FM. Front USB port is very handy and works nicely. Same with the AUX in port. There are radio preset, just no individual buttons. Lots of face colors to match your interior lighting. The display and radio sensitivity are its weak points. The display is basically not visible in day light, and my car has tinted windows. The radio reception is very weak. OEM unit was much better. Lots to recommend here, but its major flaws are enough for me not to recommend this unit.

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    Good buy

    Written by: Anonymous from Augusta, GA on April 8, 2010

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like the ipod control and the sub control nice

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    So Far, So Good.....

    Written by: Stevie from Lomita, CA. on April 7, 2010

    1987 Chevrolet El Camino
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the fact that you have plenty of different colors to choose from for the display. Also this stereo has more than enough settings for you to adjust the sound. Several for the bass, mids & for the highs. The buttons on the face seem kinda stiff & close together but the remote does the job eventhough it's small. For the most part i'm content but I havn't used the built-in iPod control yet.

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    Good Receiver

    Written by: Lisa from Toledo, OH on April 5, 2010

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

    This is day 2 with my new receiver and I like it! Replaced factory receiver in my 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. It took a while to install--my first effort at car audio. Crutchfield's directions were great. JVC instructions left a lot to be desired. I would recommend this radio to a friend. Have not been able to tune into a HD Radio station in Toledo yet.

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    Outstanding service

    Written by: mrdmnr from Sacramento, Ca on April 4, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased the JVC KA AHD69 arsenal, after researching and reviewing so many different car stereos, brands, and distributors, I found my experience with crutchfield such a pleasant experience. consulting with them right before final decision of purchase to the expedient FREE delivery of item to my doorstep, not to mention the ease of installation, the service and affordability of crutchfield is surpassingly above satisfactory. I not only will pass the word along to other prospective buyers, but myself on other future purchases will be keeping crutchfield as one of my vendors. The stereo itself is an amazing unit with many features, the only thing I would have liked to seen different is the expandability of the remote control. Other than that, a GREAT buy and excellent experience with staff.

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    No presets

    Written by: Wesearch from Houston Texas on April 4, 2010

    This radio is horribly designed. There are no preset buttons a all! Worse the display button is viewable only from the Driver's Seat. If you want to select a station you have to manually depress the scan button and hold it. I bought this thing for my wife for Christmas and didn't realize how bad it was until after it was installed. I was at the JVC booth at the January CES and their rep was very dismissive of it. I am going to buy another radio and give this thing away to some charity I don't like.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: giantclam from Sherman Oaks, CA on April 4, 2010

    2010 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just replaced the radio that came with my 2010 Civic with this JVC. It was very easy to install with Crutchfield's kit. It sounds quite good. I am still using the original Honda speakers and they sound ten times better than before. Amazing. I also had no problem figuring out how to make the controls work, though having a few preset buttons on the front would have been nice. The USB player is awesome! My only real complaints are that the tuner isn't quite as strong as the orignal Honda radio, and the display is virtually useless during the day. It is so dim that I can't read anything well (including the clock), and there is no adjustment for brightness. Maybe they sacrificed the brightness to give you that huge assortment of colors that you can't see until nightfall (unless, perhaps, you have tinted windows).

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Anonymous from Steve, Sacramento,CA on April 2, 2010

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo. sound quality is amazing. It will take me a little while to get use to all the features. Instalation was a breeze Crutchfeild sent me all the instalation parts needed for my 2003 PT Cruiser along with easy to follow instructions. They even sent instructions on how to remove the dash panel so you can take out the factory stereo. After completion it looks like a pro did it. I will be replacing my factory stereo in my 1999 Dodge Ram in the future with this same model.

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    Great Sound Control & Color Control

    Written by: Richie from Punta Gorda, Fl on March 30, 2010

    2010 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KD-AHD69 sounds and looks great. JVC KD-AHD69 has fuller CD sound then Sony XR-M550 (sound from CD Changer), CDX-M8800, CDX-GT510 and CDX-757MX. If you think the buttons are too close on the radio face, use the remote control. The JVC Remote Control (RM-RK50) is very small but the buttons are a good distance apart. The remote allows you to use the most common buttons and buttons that are culstered on radio face (Volume, Source, Off, ATT, Seek, Next or Previous Song, Folder, Preset Radio Station, select pre- set Sound stage, etc). No Menu options on remote, use isolated button and dial on detachable face. I only wish you could order different color bottons for RM-RK50. I do not plan to use iPhone or iPod control or iTunes tagging (put the songs on an USB Flash Drive - a lot cheaper and sounds great).

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    Great sound, hard to control

    Written by: cannon from Sarasota, FL on March 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit has a great sound and useful features. The Ipod interfaced seamlessly as did the thumbdrive. It has more sound power than the factory unit and even makes my old speakers sound good. The big problem for me was control. The unit's button pad is small and the buttons themselves are virtually invisible (all in shiny black). The button action is mushy so you're not sure if you pushed it correctly. SInce they're all crammed together, you have to take your eyes off the road to pick the correct one. I wouldn't buy this unit again because of the safety factor. JVC (and others) should have figured this out by now.

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    Excellent Head Unit

    Written by: Jeff_G from Northern NM on March 27, 2010

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As if this HU needs another 5 star review... Obviously the features at this price point are hard to beat. I live too far out in the country to pull in HD stations reliably but I can pull in standard definition as well or better than before. I love the iPod and thumb drive features. Menus are pretty intuitive and the finish on the unit is a fair amount better than on previous JVC HUs I am familiar with. I didn't see anyone comment on it - but there is a small amount of metalflake to the finish on the HU button section which looks great when the light hits it. Crutchfield service was excellent and the install was super easy. The install only took part of a morning even though I took my time and the opportunity to clean and detail all my dash parts as I reassembled.

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    Very nice unit with lots of features

    Written by: David from Mercer, PA on March 27, 2010

    1978 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had to do some modifying of the opening to fit my vehicle, but the sleeve that the radio slides into made it very easy to cut my new opening and slide in the new radio. I haven't tried all the features yet, but the HD sound, the BUS port, and other features I've tried work great. The style of the unit along with the multi color lights makes it look fantastic. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and would buy it again.

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    Great Reciever

    Written by: ryan from San Diego, CA on March 24, 2010

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

    This JVC is pretty awesome. very easy to install the one and only thing i have to say is not so great is that to set it up is going through all these buttons. the music sounds great though. the built in amp creates some great sound! The features are very good. all in all i love this new receiver and the HD radio oh my oh my just like they say CD quality. Buy this if your on a budget and want some HD radio.

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    Great Stereo!

    Written by: Tommy from Jacksonville, FL on March 24, 2010

    2006 Kia Spectra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The main reason I bought this radio was the HD feature and it works great, I had no Idea my area had so many HD Channels. This feature works automatically, just scan and it will find the HD channels. It was very easy to install with the kit crutchfield sent. The IPOD connection works great, just plug it in and it will start playing. You also have the ability to operate the IPOD either by the radio or from the IPOD, very cool. Also the ability to change the color to match your car is very cool. This radio also drastically improved my OEM speakers. This is the best radio I've owned in a long time!

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    Incredible!!

    Written by: Fred from Indianapolis, IN on March 22, 2010

    2003 Hyundai Tiburon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am blown away by this headunit! I have an Infinity premium system that came with my vehicle. I cannot believe how much difference it makes to put the 5v output to the stock amp! Crystal clear sound, higher volume and a more balanced sound. I haven't figured out all of the options yet, but I am loving the front panel USB port. The installation instructions that came were spot on; it only took an hour to splice in the harness and install the unit in the dash. If you make no other change to your system, this alone will make a huge difference in your mobile music experience.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Josh from St. Paul, MN on March 18, 2010

    2004 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Reciever. Upgraded from a factory installed system and this was a huge improvement in sound quality. Love the HD radio, and iPod connectivity. Installing this really emphasized the need to replace the factory speakers though...

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    Great product

    Written by: Anonymous from Fremont, CA on March 17, 2010

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

    I finally got this fixed in my SUV ...phew... System is great... I never knew my speakers can sound this great.... Bass is excellent and equalizer choices are great. For the price its features and functionality is awesome My story: I have 2007 Toyota Highlander with JBL system installed. With JBL system installed other than the harness we also need audio splitter for front and rear speakers and also inline noise suppressor. (Note: If you don't use noise suppressor, you end up listening to whistling sound when you accelerate). I could not fix myself and went to a retail stereo installer. He fixed it but he is not aware what to do with whistling sound. Finally went to another shop and the great technician fixed it in a snap using a inline suppressor. I had to invest almost the same price as the unit in fixing it but Crutchfield customer support could understand the trouble I went through. Thanks to Crutchfield Customer support.

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    Neat Product

    Written by: kirkh21 from Auburn, AL on March 15, 2010

    2002 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Soldered connections from wire harness to stereo and sounds excellent. Lighting fast shipping. Bought on Thursday afternoon and had car stereo Monday afternoon. Had to call crutchfield a couple times to make sure I was installing it correctly since this was my first stereo installation. They have excellent customer support and answered my questions accurately. I called making sure I located the DIN correctly and I called before soldering to make sure I get it right. Awesome support, awesome product, awesome job on shipping. This is why Crutchfield gets my business. Thank you guys.

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    Very, very happy!

    Written by: Anonymous from Eagle, WI on March 15, 2010

    I needed a replacement radio for a used vehicle I just purchased. This seemed to offer good opportunities for some new things that are available: iPod connections, HD radio. Really, the HD radio has been a very pleasant surprise. I enjoy the better sound on AM and FM bands. I have yet to hook up our iPods, but I just have to say that I like the setup a whole bunch. The controls are mostly intuitive, and, after going through the owners manual, everything else has been a breeze too. I like the ability to change the control colors also. I gave it four stars as I would enjoy more power and less cost, but it was certainly worth the money I paid in addition to being a consideration for an upgrade to one of our other vehicles. Installation was easy with the hardware provided. Thank you!

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    Good head unit

    Written by: Rhys from Lakeland, FL on March 12, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My 10yr old Blaupunkt Casablanca finally gave up the ghost, and I needed a new head unit (HU). I compared the JVC to Alpine, Kenwood, and Blau HU's, and was sold on the front USB, HD radio, 7 band EQ, and 5 volt pre-out. The JVC installed easily into my Tacoma, and I love the color options for the display. The 7 band EQ is very nice. I would have liked the sub pre-outs to have the option of full signal, no lo-pass so that I could tune more fully at my amp...Love the fact that you can turn the internal amp off to keep the heat down. I thought the display looked a little dated from the web site, but was pleasantly surprised how good it looked installed after I matched the display colors to my dash back lighting. A great value for the money! The Crutchfield supplied free harness was easy to hook up (thanks guys!). A very good HU for the money.

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    Great unit

    Written by: Michael from nashville, tn on March 5, 2010

    1997 Nissan Quest
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great, sound quality is awesome, menu and functions are easy to figure out and use. And installation was a snap. The only thing that could be a little better is the display could be a little brighter. I would buy this unit again and recommend it to friends!

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    worth every penny

    Written by: Anonymous from Indiana on February 24, 2010

    2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio! I had no idea my speakers could sound this good!!! With the included harness, it was a breeze to hook up. Excellent customer service too. iPOD sounds great, plug and play couldn't be easier.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written by: Craig from Atlanta, GA on February 22, 2010

    2003 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing definitely kicks compared to the original stereo in my 2003 BMW 325i!

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    Great Stereo!

    Written by: Tommy from Jacksonville, FL on February 19, 2010

    2006 Kia Spectra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I must say I was hesitant to purchase this stereo, with the lack of pre-set buttons and only two sets of pre-amp outputs. But, I'm glad I did. I like this stereo very much. First the tuner is strong even with the regular channels. I live in a rural part of town and now I get great reception where my factory unit failed miserably. The HD function works flawlessly and the stations are much clearer and very noticeable. This was a big selling point for me. I also like the fact that I can choose either satellite radio companies and both are compatible. The display is very clear and readable. I have yet to choose a color and stick with it, since I have over 120 different ones to choose from. The IPod function works really well and it is really easy to control it with the stereo. There is a slight lag when selecting songs from your IPod for them to show up on the display, but it is so slight it is almost not worth mentioning. I got this unit mainly for this purpose. As soon as you plug in the IPod, the radio automatically recognizes it, goes to that function and starts playing. This stereo was really easy to install with the included kit. I do have one minor complaint, the directional buttons on the face of the unit are more stiff than I like. I felt too much pressure was needed to get the desired result. I don't know if this is because it's new or not. Time will tell. All in all one of my most favorite units I've ever owned.

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    Simple & Well Made

    Written by: Kosha from OC, CA on February 18, 2010

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to update an old Mercedes of mine, but I didn't want the goofy bright blue lighting that most units have these days. This JVC unit displays a great amber light to match up with my dash lights, and sounds fantastic at the same time. Pulls HD radio stations at ease, very easy to control. I love that the large rotary dial activates the mute function when pressed, very convenient for when you get a call and don't want to fumble with radio controls. I'm using a factory amp so I can't comment on the power, though 20 watts RMS and 5 volt pre outs are fantastic for a unit at this price.

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    Great choice

    Written by: Charlie from Nashville, TN on February 13, 2010

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

    I chose the JVC KDAHD69 for its price point and features combination. It did not disappoint, as the sound is great and the unit is easy to operate, after spending a little time with the manual. The HD radio is a welcome addition, and the sound is great, even through factory speakers in my Honda Accord. Playing my ipod is easy, whether navigating music and podcasts with the receiver or on the ipod itself. I would definitely buy this unit again. Crutchfield made the install seamless - about an hour start to finish.

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    What a great receiver!

    Written by: Scott from Orlando, Florida, USA on February 9, 2010

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, let me say that the folks at Crutchfield are outstanding; customer service, orders, questions, prices, and shipping are second to none! I will not hesitate to repeat business with them for years to come. The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 is a great CD/HD receiver. Installation with all the Crutchfield guides and adapters for my Dodge Ram 2500 was kindergarten-easy. Once the harness was soldered, the actual install took 15 minutes & done; the total time was maybe an hour. The sound quality was immediately improved even with OEM speakers; especially with the 7 band EQ. HD radio reception was crystal-clear. Once I get my custom FM presets done, this radio will need almost no tweaking for day-to-day use. Front USB access was key. The CD player worked flawlessly. Overall for music, I have no complaints. There are some features I won't use, such as the Bluetooth, but I think it safe to assume it would work as nicely as the rest of the package. Use the manual to get the knack of the menu for all the custom settings and this is a slick all-in-one unit. For price this might be considered an entry-level HD receiver, but the audio quality rated more like a mid-level unit. I would definitely add this to your short list of new receivers to consider, and when you compare as I did, this JVC was an easy choice.

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    What's in the box?

    Download the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 manual

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Plastic face-case
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face security screw
    • Instructions/Installation manual (English)
    • Instruction/Installation manual (French)
    • Instructions/Installation manual (Spanish)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

    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 Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Key Button Color VariableColor
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control ---
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a plastic face-case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    Separated Variable-Color LCD and Key Illumination: The JVC KD-AHD69 features 29 color presets for the LCD display and button illumination. 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 can be applied to the display pa