JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

CD receiver

Item #: 105KDAHD69

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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.

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
    • 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
    Other info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Written By dragonballz, Boston, MA on Sunday, December 01, 2013

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • 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.

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

    Written By RobT, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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    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.

    Great price & unit plus everything needed for the install

    Written By Dave P, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, 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, Murphy, NC on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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    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, TX on Sunday, March 27, 2011

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    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!

    Love this unit

    Written By GCart, Poquoson, VA on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    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.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By stereorookie, Harlingen, TX on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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    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!!!!!!

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By Anonymous, Wisconsin on Thursday, 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.

    Crutchfield Rocks!

    Written By SeanB, Colorado on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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    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!

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

    Written By KP, Cleveland, OH on Monday, March 07, 2011

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    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.

    Some people haven't read the manual...

    Written By Scott, Puyallup, Washington on Thursday, March 03, 2011

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    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.

    Great Stereo

    Written By Mark S, Reading,PA on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    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.

    Good but....

    Written By bazrob, Wisconsin on Saturday, February 12, 2011

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

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By Goldais, Dayton, OH on Friday, February 11, 2011

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    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, Aurora, CO on Thursday, February 10, 2011

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    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??)

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By John, Orange Park Florida on Monday, February 07, 2011

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    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.

    Decent value

    Written By BruceKr, Lebanon, OR on Monday, February 07, 2011

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    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.

    Great All Around

    Written By JasonM, Plainfield, IL on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    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.

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Scott L, Salt Lke City, ut on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    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.


    Written By Jay, Rincon,PR on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    excellent radio for the prize, sounds great, hd fidelity

    Cumbersom Radio

    Written By Terry, Marshall VA on Saturday, February 05, 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

    Pretty good for the money...

    Written By winter128, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, February 03, 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.

    Great Radio for the money spent

    Written By LES, Meadville, Ms on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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    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..

    Great Sound, Poor Tuner

    Written By James O, Laguna Beach, CA on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    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.

    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.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By TonyS, Claremore, OK on Monday, January 31, 2011

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    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, Seattle, WA on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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

    Very nice unit

    Written By FondDuLac, Wellesley, MA on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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    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.


    Written By 4WD Guy, Florida on Friday, January 28, 2011

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    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, Castroville Texas on Thursday, 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.

    very nice sounding receiver

    Written By Ken J, New Castle DE. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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    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.

    good stereo

    Written By b uck50, Denver, CO on Monday, January 24, 2011

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    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.

    Ford Ranger Sound system upgrade

    Written By Roy G, Chuluota, Fl on Sunday, January 23, 2011

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    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

    Nice fit for my 2007 Corolla

    Written By Frank K, Madison WI on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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    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.


    Written By BillS, Moscow PA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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    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

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By jm, Stroudsburg, PA on Sunday, January 16, 2011

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    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?

    Room for Options

    Written By Phlip, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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    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!!

    Excellent Head Uint, Buy this one!

    Written By Edward R, West Palm Beach, FL on Monday, January 03, 2011

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    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.)

    Pretty nice radio.

    Written By Zack W., Ohio on Sunday, December 26, 2010

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    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.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By BillyDel, NJ on Sunday, December 26, 2010

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

    Great Features - Great Price

    Written By Mark B, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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    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

    Love this Radio!!

    Written By rmulet, New York on Thursday, December 09, 2010

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    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.

    Great Receiver

    Written By Anonymous, Sarnia ON on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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    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.

    You will be very satisfied with ths one

    Written By DaveC, Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, December 08, 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.

    Does what it should do

    Written By Hartwell, Worcester,Ma on Monday, December 06, 2010

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    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

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

    Written By JV, NY, NY on Monday, December 06, 2010

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    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


    Written By Dfsixstring, Fayetteville, TN on Saturday, December 04, 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.

    Great replacement for factory stereo

    Written By MaxWattage, Columbus, OH on Saturday, December 04, 2010

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    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).

    Decent for the money

    Written By Kal, Ohio on Saturday, December 04, 2010

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    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...

    Overall a very nice receiver upgrade

    Written By Pete, MD/DE/PA tri-state area on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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    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.

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

    Written By Aaron D., Maricopa AZ on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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    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.

    Great replacement radio

    Written By BK, Lewisville, TX on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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    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 speak