Crystal-clear digital radio

Love listening to local radio? The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 CD receiver lets you tap into the wicked digital sound of HD Radio™. When you tune into a participating AM or FM station, you'll really notice the difference in fidelity and reception, plus you can check out the alternate programming offered by many stations. And here's another cool feature — you can adjust this receiver's variable-color display to match your dash lighting. You can even set one color for the main display, and pick another for the buttons and controls.

JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

Tag the tunes you like

First, plug your iPod or iPhone® into the handy front-panel USB slot. Now, get ready to fly through your songs and playlists with the KD-HDR70's controls. You can also switch control to the iPod itself for all those DJs in the back seat. All song and artist info will show up on the receiver's 2-line display.

Once your iPod's connected, you can take advantage of the tagging feature — just "tag" a song you're hearing on an HD Radio station, and you'll be prompted to buy it from the iTunes® store the next time you connect your iPod to the computer.

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


It all starts with the sound

You'll get plenty of clean volume without distortion from the muscular built-in amplifier, and you can dial in the perfect tone for your vehicle using the flexible 3-band parametric EQ.


Play all your music

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. With two auxiliary inputs, you can connect a satellite radio dock semi-permanently to the rear input, while you use the front input to plug in a game console or other audio source.


Building a system?

Three sets of high-powered 5-volt preamp outputs send a super-clean signal to your outboard amps. The subwoofer output features a selectable low-pass filter, and you can use the sub level control to add just the right amount of bass. The KD-AHD79 also works with JVC's Bluetooth® adapter so you can conduct phone conversations while both hands stay on the wheel.


Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • variable-color display (separate control over right and left sides of receiver)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front and rear auxiliary inputs, front USB input
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone control
    • works with JVC's Bluetooth adapter
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    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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    KD-AHD79

    Written By DirkD, DFW, Texas on Friday, December 28, 2012

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    Really nice head unit with a ton of great features. I like that you can switch the head unit to iPod/iPhone mode, I wish other companies would start doing the same.

    Pros: Good sound quality, features and specs for its price range.

    Cons: The display is impossible to read during the day in my truck, no matter what color I use. My windows are tinted dark and I've never had this problem with any other head units.

    99 VW Jetta III (Mexico Made)

    Written By DerekM, Austin Texas on Thursday, December 13, 2012

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    I had purchased a really simplistic receiver after I had my Jetta broken into, and my Sony receiver stolen. BTW, I never thought those little tabs ion the housing that are supposed to keep it theft free would ever really do the job. My bad... They broke my window because my alarm was on, and did so much damage that my insurance company had to replace the whole dashboard, vents, etc. I still have the receiver, as I think they got so pissed, they took the faceplate to prove a point.

    Anyhoo, I love this receiver. Talk about a huge sound difference, and I pick to 16 HD stations here in Austin, and even a few out of San Antonio on a cloudy day. I loved the sound so much, I decided to upgrade my speakers.

    Pros: Sound quality, reception, and love the color aspect. Crutchfield rocks... I received this receiver, and didn't install for a few days. After installation last weekend, I took a road trip and the faceplate kept popping out. I realized that the tab to hold the faceplate in had broken in transit. I sent them an e-mail via the website requesting a RMA, and by noon Monday, they had sent out a replacement. I can't say enough about the customer service.

    Cons: The only con that I have found is that if you use auto tune to tune in stations, the receiver doesn't pick them all up. This is especially noticed if you have one station putting out multiple channels.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Tom J, Mentor, OH on Thursday, December 13, 2012

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    Simply amazing! Not just because I replaced the factory 8-track player in my 77 Vette but because the head provides great ease of use even with the included remote which comes in hands since I have it mounted behind me. I was so impressed with this unit I bought a second for my 90 Mustang.

    Pros: Remote! USB port handy in the front. Tech support was top notch as I needed to call a couple of times to figure out wiring that applied to this century

    Cons: None

    Great Deck

    Written By BenP, Vero Beach, FL on Monday, December 10, 2012

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    Works better than my AHD69 which is in my SUV. This 79 is in my wifes SUV and I wanted to take it from her. Works great, install kit is awesome. Called tech support twice to verify what I was seeing and they were awesome and fast as always.

    Pros: Tech Support, the radio functinality is simliar to my older model and I will not but my radios from anyone else. This radio makes the 1997 stock speakers sound good again.

    Cons: none so far

    Love it

    Written By dss, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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    Love it, has all the things my old Sony Xplod was missing, Plays MP3's, has HD Radio a USB/IPod port, input port on the front and back, amp and subwoofer connections. Bought it on sale, almost $80 off what it was when I put it in my wish list! I've not seen another receiver that has all the features the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79. The only other radio I'd seen with HD Radio built in and not requiring an adaptor was a Dual which I'd never heard of before.. Sounds great on my Polk speakers, better than the Sony did. I had it easier to install in my 2003 F150 because it was replacing the Sony most of the work was done. I soldered and heat shrinked the connections on the harness. Hardest part was removing the sleeve for the Sony.. Once I got the new sleeve in, the JVC just plugged in. The sleeve didn't fit as tight as the Sony, tabs were not quite in the right places to grab the adaptor, that was my only complaint with installing it. The menu to sent it up wasn't that bad if you read the directions, took me maybe 5 minutes of playing with it to get it set up the way I wanted. But I'm good at that sort of thing.

    Pros: Built in HD Radio, USB/ IPod compatible. I don't have an IPod so I can not comment on the control interface.

    Cons: Only thing I can think of is it doesn't have blue tooth built in and requires an adaptor which uses the input on the back of the radio.

    JVC HD RADIO

    Written By Michelle S. B., Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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    I Love my new HD Radio! The only complaint I have is it is very difficult to set up everything on it. The directions are HORRIBLE! It seems like they assume you have done this type of installation before and they don't have text explaining what the limited illustrations represent and they leave out some steps! I had my cousin help me and he is no dummy and even he feels the same way about it. I am just using it as is until I get the patience to go back and try to figure it out! I however have been nothing but Happy with the service Crutchfield provided!

    Pros: Sounds great with my factory speakers. The price was very reasonable. The look of the stereo is very nice. It looks like it was factory installaled.

    Cons: It is very frustrating to set up all the features on it. The directions are HORRIBLE!

    Pretty solid!

    Written By Jon, Apple valley ca on Thursday, October 25, 2012

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    Sound quality is good, looks great, 5v pre outs really make your amp shine. Parametric eq is more than enough to tailor the sound to your liking. Feels well made, nice finish. Buttons are firm, not cheap feeling like pioneer. iPod search functions could be better (I.e. alpine) and display is alright.

    Pros: Sound quality, aesthetics

    Cons: Screen not visible during daytime in most color shades

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Anonymous, St Louis Mo on Monday, October 15, 2012

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    Sounds great! Menu's are a little complicated. The tuner was missing the 4 mounting screws to attach to the mounting kit.

    Pros: This tuner will do more than most people need.

    Cons: Menu's are a little complicated.

    Piece of CAKE!!!!

    Written By Mike, Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, October 04, 2012

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    Shockingly easy installation!! A PAIR OF WIRE STRIPPERS WAS THE ONLY TOOL I NEEDED FROM MY TOOLBOX. It took longer to program the stations than to install the radio. 15 minutes.....Spent 5 minutes with the support guy before I started. Really, less than 30 minutes to wire, remove, install, play. Catalog CHAT function was helpful during selection.

    Pros: Great sound, Ease of use. I enjoy the digital stations.

    Cons: Display not bright enough.

    amazing sound

    Written By tom, upstate NY on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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    The sound that emerges from my pickups original 13 yr old speakers puts a grin on my face every time I power up the system. Many colors are washed out in even partly sunny days, meaning unpleasant color selections so you can read faceplate. Add in a $50.00 off the price as well as a very able tech support madkes this a sound investment without buyers remorse.

    Good Update to our Discovery II

    Written By JK, Metro Detroit on Friday, September 21, 2012

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    Brought our 10 year old Land Rover up to current technology, at least in the sound system area. Now we have iphone compatability, as well as USB. The HD Radio is a nice touch as well. The unit is connected with the Harmon Kardon factory amp, running off the head unit pre-amp outputs. Crutchfield's wiring harness was a real labor saver and well thought out. A Merta Axxess was added to retain steering wheel controls. Very happy with the end result.

    Pros: Nice unit with many features. The selectable face lighting allowed a nice match to the dash illumination - Unit blends well !

    Cons: So many choices on the set-up menu. Takes a while to become familiar. Better than having few choices........

    Awesome Features

    Written By Joe C, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, September 03, 2012

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    I was thoroughly impressed with this product. Originally, I was looking at the Sony CDX-GT700HD because I knew that I wanted a stereo receiver with built-in HD radio, and I have always been pleased with sony products. However, Crutchfield pointed out that this particular model would not work with my car's dash set-up, so I continued browsing. When I saw the JVC KD-AHD79, I was blown away by the deal that Crutchfield was offering. I love all of the features that this unit has to offer, but I just wish some company would make something compatible with Zune. Oh well...

    Pros: Tons of different display color options, easy to install (thanks to Crutchfield), great price, HD Radio, dual aux. inputs

    Cons: Not compatible with Zune (we can thank Steve Jobs for that)

    JVC Car receiver

    Written By Pat M, Chesapeake, VA on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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    Very nice improvement. Replaced a dead stock head unit in 1997 BMW M3. Well worth the price. Nice to be able to change the display to match the interior lighting. Installation was very easy with the included adapter. Remote control is kind of a waste of money. Sounds great through the existing Harman Kardon premium sound. Would be five stars if it was more inline with the existing layout of the car. A 2012 head unit in a 1997 car just doesn't go all that well. Nakamichi and the stock rebuilts are cost prohibitive.

    Pros: Ease of installation

    Cons: None

    Nice Head Unit - Good Value

    Written By FT, Connecticut on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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    Installed in 2003 Nissan Pathfinder. The head unit itself works great and has many useful features. It sounds pretty good, but as I retained the rest of the stock Nissan system ( amps and speakers ) it is hard to judge by itself. I did try two ways to install this unit: 1) Preamps directly out to the Nissan amplifiers, and 2) using the Scosche OEM amplifer integration kit wired to the speaker line outs. Both methods yielded acceptable results, but the the OEM amplifer integration kit yielded better gain so I went with that. Overall a very nice unit with many input and display costomization options.

    Pros: Customizable EQ, pre amp outs with sub woofer, relatively intuitive menus

    Cons: Menu access buttons are a little small.

    Pretty Decent

    Written By Matt, Maryland on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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    I purchased this unit recently, and have found it to be relatively good, especially for the price. It was relatively easy to set up, and took all of 5 minutes to figure out.

    Pros: relatively user friendly color changing can be flashy, or can be set to match dash lights. looks clean, almost OEM

    Cons: I cannot manage to make it stay in the dash. i used the supplied bracket, and while it fits into the bracket, the bracket has no visible method of staying in the dash. strange. The auto dimmer sucks. I dont think it knows the difference between daytime and nighttime.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By bill, ks on Monday, August 20, 2012

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    The radio is pretty cool. Installed in 97 Rav. Wife wanted something to charge & play her Iphone 4 with. I installed by self and so far the unit has been good. Being able to select your interior color is really cool -- especially for the wife as she notices that kind of stuff.

    Pros: Sound is good -- factory speakers need to go next I guess, but can tell a difference from the old factory stereo. Love that it plays & charges Iphone 4. Price was also quite nice!

    Cons: The only con so far is that the control nob is not necessarily to my liking, but it works fine, just don't care for the feel of it and the buttons to the left of it. Make no mistake though, they do function fine.

    Looks great, easy to use, sounds great.

    Written By Sean, Grants Pass, OR on Sunday, August 12, 2012

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    The 5 volt preamp output makes for excellent sound quality. The variable display will match the interior of any vehicle. The device is very intuitive and easy to use. I'd say this deck is all around awesome. The variable colors for day and night are also a nice feature.

    Pros: Display looks great, and is easy to see unless the sun is directly on it (can't really avoid that one) It automatically switches to CD or USB when one is inserted Settings for HPF for main speakers and LPF for sub. There is a port specifically made for subwoofers, but make sure you wire the sub correctly or it will not work.

    Cons: So far I think this deck will hold up really well, but there is a lot of plastic on the face plate, which only time will tell if it is sturdy in construction or not. I haven't had it for very long so I really have nothing negative to say about it though.

    Wow...

    Written By skyy1195, ATL,GA on Monday, August 06, 2012

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    great product all and all, great support from this site also! very easy to install with all the gear included.

    Pros: ipod connection acts as charger/player, easy button layout, better than stock in my case.

    Cons: had hard time setting the radio stations other than that as described

    Great product

    Written By Yadilit, ELkridge, MD on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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    Great price to value product.

    Pros: Really cool display, good sound quality and features.

    Cons: iPOD control does not seem to work well.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By dave, ne on Monday, July 30, 2012

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    looks great, easy install, display a little hard to see in sunlight

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 cd receiver

    Written By clinton h, coeburn, va on Saturday, July 14, 2012

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    unit was easy to install, sounds good and looks ok. only used the normal speakers out on the unit at this time. the unit is eary to remove and put back into the dash

    Pros: easy of installation and the sound is great and the eq is very useful in setting the tone to your ear

    Cons: trying to get the preset for the fm radion set and then trying to change one just for list preview for me, have only been able to set 1 preset correctly and cannot get preset 2 to take the frec. I want in preset 2. I have spent at least 2 hours tryng to figure out how to set a new frec over one that was set incorrectly. have not tried to set the 3rd preset. the instructions are not clear on what button to turn, push or double push.

    Good sound, some functionality quirks

    Written By J, Bethlehem, PA on Friday, July 06, 2012

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    I have had this unit for about a year, installed in my 2000 Maxima with original speakers. This unit puts out good sound which would probably sound better had I gotten new speakers as well. There are a couple annoyances I would like to get out there. 1) If I am listening to the radio and connect an ipod to the front USB it automatically changes source to the USB. Same with the CD player. I would like to see it continue to play the source it is on and not change until I change it. 2) I like buttons to set radio stations to because you can get right to a station at the press of a button. With this unit you must go through all of your set stations to get to the one you want. There are 18 presets to set, if I want to get to preset station #9 I have to press the button 9 times to get to it. 3) If I am on preset station #5, press button to search for next station, it looses the fact that I started searching from preset #5 so I then have to start back at preset station #1 to get back to #5.

    Pros: Overall good value/sound for the price

    Cons: Mentioned above

    Total Junk

    Written By Andrew E., Houston Tx on Wednesday, July 04, 2012

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    Got it a few months ago. It will no longer play my iphone. constantly have to reset it just to get it to play cd's. JVC now goes with Pioneer on my list of never again products.

    Pros: sounds good

    Cons: everything else

    Awesome unit

    Written By Brandt, Jefferson, WI on Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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    I searched a bit for my needs, and the CF advisor helped me narrow it down. I wanted to spend at least 120 to get all the instll goodies included, so I ended up with this. Sounds great. Also the HD is way cool. I was in Chicago yesterday and was amazed at the amount of HD channels, some stations had 3 extra HD stations on the same station! Also love the USB, it is excellent. I just pop inn the USB and it automatically detects and quickly at that. Tomorrow my new Rockford Fosgate speakers will arrive from CF and after that I am sure I will be verey happy based on reviews (Rockford Fosgate Prime R1682). Great uinit and Crutchfield has the BEST customer service ever.

    Pros: All the colors, decent remote that is actually quite handy, great sound out of box, no external amp necessary for my listening needs. I am not 22 anymore!

    Cons: There is a learning vurve for this unit, but not that bad really. Ive had it in 2 days and am pretty familiar with it. Granted I don't use bluetooth or iPhones.

    NICE!

    Written By ShaneB, Delaware on Monday, July 02, 2012

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    The clarity is very nice on this radio. It comes with nice features and very easy to install. Crutchfield makes it easy. I would recommend this product to anyone

    Pros: good price, quality, & features

    Cons: small remote

    Good so far

    Written By Lee, Fayetteville ar on Monday, June 25, 2012

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    So far so good. Had many high end recievers over the years and this one is almost as good as those at half the price. Easy controls, 3 sets outputs, built in hp and lp x-over. Nice! The color display is a little over the top with so many choices, but still good. Never had a JVC so this is a first for me. Let hope it last

    Pros: Price, outputs, controls

    Cons: Little remote has a tendency to get lost

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By David, Alabama on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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    Peroduct is as described. The only thing I found wrong, and it is not with the radio, Is the number of HD radio stations on the air. I went back and forth on this radio for the HD radio, or one that had a Bluetooth for phone interface and calling capabilities. If I had it to do over again, I might go with the Bluetooth. However, I do like the tag feature to capturing song info for later review and order through iPod and ITunes. So I guess I am still going back and forth. All said and done, I like the radio for the price and would recommend to a friend...

    Pros: HD radio, tag feature, ease of installation, and build quality.

    Cons: Not really any, but be aware....... Sound is not the greatest, but that is probably from replacing the radio and speakers in my car, and not including an amp. The low bass response is just not there. Just don't expect too much without investing in some upgrades to a factory system beyond the radio and speakers. I do plan to add a powered subwoofer for bass response, and not to rattle my license plate.

    Great Radio

    Written By packers937, Houston, TX on Monday, June 11, 2012

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    Overall, a great radio for the price. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an upgrade over the stock radios. I installed it in my 2008 Tacoma and with the Crutchfield housing kit and instructions, I was able to put it in no problem. This is the first time I have messed with any radio stuff too!

    Pros: Easy to use, Very cool look with the buttons and variable colors, Very easy to use with my iPod touch, Sound quality is fantastic, The volume goes way louder than I would ever care to go to

    Cons: The buttons are a little small and have a cheap plastic feel, but this is a very minor detail. This is a great radio for this price!

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Anonymous, florence ky on Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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    outstanding produce great quility

    Best value

    Written By Nate, Leesport, PA on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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    Overall it has a lot of nice settings for such a low priced unit, one of the lowest priced hd radio units and it works great, nice option for all the colors for display, great pre amp voltage

    Pros: Bit hard to tune each setting does for bass and tremble, probably to do with octaves and stuff I have not tried to learn yet, but there is a lot of frequency range option over the sony I used to have, hd radio sounds amazing and this unit nicely switches back and forth to analog as needed unlike others I have heard the crap about where you have to specifically turn on hd radio each time it goes out 5V pre amps for a cheap price, great port selection, nice volume protection for stock speakers

    Cons: Need a bit of time to tune everything but once thats done its all sailing from there, and dont expect to tune the settings while driving, the menu is a bit hard

    great radio

    Written By BamaB, Dadeville, AL on Sunday, May 27, 2012

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    I got this to update my old JVC head unit. The HD radio is cool but not enough HD stations around here. It does pick up stations I didn't pick up before and even the AM stations sound good on this unit. It's an awesome stereo for an automobile.

    Pros: usb drive in front plays music right off a flash drive has different colors for the buttons and display amazing at picking up radio stations great sound

    Cons: the equalizer takes some time to figure out doesn't have the old numbered buttons looks

    Great receiver at a value price!

    Written By Jay, Spring Hill, FL on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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    I replaced my aged Rockford Fosgate source unit with this JVC, slightly concerned that the quality wouldn't be as good. I was pleasantly surprised! I went with the KD-AHD79 after having great results with a KD-AHD69 in my fiance's car. Aesthetically, this is a great looking radio, and the variable color display is great. I thought not having preset buttons would be hard to get used to, but in all honesty, JVC made it very easy to navigate. FM reception is phenomenal, even with a short antenna. I like that you can turn off am radio and the rear auxiliary input, so when you are selecting a source, if you don't use them, they don't appear. Sound quality is great, and with 5 volt pre-amp outputs, there is clean powerful signal going to the amps. The equalizer has a decent amount of adjustment for a built in 3 band eq. It allows for the selection of the frequency that you want to adjust within the bass, mid, and treble selection.

    Overall, there is a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to this receiver, and after comparative shopping with the typical electronics retailers, Crutchfield is definitely the way to go!

    Pros: Easy to use, great build quality, packed full of features, and a great looking receiver.

    Cons: The remote is on the small side.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Manny, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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    First order from Crutchfield. Very pleased with the unit so far; I bought it after reading the comments here and b/c it was within my budget. I particularly like the ease of use and interface with my iPod Touch 4 Gen, where I have most of my music. I've tried playing "shorter" mixes using USB drives and again, the unit excels at recognizing the files and playing them right away. Same with MP3 CDs. HD is nice but quite frankly, I mostly listen to my music, not the radio. Highly recommended as a first upgrade.

    Decent Receiver

    Written By ThomasM, Sykesville, Md on Monday, May 14, 2012

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    Nice receiver at a good price. Don't hesitate on buying this receiver. I have it hooked up with a kappa four and kappa components in my 06 accord coupe and it sounds great. The only down side is that the remote that was included does not work.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Zack M, Evansville, IN on Thursday, May 03, 2012

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    This was pretty easy to install in my 2000 VW Beetle. I haven't found anything I dislike about it. The HD radio is a nice feature, as is the front USB port. It sounds great--I have Polk Audio db 651 in back and Polk Audio db 651s in front, as well as Kenwood P-W1210 Party Pack in the trunk.

    Pros: Front USB, Front Aux., HD Radio

    Cons: none

    Upgrade

    Written By CA, Renton, WA on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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    This is my second JVC HD receiver. First on is first generation HD. This one is Far better than the original style (which is still in use.) Being able to scan to the next HD channel right along with the regular stations is great. Sound quality is awesome!! Clear and powerful.A great upgrade from stock. Typical JVC confusing and too small controls is the only drawback.

    Pros: Great HD Radio esp for the price.

    Cons: Small difficult to use and understand control functions. Only a three band equalizer.

    Excellent sound and value

    Written By Jerms, Kalamazoo, MI on Thursday, April 26, 2012

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    Excellent sound quality and everything I was looking for at a great price point.

    Pros: Great sound and MP3/CD is simple to use.

    Cons: Controls are a little awkward to get used to only if you are listening to the radio.

    Great Sound on a Budget

    Written By Glenn, Westlake, OH on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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    This is my Second JVC receiver. My first was the JVC KD-S100 Bongiovi CD Receiver. This receiver is just as nice. The sound clarity is great. It does lack the SD card slot but that is not a big loss. The lighting setup is great way to blend the radio into the same color scheme as the vehicle. The preset equalization settings are a nice help when you don't want to fiddle with the levels if you change music genre.

    Pros: Variable Lighting setup. Sound quality. Great sound for the price.

    Cons: Lack of SD card slot not a big deal. The controls are little cramped and if you have big fingers hitting the folder up and source change buttons may be a challenge.

    Great unit.

    Written By DaveH, Johnstown, NY on Friday, April 20, 2012

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    This turned out to be one of the smarter purchases I've ever made. Sound quality is fantastic even with the stock speakers. There is a learning curve involved with figuring out how every thing works but once you understand things, it's pretty basic. I purchased this unit mainly for being able to play my iPod Classic and it did not disappoint. Keep the manual handy and you will love this receiver.

    Pros: The kaleidoscope of colors is very cool. Great value. Sound quality is excellent.

    Cons: Tough to see display.

    Good, but could of been better

    Written By Sal, PDX, Oregon on Saturday, April 14, 2012

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    I bought this one to replace the same unit just an older version, I had the Arsenal AHD69, and I really miss that unit. This one is newer and sleeker looking but the functionality and user friendliness doesn't seem to compare. The remote even looks 'dumbed' down. I am kinda disappointed. Sure, it's a good deal for the price but the previous discontinued model was frankly better.

    Pros: Sleek, 3 pre amp outputs (gold plated), lots of functions

    Cons: Lower price but lower quality in comparison to the previous unit.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By JamieF, Livingston,MT on Monday, April 02, 2012

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    I love this deck, if you have a big bass system and need a clean signal to your sub amp the 5v RCA outs are so clean.

    Pros: Clean sound once you learn how to tune the EQ settings.

    Cons: EQ is a little confusing but once you get it tuned it will sound so sweet.

    LOVE IT!

    Written By Malinka, Indian Head, MD on Saturday, March 24, 2012

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    I purchased the JVC KD-AHD79 to replace the factory stereo in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler. I also replaced the front and soundbar speakers with Polks. The new system cranks lound and clear even over my noisy soft top. I'm hearing instruments in the music that I never heard before. The feature I like the best is the USB port. I bought a Sandisk 16G Cruzer Fit USB that is so tiny you can barely notice it's plugged in. It holds close to 280 CD's so I now have access to nearly my entire music library without having to maneuver CD's and cases while driving. I wasn't sure I'd like that feature, but now I'm so glad I have it! The variable color display gives you many options to choose from...or not. I keep it on colorflow so it scrolls through all the colors. Radio stations come in clear and setting the station presets was easy. This unit does not have individual preset buttons like other stereos, but it only requires pressing a button and scrolling to the preset you want. I researched many stereo reviews and chose this head unit ba